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‘Warcraft’ Builds $16.3M Overseas War Chest Through Friday – Intl B.O. Update

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UPDATE, SATURDAY AM: From Legendary and Universal Pictures, the Duncan Jones-helmed Warcraft is seeing some Orc-sized debuts in its overseas start. After taking $9.3M through Thursday (see below), it’s upped the cume to $16.3M through Friday. The vidgame-to-bigscreen transfer has invaded a total 20 markets and is No. 1 in 19. Defying some pre-weekend expectations, the adaptation is looking at an opening frame upwards of $30M. It’s still got 45 markets to go over the next… Read

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‘Mirror’s Edge’ Video Game To Be Adapted As TV Series By Endemol Shine Studios

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Endemol Shine Studios, the scripted division of Endemol Shine North America, has acquired the action-adventure video game property Mirror’s Edge to adapt for television as a female-centered action series. Developed by EA DICE and published by Electronic Arts, Mirror’s Edge is set in a quasi-futuristic dystopian society in which a network of “runners” act as couriers to transmit messages while evading government surveillance. The game's main character and heroine is Faith… Read

Business

Will Disney’s Exit From Console Games Benefit ‘Star Wars’ Partner Electronic Arts?

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Disney’s decision to scrap its Infinity console game business is one of the many reasons Electronic Arts shares are soaring about 13% today: The game maker reported last night that sales of Star Wars Battlefront and Star Wars: Galaxy Of Heroes helped it to blast through analysts’ earnings expectations for the first three months of this year. “We’ll most likely have at least one Star Wars title a year over the next three years to four years,” CFO Blake Jorgensen told… Read

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‘Angry Birds’ Is Early Bird With Cannes Event; A New Promo Strategy In Flight?

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Has Sony's publicity team hatched a new Cannes Film Festival marketing trend? Rather than wait for the event to begin, the folks behind The Angry Birds Movie are strategically aiming to get out in front of the media before heads turn towards the red carpet. The festival kicks off officially tomorrow evening with Woody Allen's Café Society. Today, The Angry Birds Movie crew was in town, hosting a photo call and reception with key international talent. Over many years of… Read

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Skydance Media Buys Game Developer The Workshop And Launches Interactive Division

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EXCLUSIVE: Skydance Media, which in March raised $700 million in new financing to grow its company, has moved aggressively in the area of interactive entertainment. David Ellison’s production/financing company has acquired leading game developer The Workshop Entertainment, Inc. He will use that as the beachhead to launch Skydance Interactive, LLC, a subsidiary that will create and own original video games and virtual reality experiences. The deal gives Skydance Media the… Read

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Marc Platt To Bring Sega’s ‘Shinobi’ To Big Screen

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Is this the next big franchise? Producer Marc Platt has partnered with video game maker Sega to develop and produce a feature film based on its video game franchise Shinobi. He and his production company will work with Sega and Hakuhodo DY Group’s production arm and joint venture Stories International, Inc. on the property. Shinobi is a series of video games that has been around since 1987 so it is well-known among gamers. Shinobi means “ninja” in Japanese. It is a… Read

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‘Warcraft’ Trailer: “We Fight Together Or We Die Together”

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When a trailer starts out with the words, “We’ve had peace in these lands for many years now,” you pretty much know the next line isn’t going to be, “and everything continues to be peachy!” No, instead it’s, “War is coming.” Game on. Here is the latest look at Warcraft, Legendary and Blizzard Entertainment’s ambitious adaptation of the video game juggernaut. There is battlin’ aplenty — awash in the “shing” of unsheathed swords, bolts of electricity, ultraserious faces and… Read

Business

Vivendi Hikes Its Offer For Gameloft By 20% After First Bid Rejected

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French media giant Vivendi has upped its offer for vidgame company Gameloft after its initial bid was rejected by the board. Vivendi released a statement saying it had increased its offer to 7.20 Euros per share from the previous offer of 6 Euros per share. That would value the company at around 610 million Euros, or $660 million. Gameloft’s board rejected the first offer on the grounds that Vivendi’s takeover was not in the best interests of the company and "does not… Read

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Gamers Alert: ‘The Force Awakens’ Video Game Unveiled By Lego, Lucasfilm & Warner Bros

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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games, The Lego Group and Lucasfilm today announced Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens, marking the return of the Lego video game franchise. Launching on June 28, the game will allow players to re-create the action sci-fi film and introduce new gameplay mechanics to build, battle and fly through the galaxy far far away. New story content will link Star Wars: Return Of The Jedi with the Disney film, “providing additional insight… Read

TV

CW To Air Season Finale Of Web Series On Pro ‘Mortal Kombat’ Players

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Note to exasperated parents whose kids spend all day playing video games and claim it’s good for them: The digital docuseries about professional Mortal Kombat players is coming to broadcast TV. Well, part of it anyway. CW Seed today launched the five-episode Season 3 of Mortal Kombat X: Machinima’s Chasing The Cup, a web series that follows five of the world's top-ranked players. The bigger news is that The CW will air the season finale as a one-hour primetime special on… Read

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What Led GameStop To See Disappointing ‘Star Wars Battlefront’ Sales?

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You almost never hear anyone talk about a disappointment in a discussion of the revival of the Star Wars franchise. But retailer GameStop did today, telling analysts that there’s been no sign of the Force behind sales of Electronic Arts’ video game Star Wars Battlefront, which was released on November 17. “We had high expectations that diminished somewhat as it got closer, and then it failed to hit those lowered expectations,” GameStop COO Tony Bartel told analysts. The… Read

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Activision Blizzard Says ‘Call Of Duty: Black Ops III’ Sold $550M In First 3 Days

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 05:  Atmosphere during the Call of Duty Black Ops III launch at One Mayfair on November 5, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for EA Sports)

Now that Activision Blizzard has announced its plan to launch a movie and TV studio, Hollywood might want to pay more attention to its hits — including today’s news regarding Call Of Duty: Black Ops III. In its first three days, the tentpole title generated $550 million in worldwide sales, the company says. That makes it “the biggest entertainment launch this year in any medium, and bigger than any theatrical opening weekend ever,” CEO Bobby Kotick says. That’s an… Read