A group of 70 (mostly Brazilian) animators has banded together to create a shot-by-shot remake of the 1961 Woody Woodpecker theatrical short The Bird Who Came to Dinner. Each animator was assigned a shot from the original short and asked to re-animate Woody (known as Pica-Pau) in Brazil in their personal style. Earlier this month, Universal’s live-action/cg hybrid Woody Woodpecker feature took the No. 1 spot at Brazilian theaters. And surprisingly, in its first three weeks, the film grossed well over $6 million.
In an astounding performance, Despicable Me 3 (DM3) left The Boss Baby behind last weekend to become this year’s highest-grossing animated release to date both domestically and globally. In the United States, DM3 collected $188.4M over three weekends compared to Boss Baby’s grand total of $174.2M. Globally, DM3 roped in $622.4M compared to Boss Baby’s $497.5M. While DM3 will be a money-maker for Universal, there is a sign of concern for the Illumination franchise. After 17 days at the domestic box office, DM3 not only trails the grosses of both DM2 and Minions, it also lags behind Illumination’s last two original films namely The Secret Life of Pets and Sing. At this rate, DM3 should end up earning well over 70% of its box office from overseas, a higher percentage than any previous f
Despicable Me 3 the latest installment of the animated crime adventure series opened at the top of the North American box office amid great expectations. However, in the midst of mixed reviews, the film fell short of expectations that the industry had in weekend ticket sales. The film has Steve Carell voicing for the despicable bad guy-turned-protagonist Gru and his twin brother Dru - in the film. The Universal film also features Kristen Wiig as Gru's wife Lucy and South Park co-creator Trey Parker as Balthazar Bratt, a former child star and evil villain whose fashion sense is suck in the '80s. The film roped in $75.4 million in its opening weekend, according to industry tracker Exhibitor Relations. This shows that the film will fall short of predictions that it would breach at least...
Business Growth Fund (BGF) has invested an initial £2m in Oscar-winning Milk Visual Effects, an independent visual effects company that creates innovative and complex visual effects for television and feature films. The fund receiving company will use the funding to expand its studios, invest in new technical equipment and R&D and hire the best industry talent, significantly increasing its capacity to work with the world’s leading feature film, high-end television and digital content producers such as Warner Bros., the BBC and Netflix. Milk was founded by five VFX supervisors and producers in 2013, including current CEO Will Cohen, and now employs 150 staff across its sites in London and Cardiff. The studio has won multiple awards for its creative work, including three consecutive
It’s become a sort of norm in Hollywood that within a week of announcing a sequel to the original movie, the makers announce the date and the year of release. Following the makers of Angry Birds 2, Universal and DWA have announced that The Boss Baby 2 will hit theatres on March 26, 2021. If that is not all, another good news is that Alec Baldwin is reuniting with DreamWorks Animation for the film. The Boss Baby about a power-obsessed infant voiced by Baldwin went on to be a sleeper hit at the global box office earning $468.4 million to date. The film, that opened in theaters on March 21 this year coincided with Baldwin's standout ongoing impersonation of President Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live. The Boss Baby film franchise is based on Marla Frazee's picture-book series about
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, the animated co-production by London-based Walker Productions and Lupus Films met with a tremendous success last holiday season. The half-hour special was commissioning broadcaster Channel 4′s most-watched programme in 2016 that attracted more than eight million viewers between its Christmas Eve and Christmas Day airings. IP owner Walker Books is now on the lookout to capitalise on Bear Hunt‘s success with a comprehensive year-round consumer products programme as the special rolls out worldwide. Home entertainment partner Universal is launching the DVD of Bear Hunt this month. The special is currently available on Amazon Prime in the US. Additionally, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt is set to air later this year on a number of internationa
Disney has become the first film studio to take $7bn (£5.7bn) in global ticket sales in a year, after Star Wars spin-off Rogue One became its latest hit in 2016 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which tells the story of the mission to steal the plans for the Death Star, took almost $300m (£323m) globally on its opening weekend. The film’s performance has propelled the studio past the $6.9bn record set by Universal last year, when Jurassic World and Furious 7 dominated the box office. With almost two weeks of the year left, the momentum generated by the most famous sci-fi franchise in the world and the popularity of the studio’s animated film Moana is likely to push Disney’s overall takings closer to $8bn. Disney has released the four top-grossing films of the year so far with Captain Amer
Universal and Illumination Entertainment have unveiled the first trailer for next summer’s Minionsfeature, the adorable spinoff from the studios’ Despicable Me franchise. (more…)