‘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
Golden Globes Winners ‘Three Billboards’ & ‘Lady Bird’ Cash In; ‘Phantom Thread’ Expands Solid – Specialty Box Office
After taking their Golden Globe wins for Best Drama and Best Musical or Comedy, Searchlight's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and A24's Lady Bird played more locations well into their theatrical runs. Three Billboards crossed $29M over the Martin Luther King weekend, while Lady Bird landed at $37.2M. Other winners including Searchlight's The Shape of Water, Focus Features' Darkest Hour shed some runs, but generated good numbers in theaters this weekend. Focus… Read
Peter Bart: Awards Season Boosts Indies’ Box Office Muscle As Franchise Revenue Sags
Study the ad campaigns emblazoned across the media this week and you realize the degree to which the specialty film business operates in a different universe than Hollywood's sequels-and- remakes grind. And the crowning irony is that, while Hollywood's numbers go down, the indie business is going up.
With a boost from the award shows, the specialty pictures that dominate attention this week essentially violate all the rules of studio commerce: no spectacle, no stars, no… Read
Lena Dunham In Mother’s ‘My Art’; Susan Sarandon Supports LGBTQ ‘Saturday Church’ – Specialty B.O. Preview
Post Golden Globes and just ahead of next week's Sundance Film Festival, awards contenders will continue to dominate the Specialty box office this weekend, though newcomers continue to trickle in. Film Movement is opening Laurie Simmons' My Art, which features her daughters Lena and Grace Dunham. Simmons had starred in Lena Dunham's 2010 directorial breakout, Tiny Furniture. French filmmaker Philippe Garrel's Lover For a Day heads to theaters after playing at the New York… Read
BAFTA Nominations Show Love For ‘Shape Of Water’, ‘Blade Runner’ & British Films; Shut Out ‘The Post’
There’s much to chew on in this morning’s BAFTA Film Awards nominations. The 6,500-strong British Academy of Film and Television Arts tossed a lot of love towards titles with UK-centric stories and/or pedigrees while embracing Guillermo del Toro’s lyrical fantasy The Shape Of Water. The Fox Searchlight film, for which del Toro won the Directing Golden Globe on Sunday, scored a leading 12 nominations.
The group entirely snubbed Steven Spielberg’s The Post, a serious and… Read
Quinn Shephard Makes Feature Directorial Bow; Alex Pettyfer Leads ‘The Strange Ones’ – Specialty B.O. Preview
After a break-neck debut pace for fall award hopefuls, the year is starting off decidedly slower for the Specialties, hardly unusual. Late Q4 roll-outs will continue to dominate the scene leading up to and beyond Sundance which starts in two weeks. Still, there are openers. Among those starting off the year is Samuel Goldwyn's Blame, directed by television actor Quinn Shephard who began writing the project when she was 15 and directed the project in 2015 at 20. Vertical… Read
Netflix Sets ‘Batman’ Director Matt Reeves’ 6th & Idaho In Multi-Year Exclusive First Look Film Deal
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
Peter Bart: Hollywood Gives Indies Its Awards Now, But Riches Await Spring-Summer Tentpoles
Welcome to a Hollywood week that will be at once celebratory and cynical. Everywhere in town this week someone is bestowing an award that will celebrate original and creative filmmaking. Behind the scenes, meanwhile, the majors are preparing to unveil their 2018 release schedules packed with more sequels and remakes than at any time within memory – a veritable feast of franchises. "The film industry is returning to the comfort of the familiar," as The Economist observed… Read
‘Florida Project’s Sean Baker Checks The Little Rascals Into Transient Motels Near Magic Kingdom: Q&A
Sean Baker’s The Florida Project focuses on the misadventures of latchkey kids housed in seedy motels outside the Magic Kingdom in Orlando. It continues Baker’s obsession of telling stories on groups most people ignore, from immigrants to street hustlers and transgender people, with indigenous actors playing the starring roles. From its low seven-figure budget to Baker’s use of film instead of an iPhone, The Florida Project is a decided step up for Baker. Here this New… Read
‘The Florida Project’ Production Designer On Tracking Down Dreamy Pastel-Colored Locations For Dark Fairy Tale
While The Florida Project director Sean Baker tends to keep many of his collaborators close, there is one artist in particular who knows him better than anybody—his sister, production designer Stephonik Youth.
Growing up making films with Baker, Youth has risen through the ranks alongside her brother, finding her greatest test to date in his A24 social drama, which provided new opportunities and stressors at a new budget level. “It was a lot of letting go and a lot of… Read
‘Lady Bird’ Composer Jon Brion On Capturing Wind Ensemble Sound Of High School Band For Coming-Of-Age Pic
Approaching renowned composer Jon Brion for Lady Bird, her directorial debut, Greta Gerwig didn’t get into the specifics of his many memorable scores, or which of his works was particularly compelling to her. For Brion, this was a breath of fresh air.
Having composed for the likes of Paul Thomas Anderson, Charlie Kaufman, and David O. Russell, Brion is familiar with the pressure to create within the mold of his past works, preferring instead to create anew, without any… Read
Working Title’s Eric Fellner On Braving A Dark Hour For Tastemaker Fare; ‘Baby Driver’ Sequel And Powerhouse Turns By Gary Oldman, Judi Dench: Q&A
At a time when Hollywood studio movie making will steer even more aggressively toward global tent poles with the Disney acquisition of Fox, Working Title partners Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan continue to be those outliers who’ve used the harbor provided them by Universal Pictures to swim against the tide with Brit-centric, thoughtful films that often can’t be log lined in a sentence. They hit twice this year with Baby Driver and then Victoria & Abdul, and today comes the… Read