Daniel Radcliffe Sports ‘Horns'; Jean-Luc Godard In 3D: Specialty Box Office Preview
Just in time for Halloween, Daniel Radcliffe gets some special powers and couple of appendages growing from his temples in Radius' Horns, which will be this week's biggest rollout among specialty newcomers. The title received a warm welcome at a Cinema Society event attended by its stars this week in New York. This week's newbies are dominated by nonfiction fare, though with some exceptions. Kino Lorber is opening French/Swiss maestro Jean-Luc Godard's Goodbye To Language… Read
‘Nightcrawler’, ‘Ouija’ To Pick Over Slim Halloween Pickings: Box Office Preview
Halloween is typically a frightful time for the box office, but with it landing on a Friday, the big studios are avoiding the weekend like a black cat. That will leave Open Road's newcomer Nightcrawler and Universal's Ouija in its second frame to pick over the remains left by trick-or-treating parents and costume-clad weekend partiers.
Likely to lead the flimsy Halloween parade is Nightcrawler, Jake Gyllenhaal's indie thriller about a crime videographer with a… Read
‘Mockingjay’ Advance Ticket Sales Set 2014 Record
The Hunger Games franchise is still winning the game. The first day of advance-ticket sales for Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 set a record, selling more than any other movie in 2014 so far, according to both Fandango and MovieTickets.com. Tickets went on sale yesterday, three weeks in advance of the film's November 21 release. The previous advance sale record-holder this year for Fandango was also a Lionsgate film — Divergent.
MovieTickets.com also… Read
Disney’s ‘The Finest Hours’ Gets 2016 Release Date
Disney has set the release date for its disaster-at-sea feature The Finest Hours for April 15, 2016. The 3-D drama from filmmaker Craig Gillespie chronicles the massive rescue mission that's launched when a pair of oil tankers split in two off the coast of Cape Cod in 1952. The feature, based on the best-selling book by Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias, stars Chris Pine, Casey Affleck and Eric Bana. Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson wrote the initial draft of The Finest Hou… Read
Fox Surpasses Four-Year-Old Box Office Record; No. 1 Heading Into Holiday Season
Bouyed by the success of a tremendous slate of films that has included X-Men: Days Of Future Past, Gone Girl, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, The Maze Runner, The Fault In Our Stars, How To Train Your Dragon 2, Rio 2 and Son Of God (to name a few), 20th Century Fox has beaten a four-year-old domestic box office record for its highest-grossing year ever. Already. It's also edging closer to breaking an international box office record as well.
In 2004, Fox scored $1.48… Read
Int’l Box Office FINAL: ‘Happy New Year’ Uncorks Record Bollywood Bow; ‘Annabelle’ Still A Doll With $26.2M; ‘Lucy’ Outmuscles ‘Hercules’ In China; More
Final UPDATE, Monday, 4:23 PM, PT: Final grosses are in for the following films: Lucy in China, Disney/Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy, Disney Animation's Big Hero 6 (which bows Nov. 7th in the states), this weekend's domestic No. 1 and No. 2 openers Ouija and John Wick. Sony just reported for Fury, Whiplash, The Equalizer, 22 Jump Street. Also reporting are Dracula Untold, and As Above, So Below. Warner Bros.' The Judge and Annabelle, and the Disney's live action Alexand… Read
‘Ouija’ Says Yes To $19.8M, ‘John Wick’ Chases In $14.4M, ‘St. Vincent,’ $7.7M Blessing – Final B.O. Weekend
Final UPDATE, Monday, 2:25 PM: The finally tallies are in with Universal's horror film Ouija and the Keanu Reeves' actioner John Wick winning the No. 1 and No. 2 spots, respectively. St. Vincent, which went wide, did okay for The Weinstein Co. With terrific exit polling, it should get some more play. In their second weekends, Sony/QED's Fury held well (-44%) as did Fox's animated The Book of Life (-41%). Relativity's The Best of Me wasn't as lucky (-54%). NOTEWORTHY… Read
Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Happy New Year’ Celebrates Bollywood Records; Will They Go Global?
Last week I wondered whether Bollywood heist movie Happy New Year would become an all-time blockbuster. Starring the industry's best-known global hitmaker, Shah Rukh Khan, in a reteam with his Chennai Express co-star Deepika Padukone, it seemed almost like a no-brainer. But Aamir Khan's December 2013 release Dhoom 3 had set the bar high with an opening weekend of 107.61 crore ($17.6M) in India. Although there are some conflicting numbers being bandied about out there this… Read
‘Citizenfour’ Edward Snowden Doc Has Year’s Best Non-Fiction Debut; ‘Birdman’ Still Flying
Citizenfour, Laura Poitras' absorbing documentary about NSA leaker Edward Snowden, opened with the year's most impressive non-fiction debut while Birdman continued to fly high above competitors in the Specialty box office in its expanding second weekend in theaters. Latter-day slacker dramedy Laggies, starring Keira Knightley, opened decently and Roadside added 375 theaters for Sundance controversy-courter Dear White People with solid results.
Citizenfour could very well… Read
‘Ouija’ Box Office Starts With $911K, ‘John Wick’ $870K – B.O. Late Nights
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
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
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.
Citizenfour, directed 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