‘Cake’ Cuts Piece Of Specialty Box Office Amid Holdover Contenders
With this year’s Sundance Film Festival occupying indie minds and pocketbooks, the weekend’s specialty box office was dominated by holdovers, the lone exception Cake, starring Jennifer Aniston, which had by far the weekend’s biggest debut.
Despite a relentless awards campaign, Aniston missed out on an Oscar nomination, but Cake found some icing anyway with a decent theatrical bow. The drama about a woman with chronic pain and a resulting painkiller addiction – which also… Read
‘American Sniper’ Shoots Past $200M, ‘Mortdecai’ Nosedives At $4.1M – Sunday Final
FINAL UPDATE, SUNDAY AM: Warner Bros. is reporting that American Sniper will raise its domestic cume to $200.1M through Sunday after a massive $64.4M weekened at 3,705 theaters, the third-highest weekend ever in January, behind Sniper’s Read
Movie Ticket Outlays Slip In Q4 But End 2014 Slightly Up At $8.17
It may not change the minds of consumers who believe that movie tickets cost too much. But they shelled out 0.6% less in the last three months of the year than they did at the end of 2013, the National Association of Theater Owners reports today. The average outlay was $8.30, due in part to the fact that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 was not in IMAX theaters (with pricier tickets) while last year’s Hunger Games: Catching Fire was.
All told, moviegoers paid an… Read
‘Still Alice’ Stirs Up Weekend’s Specialty Box Office With Moore Performance
As runups to a small film’s debut weekend go, snagging a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination in the previous five days ranks right up there. That’s the case for Sony Classics’ Still Alice, starring Julianne Moore in a tour de force role, as the film begins initial limited runs in five cities.
Alice arrives with a raft of other limited releases, a week after very few new films debuted among awards-hopeful holderovers. This week, among other specialty
Regal Entertainment Says “No Sale,” But Still Weighs New Strategies
Regal Entertainment Group shares slipped 1.6% in post market trading after the No. 1 exhibition chain said that its board has decided that a sale “would not be in the best interest of its shareholders at this time.” The chain, controlled by billionaire Philip Anschutz, shocked Wall Street in October when it announced that it had hired Morgan Stanley to help explore “strategic alternatives.” Regal says that it “remains committed to evaluating any alternatives that would… Read
Movie Ticket Prices Are Too Damn High, 2014 Summer B.O. Collapse Study Finds
Bad news for theater owners: High ticket prices were the biggest culprit in the 21% year-over-year decline in domestic box office revenues last summer, research and consulting firm PwC reports today based on a survey of 1,044 consumers in October and November. Some 53% of the respondents cited the rising admission costs over the past five years as one of the main reasons they stayed away.
“High ticket prices are, by far, the number one reason for dissatisfaction across… Read
‘American Sniper’ Invincible In Continued Four-Theater Release; ‘A Most Violent Year’ Solid
This Golden Globes weekend was all about the holdovers in the Specialty Box Office. Newcomers made barely a blip, if they reported numbers at all, while Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper is simply a four-theater cash cow, pulling in $555,000 this weekend for a stout per-theater average of $138,750. A Most Violent Year in its second weekend strong-armed a solid per-theater average of $30,140, also in four theaters, though it’s down 30 percent from last week.
‘Survivor’ Producer’s Film Debut Leads Sparse Specialty Offerings For Weekend
Unlike most weekends through the fall, specialty-film box offices for this second weekend of January are adding few newcomers here in the heart of awards-voting season. Among the very few openers this weekend is coming-of-age thriller The World Made Straight, which marks the directorial debut of David Burris, best known for producing reality-TV titan Survivor. The feature will bow in limited release for Millennium Entertainment and on VOD.
Two foreign-language films, Belo… Read
John Santikos, Texas Theater Chain Owner, Dies At 87
John Louis Santikos, who built Texas’ largest family-owned theatre chain, died Tuesday at a San Antonio hospital following a short illness. He was 87.
The chain includes seven theaters in the San Antonio area and two more in the Houston area and employs 1,500 people. The chain and its real estate were put into a charitable foundation in 2011 that will be operated by the San Antonio Area Foundation, to continue operating Santikos Theaters in its current form, said J… Read
Intl Box Office Markets To Watch In 2015: Brazil, Malaysia, More
China will continue to be the big box-office focus internationally in 2015, but the importance of other key markets can’t be discounted. Among them, Korea, Russia and Brazil remain hugely significant territories for the studios, while nations such as Malaysia and Venezuela are on the rise — and present their own challenges. China has expansive growth, a massive population and throws off huge grosses every time a Hollywood movie gets in under the quota system — and it… Read
‘American Sniper’ Sets Christmas Record, ‘Selma’ Strong, ‘Interview’ Solid In Specialty Debuts
American Sniper, the biopic directed by Clint Eastwood, shot to the top of the holiday weekend’s specialty newcomers, easily setting a Christmas record as it became one of 2014’s biggest limited releases. The year’s most unexpected and controversial limited release, The Interview, reported $2.8 million in 331 theaters, for a solid four-day theater average of $8,459, while Martin Luther King biopic Selma had a strong debut with $48K per theater.
American Sniper, which… Read
‘The Interview’ Draws Crowds, Laughs & Media At Opening-Day Screening In L.A.
Dennis Lavalle had a special reason to be one of the first in line to see The Interview on its opening day in theaters. His brother-in-law, Capt. John Ogonowski, was the pilot of American Airlines Flight 11, the first plane to crash into the World Trade Center on 9/11. He told Deadline that he feels it's his patriotic duty to see the film. "I'm not going to have a dictator tell me what I can see and not see," Lavalle said, "especially one whose media regularly depicts the… Read