Paramount Dates ‘Jack Reacher 2’ For October 2016
Paramount announced today that the Tom Cruise action vehicle Jack Reacher 2 will be opening on Oct. 21, 2016. The sequel reunites Cruise with his Last Samurai director Edward Zwick, who along with Marshall Herskovitz is rewriting the Richard Wenk script. Skydance is co-producing. Jack Reacher 2 takes the place of Warner Bros./Skydance’s Geostorm which exited the October release date yesterday for MLK weekend 2017. Jack Reacher 2 will battle Universal’s Ouija 2 and… Read
Warner Bros.’ Dean Devlin Disaster Pic ‘Geostorm’ Moves To 2017
Warner Bros. has moved its environmental disaster film Geostorm from October 21, 2016 to the Friday of the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, January 13, 2017. That weekend is already crowded. The Dean Devlin-helmed Skydance co-production pits itself against Fox’s animated feature Boss Baby, Lionsgate’s reboot of The Power Rangers and Sony’s feature adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower. However, a source close to the production says that Warner Bros. made the bold… Read
A Bullish Summer Goes Out With A Yawn As The Labor Day Weekend B.O. Dawns
As we come off a swampy August, don’t expect any box office perks from the Labor Day weekend holiday.
Typically the final weekend of summer is home to horror fare — the frame’s record opener being 2007’s Halloween reboot at $30.6M — but distributors ignored the opportunity to program the genre this year. Instead, the fresh offerings are composed of Broad Green’s first wide entry A Walk In The Woods, aimed squarely at adults, and EuropaCorp’s franchise reboot The Transporte… Read
Zachary Levi Replaces Josh Radnor in Broadway’s ‘She Loves Me’ Revival
The Chuck and Tangled star has taken over the lead role of Georg opposite the Amalia of Tony winner Laura Benanti (Gypsy) in a revival of the 1963 romantic musical about shop clerks in love. The show, scheduled for a limited run in the spring, also stars René Auberjonois, Gavin Creel, Michael McGrath and Jane Krakowski; Scott Ellis is directing, with choreography by Warren Carlyle and musical direction by Paul Gemignani.
The Roundabout earlier announced Josh Radnor (How I… Read
Broadway Box Office Wilts Overall, While Ballet’s Misty Copeland Leaps In Debut
Broadway box office wilted by about 3% to $21.7M during last week’s dog days, with only a few shows breezing through the summer heat. The arrival of ballet star Misty Copeland to On The Town, in her Broadway debut, sent the show’s box office leaping over its previous week by $519K for a total of $914K. That’s still just about 51% of gross $1.8M potential but a big show of confidence for the star. Hamilton continued its winning streak, boosting its take by $92K to $1.5M… Read
‘War Room’ Finds More Followers On Sunday, But ‘Compton’ Is Still King – Monday Box Office Final
6TH UPDATE, Monday 2:05PM with final B.O. chart: Following 8:35AM post. Sony/AFFIRM’s Kendrick Brothers’ War Room came in higher at $11.4M, thanks to a better-than-anticipated hold on Sunday of $3.4M which reps a -12% dip from Saturday’s $3.87M. As is standard with faith-based titles, its target audience heads to matinees after Sunday church services. This morning estimates bests Sony’s original $11M projection as well as the industry’s at $10.7M.
Universal/Legendary’s Str… Read
‘Terminator’ & ‘Mission: Impossible’ Cruise Past $300M; ‘Compton’ Tops In UK, Germany – Int’l Box Office Final
3rd UPDATE, 1:17 PM, PT: Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and Terminator: Genisys finals are in for Paramount, which saw both action sequels pass $300M internationally during the weekend. Final grosses are in 18 pictures so far. They include the three-time North American box office champ Straight Outta Compton, Hitman: Agent 47, the still going strong Universal titles Minions and Jurassic World as well as and Disney/Pixar’s animated Inside Out which did better than… Read
Broadway-Bound ‘SpongeBob Musical’ From Aerosmith, John Legend Won’t Be ‘Lion King’ Knockoff: Director
Jukebox musical meets superhero adventure (porifera branch) in Nickelodeon’s Broadway-bound show The SpongeBob Musical, which has set its Chicago tryout run for late next spring. Original material for the show is being contributed by an all-star roster of rockers and rappers including Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry as well as Jonathan Coulton, Dirty Projectors, The Flaming Lips, John Legend, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T's, They… Read
Kyle Jean-Baptiste, Overnight Broadway Star at 21, Dies In Home Accident
Kyle Jean-Baptiste, a 21-year-old New York actor who made his Broadway starring debut July 23 in Les Miserables as the youngest — and Broadway’s first African-American =- Jean Valjean died August 21 night in a home accident, falling from the fourth-story fire escape of his mother’s Brooklyn apartment.
The accident occurred Friday night as Jean-Baptiste sat with a friend on the fire escape, then stood up, slipped and fell backwards. He’d performed his final turn in Les Mise… Read
‘Grandma’ Feisty In 2nd Weekend, ‘The Second Mother’ Strongest Newcomer: Specialty B.O.
Updated mid-day Sunday: Specialty newcomers took a hit this weekend with mostly slow debuts, although two movies — Roadside/Lionsgate’s Z For Zachariah and IFC Films’ Queen Of Earth — likely found their primary audience on-demand. Oscilloscope opened The Second Mother in a few locations, grabbing the highest per theater average among new limited release titles, while last week’s specialty star, Sony Pictures Classics’ Grandma, held solid in an expansion and even achieved… Read
‘Straight Outta Compton’ Threepeat; Faith-Based ‘War Room’ Leading Newcomers So Far — Friday Matinees
Newcomers this weekend are performing as expected in what is anticipated to be a weak, end-of-summer three-day. Three new films are competing for moviegoers in the final weekend before Labor Day, and the faith-based War Room from Fireproof director Alex Kendrick is leading the new entries so far to pull in (as it looks now) around $3.6M or so today after grabbing $600K from over 1,000 theaters last night. Not surprising as it is a PG player, but the R-rated audience for… Read
‘Minions’ Masters $1B Global Box Office; Universal Sets Yet Another Industry Record
With Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s Minions having reached $990.2M globally last weekend, this milestone was to be expected. The little yellow fellows have now crossed $1B worldwide, with $682M coming from international and $321.9M in North America. This makes the Kyle Balda/Pierre Coffin-helmed pic the third-highest-grossing animated film of all time. Oh, and it sets another industry record for Universal: It is the first time any studio has had three… Read