Transformers: Age of Extinction crosses 100 million; Aereo suspends service after Supreme Court ruling; Lino Di Salvo joins Paramount’s creative animation unit

 

 

The Autobots avoid extinction! I’m Realistic Fish Head. After a demolishing defeat from Megatron in Dark of the Moon, Optimus Prime and the Autobots are threatened an evil force thanks to Galatron as they face extermination. Transformers 4 scored 100 million which is more than Transformers 3 previous had. With the new army of Dinobots as proven true back in March Gene, will they be able to restore the critic’s faith after the previous movie?

 

Gene:

 

Paramount’s Transformers: Age of Extinction debuted with an estimated $100.0 million this weekend. The fourth installment of the popular sci-fi action franchise performed in line with its massive pre-release expectations and delivered the largest opening weekend performance of 2014 to date (just topping the $95.02 million start of Captain America: The Winter Soldier). Without adjusting for ticket price inflation, Transformers: Age of Extinction delivered the fourth largest June opening weekend of all-time (behind only last year’s Man of Steel, 2010’s Toy Story 3 and 2009’s Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen). The opening weekend performance of Transformers: Age of Extinction was in the same neighborhood as the $97.85 million opening weekend of 2011’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon, though the opening weekend of Dark of the Moon was obviously deflated from that film opening on a Wednesday.

Transformers: Age of Extinction opened with $41.6 million on Friday (which included an estimated $8.75 million from late night shows on Thursday), fell 23 percent on Saturday to gross $32.15 million and is estimated to decline 18 percent on Sunday to take in $26.25 million. That places the film’s opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.40 to 1. While that ratio indicates significant initial front-loading, Transformers: Age of Extinction will hope to be helped out next weekend by what appears to be a relatively soft slate of releases by Independence Day weekend standards. The film’s A- rating on CinemaScore is also an early encouraging sign going forward, though it should also be noted that early audience reaction to the film on Flixster has been far less impressive.

IMAX grosses were responsible for $10.7 million (10.7 percent) of this weekend’s overall gross for Transformers: Age of Extinction.

Sony’s 22 Jump Street placed in a distant second with an estimated $15.4 million. The successful action comedy sequel starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum fell 44 percent from last weekend, which represented a solid hold, especially given the new direct competition the film faced from Transformers: Age of Extinction. 22 Jump Street has grossed an impressive $139.84 million in 17 days, which means it has already surpassed the $138.45 million final domestic gross of 2012’s 21 Jump Street. 22 Jump Street is currently running 51 percent ahead of the $92.88 million 17-day take of 21 Jump Street.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 placed in third with an estimated $13.1 million. The 3D computer animated sequel from Fox and DreamWorks Animation was down 47 percent from last weekend.  How to Train Your Dragon 2 has yet to really stabilize for a family film and continues to perform below its massive expectations with a 17-day gross of $121.81 million. How to Train Your Dragon 2 is now running a disappointing 9 percent behind the $133.40 million 17-day gross of 2010’s How to Train Your Dragon.

On the heels of last weekend’s first place debut, Sony’s Think Like a Man Too fell three spots and a sharp 64 percent to land in fourth with an estimated $10.4 million. The Kevin Hart led ensemble comedy sequel was off to a very solid start last weekend (especially with its modest price tag in mind), but has displayed poor holding power since then. With a ten-day gross of $48.17 million, Think Like a Man Too is now running 20 percent behind the $60.47 million ten-day take of 2012’s Think Like a Man.

Holding up far better this weekend was Disney’s Maleficent, which was down just 36 percent to round out this weekend’s top five with an estimated $8.24 million. In the process the 3D fantasy blockbuster starring Angelina Jolie surpassed the $200 million domestic milestone this weekend. Maleficent has grossed $201.87 million in 31 days and is very likely to continue holding up well going forward.

Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 also surpassed the $200 million domestic mark this weekend. The 3D superhero sequel took in an estimated $320,000 for the frame and has grossed $200.18 million through 59 days of release.

In its second weekend, Warner’s Jersey Boys placed in sixth with an estimated $7.61 million. The Clint Eastwood directed musical was down a solid 43 percent.  Jersey Boys has grossed $27.34 million in ten days. That is in line with the film’s modest expectations and places the film a slim 4 percent behind the $28.42 million ten-day take of 2012’s Rock of Ages.

 

To recap as we approach July 4th weekend, Transformers 4 kicks bot 1st as it crosses 100 smackers, 22 Jump Street shoots 2nd, DreamWorks Dragons flies in 3rd, Think Like A Man chuckles in 4th, and the villainess Maleficent holds on in 5th.

 

 

On last Wednesday’s box office report, the broadcasters scored a win against Aereo for violating copyright use in their service. CEO Chet Kanojia had vowed the fight will continue. Yesterday, he kept his word. What did he tell his Aereo subscribers Angie?

 

 

Angie Angelfish (via Dateline Hollywood)- Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia tells subscribers in a note this morning that he has decided to “pause” the service beginning at 11:30 AM ET — even though “our journey is far from done.” The Barry Diller-backed company plans to consult with the U.S. District Court in New York hearing broadcasters’ complaint against it to “map out our next steps” after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, in a 6-3 decision, that the service violates station owners” copyrights when it streams their over-the-air programming without permission.  Users will receive a refund for their last paid month.

The CEO maintains that the airwaves belong to the public and “you should have a right to access that live programming whether your antenna sits on the roof of your home, on top of your television or in the cloud.” Following a “staggering” show of support, he urges supporters to “Keep your voices loud and sign up for updates at ProtectMyAntenna.org .”

Here’s the note:

A Letter to Our Consumers: Standing Together for Innovation, Progress and Technology – An Update on Aereo

“The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress.” –Charles Kettering, inventor, entrepreneur, innovator & philanthropist

A little over three years ago, our team embarked on a journey to improve the consumer television experience, using technology to create a smart, cloud-based television antenna consumers could use to access live over the air broadcast television.

On Wednesday, the United States Supreme Court reversed a lower court decision in favor of Aereo, dealing a massive setback to consumers.

As a result of that decision, our case has been returned to the lower Court. We have decided to pause our operations temporarily as we consult with the court and map out our next steps. You will be able to access your cloud-based antenna and DVR only until 11:30 a.m. ET today. All of our users will be refunded their last paid month. If you have questions about your account, please email support@aereo.com or tweet us @AereoSupport.

The spectrum that the broadcasters use to transmit over the air programming belongs to the American public and we believe you should have a right to access that live programming whether your antenna sits on the roof of your home, on top of your television or in the cloud.

On behalf of the entire team at Aereo, thank you for the outpouring of support. It has been staggering and we are so grateful for your emails, Tweets and Facebook posts. Keep your voices loud and sign up for updates at ProtectMyAntenna.org – our journey is far from done.

Yours truly,
Chet Kanojia

 

 

With the arrival of SpongeBob Movie 2 coming February 5th, Paramount needed a creative genius to add in their animated arsenal. Whom did they get Danny?

 

Danny Angelfish (via Dateline Hollywood)- Animation veteran Lino DiSalvo has joined Paramount Animation as Creative Director. The announcement was made today by Adam Goodman, President of the Paramount Film Group, who oversees Animation for the studio. DiSalvo moves to Paramount following a 16-year stint at Walt Disney Animation Studios, where he most recently served as Head of Animation on Oscar-winning pic Frozen. In his new role, UTA-repped DiSalvo will be assisting Goodman and the Paramount Animation team to build a world-class feature animation studio. He begins his new role immediately.

“From its inception, we have aspired to work with the industry’s greatest artists and storytellers, and Lino’s addition to our little animation family is thrilling given his incredible talent. CG animation is still in its earliest days and his extraordinary artistry, coupled with the endless potential of the medium, makes for an incredibly exciting time to be building our own animation business, and gives us a lot of continued inspiration for the future creatively,” said Goodman.

DiSalvo began his career at the Walt Disney Company as a character animator. Prior to Frozen, he served as Supervising Animator on Tangled and Bolt. His other film credits include animating on Meet The Robinsons and Chicken Little.

Paramount Animation is in production on the original film  Monster Trucks, a hybrid of live-action and CGI animation directed by Chris Wedge (Ice Age, Epic). The film is set for release in May. Next up for the division is The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water from directors Paul Tibbitt (animation) and Mike Mitchell (live action), releasing in February.

 

Checking the Penguins tally, 2,107 fans sign in as Team Skipper continues to track box office numbers from Team Autobot and Team Hiccup.

 

 

Summer sweeps heat up as the Super Megaforce Rangers return this weekend with new episodes filled new abilities from Legendary Ranger Mode to another Legendary Megazord mode! What will the rangers unlock this time? Find out this weekend! This is Realistic Fish Head saying, time to go legendary!

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