'Twilight' Triumphs At The Box Office Again; Lindsay Lohan's 'Liz & Dick' Draws So-So Response: Biz Break
In Monday afternoon's round-up of news stories, Twilight rocketed atop the box office again. Liz & Dick is Lifetime is a 'moderate' success despite the hype. Dubai picks an opening film and highlights lineup. Susan Boyle may head to the big screen. And India is set for a Cannes fete.
Twilight On Top at the Box Office Again
Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, the final installment of the vampire fantasy films, has topped the US box office for the second week in a row. Early estimates suggest it took $43.1 million between Friday and Sunday, James Bond film Skyfall was second with $36 million, followed by Steven Spielberg's Lincoln with $25m (£15.6m). Domestic revenues for the year currently stand at $9.75 billion, with a strong December line-up still to come. The current annual domestic record is $10.6 billion, set in 2009, BBC reports.
Liz & Dick Pulls In 3.5 Million Viewers
The made for Lifetime TV movie about Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton was the fourth biggest viewed origin movie premiere on ad-supported cable this year. It drew 3 million less viewers than Steel Magnolias which played the network in October, Deadline reports.
Life of Pi to Open Dubai International Film Festival
The festival running December 9 - 16 will also include Hitchcock, Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away and Cannes Palme d'Or winner Amour. The Sapphires will close out the event. Other highlights include Karzan by Kadar Bekas and Wadjda directed by Haiffa Al Mansour, Saudi's first-ever female moviemaker to shoot a film on her own in the conservative country THR reports.
Fox Searchlight Eyes Susan Boyle Biopic
The company has picked up the life rights to Boyle's story along with rights to the musical I Dreamed a Dream. The idea will be to merge the two to develop a re-imagined film version of the musical. A director and screenwriter are still pending, Deadline reports.
Cannes to Fete India in 2013
It's hard to believe Cannes news is beginning, but event organizers said it will commemorate the 100th anniversary of India's film industry by making it the festival's "Guest Country" for 2013. The home of Bollywood will be the third country to be honored by festival organizers following Egypt in 2011 and Brazil last year. The 66th annual Cannes film festival runs from May 15 to 26, The Guardian reports.