There is no disputing the financial success of “Thor: The Dark World”, a sequel in the franchise based on the Marvel Comics superhero. What’s less clear is what the film’s box office grosses say about the adoption of 3D. During opening weekend 700 2D screens in North America accounted for 60% of tickets sales, as opposed to the 40% earned by 3,100 3D screens. Is this yet another sign audiences have given up on 3D movies?
Netflix doesn’t care how you see a superhero movie, so long as you’re watching it through their service. Last week the on-demand video powerhouse cut a deal with Disney to produce four new original series based on Marvel superheroes, all of which will lead up to a crossover miniseries.
As if competing with Netflix wasn’t bad enough, television broadcasters are still figuring out how to deal with DVRs and the growing number of audiences who time shift their content. One major broadcast network is pushing for advertisers to pay for increased viewership on DVRs for up to seven days after a show originally airs.
Of course, we also cover the week’s top entertainment news stories including the death of Blockbuster Video, the official release date for “Star Wars: Episode VII” and Richard Branson brings reality television into space.
Will ‘Thor: The Dark World’ Near $90 Million in Domestic Debut?
‘Thor: The Dark World’ Strikes Big With $180 Mil Worldwide
‘Wolverine’ Sequel in the Works With James Mangold
‘Hunger Games’ Theme Park Possible, Says Lionsgate CEO
CBS Chief Lobbies To Extend Ad Payment Window for Delayed Viewing
Disney’s SOAPnet Channel Headed for the Drain
Big Fish to Close on Broadway December 29, 2013
Morissette To Bring ‘Jagged Little Pill’ To Stage
‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Gets December 2015 Release Date
Blockbuster Video-Rental Chain Will Shut All U.S. Stores
Why DC Entertainment Is Leaving New York
Fantagraphics Turns to Kickstarter to Fund its Spring 2014 List
McSweeney’s Publishing House Launches Crowdfunding Campaign for $15. Yup. For $15.
TV Ratings: ‘Sean Saves the World’ Gets ‘Voice’ Lift, ‘X Factor’ Falls Again
Booksellers Say ‘No’ to Amazon Source
NBC To Air Richard Branson’s Inaugural Space Flight Live
Nikki Finke Goes Solo, But Battle With Jay Penske May Not Be Over
Netflix Orders Four Original Marvel Series