‘Penguins Of Madagascar’ Will Hit China Before Opening Stateside
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 Nov. 14, two days before its red carpet premier in New York, and 12 days before the film debuts in U.S. theaters on Nov. 26. That's because the Chinese government sets the dates for all movie openings there.
Oriental DreamWorks, which works closely with the Chinese… Read
Is Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Happy New Year’ The Next Bollywood Blockbuster? (Video)
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
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
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
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
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?
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
’22 Jump Street’ Being Re-Released Oct. 24th Only Days Before Home Entertainment Launch
The Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill buddy comedy hit 22 Jump Street is being re-released by Sony on October 24, in a distribution and marketing move that is kind of odd, given that the film is now at $191M domestically and $137.4M internationally. Usually this is done to reach some kind of box office benchmark, but given that it's already at $328.4M worldwide and is unlikely to make another $9M domestically, it has us scratching our heads. The DVD comes out on October 28th so… Read
‘Birdman’ Flies High Over Specialty Box Office With +$100K Per-Theater Average
Never mind the other specialty films this weekend. It's really all about Birdman (Or The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance) and its high-flying debut, averaging more than $100,000 per theater in its opening weekend.
The Venice/Telluride feature directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu and starring Michael Keaton had one of the best bows of the year, exceeded only by another of distributor Fox Searchlight's specialty projects, last spring's The Grand Budapest Hotel (that one… Read
‘Bang Bang’ Shoots To Top Of 2014 Chart As #1 Bollywood Film In North America: Box Office
Hrithik Roshan-starrer Bang Bang has advanced to the top spot among Bollywood films in North America for the year. With a gross now of $2.56M, it bested the previous 2014 record holder, Salman Khan's Kick, which earned $2.47M during its summer run. The Knight And Day remake that co-stars Katrina Kaif went out day-and-date on October 2, scoring the biggest opening weekend of the year for a Bollywood title. From Fox International Productions and Fox Star Studios, Bang Bang… Read
‘Fury’ Box Office Opens To Strong $1.2M; ‘Book Of Life’ To $300K – Late Nights; Friday Matinees Tumble In
UPDATE, FRIDAY, 2:03 PM: With matinee grosses tumbling in, it appears at the moment that The Book Of Life is headed to a $4M-$5.2M Friday night with most of its audiences sure to come in on family moviegoing Saturday and Sunday for Fox. Currently, that puts it in the $11.5M-$15M range for the three-day week. Likewise, the Brad Pitt war movie Fury — which is expected to win the weekend — will see its R-rated audience come in later this evening and tonight for Sony and QED… Read
‘Birdman,’ ‘Dear White People,’ ‘Hiroshima Mon Amour’ Lead Weekend’s Specialty Debuts
Perched at the top of this week's flock of specialty film debuts is Birdman (Or The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance), a possible Oscar contender starring Michael Keaton. Though it's a limited release, Alejandro González Iñárritu's complex film about a fading action-hero trying to reclaim his mojo on Broadway nevertheless combines elements of a superhero franchise that could tap fans well beyond the art house.
It's part of yet another big flock of specialty film debuts… Read