‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ London Premiere Is Royal Stormtrooper Affair
The London premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi had slightly fewer bells and whistles compared to the all-out theme-park ride of Saturday’s Los Angeles debut, but it did have a pair of royals. Princes William and Harry strode a red carpet lined with stormtroopers, and were greeted by BB-8 who rolled up in what may have been the first-ever droid curtsy. The premiere benefited UK charity The Royal Foundation.
The Royal Albert Hall, which stands in for typical premiere venue… Read
‘M. Butterfly’ Revival With Clive Owen Sets Earlier Closing Date
UPDATE December 12: Poor ticket sales have continued to plague the Broadway revival of M. Butterfly, which has moved its closing date up a month to December 17, the producers announced today.
EARLIER: Tepid reviews and an indifferent box office have claimed the Broadway revival of David Henry Hwang's M. Butterfly, starring Clive Owen. The production, the first revival of the 1988 Tony winner, marked the return to Broadway of The Lion King director Julie Taymor.
Goops! Gwyneth Paltrow Is Go-Going To Co-Produce ‘Head Over Heels’ On Broadway
Goop entrepreneur Gwyneth Paltrow will join producers Rick Ferrari, Donovan Leitch, Christine Russell, Louise Gund, Hunter Arnold and Tom Kirdahy in presenting Head Over Heels, a new musical featuring the iconic songs of the femme rock band The Go-Go's, on Broadway next season. The show will play its tryout engagement San Francisco's Curran Theater April 24 through May 20, 2018.
Tony winner Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening, Hedwig and the Angry Inch) will direct, with… Read
The Global Box Office Awakens: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Could Power To $440M Opening
For a third year in a row, Disney is rejuvenating the year-end holiday box office with a Star Wars movie. This time it’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which is poised to clear between $424 million-$440 million worldwide by the end of its first frame. In the U.S. and Canada, industry projections have had The Last Jedi around $200M for quite some time, and it will be playing in more theaters than last year’s 4,157 for the franchise’s first spinoff Rogue One.
After a sluggish… Read
Alec Baldwin Eyes Broadway For Solo Trump Show, With Lorne Michaels’ Blessing
If Tina Fey can do it, why not her 30 Rock co-star Alec Baldwin? And if their SNL commander-in-chief can honcho her Broadway show, why not his as well?
Those were the questions raised Monday when Baldwin told Howard Stern he has Broadway in his sights for a solo show based on his Emmy-winning impersonation of President Donald Trump, with Lorne Michaels producing. Michaels is also producing Fey’s musical adaptation of Mean Girls, slated to arrive on Broadway in the… Read
‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Easily Fandango’s Top Advance Ticket Seller Of 2017
Fandango reports this morning that Disney’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi has outstripped Beauty and the Beast to become the online/mobile ticketing retailer’s top seller of the year.
For quite some time, industry estimates have pegged The Last Jedi at an opening around $200M at 4,175-plus theaters. Force Awakens opened at 4,134 two years ago and Rogue One debuted in 4,157 locations last year. Worst case scenario for Last Jedi opening wise is $185M, while the best case is any… Read
Broadway B.O.: Mark Rylance & SpongeBob SquarePants Join The Starry Field & The Boss Is Back
Sweetening an already upbeat week on Broadway, Mark Rylance returned, in Farinelli and the King at the Shubert Organization’s Belasco Theatre, where the Claire van Kampen play brought in an admirable $767K for its first seven previews before its December 17 opening. Rylance last was seen in these precincts doing double duty in Twelfth Night and Richard III three years ago – before his Oscar-winning turn in Bridge of Spies and Emmy nom for Wolf Hall.
Adding to the… Read
MoviePass Reports B.O. Impact On ‘Justice League’, ‘Coco’, ‘Three Billboards’ & More
MoviePass revealed various results this morning of how their monthly movie ticket subscription program is moving the needle for a number of titles in release at the fall box office. Currently, any moviegoer who wants to attend the cinema an unlimited number of times need only pay MoviePass $8 a month.
Many inside distribution and exhibition have wondered how MoviePass will make money in the long run; and part of the company’s financial plan to offset those losses will… Read
‘Coco’ Sweet With $390M Global, Scores China Hat Trick; ‘Justice League’ Tops $600M WW – International Box Office
UPDATE, WRITETHRU: While the world waits for Star Wars: The Last Jedi to hit global hyperdrive this week, the current international box office session was led by its Disney stablemate, Coco. Taking the overseas crown for the 2nd weekend in a row, the Pixar title crooned a $55.3M tune in 35 markets. That brings the offshore total to $254M and worldwide to $389.5M.
Coco continues to pop in China where the cume has zoomed past $100M, dropping just 21% in the 3rd frame… Read
‘I, Tonya’ Blades To Robust Bow; ‘The Shape Of Water’ & ‘Call Me By Your Name’ Expand Solidly – Specialty Box Office
Neon and 30West skated into the awards race with a box office win this weekend, opening I, Tonya in four locations grossing $245,602, easily capturing the weekend's highest per theater average and landing in the top ten averages of the year. The film didn't have a lot of newcomer competition in the Specialty arena, but did face off with some serious recent holdovers such as A24's The Disaster Artist, which joined the weekend's top 10 along with Lady Bird. Fox Searchlight… Read
December Still Asleep Before ‘Last Jedi’ Awakens: ‘Coco’ $18M+, ‘Disaster Artist’ $6M+, ‘Wonder’ Crosses $100M
4th update, Sunday AM, Writethru: Second weekend of December, the same as the first; more or less, that is. For the second weekend in a row, the major studios are holding back any new wide releases, and they’re letting their holdovers do all the work before Disney’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi arrives on Thursday night and cleans up with an anticipated $200M-plus start.
At $84M per ComScore, the second weekend of December is even with the amount of money made a year ago… Read
Warner Bros. Becomes First Major Studio To Cross $2 Billion This Year At Domestic B.O. Propelled By ‘Wonder Woman’, ‘It’
During a sleepy December weekend for the industry at the box office, Warner Bros. became the first major studio to cross $2 billion this year. It will ultimately end up as their second-best year ever, after 2009’s $2.13 billion. The Burbank, CA studio also set an industry record for exceeding $1 billion at the domestic B.O. during 18 of the last 19 years.
Responsible for amassing those figures are seven titles that have crossed $100M, more than any studio year-to-date so… Read