Disney-Fox Films Controlling 92% Of Weekend Box Office Spurred By ‘Last Jedi’
While it will take two years or less until Disney fully controls Fox, here’s a current statistic to give you a taste of their combined box office power during a blockbuster weekend, post merger news. Currently, total domestic ticket sales look to gross $271.5M this weekend, and Disney and Fox films combined are generating 92% of that total or $249.1M.
Even though total weekend ticket sales are -13% from when Star Wars: The Force Awakens was in the marketplace two years… Read
‘The Last Jedi’ Now Opening To $216M-$220M: How Disney Continues To Win With The ‘Star Wars’ Franchise
Saturday AM writethru after Friday PM post: Disney’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi earned its third straight A CinemaScore for the franchise since the Burbank, CA studio took ownership of Lucasfilm five years ago for $4.06 billion. Industry estimates are even higher this morning for Rian Johnson’s Episode VIII, now having earned $104M-$105M on Friday, easily the second-best opening day after Force Awakens‘ $119M, and a three-day that’s between $216M-$220M, the second- best… Read
Warren Beatty’s ‘Rules Don’t Apply’ Faces $18M Lawsuit Over Poorly Performing Pic
Regency Entertainment, the primary financier of Warren Beatty’s Rules Don’t Apply, is suing the fillmmaker for breach of contract, claiming he and others have not repaid the P&A losses the company says he was obligated to do per their contract after the movie failed to connect at the box office last year.
The suit (read it here), filed today in Los Angeles Superior Court, seeks at least $18 million in damages from a company, Tatira 2, set up by Beatty to make the film, as… Read
New York’s Famed Lincoln Plaza Art House Theatre Scheduled To Close In January
EXCLUSIVE: The Lincoln Plaza Cinemas, a temple of the art house movie scene in New York for 30 years, is at the end of its lease and is scheduled to close in January, Deadline has learned.
While we have been told that others are exploring ways to step in to preserve the site as a movie theatre, if the influential six-screen multiplex does go dark, it would be a crushing blow to the specialty film business. A long list of films, including Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11… Read
Blair Brown On Uma Thurman, Queen Lear – And The Mystery Of ‘Molly Dodd’
Blair Brown plays a D.C. doyenne of the right and designated head of the Fed in Beau Willimon’s Broadway play The Parisian Woman. This makes her the foil for Uma Thurman’s ambitious lefty agitator, who hopes Brown will put in a word with the unnamed boss – that would be Donald Trump – advancing her husband’s transition from tax lawyer to a choice judgeship. Fat chance. In what is easily the play’s most crackling scene, the two women engage in a conversational tango… Read
‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Eyeing $202M-$208M Opening After $97M-$100M Friday – Midday Update
Noon Writethru after Friday AM updates: Early industry estimates have Disney/Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi flying to a $202M-$208M opening the third or fourth best of all-time after Force Awakens ($247.966M), Jurassic World ($208.8M) and Marvel’s The Avengers ($207.4M) and the second best December has ever seen after Force Awakens. Today alone, including last night’s Thursday night previews of $45M, the Rian Johnson-directed Episode VIII is looking between… Read
EuropaCorp Posts Half Year Loss Of $83M, Blames ‘Valerian’ B.O. Performance In U.S.
EuropaCorp posted their six-month financial results today ending Sept. 30, and Luc Besson’s French media company is suffering an $83M net loss versus a $32.6M loss for the same period a year ago.
The company attributes that to the underperformance of its slate last year, largely anchored around Besson’s $200M-$210M sci-fi opus Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, as well as the Tom Hanks movie The Circle and the period pic Their Finest. Valerian, which was handled… Read
What ‘Star Wars’? Bill Pullman, Jim Caviezel & Kathy Baker Team For ‘The Ballad of Lefty Brown’ – Specialty B.O. Preview
This weekend is guaranteed to be all about Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but there are some brave Specialties hoping to carve out niches. DirecTV/A24 will open filmmaker Jared Moshé's The Ballad of Lefty Brown, a Western starring Bill Pullman, Kathy Baker, Jim Caviezel and Peter Fonda, opening in two locations in New York and Los Angeles. Vertical Entertainment is heading out this weekend with horror-adventure Beyond Skyline with Frank Grillo in ten cities Friday, while Well… Read
‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Awakens To Early $61M Overseas; $106M WW – International Box Office
UPDATE, WRITETHRU: In its first two days at the international box office, Disney/Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi has shot off to $60.8M in 48 material markets. Combined with Thursday’s domestic previews, the worldwide bounty is $105.8M so far. The eighth installment in the sci-fi saga opened at No. 1 in all markets (save Turkey and Korea), setting 2017 milestones in many. Looking at the same suite of offshore play and at today’s exchange rates, Jedi‘s first two days… Read
Atom Tickets Expands Footprint With National Amusements’ Showcase Cinemas
Advance movie ticket retailer Atom Tickets has partnered with National Amusements' Showcase Cinemas and will now sell tickets to their 400 screens in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Rhode Island.
This year, Atom increased the amount of Atom-enabled theater locations by 45% compared to last year. When it comes to buying movie tickets for a group of friends, the Atom Tickets app is very easy to use. While some other ticketing services can have… Read
‘Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle’ Amazon Prime Sneaks Sell Out Grossing Near $2M
EXCLUSIVE: We had been hearing throughout last weekend that Sony’s Dec. 8 sneak of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle drew sold out crowds in north of 1,200 major circuit theaters. And that was no line. Industry sources estimate that Sony grossed close to $2M from 7PM shows last Friday; a great figure during a very sleepy time at the box office.
Sell-out sneaks, especially when they’re free, are not a big deal. Read, Warner Bros. filled houses with sneaks of King Arthur: Legen… Read
Amazon Sets ‘Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot’ For May Release
EXCLUSIVE: Amazon Studios will release Gus Van Sant’s biopic drama Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot on May 11.
The pic is based on the memoir by John Callahan (Joaquin Phoenix), who became paralyzed after a car accident at age 21 and turned to drawing as a form of therapy. Jonah Hill and Jack Black also star. It’s one of two Amazon movies the three-time Oscar nominee has next year in addition to the April crime noir You Were Never Really Here. It’s also Phoenix’s… Read