Amy Winehouse Doc, Ken Loach’s ‘Jimmy’s Hall’ & Sundance Winner ‘Cartel Land’ Bow Holiday Weekend: Specialty Preview
Late multi-Grammy Award-winning singer Amy Winehouse gets the spotlight in a new film by BAFTA-winner Asif Kapadia, simply titled Amy, which A24 will open in New York followed by a national rollout beginning Friday. The title uses never-before-seen footage of the artist and features previously unheard tracks. The doc will be joined by Sundance winner Cartel Land by Matthew Heineman, which The Orchard is also opening in New York followed by a national rollout. The title… Read
Callum Blue & Nadine Velazquez Enter ‘The Charnel House; ‘Batkid Begins’ Expands Its Wings – Film Briefs
Callum Blue and Nadine Velazquez will star opposite Makenzie Moss and Erik LaRay Harvey in Siegal Entertainment’s The Charnel House, a film that reunites Miss Meadows producers Sandra Siegal and Mark B Johnson. Craig Moss is directing Emanuel Isler and Chad Israel’s script, which follows an accomplished British architect (Blue) who finally achieves his dream of converting the long-abandoned Fairmont Meat Company slaughterhouse into ultramodern lofts. His family and… Read
‘Terminator Genisys’ & ‘Magic Mike XXL’ Enter July 4th Frame Too Close To Call
Remember those Independence Day weekends at the box office when records were set? Well, this weekend isn’t going to be one of them.
At the high end of the July 4 holiday, you have former titans such as Paramount’s Transformers: Dark Of The Moon raking in $180.7M over six days in 2011 or Sony’s Spider-Man 2 posting a six-day bow of $180.1M in 2004. However, label this weekend as another case of too-close-to-call. It couldn’t be worse with Independence Day falling on a… Read
Imax Lands Brief Sneak Peek Of ‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’
Some 363 of the large-screen venues in North America will offer five minutes of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation to audiences who show up to see Terminator Genisys beginning tomorrow night, Imax, Paramount Pictures and Skydance said this morning.
That means they’ll have an extended look at the Tom Cruise movie a month ahead of its July 31 opening.
Imax has high hopes for the latest M:I. It scored big numbers with Mission:Impossible – Ghost Protocol, which was partly… Read
‘Runoff,’ ‘A Little Chaos,’ ‘The Third Man’ Modest In Debuts: Specialty B.O.
It’s hardly the dog days of summer, but the specialty movies are staying. Some numbers have trickled in this morning, and it appears some are hiding in the shade. The one fairly bright spot is a film that has received critical approval but does not boast star-wattage. Monterey Media’s Runoff kicked off in a single NYC location grossing $10K. Focus World opened A Little Chaos in 83 theaters in a day and date theatrical VOD bow, while Rialto Pictures opened its restored… Read
Alan Rickman Opens Second Directorial Feature ‘A Little Chaos’ Starring Kate Winslet – Specialty Preview
The last time Alan Rickman took on director duties was in 1997 for The Winter Guest starring Phyllida Law, Emma Thompson, which Fine Line released on Christmas day of that year, eventually grossing over $870K. The Golden Globe winner waited almost a decade-and-a-half to do it a second time with A Little Chaos, which Focus World will open day and date beginning this weekend. A Little Chaos will be joined by a sizable number of newcomers this weekend, though many — not all… Read
Fandor & Factory 25 Team On Theatrical Day-And-Date Plan
Streaming service Fandor and indie distributor Factory 25 are teaming to jointly release seven films day-and-date, including this year’s SXSW Audience Award winner Uncle Kent 2 from filmmaker Todd Rohal and Charles Poekel’s Sundance pic Christmas, Again. As part of the deal, Fandor will release the films day-and-date on its SVOD service with Factory 25 releasing theatrically and through transactional platforms.
No dates were unveiled, but the new releases set for the… Read
‘The Overnight': Jason Schwartzman, Adam Scott, Taylor Schilling & Judith Godrèche Get Down Poolside – Specialty Preview
Audiences looking for a little smart titillation to supplement their steady feed of studio special effects movies will find Sundance debut The Overnight a welcome view. Starring Adam Scott, Jason Schwartzman, Judith Godrèche and Taylor Schilling, the film is a Gen Y/Millennial update to the sex comedy opening via The Orchard. Sony Classics is opening Sundance ’14 title Infinitely Polar Bear with Mark Ruffalo in New York and L.A., while Broad Green Pictures is rolling out… Read
‘Jurassic World’ Helps Universal Roar Into Studio Market Share Lead
As we suspected, Universal leapfrogged over both Warner Bros and Disney to take sole possession of first place in the 2015 domestic market share standings. Jurassic World overachieved at the box office — it is on course to recoup its costs this week and becomes the fourth Universal film to earn back its money within 30 days of release, with the others being Fifty Shades Of Grey, Furious 7 and Pitch Perfect 2. That is the recipe for a helluva year at Universal.
‘Jurassic World’ Lifts Most Exhibition Stocks Despite Market Jitters – Update
UPDATED: Exhibition industry investors are finally looking past their early morning fears about the state of the economy and focusing on the weekend’s startling $204.6 million domestic box office results from Jurassic World. Sales stomped the Street’s consensus forecast for $125 million. The film generated an additional $307 million overseas.
Stock prices for the leading theater chains have moved up after opening mixed amid reports suggesting that Greece might default on… Read
Will Universal’s ‘Jurassic World’ Chomp Warner Bros, Disney Market Share Lead?
Some would argue that studios started the summer movie season when Universal Pictures launched Furious 7 in early April. Now the calendar tells us we’re days away from the official start of summer. That is the time when studios roll out one huge-budget summer movie after another, and this blockbuster season has created an intriguing three-horse race that likely will change by the weekend.
The 2015 Domestic Market Share standings really only put bragging rights at stake… Read
‘Jurassic World’ Helps Imax Shares Stomp To 52-Week High
The thriller is Imax’s biggest global day-and-date release, appearing on 364 domestic and 445 overseas screens – about 100 ahead of the previous record-holder: The Amazing Spider-Man 2. And Jurassic World‘s roaring initial sales helped to lift Imax’s share price by 2% in afternoon trading — after touching a 52-week high of $42.60. It’s closing in on the all time high of $43.75 in May 1997.
The movie could set a June opening record across all domestic theaters, my colleague… Read