‘Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle’ Crossing $900M WW Box Office This Weekend
EXCLUSIVE: When Saturday and Sunday grosses are factored in, Sony’s Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle will have topped $900M worldwide. The current cume through Friday is $895.37M with $371.57 domestic and $523.8M at the international box office. And the movie still has yet to debut in Japan.
There was a moment there where projecting $900M was an iffy proposition, but this surprise holiday season hit and holdover has had some crazy legs. The Jake Kasdan-helmed follow-up to… Read
‘Black Panther’ Rises To $82M Through Friday; $150M+ Weekend In Sight – International Box Office
UPDATE, SATURDAY: Disney/Marvel’s Black Panther is on a powerhouse run at the international box office as it climbs to $81.5M through Friday. It is now outperforming not only Ant-Man, Guardians Of The Galaxy and Doctor Strange, but Thor: Ragnarok and is on its way to besting all pre-weekend projections. It should cross $150M in 48 markets through Sunday.
It is No. 1 in most plays, with the exception of those where Fifty Shades Freed has the upper hand. Crossing $150M in… Read
‘Black Panther’ Poised To Slash ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ 4-Day Haul With $213M
Saturday AM writethru, after Friday, 8:58PM: By the time the four-day President’s Day holiday stretch ends, Black Panther will have surpassed many of Marvel’s mightiest on the all-time domestic B.O. openers chart. Not to mention Disney continues to crowd the list, now taking up eight of the top 10 slots. Black Panther is now looking at the sixth-best opening of all-time on a three-day-basis with an estimated $185.8M per industry projections Saturday AM and a mind-blowing $… Read
‘Unmasked’ Musical Celebrating Andrew Lloyd Webber To Bow In September
The Paper Mill Playhouse will host the world premiere of Unmasked, the musical celebrating the career of Andrew Lloyd Webber. The New Jersey theater said today it will open the 2018-2019 season with a limited run of the brand-new production starting September 27 and running through October 28, 2018.
The news comes as Webber — the iconic creator of Broadway phenoms including Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dre… Read
Bleecker Street Dates Its Big Sundance Buy ‘Colette’, ‘Papillon’ & More
Bleecker Street said today that its Keira Knightley-starring Colette, which it acquired with 30WEST at the Sundance Film Festival last month in a big mid-seven-figure U.S. rights deal, will hit screens in limited release September 21. It is one of several 2018 release dates shifted and set by the indie distributor.
Also getting a date is another Sundance pickup, Debra Granik’s Leave No Trace, which will bow limited June 29. Papillon, the redo of the 1973 prison escape… Read
‘Monster Hunt 2’ Shatters Single-Day China Box Office Record With $97M Friday
Raman Hui’s Monster Hunt 2, the sequel to 2015’s monster hit, stormed the Chinese box office on Friday with a record-setting $97M. That smokes the previous record, held by The Fate Of The Furious, as the biggest single-day gross ever in the Middle Kingdom (F8 made $65.6M in its first day last April).
Monster Hunt 2, from Edko, kicks off the Lunar New Year in style, setting up a week of holiday play. The previous film grossed $382M at home in 2015. At the time, it was the… Read
MoviePass’ Parent Company Helios and Matheson Ups Stake In Monthly Movie Ticket Service
Tech service corporation Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc has upped its stake in subsidiary MoviePass. HMNY's total ownership of the outstanding shares of MoviePass' common stock is equal to roughly 78%.
The increase in ownership stems from cash advances provided by HMNY to MoviePass, from time to time, from December 19, 2017 to February 15, 2018. These advances total $45.5 million and went toward the movie ticket service’s working capital and operational requirements… Read
Sally Potter Throws ‘The Party’; SPC Bows ‘Loveless’ – Specialty B.O. Preview
Several foreign productions lead the pack of this weekend's Specialty newcomers just as future foreign contenders take the spotlight at the Berlin International Film Festival. Berlinale '17 prize winner The Party by Sally Potter takes its bow in the U.S. via Roadside Attractions. The black and white feature, which along with Kristin Scott Thomas and Timothy Spall also features Patricia Clarkson, Emily Mortimer, Cherry Jones and Cillian Murphy, peppers in a decent shake of… Read
‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ Posts $100M+ At Global Box Office
EXCLUSIVE: Best Picture Oscar nominee Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri has driven past the $100M signpost worldwide. From Fox Searchlight and the UK’s Film4, the Martin McDonagh-helmed dark comedy is, much like its protagonist Mildred Hayes, proving its mettle with $105.1M globally through Wednesday. From domestic, that’s $46.2M while $58.9M hails from the international box office.
The Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell-starrer began its career… Read
Steve Carell & Timothée Chalamet Title ‘Beautiful Boy’ Sets Fall Release
EXCLUSIVE: Amazon Studios will release Felix van Groeningen's Beautiful Boy starring Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet, on October 12.
Pic is based on the best-selling pair of memoirs from father and son David (Carell) and Nic Sheff (Chalamet), which chronicles the heartbreaking and inspiring experience of survival, relapse, and recovery in a family coping with meth addiction over many years. The film also stars Maura Tierney, Amy Ryan and Timothy Hutton.
Groeningen and… Read
Neil LaBute Axed From MCC Theater Ahead Of New Play Debut
UPDATED with information about American Gigolo project at Showtime: The off-Broadway MCC Theater has severed ties with its longtime playwright-in-residence Neil LaBute, which comes ahead of the August world premiere of his new play Reasons To Be Pretty Happy. No reason was given by the theater for the decision that was made public today, but the play has been canceled.
Reasons To Be Pretty Happy revisits the characters first introduced in LaBute’s 2009 Tony-nominated play… Read
‘Fifty Shades Freed’ Pops At Valentine’s Day B.O. Before ‘Black Panther’ Attacks – Update
2nd Update, Thursday AM: As we forecasted, Universal’s Fifty Shades Freed filed $10.8M at the Valentine’s Day box office, which is very impressive in comparison to its installment last year, Fifty Shades Darker: Yesterday’s ticket sales were only $200K off from Darker‘s Valentine’s Day take of $11M. Like Freed, Darker was in a scenario a year ago with Valentine’s Day falling in the middle of the week. The current running total for Freed is $56.07M which is 14% behind Darke… Read