Last Week in the News: 14 December 2014

Last Week’s Headlines in Animation

  • Nominations for the Golden Globes have been announced! The nominees in the Best Animated Feature Category are How To Train Your Dragon 2, Big Hero 6, The LEGO Movie, The Boxtrolls, and The Book of Life. Interestingly, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya lost out on a nomination in this division. The Golden Globes are a good indicator of who will win at the OSCARS, so watch this space!
  • The original song ‘For the Dancing and the Dreaming’ from How To Train Your Dragon 2 will compete for a nomination in the Best Original Song category at the 87th OSCARS. This category is hotly contended, with 79 contenders including ‘Everything is AWESOME!’ from The LEGO Movie and ‘Immortals’ from Big Hero 6.
  • DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda 3 has been pushed back from a December 2015 release to a March 2016 release, in order to avoid competition with Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. This will cause a reshuffle of future DreamWorks releases, including Boss Baby, which previously occupied the March 2016 slot.
  • The Tale of the Princess Kaguya looks like it could be a more major contender for the Best Animated Feature Win at the 87th OSCARS. It won the Best Animated Feature categories at the Asia-Pacific Screen Awards, and awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics Society and The Boston Society of Film Critics. The LEGO Movie has won Best Animated Feature awards from the Boston Online Film Critics Association, Chicago Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Circle, New York Film Critics Online, and Washington DC Area Film Critics Association, while How To Train Your Dragon 2 has won the Hollywood Animation Award and National Board of Review Best Animated Feature category.
  • Disney’s Big Hero 6 has now earned $253.5 million at the box office worldwide, with $185.3 million coming from the domestic US market alone.
  • DreamWorks Animation’s Penguins of Madagascar has now earned $174.8 million at the box office worldwide. So far it has only made $58.8 million in the US.
  • The Boxtrolls has earned $105.8 million at the box office worldwide, making it the 7th highest grossing stop-motion animated feature.
  • The Book of Life has reeled in a modest $90 million at the box office worldwide, and $48.6 million domestically.

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