Bye Bye, So Long Farewell – Lively Broadway B.O. Bids Godspeed To ‘Jersey Boys’
Broadway’s bleak mid-winter wasn’t too bleak after all, despite an overall drop at the box office last week. Several hits still did hit-show business and a smaller roster, as long-runs departed to make way for spring blossoms, still managed to sell better than 90 per cent of the available tickets. Three shows closed up shop, notably Jersey Boys, which ended its sensational 12-year, 4,642 performance run at Jujamcyn’s August Wilson Theatre, with two weeks of SRO… Read
‘Rogue One’ Rises To $980M+ Global; ‘Passengers’ Books Overseas No. 1 – International Box Office
UPDATE Writethru Wednesday AM with Sun/Mon actuals: As it closes in on $1B worldwide, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was nevertheless edged out of the No. 1 spot at the international box office for the first time this past frame. The 5th session on the Disney/Lucasfilm franchise spinoff saw the Rebel Alliance gather $21.1M to lift the offshore cume to $480.4M through Sunday. With a $984.8M global total through Monday, Jyn Erso and her crew are expected to bridge the gap to… Read
‘Hidden Figures’ Calculates $27.5M Weekend, ‘Rogue’ Passes $500M, Other Movies Bomb Over MLK – Box Office Final
FINAL UPDATE, TUESDAY, 4:23 PM: This morning saw director Ted Melfi’s get a nice boost on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday with this wisely timed rollout of what is now being seen nationwide by both sides of the equation as a patriotic film. 2oth Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment’s Hidden Figures and Lionsgate/Black Label Media’s musical La La Land, which are vying for Best Picture Oscar nominations, are both expected to ultimately end up above the… Read
‘Wish Upon’, Broad Green’s Horror Film, Gets Summer 2017 Release Date
Wish Upon, the horror film headlined by Conjuring actress Joey King, Ryan Phillippe and Ki Hong Lee, has been slated for release June 30 of this year by distributor Broad Green Pictures. Directed by Annabelle‘s John R. Leonetti and written by Barbara Marshall, the horror film follows 16-year-old misfit Claire who finds a magic box that promises a chance at the life she's always wanted. But with each wish comes a deadly payment.
The release date for the film is on the same… Read
‘Split’ And ‘xXx’ Merge Into Market While ‘The Founder’ May Get Lost In Heavy Traffic – Box Office Preview
Coming off of a Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend that was jammed with adult-targeted films, three more pictures merge into heavy box office traffic this coming weekend with the Universal/Blumhouse psychological thriller Split from M. Night Shyamalan and Paramount Pictures’ xXx: Return of Xander Cage, which stars an international cast led by social media superstar Vin Diesel. Both go wide as TWC’s The Founder, starring Michael Keaton as McDonald’s mogul Ray Kroc… Read
Tupac Shakur Biopic ‘All Eyez On Me’ Gets Summer Release From Lionsgate’s Summit
The Tupac Shakur biopic from Morgan Creek has been given a summer release date, opening wide on June 16, 2017. Summit Entertainment is distributing All Eyez On Me, which chronicles the rapper's life and legacy including his rise to superstardom as a hip-hop artist and actor as well as his imprisonment and prolific, controversial time at Death Row Records, where he was steeped in the East Coast/West Coast rap war.
Directed by Benny Boom from a script by Ed Gonzalez, Jeremy… Read
‘XXX: Return Of Xander Cage’ Nabs Investment From China’s Huahua & SFG
In yet another hook-up between Paramount Pictures and Chinese money and marketing muscle, Huahua Media and Shanghai Film Group have made a worldwide investment in Vin Diesel-starrer xXx: Return Of Xander Cage. The news comes on the heels of the film’s early international previews in India, and on the eve of its near-day-and-date global release this week.
Huahua and SFG are making the undisclosed investment in the title from Paramount and Revolution Studios via a joint… Read
‘Sherlock’ Season 4 Finale Hits Series Low; BBC Probing Russian Online Leak
UPDATED with Channel One Russia statement: The finale of Sherlock's 4th season hit a ratings low in the UK on Sunday — by a sliver — but still the all-time smallest overnight score of the series. Titled “The Final Problem,” the episode clocked 5.9M viewers for a 27.2 share on BBC One, winning the 9PM time slot, but falling a touch from last week's "The Lying Detective." That episode had pulled in 6M in the overnights for a 27.4 share — although it has since logged a… Read
Golden Globe Winners ‘Moonlight’ & ‘Elle’ Cash In – Specialty Box Office
The new year is certainly not making a spectacle of itself on the Specialty side. Some Oscar contenders are still making a show of it, but newcomers are mostly flat at best. A24's Moonlight had some shine over the weekend following its Golden Globes win for best drama, adding several hundred theaters over last weekend. The film grossed over $1.1 million. Lionsgate's Golden Globe fave La La Land remains the Specialty box office darling as it goes further into wide release… Read
‘La La Land’ Twirls Past $50M Overseas; Shines With $132M Global Box Office
Lionsgate's seven-time Golden Globe winner and awards-season darling, La La Land, continues to hit the high notes with bright and shiny bows in key overseas markets this weekend. The offshore FSS frame was worth $17.8M to lift the international box office to $54.8M, including a stellar debut in the UK which topped the opening of Lionsgate’s own The Hunger Games. Domestically, La La is estimated to hit $77.1M through Monday (which includes the MLK holiday). Worldwide, the… Read
French Films’ 2016 Box Office Nosedives Abroad; Is Besson’s ‘Valerian’ 2017 Savior?
In 2016, French film admissions at home hit their second-highest number in 50 years — including an increase of 3% for local pics versus 2015. Abroad, it's a different story. Unifrance, the organization that promotes French film overseas, reports today that ticket sales in foreign markets dipped to 34M, down 69% on 2015, and the lowest since at least 2000. The drop is a reflection of having no major English-language French-made blockbusters (à la a Taken or a Lucy) in… Read
Jason Sudeikis & Jessica Biel Share ‘The Book of Love’ With Justin Timberlake’s Music – Specialty B.O. Preview
Electric Entertainment's The Book of Love with Jason Sudeikis, Maisie Williams, Jessica Biel and Mary Steenburgen will make its debut in select theaters Friday in a day and date release. The title, directed by Bill Purple, features Justin Timberlake’s first original score, and both Timberlake and wife Biel have also been active in its promotion.
The Book of Love joins a quiet weekend for Specialty newcomers. FIP is going fairly full-throttle for its Indian title OK Jaanu… Read