‘Cinderella’ Scores In Japan; ‘Home’ Lands In China: More International Box Office
While Avengers: Age Of Ultron hulked out to a massive start in 44 offshore territories, and Furious 7 put new fuel in the record books this frame, there was also activity to speak of in the rest of the international box office universe. There were no new studio entrants on the offshore front, although Chinese coming-of-age debut, The Left Ear, ranked No. 3 for the frame at $27M. Elsewhere abroad were holdovers and expansions which include Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2… Read
Honest Trailers Mocks The Newfronts
Honest Trailers normally skewers the way marketing for movies often fails to accurately depict the actual product. But with Newfronts starting next week, the series has whipped up this takedown of the annual advertiser-woo fest. Targets include: appearances by celebs who don’t appeal to the online demo; the higher quality of original online programming compared to traditional television broadcasting; the contrast between the pomp and circumstance of the event and the dry… Read
They’re Baaaack! Harvey Weinstein, Former ‘Finding’ Flack Create Tony Threesome
UPDATE, Sunday 1 P.M.: Adds more on Miramontez’ responsibilities and reaction from Finding Neverland‘s press rep, in second paragraph below.
EXCLUSIVE: Whether Harvey Weinstein fired Broadway press representative Rick Miramontez or Rick fired the producer of Finding Neverland is now officially moot. Miramontez’s O&M Public Relations Company is back on board with the team just as Broadway folks start popping massive amounts of Xanax in anticipation of Tuesday morning’s… Read
How ‘Ex Machina’ Seduced Crowds And Is Poised To Be Summer’s Sleeper Hit
Amid the bang boom of Furious 7 dominating the box office again in its fourth frame with a $320.5M domestic gross, a cult film was percolating on the charts: A24’s sci-fi drama Ex Machina. The film posted the distrib’s best weekend ever with $5.44M at 1,255 playdates, beating the wide weekend expansion of its 2013 release Spring Breakers ($4.9M). Fans around the web are already heralding the movie as Blade Runner meets Social Network.
Ex Machina follows programmer Caleb… Read
Oscar Winner John Legend Talks Blacks In Prison, Police Brutality On CNN
While accepting his Oscar alongside rapper Common for their song “Glory” (from Selma), multiple Grammy-winning musician John Legend caused a stir when he called out America’s current high rate of incarceration for black men.
“The struggle for justice is right now,” he said, comparing the rate of imprisonment to pre-Civil Rights Era segregation. Since then, he’s emerged as a serious advocate for prison reform and racial justice, founding Free America, an initiative to… Read
‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ Opens To Mighty $201.2M Overseas; Sets IMAX Record
UPDATE, WRITETHRU, 11:05 AM PT: Avengers: Age Of Ultron was the dominant box office force overseas this weekend with a hulking $201.2M start. The Disney/Marvel mash-up kicked off its career in 44 markets representing 55% of its international footprint, initially beginning to roll out on Wednesday and finishing the maiden frame at the high end of industry projections.
Importantly, the $201.2M take exceeds the opening of the first Avengers film by 44% and bests Iron Man 3… Read
“Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck’ Rocks Specialty Box Office
Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck raised some box-office hell this weekend and appears headed to 2015’s biggest non-fiction debut, even with only partial numbers available this morning and an HBO debut coming in about a week.
On the dual-platform side, Adult Beginners acted like a VOD veteran, racking up $211,000 there, nearly five times as much revenue as in its theatrical day-and-date debut for RADiUS. Adult Beginners – starring Nick Kroll, Rose Byrne and Bobby Canavale… Read
No Sunday Column
As Peter Bart is off on assignment, there will be no Bart & Fleming today. The column will return next Sunday.
‘Furious 7′ Hits $320.5M, ‘Adaline’ Lures Ladies: The Calm Before ‘Age Of Ultron’ Conquers – Final Sunday B.O. Update
UPDATE, SUNDAY 10 A.M.: You would think a massive hurricane was about to sweep over America. But no, it’s just Disney Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, which will be kicking off this Thursday. While the final frame of April has proven its mettle to launch summer early (e.g., Fast Five‘s 2011 bow of $86.2M), most of the majors felt it was a waste of time to launch a tentpole as Age of Ultron is really expected to take the wind out of everyone else’s box office sails… Read
‘Furious 7′ Crosses $1B Overseas; Passes ‘T4′ In China As Top-Grossing Film Ever
Universal’s juggernaut Furious 7 has just driven past the $1B mark internationally, becoming the third film in history to pass the milestone behind Avatar ($2.027B) and Titanic ($1.528B). The total offshore tally on the seventh film in the high-octane franchise is $1.001B as of today, and following a $69.7M overseas weekend. In China, it has now taken $323M and still has two weeks to play out. That bests last summer's Transformers: Age Of Extinction to make F7 the… Read
7 Best Moments Of The White House Correspondents Dinner
1. OBAMA’S ANGER TRANSLATOR, LUTHER
It may have been a dirty trick to play on Cecily Strong, but the big talker of the night came when Obama announced that, because he’s “a mellow sort of guy” he was bringing out Luther, his Anger Translator – aka, Keegan-Michael Key from Comedy Central's Key and Peele. "Hold on to your lily-white butts," Key/Luther warned the crowd, then began to shout Obama's actual thoughts as Obama delivered one of his mellow-guy, platitude-filled… Read
Cecily Strong Struggles To Follow Obama And Anger Translator Luther At White House Correspondents Dinner
“Let’s give it up for Secret Service. I don’t want to be too hard on those guys. They’re the only law-enforcement agency in the country that will get in trouble if a black man gets shot,” Cecily Strong said in one of her best gags at the White House Correspondents Dinner tonight, as she struggled to follow President Obama. Obama not only had set a very high bar with his Bucket/F**k It List jokes, he pulled a fast one on her by bringing out his Anger Translator Luther, aka… Read