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‘Valerian’ And The City Of A Thousand Misconceptions: Who’s On The Hook?

EXCLUSIVE: EuropaCorp’s Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets performed miserably here in the states, and in one of the 16 markets it released to internationally last weekend — Germany — it opened under Despicable Me 3’s third weekend with $2.9 million versus DM3‘s $3.6 million. Throughout last week and the weekend, we heard that STX, which distributed in the U.S., was on the hook for only about $5M, had a distribution fee of about 10%, and that the P&A was being… Read

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Universal Hits $4B In Global Box Office For Second Time In Its History

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Charged by the successes of The Fate Of The Furious and Illumination powerhouse Despicable Me 3, Universal Pictures has just crossed the $4 billion mark at the worldwide box office for the second time in the studio's 105-year history. Univeral reports that this is also “the fastest a studio has reached this milestone in 2017.” The breakdown? $1.265 billion domestically and $2.791B internationally. The Fate Of The Furious, released April 14, ended up with the biggest… Read

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How Warner Bros Beat The Period-Film Curse At The B.O. & Positioned ‘Dunkirk’ As A Summer Tentpole


Period has become increasingly challenging at the box office, not to mention in recent times marquees have been inundated with World War II fare, particularly films starring Brad Pitt. But when director Christopher Nolan embraces the historical subject, it’s a different story, and Warner Bros is celebrating a win for its older-male-skewing Dunkirk this weekend with $50.5 million — a figure that not only beat tracking, but the total $40M stateside ticket sales of Pitt’s… Read

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‘Landline’ Dials In With Top Number; ‘The Beguiled’ Crosses $10M – Specialty Box Office

Amazon Studios/Magnolia Pictures opened mid-’90s-set comedy Landline with Jenny Slate, Edie Falco, Abby Quinn, Jay Duplass and John Turturro in four theaters Friday, easily capturing the best per-theater average among the specialties opening this frame and the second-best overall at just over $13,000. The 2017 Sundance title was a stand-out in an otherwise fairly slow weekend for limited-release films trying to carve a niche as counter-programming to summer blockbusters… Read

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‘Dunkirk’ Takes Warner Bros Past $1B; ‘Girls Trip’ Record Opening For Malcolm D. Lee; Reasons Why ‘Valerian’ Crashed


WRITETHRU, Sunday AM, following Saturday posts: Dunkirk beat expectations this weekend with a $50.5 million opening weekend at 3,720 venues at the domestic box office, an impressive start for a British war subject largely unknown to Americans in a marketplace of franchise holdovers and a $200M-plus budgeted sci-fi epic known as Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets. That Luc Besson title died a horrible death this weekend with a $17M start.   Dunkirk marches Warner B… Read


‘Dunkirk’ Logs Strong 3-Day Cume Of $21.2M After Key Market Rollout – Int’l Box Office

2ND UPDATE, Saturday, 8 AM: Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk has now rolled out to its 46 markets and so far raked in a nice $21.2 million in three days of release (including previews). On Friday, it grabbed $12.7M alone from its now 10,750 locales. The film first opened in French-speaking countries, taking in a big $2.2M in its first day in France. And France continues to play well. In key new territory openings, the UK debuted very strong with an estimated first day of $3.7M… Read


Movie Tickets Hit Record High Average Of $8.95 In Q2

Movie admissions fell in Q2, but exhibitors may find a silver lining when they tally their revenues. The average consumer outlay for tickets hit a new high, $8.95 — a 2.5% increase vs the period last year — the National Association of Theatre Owners reports. That tops the $8.84 in Q1, the previous high. People paid premium prices for theaters with recliner seats and for hits in 3D and large screen venues. Movies that did well in the settings included Guardians of the Galax… Read


Fathom Events Owners Tap Ray Nutt To Be CEO

The nation’s three largest exhibition chains have turned to a Regal Entertainment exec to lead their effort to provide theaters with non-Hollywood content including concerts and sports events. Ray Nutt is now CEO of Fathom Events, moving from Regal where he was SVP of Business Relations. The announcement does not mention the status of John Rubey, Fathom’s CEO since 2014 when it was split from National CineMedia. AMC Entertainment, Regal, and Cinemark Holdings own… Read

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Auteur Ambitions ‘Dunkirk’ & ‘Valerian’ To Brawl At Weekend Box Office

Two very expensive movies, both personal stories to each of their directors, are facing off at the weekend box office with openings that are expected to be less than spectacular when juxtaposed to their $150 million-plus production costs. Over the past month in tracking, Christopher Nolan’s World War II epic Dunkirk has had the upper hand over Luc Besson’s French comic-book feature adaptation Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets, with opening ranges… Read


American Cinematheque To Honor Imax At Awards Gala


The American Cinematheque will honor Imax with the 2017 Sid Grauman Award, part of its 31st annual awards gala that will see Amy Adams honored with the American Cinematheque Award. The ceremony is set for Friday, November 10 at the Beverly Hilton. The award will be presented to Imax CEO Richard Gelfond and CEO Greg Foster. Jeffrey Katzenberg was the first recipient of the honor in 2015, with the award established to honor significant contributions to the Hollywood film… Read


AMC Entertainment & Legendary: We Don’t Depend On Wanda Group To Operate

UPDATED with Legendary statement: U.S.-based media companies owned by China’s Dalian Wanda Group defended their financial power today following reports suggesting they can no longer count on backing from the real estate colossus. AMC Entertainment this morning challenged what it called “speculative media reports that contained some erroneous information.” That seemed to refer to a Wall Street Journal story Monday that said Chinese financial regulators ordered the… Read

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Warner Bros Moves ‘Game Night’ Back Three Weeks In 2018, Reserves Dates For 4 Others

Warner Bros now will release its New Line comedy Game Night on March 2 instead of February 14. The pic revolves around a group of couples who are caught up in a very real game night. They get together regularly to play games, but this particular night turns into an actual murder mystery. Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Kyle Chandler, Billy Magnussen, Jesse Plemons, Kylie Bunbury and Lamorne Morris star. Warner Bros also has put on hold a number of release dates for… Read