The company now believes global box office numbers will rise by low double-digit percentages from 2018 figures, based on the strength of a "robust lineup of tentpole films
ahead" over the course of the year.
Under the multiyear agreement, Amazon Prime Video becomes the exclusive long-term streaming home in Latin America for Lionsgate's portfolio of tentpole films
and branded properties; beginning with: John Wick: Chapter 2, Saban's Power Rangers, The Shack, and Jigsaw.
Imitation may be the highest form of flattery; other studios have attempted to replicate the Disney model of releasing a few special-effects heavy tentpole films
* As we've reported (TLL, April 21, P.2), the majority of Disney's and Pixar's tentpole films
through 2012 will be shot and projected in 3-D.
Now, consumers are spoiled for choice, and studios are churning out tentpole films
that end up cannibalizing each other's audiences.
That's particularly notable in this instance, given the earlier-announced (TLL, February 7, P.1) shifts of tentpole films
Cars (Disney/Pixar) and Shrek 3 (Dreamworks) from holiday to summer slots--the better to leverage subsequent holiday DVD releases.
With less than two months to go, this season's crop of tentpole films
look shaky, despite a gorilla-sized $73 million opening weekend for "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes." Overall, there have been more raunchy comedies and fewer family films--and, in fact, fewer tentpoles packed the season vs.
Kotick calls game software "the best way to reach 12-17-year-old boys," the core audience for many tentpole films
. Aside from the sheer number of copies sold, he says each is passed along an average of three times, and that a good game inspires a deeper interaction with the property than does any other form of marketing--as much as 50 hours or more of game play.
For our tentpole films
, such as "X-Men," "Planet of the Apes" and "Avatar," they can be populist showcases for fans to experience the films in a setting that celebrates cinema.
DH: The great thing about the Academy Awards is that it does span the broad spectrum of filmmaking, so we have performances or independent films that are honored, and you have tentpole films
with visual effects and other achievements in craft that are honored.
"That being said," she adds, "there will always be a place for the tentpole films
. Nobody does tentpoles like the U.S."
"You can only do this on giant tentpole films
that have a certain level of interest in them," says Stables, who is working with promo partners on early ads for next sum mer's "G.I.
"There are tentpole films
and we're trying to create tentpole games.
to take in well over half of their worldwide gross in overseas markets.
"We are expecting to buy tentpole films
, or niche edgy films, mainly English-language," says Japan's Shochiku major studio topper Takeo Hisamatsu, who will be attending for the first time.