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Rise of The Guardians suffers a stinging defeat; Twilight Saga rebounds in foreign box office; Final pieces of Blowhole special come together

Welcome to the Doris revealing edition of Gene Scallop’s entertainment report. Here’s what’s topping today!

 

In our box office report, Rise of The Guardians suffered a depressing defeat at the hands of Team Edward, 007, and Lincoln. The film was harshly criticized by critics. Perch, what gives for the holiday heroes?

 

Perch Perkins (via The New York Times)- Despite getting kicked around by analysts after the disappointing arrival of its “Rise of the Guardians,” DreamWorks Animation made it through trading on Monday without serious damage to its stock price.

“Rise of the Guardians,” a $145 million adventure starring Santa and other childhood fantasy figures, took in $32.3 million at the five-day Thanksgiving box office, the worst opening for a DreamWorks Animation movie since 2006. Investors punished the company’s shares, but only moderately: $17.11 was the closing price, a decrease of a little more than 5 percent from the start of trading.

In 2010, when “How to Train Your Dragon” had a slow start — with a three-day opening total of $43.7 million — DreamWorks Animation shares dropped 9.2 percent.

The “Dragon” sell-off may have taught investors a lesson: that film recovered to take in a respectable $495 million worldwide, in part because of stellar reviews; two sequels are now in the works, and the company has created a spinoff “Dragon” television series and arena show.

DreamWorks Animation also pointed out that holiday movies like “Guardians” tend to start slowly but play for a longer period, noting the initially disappointing Warner Brothers movie “The Polar Express” from 2004 as one example.

The good news for Hollywood: Even with the lackluster performance from “Guardians,” overall ticket sales and admissions in North America were way up this Thanksgiving when compared with the last. Powered by “Sky fall,” “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2” and a stronger-than-expected “Life of Pi,” total box-office sales for the holiday weekend stood at about $200 million, a 30 percent increase over last year.

Team Edward has been working hard not only at the box office but at the foreign box office too! Danny Angelfish says Twilight Saga Part 2 might rally for another week!

 

Danny Angelfish (via Hollywood Reporter)- Although dropping 48% from its opening round gross, Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 still monopolized the foreign theatrical circuit for the second consecutive weekend, drawing $104.2 million – nearly $7 million more than Sunday’s projection — from some 12,800 locations in 73 overseas territories.

The fifth and final title based on Stephenie Meyer’s series of novels about a young woman (Kristen Stewart) in love with a vampire (Robert Pattinson) has blasted its way to a total international tally of $365.5 million, about $65 million less that the franchise’s all-time offshore box office champ, last year’s The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 ($430.9 million).

Breaking Dawn Part 2held the top spot in most major markets, although it dropped to No. 2 in Australia (thanks to the debut of Sky fall) and in Russia (bumped by the opening of Rise of the Guardians) and No. 3 in South Korea (finishing third after a pair of local-language titles).

A Germany opening generated $16.9 million at 765 sites – a market record for a Twilight title – while an Austria debut contributed $2.6 million and a premier in German-speaking Switzerland came up with $1.7 million.

Lions gate International, which is handling foreign distribution of the Summit Ent. co-production, said Breaking Dawn Part 2’s mighty action helped lift the distributor’s 2012 total foreign box office past the $1-billion mark.

Finishing No. 2 was Sony/MGM’s Sky fall, the 23rd installment of the James Bond franchise, which collected $45.1 million from 8,845 spots in 86 markets handled by Sony and licensees of co-distributor MGM.  

The third outing starring Daniel Craig as 007 collected a total foreign gross of $571.2 million of which Sony has accounted for $494.3 million. Total gross in the U.K. is $143.6 million.

In its Australia opening, Sky fall generated $12.8 million at 577 sites for a per-screen average of $22,180, said Sony.  In New Zealand it drew a 65% share of the market’s total weekend gross with $1.5 million at 131 spots for a per-location average of nearly $11,500.

Lighting up the foreign circuit was Twentieth Century Fox’s release of Life of Pi, the film version of Yann Martel’s novel about a young castaway and a Bengal tiger. Directed by Taiwanese-born Ang Lee, the Fox 2000 co-production opened  No. 1 in China ($16.1 million at 4,500 spots), Taiwan ($2.3 million at 165 locations), Hong Kong ($1.45 million at 109 situations) and India ($3.6 million at 647 sites).

Overall on the weekend,Life of Pi grossed in its opening offshore launch $23.9 million – about $6.5 million more than was reported Sunday — at 5,483 locations in the four markets.  IMAX said the film tallied $3 million on 97 IMAX screens in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, for a per-screen average of more than $30,000.

In its second round on the foreign circuit, DreamWorks Animation’s Rise of the Guardians opened in eight markets, grossing $10.5 million from 3,173 cinemas in nine markets overall, and lifting its very early offshore cume to $14 million.

The Paramount release, a $145 million fantasy title featuring the voices of Alec Baldwin and Hugh Jackman, premiered No. 1 in Russia with $5.85 million elicited from some 800 locations. Guardians takes off in some 50 markets this week including Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Brazil, Mexico and South Korea.

Sony reissued 2012, the 2009 apocalyptic adventure directed by Roland Emmerich, in China at 5,516 locations.  Opening weekend drew $7.5 million for a full week total of $14.2 million. 

Thanks to a solid holdover in France ($1.3 million at 360, No. 5 in the market),Argo, actor-director Ben Affleck’s international thriller, grossed $6 million on the weekend overall at 2,520 screens in 47 territories. Offshore cume stands at $50 million.

Sony Animation’s Hotel Transylvania, a comedy voiced by Adam Sandler and Kevin James about a boy who discovers Dracula is real, grossed $5.4 million at 3,762 sites in 58 markets. The title’s foreign gross total stands at $147.8 million.

Wreck-It Ralph, Disney’s 3D family animation title, playing in 19 territories, dipped to $2.1 million overseas its fourth round, and lifting its foreign gross total to $41.2 million. Worldwide take stands at $190.8 million.

Elevating its very early overseas cume to $3.4 million was Flight starring Denzel Washington, which has yet to really take off overseas. Fourth foreign round in five markets drew $723,000.  “Major focus of the international release will hit theaters at the beginning of next year, to coincide with awards season,” said distributor Paramount.

Opening No. 4 in the U.K. was The Weinstein Co’s Silver Linings Playbook, director David O. Russell’s comedy/drama costarring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. First round at 393 sites lured $2 million.  The film also opened No. 7 in Russia.

Biggest grossing local language newcomer in France was Therese Desqueyroux, an adaptation of Francois Mauriac’s 1927 novel about thwarted passion and attempted murder.

The UGC Distribution release, which played at the 2012 Cannes International Film Festival, stars Audrey Tautou, and was directed and scripted by the late Claude Miller.  Opening round at some 350 screens drew $1.45 million, sufficient for a No.4 market ranking.

Other international cumes:Universal’s The Man With The Iron Fists, $835,505 in four markets; Paramount’s Paranormal Activity 4, $84.7 million; Universal’s Pitch Perfect, $4.6 million; Fox’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, $79 million; Fox’s The Watch, $33 million; Warner’s Lo Impossible, $49.8 million in Spain only; Sony’s Here Comes The Boom, $10.1 million; and Universal’s The Bourne Legacy, $162.6 million.

Also, DreamWorks Animation/Paramount’s Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, $524.2 million; Universal’s Ted, $282.8 million; Fox/EuropaCorp’s Taken 2, $225.9 million; Universal’s ParaNorman, $43.2 million; FilmNation’s Looper, $98.3 million; Universal’s Un Plan Parfait, $9 million over four rounds in France only; Focus Features’ To Rome With Love, $56.5 million; and Universal’s Anna Karenina, $11.2 million.

Back on July 25th, I interviewed Skipper about the Penguins last missions. Although it was uncut, here’s part 2 of how will the last mission will work:

Scallop: How does Blowhole get his memory back?

Skipper: It’s unknown at this point Scallop, but according to sources, a photo may trigger the doc’s memory. We also have the classified information that will come together once we engage Blowhole and his lobster minions.

Scallop: What’s up?

Skipper: First, Miss Doris’ voice will be under the command of Calista Flockhart. There’s a Duck-billed Platypus by the name of Parker voiced by Ty Burrell that will possibly replace Hans as second-in-command, these screenshots of our final mission according to our commanding mission planner will be top secret once we engage Blowhole’s troops. As for our missions, they might have been out of order as a possible reason why we’re rerunning them.

Scallop: I guess that explains the long delays and the Penguins tally.

Speaking of the tally, 378 fans have signed in as we get close to 3000. This weekend, Team Skipper faces 2 big problems. First, Mason and Phil get replaced accidently by Private as a volunteer for a mission to space. Then, a big snowstorm separates the team and it’s up to Rico to find Skipper, Kowalski, Private, and friends because as another of his weaknesses, his biggest concern is losing the team.

 

That does it for this month folks, we’ve only have December to do and we can cap off a year of entertainment. One headline to lookout for is the end of the Paramount-DreamWorks era on New Year’s Eve and before you know it, the DreamWorks-Fox era will begin! See you next edition!

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Twilight Saga Part 2 and Sky fall combine for best Thanksgiving record breaker, Rise of the Guardians underperforms: Critics say Rise of the Guardians are like The Avengers but not tough enough

 

Team Edward triumphs again! I’m Realistic Fish Head. Last week, the vampires were on pace for the biggest box office record. Now with Sky fall still in the race, both movies including Life of Pi, have gotten the best of the Guardians! We ask Gene Scallop along with Angel Blue fish, has this film become an embarrassment to audiences nationwide?

 

Gene: We’re officially in holiday movie season territory folks! As Thanksgiving week continues, we decided to go back to our prediction for Rise of The Guardians. In our edition on Wednesday, Jim Fish predicted that the film would rise to the top. Spoiler alert! Let’s find out.

 

Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 2 continued its record breaking run with 577 million smackers after making 161 million smackers last time. Domestically, the film’s 43.07 million smackers was the highest grosser in the Twilight franchise. It has retained the top spot worldwide except for the Aussies which released Sky fall first. Speaking of that Angel, How’s 007 doing?

 

 

Angel: Sky fall was up in second the last time we checked, but now thanks to Twilight Part 2’s impressive record, it reached 200 million over the weekend, making the first Bond film to reach the mark. DreamWorks’ Lincoln continued to amaze audiences no matter what territory there from.

 

As for Rise of The Guardians, it was a big disappointment. The film made fun of 2 other blockbuster summer hits The Avengers and Despicable Me. Thanks to its underperformance, it was ruined thanks in large part to Wreck-It Ralph. It made have been the lowest grossing film since DreamWorks How to Train Your Dragon, but both Paramount and DreamWorks had said the film had an impactful and wider campaign overall. It may have disappointed movie audiences but not kids!

Gene: Fox’s Life of Pi climbed 24% thanks in large part to 3D that it used since Avatar. This PG A- rating is another shoo in for best picture at this year’s Oscar’s.

 

MGM Red Dawn also rebounded after falling sharply. The B Cinema Score rating was a miracle. But due to the company’s bankruptcy, casting was problematic. As for the film itself was trapped in the vault for too long since 1984 before it was remade thanks Film District’s distribution rights back in September 2011.

 

With Silver Lining’s Playbook, Hitchcock, and Rust and Bone to name a few, here’s how it went:

 

Twilight Saga Part 2, Sky fall, and Lincoln go 1-2-3 as they spoil the party for the Guardians in 4th while Life of Pi roars in 5th.

Checking the Penguin tally to 3000, 388 fans have signed in as Team Skipper continues Thanksgiving break before they investigate a spiritual apparition that could take over downtown New York.

Rise of the Guardians may have borrowed Despicable Me and The Avengers for the plot of the movie but critics from The Hollywood Reporter say the film should’ve joined the other weekend releases but like Puss in Boots, the flick wanted to avoid a knockout brawl from other summer blockbusters. But otherwise, they didn’t like the film in their different points of view. They also discovered that the movie also borrowed yet another franchise that was made fun of:

(from The Hollywood Reporter)- Rise of the Guardians features a ragtag team of children’s stories staples including Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman and Jack Frost, all of whom go on an adventure to keep children safe.

The DreamWorks Animation film features voice work from Alec Baldwin, Hugh Jackman, Isla Fisher and Chris Pine, and is expected to rake in $31 million or $32 million for its five-day Thanksgiving holiday opening, which would be a lower debut than recent films from the studio.

From first-time director Peter Ramsey, the film is based on the Guardians of Childhood book series by William Joyce, as well as his short film The Man in the Moon.

Rise of the Guardians holds a 73 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, and below are what some of the critics had to say about the film.

The Hollywood Reporter’s Todd McCarthy described the animated feature as “an attractively designed but overly busy and derivative mishmash of kid-friendly elements.”

McCarthy praised the work of Baldwin as North (Santa Claus), calling the character “perhaps the most readily amusing” of the bunch. But he noted the film’s villain, Pitch (as in pitch black) isn’t particularly original as he resembles Harry Potter’s Voldemort.

Despite its shortcomings, McCarthy concluded: “The characters and settings are attractively designed, and the vocal performances have real color and a sense of fun that gently undercuts the treacle sincerity of certain obligatory kid-pandering moments.”

In his three-star review, Chicago Sun-Time critic Roger Ebert called the film “a hyperkinetic 3-D action comedy, with the characters forever racing on Santa’s sleigh, hurtling down chutes and zooming through tunnels that rework the same 3-D illusions over and over again.”

Ebert concluded though there was an audience for the film, it wasn’t him. “Still, let it be said that director Peter Ramsey and his art team have created a crisp, colorful fantasy world, sharper-edged than many feature-length children’s cartoons,” Ebert wrote.

Time’s Mary Pols said she did not envy filmmakers tackling holiday themes, because it’s a genre so full of films that it’s hard to come up with an original idea. Pols did have some praise for the film, writing: “The character feels fresh and new, re-imagined as someone kids can relate to and ultimately (no spoilers) proves to have a bittersweet back story.”

But ultimately she concluded the film fell short: “The narrative choice, hand-to-hand combat and a showdown in the streets in order to save children from cynicism and non-believing, is ironic but hardly surprising; like most children’s movies, Rise of the Guardians mimics the patterns of adult entertainment. Where is the magic in that?”

The Atlantic’s Christopher Orr wrote “while there are times when the plot is packed rather more densely than is strictly speaking necessary, there are moments of genuine magic scattered throughout the script. … But what ultimately elevates the film above the ordinary is its extravagant visual imagination.”

New York Times critic A.O. Scott asked why adults sentimentalize childhood wonder about Santa Claus and other such characters, writing Rise of the Guardians “works so hard at celebrating wide eyes and naïve joy that it comes close to spoiling its own intermittent wonderfulness.” He added that “like so much animated entertainment these days, is by turns silly, maudlin and noisy, with just enough ingenuity to make you wish it were better.”

 

With Victorious next to leave soon after ICarly’s last episode, will it follow the same formula as before? And we countdown to the festive Nick Original movie A Fairly Odd Christmas as Thanksgiving Week serves the last leftovers. This is Realistic Fish Head saying, enjoy the last leftovers this month!

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Drake Bell and Daniella Monet have a mission to save Christmas in A Fairly Odd Christmas

Hi Fairly Odd Parents fans! Gene Scallop here with Angel Blue fish on a very important news break. Here’s what’s up!

 

Nick has released an magical premiere date of next Thursday as Timmy, Tootie, Cosmo, Wanda and Poof have an important job. Their mission, to save Christmas from being cancelled and stop Timmy’s arch enemy Mr. Crocker from taking his fairies away.

 

We last saw 21 year-old Timmy portrayed by Drake Bell as his current girlfriend Tootie, played by Victorious’ Daniella Monet, finally meet face to face. But thanks to a newly added loophole by the fairy council, Tootie not only keeps Timmy but also meets his fairies. Hey Angel, what’s going on in this special and what’s causing the holidays to be cancelled?

 

Angel Blue fish (via Nick and More)- BURBANK, Calif., Nov. 21, 2012 – Nickelodeon brings holiday cheer to viewers with a brand-new live-action/CG TV movie, A Fairly Odd Christmas, premiering Thursday, November 29, at 7 p.m. (ET/PT).  Starring Drake Bell (Drake & Josh) and Daniella Monet (Victorious), A Fairly Odd Christmas follows Timmy Turner as he travels around the world granting kids’ wishes.  When his good intentions get him in trouble with Santa Claus and land him on The Naughty List, Timmy must find a way to save Christmas before it’s too late.  The TV movie is executive produced by Nickelodeon hit-maker Butch Hartman and is based on his Emmy Award-winning animated series The Fairly OddParents.

“Fairly Odd Parents fans loved the first live-action version of their favorite show so we decided to bring back these great characters in a Christmas adventure,” said Marjorie Cohn, President, Content Development, Live Action, Animation, Digital Nickelodeon Group. “The stakes are high as Timmy and the gang embark on a hilarious mission to save Christmas that the whole family can enjoy.”

In A Fairly Odd Christmas, Timmy Turner (Bell) travels around the world with his childhood friend, Tootie (Monet), his beloved fairy godparents, Cosmo (voiced by Daran Norris, The Fairly OddParents) and Wanda (voiced by Susanne Blakeslee, The Fairly OddParents), and his fairy god brother Poof (voiced by Tara Strong, The Fairly OddParents), granting kids’ wishes.  Unfortunately, Timmy doesn’t consider that there may be consequences for his actions.  When children start to doubt that Santa Claus exists, a panic begins in the North Pole.  As a result, kids’ wishes begin disappearing from Santa’s “good” list.  Timmy’s well-intended actions eventually land him on The Naughty List.   Timmy must find a way to restore the children’s faith in Santa Claus before ruining Christmas forever.  Meanwhile, Mr. Crocker (David Lewis, A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up,Timmy Turner!) is more determined than ever to harness the fairies magical powers for his own purposes.

 Gene: And what do Nick users at Nick Online treated once the newest holiday premieres?

 

Angel: Beginning Nov. 26, Nick.com will serve as a location for fans to view exclusive content, photos, games and more. Fans can play The Fairly OddParents: Jingle Out of My Way!, where they have to help Timmy get off The Naughty List and save Christmas. In this tower defense styled game, players must strategically place snowball throwing elves on the field to defend against oncoming Gingerbread men. They must also protect the wishful thinking van from waves of these enemies and make their way across the Christmas themed map from Candy Cane Chasm to the River of Egg Nog. Players can also call on Cosmo, Wanda and even Poof for some last minute holiday reinforcements.   Additionally, the movie will be available on iTunes, Amazon, Xbox, Sony, and Vudu.

We’ll be counting down to the premiere as Thanksgiving Week continues all the way to the end of the month. Keep a close eye for another newsbreak soon. Until then, Angel and I will see you at the box office for my box office report!

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Rise of The Guardians predicted to outlast Red Dawn, Sky Fall and Twilight Saga Part 2; Twilight Saga Part 2 does well at the Foreign Box Office; Aardman creates Gumball online game

 

Welcome to the Guardians edition of Gene Scallop’s entertainment report! Let’s see what’s topping today!

 

The big moment is finally here! DreamWorks’ Rise of the Guardians is now in theaters. This is the last film under the DreamWorks-Paramount team up. With the Guardians currently engaged in battle, Jim Fish has a prediction of the latest flick that Stanley will keep and eye on along with a few facts and figures:

 

Jim Fish (contributing to Steven Jennings Fish) (via Seeking Alpha)- Here is an investing idea for the short trading week of Thanksgiving. Buy shares in the company that could see a huge impact from families going to the movies this week. While some teenagers will go see “Breaking Dawn Part 2” and adults will go see “Skyfall,” families with kids will be going to see “Rise of the Guardians,” the latest movie from DreamWorks Animation (DWA).

“Rise of the Guardians” is based on a children’s book by William Joyce. The story centers around Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, Jack Frost and the Tooth Fairy teaming up to fight evil away from children. DreamWorks is hoping it has a potential sleeper on its hands that it can turn into many sequels and spin-offs.

“Rise of the Guardians” opens against two newcomer movies this week as well. On Wednesday November 21st, Rise will open against “Red Dawn” and “Life of Pi.” “Red Dawn” will be shown on 2600 screens, will not compete against the same target audience as Rise, since it is geared at adults. “Life of Pi,” which will be shown on 2700 screens, is rated PG and could fight for some of the family box office. The movie’s previews don’t look very kid oriented to me, based on weirdness and thematic elements. Rise will have the benefit of opening on 3500 screens, but faces competition from existing blockbusters “Breaking Dawn Part 2” and “Skyfall.” (Screen Counts from Box Office Mojo.)

I think Rise could be the sleeper hit of the holiday season. The movie sees several marketable characters together in the same movie. Combining childhood heroes in a sort of Avengers style could create a hit for DreamWorks. If you look further ahead to Christmas, there are no big animated or family releases the rest of 2012. Strong reviews or word of mouth could keep this movie in theaters for a long time and bring in large amounts of box office revenue, with the added bonus of 3-D sales as well.

Family movies released around Thanksgiving are usually gold for movie studios as the extended week sees kids have no school, and many adults have extra time off of work. Last year, the family movie “Arthur Christmas” released around the same time only grossed $46 million in North America, and represented a flop for the holidays. The top three Thanksgiving week opening movies of all time are “Toy Story,” “Tangled” and “Enchanted.”

“Rise of the Guardians” already opened in China, where it made $3.1 million this past weekend. The movie expands into eight countries, including the United States and Russia, this week. The movie will also be released in select domestic and international IMAX (IMAX) theaters. The movie will appear on a total of 20 IMAX screens in North America in 14 states and 2 provinces.

Throughout 2012, I have also pointed out other key reasons shares of DreamWorks Animation could rise:

1. Theme Park Plans – New indoor theme park coming at American Dream Mall in New Jersey. This park could be the sign of things to come, as DreamWorks could expand to other theme parks utilizing characters from its library of movies.

2. Acquisition of Classic Media – DreamWorks bought the library of Classic Media for around $150 million. The acquisition gives DreamWorks over a hundred characters that can be licensed out on merchandise and also used for movies. The company had previously announced that they were making a movie based on Classic Media characters Mr. Peabody and Sherman.

3. Move into Television – Company CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg hinted at creating a television channel to showcase DreamWorks characters. The company has shows based on “Kung Fu Panda” and “Madagascar” on Nickelodeon. The company also created a show called “Dragons, Riders of the Berk” that airs on Cartoon Network.

Another reason to begin accumulating shares of DreamWorks is a potential buyout. On its own, DreamWorks shares look enticing. However, with consolidation in the movie industry, including Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm, DreamWorks looks attractive with a $1.66 billion market capitalization. The studio’s key characters and brands would fit well with a studio that needs a family or kids division.

Analysts see the company reporting $0.38 in earnings per share for the current December quarter. Analysts were pleasantly surprised when the company reported $0.29 in the September quarter, after forecasting $0.11. The company has earned $0.57 in the first three quarters. Analysts previously saw the company earning $0.93 for the fiscal year, before jumping to $1.06 in the next year.

Shares of DreamWorks are trading at $19.64, still towards the middle of their fifty two week range. The company has a fifty two week range of $16.34 to $22.98. Shares are up 17% in 2012, but still remain down 38% in the last two years. Hitting $25 or $30 by the end of the year is not out of the question. The studio’s diversification away from movies should be recognized by investors and should increase earnings per share targets for the future. The company also moves to a more aggressive three or four movies every year pattern beginning in 2013.

 

On the recent box office report Twilight Saga bagged 341 million smackers, the best record breaker in entertainment history! How did it do in the foreign box office? Danny A’s got the scoop, and it’s a good one!

 

Danny Angelfish (via Hollywood Reporter)- Opening at 12,845 locations in 62 overseas markets, Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 virtually sucked the box office oxygen out of the foreign theatrical circuit with a debut gross of $199.8 million – the biggest offshore opening launch of the year.

 

The weekend take easily beats the opening of last year’s The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part I, which drew an estimated $144 million at about 9,950 locations in 54 overseas markets. To get an idea of just how big this weekend’s action was, Breaking Dawn 2’s debut tally matches the entire foreign box office of series original, 2008’s Twilight.

 

Breaking day-and-date with its domestic release, the fifth and final title based on Stephenie Meyer’s series of novels about a young woman (Kristen Stewart) in love with a vampire (Robert Pattinson) blasted its way to a huge, double-digit weekend debut in the U.K. ($25.2 million at 588 locations for a per-site average of nearly $43,000).

 

Other big markets, as per Lionsgate Entertainment., which is handling foreign through various local distributors: Russia and eight other CIS markets ($21 million), Brazil ($18.4 million), France ($17.4 million), Australia ($12.6 million), Italy ($13.3 million), Spain ($12 million) and Mexico (also $12.2 million). Included in Breaking Dawn 2’s overseas weekend total was $3 million registered at 82 IMAX location.    

 

2009’s The Twilight Saga: New Moon cumed $413.2 million foreign while the following year’s The Twilight Saga: Eclipse finished its overseas run with a gross of $398 million. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part I drew a total offshore gross of $430.9 million.

 

The first four Twilight films grossed more than $2.5 billion worldwide of which $1.4 billion came from the foreign circuit. (Worldwide total for Breaking Dawn 2 stands at $340.9 million.)

 

Pushed aside to a distant No. 2 was Sony/MGM’s Skyfall, the 23rd installment of the James Bond franchise, which had been the foreign circuit’s box office champion for three prior stanzas.

 

The third outing starring Daniel Craig as 007 collected $49.6 million this weekend from 10,036 locations in 83 territories, pushing its foreign gross tally to $507.6 million. That makes Skyfall the biggest-grossing (not adjusted for inflation) James Bond title ever released on the foreign circuit. Top market on the weekend was Germany where the film tallied $10.2 million at 1,330 sites.

 

Flight starring Denzel Washington got off to a tentative start offshore, premiering No. 5 in Russia with $1.2 million extracted from 387 spots. The film’s very early foreign cume stands at $2.3 million drawn from four territories. Distributor Paramount said that major-market openings are due in January and February “during the awards season.”

 

Continuing to show overseas box office traction after early lackluster rounds in  Turkey, South Africa, India and Iceland, Cloud Atlas, the soul-searching sci-fi drama costarring Tom Hanks and Halle Berry.

 

Cloud Atlas opened No. 2 in Germany ($2.9 million at 554 locations) and No. 3 in Austria ($241,000 at 59 spots). The film also seized the No. 1 spot in Russia (via Twentieth Century Fox working on a distribution fee basis) for the second consecutive round, drawing $2.6 million from 1,300 spots for a market cume of $12.9 million.

 

Thanks to solid holdovers in France ($1.6 million at 346 spots at No. 3 in the market) and in the U.K. (No. 5 with $1.28 million drawn from 335 locations),Argo, actor-director Ben Affleck’s international thriller, grossed $8.7 million on the weekend overall at 3,451 screens in 38 territories. Offshore cume stands at $40.4 million.

 

Sony Animation’s Hotel Transylvania, a comedy voiced by Adam Sandler and Kevin James about a boy who discovers Dracula is real, grossed $8.3 million at 4,397sites in 62 markets. The title’s foreign gross total stands at $140.8 million.

 

Wreck-It Ralph, Disney’s 3D family animation title, playing in 19 territories, dipped to $4.8 million overseas its third round in 18 territories, and lifting its foreign gross total to $35.7 million. Worldwide take stands at $157.2 million.

 

DreamWorks Animation’s Rise of the Guardians opened at some 7,500 situations in China and bagged $2.9 million. The Paramount release, featuring the voices of Alec Baldwin and Hugh Jackman, opens in eight markets this week including Hong Kong, Russia and the Ukraine and Singapore.

 

Sony’s Here Comes the Boom, a comedy starring Kevin James as a biology teacher turned martial arts fighter, drew $2.5 million in its second round overseas at 948 screens in 22 markets for an overseas cume of $8.1 million.  A No. 3 ranking in Germany kicked in $1.7 million at 559 locations.

 

Pushing its foreign gross total to $82.1 million was Paramount’s Paranormal Activity 4, which collected $2.3 million on its fifth offshore weekend from 1,991 spots in 42 markets. An Italy bow is on tape this week. DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted has grossed via Paramount a total of $521.4 million overseas over the last 24 rounds.  Latest weekend yielded $2.6 million at 2,047 situations in 25 locales.

 

Universal’s The Bourne Legacy pushed its foreign cume to $161.3 million thanks to a $2 million weekend at some 5,044 play dates in 13 markets while Twentieth Century Fox’s-EuropaCorp.’s Taken 2 grossed $1.9 million on the weekend an offshore cume of $222.4 million. 

 

Top-grossing local language newcomer in the France market is Le Capital, director Costa-Gavras’ big business drama starring Gabriel Byrne.  The Mars Distribution release opened No. 4 with an estimated $1.37 million derived from 259 screens.

 

After a $1.3 million weekend at 1,050 overseas sites, Looper, the time-traveling thriller costarring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis, has rolled up via various local distributors nearly $100 million ($97 million) in total offshore revenue since its foreign theatrical opening in late September. Biggest markets: China ($20.2 million), U.K. ($16.4 million), Australia ($12.2 million), Russia ($7.6 million), France ($6 million) and South Korea ($3.8 million). Worldwide cume stands at $162 million.

 

Other international cumes: Universal’s Pitch Perfect, $4.2 million (worldwide, $65.7 million); Fox’s The Watch, $32.9 million; Paramount’s Cirque du Soleil – Worlds Away, $3.4 million in Japan); Universal’s Ted, $282 million (worldwide, $501 million); Wild Bunch’s Asterix et Obelix: Aus Service de sa Majeste, $32.7 million over five round in France only; and Universal’s Anna Karenina, $10.8 million from Taiwan, China, the U.K. and Ireland.

 

Also, Warner Bros. Espana’s Lo Impossible, $48.1 million over six rounds in Spain only; Pathe’s Nous York, $4.1 million over two stanzas in France only; Fox’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, $78.5 million; Universal’s ParaNorman, $42.8 million; Fox’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, $27.9 million; Warner Bros. France’s Stars Des Annees 80, $12.8 million in France only; Fox’s The Sessions, 745,576 in two markets; and Universal’s Un Plan Parfait (Fly Me To The Moon), $8.2 million in France only.

 

And, Universal’s Mental, $4.3 million; Focus Features’ Moonrise Kingdom, $19.6 million; Fox’s Ice Age: Continental Drift, $717.2 million; and Focus Features’ To Rome With Love, $56.4 million.

 

You’re in luck Gumball fans, on Monday, the folks at Aardman created an online game on Cartoon Network’s biggest award winning hit. Perch has the game stats!

 

Perch Perkins (via Toon Zone)- Bristol, UK Monday 19th November – Aardman Digital have produced an exciting new online game for The Amazing World of Gumball, the award-winning animated series produced by Cartoon Network’s European development studio and broadcast globally on Cartoon Network.
 
The Amazing World of Gumball tells the story of an extra-ordinary suburban family who just happen to live in an ordinary town. There’s Dad, a 6’4” pink rabbit who stays at home while Mum works in the rainbow factory. And their kids are pretty standard too: there’s Gumball, a blue cat with a giant head, Anais, a 4-year-old genius bunny, and Darwin, a pet goldfish who became part of the family when he sprouted legs.
 
The online game “Dino Donkey Dash” is based on popular episode “The Quest” and will consist of fast-paced mini-games which create a fun and engaging online experience for kids.  It will launch on Cartoon Network websites across Europe, Middle East and Africa.
 
Louise Okafor, Director of Digital Entertainment, EMEA at Turner Broadcasting said “It’s a fantastic game which wonderfully encapsulates the creative emphasis of the series, but also works as a unique standalone proposition, which is really what you want when creating an online product affiliated to a series. Aardman are great partners to work with and we’re looking forward to seeing the game debut globally on Cartoon Network.”
 
The game requires the player to control Gumball and Darwin as they heroically try to get little sister Anais’ toy-donkey Daisy back after it is snatched by Tina the T-Rex.  Tina, although seemingly scary is really just a gentle giant who lives in the chaotic junkyard where the games are set. Each game focuses on a section of the narrative, first of all creeping up on a sleeping Tina in ‘Stealth Mode’, followed by the duo precariously trying to free Daisy by nudging her from Tina’s grasp in the second game ‘Dino Poke’.  The final game culminates in a mad dash to out-run Tina to the safety of the junkyard perimeter in ‘Junkyard Chase’.  When each game is completed successfully the player unlocks amusing achievements and clips from the show as a reward. Much of the gameplay is inspired by the comedy and peril depicted in key scenes of the fast and furious episode, making for an exciting battle against the clock!
 
Each mini-game can be played as single-player or local two-player – in single-player mode, the player plays as Gumball, in two-player mode one player is Gumball and the other player is Darwin. The Aardman team have seamlessly blended the original 2D and 3D animations and live action environments from the show with interactive elements designed to take kids on an exciting journey into The Amazing World of Gumball!
 
“The Amazing World of Gumball is possibly the most surreal, cartoon ever to have existed, which is exactly why we’re all very excited to work with Turner Broadcasting and create their latest game.” explains Dan Efergan, Creative Director at Aardman Digital, going on to add, “Keeping the game full of the fiendishly clever, silly humor, that’s core to the shows brand, has been one of the main challenges. But it’s not that difficult when you’re creating a game that includes in its cast a mutant goldfish and a needy T-Rex!”
 
Dino Donkey Dash, created by the digital arm of the Oscar winning animation studio, is the most recent offering from the division as they continue to develop engaging new online entertainment for a growing portfolio of external clients.

 

Checking the Penguins tally today, we’re almost out the 400’s as 407 fans continue to support Team Skipper with 5 episodes to go!

 

We’ll keep track of the Guardians as the numbers come in time for this Sunday’s box office report. Until then, see you for another edition of my entertainment report. Happy Thanksgiving TV and movie fans!

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Twilight Saga Part 2 scores 340 million as Bella’s fate is sealed; Cartoon Network and Boomerang release holiday schedule; Mickey turns 84

Is this the end of Bella Swan? I’m Realistic Fish Head! At long last, twilight fans will see what happens after the marriage of Edward Cullen with 340 million in the box office as their love story ends! Gene Scallop asks Dateline Hollywood with the top spot in their advantage, will Team Edward win the battle after all?

 

Gene: Bella’s time of reckoning has come at last folks. When we last saw her, she was at her wits when she forced to choose between either Jacob or Edward. In the end, she chooses Edward as her husband to be. Now with her fate possibly sealed, how did it do better than Part 1?

Well, with movie going charts up 14% than the last one, it was impressive! With this reason behind it, the Twilight franchise could climb as much as 3 billion smackers! That boost propelled the box office with 341 million smackers this week, the highest amount since Transformers 3 and Legend of The Guardians: The Owl’s of Ga’hoole just over 2 years ago.

With the new record clocked in, it was Summit’s best flick in box office million dollar history since The Hunger Games.

 

Sky fall was down 53% when it topped the box office last week, now it’s down 60% much to Sony and MGM’s anticipation. But as of Friday, it’s back in the game since 2 weeks ago.

 

DreamWorks’ Lincoln increases its theater sales to 1,775 theaters as it gets very good reviews and a very good A rating.

 

The Weinstein’s Sliver Linings Playbook earns 301 million smackers as it continues its award winning streak.

 

Meanwhile, Wreck-It Ralph is still wrecking 121 million smackers as the only animated film in the race.

 

To recap, Team Edward bites 1st as the saga ends, super spy 007 rebounds in 2nd, Lincoln holds on in 3rd, Wreck-It Ralph is still causing carnage in 4th, and Flight flies on in 5th.

 

411 Penguin fans have signed on in the Penguins tally. Here’s what will Team Skipper will face next:

 

In Operation: Lunacorn Apocalypse, The penguins must face a world domination battle when Private accidentally unleashes KuchiKukhan. But when the sprit plunges downtown, Team Skipper encounters an ancient warrior that can stop him from doing more damage. With Private’s Lunacorn in danger, will he be forced to get rid of his prized possession to tell KuchiKukhan that Lunacorns are part of imagination in order to save the city? Neptune hopes what are you’re doing Private….

 

Fresh off ABC Family’s release of their 25 days of Christmas schedule which is currently counting down, Both Cartoon Network and Boomerang have released their holiday schedule as Perch Perkins explains!

 

Perch Perkins (via Nick and More)- It’s time to laugh as if you had a belly full of jelly and enjoy that warm, fuzzy holiday feeling when Cartoon Network kicks off its holiday programming on Monday, Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. (ET, PT) with a week full of all new holiday specials from Regular Show, Annoying Orange, The Amazing World of Gumball, The Looney Tunes Show and MAD. Then beginning Christmas Eve, Cartoon Network gives the gift of 24 hours of animated holiday classics like Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Tom and Jerry: A Nutcracker Tale. Bright spots of Cartoon Network’s holiday programming schedule include:

ALL-NEW CARTOON NETWORK HOLIDAY EPISODES

Monday, December 3

8 p.m. (ET, PT): Regular Show: “The Christmas Special” – Mordecai and Rigby have to destroy a gift for Santa to save Christmas. The episode features Emmy Award(R)-winner Ed Asner as Santa Claus and Academy Award(R)-nominee Thomas Haden Church as a rogue elf.
8:30 p.m. (ET, PT): Annoying Orange: “Orange Carol” – It’s Christmas Eve, and Orange’s annoying antics are spoiling everyone’s holiday cheer. Will a visit from three ghosts bring Orange the Holiday spirit? Or will he end up alone, annoying only himself?
Tuesday, December 4

7 p.m. (ET, PT): The Amazing World of Gumball: “Christmas”- Santa Claus is coming to town. Unfortunately, he gets run over by the Wattersons, so it’s up to them to save Christmas.
7:30 p.m. (ET, PT): The Looney Tunes Show: “A Christmas Carol” – When the overwhelming heat zaps everyone’s enthusiasm for Christmas, Lola (voiced by Kristen Wiig) decides to stage her own version of “A Christmas Carol” to renew the town’s holiday spirit, while Foghorn and Daffy set off for the North Pole to set up a giant fan that will blow cold air down to their sweltering town. It all culminates with “Christmas Rules,” an all-new Merrie Melody performed by the cast of The Looney Tunes Show singing about why Christmas is such a wonderful holiday.
Thursday, December 6

8 p.m. (ET, PT): MAD: “Fantastic Four Christmases/ Red and White Collar” – It’s a MAD Christmas Special! The kids of the Fantastic Four have to go to all four relatives’ houses in one day, and deal with yuletide super villains! Then, Santa is let out of jail and teams up with the FBI! Plus Christmas commercials, Spy vs. Spy and more!
HOLIDAY SPECIALS

Tuesday, December 4

5:30 p.m. (ET, PT): Abominable Christmas – After two Abominable Snowkids are chased from their mountain hideaway, they are forced to spend Christmas with the most feared animal of them all: humans. Despite their mischief, they learn the meaning of Christmas as they help the family learn the importance of each other.
6:30 p.m. (ET, PT): Scooby-Doo: Haunted Holidays – Scooby-Doo and the gang participate in a holiday parade where they discover an abandoned haunted clock tower with a troubled past. The sinister snowman haunts the streets and accompanied with a large blizzard, threatens to close down the toy store for good.
Wednesday, December 5

7:30 p.m. (ET, PT): Smurfs: A Christmas Carol – At Christmas, Grouchy Smurf behaves badly to everyone and it takes the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future to teach him to appreciate Christmas.
24 HOURS OF CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE:

Monday, December 24

6 a.m. (ET, PT): Powerpuff Girls Twas the fight Before Christmas
7 a.m. (ET, PT): Code Name: Kids Next Door: “Operation Naughty”
7:30 a.m. (ET, PT): Code Name: Kids Next Door: “Operation Snow”
8 a.m. (ET, PT): Johnny Test: “Big Snow Job” and “Snowmen”
8:30 a.m. (ET, PT): Johnny Test: “Snow Ball” and “Holly Jolly”
9 a.m. (ET, PT): The Looney Tunes Show: “A Christmas Carol”
9:30 a.m. (ET, PT): Olive the Other Reindeer
10:30 a.m. (ET, PT): A Scooby Doo Christmas
11 a.m. (ET, PT): Garfield: “Home for the Holidays”
12 p.m. (ET, PT): Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends: “A Lost Claus”
12:30 p.m. (ET, PT): The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack : “Low Tidings”
1 p.m. (ET, PT): Chowder: “Knishsmas”
1:30 p.m. (ET, PT): Billy & Mandy Save Christmas
2:30 p.m. (ET, PT): Ed, Edd n Eddy’s Jingle, Jingle, Jangle
3 p.m. (ET, PT): Johnny Test: “Snow Ball” and “Holly Jolly”
3:30 p.m. (ET, PT): Tom and Jerry Nutcracker
4:30 p.m. (ET, PT): Abominable Christmas
5:30 p.m. (ET, PT): Scooby Doo: Haunted Holidays
6 p.m. (ET, PT): Smurfs: A Christmas Carol
6:30 p.m. (ET, PT): The Amazing World of Gumball : “Christmas”
7 p.m. (ET, PT): The Looney Tunes Show: “A Christmas Carol”
7:30 p.m. (ET, PT): Adventure Time: “Holly Jolly Secrets”
8 p.m. (ET, PT): Regular Show Christmas Special
8:30 p.m. (ET, PT): Annoying Orange: “Orange Carol”

Tuesday, December 25

6 a.m. (ET, PT): A Johnny Bravo Christmas
6:30 a.m. (ET, PT): The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack : “Low Tidings”
7 a.m. (ET, PT): Chowder: “Knishsmas”
7:30 a.m. (ET, PT): Tom and Jerry Nutcracker
8:30 a.m. (ET, PT): Abominable Christmas
9:30 a.m. (ET, PT): Scooby Doo: Haunted Holidays
10 a.m. (ET, PT): Smurfs: A Christmas Carol
10:30 a.m. (ET, PT): The Looney Tunes Show: “A Christmas Carol”
11 a.m. (ET, PT): Adventure Time: “Holly Jolly Secrets”
11:30 a.m. (ET, PT): Johnny Test: “Snow Ball” and “Holly Jolly”

Perch Perkins (via Nick and More)-  Boomerang, Turner Broadcasting System’s commercial-free classic cartoon network, will present holiday specials of yesteryear throughout December as part of a month-long CHRISTMAS PARTY. Two full hours of holiday programming will entertain families every Saturday and Sunday from 9-11 a.m. (ET), culminating in an 18-hour marathon of cheer beginning at 6 a.m. (ET) on Christmas Day.

The spotlighted guests of this party, from Tom & Jerry to Papa Smurf, span nearly four decades of cartoon history from the late 1960s through the early 2000s. This Christmas party will celebrate not only how favorite animated families like the Flintstones and the Jetsons ring in the holidays, but will also feature Emmy(R)-nominated one-of-a-kind specials like The Town That Santa Forgot.

“Boomerang’s ‘Christmas Party’ takes us back to a time when families would gather around the television for their annual favorites,” said Stacy Isenhower, senior vice president of programming and scheduling for Boomerang and Cartoon Network. “The season truly is about family and togetherness, and our programming helps honor that tradition.”

Highlights of the Boomerang CHRISTMAS PARTY include:

A Flintstones Christmas Carol (1994), Saturday, Dec. 8, 9 a.m. (ET): Christmas is nearly ruined when Fred, who plays Ebenezer Scrooge in a Bedrock Community Players Christmas production, becomes a true-life Scrooge himself.
A Jetson’s Christmas Carol (1985), Saturday, Dec. 8, 10 a.m. (ET): Mr. Spacely forces George Jetson to work late on Christmas Eve, while the family wonders what has happened to him. Later that night, Mr. Spacely is visited by his old partner, Jacob Marsley, who tells him of three spirits that will visit him – and they do! – showing Mr. Spacely that his future is doomed unless he changes his ways!
The Town That Santa Forgot (1993), Sunday, Dec. 16, 9 a.m. (ET): Dick van Dyke stars as the voice of a kind grandfather relaying the tale of Jeremy Creek, a spoiled boy who learns it is better to give than to receive.
The Powerpuff Girls: ‘Twas the Fight Before Christmas (2003), Sunday, Dec. 16, 10 a.m. (ET): The Powerpuff Girls are busy saving Christmas everywhere when Princess, Townsville’s greediest little girl, plots to trick Santa into turning her into the fourth Powerpuff Girl. Bubbles, Blossom and Buttercup explode into a Yuletide winter blizzard of bad-girl-thwarting action to put Princess in her place and keep Christmas from disappearing forever.
The Smurfs Christmas Special (1982), Saturday, Dec. 20, 4:25 p.m. (ET): The Smurfs must use all the holiday goodness they can muster to battle an even greater evil than Gargamel.
Yogi’s First Christmas (1980), Saturday, Dec. 22, 9 a.m. (ET): Hanna-Barbera’s most beloved classic characters, including Huckleberry Hound and Snagglepuss, join Yogi at Jellystone Lodge for a Christmas celebration in this much-loved holiday movie.
Casper’s First Christmas (1979), Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2:30 p.m. (ET): A joyful group of cartoon friends visit Casper on Christmas Eve. Hairy Scary tries to scare their Christmas spirits away until a touching gesture changes his heart.
Nutcracker Scooby (1984), Thursday, Dec. 25, 7:30 p.m. (ET): This two-part episode from The New Scooby Doo Mysteries is presented as an hour-long Christmas special. The Mystery, Inc. gang – Freddy, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy & Scooby-Doo – tries to spread a little cheer when they are confronted by yet another creepy ghoul.

We’ll have this and other holiday specials as we join holiday TV and travel expert Angel Blue fish during this year’s holiday coverage.

Today is a special day for Disney as their icon Mickey Mouse turns 84 years old today! Jimmy Trout on what might’ve happened if Mickey wasn’t here, if  Disney’s entire movie collection haven’t existed, and what’s in the mouse’s future as of now.

Jimmy Trout (via The Animation Blog)- Nov 18,1928 — HAPPY BIRTHDAY MICKEY MOUSE- At the Colony Theater in New York, Walt Disney’s cartoon “Steamboat Willie” debuted- The first major sound cartoon success and the official birth of Mickey Mouse. Two earlier silent Mickey’s had been done, but they were held back when the sound experiment went ahead. …

Those first two cartoons were “Plane Crazy” (a little bit of Charles Lindbergh) and “Gallopin’ Gaucho” (spoofing the Douglas Fairbanks feature The Gaucho.) But those two specimens were held back while Disney produced a short with voices, sound effects and music.

A wise choice, as it turned out.

The Disney Co. is today an international conglomerate, but the fact that the company survived its early years is testimony to Walt’s plucky creativity and happy circumstance.

If Snow White hadn’t shattered box office records, there would have been no Burbank studio, and probably no studio at all.

If World War II hadn’t happened and the federal government hadn’t enlisted Walt Disney Productions in war work at a time the company was broke, the Disney brothers might have gone under around the same time the Fleischer brothers’ Miami studio passed into receivership.

If the Anaheim amusement park hadn’t clicked ….

If the Bass brothers hadn’t ridden to the rescue …

Fate and genius have intersected multiple times over the past eighty-four years, and so in 2012 Disney rockets forward as a powerful brand name, just as it did when Walt was alive.

Join Gene Scallop for a special edition of his entertainment report as we say hello to the holiday guardians as we give Paramount a going away party for their final film with DreamWorks! We also bid farewell to ICarly this week as well. This is Realistic Fish Head saying have a good season finale Carly!

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Cartoon Network’s primetime schedule tops ratings list; Dora’s Fairy Tale special and new episodes of Sponge Bob and TNMT continue Nick’s rating streak; TNMT makes its first appearance at the 2012 Thanksgiving Day parade; Sky fall named top Bond film in Britain

 

Welcome to the pre-Thanksgiving Day edition of Gene Scallop’s entertainment report! Here’s what’s topping today!

 

Cartoon Network’s rating numbers for last week improve again thanks to its primetime and weekend schedules. Nick’s new episodes of TNMT and Sponge Bob keeps its streak running too. Here’s the info as follows:

 

Ranking as the week’s #1 network for Early Prime (7-9 p.m.) delivery of boys 2-11, 6-11 & 9-14, Cartoon Network also earned across-the-board delivery growth among kids vs. the same time period last year—average kids 2-11 grew by 7%, kids 6-11 also by 7% and kids 9-14 by 10%. In Total Day, Cartoon Network ranked #1 among boys 9-14, while average delivery also grew among kids 6-11 (4%) and kids 9-14 (12%), compared to last year’s time period. Additionally, all weekly kids delivery averages grew by double-digits compared to the prior four weeks, ranging between 11% and 23%.

The Wednesday night presentation of Ninjago (7:30 p.m.) ranked as the #1 telecast of the week among boys 6-11 (all TV) and boys 9-14 (basic cable), as well as the #1 telecast of the day among boys 2-11. The premiere episode earned dramatic double-digit delivery gains across all kids and boys demos, with growth ranging between 60% and 95%. The entire Wednesday night line-up performed exceptionally well, with the special Lego: Empire Strikes Out (7 p.m.) and new series Dragons: Riders of Berk (8 p.m.) both charting #1 in their respective time periods among all boy demos.

Among Cartoon Network’s original programming, Tuesday night’s presentation of The Amazing World of Gumball (7 p.m.) ranked as the #1 telecast of the day among boys 9-14, and #1 in its time period among kids 9-14 and all boys, earning double-digit delivery gains across the board ranging between 18% and 41%. Similarly, The Looney Tunes Show (8 p.m.) ranked #1 in its time period among all boys. Thursday night’s MAD (8 p.m.) as ranked #1 in its time period among all boys 2-11, 6-11 & 9-14.

Saturday morning’s action-adventure animated line-up (7-11 a.m.) scored delivery gains vs. last year across all kids and boys 2-11, ranging between 2% and 10%. Among programming highlights, Star Wars: The Clone Wars (9:30 a.m.) ranked as the #1 telecast of the day among boys 9-14, while earning double and triple-digit delivery growth across all kids and boys demos vs. the 2011 time period, ranging between 71% and 117%. Original series Ben 10: Omniverse (9 a.m.) also ranked #1 in its time period among boys 9-14, posting delivery gains across all boys: boys 2-11 grew by 7%, boys 6-11 by 8% and boys 9-14 by 5%.

NEW YORK—Nov. 13, 2012—Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob Square Pants and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) grew their winning streak to a fourth straight week, with SpongeBob topping all TV with K2-11 and TMNT winning its time period by double digits among K2-11 across all TV for Nov. 5-11, 2012. Nickelodeon’s preschool properties also posted solid ratings, with “Dora’s Royal Rescue” nabbing Nick the top preschool program for the week. Nickelodeon also was basic cable’s top-rated network in total day with kids 2-11 and total viewers this week.

The Nov. 10 episode of TMNT, “Never Say Xever” averaged a 4.2/1.4 million with kids 2-11 and 2.9 million total viewers. The show was number-one in its 11 a.m. (ET/PT) time period with both demos across all TV, easily surpassing the next closest competitor (The Disney Channel) by +10% with K2-11 and +41% with total viewers.

SpongeBob Square Pants maintained the top spot as the number- one kids’ show on all TV for the week of Nov. 5-11 for the fourth straight week. “Patrick-Man!/ Gary’s New Toy” (Saturday, Nov. 10 at 10:30 a.m., ET/PT), averaged a 6.3/2.1 million with K2-11 and 3.9 million total viewers–ranking as the most-watched kids’ program among total viewers for the week.

Additionally, Dora the Explorer’s “Dora’s Royal Rescue” hour-long special (Monday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. ET/PT) ranks as the week’s top telecast with K2-5 across all TV, averaging a 7.0/945,000 K2-5 and 2.6 million total viewers. Based on the Miguel de Cervantes literary classic, “Dora’s Royal Rescue” includes guest voices from Andy Garcia and Placido Domingo as Don Quixote and Malambruno respectively, and features Dora as a knight and Boots as her squire as they help the noble horse Rocinante, rescue Don Quixote (Garcia) who is imprisoned by Malambruno (Domingo), an evil wizard, in an abandoned library inside Story Castle.

Here’s some Thanksgiving Day parade history Nick-style! In 2004, the Sponge made its debut. 3 years later Dora The Explorer, the Latino heroine successfully made her appearance. And as Jim Trout found out a familiar squad will make New York citizens proud!

Jim Trout (via Nick and More) NEW YORK – Nov. 13, 2012 – For the first time ever, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will emerge from the sewers of Manhattan with their very own float and join some of Nickelodeon’s most popular stars in the 86th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade(R) on Thursday, Nov. 22. The Dora the Explorer float, inspired by the “Dora’s Christmas Carol Adventure” television special, will have a return appearance at the Parade and will feature a performance by Nick star and Columbia recording artist Rachel Crow. iCarly’s Jennette McCurdy will perform on Pepperidge Farm’s Goldfish(R) on Parade float and SpongeBob Square Pants will make his ninth appearance as the only “square” balloon.

“Nickelodeon’s collaboration with Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has become a tradition and we’re thrilled to be introducing the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle float in the Parade this year,” said Pam Kaufman, Chief Marketing Officer, Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids and Family Group. “Sitting down year after year to watch the Parade as a family is a Thanksgiving Day ritual for millions across the country as preschoolers, tweens, teens and parents enjoy seeing Nickelodeon’s stars and characters marching in this great event.”

Nickelodeon’s participation in the 86th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade includes:

From Nickelodeon’s hit show, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael and Michelangelo are back! The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles emerge for the first time aboard an out-of-this world float. Designed by the artists of Macy’s Parade Studio, the float unfolds with breathtaking ninja precision and features a spectacular dark cityscape including roof tops, fire escapes, window ledges and a zip line down telephone wires. Taking a ride with the Turtles on their Thanksgiving journey will be rockers Neon Trees singing their top 5 smash “Everybody Talks.”

It’s Nochebuena and Dora’s having a party! Exploring the past, present and future of Christmas is Nickelodeon’s Latina heroine Dora the Explorer. For the holidays, Dora and her friends are off on an adventure to help Swiper learn the true meaning of Christmas. Featured on the colorful float is a stunning 12-foot tall Christmas tree decorated with dazzling ornaments and very special gifts. On board with Dora for this holiday trek is Nickelodeon star and Columbia recording artist Rachel Crow, singing “Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town.”
Pop-culture icon and eternal optimist SpongeBob Square Pants will make his ninth appearance when he takes a special holiday trip to soak up the sights and sounds of New York City. Based on Nickelodeon’s hit animated series, the SpongeBob balloon will absorb more than 16,200 cubic feet of helium to fly down the route. Although it may appear square, the SpongeBob balloon isn’t square at all; it is actually a single chamber sphere, made intricately square-shaped by more than 600 internal tie-lines. Looking dapper as always, SpongeBob stands at 62-feet high, 38-feet wide and 28-feet long.

Finn and his Pepperidge Farm Goldfish friends Gilbert, Brooke and Xtreme have decided to have a parade. Inspired by Macy’s great American tradition, they’ve gathered up some books and toys to create a whimsical Thanksgiving Day procession. Finn leads the way in a dapper top hat and shades as the parade’s grand marshal. Xtreme uses pencils to “stilt walk” down the route while Brooke drives the wind up car which tows Gilbert on his float made of buttons, caps and a whistle. The march comes to life as it seemingly jumps out of a New York City pop-up book. The Goldfish characters’ vision wouldn’t be complete without a balloon, and so Finn & Friends have transformed a classic toy balloon into a flying wonder. On board for the Turkey Day fun is Nickelodeon star Jennette McCurdy singing “That’s What Christmas Means To Me.”

In my box office report, Sky Fall racked up 88 million smackers and as for the Brits who declared the film a big record setting win, is now the best 007 flick. How is it the best Angie?

 

Angie Angelfish (via Dateline Hollywood)-Skyfall is climbing higher and higher in the UK record books. The 23rd James Bond entry last week became the biggest film of the year in the territory and the top 007 film ever. Now, after about two and a half weeks in release, it has surpassed Titanic, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2 and Toy Story 3 to become Britain’s second-highest-grossing film ever. Sony confirms the total local haul to last night is £74.3M ($117.7M). That also makes Skyfall the top-earning 2D film of all time in the UK. The biggest film ever in Britain is Avatar, with £94M ($148.9M). Skyfall crossed the $100M mark in North America earlier this week and as of Sunday the Sony/MGM/Eon production had a global cume of $518.6M.

It’s tally checking time as 425 fans sign in on the Penguins tally as Team Skipper continues its season 3 missions until the final confrontation of Dr. Blowhole. With 6 episodes to go, they better be ready to face the diabolical dolphin for the final time which could go down in Nick history, possibly for all time.

 

We’ll set up the decorations as we await Thanksgiving week after my next box office report. Until then TV and movie fans, Gene Scallop speaking!

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Sky fall earns 88 million as rally continues; Hotel Transylvania sequel set for 2015; Disney’s acquisition of Lucas film beats estimates; TV’s Fred to star in Nick’s new intergalactic live action show

 

James Bond returns to beat the bad guys to pull in 88 million! I’m realistic Fish Head! It’s the franchises’ 50th birthday as 007 comes back after a 4 year hiatus. Gene Scallop has the classified info!

 

Gene: It’s been a long time, but James Bond is officially back in action! Sky Fall, the newest Bond film, puts 88 million smackers in the box office this week. Before we give you the actual numbers, Here how Sony managed to give the world’s best secret agent a boost in the UK…

 

Before the film was ready for action in the States, 007 was partnered with Eon Productions along with MGM and Sony Pictures in order to recover MGM from being broke to solve its production and partnership problems so the film could the the best Bond film since Dr. No back in 1962.

 

As a result, the film is currently the best Bond film in Britain thanks to record setting theater numbers including IMAX which ultimately gave a bigger boost in the box office eclipsing Quantum of Solace’s 68 million smacker weekend opening back in 2008 with an A rating to go with it.

 

Lincoln headed by DreamWorks, Fox, and Disney, over performed with 11 theaters surpassing insider hopes of racking up to 40-50 million moviegoers when it debuted. The current count as of now is 78 million. The other Abe Lincoln flick Abe Lincoln: Vampire Hunter did 66% moviegoers the last time we reported. Honest Abe might’ve been an Oscar nom for best picture, but Steven Spielberg’s other Lincoln film could be in the running too.

 

On the lighter side though, Wreck-It Ralph hangs on from a 32% increase last week while Paramount’s Flight managed to gain altitude with 38%.

 

To celebrate Bond’s 50th anniversary, 007 fights 1st, Wreck-It Ralph is still wrecking in 2nd, Flight gets its bearings in 3rd, while Argo and Taken 2 stay 4-5. We’ll have more info in our next box office report.

 

Checking our Penguins tally, 438 fans have signed in as Team Skipper was recently saved by Chuck Charles after an arch rival newsman was given the boot. With the footage indisposed, the Penguin’s favorite newsman gave them a dedicated news report saving the flightless spies from being front page news. You know folks, news media companies and organizations like Bikini Bottom News, Toon Zone, and many others have given you the best stories from all over the entertainment world. This last episode of the Penguins serves us a purpose of bringing you the complete story whenever it happens. That’s been our mission since 2005.

 

As for the next 2 episodes with 6 episodes left to air, Best Foes highlights Kowalski as he invents an enemy detector to find villainous arch enemies including Dr. Blowhole from a longer distance. And in The Revenge of the Vesuvius’s after the Vesuvius twins abducted Skipper and Julien for their fun and amusement along with their dignity, they plan buy up all the tickets to the annual zoo sleepover.

 

Dracula invites you back to Hotel Transylvania in 2015 as Hotel Transylvania 2 starts production as Jim Fish reports!

 

Jim Fish (via The Wrap)-Sony Pictures Animation will make a sequel to “Hotel Transylvania,” one of the year’s surprise hits, a spokesman for the studio told The Wrap.

Tentatively titled “Hotel Transylvania 2,” the film is set for a 2015 release. There is no director attached at the moment.  Genndy Tartakovsky, who directed the first one, will be helming Sony Pictures Animation’s “Popeye.”

“Hotel Transylvania” opened to $42.5 million at the domestic box office and $50.6 worldwide, setting a new record for a September opening. It has grossed more than $250 million at the global box office so far.

Adam Sandler voiced the character of Dracula, who owns the titular five-star resort designed as a place for monsters to relax away from humans. Other monsters such as Murray the Mummy (Cee Lo Green), Frankenstein’s Monster (Kevin James) and Griffin the Invisible Man (David Spade) descend upon the hotel for the 118th birthday of Dracula’s daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez).

 

Gene Scallop broke the story back on Halloween as Disney recently acquired Lucas film after a long journey with Fox. How did it do on Wall Street? Stan Jennings Fish has the mouse’s numbers!

 

Stan Jennings Fish (via The Wrap)- ESPN and theme parks powered Disney in the fourth fiscal quarter of 2012, as the media conglomerate hit analyst expectations for earnings per share on the dot at $0.68.

Disney fell short on the revenue side, netting $10.78 billion when analysts expected $10.92 billion.
For the year, Disney posted year-over-year growth, earning $9.96 billion in segment operating income — 13 percent higher than last year.

Net income rose 14 percent to $1.2 billion in the quarter.

The theme parks division gained from passengers spending more time on Disney cruise ships plus a boost in attendance at theme parks in Hong Kong, California and Paris, the company said.

Disney released results shortly after its Oct. 30 announcement that it had agreed to buy filmmaker George Lucas’s Lucasfilm and its “Star Wars” franchise for $4.05 billion in cash and stock. The company promised at least three new “Star Wars” films, starting with Episode 7 in 2015.

Shares of the company dropped 2 percent on Thursday in after-hours trading to $49. Earlier, shares closed at $50.04 on the New York Stock Exchange.

Morningstar analyst Michael Corty said Disney produced “another solid quarter” particularly with its cable networks business, though revenue was below what some analysts expected.

“Disney has so many good things going for it that any weakness in the stock would be a buying opportunity,” he said.

 

Attention Fred Figgle horn fans! He’s coming to invade our world! Perch Perkins has the story of how the biggest hero turned alien!

 

Perch Perkins (via Nick and More)-SANTA MONICA, Calif., Nov. 9, 2012 – Nickelodeon premieres a brand-new out of this world live-action comedy series, Marvin Marvin, on Saturday, Nov. 24, at 8:30 p.m. (ET/PT).  Starring internet sensation Lucas Cruikshank in his first lead role since the beloved Fred Figglehorn, the half-hour multi-camera series follows the adventures of Marvin, an intergalactic alien teenager who clumsily tries to adapt to his new life on Earth.  Marvin Marvin will air regularly on Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon.

“Lucas’ impressive comedic talents and creativity put him in a class of his own,” said Paula Kaplan, Executive Vice President of Current Series, Nickelodeon. “We’re incredibly excited to continue our relationship with him and know his fans will enjoy seeing this quirky new character and the rest of this talented cast in this fun new comedy.”

Marvin Marvin follows the adventures of a teenage alien with special powers named Marvin (Cruikshank) who was sent to Earth by his parents in order to protect him from evil invaders on his home planet, Klooton.  Under the supervision of his new human parents, Bob (Pat Finn, The Middle) and Liz (Mim Drew, The Practice), Marvin tries to adjust to life on Earth as a typical American teenager.  Helping him navigate Earth’s unfamiliar social customs are Marvin’s human siblings Teri (Victory Van Tuyl, Supah Ninjas) and Henry (Jacob Bertrand, Para Norman) and his mischievous grandfather, Pop-Pop (Casey Sander, The Big Bang Theory).  As if teaching Marvin how to act human wasn’t hard enough, the family must also conceal his real identity from the world including Teri’s curious best friend, Brianna (Camille Spirlin).

In the pilot episode, Marvin is taken in by the Formans, a quintessential American suburban family, who now have to hide his identity and help him live the life of a normal human kid.  Unbeknownst to his human “parents” and to the chagrin of his human “sister,” Marvin sneaks out the house to attend high school.

Marvin Marvin is created and executive produced by Jon Ross (10 Things I Hate About You) and Jeff Bushell (Beverly Hills Chihuahua).  Evan Weiss and Gary Binkow are also executive producing through their company, The Collective. Bushell serves as show runner. The series is produced by Rocart, Inc.

The series premiere of Marvin Marvin will begin airing in April 2013 on Nickelodeon’s 40+ international channels across Europe, Latin America, Asia and Australia.

 

With Thanksgiving weekend approaching fast as well the holiday season, we’ll make sure to honor our soldiers and vets as we celebrate Veteran’s Day. With new episodes still coming in, this is Realistic Fish Head saying, we salute you honorable heroes!

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Jill Sanford named vice president of animation; Shout Factory and Warner Bros. get DVD rights to Beetle juice and MAD TV; Duck Dodgers Season 1 to be released in February 2013

 

Welcome to the toon revolution edition of Gene Scallop’s entertainment report. Here’s what’s topping today!

 

When we last left Nick HQ back in October 12th, Nick took out 2 animation exes. Now, a new vice president is in charge! Perch, who’s the VP replacement and will it help the network get back in the ratings race?

 

Perch Perkins (via Toon Zone)- BURBANK – Nov. 6, 2012 – Nickelodeon has named Jill Sanford Vice President of Animation Development, Nickelodeon Group.  Sanford will be responsible for all aspects of development from concept to pilot, including all creative and production.  The announcement was made by Jenna Boyd, Senior Vice President of Animation Development, Nickelodeon Group, to whom Sanford will report.
 

“Jill’s creative expertise and proven track record of overseeing animated hits makes her a terrific addition to the Nickelodeon animation team,” said Jenna Boyd, Senior Vice President of Animation Development, Nickelodeon Group.  “Her keen eye for identifying unique ideas and talent will be a huge asset as we continue to grow our hit Nick animation brand.”
 

In her new role, Sanford will research and develop show ideas, will oversee scripts, creative, legal, casting and staffing for pilots.  Additionally, she will help oversee the comedy shorts program and partner with our short form development team to find and shepherd the next generation of animated hits.
 

Prior to joining Nickelodeon, Sanford held several positions during her nine year tenure at The Walt Disney Company, where she most recently served as the Director of Original Series for Disney Television Animation.  She was the lead current series executive for Disney Channel’s animation series Phineas and Ferb, Fish Hooks and other projects in development.  Prior to moving to Disney Television Animation in 2008, Sanford worked in both development and current series for live-action and animated series for Disney Channel.  She also held positions at Fox Sports Net and commercial production company, Hungry Man.
 

Sanford earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Literature and Culture from the University of California Los Angeles.  She was also named to Multichannel News’ list of “40 under 40” in 2011.

 

Good news Beetle juice fans, the ghost with the most is going to be on DVD as Shout Factory and the Warner’s reach a multi company deal to unleash the Neither world’s greatest hero as well as its live action show MAD TV. Hey Jimmy, do both shows get the full show treatment?

 

Jimmy Trout (via Toon Zone)- Los Angeles, California – November 5. 2012 – Shout! Factory announced a multi-property alliance to bring the memorable Warner Bros. television series MADtv (seasons two though five) and the animated series BEETLEJUICE to the home entertainment marketplace. The multi-year alliance provides Shout! Factory with exclusive DVD rights to 97 episodes of MADtv (1996-2000) and all 94 episodes of BEETLEJUICE for home entertainment releases in the United States and Canada . The announcement was made today by Shout! Factory founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer , and Garson Foos .
 
“We are excited about this new opportunity with Warner Bros. MADtv and BEETLEJUICE are two highly entertaining television properties with a large fan following. We look forward to presenting these two series on DVD and sharing them with a new generation of fans,” state the Shout! Factory founders.
 
Primetime Emmy®-winning series MADtv was one of the top rated late-night comedy staples in the 1990s and ran on Fox for fourteen seasons. This fast-paced and irreverent sketch comedy series is well-known for its outrageous movie and television parodies, cutting political satires, hysterical commercial and music video spoofs, biting social commentary and pop culture send-ups. The ensemble cast has created an impressive array of popular characters such as Michael McDonald’s man-child Stuart and Marvin Tikvah; Mo Collins’ Lorraineand Trina; Aries Spears’ Belma Buttons and Dollar Bill; Debra Wilson’ Bunifa and Cocoa Latette; Bobby Lee’s Connie Chung and Kim Jong-il; Phil LaMarr’s Jaq the UBS guy and Desperation Lee; and Will Sasso’s accident prone handyman Paul Timberman and Michael McCloud. MADtv is a production of QDE. The executive producers are David E. Salzman, Quincy Jones and Dick Blasucci.
 
Featuring the voice talent of Stephen Ouimette, Alyson Court , Roger Dunn and Elizabeth Hanna, BEETLEJUICE is the highly popular animated series adaptation of Tim Burton’s hit movie that ran successfully on television from 1989 – 1992. The series follows the imaginative adventures of Beetlejuice and human teenager Lydia Deetz in Neither land. The television series was A NELVANA Production in Association with THE GEFFEN FILM COMPANY and TIM BURTON INC.

 

Blast off with Duck Dodgers on DVD! Fresh off a season full of missions based on the continuity of the cartoon, Duck Dodgers fans will relive the hero’s daring missions with his trusted eager young space cadet, as Season 1 of the show finally hits the stores in 2013. Jim Trout has the entire mission profiles and also has the schematics!

 

Jim Trout via (Toon Zone)- Tvshowsondvd.com reports that Warner will release long awaited series Duck Dodgers on DVD with Duck Dodgers: Season 1 – Dark Side of the Duck on February 19, 2013. Based on the classic Chuck Jones short it chronicles Dodgers (Daffy Duck) and his sidekick The Eager Young Space Cadet (Porky Pig) trying to protect what’s left of the galaxy in the 24 1/2 century from The Martian Queen Tyr’ahnee and her top soldier, the Martian Commander X-2 (Marvin the Martian).
 
Duck Dodgers was produced by Warner Brothers and aired on Cartoon Network in 2003. The show features the voices of Joe Alaskey (Plucky Duck from Tiny Toon Adventures) as Duck Dodgers, and the Martian Commander, Bob Bergen as The Eager Young Space Cadet, Tia Carrere (Wayne’s World, and Lilo & Stitch) as Queen Tyr’ahnee, Michael Dorn (Lt. Worf from Star Trek: The Next Generation) as the Centurions, Richard McGonagle (Abin Sur in Green Lantern: First Flight) as Dr. I.Q. Hi, and John O’Hurley (Seinfeld, To Tell the Truth, and Family Feud) as Captain Star Johnson.

The two-disc set will contain all 13 episodes from season one as well as the classic Looney Tunes short Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2 Century.
 
Duck Dodgers: Season 1 – Dark Side of the Duck will arrive in 21st century retailers on February 19, 2013.

 

As we check the Penguins tally, 446 fans sign in as the new Saturday missions continue for Team Skipper.

 

We got the list of DVD’s this November as the holiday season draws near. Here’s the list of this month’s titles:

 

11/6/2012
 
Your Sister’s Sister
Last Call at the Oasis
Pray for Japan
Trishna
Even the Rain
Khodorkovsky
[REC] 3: Genesis
I Wish
360
Arthur Christmas

11/9/2012
 
The Amazing Spider-Man

 
11/13/2012

 
Nitro Circus: The Movie
The Queen of Versailles
Brave
Savages
The Watch
2 Days in New York
Make Believe
Natural Selection
I’m Not Jesus Mommy
The Island President

11/20/2012
 
They’re Out of the Business
The Expendables 2

11/27/2012
 
The Apparition
Step Up Revolution
Lawless
Para Norman

11/30/2012
 
Sparkle
Men in Black 3

 

What a good way to start off November for the toon world as we see signs of a cool breeze blowing through as we approach Thanksgiving week.  Last year’s Thanksgiving week surprised us big time! What will we see this year? we’ll give you some Thanksgiving goodies very soon but for now, we’ll see you next time!

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Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph wrecks box office with 50 million lead; DreamWorks 24 % increase surpasses Wall Street; Regular Show renews for season 5 while Gumball renews for season 3

 

Wreck-It Ralph wrecks down the hostage crisis and fixes the rally! I’m Realistic Fish Head. This villain turned hero who is destined to save the gaming world, saved Franken weenie’s reputation after a big disappointment from harsh critics! How did Ralph save the day for animated toons? Gene Scallop has the story!

 

Gene: Last week, Sandy wrecked the east coast thanks to the Franken storm. It also hammered the box office when Argo struck down and botched the rally. This time a new hero arose big time!

 

Movie attendance is up 21% thanks to the recovery efforts of super storm Sandy. This weekend overall went to Disney’s new 3D blockbuster Wreck-It Ralph who wrecked exactly 50 million smackers all weekend long. This 3D film is the first non-holiday hit in Disney animation history. It also swept the boards which was exactly what critics had in mind when they predicted that Ralph could beat out its recent animated competitors.

 

With a solid A, Ralph released Franken weenie from being permanently put to rest and promised between now and the Thanksgiving holiday to increase family audiences in order to score a perfect game.

 

Ralph also upstaged Paramount’s newest film Flight starring Denzel Washington which scored a 31% pop with 25 million smackers. It received good reviews despite a bleak black half. Nevertheless, this film is a shoo-in for an Oscar nod.

 

Universal’s Kung-Fu fighting hit The Man With The Iron Fists chopped down Argo and Cloud Atlas with a 15% drop scoring 8.2 million smackers as an battle royal is sprung to see which fighter survives the battle. With Lucy “Viper” Liu calling them out and some kicking music from music artist RZA, some of you Kung-Fu fans who are familiar with the 2 Kung Fu Panda movies, may be interested in this newest kicking hit!

 

Ralph slams 1st as critics correctly predict his chances, Flight flies in 2nd, Argo still shoots 3rd, Iron Fists hi-yah’s at 4th putting out Taken 2 and Cloud Atlas as Fox takes down the Warner’s as it loses big time.

 

There are 454 fans remaining as we check out the Penguins tally as Team Skipper completes the first 2 missions, the next 2 air next Saturday consisting of their last 2 missions of season 3 before the arrival of Doris the Dolphin which could mean a big disaster for their science techie Kowalski!

 

When we last left DreamWorks, their CEO Jeffery Katzenberg and COO Ann Daly extended their contracts for the next to last 5 years, this time their stock beat the investors and Wall Street’s expectations! What caused the stock to pop? Stan Jennings Fish has the results!

 

Stan Jennings Fish (via The Wrap)-DreamWorks Animation breezed past analyst estimates with its third-quarter financial results, posting significant growth over last year thanks to “Madagascar 3” and “Puss in Boots.”

The company posted $186.3 million in total revenue and $24.4 million in profit, up from $160.8 million and $19.7 million in the same period last year.

“DreamWorks Animation’s third quarter results were driven by the blockbuster international box office success of ‘Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted,’ which has earned nearly $720 million at the worldwide box office to date, to become the fifth highest-grossing film of the year on a global basis,” Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation, said in a statement. “We are looking forward to the next major event film for the Company during the fourth quarter, the November 21st theatrical release of ‘Rise of the Guardians.’”

DreamWorks Animation stock is up about a point in after shares trading.

“Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” accounted for 25 percent ($47.1 million) of the company’s $186. 3 in revenue. The film has grossed more than $700 million worldwide.

“Puss in Boots” accounted for $44.8 million of the revenue thanks to domestic and international pay TV deals, as well as home entertainment.

All of those films were distributed by Paramount through a deal between the two companies. “Rise of the Guardians,” due out Nov. 21, will complete that arrangement.

Starting next year, Fox will distribute the company’s films.

 

 Cartoon Network has renewed both Regular Show and The Amazing World of Gumball after the network celebrated 2 decades just 2 months ago. This was a big surprise for both most favorite shows as Jim Fish was at the scene.

 

Jim Fish (via Broadcasting and Cable)- Cartoon Network has renewed Regular Show for a fifth season and The Amazing World of Gumball for a third season, as well as ordered additional episodes of Annoying Orange.

Regular Show, which won an Emmy this year, was the No. 1 program on Monday night with key boys demos, and its 7-9 p.m. time period with kids during its recently concluded third season. The animated comedy from JG Quintel debuted its fourth season Oct. 1.

The Amazing World of Gumball, from London-based Cartoon Network Studio Europe, is the top program on Tuesday (7-9 p.m.) with kids and boys 2-11 and 6-11 in its second season to date.

Since its premiere in June, the Web-to-TV series Annoying Orange has been the No. 1 program on Mondays with all key boys demos.

 

This week, we celebrate another milestone as HBO celebrates 40 years of entertaining viewers around the world. As for animation, new episodes continue around Cartoon Network and the Nick networks. This is Realistic Fish Head saying, “fall back” for some new discoveries!

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