‘Moana’ Pushes ‘Office Christmas Party’ Off Her Turf; ‘La La Land’ Hits High Notes – Early AM B.O. Update
3rd Writethru Saturday AM after 12:27AM post: Naughty versus nice describes the battle for No. 1 at the box office. It appeared late last night that there was a draw between Office Christmas Party and Moana at $18M apiece for No. 1, but this morning it’s clear: Disney’s Oceania princess is going to own the weekend again with an estimated $18.8M. Office Christmas Party is looking to settle for $16.8M this weekend at 3,210 after winning Friday with $6.6M.
Given the lack of… Read
‘Spider-Man: Homecoming 2’ Shoots Web Around Independence Day 2019; ‘Bad Boys 4’ Moves To Memorial Day
EXCLUSIVE: Based on the success of the global trailer launch yesterday for Sony’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, the Culver City studio has announced that its sequel Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 will open on Friday, July 5, 2019. Spidey essentially pushes Sony’s Bad Boys 4 off that Independence Day stretch. The Will Smith-Martin Lawrence fourquel, which was scheduled to open on July 3 of that year, isn’t falling back, rather zooming forward to Memorial Day weekend on May 24… Read
Earth Will Feel The Power Of The Force Again: Disney’s ‘Rogue One’ On Course For $280M-$350M Global Opening – Preview
EXCLUSIVE: Three years. At the bare minimum, that’s the shortest amount of time moviegoers have had to wait for a new Star Wars movie, and that’s during a trilogy cycle.
Then, after 1983’s Return Of The Jedi, fans sat on their hands for 16 years waiting for George Lucas to awaken the franchise again with The Phantom Menace, which kicked off the early trio of early-aught episodes. Finally, a decade after 2005’s Revenge Of The Sith, moviegoers finally got to see the… Read
‘La La Land’ Bows, Flirts With Oscar; Katie Holmes Directs ‘All We Had’ – Specialty Box Office Preview
Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone sing and dance onto the big screen this weekend with Damien Chazelle's La La Land, the latest in a string of Academy Award contenders crowding the waning days of 2016. Lionsgate is opening the title, which should grab the lions share of the Specialty box office this weekend, in limited release starting Friday ahead of going wide by Christmas. The feature is not the only one with high profile names attached. Katie Holmes stars in All We Had… Read
‘The Band’s Visit’, Based On The 2007 Israeli Film, Is The Season’s Best New Musical – Review
Some shows are so full of heart and so overflowing with integrity — of talent, of skill and of purpose – that a critic is torn between singing its praises from the rooftops and wanting to protect something rare and fragile. Even when, truth to tell, a great show is usually a tough one as well, able to withstand the pressure of raves and the demand to sacrifice a little bit of proximity to reach a wider audience. That was true of Rent, and Spring Awakening and, of course, H… Read
A Movie History First? The Year Might End Without A Flicker Of Reality In The Box-Office Top 10
"Reality ends here." So reads an inscription in the cement outside the old quarters of the University of Southern California film school. But that might also become the epitaph for this year's best-selling movies.
Unless the audience radically changes its behavior in the next few weeks, 2016 is poised to become the first year in which no film set in the real world placed in the top 10 at the domestic box office. At the moment, all 10 top-ranked films, led by Disney's Findi… Read
Bad Robot’s ‘God Particle’ Off Paramount’s Schedule, ‘Cloverfield’ Sets Fall Date
Bad Robot’s God Particle, which was originally expected to launch on Feb. 24 has been moved off the schedule.
Meanwhile, there’s a new Cloverfield movie in Imax that landed on the release calendar for Oct. 27, the pre-Halloween frame. It’s a clever way of wording a release date announcement because the gist is that Julius Onah’s God Particle is now Cloverfield. God’s Particle stars David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Ziyi Zhang, Elizabeth Debicki, Daniel Brühl and Chris… Read
‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ Trailer Seizes 100M Views Online
Paramount’s trailer for Michael Bay’s Transformers: The Last Knight has clocked 100 million views since its drop on Monday. A first look at the film was released during ESPN’s Monday Night Football and quickly has became the Melrose lot’s biggest trailer launch to date.
Back in early November, Paramount’s January release XXX: The Return of Xander Cage also was widely viewed online, drawing 100M in two days.
The Transformers trailer saw 93.6M views in its first 24 hours… Read
Scaling ‘The Great Wall’: Has Legendary Built A New China-Hollywood Model?
Legendary’s The Great Wall will have its unveiling in China next week — and by most accounts, we may just be able to see the grosses from space. Anticipation is at a peak for the film directed by Oscar-nominee Zhang Yimou and starring Oscar-winner Matt Damon. It also marks the kick-off in earnest of Thomas Tull’s Legendary East and comes after China giant Wanda acquired Legendary in January this year. The action fantasy, which Universal is distributing in the rest of the… Read
‘Office Christmas Party’ Hopes To Bring Cheer To Another Dull Weekend; ‘La La Land’ Tunes Up – Box Office Preview
Sometimes the box office begins to creep up during the second weekend of December, but this month is a little longer than most with five weekends. And as we’ve reported all along, no one really plans to spend their money until Disney’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story arrives next week.
Last year, box office fell 21% between the first and second weekend of December before Star Wars: The Force Awakens racked up the best domestic opening of all-time with $247.96 million. This… Read
‘Prince Of Broadway’ Retrospective Sets August Opening
Harold Prince’s long-gestating career retrospective Prince Of Broadway will open in August at the Manhattan Theatre Club’s flagship Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. The show, featuring scenes from the life and legendary c.v. of Broadway’s most Tony-decorated denizen, will be produced by the non-profit by special arrangement with Gorgeous Entertainment, a Times Square-based commercial production company headed by Kumiko Yoshii and Michael Wolk. Co-directed by Prince and Susan… Read
‘Fifty Shades Darker’ Tickets Go On Sale Two Months Before Release; New Trailer Drops
Almost two months to the day before its February 10 debut, advance ticket sales have started and a new trailer has arrived for Universal’s Fifty Shades Darker, the sequel to E L James’ Fifty Shades of Grey. That movie swooned Valentine’s Day audiences last year with an $85 million opening weekend before Deadpool broke that opening record with $132.4M. Check out the trailer above.
Tickets for Fifty Shades of Grey went on sale January 11 before its release in 2015, and it… Read