Skyfall Trailer: James Bond Returns For Explosive 23rd Movie!

The first trailer for James Bond’s 23rd movie has just been released, with Daniel Craig looking badass as ever as the legendary secret Agent 007.

Skyfall, due in U.S. theaters November 9, also stars Javier Bardem and French actress Berenice Marlohe as the newest Bond Girl, named Severine.

In the 90-second clip below, which is technically a teaser for the full-length theatrical trailer to come, Bond is seen in explosive, international glory :

In Skyfall, Bond’s loyalty to M (Dame Judi Dench, in what may be her final role in a James Bond film) is tested as her past comes back to haunt her.

“As MI6 comes under attack,” says an official release for the film, “Bond must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.”

The production and release of Skyfall had been placed on hold when its studio, MGM, encountered financing problems, but is now a go for November.

Box Office Shocker: ‘Avengers’ Opens to Record-Shattering $200.3 Million !

The Avengers has set a new bar in opening to a walloping $200.3 million at the domestic box office, the largest debut ever and kicking off summer 2012 in high style.

The 3D tentpole — marking a major victory for Disney and Marvel Studios — easily dethroned Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, which opened to $169.2 million last summer, then the largest number in history.

Avengers opened a week ago overseas, earning a whopping $441.5 million through Sunday. The pic’s worldwide total of $641.8 million has already surpassed the lifetime totals of Captain America: The First Avenger ($364 million), Thor ($449 million), Iron Man ($585 million) and Iron Man 2 ($624 million).

Avengers is now positioned to reach $1 billion in global grosses.

Among other records, Avengers is the first film in history to cross $200 million in only three days of play at the domestic box office. It also scored the biggest Saturday gross of all time in earning $69.7 million.

“It’s been a fantastic weekend on every single front,” Disney executive vice president of distributionDave Hollis said.

Hollis said the slim 13 percent drop from Friday to Saturday reflects great word of mouth, as well as the fact that all segments of the audience are turning out, including families. Roughly 52 percent saw it in 3D.

Domestic box office, April May 4-6

Title/Weeks in release/Theater count, Studio/Three-day weekend total/Cume

1. The Avengers, 1/4,349, Disney/Marvel Studios, $200.3 million.

2. Think Like a Man, 3/2,011, Sony, $8 million, $73 million.

3. The Hunger Games, 7/2,794, Lionsgate, $5.7 million, $380.7 million.

4. The Lucky One, 3/3,005, Warner Bros., $5.5 million, $40 million.

5. The Pirates! Band of Misfits, 2/3,358, Sony/Aardman, $5.4 million, $18.6 million.

6. The Five-Year Engagement, Universal, 2/2,941, $5.1 million, $19.3 million.

7. The Raven, 2/2,209, Relativity/Intrepid, $2.5 million, $12 million.

8. Safe, 2/2,271, Lionsgate/IM Global, $2.5 million, $12.9 million

9. Chimpanzee, 3/1,531, Disney, $2.4 million, $23 million.

10. The Three Stooges, 4/2,174, $1.8 million, $39.6 million.

‘Avengers’ starting season with a bang ! Lebanese & US Box Office

“The Avengers,” a superhero movie mash-up of Marvel comics characters, flexed its muscles in U.S. and Canadian midnight screenings on Friday, earning $18.7 million and starting Hollywood’s summer season with a bang.

The movie, from Walt Disney Co. unit Marvel Studios, staked its claim to the second-highest midnight debut for a non-sequel film, coming in about $1 million shy of the March 2012 total for “The Hunger Games” at $19.74 million, according to industry tracker Hollywood.com.

“Avengers,” in which Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and Black Widow, among others, ban together to combat evil on earth, landed at No. 8 on the list of all-time best midnight openings behind several “Harry Potter” and “Twilight” franchise films. The best midnight debut belongs to “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2,” the final movie in that series that conjured up $43.5 million in its midnight debut last year.

“The Avengers” debut kicks off four months of movie going filled with effects-laden flicks, adventure, science-fiction, comedy and big-name Hollywood stars meant to lure mostly younger audiences that are out of school for the summer. The season can bring in as much as 40 percent of annual movie ticket sales in the United States and Canada. Already, “Avengers” has leveraged its superhero status to a massive box office in international markets after just nine days in theaters. As of Friday morning, ticket sales reached $304 million, Disney said, surpassing total overseas receipts for “Captain America,” the first “Iron Man” and “Thor.”

That strong international demand has helped boost forecasts for opening weekend U.S. and Canadian sales. The movie could challenge this year’s debut weekend record of $152.5 million set by teen survival drama “Hunger Games,” box office analysts said. The international fervor has “created a lot of excitement on this side of the pond. That’s increased my expectations” for the domestic opening, said Paul Dergarabedian, president of the box office division of Hollywood.com, who predicts domestic (U.S. and Canadian) ticket sales of $150 million-plus from Friday through Sunday.

Phil Contrino, editor of Boxoffice.com, thinks “Avengers” has a shot at breaking the all-time opening record set by last summer’s “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” with $169.2 million. Higher-priced 3D tickets will help lift the total, he said. “I think this is a movie people will seek out in 3D,” said Contrino. He is forecasting a domestic debut of around $170 million.

US Box Office :

  1. Think Like a Man
  2. The Pirates! Bands of Misfits
  3. The Hunger Games
  4. The Lucky One
  5. The Five Year Engagement

Lebanese Box Office : 

  1. The Avengers 3D
  2. Tannoura Maxi
  3. The Lucky one
  4. 21 Jump Street
  5. 33 Days

The Hunger Games Makes Like Avatar !

Ho-hum. Another weekend passed, another first place finish for The Hunger Games.

The global blockbuster earned $21.5 million on Friday and Saturday, helping it defeat such newcomers as The Three Stooges and The Cabin in the Woods to become the first film since Avatar to sit atop the box office four weeks in a row.

Among the latest notable achievements for The Hunger Games:

  • It has earned $337 million domestically, sliding past Spider-Man 3 for 22nd place on the list of all-time hits.
  • Including international receipts, it has garnered $531 million at the box office.

Here’s a look at the weekend’s top five US money makers:

  1. The Hunger Games: $21.5 million
  2. The Three Stooges: $17.1 million
  3. The Cabin in the Woods: $14.9 million
  4. Titanic 3D: $11.6 million
  5. American Reunion: $10.7 million

Top 5 Lebanese Box Office :

  1. American Pie : Reunion
  2. Titanic in 3D
  3. How I Spent My Summer Vacation
  4. The Cold Light Of Day
  5. The Pirates! Band of Misfits In 3D

‘Hunger Games’ Beats ‘American Reunion’ and ‘Titanic 3D’ on Box Office !

The Hunger Games” surpassed the $300-million milestone at the box office over the weekend, making the film more popular with American moviegoers than any of the “Twilight” installments.

For the third consecutive weekend, the adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ novel claimed the No. 1 position at the multiplex, grossing an additional $33.5 million this weekend, according to an estimate from distributor Lionsgate. The movie has collected $302.8 million in the U.S. and Canada alone; the highest domestic gross for a “Twilight” film was November’s “Breaking Dawn — Part 1,” which sold $300.5-million worth of tickets by the end of its run.

Meanwhile, audiences weren’t as nostalgic for the 1990s as Hollywood had hoped. “American Reunion,” the fourth entry in the raunchy “American Pie” teen comedy franchise, opened with a so-so $21.5 million. A 3-D version of James Cameron’s historical romance “Titanic” was less popular, bringing in a decent $17.4 million over the weekend. The 3-D version first hit theaters Wednesday, so its five-day total is $25.7 million.

Released in 1999, “American Pie” became a box-office hit with its buzzworthy scene featuring a teenage boy having sex with a pastry. The first film and two subsequent sequels all grossed well over $200 million worldwide.

It then appeared the franchise was dead theatrically, and Universal Pictures proceeded to release four straight-to-DVD spinoffs without franchise cast members, such as Jason Biggs and Seann William Scott. But encouraged by home video sales, the studio green-lighted “Reunion,” which reunites the original gang as it heads home for a high school get-together. Universal co-financed the picture with Relativity Media for about $50 million.

Those who saw “American Reunion” this weekend liked it, assigning it an average grade of B+, according to market research firm CinemaScore. Roughly 61% of the weekend audience was older than 25, suggesting that the film appealed mostly to a crowd familiar with “Pie” instead of a new generation of moviegoers.

“As word of mouth continues, I think this will be a choice for younger audiences,” said Nikki Rocco, Universal’s president of domestic distribution. “This movie was made for a price, and we’re looking at a very respectful worldwide number. We’re happy to be No. 2 in the marketplace against a huge juggernaut.”

Nine years ago, “American Wedding” opened with $33 million. But if the fourth theatrical movie ends up lagging its previous entries domestically, it may make up some ground internationally. Overseas, “Reunion” opened in 28 foreign countries and collected $19.3 million. According to Universal, that’s 105% ahead of how much “Wedding” made in the same locations in 2003. The new movie performed especially well this weekend in Russia and Australia, selling about $5 million worth of tickets in each country.

When a 3-D reissue of “The Lion King” ended up grossing a surprisingly strong $94.2 million after its release in September, it seemed 3-D re-releases would be the wave of the future in Hollywood. After that tale resonated with audiences, Walt Disney Studios decided to release four more of its animated titles in 3-D. The first of those, an updated “Beauty and the Beast,” started with $17.8 million in January and ultimately grossed $47.4 million. That’s somewhat more than a 3-D version of “Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace” made after debuting in February.

“I think 3-D re-releases are really something that need to be thought through on a film-by-film basis,” said Megan Colligan, Paramount’s president of domestic distribution. “‘The Lion King’ is one of the most beloved animated movies of all time, and ‘Titanic’ is empirically a huge amount of people’s favorite movie. I don’t know that you can replicate this with lots of films — it needs to be one where the experience could be deepened and enhanced by 3-D conversion.”

Indeed, it seemed “Titanic 3-D” had perhaps the best chance for box-office success of any 3-D re-release, considering the 1997 original is the second-highest-grossing of all time and filmmaker Cameron, who also directed “Avatar,” is a leader in the 3-D technology field. But the film debuted with a lower three-day tally than any of the recent 3-D conversions, including “Beast” and “Phantom Menace.” Paramount Pictures and 20th Century Fox shared the $18-million cost to convert the story starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet to 3-D.

The movie — which received an A, according to CinemaScore — was also released abroad in 84 foreign countries this past weekend, grossing $35.5 million. Fox, which is releasing the film internationally, is hopeful that the movie will be a hit abroad, because theaters were sparse in many countries when the original debuted 15 years ago. For instance, when “Titanic” opened in Russia in 1998, it played in only 32 theaters and grossed $5.1 million. By comparison, “Titanic 3-D” was screened in 10 times as many Russian locations and made $4.9 million — 97% of the original’s lifetime gross in the country. Yet despite the seemingly impressive figure, Russian moviegoers responded more positively to the naughty antics of the “Reunion” guys than “Titanic 3-D,” as the comedy sold $5.1 million worth of tickets there.

Top 5 US Box Office : 

  1. The Hunger Games
  2. American Reunion
  3. Titanic
  4. Wrath of the Titans
  5. Mirror Mirror

Top 5 Lebanese Box Office :

  1. Wrath of the Titans
  2. The Hunger Games
  3. A Thousand Words
  4. Mirror Mirror
  5. This Means War