‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ Does Touchdown Dance With $21.2M As Super Bowl Weekend Slaughters ‘Zombies’, ‘Choice’: Monday B.O.
6TH UPDATE, Monday: Weekend Actuals Even though Super Bowl annually line drives Sunday’s business, it doesn’t completely knock out the box office permanently with most moviegoing occurring on Friday and Saturday. Even the most male-oriented titles in the past, i.e. last year’s American Sniper ($30.7M FSS) and 2009’s Taken ($24.7M opening) can dynamite the majority of males away from the TV set before kickoff. However, the studio’s frosh offerings of Universal’s Hail, Caes… Read
Broadway Box Office Slips Again; ‘Blackbird’ & ‘The Humans’ Return New Dramas To The Boards
Performance schedules were back to normal on Broadway last week — and so was the ongoing winter slowdown, as most shows continued to slide, perhaps with people staying away from matinees on Super Bowl Sunday. Finding Neverland, the Peter Pan origin musical at the Nederlander Organization’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, took the biggest hit, falling $167.5K from the week before. Other shows dropping more than $100K were Fiddler On The Roof, at the Shubert Organization’s Broadway… Read
Producer Marc Platt On Oscars Diversity, ‘Bridge Of Spies’ & Making ‘Grease’ Live
EXCLUSIVE: If Marc Platt is fretting over the long-shot odds of Bridge Of Spies winning the top Oscar, you wouldn’t know it from the tone of his voice during a phone conversation on Super Bowl Sunday. We were doing a postmortem on last week’s successful presentation of Grease Live, which he produced for Paramount and Fox, when he mentioned the Spielberg film. That gave me an opening to steer the chat, however briefly, into Oscar territory. The Revenant, Spotlight and The B… Read
‘Revenant’ Rides Past $325M WW; Lunar New Year Party Kicks Off With China Record – International Box Office Actuals
3RD UPDATE, TUES AM PT: With some key markets still to come, The Revenant ruled the international weekend on a bigger than estimated $24.6M. That pushed it past $325M worldwide and saw it outmaneuver last weekend’s champ, Kung Fu Panda 3, and its $23M frame. KFP3 had the benefit of a day-and-date U.S.-China release last frame and quickly passed $100M in the PROC this session, a milestone that 20 movies, Hollywood and Middle Kingdom combined, met and exceeded last year. (St… Read
Newcomers ‘Regression’, ‘Southbound’ Open Slow Against Oscar Contenders – Specialty Box Office
Specialty newcomers were in the shadows of their Oscar-nominated brethren this weekend. Brooklyn, Spotlight and Room reaped the bulk of the limited release box office as new roll outs were mostly off to tepid starts. Cohen Media Group’s Rams had the highest average of the pack reporting numbers Sunday, with just over $5K in three theaters. China Lion’s The Monkey King 2 In 3D followed, though in a wider 38 locations. The Orchard’s Southbound bowed slowly in several… Read
Pics With Jason Sudeikis & Rebecca Hall, Ethan Hawke & Emma Watson Battle Horror Fare – Specialty Preview
Oscar hopefuls continue to dominate the specialty space, though counterprogramming is in full swing as some distributors hope to tap awards-weary audiences. Rebecca Hall and Jason Sudeikis star in Tumbledown from Starz Digital. The company is opening the date movie in New York and L.A. before a fairly hefty expansion into about three dozen new markets the following week. TWC is opening Regression with Ethan Hawke and Emma Watson in about a hundred locations Friday, the… Read
‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Reaches Unprecedented Height At Domestic B.O. With $900M, $2B Worldwide
Today, the highest grossing film in domestic box office history, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, will click past $900M after 50 days in release. In addition, the Disney pic is crossing the $2 billion worldwide mark tomorrow in its 53rd day of global release, still the third-highest on a worldwide basis after James Cameron’s Avatar ($2.78B) and Titanic ($2.19B).
By comparison, former all-time champ Avatar stood at $612.7M at the same point in time in its domestic run; it… Read
Box Office Plays Defense Against Super Bowl With Younger-Skewing Fare: Preview
Many distributors bemoan Super Bowl weekend as a deathly time at the box office, specifically when Sunday business can see a downturn of 65%-70% compared with Saturday. Last year alone, a historic 114.5M watched Super Bowl XLIX. However, the truth is that most audiences head to the cinema on Friday or Saturday during the Big Game weekend, with the No. 1 title typically clearing $20M or more. That’s what we’re seeing this weekend as DreamWorks Animation/20th Century Fox’s K… Read
Confirmed – Jimmy Buffett’s Broadway-Bound ‘Margaritaville’ Musical Sets La Jolla Tryout
As Deadline reported a few weeks back, a new musical built around the songs and fuzzy logic of singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett will start it its day-boat voyage to Broadway in 2017. The plan was confirmed today, with a tryout slated for May and June 2017 at the La Jolla Playhouse — no surprise since the show’s director Christopher Ashley is also the nonprofit’s a.d.
It will tell the story of a part-time singer, part-time bartender and fulltime good ol' boy named Tully who… Read
Emigre Artists Are Rewarded – To The Tune of $250K – By Vilcek Foundation
A small private foundation focusing on the contributions of artists and scientists who have moved to the U.S. from abroad announced today prizes totaling $250,000 to theater artists who also are immigrants. The Vilcek Foundation awards spotlight a different artistic discipline each year. The $100,000 2016 Vilcek Prize in Theatre, presented to an immigrant artist with a record of major achievement, is awarded to Blanka Zizka, artistic director of the Wilma Theatre, a… Read
James Corden Set To Host Tony Awards
Affable Late Late Show host and Tony winner James Corden will lead the 70th annual Tony Awards, which CBS will telecast live from New York’s Beacon Theatre on June 12 from 8-11 PM. This will be Corden's first time hosting the Tonys; he won the best actor in a play Tony in 2012 for his performance in One Man, Two Guvnors.
"I’m absolutely thrilled to be hosting the Tony awards,” Corden said in the announcement Tuesday morning from co-producers The Broadway League and the… Read
‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ Kicks Off With $75.7M; ‘Ten Commandments’ Eyes Brazil Record – Intl B.O. Final
UPDATE, TUESDAY AM: A number of titles came in higher in actuals than their weekend estimates including The Revenant and Star Wars: The Force Awakens while the weekend overall at the international box office was up versus last week. Across the Top 10 titles released, the increase was about 39%. That’s thanks largely to Kung Fu Panda 3 which served up a $75.7M weekend and came in at the high end of estimates in its $58.3M China kick-off. That’s a record for an animated… Read