No ‘Welcome’ For ‘Sweeney’ At multiplex

By | December 21, 2007 5:24 am PST

Marcus Theatres has pulled “Sweeney Todd” from showing on any of its 49 cinemas as they thought Paramount was asking for too much. From Variety:

“Unfortunately, as a result of the negotiations with Paramount reaching an impasse, Marcus Theaters will not be showing ‘Sweeney Todd’ in any of its locations,” Marcus prexy Bruce J. Olson said in a statement.

“This decision was reluctantly reached because the price requested by Paramount to show the film in Marcus Theaters was too expensive in the opinion of our film buyers,” Olson said.

Meanwhile in India, only one multiplex operator is showing either of these weeks big releases, “Welcome” and “TZP”, because they couldn’t agree with distributors on rental terms. From Times of India:

The movies are running only at the PVR chain of theatres. PVR and Studio 18, the distributors of Taare Zameen Par and Welcome respectively, are demanding higher revenue shares from multiplexes.While PVR is demanding 50:50 share for the first week of the film’s release in Mumbai and other cities, for the second week, the ratio would be 42.5:47.5. In third week, the share would depend upon the film’s performance.

Bad news for the business that was just celebrating the return to form with the I Am Legend strong opening.

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Patrick was a Senior Analyst at Screen Digest, went on to launch the digital cinema operations of Unique and Deluxe Europe, then digitised Bollywood at Adlabs/RMW, and now writes, consults and appears on panels about cinema all over the world.
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