‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Still Gunning For $40M+; ‘Ninjago’ Dulls Blades To $22M+; ‘Friend Request’ A Loner With $1.7M
Third update, Friday 11:24PM: Refresh for chart It's a solid September weekend at the box office. Not as bananas as when It opened to $123.4M three weeks ago, but if 20th Century Fox's Kingsman: The Golden Circle stays afloat above $40M, it could notch the second-best live-action feature three-day debut for the month behind It and ahead of Insidious: Chapter 2 ($40.3M). Right now the Matthew Vaughn-directed is at $40.6M per industry estimates. Couple this with the fact… Read
Greta Gerwig’s ‘Lady Bird’ Going A Week Earlier In November
After logging a 100% Rotten Tomatoes score coming out of Telluride and Toronto, Greta Gerwig’s semi-autobiographical film Lady Bird will open Nov. 3 in limited theaters instead of Nov. 10. The A24 title will also break wide over Thanksgiving.
Lady Bird follows a fiercely independent high school senior (Saoirse Ronan) who yearns to go to college in New York so that she can get out of her humdrum Sacramento home town and away from her tormenting mom (Laurie Metcalf).
Lady Bi… Read
Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper’s ‘A Star Is Born’ Moves Up To Next Summer
Warner Bros.’ remake of A Star Is Born, with director-star Bradley Cooper and Stefani Germanotta aka Lady Gaga, will hit theaters earlier next year, specifically May 18, instead of its original September 28.
Deadline hears that Warner Bros. executives saw an early cut of the film and were blown away by Germanotta and Cooper’s sublime turns; as such they want to get the film on screens as soon as they can.
The pic’s new release date occurs coincidentally during the Cannes… Read
‘Stronger’, ‘Battle Of The Sexes’, ‘Victoria & Abdul’ Launch Busy Fall – Specialty B.O. Preview
Three big titles, based on true stories and likely factoring in this year's awards race, are opening a very busy weekend of Specialty newcomers. Emma Stone and Steve Carell star in Fox Searchlight's Battle Of the Sexes, following its debut at the Toronto Film Festival. Also out of that festival is David Gordon Green's Stronger with Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany and Miranda Richardson, which had an exclusive bash earlier this week in New York. Roadside Attractions is… Read
‘Blade Runner 2049’ Tickets Go On Sale Friday; Opening In The $43M-$47M Range
Tickets for Alcon Entertainment/Warner Bros./Sony’s Blade Runner 2049, the sequel to Ridley Scott’s cult 1982 movie, go on sale tomorrow, 14 days before its Oct. 6 opening date.
Various tracking services currently have the R-rated Denis Villeneuve-directed movie opening between $43M-$47M stateside and going day and date pretty much everywhere with Korea and Japan a tad later. Nancy Tartaglione also reports that the pic has been cleared by China censors with a release date… Read
‘The Equalizer 2’ Pushes Up To August 2018; ‘Paul, Apostle Of Christ’ Eyes Easter Stretch
UPDATED, Thursday 1:54 PM: Sony has had second thoughts and wants to go earlier with Antonie Fuqua’s The Equalizer 2, now switching its release date to August 3 next year. Now Equalizer 2 will battle Fox’s Predator, Disney’s live-action Christopher Robin project and Lionsgate’s Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral.
PREVIOUSLY, Wednesday night: Tonight Sony announced that Antoine Fuqua’s The Equalizer 2 starring Denzel Washington will be released a month earlier, moving… Read
Blumhouse RSVPs September 2019 Date On Universal’s Schedule
Blumhouse, the genre studio that delivered two massive hits to Universal this year with Get Out and Split — to the tune of $529.3M off combined production budgets of $13.5M — has reserved September 6, 2019, for an untitled release. That’s the weekend after Labor Day, the same slot in which New Line’s It recently debuted and shattered B.O. records with a $123.4M start.
The studio’s next movie with Uni is Happy Death Day on October 13. Directed by Christopher Landon, the… Read
‘Amityville: The Awakening’ To Stream On Google Play For Free; Gets Limited Theatrical Release
After being moved around the release calendar four times, Weinstein Co./Dimension/Blumhouse’s Amityville: The Awakening will now be available for free exclusively on Google Play from Oct. 12 to Nov. 8.
In addition, Amityville will receive a limited theatrical release on Oct. 28. It truly is a crowded time for wide release horror pics with It clicking past The Exorcist ($232.9M), Entertainment Studios’ Friend Request opening tomorrow, Screen Gems’ Flatliners out next… Read
‘War Paint’ Sets Broadway Close For December
War Paint, the Broadway musical that stars Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole who were both nominated for Tonys this year, has set a December 30, 2017 closing date at the Nederlander Theatre. It will have played 300 regular and 33 preview performances.
The musical has a scheduled September 26-October 1 hiatus before returning October 3 for its final run charting the legendary lives of cosmetics entrepreneurs Helena Rubinstein (LuPone) and Elizabeth Arden (Ebersole). It… Read
If ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Brings A Movie Laugh, It Won’t Be A Minute Too Soon
Here's a sobering thought (as if we needed one): Fox's action-comedy sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle, opening Friday, could do as well as its 2015 predecessor and this still would be the worst year for live-action screen comedy since, possibly, ever.
As of this week, only one live-action comedy has cracked the year's top 20. That would be Girls Trip, which has taken in $114.5 million since Universal released it in July, putting it at or near the No. 19 spot, just… Read
Lucy DeVito, Max Crumm Will Play ‘Hot Mess’ Comedy Off Broadway
EXCLUSIVE: Lucy DeVito (How My Grandparents Fell in Love, the film of Speech and Debate) and Max Crumm (Broadway’s 2007 Grease! revival) will co-star off-Broadway in Hot Mess, a romantic comedy by Dan Rothenberg (Suburban Boy, Regretrosexual) and Colleen Crabtree (The Tragic and Horrible Life of the Singing Nun, The Groundlings). Jonathan Silverstein (tick, tick…BOOM; john & jen;), will stage the show at the Jerry Orbach Theater, with performances slated to begin November… Read
September B.O. Booming To Near All-Time $700M Record As ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ & ‘Lego Ninjago’ Enter Fall Fray
Having already logged $446.6M, the month of September could come close to hitting $700M in the next 10 days, easily an all-time high for the first month of autumn thanks to New Line/Warner Bros’ It, 20th Century Fox’s Kingsman: Golden Circle and Warner Bros.’ The Lego Ninjago movie.
To date, per ComScore, September is running 17% ahead of the same 18-day period last year, and will easily eclipse 2015’s record $616.4M for the month (when Sony’s Hotel Transylvania 2 led all… Read