In today’s Daily Bite, news that Christopher Nolan’s latest Batman movie has broken box-office records; Wayne Watkins joins BAFTA/LA and DreamWorks buys Classic Media.
‘The Dark Knight Rises’ makes box-office record… ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ opened with an estimated $160m (€132m) worldwide at the weekend, the highest ever box-office takings for a 2D movie. However, figures were expected to be slightly down on the previously predicted takings of $175m (€144m) following the shootings at a cinema in Colorado, USA, last Friday. Warner Brothers showed their respect by refusing to report official figures, however, the $160m figure has been reported by Variety. The previous box-office record for a 2D movies was held by ‘The Dark Knight’ at $158m (€130m).
Wayne Watkins tasked with increasing BAFTA/LA deals…The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles (BAFTA/LA) has hired Wayne Watkins as its first director of sponsorship development, reports Variety. The move comes as the group expands ahead of celebrating its 25th anniversary year. Watkins will be tasked with identifying and securing additional corporate and event sponsors.
DreamWorks Animation buys Classic Media… DreamWorks Animation is to buy Classic Media, owner of shows such as ‘Noddy’, ‘Postman Pat’, ‘Casper’ and ‘Lassie’, from Boomerang Media Holdings for $155m (€128m). Classic boasts an extensive library of family characters and brands including over 450 films and more than 6,100 episodes of animated and live-action programming.
If you watch one trailer today…One of the stars of ‘The Dark Knight Rises’, Tom Hardy teams up with Shia LaBeouf for US prohibition-era thriller ‘Lawless’, which is due for release next month.