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MoviePass Parent Helios And Matheson’s Shares Soar On Verizon Stake News

UPDATED with closing price: Shares of Helios and Matheson Analytics, which owns MoviePass, soared 31% today, on top of a 6% uptick Friday after Verizon disclosed its 9% stake in the company. The data firm’s stock finished at $4.21, its highest level since February but well below the $20 territory it reached last October amid a surge of interest in the monthly subscription movie ticket plan offered by MoviePass. The service has stirred up controversy in the exhibition… Read

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The Rock Rebounds: ‘Rampage’ Shushes ‘A Quiet Place’ With $35.7M No. 1 Opening

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7TH UPDATE, Monday AM: Rampage only dropped 26% on Sunday to bring its debut opening weekend up to $35.7 million, roughly $1M above what was estimated for the weekend. The Dwayne Johnson film distributed by New Line/Warner Bros stomped to the top of the box office chart Saturday and held its ground throughout the rest of the weekend. More to come later today. 6TH UPDATE, Sunday AM after Saturday 11:54 PM post: The tables have turned and now New Line/Warner… Read

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How ‘Jumanji’ Conquered ‘Spider-Man’ To Become Sony’s Highest-Grossing Film Ever At The U.S. Box Office

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EXCLUSIVE: It finally happened. Sony’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is officially the studio’s highest-grossing film ever at the domestic box office, overtaking Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man ($403.7 million) which has owned the title for the past 16 years. Heading into the holiday season, executives across distribution and film finance had a strong feeling that this reboot of Jumanji directed by Jake Kasdan would serve as strong counter-programming to Disney’s Star Wars: The La… Read

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Peter Bart: Can Superb Ted Kennedy Exposé ‘Chappaquiddick’ Survive Fact-Based Movie Malaise?

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There's a powerful scene in the newly released film Chappaquiddick in which an exasperated, wheelchair-bound Joe Kennedy fiercely slaps his son, Ted. The monomaniacal old man is in a rage that Senator Ted, groomed to be the next Kennedy president, now faces ruin for driving his car off a bridge, thus drowning a young girl. The question is, how many filmgoers will witness this riveting moment; as with most mid-budget dramatic films, Chappaquiddick, though superbly crafted… Read

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MPAA Report: World Box Office Topped Record $40 Billion In 2017, But Domestic Dipped 2%

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The global box office for all films produced in every country reached a record high of $40.6 billion in 2017, up 5% from 2016, according to the MPAA's latest theatrical market statistics report. International box office for all films, foreign and domestic, increased 7% to $29.5 billion, but the domestic box office in the U.S. and Canada slumped 2% to $11.1 billion, down $300 million – or one solid blockbuster – from the year before. Even so, that matched 2015's domestic… Read

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4DX Hits 500-Screen Milestone With France Opening

CJ 4DPLEX has opened its 500th 4DX location, with the milestone reached today with the newly opened Pathé Belle Épine Cinema in Thiais, France. The first film to screen at the new venue in the immersive premium format that includes motion seats and environmental effects like rain, fog and various scents: Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One. 4DX, which launched in 2009, now has more than 61,000 seats in 58 countries. In the past seven months, the volume of 4DX theaters has… Read

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‘Love After Love’ Tops Packed But Blasé Weekend; ‘Isle Of Dogs’ Closes in On $6M: Specialty Box Office

Love After Love made a showing in its debut, outpacing other reporting openers in a weekend that was all about Isle of Dogs among the specialties. Russell Harbaugh's Tribeca '17 debut Love After Love landed atop the weekend's specialties when looking at per theater averages, though it was just in one New York location. The feature, starring Andie MacDowell and Chris O'Dowd, grossed $11,263, which gave it the second-highest PTA of the weekend as of Sunday… Read

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MoviePass And Landmark Theatres Sign Exhibitor Agreement

Monthly movie ticket subscription service MoviePass announced an agreement today with Wagner/Cuban Companies’ Landmark Theatres. Through this agreement, MoviePass will be integrated into Landmark Theatres' ticketing system. MoviePass members who use the service at Landmark Theatres will be able to take advantage of added benefits and features including e-ticketing, advanced screening reservations, and in-app seat selection. That latter option is a new one for MoviePass as… Read

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Steven Spielberg Says Netflix Movies Shouldn’t Win Oscars, Warns TV “Poses Clear And Present Danger To Filmgoers”

Even while promoting his futuristic, high-tech new movie, Ready Player One, Steven Spielberg is revealing his traditionalist streak., questioning the level playing field between theatrical features and films launched on Netflix and other streaming services. During his five-decade directing career, as innovations from DVD commentary tracks to digital cameras and projectors have arisen, the filmmaker has often questioned the need to veer from the classical approach. There… Read

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No. 6 ‘Wonder Woman’ Box Office Profits – 2017 Most Valuable Blockbuster Tournament

Wonder Woman

When it comes to evaluating the financial performance of top movies, it isn't about what a film grosses at the box office. The true tale is told when production budgets, P&A, talent participations and other costs collide with box office grosses and ancillary revenues from VOD to DVD and TV. To get close to that mysterious end of the equation, Deadline is repeating our Most Valuable Blockbuster tournament for 2017, using data culled by seasoned and trusted sources. WONDER W… Read

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No. 7 ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Box Office Profits – 2017 Most Valuable Blockbuster Tournament

Spider-Man: Homecoming

When it comes to evaluating the financial performance of top movies, it isn't about what a film grosses at the box office. The true tale is told when production budgets, P&A, talent participations and other costs collide with box office grosses and ancillary revenues from VOD to DVD and TV. To get close to that mysterious end of the equation, Deadline is repeating our Most Valuable Blockbuster tournament for 2017, using data culled by seasoned and trusted sources. SPIDER-M… Read

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No. 8 ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Box Office Profits – 2017 Most Valuable Blockbuster Tournament

Thor: Ragnarok

When it comes to evaluating the financial performance of top movies, it isn't about what a film grosses at the box office. The true tale is told when production budgets, P&A, talent participations and other costs collide with box office grosses and ancillary revenues from VOD to DVD and TV. To get close to that mysterious end of the equation, Deadline is repeating our Most Valuable Blockbuster tournament for 2017, using data culled by seasoned and trusted sources. THOR: RA… Read