Cannes: 70th Fest Welcomes Netflix, TV Series, VR & Lots Of Nicole Kidman
"It's been a very intense few weeks and months," said Cannes Film Festival chief Thierry Frémaux as he unveiled the lion's share of the Official Selection for the 70th anniversary edition this morning in Paris. Explaining why there had been so little revealed ahead of today, Frémaux said many films "arrived very late" and noted the festival has set a bar that is "not negligible" which made his team's search "longer and more stressful." However, response to today’s lineup… Read
How ‘The Secret Life Of Pets’ Beat ‘Deadpool’ & ‘Rogue One’ – The Data Behind The Dollars
This is Illumination Entertainment chief Chris Meledandri’s second trip up the proverbial ladder to cut the nets as the victor of Deadline’s Most Valuable Blockbuster tournament. He won in 2013 for Despicable Me 2. According to our experts who looked extensively at the behind-the-curtain data to derive the net profit and Cash on Cash Return that means most to studios, The Secret Life Of Pets beat out a slew of strong contenders, several of which surpassed the… Read
Women Rock Broadway Box Office As Sara Bareilles, Bette Midler Break Records
Female stars are the talk of the town as Broadway rolls into the final four weeks of openings before the April 27 Tony Awards deadline. Leading the way are Bette Midler, breaking house records at the Shubert Theatre as her revival of Hello, Dolly! heads to its April 20 opening, and Sara Bareilles, who had the rare distinction of making her second Broadway debut last week. A Tony nominee last season for her Waitress score, the pop singer-songwriter stepped into the title… Read
‘The Zookeeper’s Wife’ Debuts To $3.3M; ‘David Lynch’ Doc Gets Solid Start – Specialty Box Office
Focus Features rolled out period drama The Zookeeper's Wife starring Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh and Daniel Brühl in over five hundred theaters over the weekend, getting a solid start grossing over $3.34M. The title lead an overall quiet weekend in the Specialty box office, which did have a few bright spots. Janus Films opened doc David Lynch – The Art Life in a New York exclusive engagement, grossing over $12K, while China Lion bowed thriller The Devotion of Suspe… Read
Jessica Chastain Is ‘The Zookeeper’s Wife’; ‘All This Panic’ Chronicles N.Y. Teens – Specialty Box Office Preview
Focus Features is taking The Zookeeper's Wife starring Jessica Chastain into well over several hundred theaters this weekend, the highest-profile Specialty release in a weekend that includes the debuts of some very limited releases. Two documentaries are among the slate of newcomers: God Knows Where I Am, the directorial debut of producers Jedd Wider and Todd Wider, and All This Panic, which premiered at last year's Tribeca Film Festival and begins its theatrical run in… Read
Jazz Doc ‘I Called Him Morgan’ Hits Solid Note; ‘Wilson’ Walks Slow – Specialty B.O.
The first weekend of spring was mostly a chill at the Specialty box office, with only some new and holdovers films getting decent numbers Friday to Sunday. Even some stalwarts were showing signs of fatigue. Newcomer I Called Him Morgan from Submarine Deluxe and FilmRise had the best per theater average from its single New York location, grossing $14K. FIP bowed India's Phillauri in 74 North American theaters Friday, grossing an estimated $265K, while Searchlight's Wilson… Read
Donald Trump’s Presidency Is Right On Time For Another WGA Strike
Since the first writers' strike of 1960, there have been 12 U.S. presidents – five Democrats and seven Republicans, and yet all six WGA strikes occurred during Republican administrations. And if the guild launches its seventh strike in May, as threatened, it will once again be under a Republican administration.
There weren't any WGA strikes during the presidencies of Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Lyndon Johnson or John F. Kennedy. But there was one during the… Read
Weinstein Company’s ‘Lion’ B.O. Cume Surpasses $50M This Weekend
The Weinstein Company's Lion crossed $50M this weekend, becoming the fifth title among the year's Best Picture nominees to surpass that box office threshold. Nominated for six Oscars, Lion grossed $784K in 621 theaters on its 17th weekend, taking its cume to $50,050,614.
With a weekend per-theater-average of $1,262, Lion lands 11th in the overall box office, just above Lionsgate's La La Land, which took in $530K in 585 locations Friday to Sunday.
"We're so proud of this… Read
‘T2 Trainspotting’ Hits Weekend’s 2nd Best Average; ‘Song To Song’ So-So – Specialty Box Office
Danny Boyle's T2 Trainspotting opened to solid numbers in its initial run of five theaters this weekend. The Sony release grossed $180K, coming in behind weekend juggernaut Beauty And the Beast in terms of per theater average. Broad Green Pictures opened Terrence Malick's latest Song To Song in several locations, taking in just under $54K, while Music Box bowed French filmmaker Franćois Ozon's Frantz in two theaters, grossing $18.5K. CBS Films jumped The Sense Of an Ending… Read
Hollywood Bull: Investment Banker Says Movie Studio Tentpoles Are Still A Good Game For Institutional Investors
Is the Hollywood global studio-driven tentpole a dying model? Cowen & Co.'s Doug Creutz earlier this week issued a pessimistic appraisal of the high-stakes global blockbuster game as an investment opportunity. His withering predictions creased the Armani suit of one investment banker/financier, who invests institutional capital with major studios and formerly produced event films. It bothered him enough that the banker, who preferred to remain anonymous so he could freely… Read
Hollywood Bear: Why Media Analyst Is Gloomy About The Movies
Hollywood’s filled with talented storytellers, including executives when they craft creative arguments to portray movie-making as a vibrant business with ample growth opportunities. So it’s no wonder that many of them grind their teeth this time each year when Cowen and Co. Managing Director and Senior Research Analyst Doug Creutz releases his annual report with an alternate view — one that deems movie studios an “investment negative.”
His latest release, out this week… Read
Cannes Speculation: Payne, Coppola, Haneke & What Isn’t Festival-Bound
The Cannes Film Festival will celebrate its 70th birthday beginning in a little over two months, and that means it's time to start the stroll poll of who'll be on the red carpet for the fest that runs May 17-28. With the majority of the Official Selection set to be unveiled in Paris on April 13, speculation is at a fever pitch as to what titles fest chief Thierry Frémaux will include for the landmark edition.
It's still early days and nothing is confirmed until Frémaux… Read