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Disney's 'Frozen' becomes top-grossing animated film ever

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Disney's hit film "Frozen" has become the top-grossing animated film in box office history, the studio said on Sunday as the musical topped $1 billion in global sales. The film has sold $398.4 million worth of tickets at domestic (U.S. and Canadian) theaters since opening on November 27 on the eve of the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend. Foreign box offices have added another $674 million, for a global total of $1.072 billion, Disney said.

Animation firm Pixar closes Vancouver location, leaving about 100 unemployed

VANCOUVER - Computer animation giant Pixar has shut down its Canadian operation in Vancouver, leaving about 100 employees out of work. A statement from Pixar publicist Chris Wiggum says the company decided to focus its efforts and resources under one roof at the company's Emeryville, Calif., location. The statement said the company was incredibly proud of the talented staff and the work they've done at Pixar Canada. The Vancouver studio opened in 2010, creating short films such as "Air Mater," "Small Fry" and "Partysaurus Rex."

Disney shares drop after Pixar delays two films

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Shares of Walt Disney Co <DIS.N> fell 2 percent on Thursday, one day after the company delayed the release of two movies from its acclaimed Pixar animation studio, "The Good Dinosaur" and a sequel to 2003 hit "Finding Nemo." Pushing back "Good Dinosaur" to 2015 removes a major film from the media company's movie slate next year, Wedge Partners analyst Martin Pyykkonen said. The postponement of both movies likely contributed to a decline in Disney shares, he said.

Jennifer Aniston's 'We're the Millers' to cross $100 million at box office

By Todd Cunningham LOS ANGELES ( - Jennifer Aniston's pot comedy "We're the Millers" has been doing a first-rate Energizer bunny imitation and will cross the $100 million mark at the domestic box office later this week. It's been going and going since opening to $26 million on August 7, and was at $92.7 million as of Tuesday, impressive for a movie that New Line produced for $37 million.

Filmmaker Edgar Wright wraps apocalyptic trilogy at 'World's End'

By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - After tackling zombies and killer cops, film director Edgar Wright melds British small town pub culture with a large scale alien invasion, an offbeat pairing that yielded "The World's End." "The World's End," out in U.S. theaters on Friday, bookends a flurry of summer films dealing with global catastrophes, from Brad Pitt's zombie-fest in "World War Z," giant aliens versus giant robots in "Pacific Rim" or Seth Rogen and celebrity friends fighting the Biblical rapture in "This Is The End."

Seven bright spots to end a crowded, messy summer at the movies

By Steve Pond LOS ANGELES ( - If you've been an avid moviegoer this summer, we understand that you might be worn out by now. Maybe you've got superhero fatigue or apocalypse overload, or maybe you're just fed up to the gills with gunshots and fights and things blowing up and tough guys overcoming impossible odds. And maybe, as July comes to an end, you're ready to stay away from the multiplexes for a while, to spend August catching up on "Breaking Bad" or "House of Cards" or rooting on the Dodgers.

Horror flick 'The Conjuring' leads N. America box office

Horror flick "The Conjuring" debuted atop the North American box office this weekend, scaring away all competitors, industry figures showed Monday. The creepy film about paranormal investigators, starring Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, took in $41.9 million, industry tracker Exhibitor Relations said. The newcomer pushed "Despicable Me 2" -- the animated sequel with Steve Carell again voicing villain-turned-doting father Gru -- into second place at $24.9 million.

Bullock, McCarthy challenge male buddy comedies in 'The Heat'

By Zorianna Kit LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actresses Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy are mounting a challenge to this summer's male-dominated comedies with their buddy cop comedy "The Heat" opening at movie theaters on Friday. The R-rated comedic offerings at the summer box office have so far included three guys heading to Las Vegas to hunt down a gangster in "The Hangover 3," two middle-aged men interning at Google in "The Internship" and a group of male celebrities preparing for the apocalypse in "This is the End."

Pixar goes back to class with Monsters prequel

Pixar sends its Monsters back to class this weekend with "Monsters University," the first time the animation giant has made a prequel to a member of its stable of hit franchises. Released Friday in the United States, the movie takes monster buddies Mike and Sulley back to their college days when they learned their scaring skills, displayed in the original 2001 blockbuster.

'Monsters University' Reviews: How it Stacks Up to the Original

By Brent Lang LOS ANGELES ( - It has been over a decade since "Monsters, Inc." and its two top scarers Mike and Sulley first proved that things that go bump in the night can be cuddly and adorable too.
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