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‘Pirates’ Hopes To Make Waves Around The World With $230M+ Launch – Memorial Day Weekend Box Office Preview

It’s Memorial Day weekend, what used to traditionally be the start of summer. And the last couple of years have been sluggish with potential tentpoles that either bombed (Disney’s Tomorrowland, Alice Through the Looking Glass), or underperformed, i.e. 20th Century Fox’s X-Men: Apocalypse ($79.8M over four days). But it’s not just Disney and Paramount with Baywatch who are looking for a boom, rather all distributors could go for a nice air-conditioned boost in the current… Read

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Why ‘Alien: Covenant’ Lost Its Bite At The B.O. With $36.1M Opening, -34% From ‘Prometheus’ — Box Office Final

Final Update, 2PM Monday: So Aliens: Covenant fell very short of expectations with only $36.1M (yikes) and we don’t see it holding strong against two newcomers next weekend; Everything, Everything which appealed to young females grossed around $11.7M, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul will likely be the last in the franchise after a dismal performance of only $7.1M. However, all eyes are on what’s upcoming — the Memorial Day holiday which is a big moviegoing time… Read

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China As Holy Grail & Headache: How It’s Influencing Hollywood Strategy – Deadline Disruptors

China's breakneck box-office growth may have ground to a sputter in 2016, but one need only look at the recent success of The Fate Of The Furious for proof there is still gas in the market. Last month, F8 crossed 2.43 billion RMB to become the No. 1 import ever in the market. As of Sunday, it has climbed to 2.662 billion RMB ($386.7 million). That performance reflects what has become a source of excitement and consternation for Hollywood. In the five years since it paved… Read

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Amazon Film Chief Jason Ropell Leads The Charge To Broaden The Studio’s Global Imprint — Deadline Disruptors

It's been a good year for Amazon Studios. The company has proved its worth as a major player in the independent film market thanks to the critical and box office success of Manchester by the Sea, which it picked up in Sundance last year for $10 million before steering it to Oscar success in the Best Actor and Screenplay categories. Amazon also nabbed a third statuette with Asghar Farhadi's The Salesman, which went home with the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, in the… Read

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‘Alien: Covenant’ Looks To Kick ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2’ Out Of Orbit – Box Office Preview

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20th Century Fox’s Alien: Covenant is expected to claw its way to the top of the weekend box office with a $35 million-$40 million opening frame, ending the two-weekend reign of Disney/Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 which will land in second in the low-$30M range. Covenant will be in play at about 3,600 theaters with a presence at PLF auditoriums and some Imax hubs. The Ridley Scott-directed sequel to 2012’s Prometheus has already made more than $40M in 34 foreign… Read

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National CineMedia Plans Content-Driven Pre-Movie Ad Show To Replace ‘FirstLook’

Get ready to take a last look at FirstLook, the pre-movie ad bundle that National CineMedia provides for more than 1,600 theaters in 187 markets. Late this year NCM will replace it with the more entertainment-focused program Nooviethe company told advertisers at an upfront presentation today. The new offering will be a “digital ecosystem delivering entertaining content, purposeful commerce and interactive gaming opportunities,” CEO Andy England said. “Most importantly… Read

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70 Years Of Cannes: How The World’s Premier Film Festival Has Repeatedly Set The Stage For Industry Disruption

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In Deadline’s special issue being published on the occasion of the 70th Cannes Film Festival, and dedicated to those people or entities that have disrupted the normal show business order, it occurred to me it would be entirely appropriate to label the festival itself as a key annual disruptor on the industry calendar. Each year, it seems there is some sort of significant Cannes-related moment that turns things on their head, causes controversy, or signals a new wave in… Read

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Mothers’ Day Halo: Amy Schumer-Goldie Hawn’s ‘Snatched’ Sees 25% Surge; ‘Guardians’ Lords Over ‘King Arthur’

MONDAY UPDATE, 7:11 AM: Yesterday was a day for moms at the movies, with 20th Century Fox’s R-rated comedy Snatched grossing $8.05 million repping an amazing 25% Sunday box office boost over Saturday for a final opening take of $19.5M in second place. And Snatched wasn’t the only movie getting a hug from mom: Pantelion/Lionsgate’s How To Be A Latin Lover jumped 24% over Saturday with $1.69M, and Disney’s Beauty And The Beast upticked 1% with $1.8M. Typically, we see good… Read

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Hour-Plus Standoff At East L.A. Multiplex Ends As Police Nab High-Speed Chase Suspect – Update

UPDATED, 9:12 PM: After an hour-plus standoff at the Edwards 20 multiplex in South Gate, police have arrested a high-speed chase suspect who fled into the building on foot after a pursuit on freeways and surface streets. The suspect, who reportedly was wanted for stealing a package, entered the building at about 7:45 PM, with multiplex security promptly evacuating crowds in a calm and orderly fashion. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s cars surrounded the building, and the… Read

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Screenvision Introduces Blockbuster-Only Cinema Ad Sales

Screenvision Media today will unveil a way to simplify cinema ad sales for companies that just want to buy the hits. At an upfront presentation to buyers, the firm will introduce what it calls “10 Pack” deals, enabling sponsors to just buy time ahead of what Screenvision believes will be the year’s 10 most popular films. Screenvision is eager to promote the idea that ads that run before blockbusters will stand out from the clutter of commercials on TV and online. "There's… Read

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‘Wonder Woman’ Flies Onto Tracking With Projected $65M+ Opening, On Par With ‘Thor’ & ‘Captain America’

Warner Bros’ next DC Universe movie, Wonder Womancame on tracking this morning with projections at an estimated $65 million-plus. One non-WB analyst tells Deadline that the pic looks strong across all quads, male and female, and is off to a very solid start four weeks away from its June 2 release date. As is typical with any movie, these opening numbers can climb higher or decline. The anticipation at present is that Wonder Woman ascends to $75M next week. Currently, Won… Read

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‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2’ Zaps $10M On Monday – Box Office

After posting a $146.5 million on its opening weekend at the domestic box office — $1.5M higher than what Disney and the industry were expecting Sunday — Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 cruised on to make another estimated $10M yesterday, raising its running North American total to $156.5M. Monday’s take easily beats the $8.5M Universal’s The Fate Of The Furious made on that respective day, but among the top Mondays so far this year, GOTG2 ranks fifth behind Rogue One: A St… Read