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‘Jumanji’ Keeps Offshore Crown, Nears $400M; ‘Last Jedi’ Waltzes Past ‘Beauty’ Worldwide – International Box Office

UPDATE: Major holdovers and expansions, combined with sprinklings of key awards contender releases kept offshore turnstiles clicking to varied offerings this weekend. Leading the action, Sony's Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle rocked up with another $81M including a $40M start in China, and as it approaches $400M at the international box office. The Jake Kasdan-helmed adventure was No. 1 in 31 offshore markets with strong holds across the board and has swung to $383M… Read

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‘It’ Balloons To $700M+ At Worldwide Box Office

EXCLUSIVE: New Line/Warner Bros’ horror smash It has crossed $700M globally. The Stephen King adaptation that just wouldn’t quit after starting a September rollout domestically and overseas, has ballooned to $700.2M worldwide — and that is extra notable given the film was not released in China. Japan, where It has grossed $19.2M through Thursday, helped get Pennywise across the $700M mark. The split through Thursday is $327.5M domestic and $372.7M at the international box… Read


Orion Snags Zombie Musical ‘Anna And The Apocalypse’ For Holiday 2018 Bow

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Tis the season for the undead! Orion Pictures has acquired the North American and Latin American rights to John McPhail’s zombie holiday musical Anna and the Apocalypse, which is slated to hit theaters during the holidays — just in time for some bloody good yuletide cheer. Anna and the Apocalypse marks the first acquisition for Orion since announcing its return to wide release theatrical distribution last Fall. Orion was recently relaunched by Metro-Goldwyn- Mayer as a… Read

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‘Last Jedi’ Jumps To #13 On WW Chart; Unlucky In China Bow; ‘Jumanji’ Rocks Past $500M Global – International Box Office

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UPDATE, WRITETHRU: Star Wars: The Last Jedi has now crossed the $1.2B global mark, overtaking both Captain America: Civil War and Minions to become the No. 13 movie of all time worldwide. The Rian Johnson-helmed epic now stands at $1,205.2M. At the international box office, it added $64.7M to take the offshore cume to $632.7M. Of that, only $28.7M came from China where Star Wars has had a rough time cracking the market. Although Jedi is currently running 33% ahead of Rogue… Read


‘Walking Dead’ Production Company Slapped With Maximum Fine In Stuntman’s On-Set Death

UPDATED with production company statement: In the wake of July's death of stuntman John Bernecker on the Georgia set of The Walking Dead, OSHA has imposed the maximum allowable fine – $12,675 – on the company that produces the show. "This tragedy should serve as a wake-up call for the entertainment industry," said OSHA Atlanta regional administrator Kurt Petermeyer. "The entire industry needs to commit to safety practices for actors and stunt people involved in this type… Read


‘Hostiles’ Distributor Byron Allen, On Growing A Movie Company In Difficult Times For Indies

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Today, Entertainment Studios has broadened its awards season release of Hostiles, the Scott Cooper-directed Western that stars Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike and Wes Studi. It is the biggest prestige film play so far for Entertainment Studios, the company owned by Byron Allen, who is moving aggressively into the movie business space after establishing himself in a way similar to Merv Griffin, for whom television syndication was the fulcrum for his other ambitions. Allen… Read


Netflix Sets ‘Batman’ Director Matt Reeves’ 6th & Idaho In Multi-Year Exclusive First Look Film Deal

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EXCLUSIVE: In the latest bold step for the movie division of Netflix, the company has made one of its most significant overall deals with an A-list feature filmmaker. Matt Reeves, who moved from War For The Planet Of The Apes into writing to direct the next solo Batman movie for Warner Bros and DC, is berthing his 6th & Idaho banner to a deal that will give Netflix an exclusive first look at any feature films that Reeves wants to produce and/or direct through his… Read

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2017’s Record International Box Office: Highlights & What’s Ahead For 2018 – Global Studio Chart

While domestic ticket sales were down in 2017, the gross international box office is estimated to be up 5.1% to $28.8B. This comes after 2016 saw a 1.44% dip from the 2015 boom year that had included Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Furious 7, Jurassic World and more. There are a couple of factors helping goose this year, not the least of which is China and the inclusion of a new online ticketing fee that’s factored into grosses. But speaking with international-minded… Read


Walter Hamada Named President Of DC Films At Warner Bros

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New Line Production EVP Walter Hamada, one of the key executives in charge of the label’s horror successes It and The Conjuring franchise, will now oversee DC films at the studio as Warner Bros Group president Toby Emmerich evolves the unit at Warner Bros. Hamada is being named President, DC-Based Film Production, Warner Bros. The news comes a month after Justice League producer and Warner Bros co-president of production Jon Berg segued out of his role to become Roy Lee’s… Read


‘Slender Man’ Trailer, Poster: Scary Internet Meme Creeps To Big Screen

Slender Man, director Sylvain White’s upcoming creepfest inspired by the horrific meme that tragically crossed over into real life four years ago, now has a trailer and poster. “He gets into your head … like a virus,” says one of the tormented girls in the trailer, which includes, among other head-messing images, a scalpel cutting an eyeball, lots of worms and, of course, a very slender man. Sony’s film is set in a small town in Massachusetts, where, says the logline… Read


Capri, Hollywood Festival Names ‘Get Out’ Its Best Picture

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The Capri, Hollywood – The International Film festival in Italy wrapped its latest edition by naming Universal’s Get Out its best picture of 2017. The list from the fest jury featured three wins apiece from Focus Features’ Darkest Hour (Valerio Bonelli for editing, makeup and hairstyling, and Dario Marianelli’s original score) and Fox Searchlight’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (best actress for Francis McDormand, supporting actor for Sam Rockwell and Martin… Read

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Worldwide Box Office Hits Record $39.92 Billion In 2017: ComScore

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According to comScore figures this New Year’s Eve, the worldwide box office has hit a record $39.92B. That’s up 3% over 2016 and makes 2017 the highest-grossing year ever in global box office history. While domestic box office is set to ring in 2018 with a close on 2017 of $11.12B, 2.3% down from 2016’s record $11.4B, the international box office helped propel the global estimated final to its own record. With $28.8B at overseas turnstiles, 2017 was partly enhanced by a… Read