‘Madea’ Has Strong Sunday, Now At $28M+ As ‘Jack Reacher’ Takes $22M+; ‘Joneses’ Can’t Keep Up – Monday Update
UPDATE with Monday write-thru, 7:52 AM: Madea who? Madea Boo! The latest up Tyler Perry’s sleeve is looking like $28.4 million this morning after pulling in strong attendance Sunday. With that kind of number, Tyler Perry's Boo! A Madea Halloween ranks as the third-highest-grossing opening for a Madea film — behind the 2009 comedy Madea Goes To Jail and the 2006 Madea's Family Reunion, which opened to $41M and $30M, respectively. Lionsgate is happy, while Paramount? Not so… Read
‘Jack Reacher’ Cuffs $31M But ‘Mechanic’ Puts Wrench Into China Perf; ‘Girl’, ‘Inferno’, ‘Peregrine’ Advance – Intl Box Office
UPDATE, SUNDAY PM: Tom Cruise-starrer Jack Reacher: Never Go Back led the international box office this weekend with a $31M debut in 42 markets, including a soft start in China. Accompanying the ex-military policeman at the top of the charts are Tom Hanks holdover Inferno with $28.9M ($94.8M intl cume) and Jason Statham sequel Mechanic: Resurrection with about $24M in the Middle Kingdom ($50M intl cume). Across the Top 10 titles there was a 3% jump from last week when Infe… Read
Rachel Weisz Leads A Chilly ‘Plenty’ Revival At The Public Theater – Review
Susan Traherne, the heroine of David Hare’s 1978 drama Plenty, is hard to love. She has a tendency to pop off on matters of social and political delicacy, an inconvenient trait for the wife of a British diplomat in the years following World War II. She exudes disappointment in a proscribed life with a weak man, neither of which can ever live up to the excitement and promise she felt as a courier in the Resistance during the war.
That disappointment has driven her to… Read
‘Moonlight’ & ‘Michael Moore In TrumpLand’ Top 2016 Theater Averages – Specialty B.O.
What a weekend. Barry Jenkins' Moonlight full-on smashed the Specialty box office with the year's best opening per theater average, grossing $414,740 in four theaters. Michael Moore in TrumpLand came out of nowhere and opened Wednesday in two theaters, grabbing the year's best PTA for a non-fiction title with $25K. Magnolia's Korean thriller The Handmaiden would easily have grabbed the headline in any other weekend, with its $91,600 bow in five theaters. And for… Read
What Happened To ‘The Joneses’ At The Box Office?
With an estimated production cost of $40M before P&A, Fox 2000’s Keeping Up With the Joneses may not go down as the biggest box office disaster of all-time, but the film is a disaster nonetheless with an estimated opening of $5.6M this weekend.
Booked at 3,022 locations, Joneses is one of the lowest debuts for a saturated theater count of that size. Though billed as an ensemble comedy, Joneses comes as the second misfire for its Hangover star Zach Galifianakis, four… Read
‘Burn This’ Broadway Revival With Jake Gyllenhaal Postponed Until 2017-2018
Burn This, the Broadway revival of the Landford Wilson play that was to be a starring vehicle for Jake Gyllenhaal and the first production in the refurbished Hudson Theatre after five decades, has been postponed. Producers Stacey Mindich and Jessica R. Jenen just made the announcement, citing “scheduling conflicts with the show's star.”
Gyllenhaal is set to co-star next week with Annaleigh Ashford in a concert version of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Sunday In The Pa… Read
Michael Moore Trumps Weekend Buzz; Leonardo DiCaprio Floats ‘Before the Flood’ – Specialty B.O. Preview
Michael Moore tapped the media zeitgeist with his surprise announcement earlier this week of a new film that would have a sneak screening at IFC Center in New York just a day later. Michael Moore in TrumpLand, a one-man show shot in Ohio, began runs in Manhattan and Encino ahead of a planned internet release. It is Moore's second release of 2016 following Where to Invade Next, which grossed over $3.8 million theatrically, and it joins a very crowded field of Specialties… Read
’13 Going On 30′ Going To Broadway; Revolution Preps Musical Take On 2004 Hit
EXCLUSIVE: Revolution Studios is teaming with veteran producers Andy Fickman, Dean Stolber and Todd Garner to mount a Broadway musical version of hit 2004 romantic comedy, 13 Going On 30. Fickman will direct the show whose book will be penned by the film’s screenwriters Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa. Music and lyrics are by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner (Broadway’s First Date). Mining the material from the Revolution catalog is the latest move for the studio as it’s… Read
Nathan Lane’s The News In Scott Rudin’s Star-Packed ‘Front Page’ Revival
There are a couple of ways to go in reviewing a new revival of The Front Page. One could bemoan the demise of hard copy and the glory days of tabloid journalism, not to mention of Broadway itself. One could wax Wiki about the celluloid spawn of Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur’s 1928 Broadway hit, beginning with the Howard Hughes-produced 1931 film starring Adolphe Menjou as headline hungry newspaper editor Walter Burns and Pat O’Brien as his… Read
Mike Bartlett’s ‘Love, Love, Love’ Sizzles With Amy Ryan, Zoe Kazan – Review
Before the prodigiously gifted British writer Mike Bartlett wrote last year’s Broadway knockout King Charles III and the BBC’s Doctor Foster, he was what might be called a New Angry Young Man in the tradition of fellow countryman Stephen Poliakoff (Gideon’s Daughter) and our own Michael Weller (Spoils Of War, Moonchildren), casting a jaundiced eye on the Woodstock generation and its discontented spawn. That includes Bartlett’s excoriating Love, Love Love, written six… Read
‘How To Train Your Dragon 3’ & ‘Larrikins’ Move From Fox To Uni Release Schedule
No surprise here. With Universal absorbing DreamWorks Animation earlier this year, previous pics How to Train Your Dragon 3 and Larrikins originally scheduled to go out via the studio’s 20th Century Fox distribution deal, will now be handled by Uni. Fox announced Larrikins for a February 16, 2018 release and Dragon 3 for May 18, 2018. Those dates will remain intact on Uni’s schedule. DWA’s distribution agreement with Fox expires at the end of 2017. Fox has… Read
Michael Kors Drops $1.5M On Roundabout Company’s Sondheim Theatre – Update
UPDATE, Wednesday afternoon: The Roundabout Theatre Company today issued this clarification regarding the Michael Kors/Lance Le Pere bequest: “Michael Kors and Lance Le Pere made a $1.5 million gift to Roundabout's 50th Anniversary campaign, and more specifically, to its Musical Theatre Fund, to support the development and production of musicals on RTC stages. As recognition for this generous gift, Roundabout has named the Sondheim Theatre lounge in their honor.”