Thanks to surging theatrical grosses in countries such as Brazil, China, India, Mexico and Russia, the international box office more than doubled North American earnings in 2013, topping out at a record $25 billion. Though Hollywood studio content continues to dominate globally, receipts for local productions are beginning to play a more significant role in many markets. We provide a breakdown of the annual box office for of all the major territories and explain why some fared better than others.
Speaking of breaking records, the telecast of this year’s Super Bowl between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos had an audience of 112 million viewers. That makes it the most watched television show in U.S. history. As is often the case, the commercials proved more interesting than the game.
Last week the industry also mourned the tragic death of Oscar winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman from what appears to be a drug overdose. Unfortunately, obit writers were also kept busy with the passing of folk musician Pete Seeger, studio executive Tom Sherak and legendary animator Arthur Rankin Jr.
Of course, we also cover the week’s top entertainment news stories including an Oscar nomination for Best Song gets rescinded, “Back to the Future” is being turned into a Broadway musical and Disney plans to reboot Chip ‘n Dale.
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Actor of Depth, Dies at 46
Philip Seymour Hoffman Found Dead in New York
Pete Seeger dies at 94; Balladeer Was America’s Conscience
Tom Sherak Dies at 68; Former Head of Motion Picture Academy
Animation Legend Arthur Rankin Jr. Dies at 89
New Chinese Box Office Records Come As No Surprise
WGA Awards 2014: Complete List of Winners and Nominees
Gravity Earns Top Honors from Cinematographers
‘Great Gatsby’ Wins Big at Australian Oscars
Aussie Films Hit 8-Year Low
Box Office: Boom! Bust! Inside a Wild $25 Billion Year Overseas
Super Bowl XLVIII Is Most Watched in History With 112.2 Million Viewers
Time Warner Cable Loses Standard Definition Super Bowl Feed
Super Bowl Commercial Breakdown
Beats Music Deals With Tech Issues
Neil Young To Launch Pono at SxSW
Damian Lewis Set to Star as Henry VIII in ‘Wolf Hall’
CNN’s Entire Lineup Falls Below CNBC ‘Shark Tank’ Repeats
Writers Guild of America Starting Negotiations on Feb. 3
WGA Says Studios Seeking ‘$60 Million In Rollbacks’
Playwright Sues to Salvage Play Deconstructing ‘Three’s Company’
Back to the Future Musical Prepares for West End Run
Disney Reviving ‘Chip ‘n Dale’ for a Live-Action Feature
‘Dancing With the Stars’ Fires Longtime Band Leader
Academy Disqualifies Oscar-Nominated Song ‘Alone Yet Not Alone’
Oscar Winner Pens Letter Accusing Academy of Christian ‘Bigotry’ in Song Flap
Academy Says Song Decision Was About Oscar ‘Integrity’
Democrats Introduce Net Neutrality Bill