Elvis Presley Prequel ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ Is Broadway Bound. Or Not.
EXCLUSIVE: Heartbreak Hotel, a new musical that follows Elvis Presley’s career from unknown singer to chart-busting star, will tryout this summer at the Ogunquit Playhouse, a venerable straw hat-circuit venue in southern Maine. Then it will head south, aiming for Broadway.
Or maybe not. It depends on which of the producers you ask.
The show is the brainchild of Floyd Mutrux, who had an international moneymaker as co-author of Million Dollar Quartet, the jukebox musical… Read
Mercedes Ruehl Joins Harvey Fierstein’s ‘Torch Song’ Revival
Tony and Oscar winner Mercedes Ruehl has signed on for Second Stage Theatre’s fall revival of Harvey Fierstein’s landmark dramedy Torch Song. Michael Urie will star as looking-for-love gay drag artist Arnold Beckoff, the role originated by Fierstein, which ran more than 1,200 performances in the 1980s and earned Fierstein Tony Awards as best play author and star.
Ruehl (The Fisher King, Lost In Yonkers) will play Arnold’s mother, a role taken by Anne Bancroft in the 1988… Read
‘Baby Driver’ Starts Its Engine Tuesday Night; ‘Wonder Woman’ Beating ‘Suicide Squad’ With $325M+ Running Cume
Sony is reporting $2.1M in Tuesday night previews for Edgar Wright’s TriStar/Media Rights Capital action title Baby Driver. That money will be rolled into the film’s opening-day gross as it expands to 3,226 venues today.
Number-wise, that’s slightly more than what Warner Bros.’ Entourage, another R-rated title, took in on its Tuesday preview night ($2M) two summers ago. Baby‘s number also is higher than the $1.2M Tuesday night of WB’s R-rated Vacation reboot. But those… Read
Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp Reports $136M Loss; Will Re-Focus On Action, Sci-Fi
As it gears up for the release of epic summer sci-fi Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets, Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp has posted a loss of 119.9M euros ($136M) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017. The French studio said this morning that the loss is “considerably higher than past years” and the result of an underperforming slate.
Titles that hit the bottom line hard include 9 Lives, Shut In, Miss Sloane and The Circle which in the U.S. went through Europa and… Read
‘Despicable Me 3’ To Own Crowded Independence Day Weekend – Box Office Preview
After its setback with The Mummy earlier this month, Universal will get the studio and the overall domestic box office back on track this weekend with Despicable Me 3, the latest in its beloved Illumination Entertainment franchise, which opens at 4,529 venues in the U.S. and Canada.
Unlike last week, when it was Transformers: The Last Knight all day, all the time, two R-rated movies are counter-programming DM3 this weekend: Sony-TriStar/Media Rights Capital’s Baby… Read
Hollywood Auditing China Box Office In First Look At Middle Kingdom Books
While box office manipulation has long been a major issue in China, the vast market has increasingly vowed to crack down on cheats. Now, the MPAA has hired an accounting firm to audit Middle Kingdom ticket sales on a select number of films. This is the first time the Hollywood studios are availing themselves of a clause in the longform agreement with China which gives them the ability to take their own close look at the books.
I understand that the decision to trigger… Read
‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ Rises To $199M Overseas, $267M+ Global Bow – International Box Office
UPDATE, TUESDAY AM, with actuals…: Paramount's Transformers: The Last Knight came in with a $3M bump in the actuals compared to Sunday's estimates. That puts the fivequel at $199.2M in 41 markets at the international box office. The result is closer to the high end of the pre-weekend range. The opening is also 2% ahead of Transformers: Age Of Extinction's 2014 launch on a like-for-like basis and at restated rates. The global haul is now looking at $267.7M for the debut… Read
Reprieved ‘Indecent’ Jumps $228K; Setting ‘Sunset’ Also Rises At Broadway Box Office
Glenn Close finally did say goodbye as her Sunset Boulevard revival ended on a high note, while the formerly struggling Indecent jumped over a quarter-million dollars in the wake of a last-minute reprieve extending its run from June 25 to August 6. In an overall even week at the Broadway box office, the story at individual shows showed more of a roller-coaster.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s minimalist revise of Sunset Boulevard, which brought Close back in the role of Norma… Read
Why ‘Transformers’ Is Screaming For Reboot After $68M Start; ‘Wonder Woman’ Steps On ‘Cars 3’ In 2nd-Place Fight – Monday AM
UPDATED, Monday 9:15 AM: Paramount’s Transformers: The Last Knight is coming in at $68 million over five days, $1M less than where the studio and industry were seeing it yesterday. But the more exciting news was being generated by the second-place blinking contest between Warner Bros’ Wonder Woman and Disney/Pixar’s Cars 3.
Both studios reported a three-decimal weekend of $25.175M, but others clearly saw the DC superhero ahead. That’s how it shook out this morning, with W… Read
Review: ‘Hamilton’s Revolution Still Shoots Fireworks Over Broadway
It’s rare enough to experience the shiver of revelation that comes in the first few minutes of a great show; rarer still to be blasted above the ordinary the second time around. That’s something great plays and musicals do: They expand with our consciousness. So it is with Hamilton, which turns two on July 13. The original cast members, led in the title role by the show’s author, composer and lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda, have long since departed on a wave of recognition… Read
‘The Big Sick’ Nabs Year’s Highest Theater Average; ‘The Beguiled’ is Sofia Coppola’s Best Debut Average – Specialty Box Office
Amazon Studios/Lionsgate's The Big Sick went into the weekend with momentum and cashed in. The 2017 Sundance Fest title grabbed the year's highest opening weekend per-theater-average from a five-theater gross of $435K. But there was more box office wealth among the Specialties, especially for Sofia Coppola's Cannes debut The Beguiled with Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning. The feature had a PTA of over $60K, the director's highest for an… Read
‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ Rises To $93M In China – International Box Office
2ND UPDATE, SATURDAY AM: Contrary to domestic, Paramount’s Transformers: The Last Knight is on track to top the opening of Transformers: Age Of Extinction at the international box office. Although the studio is not providing an update today, as Friday estimates came in late yesterday (see below), the unofficial Saturday in China puts the Michael Bay pic at about $93M there so far.
That sets it up for an FSS Middle Kingdom bow of around $130M (including previews)… Read