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20 Weeks of Summer: Was The Summer DISASTER Actually A Win? (Part 2: Sony/Universal/WB)

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Three of the six majors were UP for the summer in gross worldwide revenues. Fox was up by $920 million, Paramount was up by $626 million, and Sony was up by $28 million.

Of the other three, Disney was down by $869 million, Universal was down by $1.26 billion , and WB was down by $991 million. But with all that “down,” only one movie at these three studios was a significant loser financially.

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20 Weeks of Summer: Was The Summer DISASTER Actually A Win? (Part 1: Disney/Fox/Paramount)

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Twenty-four movies. That is the direct output of the wide-release movies from the six major distributors this last summer. Do you want to think about this summer based on numbers or do you want to get all emotional about it? Because if you think facts matter, start with the fact that there were 33 wide-release movies from the 6 major distributors last summer (2013). If all you are basing your reports of a summer disaster on is one specific, not very rich stat, you probably don’t care.

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The Weekend Report

It was a week of sweeping out the old and welcoming the new, starting with a trio of new national releases. Young adult adventure The Maze Runner topped the frame with an estimated $32.3 million while the competition played below expectations. Downbeat thriller A Walk Among the Tombstones bowed with $13.1 million while Shawn Levy’s R-rated dramedy of a grieving family, This is Where I Leave You, bantered to $11.7 million.

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Friday Box Office Estimates

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The DVD Wrapup: Think Like a Man Too, Richard Lewis, Battery, Eraserhead, Chain Saw, Spartacus, Roosevelts, POWs … More

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Wilmington on Movies: The Skeleton Twins

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The Torontonian reviews This Is Where I Leave You

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“While we ask for respect as artists, we really don’t know what we mean by art.” Screenwriters aren’t making art, they’re compiling “124 pages of begging for money and attention.”
~ James Schamus

“Hollywood is not American. Its revenues are only 30-40 percent American. Its primary purpose right now is to make movies that 20-year-old Chinese people want to see. That’s really the future.”
~ James Schamus