Boss Boosts Broadway B.O. With $2.3M Draw, $500 Ducat
It didn’t take long for one Jersey boy to take Broadway by storm, filling the void left when Jersey Boys shuttered in January after 12 socko years. Bruce Springsteen began previews of his solo show last week at Jujamcyn Theatres’ Walter Kerr and guess what? He didn’t displace Hamilton from the top-grossing spot, yet – but then again he only did five performances; give him another week (Springsteen on Broadway officially opens Thursday).
The rest of his numbers may pale in… Read
Moody Broadway Box Office Slips 10% As ‘Cats’ Yowls With $187K Scratch
The Jewish High Holy Days are upon us and public schools are returning to disorder, which can only mean one thing, Broadway-wise: There were lotsa butts somewhere – just not not in Theater District seats. Nearly 20 percent of the inventory went unspoken for and the till was down 10 percent from the previous week, which wasn’t much to write home about either, unless you were waiting attendance on Bette Midler returning from vacay to Hello, Dolly!.
The temporarily shrinking… Read
If ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Brings A Movie Laugh, It Won’t Be A Minute Too Soon
Here's a sobering thought (as if we needed one): Fox's action-comedy sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle, opening Friday, could do as well as its 2015 predecessor and this still would be the worst year for live-action screen comedy since, possibly, ever.
As of this week, only one live-action comedy has cracked the year's top 20. That would be Girls Trip, which has taken in $114.5 million since Universal released it in July, putting it at or near the No. 19 spot, just… Read
With Lectures & Political Reprimands, Hollywood’s Angriest Awards Season Has Begun
It's hard to recall a season when Hollywood has been so harshly at odds with so much of its potential audience. On Wednesday, Robert Redford became the latest in a growing string of celebrities to pepper the summer/fall film promotions with reprimands and recrimination.
"We've lost our moral foundation," the Oscar winner told Esquire, speaking of the year-ago presidential election in an interview keyed to the upcoming Netflix release of Our Souls at Night, in which the… Read
‘Stranger Things’ & ‘Westworld’ Take Early Lead In Drama Race, ‘SNL’s Hot Streak Continues – Creative Arts Emmy Analysis
After the TV Academy members for decades had been reluctant to award genre series, except for Lost, with the best drama Emmy trophy, they crowned HBO’s fantasy series Game Of Thrones a drama series winner the last two years. With GoT on the sidelines this year because of the long hiatus between Seasons 6 and 7, two other drama series — Netflix’s Stranger Things and HBO’s Westworld — are aiming to keep the genre drama Emmy streak alive, taking an early lead with five wins… Read
‘The Great Comet’ Tails Away But The Broadway Songbook Lives At Feinstein’s / 54 Below
This weekend offers your last chance to see Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 in its wondrous Mimi Lien setting, elaborate and eccentric as a Fabergé egg, at the Imperial Theatre. Dave Malloy’s ambitious musical joins the ranks of misfires – Passing Strange and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson come to mind – that were passion projects derailed not so much by a misreading of the Broadway audience as by avoidable mistakes on the part of the producers and the creative… Read
At Specialty Box Office, Summer Was A Low Simmer
Specialty films saw a mixed bag over the summer at the box office, though the groans of gloom among some are somewhat off-base. The Big Sick from Amazon Studios/Lionsgate was clearly a front-runner out of the gate and topped the list if one considers it a "specialty" title. Focus Features' The Beguiled from Sofia Coppola had the best gross of any film that stayed under 1,000 locations throughout its theatrical run ($10.6 million), while The Weinstein Company’s Wind River… Read
Broadway Grosses Dip But ‘Phantom’ Flies To $1.1M And ‘Come From Away’ Lands At $1.3M
The Broadway box office did the August droop, slipping just over $1 million from the previous week. The opening of Michael Moore’s almost-solo show The Terms of My Surrender, at the Shubert Organization’s Belasco Theatre, stopped traffic and divided critics (thumbs down from the Times; thumbs up from the Daily News), filling 87 per cent of theater’s 1,008 seat across eight performances (including 4 previews). In a gesture of solidarity, Bill Murray visited Groundhog Day… Read
Peter Bart: Studios Won’t Be Wishing Soderbergh Much Luck As He Plans To Break Rules With New Film
The major studios quietly hope that Logan Lucky will instantly run out of luck when it opens next week. The reason: The movie is dedicated to the proposition that studios are expensive anachronisms.
The strategist behind Logan Lucky is filmmaker Steven Soderbergh, who, having battled the majors on many issues over the years, decided to make a film that disdains their production funding as well as their machinery for distribution and marketing. Indeed, the marketing… Read
Toronto Film Festival: Who’s In And Who’s Out?
The Toronto Film Festival gets things rolling tomorrow with the announcement of movies for its 2017 fest, and we are hearing that films with such stars as Jake Gyllenhaal, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland, Kate Winslet, Idris Elba, Andrew Garfield, Frances McDormand, Margot Robbie, Bryan Cranston, Kevin Hart, Woody Harrelson, Nicole Kidman, Liam Neeson and many more are likely to be included.
Even as so-called “Oscar bait” movies such as Dunkirk or Detroit are flooding… Read
‘War For The Planet Of The Apes’ Loots $56.5M In Box Office Spoils – Sunday AM Update
5th Writethru Sunday AM following Saturday Posts: 20th Century Fox’s War for the Planet of the Apes is coming in around where the industry saw it yesterday with $56.5M, the second best for the franchise after its previous chapter Dawn of the Planet of the Apes ($72.6M) and above the first installment Rise of the Planet of the Apes ($54.8M).
The movie in its debut played akin to a non-superhero threequel, off 21% from Dawn, and is considered OK by industry standards. If… Read
Alec Baldwin, Demi Moore Are ‘Blind’ Lovers; Roadside Readies ‘Lady Macbeth’ – Specialty B.O. Preview
Long in the making, Blind starring Alec Baldwin and Demi Moore makes its way to theaters Friday. The Vertical Entertainment release is the directorial debut of veteran producer Michael Mailer, and joins a fairly packed lineup of new Specialty releases this weekend, marking the midpoint of July. Roadside Attractions is hoping to emulate some of the success of its 2010 film Winter's Bone for Lady Macbeth starring dynamic newcomer Florence Pugh.
Other features making their… Read