‘Deadpool 2’ Sets Fox Record With $176M Overseas Bow; ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Tops $1.81B WW – International Box Office
UPDATE, WRITETHRU: Deadpool 2 strutted his stuff into 81 markets this weekend, grossing $176.3M at the international box office. That sets a new benchmark for Fox International as its biggest opening of all time, topping the previous record-holder, X-Men: Days Of Future Past. The offshore opening is also the biggest ever for an R-rated title, clawing away last year's Logan. In all launch markets this session, Ryan Reynolds' Merc with a mouth scored the No. 1 spot and… Read
‘First Reformed’ Nabs Top Spot; ‘Pope Francis’ Mixed: Specialty Box Office
UPDATED at 5:20PM PT with more numbers and analysis. Paul Schrader's dramatic thriller First Reformed, starring Ethan Hawke and Amanda Seyfried, handily outpaced all new limited release titles over the weekend with a per-theater average of $25,067.
The A24 newcomer played four locations Friday to Sunday, grossing $100,270, the second highest gross of any limited-release title reporting numbers this weekend. The top grosser overall was Focus Features doc Pope Francis – A Ma… Read
‘Deadpool 2’ Swinging In As Second-Best Opening For R-Rated Pic With $125M
UPDATED, Sunday 7:33 AM: 20th Century Fox’s Deadpool 2 has slowed, but not in the worst way, and certainly not because moviegoers lost interest. While many yesterday morning predicted a weekend north of $130M for the sequel, Saturday turned out to be not so high, coming in at $40.5M instead of the $45M+ that many were seeing, and that puts the sequel’s weekend estimates at $125M, per Fox (some see it lower at $122M-$123M).
Still, at this level, Deadpool 2 is the… Read
‘Pope Francis’ Docu Reaches Out As ‘On Chesil Beach’ Seeks Audience Intimacy – Specialty Box Office Preview
Focus Features is confident that crowds will know the man at the center of its weekend documentary release, Pope Francis: A Man of His Word. The film by Wim Wenders will have a fairly wide bow by nonfiction standards, in about 300 locations in North America this weekend. Bleecker Street is going with a more traditional limited-release pattern for On Chesil Beach, starring Saoirse Ronan, Billy Howle and Emily Watson. Sundance Selects is opening That Summer, a documentary… Read
‘Ocean’s 8’ Looking Great On Tracking With Potential $45M Start
Warner Bros./Village Roadshow’s gender swap all-star heist comedy Ocean’s 8 arrived on tracking this morning with industry projections indicating that the pic could open to $45M when it opens on June 8. Some tracking firms have the all femme pic at $30M, but it will come as no surprise if Ocean’s 8 debuts at the level of Sony’s all-girl reboot Ghostbusters ($46M opening, $128.3M domestic, $229.1M WW).
While Ghostbusters was not a commercial success off a reported $144M… Read
Gloria Steinem Bio-Play By Emily Mann Headed For Off-Broadway Run
Gloria: A Life, a new play about Gloria Steinem written by Emily Mann and directed by Diane Paulus, will debut off-Broadway this fall at the Daryl Roth Theater. Roth is producing.
Previews will begin previews October 2, with an official opening October 18.
The play, which will have all-female creative and producing teams, will be structured in two acts: The first being a more traditional six-character play (other women depicted in the play include Bella Abzug and Flo… Read
‘Deadpool 2’ To Kick Up Potential $350M Opening Around The Globe – Box Office Preview
After Disney’s Avengers: Infinity War jumpstarted summer three weeks ago before it fell asleep this past weekend, along comes Fox/Marvel’s Deadpool 2 to get moviegoers’ adrenaline pumping again. Fox has been banging the drum on this movie going all the way back to March 2017 when Logan opened with a surprise teaser for the sequel that clocked 25.8M on YouTube, and analysts tell Deadline that the Ryan Reynolds movie is poised to make $305M-$350M worldwide this weekend in a… Read
Broadway’s ‘Frozen’, ‘A Bronx Tale’ Announce North American Tour Plans
UPDATE with Play That Goes Wrong info Disney’s Tony-nominated musical Frozen will skate across North America beginning in the fall of 2019, with an official, exclusive opening at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles during the 2019-20 season.
Casting, dates and and ticket information will be announced later. Frozen will bring the number of Disney touring musicals to three, alongside The Lion King and Aladdin.
The tour is the latest in recent weeks from Broadway… Read
Wanna Buy A $25K ‘Jurassic Park’ Dinosaur Head? Fandango Gets Into The Prop Business
After extending its brand into the streaming home entertainment sector, movie ticket retailer Fandango is getting into the prop business and will be selling limited-edition replicas from all the majors’ popular pics and franchises, starting with their parent company Universal’s Jurassic Park and Jurassic World.
Among the items on sale are a rare Jurassic World Indominus rex head replica for $24,999.99, an Isla Nublar map for $99.99, a Baby Velociraptor, a hatched… Read
Atom Tickets Extends Coverage To Landmark Theatres
Atom Tickets has pacted with independent cinema circuit Landmark Theatres, and will now sell tickets to the chain’s 53 theatres and 255 screens. Atom sells movie tickets to more than 20K screens in North America. Other chains that Atom’s mobile ticketing app covers include AMC,, Regal, Southern Theatres, National Amusement's Showcase Cinemas, Bow Tie Cinemas, and Harkins Theatres.
"Landmark Theatres has a rich history creating premium moviegoing experiences and embracing… Read
‘Hell Fest’ Happens Earlier This Fall
CBS/Lionsgate’s Hell Fest is going two weekends sooner this fall, on September 28 instead of its original October 12 date.
The pic now faces off against Warner Bros’ animated title Smallfoot, Universal’s Kevin Hart-Tiffany Haddish comedy Night School, and Focus Features’ Boy Erased.
Directed by Gregory Plotkin, Hell Fest follows a costumed killer who enters a seasonal horror theme park on Halloween night and begins murdering with impunity in front of crowds. Only thing… Read
Tony Nominees Nudge Broadway Box Office 4% Ahead Of Prior Week
Strong grosses for several shows pacing the field of Tony Award nominees — including Angels in America, Mean Girls and SpongeBob SquarePants — nudged the Broadway box office last week to a 4% increase over the prior week’s level.
Overall grosses for the week ending May 13 came in at $38,621,280, up from $36,994,027 in the previous week. The tally was up 15% over the comparable week in 2017. With two weeks remaining in the Broadway year, grosses to date stand just north of… Read