Reprieved ‘Indecent’ Jumps $228K; Setting ‘Sunset’ Also Rises At Broadway Box Office
Glenn Close finally did say goodbye as her Sunset Boulevard revival ended on a high note, while the formerly struggling Indecent jumped over a quarter-million dollars in the wake of a last-minute reprieve extending its run from June 25 to August 6. In an overall even week at the Broadway box office, the story at individual shows showed more of a roller-coaster.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s minimalist revise of Sunset Boulevard, which brought Close back in the role of Norma… Read
‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ Rises To $199M Overseas, $267M+ Global Bow – International Box Office
UPDATE, MONDAY, with Transformers actuals…: Paramount's Transformers: The Last Knight has come in with a $3M bump in the actuals compared to Sunday's estimates. That puts the fivequel at $199.2M in 41 markets at the international box office. The result is closer to the high end of the pre-weekend range. The opening is also 2% ahead of Transformers: Age Of Extinction's 2014 launch on a like-for-like basis and at restated rates. The global haul is now looking at $267.7M for… Read
Why ‘Transformers’ Is Screaming For Reboot After $68M Start; ‘Wonder Woman’ Steps On ‘Cars 3’ In 2nd-Place Fight – Monday AM
UPDATED, Monday 9:15 AM: Paramount’s Transformers: The Last Knight is coming in at $68 million over five days, $1M less than where the studio and industry were seeing it yesterday. But the more exciting news was being generated by the second-place blinking contest between Warner Bros’ Wonder Woman and Disney/Pixar’s Cars 3.
Both studios reported a three-decimal weekend of $25.175M, but others clearly saw the DC superhero ahead. That’s how it shook out this morning, with W… Read
Review: ‘Hamilton’s Revolution Still Shoots Fireworks Over Broadway
It’s rare enough to experience the shiver of revelation that comes in the first few minutes of a great show; rarer still to be blasted above the ordinary the second time around. That’s something great plays and musicals do: They expand with our consciousness. So it is with Hamilton, which turns two on July 13. The original cast members, led in the title role by the show’s author, composer and lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda, have long since departed on a wave of recognition… Read
‘The Big Sick’ Nabs Year’s Highest Theater Average; ‘The Beguiled’ is Sofia Coppola’s Best Debut Average – Specialty Box Office
Amazon Studios/Lionsgate's The Big Sick went into the weekend with momentum and cashed in. The 2017 Sundance Fest title grabbed the year's highest opening weekend per-theater-average from a five-theater gross of $435K. But there was more box office wealth among the Specialties, especially for Sofia Coppola's Cannes debut The Beguiled with Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning. The feature had a PTA of over $60K, the director's highest for an… Read
‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ Rises To $93M In China – International Box Office
2ND UPDATE, SATURDAY AM: Contrary to domestic, Paramount’s Transformers: The Last Knight is on track to top the opening of Transformers: Age Of Extinction at the international box office. Although the studio is not providing an update today, as Friday estimates came in late yesterday (see below), the unofficial Saturday in China puts the Michael Bay pic at about $93M there so far.
That sets it up for an FSS Middle Kingdom bow of around $130M (including previews)… Read
Actors & Stage Managers Approve Pact With Non-Profit Theater Troupes
Actors' Equity Association members have ratified a five-year contract with the League of Resident Theaters, which represents 72 non-profit theaters across the U.S., including major companies including New York’s Manhattan Theatre Club, Roundabout Theatre Company and Lincoln Center Theater, and California’s Center Theatre Group and the Old Globe.
The contract, negotiated earlier this year and voted on during a 10-day period that ended June 23, covers actors and stage… Read
Audience Member Shouts “Let’s Hear It For Women Producers!” As Broadway’s Tony-Winning ‘Indecent’ Extends Run
Actor Richard Topol stepped forward last night on the stage of Broadway’s Cort Theatre at the end of Indecent to share some news with the audience. A few hours earlier, producer Daryl Roth said that plans to close the show June 25 had been rescinded. The run has been extended through August 6. “Tell everyone you know,” Topol implored the customers. And someone shouted back, “Let’s hear it for women producers!”
Even with the boasting rights two Tony Awards confer (for… Read
Sofia Coppola’s ‘The Beguiled’ Opens Against Sundance Hit ‘The Big Sick’ This Weekend – Specialty B.O. Preview
Two big festival films go head to head this weekend in limited release. Focus Features' The Beguiled, which debuted last month in Cannes will open on both coasts via Focus Features. Sofia Coppola won Best Director in Cannes for the feature, which stars Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning. The Big Sick by Michael Showalter and starring Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter and Ray Romano, made a splash at the Sundance Film Festival in January… Read
‘1984’ Broadway Review: Olivia Wilde, Tom Sturridge & Reed Birney Revive Orwell’s Grim Tale
It’s entirely possible that producers Scott Rudin and Sonia Friedman – who’ve brought Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan’s frequently harrowing adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984 to Broadway after three years in London and on the road – meant to parody the punitive Big Brother-like tone with the program insert that accompanies the Playbill. The giveaway is that “101 minutes,” an unsubtle reference to Room 101, the torture chamber described in the 1949 novel and made quite… Read
New York Indie Distributors Kino Lorber & Zeitgeist Films Enter Multi-Year Partnership
Kino Lorber and Zeitgeist Films are forming a multi-year strategic alliance to co-acquire four to five features per year. These titles will be marketed and released by Nancy Gerstman and Emily Russo’s Zeitgeist Films while Kino Lorber will become the exclusive home entertainment distributor of Zeitgeist’s library of 130 titles. Kino Lorber counts over 1,500 titles in its library.
Starting in July, Gerstman and Russo will relocate to Kino Lorber's midtown office in… Read
Legendary Bay Theatre To Be Revived By Cinepolis USA & Real Estate Developer Rick Caruso In Palisades Village
The classic Pacific Palisades Bay Theatre is coming back.
Designed in 1948 with a marquee by S. Charles Lee, the Bay Theatre closed in 1978 and soon was converted into a hardware store. However, Los Angeles real estate developer Rick Caruso announced today that exhibitor Cinépolis USA will be bringing the Bay Theatre back as a luxury cinema house in Caruso’s new shopping-lifestyle center Palisades Village on Swathmore Avenue, opening next summer.
The newly redesigned Bay… Read