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‘Ouija,’ ‘John Wick,’ Lead Top Five In Matinees: Box Office Weekend

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Matinee numbers are coming in with Universal/Blumhouse's PG-13 rated horror film Ouija leading the pack for what looks now like an $8M Friday (which includes the late night grosses of $911K) on its way to a $19.2M weekend and it may struggle to get to $20M+. The horror crowd doesn't really arrive in theater until this evening and tonight. These horror films do best on the front-fan-loaded Fridays which might be the case here as well and then falling a bit flat on Saturday… Read

‘Ouija’ Box Office Starts With $911K, ‘John Wick’ $870K – B.O. Late Nights

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Ouija opened last night at 8 PM in 2,061 houses and scared in $911K to start its weekend off in what is expected to be a spirited opening for the micro-budgeted Blumhouse horror film. It is expected to best the other newcomer, the Lionsgate actioner John Wick, starring Keanu Reeves, which pulled $870K in over 2000 locales. A couple of comps to look at for this violent, R-rated film is last year's Escape Plan (also R-rated and also opened in October), which ended up… Read

‘Interstellar’ & ‘Penguins': Late-2014 China Slots Pit Christopher Nolan Vs. DWA

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I recently wrote about China packing a slew of Hollywood movies into October ahead of a push toward local films that will crowd December and ensure that market share for China exceeds that of its frenemy. But there are a couple of movies from the majors that will still look to hop the wall in November — and they'll do it in a direct face-off. DreamWorks Animation's Penguins Of Madagascar recently was slated for a November 14 release, and I've now learned that Christopher… Read

Edward Snowden Documentary ‘Citizenfour’, Sweden’s ‘Force Majeure': Specialty Box Office Preview

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Last year, RADiUS scored at the box office and in Awards Season with its documentary 20 Feet From Stardom (nearly $4.95 million and Best Documentary Feature Oscar win). This year, it may have another non-fiction awards behemoth, hitting theaters this weekend. Citizenfourdirected by journalist and filmmaker Laura Poitras, tells the story of NSA leaker Edward Snowden as he disclosed massive domestic U.S. government spying. The film unfolds in real time as Poitras and Guard… Read

‘Ouija’ To Scare Up No. 1 At Box Office, ‘John Wick’ Another Test For Keanu – B.O. Preview

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Ouija, another micro-budget pic from Blumhouse Prods., is likely to take the weekend, despite Universal keeping this one away from the critics (Danger, Will Robinson!). It opens tonight at 8 PM in over 2,000 theaters before its Friday run of 2,857. Universal is thinking it could do high-teens, but the horror crowd comes out in force the first weekend and this one is appealing to teen girls and the Hispanic and African American sectors which tend to come out in groups to… Read

‘Penguins Of Madagascar’ Will Hit China Before Opening Stateside

Penguins of Madagascar to Unspool in China Before U.S.

EXCLUSIVE: Kids in China will be seeing Penguins Of Madagascar nearly two weeks before kids in America get a chance to see the spinoff of DreamWorks Animation's Madagascar franchise. The film opens in China on November 14 – two days before its red carpet premiere in New York and 12 days before the film debuts in U.S. theaters November 26. That's because the Chinese government sets the dates for all movie openings there. Oriental DreamWorks, which works with the Chinese… Read

Is Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Happy New Year’ The Next Bollywood Blockbuster? (Video)

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Bollywood stars have been having a good run at the international box office over the past year, from Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif's current release Bang Bang to Salman Khan in Kick this summer. Next up is arguably the best-known global Bollywood hitmaker, Shah Rukh Khan, in Happy New Year (see trailer below). Set for day-and-date release on Friday in India, North America, Australia, the UK, UAE and elsewhere, the heist pic reunites Khan with his Om Shanti Om and Chennai… Read

‘Conjuring 2′ Moves To 2016; New Line Sets Untitled Horror Film In October 2015 Spot

Conjuring 2 Moves to 2016

In the wake of The Conjuring spinoff Annabelle screaming up close to $167M worldwide, Warner Bros. is moving New Line's sequel The Conjuring 2, out of its Oct. 23, 2015 spot into 2016. In place of Conjuring 2's old spot, Warner Bros./New Line will be releasing an untitled horror film on Oct. 23. The first Conjuring was a global success, minting $318M off a $20M production budget. Annabelle, which is currently in release in 52 overseas markets in addition to the… Read

Int’l Box Office Final: ‘Guardians’ Now 3rd Biggest Marvel Movie Ever

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3rd UPDATE, 2:45 PM (PT): Finals are in for Guardians Of The Galaxy, the No. 1 Bollywood movie this year stateside Bang Bang, director David Fincher's thriller Gone Girl (which passed $100M stateside), the Denzel Washington action/drama The Equalizer, the animated The Boxtrolls, the YA hit The Maze Runner, Luc Besson's Lucy, Universal's Dracula Untold, Fox's sequel Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Ice Age: The Meltdown In 3-D which debuted in China this weekend to $3.2M… Read

FINAL: ‘Fury’ Wins Box Office War With $23.7M; ‘Book Of Life’ At $17M; ‘Gone Girl’ $100M+; ‘Best Of Me’ $10M – B.O. Final

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FINAL UPDATE, 1:32 PM: Fury ended the weekend at $23.7M for Sony and QED, so it underperformed all the tracking (gee what a surprise), social media metrics, and expectations just a little. But it will likely still make money all in after its domestic, international and home entertainment run. I understand that there were significant profit participations on this one. Fox and Reel FX's The Book Of Life closed the weekend on the high end of our estimate with $17M and will… Read

Broadway Box Office: ‘Dog’ Barks, Sting Bites, ‘Play’ Wows In $26M Week

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Although the Broadway box office was off 4% in post-Columbus Day ticket sales, there were several indicators of good news for the holiday season. Coming off a slew of rave reviews, The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time — the early season's prestige London import — continued to build in a week when many shows were off from the previous stand's spending spree. For the week ending Sunday, the National Theatre production took in $848.2K at the Barrymore. That's… Read

Oscars: ‘Birdman’ Flew Sky High In Theaters, But How Did It Play With Academy Voters?

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There can be no question that one of this year's most anticipated films, Oscar-wise, flew high in its limited platform break at the box office this weekend. With an estimate exceeding $400,ooo at just four theatres in NY and LA, the $103,000-per-screen figure indicates strong want-to-see on the coasts. I had expected this totally unique and original film, with its orgiastic critical and Venice/Telluride/NY film fest response and general must-see status, would be huge on… Read

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