"Mamma Mia!," flew past the $100-million overseas mark ($111.7 million) thanks to an estimated $17.5 million weekend from 2,390 screens in 21 territories.
In just 17 days, the feature version of the hit musical has become Universal International's fourth biggest grosser in the U.K. Weekend tally there – where toasty temperatures held down overall attendance 11% from the prior weekend -- was a No. 2-ranked $5.9 million from 499 sites, for a market cume of $49.5 million. "Mamma Mia!'s" worldwide gross stands at $174.4 million.
I finally saw it on Friday. Technically it has directing problems, too many closeups, quick editing, and some lighting problems. There are too many songs - there's not enough book and the book isn't exactly great. But once I got past the girly squealing in the first few minutes (my ears were bleeding) it was a hell of a lot of fun to watch and I even was bouncing along to the music and I'm not the biggest ABBA fan. There's so much joyous energy in the film from the cast, the music and the beautiful location (and you have to love an actual Greek chorus!) that I could not get a goofy smile off my face... and I want to see it again... soon. It also helped the atmosphere to have an audience really into it even if no one was dancing in the aisles.
The SMA's singing has been IMO unfairly maligned - yes it's voice much more suited to rock or even folk (think Waite, Dylan, Cohen, Bowie in it's breathy gravelly-iness) than peppy pop but he's on key and he sings with conviction and emotion. I think it's his intensity on SOS as if he's really acting out his character's conflict and pain that throws most people. ABBA was not built for that kind of intense Method acting though Meryl does her bit in Winner Takes it All that seems to have gone over critically better - but then she has slightly more melodic pipes. LOL
More importantly, he looked gorgeous, had very good albeit underutlized chemistry with Meryl (but damn... what a kiss), and lovely chemistry with Amanda, and the other two fathers. And then there's the curtain call -- alone worth the price of admission.
In a strange and beautiful accident of nature, a variety of aquatic mammals—small whales, manatees, and the like—have beached themselves outside the doors of theaters screening this ebullient ABBA-musical, drawn to the siren song of Pierce Brosnan's otherworldly vocal stylings. Fear not: They've been relocated to The Grove's dancing waters, where they seem to be perfectly happy surviving off any Cheesecake Factory leftovers tossed to them by visitors.
I finally saw it on Friday. ... ... More importantly, he looked gorgeous, had very good albeit underutlized chemistry with Meryl (but damn... what a kiss), ...
I don't know which kiss you're referring to but if you watch the movie again you should have a look at C. Baranski's reaction to Meryl ripping off Pierce's shirt (or Pierce taking off his shirt respectively). Do you remember Meryl saying ... "Pierce didn't know about it ... I did it for my girlfriends 'cause they'll like it!"? It's pretty obvious that Christine DID enjoyed it
By the way: As far as I remember I've never seen Pierce kissing his leading lady thinking "OMG, this looks terrible" ... good job, Mr. Brosnan
The nominations for the National movie awards are:Best superhero: Iron Man Hancock The Dark Knight The Incredible Hulk
Best musical Enchanted Mamma Mia! Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
with most propriety action/adventure I Am Legend Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor Wanted
Best comedy Juno Sex and the City St Trinian’s The Love Guru
Best family film Kung Fu Panda The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian The Golden Compass WALL-E
Best male Christian Bale - The Dark Knight Ben Barnes - The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Pierce Brosnan - Mamma Mia! Patrick Dempsey - Enchanted Johnny Depp - Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Robert Downey Jr - Iron Man Rupert Everett - St Trinian’s Colin Firth - St Trinian’s/Mamma Mia! Harrison Ford - Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Brendan Fraser - The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor James McAvoy - Wanted Mike Myers - The Love Guru Edward Norton - The Incredible Hulk Will Smith - I Am Legend/Hancock
Best female Amy Adams - Enchanted Gemma Arterton - St Trinian’s Cate Blanchett - Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Helena Bonham Carter - Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Angelina Jolie - Wanted Nicole Kidman - The Golden Compass Ellen Page - Juno Sarah Jessica Parker - Sex and the City Dakota Blue Richards - The Golden Compass Meryl Streep - Mamma Mia!
Post by sparklingblue on Aug 2, 2008 15:12:57 GMT -5
I finally went to see Mamma Mia! today. I loved it. It was fun: crazy, warm, feel-good, funny, never took itself more serious than it was, and the actors seemed to have such a ball doing the movie. Colin Firth was so dorky, totally cute. I loved the girl who plays Sophie, she was fun and her voice is very good. Pierce once again proved that it is very easy to have a thing for him, though I really began to associate more and more with Sophie, seeing him like more of a father figure than anything else. A very likable and cool dad, though. And I simply adored Meryl Streep. She not only looks stunning, but she is also cool and a ton of fun, and quite frankly a fantastic singer. She really pulled off the best song performances. Especially "The winner takes it all" was very moving.
All in all it was a great time at the movies, and I promise everyone will dig out their Abba music after seeing it (in my case, it's an old tape!) and happily sing along. And you simply HAVE to stay for the credits!
I watched Mamma Mia yesterday afternoon for the second time. I love this movie, it is so much fun and the music is just wonderful. I can't believe how great Meryl's singing is, it just seems that there is nothing that she cannot do. I have also bought the soundtrack. Now, if I could only find my old Abba tapes.
At No. 4 is Universal's "Mamma Mia!" which boosted its international total to $140.7 million thanks to a $14.6 million weekend at 2,310 screens in 22 markets, down just 10% from the previous stanza. The musical's worldwide tally is $228.7 million. Its best market was the U.K., where "Mamma Mia!" ranked second and drew $6.1 million from 495 sites for a 24-day market total of $63.8 million.
[It actually increased this weekend in the UK and made about as much weekdays. Wow]
Mamma Mia! maintained momentum as $14.6m from 2,310 sites in 22 territories raised the running total to $140.7m. Combined with the $87.9m North American tally, the worldwide gross stands at $228.7m.
The musical climbed 9% in the UK to $6.1m from 495 sites for $63.8m after four weekends, dropped 7% in Germany on $2.7m from 610 for 16m after three and fell 15% in the third weekend in Austria on $484,000 from 94 for $3.4m. It fell 29% in the fourth weekend in Australia on $2.2m from 258 to rank third on $20.1m. There are 33 territories to go over the next three months.
Hollywood Reporter updated totals:
The feel-good musical "Mamma Mia!" saw its cume climb to $142.5 million as mostly distaff supporters rallied for another $16.4 million from 2,430 dates in 23 markets, with Lebanon and Israel coming through with No. 1 openings. The U.K. has delivered $64.1 million in 24 days; Germany, $16 million in 18; and Australia, $20.1 million in 25.
I found one of my Abba tapes. Abba Gold has most of the songs sang in the movie. The music arrangement is almost identical, probably because the original musicians were involved with the soundtrack. Even though Frida and Agnethia are awesome, Meryl and Amanda are almost as good.
Finishing fourth was Universal's "Mamma Mia!" which continued like gangbusters overseas -- the buoyant musical has grossed nearly $70 million more internationally than it has domestically -- with a weekend take of $14.7 million from 2,400 screens in 24 markets. The overseas cume is $173.4 million (versus $104 million domestic).
Starring Meryl Streep and featuring an array of ABBA songs, "Mamma Mia!" remains very strong in the U.K., where it ranked No. 3 in its fifth weekend with an estimated $5.6 million from 515 sites for a 31-day market cume of $77.8 million. Universal expects "Mamma Mia!" to soon overtake "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" as the U.K.'s biggest 2008 grosser.
The UK totals for it's 5th weekend are about the same as it's 3rd and it makes more Mon-Thur than it does Fri-Sat.
Universal’s "Mamma Mia!," meanwhile, remained a potent player with $14.7 million at 2,400 in two dozen markets as the pic’s foreign cume hit a stunning $173.4 million, far above the studio’s initial expectations as counterprogrammer. The feel-good musical turned up hefty holdover biz with a decline of just 11% from the previous frame.
U.K. audiences have been staging a love affair with "Mamma" as the pic posted a tuneful fifth frame of $5.9 million, off just 11% for a Brit cume of $77.8 million. That nearly matches "Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull" as the top 2008 title in Blighty and is about $14 million short of going past "Jurassic Park" as Universal’s top performer of all time in the U.K.
German biz declined only 10% in the pic’s fourth frame and has hit $20.7 million. "Mamma’s" holdover strength plus upcoming openings should propel the musical well past $200 million overseas. U reported strong previews in Spain, where it opens this weekend.
It took five weeks, but the ABBA-led soundtrack to "Mamma Mia!" has ascended to the summit of The Billboard 200 for the first time. Moving 130,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, the Decca effort climbs 3-1 and becomes the second soundtrack this year to take No. 1, behind Rhino's "Juno" soundtrack in January.
The film soundtrack to "Mamma Mia!" also crowns Top Internet Albums and Top Soundtracks, while the original cast recording of the stage musical continues its reign on Top Cast Albums for a third week.
The last year two or more soundtracks earned the top spot on The Billboard 200 was in 1998, when "Titanic," "City of Angels" and "Armageddon" all had their turn at No. 1.
ABBA has never had a top 10 album on the Billboard 200; the Swedish pop act's highest charting set is 1978's "The Album," which peaked at No. 14. However, the group is No. 1 on Top Pop Catalog albums with its greatest hits package "Gold," which jumps 37% to 33,000 copies."
If (like me) you struggled to keep quiet during the recent Mamma Mia movie, then never fear.
The Vue cinema at the Lowry Outlet Mall is holding a week of screenings of the blockbuster - a movie version of the hit ABBA jukebox musical.
The film will be screened complete with subtitles, so you can let out your inner-Meryl with your version of the heartbreaker, Winner Takes It All. Or even better, 'do a Brosnan' and belt out S.O.S. like you mean it.
The sing-along screenings are at 8.20pm every night from Friday August 22 to Thursday August 28.
UNIVERSAL PICTURES INTERNATIONAL CROSSES $1 BILLION AT OVERSEAS BOX OFFICE
Sets New Studio Record for Crossing Billion-Dollar Threshold
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Aug. 14 /PRNewswire/ --
As of August 13, Universal Pictures International (UPI) has grossed more than $1 billion in box-office revenue for the year-to-date, it was announced today by Universal Pictures' Chairman Marc Shmuger and Co-Chairman David Linde. Reaching the billion-dollar benchmark in August is the fastest the studio has achieved this success and puts it on track to its most successful year in history.
Bolstered by a slate that represents a broad diversity of success and propelled by three films that have passed the $100 million mark internationally this year -- the musical romantic comedy "Mamma Mia!" ($180 million to date), the epic adventure "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor" ($152 million to date) and the action-thriller "Wanted" ($123 million) -- the studio is well on its way to its most successful worldwide box-office performance.
"Universal is a studio with a commitment to making global films for global audiences, and the consistency of success in this year's slate demonstrates how well that is working around the world," said David Kosse, president of UPI. "I'm extremely gratified and proud that UPI is realizing this historic success with films as different as 'Mamma Mia!' and 'The Mummy.' It's proving that our specialty is our adaptability."
Since its release in early July, "Mamma Mia!" has turned into an unprecedented worldwide phenomenon, breaking records across the world as the biggest opening of a musical in history. It has already become the highest grossing film of 2008 in the U.K., Austria, Greece, Hungary, Norway and Sweden. Within the next two weeks, the Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan-led musical romantic comedy will become the most successful film Universal has ever released in the U.K. The film still has more than 30 territories in which to open.
Universal has confirmed that the studio is preparing and distributing an official SING ALONG MAMMA MIA! in the UK from Aug 22-28 and in the USA on Labor Day Weekend. For exact UK locations and showtimes, go to Vue Cinemas' UK Website. For US Locations, stay tuned to the Cinema Sightlines site.
U's "Mamma Mia!" also remained an overseas dazzler with $16.8 million at 2,750 in two dozen markets, lifting the foreign take to a surprisingly strong $204.6 million -- becoming the ninth 2008 pic to cross the $200 million milestone. The weekend pushed the studio past its 2007 total of $1.03 billion in international grosses.
"Mamma Mia!" also carries strong future prospects with socko holds and three dozen territories still to open. The feel-good musical came in a solid second in Spain against "The Dark Knight" with a $4.9 million launch including previews; in the U.K., its sixth frame declined only 25% to $4.1 million for a cume of $89.2 million -- the top Brit gross of any 2008 pic.
The No. 3 title, "Mamma Mia!," cheerfully broke through the $200-million international gross mark (the cume is $204.6 million) thanks to a $16.8 million weekend from 2,750 sites in 24 markets. The feature version of the stage musical is the first Universal title this year to exceed $200-million overseas, and is currently 2008's ninth biggest boxoffice hit internationally.
In the U.K., the largest foreign market for Hollywood studio films, "Mamma Mia!" remains gangbusters. Universal says it is in the No. 1 spot in its sixth weekend, grossing an estimated $4.1 million from 536 screens for a market cume of $89.2 million, making the musical the biggest title to play the U.K. in 2008.
Mamma Mia! became the first Universal release this year to cross $200m as $16.8m from 2,750 venues in 24 territories raised the tally to $204.6m. It currently ranks as the ninth biggest overseas release of 2008 and, ominously for its rivals, there are still 35 territories to go. The sole new launch was Spain, where the musical opened in second place on $2.7m from 404 sites. The running total in Spain including previews is $4.9m.
Mamma Mia! held firm at number one in its sixth weekend in the UK and dropped 25% for $4.1m from 536 to raise the tally to $89.2m, making it the biggest film of the year in the UK and 16th on the all-time roster. It fell 15% in the fifth weekend in Germany on $2.4m for $25m and ranks third. The musical added $1.3m from 286 in Australia after a 23% drop for third place on $24.5m and opens in Argentina and Taiwan next weekend.
STARTING AUGUST 29, SELECT THEATERS NATIONWIDE TO SHOW SPECIAL SING-ALONG EDITION OF SMASH HIT 'MAMMA MIA!'
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Aug. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Due to overwhelming demand, Universal Pictures announced today that it will release a special sing-along edition of its worldwide smash hit movie musical "Mamma Mia!" in selected theaters nationwide, starting Friday, August 29, for a limited time. The movie phenomenon, based on the songs of iconic supergroup ABBA, has earned more than $320 million at the worldwide box office.
Audiences at these specially selected theaters are invited to bring friends and family to experience the smash hit movie musical in a whole new way by singing along to the songs they love. "Mamma Mia!: The Sing-Along Edition" will feature the lyrics to every musical number on the screen, and you are invited to sing and dance along. Join in on all your familiar favorites like "Dancing Queen," "S.O.S.," "Money, Money, Money," "Take a Chance on Me," "Lay All Your Love on Me," "Voulez-Vous" and all the others from the film!
Details on theaters and showtimes that will feature "Mamma Mia!: The Sing-Along Edition" will be coming soon. For the latest news, please visit www.mammamiamovie.com or your favorite ticketing site to make a destination visit to join in on the celebration.
Since its release in early July, "Mamma Mia!" has turned into an unprecedented worldwide phenomenon, breaking records across the world as the biggest opening of a musical in history. It has already become the fastest movie musical to reach $100 million at the U.S. box office and is now the highest grossing film of 2008 in the U.K., Austria, Greece, Hungary, Norway and Sweden. Within the next two weeks, the Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan-led musical romantic comedy will become the most successful film Universal has ever released in the U.K. The film still has more than 35 territories in which to open.
The music of the film has proved as much a draw as the film itself and brought resurgence to the world's favorite ABBA songs. Currently, the "Mamma Mia!" soundtrack is the No. 1 album on Billboard's Top 200 album chart. It is also the No. 1 album overall in Canada, Australia, Switzerland, Finland and Hungary.
"Mamma Mia!: The Sing-Along Edition" arrives in select theaters across the country on August 29, 2008.
Earlier UK release
SING-A-LONG MAMMA MIA! THE MOVIE THE PERFECT BANK HOLIDAY TREAT FOR ALL THE FAMILY
DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND CINEMAS NATIONWIDE ARE STAGING EXCLUSIVE MAMMA MIA! THE MOVIE SING-A -LONG SCREENINGS
NATIONWIDE FROM AUG 22ND London, UK Aug 12th, 2008
Audiences all over the country have been dancing in the aisles to the film of the summer, MAMMA MIA! THE MOVIE making it the highest grossing musical in UK cinema history.
Due to popular demand from UK audiences, from August 22nd, in selected cinemas nationwide you will be able to sing alongside the cast with subtitled song words to MAMMA MIA! THE MOVIE.
Audiences will be able to sing-a-long with the stars of the film to ABBA classics such as Dancing Queen, SOS, Mamma Mia, Super Trouper and Gimme, Gimme, Gimme.
MAMMA MIA! THE MOVIE is 2008's highest grossing film with the box office hitting £40,920,451 [Now £45m] and rising, beating INDIANA JONES at £39,840,433.
It is now the 19th highest grossing film of all time in the UK & Eire after franchises Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean and Titanic, which is the highest grossing film with a total box office of £69,025,646.
Meryl Streep leads an all-star cast in the feature-film adaptation of the beloved musical.
18-year-old Sophie Sheridan (Amanda Seyfried) has a problem. It's almost her wedding day and she doesn't know who her father is. It could be any of her mother Donna's (Meryl Streep) past suitors: Sam Carmichael (Pierce Brosnan), Bill Austin (Stellan Skarsgård), or Harry Bright (Colin Firth). The only way for her to find out is to invite all three to her wedding to see what happens.
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And "Mamma Mia!" stayed stellar at foreign multiplexes with $12.5 million at 2,800 in 27 markets, hiking the offshore cume to an eye-popping $232.5 million -- by far the best performance of a musical internationally, topping previous title holder "Chicago" by nearly $100 million. Universal's feel-good vehicle has plenty of gas in the tank with two dozen markets left, including Brazil, France, Mexico, Russia and South Korea next month.
"Mamma" has significantly overperformed studio expectations in becoming the year's eighth highest international grosser. Within the next few weeks, it should vault three places past "Sex and the City" ($240 million), "Iron Man ($252 million) and "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian" at $263.5 million.
"Mamma" has been scoring superb holds throughout its run such as in the U.K. with $3 million in its seventh weekend, off only 26%, for a $98.1 million Brit cume -- the highest of 2008 and 11th all-time. And it declined just 15% in its sixth German frame to $2 million for a $28 million cume and launched in first in Taiwan with $460,000, 13% ahead of "Chicago."
LONDON — . More predictably, Mamma Mia!” continued to pull big auds in Euro holdover biz
In the U.K., “Hellboy 2” opened top with $5.5 million (including previews) at 464 screens. Result was slightly above expectations for the comic-based actioner sequel. Pic benefited from a bullish marketing campaign from Universal and some strong reviews from Brit crix. “Hell boy is the hottest, strangest and most fun comic-book hero around,” praised the Sun tabloid.
Box office phenomenon “Mamma Mia!” once again held tremendously well. Boosted by rowdy sing-a-long screenings this weekend, the filmed musical dropped only 17% in its seventh frame to $3.4 million and a monster $92.5 million cume via Universal.
In [Germany in 3rd place] “Mamma Mia!,” which continued its boffo run with $2 million toward a $26.7 million cume.
As elsewhere in Europe, “Mamma Mia!” is showing great traction in Spain, where the musical slid just 30% in its third frame, pushing the cume to $9.6 million