Broadway Box Office: Brendon Urie Kicks ‘Kinky Boots’ To $1.4M; Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ Up $207K
A steady mid-summer on Broadway overall reflects a decent, tourist-driven mean but not the roller-coaster ride some shows are on, especially those that are star-driven. Kinky Boots, in its fifth year at Jujamcyn Theatres’ Hirschfeld, has enjoyed a big shot in the arm from Brendon Urie on the marquee; the show was up $60K last week to $1.4 million thanks to the Panic! At The Disco frontman’s fan base. That was more than 15 per cent above the show’s gross potential, with an… Read
Universal Hits $4B In Global Box Office For Second Time In Its History
Charged by the successes of The Fate Of The Furious and Illumination powerhouse Despicable Me 3, Universal Pictures has just crossed the $4 billion mark at the worldwide box office for the second time in the studio's 105-year history. Univeral reports that this is also “the fastest a studio has reached this milestone in 2017.”
The breakdown? $1.265 billion domestically and $2.791B internationally. The Fate Of The Furious, released April 14, ended up with the biggest… Read
How Warner Bros Beat The Period-Film Curse At The B.O. & Positioned ‘Dunkirk’ As A Summer Tentpole
Period has become increasingly challenging at the box office, not to mention in recent times marquees have been inundated with World War II fare, particularly films starring Brad Pitt.
But when director Christopher Nolan embraces the historical subject, it’s a different story, and Warner Bros is celebrating a win for its older-male-skewing Dunkirk this weekend with $50.5 million — a figure that not only beat tracking, but the total $40M stateside ticket sales of Pitt’s… Read
‘Landline’ Dials In With Top Number; ‘The Beguiled’ Crosses $10M – Specialty Box Office
Amazon Studios/Magnolia Pictures opened mid-’90s-set comedy Landline with Jenny Slate, Edie Falco, Abby Quinn, Jay Duplass and John Turturro in four theaters Friday, easily capturing the best per-theater average among the specialties opening this frame and the second-best overall at just over $13,000.
The 2017 Sundance title was a stand-out in an otherwise fairly slow weekend for limited-release films trying to carve a niche as counter-programming to summer blockbusters… Read
‘Dunkirk’ Takes Box Office By Storm With $55.4M No. 1 Spot For $105M+ Global Opening; ‘Valerian’ $23.5M Start – Int’l Box Office
Christopher Nolan’s WWII epic Dunkirk dominated both international and domestic marketplaces this weekend, with an overseas take of $55.4M for distributor Warner Bros. The film, which chronicles the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force and Allied troops from the French seaport of Dunkerque as they battled the Nazis, opened in 46 international markets this weekend and was on Imax in 42 of those markets with a handful of 70mm engagements on its overall 10,775… Read
‘Dunkirk’ Takes Warner Bros Past $1B; ‘Girls Trip’ Record Opening For Malcolm D. Lee; Reasons Why ‘Valerian’ Crashed
WRITETHRU, Sunday AM, following Saturday posts: Dunkirk beat expectations this weekend with a $50.5 million opening weekend at 3,720 venues at the domestic box office, an impressive start for a British war subject largely unknown to Americans in a marketplace of franchise holdovers and a $200M-plus budgeted sci-fi epic known as Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets. That Luc Besson title died a horrible death this weekend with a $17M start.
Dunkirk marches Warner B… Read
‘Dunkirk’ Logs Strong 3-Day Cume Of $21.2M After Key Market Rollout – Int’l Box Office
2ND UPDATE, Saturday, 8 AM: Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk has now rolled out to its 46 markets and so far raked in a nice $21.2 million in three days of release (including previews). On Friday, it grabbed $12.7M alone from its now 10,750 locales. The film first opened in French-speaking countries, taking in a big $2.2M in its first day in France. And France continues to play well.
In key new territory openings, the UK debuted very strong with an estimated first day of $3.7M… Read
Weinstein Co.’s Ballerina Toon ‘Leap!’ Jumps Up From Labor Day – Update
UPDATED, 4:50 PM: The Weinstein Co.’s animated feature, Leap! is changing dates yet again — this time moving up by five days to August 25. In this end-of-summer slot, the company still has horror film Polaroid for the weekend (which is likely to move now) as well as Tulip Fever (which also has jogged around the release schedule). Tulip Fever, which stars Academy Award winners Alicia Vikander, Judi Dench and Christoph Waltz, is getting a platform release.
Leap! not… Read
‘Suburbicon’, ‘Mother!’ Move Up; ‘Cloverfield’ Stomps To February – Paramount Release Date Changes
Paramount has shifted its awards-season fare, moving George Clooney’s Suburbicon and Darren Aronofsky’s Mother! up in the fall release schedule while pushing the next iteration of Cloverfield in Imax to February 2, which is Super Bowl weekend.
Originally slotted for October 13, Mother! starring Jennifer Lawrence, Kristen Wiig, Michelle Pfeiffer, Ed Harris and Javier Bardem now is opening wide on September 15. The horror drama follows a married couple whose tranquil… Read
Jenny Slate Dials Up ‘Landline’; Music Box Calls ‘The Midwife’ – Specialty B.O. Preview
Amazon Studios/Magnolia Pictures' Landline with Jenny Slate, Edie Falco and John Turturro is one of the Specialty titles going out this weekend against big tickets like Dunkirk and Girls Trip. Music Box Films' The Midwife starring Catherine Deneuve opens stateside following a successful run in France, and Oscilloscope's documentary Santoalla, about a strange disappearance in rural Spain, and Shudder thriller Kuso, the directorial debut of DJ, producer and rapper Flying… Read
Toronto’s Superb Soulpepper Troupe Beats ‘Hamilton’ At The Freebie Game
Forget about the shows, for a minute. Soulpepper, a highly, and rightly, decorated Toronto theater company in residence this month at the Signature Theatre on West 42nd Street, is offering the best freebie since Hamilton‘s Ham4Ham al fresco pre-show went the way of the $500 premium ticket.
Each evening after the scheduled performances, the Soulpepper Cabaret gets underway in the Signature’s inviting café. Members of the 20-year-old company and some invited guests spend… Read
‘It’, ‘The Nun’ & ‘Annabelle: Creation’ Scare San Diego As New Line Kicks Off Comic-Con
Compared to last year when Star Trek Beyond, Sausage Party, Don’t Breathe and Snowden screened at Comic-Con, there aren’t many studios this year previewing films for fanboys, which made New Line the exception last night.
The Warner Bros.’ label kicked off the confab’s preview night with a screening of their August 11 release Annabelle: Creation, but they also turned the moment into a mini horror preview aka “Scare Diego” with talent and clips from their September 8 Stephen… Read