May 2008 Archive

Box Office

#1 'Sex' Frenzied $55.7M Weekend For All-Time R-Rated Comedy; 'Indy 4' Beats Ultimate Chick Flick Saturday & Sunday; Warner Bros Already Planning Sequel

SUNDAY AM: Here are the official box office numbers — Sex And The City finished its opening weekend No. 1 with North American domestic gross of $55.7 million in 3,285 theaters. The R-rated female romantic comedy posted a great $16,968 per screen average even though many multiplexes had it playing on 7+ screens. But after a female phenomenal Friday opening of $26.9M, the pic plunged 34% to make only $17.7 million on Saturday. And Sunday estimates expect another 37%… Read

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'SEX' SELLS! Female Phenom $26.9M Fri; But Can It Sustain Through Sat & Sun?

SATURDAY AM: Here are Friday's official North American numbers from the studios for the biggest romantic comedy debut – No. 1 Sex And The City truly shocked Hollywood pros by opening with a hanging-from-the-chandeliers $26.9 million from 3,285 theaters. The big question now is whether this staggering wanna-see among women for the HBO Films/New Line/Warner Bros female froth sustains through Saturday and Sunday showings so the weekend total can soar past $70M and maybe even… Read

Leight Leaves 'Criminal Intent' For HBO

Within days of USA Network renewing Law & Order: Criminal Intent with an order for 16 episodes, the series has just lost its showrunner. I'm told Warren Leight has left to be the showrunner of HBO's In Treatment. It's a big blow to Bonnie Hammer, promoted two months ago to head the newly created NBCU Cable Entertainment & Cable Studio. The former USA Network/Sci Fi Channel boss had been in the midst of hammering out a new deal with Leight, under whose leadership CI was… Read

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'Sex' Sell-Out & Blow-Out! Could Go As High As $28M Friday, $75M Weekend

11 PM UPDATE: Friday's Sex And The City opened with great foreplay for the biggest romantic comedy debut. Really early box office numbers could be as high as $26 million to $28 million and for the weekend $65 million to $75 million. That's stunning the Hollywood pros. “It could reach or exceed the high end if the final West Coast numbers match the East Coast's. Those totals could be higher. Huge,” one rival studio exec exclaimed to me. “It's a true sensation. People… Read

Director Rob Marshall Exits ICM For CAA

SUNDAY AM UPDATE: The helmer's flack just emailed me to say that “Rob Marshall was concerned about your report that his departure from ICM had anything to do with Harvey Weinstein. Here is what Rob has to say, personally, about his decision to change agencies.” Hey, I went with what my excellent sources told me he said at the time in terms of Harvey Weinstein. After all, poor Rob has to work with Harv again. But because I love revisionist history, I'm happy to update with… Read

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'SEX' NOW THE ULTIMATE CHICK FLICK! Biggest R-Rated Comedy Debut Ever; But Its Box Office Fell 34% Sat And 37% Sun; Female Frenzied $55.7M For Weekend #1; Warner Bros Already Plans 'SATC' Sequel

SUNDAY AM: Here are the official box office numbers — Sex And The City finished its opening weekend No. 1 with North American domestic gross of $55.7 million in 3,285 theaters. The R-rated female romantic comedy posted a great $16,968 per screen average even though many multiplexes had it playing on 7+ screens. But after a female phenomenal Friday opening of $26.9M, the pic plunged 34% to make only $17.7 million on Saturday. And Sunday estimates expect another 37%… Read

Who's Adopted This Orphaned Cash Cow?

It's hard not to root for a Depression era kiddie movie that costs under $9 million, showcases good clean fun for little girls, and stars Abigail Breslin, the Hayley Mills of her generation, as well as a great supporting cast of very funny adults like Wally Shawn, Jane Krakowski, Joan Cusak and Stanley Tucci. So it sucks that the studio for Kit Kittredge: An American Girl opening July 2 has now been killed off. Can Picturehouse successfully release a film when it's… Read

If You Liked the Los Angeles Times' Awful WGA Strike Coverage, Then You'll Love…

…The newspaper's announcement today that Sallie Hofmeister is the new Business Editor. She'd overseen entertainment and technology stories, including the Los Angeles Times' embarrassingly weak coverage of the writers strike which new editor Russ Stanton effusively praises in this memo about her appointment. So let me clarify: reporting late on that strike's many news developments, or ignoring altogether those that showed the Hollywood moguls in an unflattering light, is… Read

Who's Gonna Be The Boss Of 'Gossip Girl'?

I'm told that tonight MTV's Tony DiSanto is still very busy denying to Hollywood that he is replacing Dawn Ostroff as head of The CW. I first heard from sources three weeks ago that Dawn was out, and Tony was in, following rounds of not-so-secret meetings with possible candidates for the network run jointly by Warner Bros and CBS. Then silence. The “explanation” making the rounds was that DiSanto, who's been a very big deal at MTV for more than a decade, was still… Read

AFTRA Skedaddled To Avoid Briefing SAG

First, I've got additional info about the AFTRA-AMPTP deal announced yesterday: I'm told the union's New Media terms are the exact same offered by the networks-&-studios group to SAG on Day 1 of their negotiations last month. So AFTRA negotiated with the networks and studios for 16 days only to obtain what SAG flatly rejected. What heavy duty bargaining by AFTRA, eh? It's also the same exact deal (minus the clips issue) which the AMPTP made with the WGA. .(For my… Read

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