’The Danish Girl’ Bows With Style; ‘Carol’ Dominates Thanksgiving: Specialty Box Office
Focus Features' The Danish Girl had a robust beginning to its theatrical run during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, but it was The Weinstein Company's Carol that held the reins as the top per theater average champ. Open Road's Spotlight and Fox Searchlight's Brooklyn continued to show muscle as both added theaters over the holiday weekend, landing the awards contenders in the top 10 overall box office, while Bleecker Street's Trumbo surpassed a $2.6M cume after a big… Read
‘Mockingjay’ Rules Roost; ‘Good Dinosaur’ Hatches With $29M; ‘The Martian’ Lands $50M In China – Intl Box Office
Refresh for latest.. International weekend estimates are rolling in from the studios with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 continuing to dominate offshore markets. In 92 total, Lionsgate's final installment of the Katniss Everdeen saga feathered its nest with $62M, off about 57% from its opening last frame. Behind it, The Martian had a great China landing, cultivating an out-of-this-world $50.1M start. The five-day debut topped Gravity‘s 2013 six-day Middle Kingdom… Read
Thanksgiving Box Office +12% Over 2014, Boosted By ‘Mockingjay 2’, ‘Good Dinosaur’ & ‘Creed’ – Sunday AM Final Update
6TH UPDATE, Sunday 10:30 AM Final: It was a great Thanksgiving indeed at the box office. Total weekend ticket sales as of this morning are being estimated at +12% over last year with $183.1M, which would make it the fourth best FSS post Turkey frame after 2013 ($208M), 2012 ($207.8M) and 2009 ($186.3M).
Even though The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 didn’t generate as much as Part 1 did over the 5-day Thanksgiving holiday, $75.75M to $82.7M, two out of the three… Read
‘Zoolander 2’ Trailer Scores Record Traffic For A Comedy Film In Its First Week
Paramount Pictures reports that the Zoolander 2 trailer was the hotstepper in its first week of release, racking up 52.5M views online; the most for any comedy trailer ever.
Zoolander 2‘s first week web traffic outstripped Dumb and Dumber To which clocked 49M views. It also beat the first week trailer clicks of 22 Jump Street, Hangover 3, Ride Along 2, Anchorman 2, and Trainwreck.
The sequel to the 2001 comedy opens on February 12 next year. Stiller reprises his role as… Read
‘Star Wars’ An Art House Movie? Some French Exhibs Think So, Stoking Indie Producers’ Ire
Here’s something you don’t see very often in France, the home of cinéma d’auteur. As the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens approaches on December 16, some of France’s art house theater owners are up in arms about not being able to program the film on their screens. In turn, the indie producers union (SPI) is not siding with its brethren and is instead concerned that if Star Wars screens in indie cinemas, it will take up space it feels should go to less mainstream… Read
Eddie Redmayne Gets Dressed For ‘The Danish Girl’; Amy Berg Bows ‘Janis: Little Girl Blue’: Specialty Preview
Oscar winners Eddie Redmayne and Tom Hooper launch their awards contender The Danish Girl this holiday weekend, coming on the heels of what has turned into a pretty good November following a slow fall start in September and October. Last weekend's launch of TWC's Carol as well as the successful expansions of Open Road's Spotlight and Searchlight's Brooklyn and others gave some zest that The Danish Girl should add to this Thanksgiving. In the non-fiction arena, FilmRise's J… Read
‘Creed’ Sets Tuesday Preview Record As Thanksgiving B.O. Heats Up, ‘The Good Dinosaur’ Isn’t Far Behind
Moviegoers beat the holiday rush at the box office last night, shelling out $1.4M to MGM/New Line’s Creed which Warner Bros. is distributing. The studio is calling this an industry record for Tuesday night previews during Thankgiving week.
The previous Tuesday night champs during Turkey week were Frozen at $1.2M and Horrible Bosses 2 at $1M.
Disney/Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur was also big, generating $1.3M from 7 PM shows last night, beating the $1.2M made by Frozen in… Read
Alec Baldwin, Laurence Fishburne, LaTanya Richardson Jackson To Read At Arthur Miller’s 100th Birthday Party
The centenary of the Death Of A Salesman playwright’s birth is being celebrated with Broadway revivals and much academic truffle-sniffing, but this event might get closest to the heart of Arthur Miller’s legacy: The Arthur Miller Foundation has announced a star-filled Broadway benefit performance on January 25. The one-night-only gathering to raise funds for the Foundation's theater and film education programs will feature performances by Alec Baldwin, Ellen Barkin, Lauren… Read
‘Sylvia’, With Matthew Broderick, Will Shutter Early On Broadway
Sylvia, the A.R. Gurney comedy in which Matthew Broderick plays a man in mid-life crisis who falls in love with an adoring talking dog, will end its Broadway run a few weeks earlier than planned. Blame middling reviews for the coming-of-middle-age play and poor ticket sales, despite strong upbeat notices for Tony winner Annaleigh Ashford in the title role. The show will close after the performance on Sunday, January 3, having played 79 performances and 27 previews at the… Read
‘The Martian’ Closing In On $500M Global: How Fox Marketers Brought Ridley Scott’s Cool Science To The Masses
The Martian has become director Ridley Scott's biggest movie ever at the global box office with $487.4M through Sunday. Of that, $213M comes from domestic in an all-time best for the helmer, and $274.4M internationally. The latter figure tops Gladiator and its $270M and leaves only Prometheus ($277M) standing in the way of a career international high. And this is all before before China and Japan even release meaning $500M is in sight. The Martian lands in the Middle… Read
‘Spanish Affairs 2’ Is Latest In Euro Culture-Clash Smashes, So Why No Hwd Remakes? – Intl B.O. Postmortem
When culture-clashing works, it’s “gold,” an executive tells me. And that’s no joke. But while Europe has seen a string of local-language successes in the genre, none has recently gotten a U.S. remake, despite Hollywood’s fondness for mining other countries’ hits. The Spanish Affairs movies, although wildly successful at home, are likely to be no different.
Following last year’s record-breaking comedy Ocho Apellidos Vascos (Spanish Affairs), the sequel this weekend set… Read
‘Star Trek Beyond’ Opening Will Get Some Rocket Fuel From Imax
Paramount/Skydance/Bad Robot’s Star Trek Beyond will be released in Imax worldwide when it hits theaters on July 22, 2016. The last two Star Trek films which were directed by J.J. Abrams and focused on the original crew in an altered timeline were also released in Imax. Combined, Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness count $850M in global grosses.
Abrams stepped back from the director’s chair for the third title in the latest reboot, with Justin Lin taking over the… Read