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'Captain America' holds off 'Rio' atop US box office

"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" held off a strong debut by "Rio 2" at North America's box office, muscling out the wild menagerie to retain top spot, data showed Monday. The latest big-screen blockbuster featuring the iconic Marvel superhero took in $41.3 million over the weekend, figures from box office tracker Exhibitor Relations said. The performance kept it just ahead of another sequel, animated children's movie "Rio 2," a follow-up to the 2011 hit about a family of blue macaw parrots.

DreamWorks, Chinese partners unveil plan for Shanghai entertainment district

SHANGHAI - DreamWorks Animation and Chinese partners unveiled designs on Thursday for a 15 billion yuan ($2.4 billion) entertainment complex in Shanghai, expanding Hollywood's growing ties with China. The "DreamCenter," due to open in 2017, will have a 500-seat IMAX cinema with international film festivals and red carpet events in mind, bars, restaurants and performance venues, the companies said. It will also showcase a "Dream Avenue" theatre district modeled on London's West End and New York City's Broadway.

'Mr Peabody

Animated film "Mr Peabody & Sherman" rose to top dog at North America's box office this weekend, as hi-octane action movie "Need for Speed" was slow off the grid, industry data showed Monday. The critically acclaimed children's film, based on characters from the 1960s television cartoon "Rocky and Bullwinkle," follows the adventures of a super-intelligent canine who adopts a human infant.

DreamWorks Animation launches publishing unit; first books to be available for holiday season

GLENDALE, Calif. - DreamWorks Animation says it is launching a digital and print publisher that will produce books based on its roster of characters from movies such as "Kung Fu Panda," ''Madagascar" and "Shrek." It says the first wave of DreamWorks Press books will likely hit shelves in time for the end-of-the-year holiday season. DreamWorks Animation is partnering with The Perseus Books Group on distribution and sales. Shares in DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc., which is based in Glendale, Calif., rose 8 cents to $33.77 in afternoon trading Monday.

'Frozen' becomes most-viewed animated film in S. Korea

SEOUL, Feb. 3 (Yonhap) -- The animated Disney film "Frozen" has become the most successful animated film in South Korea, beating "Kungfu Panda 2," according to official box-office data Monday. "Frozen" remained on top of the daily box-office chart as of Sunday, drawing slightly more than 6 million viewers since opening on Jan. 16, the data from the Korean Film Council showed. The figure surpassed "Kungfu Panda 2," which recorded 5.06 million audiences in 2011.

'Ride Along' steers to top of N. American box office

Police comedy "Ride Along" made its debut at the top of the North American box office, arresting viewers' attention over the US holiday weekend, industry estimates showed Sunday. The film, starring funnyman Kevin Hart and Ice Cube, raked in $41.2 million over the normal Friday-to-Sunday weekend, pushing last week's favorite, "Lone Survivor," into second place, according to box office tracker Exhibitor Relations. Over the four-day Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend that includes Monday, the cop duo pulled in $47.7 million compared to $27.6 by the Afghan war drama.

'Ride Along' rolls over 'Jack Ryan' to win U.S. weekend box office

By Ronald Grover and Chris Michaud LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) - "Ride Along," a buddy cop comedy starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube, collected $41.2 million in ticket sales to win the weekend box office race, leaving another new release, political thriller "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit," in the dust. Last week's box office winner, the Afghanistan war tale "Lone Survivor," was second with ticket sales of $23.2 million, according to studio estimates provided by tracking firm Rentrak.

'Frozen' wins best animated film Golden Globe

Disney's musical fairy tale adaptation "Frozen" won the Golden Globe for best animated film on Sunday, beating "The Croods" and "Despicable Me 2." The studio's 53rd feature-length film, released in the United States for the Thanksgiving holiday in November, is based on Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen" -- even if it takes substantial liberties with plot and characters. With a budget of $150 million, it grossed over $67 million to top the box office in its North America debut weekend, and returned to the top spot last week.

Obama pays tribute to Hollywood on studio visit

President Barack Obama praised the American movie industry on Tuesday, saying Hollywood was not only a key export industry but also an important cultural and diplomatic tool. Speaking after a visit to the DreamWorks Animation studio in the Los Angeles suburb of Glendale, Obama said Hollywood was one of the engines of the American economy.

Obama stops in Hollywood to talk about economy

President Barack Obama is expected to visit a movie studio Tuesday in Los Angeles, meet with Hollywood magnates and give a speech on the economy. Obama was scheduled to arrive around 11 am (1900 GMT) in Glendale, a northern LA suburb, for a tour of DreamWorks Animation, which produced the hit franchises "Shrek," "Madagascar" and "Kung Fu Panda." White House spokesman Josh Earnest has said Obama will deliver a speech while there on his policy priorities and the need for Congress to do more to support the economic recovery.
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