Why Nobody Chased ‘Alice Through The Looking Glass’: Memorial Day Box Office Postmortem
8TH UPDATE, Tuesday 6:30PM: Final actuals Before we blame franchise fatigue as the catalyst for paltry Memorial Day openings, we need to also acknowledge the overall downward trend in openings for sequels this year. It’s been rampant across all genres including Ride Along 2, The Divergent Series: Allegiant even Captain America: Civil War (if you compare it to Avengers: Age of Ultron).
Sequels besting their predecessors have been few and far between in the wake of Star War… Read
Universal Changes ‘Pitch Perfect 3’ Release Date Again; ‘Girl Trip’ Moves In
Twenty-two days after changing the release date on Pitch Perfect 3 back to July 21, 2017, Universal now is moving the film to the Christmas 2017 time frame with a launch on December 22. They wanna make sure they date this threequel right. When the follow-up to the $287.5M surprise hit of last summer was announced, July 21, 2017, was the target date. Then toward the end of September, Uni moved Pitch Perfect 3 to August 4, 2017. Then earlier this month, the studio moved it… Read
Cate Blanchett’s Broadway Debut With Chekhovian ‘The Present’ Sets House & Cast
Cate Blanchett and company have rented a house for their Broadway debut next winter. Andrew Upton’s revisal of Anton Chekhov’s Platonov, also starring Richard Roxburgh, will begin previews December 17 at the Shubert Organization’s Barrymore Theatre, currently home to The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time. Opening night is slated for January 8, 2017, for a limited engagement through March 19. Directed by John Crowley (Brooklyn), The Present will be produced on… Read
Colin Trevorrow’s ‘The Book Of Henry’ To Hit Theaters In September
Before Star Wars: Episode IX sees the light of day, Jurassic World helmer Colin Trevorrow has the Focus Features drama The Book of Henry, which centers on a single mother raising two boys, one of whom is a genius. The pic will open exclusive on September 16 before expanding the following weekend, then going wide September 30. Gregg Hurwitz wrote the script and Naomi Watts, Jacob Tremblay, Jaeden Lieberher, Dean Norris, Lee Pace, Sarah Silverman, Maddie Ziegler and Bobby… Read
‘Hamilton’ Rings Up $1.9M At Richard Rodgers; Cirque Du Soleil’s ‘Paramour’, $1.1M: Broadway Box Office
Cirque Du Soleil’s first made-for-Broadway venture, Paramour, launched the 2016-2017 season last week with a post-opening boost of $219K over Week 52 (notwithstanding a slew of downbeat reviews), ringing up $1.127M at the 1,896-seat Lyric Theatre box office. With the June 12 Tony Awards looming, the Street was up some $2 million over the same week a year ago. Credit ongoing blockbusters including Disney’s unbeatable Lion King ($2 million at the Nederlander Organization’s… Read
‘Alice’ Sees $62.7M In Offshore Looking Glass; ‘Warcraft’ Scores $31.7M; ‘X-Men’ Cumes $183.4M – Int’l Box Office Final
UPDATE, WRITETHRU, 11:54 PM and 12:54 PM PT, Tuesday: There were several moving parts to the international box office this weekend, with new entries and holdovers all jockeying for position — and new milestones in the mix. The widest newbie, Disney's live action sequel, Alice Through The Looking Glass, slid down the rabbithole into 43 material offshore markets for a $62.7M debut (much down from the Sunday estimate of $65M). The result mirrors the opening of last year's… Read
Broadway Powerhouse Key Brand Entertainment Raises Curtain On New Name, Mission
Key Brand Entertainment, a global powerhouse that develops, produces and markets live theater through Broadway Across America, Group Sales Box Office and several other companies, has renamed itself The John Gore Organization, Inc.
Since Gore, a Tony Award-winning British producer, purchased the company from Live Nation in 2008, revenues have grown from $100 million in 2008 to $600 million in 2016. He now becomes chairman and CEO. Lauren Reid will assume corporate… Read
‘Hamilton’s Good Wife Stands By Her Ham: Deadline Q&A With Phillipa Soo
When Hamilton ended its Public Theater run in the spring of 2015, there was a lot of pressure to open immediately on Broadway. After all, it was already a runaway hit, with several sold-out extensions downtown; why waste lucrative weeks? But author, composer, lyricist and star Lin-Manuel Miranda wanted to buy some time to fix a few things he felt he hadn’t quite got right.
One of them was the role of Eliza, the upper class Schuyler sister who will marry the near-penniless… Read
‘Warcraft’ Builds $16.3M Overseas War Chest Through Friday – Intl B.O. Update
UPDATE, SATURDAY AM: From Legendary and Universal Pictures, the Duncan Jones-helmed Warcraft is seeing some Orc-sized debuts in its overseas start. After taking $9.3M through Thursday (see below), it’s upped the cume to $16.3M through Friday. The vidgame-to-bigscreen transfer has invaded a total 20 markets and is No. 1 in 19. Defying some pre-weekend expectations, the adaptation is looking at an opening frame upwards of $30M. It’s still got 45 markets to go over the next… Read
‘American Psycho’ Will Close On Broadway Before The Tony Awards At $8.8M Loss
UPDATE Friday 1:30 P.M.: Adds producers’ statement of capitalization at $8.8 million, below.
EARLIER: At once shocking in its finality and completely expected, American Psycho will play its last Broadway performance on Sunday, June 5 at the Shubert Organization’s Schoenfeld Theatre, one week before the Tony Awards, the producers announced Thursday. Closing at a total loss of its capitalization, which the producers told Deadline was $8.8 million, the Duncan… Read
World War II Cillian Murphy Pic ‘Anthropoid’ From Bleecker Street Plots August Date
Bleecker Street has dated the Sean Ellis-directed World War II film Anthropoid for release on August 12. Anthropoid is based on the true story of "Operation Anthropoid," the code name for the Czech operatives' mission to assassinate SS officer Reinhard Heydrich. Heydrich, the main architect behind the Final Solution, was the Reich's third in command behind Hitler and Himmler and the leader of Nazi forces in Czechoslovakia. The film follows two soldiers from the Czech… Read
Gerard & Roth: And The Tony Award For Best Song Goes To…
EXCLUSIVE: Deadline's Jeremy Gerard and Jujamcyn Theatres majority owner and president Jordan Roth talk about the state of the industry, the only stipulation being no holds barred.
GERARD: Well of course there is no Tony Award for Best Song, but there ought to be. We’re seeing a surge on Broadway of contemporary song-writing teams and the original cast albums they generate are best sellers; note the Grammy Award for Hamilton. This season we have Sara Bareilles in her… Read