Posts By: Patrick Corcoran

Disney joins Universal in cutting smoking in movies

Disney announced yesterday it’s banning smoking in Disney-branded films. According to the Hollywood Reporter: “The Walt Disney Co. shares your concern regarding deaths due to cigarette smoking,” Iger wrote to (Congressman Ed) Markey. “We discourage depictions of cigarette smoking in Disney, Touchstone and Miramax films. In particular, we expect that depictions of cigarette smoking in… Read more »

Weekend Box Office 7/27-7/29

Rank Film Distrib Weekend Gross Cume 1 The Simpsons Movie Fox $71.8 $71.8 2 I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry Universal $19.0 $71.6 3 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Warner Bros $17.0 $241.7 4 Hairspray (2007) New Line $15.5 $59.3 5 No Reservations Warner Bros $11.7 $11.7 6 Transformers Paramount $11.5… Read more »

Independent's Day

Two stories in the news focusing on the continued strength of the more than 400 independent theater owners as a force in the industry. Friday, the Springdale Morning News in Arkansas profiled the new Blackhawk Theatre in Pea Ridge, a small but burgeoning town in the extreme northwest corner of the state. Pea Ridge Mayor… Read more »

Weekend Box Office 7/20-7/22

Title Distrib Weekend Cume I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry Universal $34.2 $34.2 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Warner Bros. $32.5 $207.8 Hairspray (2007) NL $27.4 $27.4 Transformers P/DW $20.5 $262.9 Ratatouille Disney $10.8 $165.5 Live Free or Die Hard Fox $7.1 $116.2 License to Wed Warner Bros. $3.5 $38.4 1408… Read more »

Pirate Radio

KCRW’s The Business, hosted by Claude Brodesser-Akner, takes an in-depth look at the ways and means of movie theft on its July 16 broadcast.  The show goes out on the streets of downtown L.A. to purchase illegally camcorded DVDs of Spider-man 3, Knocked Up (it turns out to be Charlotte’s Web) and Ratatouille while they were still in movie theatres,… Read more »