‘Cinderella’ Takes International Box Office Crown; ‘Home’ Rounds $48M After 2 Frames
HIGHLIGHTS: Cinderella (DIS) waltzes to $336.2M global; Insurgent (LFG) approaches $100M offshore; Kingsman: The Secret Service (FOX) opens to $20M+ in China; Home (DWA/FOX) houses another $24M; Get Hard (WB) muscles in with $4.6M debut…
International weekend estimates are in from all of the studios with Cinderella the belle of the ball again after ceding the crown to Insurgent‘s Tris last frame. With $38.7M this session, Cinderella benefited from solid bows in the UK… Read
‘While We’re Young’ Springs To Lively Debut For Noah Baumbach
Noah Baumbach ruled the specialty box-office weekend with While We’re Young – his latest film starring Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts – which had a robust debut in four theaters. The filmmaker joked Monday that the film was his “most accessible” and “the happiest I get.”
The numbers back that up, with While We’re Young topping the debut of It Follows as 2015’s best specialty debut. Among other newcomers, Sony Classics opened its Oscar-nominated The Salt Of The Earth to… Read
Star Power Propels DWA’s ‘Home’ To $54M; ‘Get Hard’ To $34.6M – Final Sunday AM Box Office Update
Final Update, Sunday 10 AM: Star power actually worked at the box office this weekend. For weeks, we’ve seen stars who couldn’t open films with their names: Johnny Depp, Liam Neeson and Vince Vaughn. The films failed for an array of reasons from mismatched genres to fatigued formulas. But this weekend, it was clear – star power can still drive a film’s success.
While we can’t see the stars onscreen in DreamWorks Animation’s Home (distributed by 20th Century Fox), the… Read
‘Serena’ Hits Box Office After Ultra-Strong VOD Start – Specialty B.O. Preview
Serena, the third feature starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, may be taking some sacking by critics, but it has found zest in its ultra-VOD release where it is nearing $1 million in grosses since its February 26 debut, according to Magnolia Pictures. The distributor is rolling it out in 60 theaters nationwide this weekend. It will be joined on the specialty box office front by Noah Baumbach’s latest While We’re Young. The A24 feature starring Ben Stiller, Naomi… Read
Broadway Composer Jeanine Tesori On ‘Fun Home,’ Change & The Public Theater
Tonight’s the night Broadway gets a look at Fun Home, possibly the first Tony-eligible musical based on a graphic memoir, and certainly one of the most beautiful new shows we’ll see. I know because it opened in the fall of 2013 at the Public Theater, and I wasn’t the only critic who called it shimmering. It’s based on artist Alison Bechdel’s drawn memoir of growing up in a restored Victorian mansion in Pennsylvania; the funeral home that is the family business; and the… Read
Harvey Weinstein Kicks Things Up At Radio City Music Hall
The genius of Harvey Weinstein’s New York Spring Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall is that he and his sly collaborators — Diane Paulus (Pippin), Randy Weiner (Queen Of The Night) and Warren Carlyle (After Midnight) — have engineered 90 dazzling minutes of… Read
Hal Prince Will Stage New Musical World Premiere Next Season
The all-time Tony-wining champ (21) will direct The Band’s Visit for off-Broadway’s Atlantic Theater Company next spring. It’s based on Eran Kolirin’s award-winning 2007 film about an Egyptian police band stranded in a remote Israeli desert village before a concert meant to inaugurate an Arab arts center. With no bus until morning and no hotel in sight, the unlikely travelers are taken in by the locals as their lives become intertwined in unexpected ways. Among other… Read
‘Spectre’ Bonding With Imax In November
The 24th James Bond film Spectre from Albert R. Broccoli's EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Sony Pictures will be released in Imax when it hits theaters worldwide on November 6.
The previous 007 pic Skyfall also received the Imax treatment and grossed $12.75M during its opening weekend in 320 U.S./Canada Imax hubs, which repped 14% of its $88.4M opening weekend. At that time, the actioner’s $40K theater average marked Imax’s best nonsummer opening… Read
‘Get Hard’ Grabs $1.8M Thursday, Beats Preview B.O. For Kevin Hart’s ‘Ride Along’
Warner Bros’ R-rated Will Ferrell-Kevin Hart comedy Get Hard had a great Thursday, grossing $1.8M. That figure beats the $1.1M generated by Hart’s Ride Along during its Thursday preview in January 2014. That film went on to make $41.5M over three days during its MLK weekend bow. In addition, Get Hard outstrips the $800K Thursday night posted by Hart’s The Wedding Ringer, which ultimately made $20.6M during this year’s MLK holiday weekend.
DreamWorks Animation’s Home… Read
Jason Alexander Will Take Over When Larry David Leaves His ‘Fish In The Dark’
Larry David’s final performance in his play will be on June 7, which is when the freshman playwriting effort was slated to shutter. Instead, the run has been extended six weeks, with his Seinfeld alter ego Jason Alexander (aka George Costanza) stepping into the role of Norman Drexel. Scott Rudin is the lead producer.
“I left Broadway 25 years ago because Larry David co-created the show that would change my life and career," Alexander is purported to have said, according… Read
Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart Take On Alien Toon At The Box Office: It’s Gonna Be Close
The play for students on spring break continues this weekend with the R-rated Will Ferrell-Kevin Hart comedy Get Hard in 3,175 theaters facing off with DreamWorks Animation’s Home from 20th Century Fox in 3,707. Each is expecting grosses from the low to mid $30Ms, making it a tough call for No. 1, however, some believe that Get Hard might have an edge with a $35M-$40M opening. Both titles launch Thursday night with previews, with Home having the extra boost from 3D… Read
Elaine Stritch Bio Sells At Auction To Farrar, Straus & Giroux: Media
Stritch, the Broadway diva who played Alec Baldwin’s mom on 30 Rock and was the memorably frank subject of the docu Shoot Me, will get the bio treatment from New York Times fashion and features writer Alexandra Jacobs. Farrar, Straus & Giroux senior editor Alex Star bought the tome for an estimated quarter- to half-a million dollars, according to Capital New York.
The morning tip sheet quotes Jacobs saying, “I think I’m the only person in New York who not only never met El… Read