‘Dory’ Makes A Wide Break Before Summer Ends
The highest grossing movie of the summer and 2016 to date, Finding Dory, is making a Labor Day weekend expansion back into 2,075 theaters on Friday. The Andrew Stanton-Angus MacLane movie is currently playing in 345 venues and since June 17 has racked up $479.6M. Dory is also the highest grossing animated feature at the domestic B.O. Note, Disney put Finding Nemo back in wide release over Labor Day weekend at the end of the summer when it was released 13 years ago… Read
Advance Movie Ticket Seller Fandango Adds ArcLight Cinemas To Venue Roster
For the first time in its 16-year history, NBCUniversal-owned Fandango will now sell tickets for ArcLight Cinemas, which has locations in Chicago, Washington D.C. as well as the exhibitor’s home base of Southern California. The addition of ArcLight Cinemas increases Fandango’s footprint in the movie ticket share sphere to 90%. This year alone, the advance movie ticket seller has added nearly 40 independent exhibition chains; in total servicing more than 27K screens in the… Read
$4.3 Billion Summer, +3% From 2015, To Go Out With A Whimper Over Labor Day – Box Office Preview
Many expected last weekend to be the second most lackluster of 2016, with no title exceeding $20M at the box office.
Scratch that – it’s actually this coming weekend.
Unlike the weekend of Jan. 22-24, when ticket sales bottomed to a 2016 low of $66.2M due to a brutal snowstorm that closed Northeast theaters, this weekend just won’t have enough intriguing product to distract folks from summer’s final huzzah, the four-day Labor Day holiday. With moviegoers shelling out… Read
‘Bourne’ Back At #1 & ‘Ice Age’ Skates To $300M+, Both With China Assist; ‘Pets’ Passes $700M WW – Intl Box Office
UPDATE, WRITETHRU (with actuals): Summer is coming to an end in many markets around the world, but that didn't put a massive damper on the box office weekend internationally. Across the Top 10 titles, this frame saw a 46% increase versus last year, buoyed by the performances of Universal’s Jason Bourne and Fox’s Ice Age: Collision Course out of China.
Bourne rode back to the top of the international box office this weekend, coming off of a $49.3M start in China which… Read
Forget About Summer & Sequelitis: Will Fall’s Crowded Pipeline Cannibalize B.O.? – Box Office
Forget about this summer’s talk of sequelitis slowing down box office: This fall could wind up being a bloodbath with as many as 34 wide releases battling for marquee space before Warner Bros.’ Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them propels us into the holiday play period.
By the time four expected wide expansions occur this season, autumn’s wide entries will number 37 – four more than last autumn and 10 more than 2013’s 27 releases. All of this creates an atrocious… Read
Focus Features’ ‘A Monster Calls’ Dials Up Christmas Weekend Release
EXCLUSIVE: Focus Features is moving its J.A. Bayona fantasy drama A Monster Calls out of the crowded October 21-23 weekend and debuting the pic in a top 10-city limited run on December 23 before going wide in 1,500 theaters on January 6. Pic will start off in 20-plus theaters.
The movie, which makes its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 10, follows a 12-year-old boy (Lewis MacDougall) who in dealing with his mother’s (Felicity Jones)… Read
Broadway’s Summer Slump Continues With 6.6% Box Office Drop; ‘Paramour’ Gets Therapy
The Broadway box office took another August dip last week, thanks at least in part to the reduced schedule at the Street’s biggest theater, the Lyric. That’s where Cirque du Soleil’s gypsies-and-gymnasts fusion show Paramour shut down temporarily, shaving off three performances this week (and a few more next week) as the creatives went back to the drawing board in hopes of fixing the underperforming extravaganza. The result was a $387K writedown from the previous week at… Read
‘Southside With You’ Has Solid Debut Weekend Date: Specialty Box Office
Roadside and Miramax's fairly wide opener Southside With You had a mostly solid start in the final weekend of August. The Sundance 2016 debut grossed over $3 million in 813 theaters – many more locations than other newcomers – making it by far the biggest grosser among the new Specialty releases Friday to Sunday. Among other titles making their bows, the restored re-release of Howards End managed to score the highest per theater average as of Sunday morning. The Cohen… Read
‘Don’t Breathe’ Screams $26M+, Gives Sony 3rd Summer Cash Cow After ‘Sausage Party’, ‘Shallows’: Sunday Update
7TH Update, Sunday AM Sony Screen Gems/Stage 6’s Don’t Breathe is on its way to a $26.1M opening after a fantastic Saturday. Don’t Breathe‘s opening not only gives Screen Gems its best August opener ever following 2010’s Takers ($20.5M), but it’s the third in a string of profitable Sony summer titles after The Shallows ($17M cost, $85M global B.O.) and Sausage Party ($19M cost, $86M global B.O.), all driven by heavy digital marketing campaigns. Don’t Breathe‘s opening… Read
Edward Snowden To Appear Via Satellite In U.S. Theaters Ahead Of ‘Snowden’ Opening
After making a Google chat appearance at Comic-Con for Snowden, the upcoming movie about his life, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden will appear via satellite from Moscow for “Snowden Live,” a Fathom Events/Open Road event that will include Oliver Stone, who’ll be beamed in from New York. The event will occur in 700 select stateside theaters Wednesday, September 14 at 7:30 PM ET/6:30 PM CT, and ticket buyers will get the chance to see the movie in advance followed by a… Read
The Obamas Walk ‘Southside With You’; Gus Van Sant Plants ‘The Sea Of Trees’ – Specialty B.O. Preview
One of the summer's widest Specialty releases — oxymoron acknowledged — is today's bow of Roadside Attractions/Miramax's Southside With You. Directed by first-timer Richard Tanne and starring Tika Sumpter and Parker Sawyers, the Sundance feature will open in eight hundred theaters. Southside With You headlines a pack of newcomers now entering late summer, traditionally a pre-fall period when distributors open some of the year's left-overs in the waning days of vacation… Read
‘Jason Bourne’ Feeling Backlash From China Audiences Over 3D Version
Jason Bourne, Universal’s fifth film in the series, debuted Wednesday in China to the highest gross of all previous installments. But after only two days, audiences in the Middle Kingdom are speaking out about how they feel exploited (and some of them physically ill) over the fact the film was released primarily in the 3D format. Fans of the franchise are blasting the film’s distributors for trying to capitalize with higher ticket prices on a film that doesn’t lend itself… Read