Average Movie Ticket Price In 3Q At $8.93; +3% Over 2016 Average
The National Association of Theater Owners reports this morning that the average movie ticket price during the third quarter came in at $8.93.
While that’s +3% over the national average of $8.65, it’s down two cents from Q2 and +1% from Q1’s $8.84 when a slew of box office hits were in play Disney’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, La La Land, Split, Hidden Figures and Get Out.
NATO reports that five of the top 10 movies released in the quarter were R-rated and skewed toward… Read
‘Boo 2!’ To Shut Down Expensive ‘Geostorm’ In Crowded Weekend – Box Office Preview
For a second weekend in a row, a low-budget movie will take out an exorbitantly-budgeted one for the top spot. Lionsgate’s Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween, the sequel to last autumn’s surprise hit, is expected to make $20 million-$25 million in a crowded weekend that includes such wide entries as Warner Bros/Skydance Media’s $120M-plus disaster film Geostorm (some say that the movie is way over that figure), Universal/Working Title’s The Snowman, Sony/Black Label… Read
Anthony Edwards Signs On To Broadway’s ‘Children Of A Lesser God’ Revival
Anthony Edwards (ER, Top Gun) will make his Broadway debut alongside Joshua Jackson and Lauren Ridloff in the spring revival of Mark Medoff's Children of a Lesser God. Edwards will play Mr. Franklin. Tony winner Kenny Leon (A Raisin in the Sun, Holler If Ya Hear Me) is directing Performances are slated to begin March 22 at Studio 54, with opening night set for April 11.
Jackson and Ridloff star as a teacher and a deaf former student who become romantically involved. Childr… Read
Broadway Box Office Flat As Bruce Settles In; ‘The Band’s Visit’ Toots $769K
The Broadway transfer of The Band’s Visit – which topped many critics’ Best Of lists last season in its off-Broadway premiere at the Atlantic Theatre Company – played to full houses in its first full week of previews. David Yazbek and Itamar Moses’ adaptation of the Israeli film, with a cast led by Tony Shalhoub (Monk) and Katrina Lenk (Indecent), took in $769K, 84 percent of its gross potential, with tickets averaging $104.84 for seven performances at the Shubert… Read
Review: ‘The Siege’ From Palestinian Freedom Theatre; Also, Betty Buckley’s Master Class
Jack Skirball was a Reform Jewish rabbi from Cleveland who moved to Los Angeles, where he became a real estate developer and film producer best known for his relationship with Alfred Hitchcock: Skirball was associate producer of Saboteur in 1942 and producer, a year later under his own banner, of Shadow of a Doubt. Skirball also was a philanthropist with a keen interest in cross-cultural exchange. Among his most prominent legacies are the cultural centers named for him in… Read
Paramount Players Snaps Up Horror Title ‘Eli’; Schedules 2019 Release
Paramount Pictures has acquired its first screenplay for its Paramount Players label to go into production: the 2015 Black List horror script Eli, which will be released on Jan. 4, 2019.
Pic will be directed by Sinister 2 director Ciaran Foy and follows a young boy who undergoes treatment for his rare disease in a secluded clinic, which becomes a haunted prison. Trevor Macy produces via his Intrepid banner.
David Chirchirillo wrote the 2015 Black List script, which Ian… Read
‘Blade Runner’ Nears $100M Offshore, Has Soft Korea Open; ‘Kingsman’ Closes In On $200M – International Box Office
UPDATE, WRITETHRU: Alcon/Sony's Blade Runner 2049 leads studio movies abroad this session, although it again has butted heads with Chinese comedy success Never Say Die coming in slightly ahead to win the international box office weekend. BR2049 grossed a Sony estimated $29.3M in 64 markets this session, taking its overseas total to $98M. Tied in with domestic, that brings the worldwide cume to $158.6M through two frames.
Holds were very solid in some markets on the sequel… Read
Ai Weiwei Doc ‘Human Flow’ Tops Newcomers In Packed But Tepid Weekend – Specialty Box Office
Human Flow by Chinese-born artist Ai Weiwei catapulted above a crowded list of new Specialty releases over the weekend, topping out a fairly unimpressive Friday to Sunday among limited releases. The Amazon Studios title bowed in three theaters, grossing $47K, averaging $15,667. Kino Lorber's Tom Of Finland also opened to decent numbers in its exclusive New York bow, taking in $13K. Other more high-profile debuts averaged less than half of that. Searchlight's Goodbye Christ… Read
‘Annabelle: Creation’ Crosses $300M WW; Doll Pushes ‘Conjuring’ Universe To $1.2B
Horror pics continue having their day at the box office as New Line/Warner Bros’ doll, Annabelle: Creation, has topped the $300M mark worldwide. The $301.5M global through Sunday breaks down to $101.9M domestic and $199.6M at the international box office.
The modestly-budgeted ($15M) fourth pic in the lucrative Conjuring franchise sees that series now hit $1.2B global.
When the Anthony LaPaglia/Miranda Otto prequel spinoff opened wide overseas in August, it surpassed… Read
Blumhouse Has Plenty To Smile About As ‘Happy Death Day’ Scares Up $26M+ Opening – Sunday Final
Sunday AM writethru after Friday/Saturday post: A microbudget horror film, Blumhouse/Universal's Happy Death Day, is beating the very expensive sci-fi Alcon Entertainment/Sony sequel Blade Runner 2049‘s second weekend, respectively $26.5M to $15.1M.
On some level, the mere result of that has to be a studio marketing chief's nightmare: For all the efforts to build a massive event film in Blade Runner 2049, the motion picture is then undermined by a high-concept genre pic… Read
Weinstein Co. Pulls Benedict Cumberbatch Movie ‘The Current War’ Off Thanksgiving Schedule
EXCLUSIVE: The Weinstein Co. is pushing Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s The Current War off its Black Friday Nov. 24 release to a 2018 date still to be determined.
The period piece follows Thomas Edison (Benedict Cumberbatch) and George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon) as they race against each other to control the nation’s electricity with their respective systems. The Current War premiered to lackluster reviews at the Toronto Film Festival, with criticism over its length and… Read
Ticket Takeover! Fandango’s Global Footprint Grows With Movietickets.com Acquisition
The advance movie ticket sales sphere just got a little smaller this morning with Fandango signing a definitive agreement to acquire MovieTickets.com. Outside of individual exhibitors’ movie ticket websites, this leaves Atom Tickets as one of Fandango’s sole advance ticket competitors.
The acquisition is not complete yet and term deals were not revealed. Fandango anticipates that the deal will be sealed by the end of the year. Fandango which services 33K screens worldwide… Read