‘Justice League’ Currently Stumbling With $97M+ Opening: Are ‘Wonder’ & ‘Thor’ Cutting Into Business?
2ND UPDATE, Friday midday: It’s still early and right now Justice League‘s Friday, including its $13 million last night, is between $36.6M-$38.5M for today. At the top end, that’s $300K higher than Wonder Woman’s Friday, and she was boosted by an $11M Thursday night. This puts Justice League around $97M-plus per industry estimates, far lower than the $110M-$120M on tracking.
Why? Because Justice League‘s morning sales weren’t as robust as many expected.
To avoid such… Read
Oscars 2018: A Look At Contenders In The Best Animated Feature Race
With only a handful of Oscar-nominated directors in the running for Best Animated Feature this year, the race feels wide open, with no obvious frontrunners and the potential for any number of up-and-coming helmers to break through.
Winning for Zootopia last year, Walt Disney Studios should be in the mix with Lee Unkrich's anticipated Pixar entry Coco—a Day of the Dead- themed musical feature centering on a young boy's journey through the Land of the Dead.
Legendary’s ‘Detective Pikachu’ Sets Justice Smith To Star
Justice Smith, who starred on Netflix’s musical drama The Get Down, has been set as the lead of Legendary’s live-action Pokemon movie Detective Pikachu.
The project, originally tipped by Deadline in summer 2016 amid the heat of the Pokemon Go craze, is being directed by Rob Letterman from a script by Nicole Perlman and Alex Hirsch. No plot details yet. Universal Pictures, Legendary's distribution partner, will release the live-action film outside Japan, where Toho has… Read
Constantin Film Lands Rights To Comic Series ‘Danger Girl’
Constantin Film acquired rights to the comic book series Danger Girl, and will team with Jeremy Bolt's Bolt Pictures and Adrian Askarieh's Prime Universe Films to produce a film and develop a TV show from the property. Constantin's Robert Kulzer will produce along with Bolt and Askarieh. Constantin's Martin Moszkowicz will be exec producer along with the comic’s creators, J. Scott Campbell and Andy Hartnell. They will go out to writers and directors immediately.
‘Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation’ Teaser: First Look At Monsters’ Holiday Clip, Photos & Poster
Monsters on vacation? Here’s what it looks like. In this first-look teaser for Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, Drac (Adam Sandler) and his pack of ghouls go cruising in style.
Sony Pictures Animation dropped the teaser trailer today, along with new photos and the poster (see above and below).
The film stars Sandler as the top vampire sailing on a luxury liner with his family and friends. Also voicing are Andy Samberg (Johnny), Selena Gomez (Mavis), Kevin James… Read
‘Coco’s Otherworldly Mexico Run Lands Pixar Toon As Market’s #1 Movie Ever
As of this past Sunday, Disney/Pixar’s Coco was already the highest-grossing animated movie ever in Mexico. Today, it’s adding the title of the No. 1 film of all time there on a local currency basis. Through yesterday, its first 19 days of release drew 824M pesos ($43.1M). With today’s numbers folded in, it will pass 827M pesos and knock stablemate Marvel’s The Avengers from its top-ranked perch.
The performance of Coco, directed by Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina, has been… Read
Fox Family Sets Hybrid Musical ‘Music To My Ears’
EXCLUSIVE: DeVon Franklin and Holly Carter have partnered to develop and produce Music to My Ears, an original live-action and animated hybrid musical for 20th Century Fox's newly created Fox Family division. Michael Elliot (Like Mike) will write the script.
The project is based on an idea by Carter and story by Elliot, and it will mix live-action, animation and gospel music to tell the story of a young girl who needs a miracle. Little does she know her guardian angel is… Read
F. Murray Abraham To Get Evil For DreamWorks Animation’s ‘How To Train Your Dragon 3’
EXCLUSIVE: Oscar-winning Amadeus actor F. Murray Abraham will play the villain Grimmel in DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon 3, which is set to conclude the story arc established by the first two movies about young viking Hiccup and Night Fury dragon Toothless.
Universal is releasing the third title March 1, 2019, with Abraham joining Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Kit Harrington, Cate Blanchett in the toon from writer-director Dean DeBlois. Bonnie Arnold and… Read
‘Paddington 2’ Bidding Battle: Warners, Sony Bearing Down On $30M+ For NA Rights Deal
EXCLUSIVE: In the auction for North American rights to Paddington 2, a bull market has emerged for the animated bear from darkest Peru. Deadline has learned that Warner Bros and Sony are the front-runners in a deal that we expect will bring in north of $30 million for Studiocanal and embattled The Weinstein Company. That doesn’t include P&A. Other bidders including Lionsgate and Global Road are still in the mix, but we expect either Warners or Sony to emerge with the… Read
‘Thor’ Rocks $652M WW; ‘Orient Express’ Rolls $59M Offshore; ‘Coco’, ‘Paddington 2’ Spread Joy – International Box Office
UPDATE, WRITETHRU, with actuals: Still mighty after three overseas frames, Disney/Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok chiseled out another $77.3M at the international box office this weekend — up from the Sunday estimate. That takes the offshore cume to $440M, and lifts the worldwide tally to $652.1M. That global figure pushes the god of thunder to No. 10 on the worldwide box office chart for 2017. The Mouse has now roared to fill four of the Top 10 slots this year.
‘U2 At The BBC’ Special Set; BAFTA To Honor Jacqueline Wilson – Global Briefs
Bono and the boys are headed into the studio for a one-off music entertainment show, U2 At The BBC. The hour-long special is set to air on BBC One in December, hosted by Cat Deeley, and recorded at Abbey Road Studios. BBC Studios is producing. Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullen and Adam Clayton will perform some of their biggest hits, alongside new tracks from forthcoming album, "Songs Of Experience," and will be interviewed about their lives. Behind-the-scenes footage will… Read
‘The Greatest Showman’ Trailer: Hugh Jackman’s Singing & Dancing Ringmaster
Twentieth Century Fox’s big holiday offering, The Greatest Showman, has unwrapped its second trailer — this time shining a spotlight on star Hugh Jackman’s legendary singing and dancing prowess. The P.T. Barnum-inspired musical and showbiz origins story is directed by Michael Gracey and features original songs by La La Land's Oscar winning lyricists Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. See a fresh look above.
Jackman plays Barnum, a visionary who rose from nothing to create a… Read