Lionsgate and Relativity's 3:10 TO YUMA Pulls Into Number One Spot at North American Weekend Box Office



    
    Critically-Acclaimed Russell Crowe And Christian Bale Starrer Achieves
    Estimated $14.1 Million Opening Weekend
    

    SANTA MONICA, Calif., and VANCOUVER, BC, Sept. 9 /CNW/ -- Lionsgate and
Relativity Media's critically-acclaimed film 3:10 TO YUMA, starring Academy
Award (R) winner Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, Peter Fonda, Gretchen Mol and
Ben Foster, directed by Academy Award (R) winner James Mangold (WALK THE
LINE), opened with guns blazing at the weekend box office, shooting its way to
number one with an estimated $14.1 million at 2,652 theatres for a robust per
location average of $5,317. Lionsgate (NYSE:   LGF) is the leading independent
filmed entertainment studio.
    "All of our marketing, distribution, production and acquisition teams
executed superbly in the challenging task of bringing this compelling,
brilliantly acted and directed film to a diverse and discerning audience of
moviegoers," said Tom Ortenberg, President of Lionsgate Theatrical Films.
"Based on strong critical reviews, superb exit polls and a terrific opening
weekend, 3:10 TO YUMA is well positioned for the tremendous commercial and
critical success it deserves."
    Based on an Elmore Leonard short story, the remake of the classic 1957
Western stars Academy Award (R) winner Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, Peter
Fonda, Gretchen Mol and Ben Foster in the riveting action saga of a desperate,
small-time rancher (Bale) who takes an assignment to transport a notorious
outlaw (Crowe) to Yuma for imprisonment.  In a fierce battle of guns and
wills, the criminal tries to buy off the rancher with more money than he could
ever imagine in exchange for letting him escape as the rancher fights
temptation, the odds, adversity and the outlaw's gang of desperadoes in a
compelling action adventure story that delivers powerful drama and brilliantly
nuanced acting performances as well.
    The film will be released wide in the U.K. next Friday, September 14, by
Lionsgate U.K., with a worldwide rollout in other international territories to
follow.
    Produced by Relativity Media and Tree Line Film, 3:10 TO YUMA was written
by Halsted Welles, Michael Brandt and Derek Haas based on a short story by
Elmore Leonard, directed by Academy Award (R) winner James Mangold (WALK THE
LINE), produced by Cathy Konrad and executive produced by Stuart Besser, Ryan
Kavanaugh and Lynwood Spinks.
    Lionsgate noted that 3:10 TO YUMA marked its second film to achieve a
strong opening weekend box office performance in the past three weeks. WAR,
starring Jet Li and Jason Statham, opened with nearly $10 million and has now
grossed approximately $20 million at the domestic box office in its first 17
days of release.  Lionsgate's upcoming slate includes the highly-anticipated
comedy GOOD LUCK CHUCK, starring Jessica Alba and Dane Cook, opening on
September 21; the next film in the Company's highly successful Tyler Perry
franchise, WHY DID I GET MARRIED?, starring Tyler Perry, Janet Jackson and
Jill Scott, opening October 12; and the next installment in its tremendously
popular SAW franchise, SAW 4, opening October 26 for Halloween weekend.
    Lionsgate is the leading independent filmed entertainment studio, winning
the 2006 Best Picture Academy Award (R) for CRASH, and the Company is a
premier producer and distributor of motion pictures, television programming,
home entertainment, family entertainment and video-on-demand content. Its
prestigious and prolific library of more than 11,000 motion picture titles and
television episodes is a valuable source of recurring revenue and a foundation
for the growth of the Company's core businesses. The Lionsgate brand is
synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the
globe.
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    For further information, contact:
    Sarah Greenberg
    310-255-3856
    sgreenberg@lionsgate.com
    

    
    For corporate inquiries, please contact:
    Peter D. Wilkes
    310-255-3726
    pwilkes@lionsgate.com
    

    
    Kelli Easterling
    310-255-4929
    keasterling@lionsgate.com
    
    The matters discussed in this press release include forward-looking
statements, including those regarding the timing of our upcoming film slate.
Such statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties. Actual
results in the future could differ materially and adversely from those
described in the forward-looking statements as a result of various important
factors, including the substantial investment of capital required to produce
and market films and television series, increased costs for producing and
marketing feature films, budget overruns, limitations imposed by our credit
facilities, unpredictability of the commercial success of our motion pictures
and television programming, the cost of defending our intellectual property,
difficulties in integrating acquired businesses, technological changes and
other trends affecting the entertainment industry, and the risk factors as set
forth in Lionsgate's Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange
Commission on May 30, 2007. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly
release the result of any revisions to these forward-looking statements that
may be made to reflect any future events or circumstances.




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