Disney ruled the box office this week as their big seasonal animation, Frozen opened with a very impressive £4.7m. That’s the second highest Friday to Sunday opening of the year for an animated film, behind Despicable Me 2 (£10m). Wreck-It Ralph opened with £4.5m in February and The Croods opened with £3.5m in March: both of those titles managed to cross £24m, so hopes are high for the rest of Frozen’s run. Over 39.1% of Frozen’s total came from 3D presentations, which is the highest percentage for a family animation since Wreck-It Ralph in February.
2013 has been another great year for cinema with huge hits throughout, including Despicable Me 2 (£47.3m), Les Misérables (£40.7m), Iron Man 3 (£37m) and Monsters University (£30.6m), with big hitters such as Anchorman 2 and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug still to come.
As we draw closer to the end of 2013, we can look forward to a boat-load of movie entertainment in store in Q1 2014.
DCM’s resident Film Specialist, Tom Linay, gives us his thoughts on Nebraska, via The Huffington Post.
Nebraska (directed by Alexander Payne of Sideways fame) is the story of an aging, booze-addled father (Bruce Dern) who makes the trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son (Will Forte) in order to claim a million dollar Mega Sweepstakes Marketing prize.
I’m going to come right out and say it, Alexander Payne’s Nebraska features my favourite performance of 2013 and it’s not Bruce Dern as Woody, wonderful though he is. She may only be on screen for around fifteen minutes in total but June Squibb, playing Woody’s long suffering wife Kate, steals every scene she’s in. It’s a firecracker performance that illuminates the screen, biting and fizzing, leaving you hanging on her every word. I should also add that she reminds me of my own mother, and for that reason, the very thought of her performance makes me feel warm and fuzzy.
Exhibitors, distributors and suppliers came together last night to mark the festive season at the 81st Cinema Exhibitors’ Association Christmas Dinner, held at London’s magnificent Waldorf Hilton Hotel.
Digital Cinema Media was proud to sponsor the drinks reception this year for the first time and delighted to catch up with so many colleagues across the industry. Guests had travelled from all parts of the UK to mark the occasion, including Tamiko Mackie from The Maltings cinema in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Merlin’s Geoff Greaves and Billy Quitco from Cornwall, Steve Reynolds from Four Seasons Entertainment and Picturedrome’s Adam Cunard from Bognor Regis, to name a few. Exhibitors from closer to home included Tyrone Walker-Hebborn from the Genesis, Mile End and Reel’s Klash Suri.
“Whovians” habitually sit on the sofa—or hide behind it—to watch their favourite time-traveller battle Daleks, Cybermen, Zygons and other monsters. But on November 23rd thousands of them, all around the world, settled into cinema seats to see “Doctor Who” in 3D. The 50th-anniversary episode of the British television show was screened on 800 big screens in 20 countries at the same time as being broadcast on the BBC’s channels.
The Doctor’s appearance exemplifies the rise of “event cinema”, in which film theatres show more than just films. Cinema-goers can be thrilled by live sporting events or lulled by arias from the world’s great opera houses. They have still been able to see “Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum”, although the exhibition at the British Museum closed in September. Event cinema accounts for only around 1% of global box-office takings, but it is growing quickly. David Hancock of IHS, a research firm, thinks it will bring in $380m this year and maybe $1 billion by 2018.
An early Monday morning start (25 November) at BAFTA headquarters saw Digital Cinema Media (DCM) host industry leaders to discuss the future of cinema at our inaugural Upfronts event this week.
With the aim of making the 200 strong media audience think differently about the cinema experience and share new advertising opportunities around the upcoming 2014 film slate, we also wanted to provoke discussion about the power of cinema advertising and the health of the industry as a whole.
Cinephile’s met at the Hospital Club this week to earn bragging rights for the remainder of 2013 at the final DCM Movie Quiz of the year.
Tom Linay, Film Specialist at DCM, played quiz master and warmed up the assembled crowd before dazzling us with his knowledge of Christmas related movies.
Phil Clapp, Chief Executive of the Cinema Exhibitors’ Association, told Huffington Post readers this week, why he believes the cinema offers the ultimate movie viewing experience.
A few weeks back at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, Steve Moffatt – the man behind two of Britain’s biggest TV hits in Sherlock and Doctor Who – told an audience why in his opinion television was better than the movies. Given his pedigree, you might think that unremarkable. And on both sides of the Atlantic, it’s probably true to say that we are in something of a golden age for long-form TV series, with Moffat’s own offspring standing shoulder to shoulder with the likes of Breaking Bad and Mad Men.
Peter Souter, Chairman and chief creative officer for TBWA\UK Group, was a provocative keynote speaker at last weeks inaugural DCM Upfronts, offering his thoughts on why advertising needs to hold itself to higher standards.
The purpose of the Upfronts event was to bring together industry leaders to discuss the future of cinema, the power of storytelling on the big screen and new ad opportunities to target the diverse cinemagoing audience.
Zoe Jones, Marketing Director at Digital Cinema Media, picks up the thread started by Peter Souter and explores the potential that cinema advertising holds.