‘Dory’ Dents Alien UFO Sequel ‘Resurgence’; ‘Shallows’ Rides $16M+ Wave; ‘Free State Of Jones’ & ‘Neon Demon’ Wounded
3RD UPDATE, Friday, 11PM: Refresh for updates. Chart coming 20th Century Fox's UFO movie Independence Day: Resurgence is getting crushed by Disney/Pixar's animated sequel Finding Dory, with the latter tearing up its pre-weekend projections for a huge second FSS that's between $74.5M, dipping an amazing -45% and flying past $287M by Sunday.
Resurgence is looking to land at the lower end of its expectations with $45M this weekend after a $17.5M Friday. That isn’t… Read
Brexit: What Hollywood And Europe’s Power Players Fear After Shocking Vote
Hollywood and Europe’s industry executives are reacting with concern over the Brexit vote to leave the UK, and what the result means for partners far and near. The implications are not yet fully parsed, although in such a globalized world, big corporations with media — and notably television — interests in the UK, Europe and the U.S. are looking at the future with a mix of shock, fear and uncertainty. A French TV producer who regularly works with the UK likens Brexit to a… Read
‘Wiener-Dog’ Bows Along With ‘Wilderpeople,’ ‘Swiss Army Man’ & Frank Zappa: Specialty Preview
From Todd Solondz and Greta Gerwig to Daniel Radcliffe and his pair of directors known collectively as the Daniels, a notable pack of filmmakers and stars are heading to theaters with limited releases this weekend. Solondz Wiener-Dog, with Gerwig, Danny DeVito, Ellen Burstyn and a rambunctious dachshund (or two) share this week’s Specialty roster with the Daniels' feature bow Swiss Army Man starring Paul Dano and Radcliffe. Also up: New Zealand director Taika Waititi… Read
‘Dory’ Darting To $200M, Hits Tuesday Record For Animated Film – Box Office
By tomorrow, Disney/Pixar’s Finding Dory will cross $200M becoming the fastest animated pic to do so in one week at the domestic B.O. Previously, Toy Story 3 (final box office $415M) and Minions ($336M) accomplished that feat in nine days. Through five days, Dory counts $177.7M. Yesterday, the Andrew Stanton-Angus MacLane directed movie racked up $23.1M, the highest Tuesday ever for a feature toon, and the sixth highest grossing Tuesday overall. Dory beats previous toon… Read
Fox’s Evasive Maneuvering Hides ‘Independence Day’ Sequel From Critics’ Throng
Even though original Independence Day star Will Smith loudly declared this week that instantaneous social media messaging makes it impossible for studios to shield subpar movies going into opening weekend, 20th Century Fox becomes the latest studio to try doing just that. 20th Century Fox has done a shrewd job putting off judgment day on its sequel Independence Day: Resurgence (which Smith opted out of) from the domestic critical press until Friday morning, the day the… Read
‘Star Trek Beyond’ Gets More Chinese Investment With Huahua Media Now Aboard
EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures is already in bed with Alibaba on the upcoming Star Trek Beyond, and has now added another Chinese partner for the sci-fi film. Fast-growing Huahua Media is making its first global investment in a tentpole with Par and Skydance’s STB. The Chinese studio has a pre-existing relationship with Paramount, having collaborated on the marketing for Transformers: Age Of Extinction, TMNT, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Terminator Genisys and… Read
‘Fun Home’ Ending Broadway Run In September
Fun Home, which won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 2015, will mount its final Broadway performance on September 10, producers said today. That will make it 26 preview and 582 regular performances at the Circle in the Square Theatre and 114 performances at off-Broadway’s Public Theater, where it first opened in fall 2013. A 40-city national tour kicks off in Cleveland in October.
The musical, based on Alison Bechdel’s bestselling graphic memoir, opened on Broadway on Ap… Read
Hollywood Can Still Bank On Millennials Showing Up At The Theater – Box Office
As certain tentpoles fall by the wayside this summer, there’s been an increasing concern by Hollywood that we’ve lost millennials to the digital abyss of YouTube, iPads, streaming, videogames and mobile entertainment.
However, a new report this morning from Movio states that this demographic — defined as those ages 20-35, and born between the early 1980s and late 1990s — are devoted moviegoers, accounting for 29% of B.O. spending, attending the theater 6.2 times a year… Read
‘Dory’ Continues To Break B.O. Records For An Animated Film On Monday
After posting the biggest opening of all-time for an animated movie with $135.06M, the 17th Disney/Pixar title raked in an estimated $19.9M yesterday according to early morning industry reports. That figure is easily the best Monday for a Disney/Pixar movie beating 2010’s Toy Story 3‘s $15.6M, and the best Monday in June for a feature toon. Among all animated movies, Dory hooked the second best Monday ever after DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek 2 which cashed in $23.4M on… Read
‘Finding Dory’ Splashes Out With $50.7M Offshore Opening; ‘Warcraft’ Crosses $200M In China – Intl Box Office Final
UPDATE, WRITETHRU, Monday, 6:05 PM: While she was busy setting an animated opening record domestically this frame, a certain forgetful blue tang got her first taste of overseas waters as well. Pixar sequel Finding Dory cast a net in 29 material territories with an estimated $50.7M launch to take the No. 1 spot at the international box office this weekend. In China, notably, Dory splashed out with Pixar's biggest opening ever at $17.7M — topping the lifetime of Inside Out… Read
Jeffrey Katzenberg On How 3D Became A Gimmick, Large Format’s Future & Why It’s All Baseball
Jeffrey Katzenberg may be exiting the traditional movie business after 40 years, but the exec still has something to say about what's to come for the film industry. During an executive roundtable on the future of cinema at CineEurope today, he said, "I don't think there has been a time with a greater opportunity for innovation to take a legacy business and be able to transform it."
Katzenberg was addressing an audience made up largely of European exhibitors at the… Read
‘Dory’s Record Animated Pic $135M+ Opening Is Also Second Best For June After ‘Jurassic World’
7th Update, Monday Final: Overall, Father’s Day weekend was a better frame than a week ago, totaling $232.7M, +53%. But this year’s paternal holiday frame was off -6% from a year ago when Jurassic World and Inside provided a one-two punch together totaling $197M. 2016 through Sunday has accumulated $5.17 billion at the domestic B.O., 5% ahead of the same period last year — which was a banner year with $11B-plus. Certain films were impacted by all of the sporting events (C… Read