‘Boo 2! A Madea Halloween’ Reaps $21M+ During October Dumping Ground At The B.O.
Writethru Sunday AM after Late Friday/Saturday AM posts: What’s up with late October at the box office?
If the first weekend of May is known as the official launch of summer and guarantees a $100M-plus opening title, then the third and even fourth weekend of October can officially be known as a dumping ground for mediocre, broken movies.
No disrespect to Lionsgate’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween. That film is absolutely working, stoking its audience and winning the weekend off… Read
‘Chappaquiddick’ Jumps Out Of Thanksgiving; ‘Hostiles’ Gallops Into Awards Season
Update, Oct. 21: After moving Chappaquiddick into the Thanksgiving space 16 days ago, Entertainment Studios has had second thoughts and is pushing the John Curran-directed movie to April 6 for awards consideration next year. The independent distributor acquired the Ted Kennedy scandal movie out of TIFF for a $20M commitment.
Instead, Entertainment Studios will debut its other TIFF acquisition, Scott Cooper’s western Hostiles in December and will platform it from there… Read
China Box Office Poised To Hit $8.31B In 2017, Regulator Forecasts
Chinese box office is expected to see a strong boost when 2017's final numbers are tallied: up as much as 20% or more to RMB 55B ($8.31B), according to the state media authority. The growth this year is spurred on by the massive takings of Wolf Warrior 2 and other hits like The Fate Of The Furious and the current Never Say Die. A ticketing fee factored into the totals doesn’t hurt either.
The figures were unveiled by SAPPRFT Vice Minister, Zhang Hongsen, at a press… Read
Review: Slimmer And Sillier, Harvey Fierstein’s ‘Torch Song’ Is Revived With Michael Urie & Mercedes Ruehl
Shorter by a big word and a long act, Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song Trilogy is back, trim, glittering and rechristened, simply, Torch Song. Michael Urie (Buyer & Cellar, Ugly Betty‘s Marc St. James) and Oscar winner Mercedes Ruehl (The Fisher King) play nice Jewish drag queen Arnold Beckoff and his loving, if annoying, Ma – roles indelibly created in 1982 by the playwright and a pre-Golden Girls Estelle Getty. The production, which opened tonight at off-Broadway’s Second… Read
Lorenzo di Bonaventura On Moviegoing In A Streaming World: “We Still Have The Advantage Of Spectacle”
While some in the industry worry that moviegoing will eventually cave into in-home streaming, Transformers franchise producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura offered up a pragmatic perspective.
“It’s a little daunting right now for us to know where we’re headed. There are increasing reasons to draw attention to other things,” said di Bonaventura about the video games and social media that pull the younger males away from the cinema. However, “We still have the advantage of… Read
‘The Killing Of A Sacred Deer’, Todd Haynes’ ‘Wonderstruck’ Bow This Weekend – Specialty B.O. Preview
Consistent with previous weekends, Friday launches a new pack of Specialty titles in a crowded market. Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman and Alicia Silverstone are among the stars of Yorgos Lanthimos' The Killing of a Sacred Deer from A24, opening in New York and L.A. Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions are debuting Todd Haynes' latest, Wonderstruck, following recent stops in Venice, Telluride and the New York Film Festival. Also off the festival circuit is The Orchard's BP… Read
Average Movie Ticket Price In 3Q At $8.93; +3% Over 2016 Average
The National Association of Theater Owners reports this morning that the average movie ticket price during the third quarter came in at $8.93.
While that’s +3% over the national average of $8.65, it’s down two cents from Q2 and +1% from Q1’s $8.84 when a slew of box office hits were in play Disney’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, La La Land, Split, Hidden Figures and Get Out.
NATO reports that five of the top 10 movies released in the quarter were R-rated and skewed toward… Read
‘Boo 2!’ To Shut Down Expensive ‘Geostorm’ In Crowded Weekend – Box Office Preview
For a second weekend in a row, a low-budget movie will take out an exorbitantly-budgeted one for the top spot. Lionsgate’s Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween, the sequel to last autumn’s surprise hit, is expected to make $20 million-$25 million in a crowded weekend that includes such wide entries as Warner Bros/Skydance Media’s $120M-plus disaster film Geostorm (some say that the movie is way over that figure), Universal/Working Title’s The Snowman, Sony/Black Label… Read
Anthony Edwards Signs On To Broadway’s ‘Children Of A Lesser God’ Revival
Anthony Edwards (ER, Top Gun) will make his Broadway debut alongside Joshua Jackson and Lauren Ridloff in the spring revival of Mark Medoff's Children of a Lesser God. Edwards will play Mr. Franklin. Tony winner Kenny Leon (A Raisin in the Sun, Holler If Ya Hear Me) is directing Performances are slated to begin March 22 at Studio 54, with opening night set for April 11.
Jackson and Ridloff star as a teacher and a deaf former student who become romantically involved. Childr… Read
Broadway Box Office Flat As Bruce Settles In; ‘The Band’s Visit’ Toots $769K
The Broadway transfer of The Band’s Visit – which topped many critics’ Best Of lists last season in its off-Broadway premiere at the Atlantic Theatre Company – played to full houses in its first full week of previews. David Yazbek and Itamar Moses’ adaptation of the Israeli film, with a cast led by Tony Shalhoub (Monk) and Katrina Lenk (Indecent), took in $769K, 84 percent of its gross potential, with tickets averaging $104.84 for seven performances at the Shubert… Read
Review: ‘The Siege’ From Palestinian Freedom Theatre; Also, Betty Buckley’s Master Class
Jack Skirball was a Reform Jewish rabbi from Cleveland who moved to Los Angeles, where he became a real estate developer and film producer best known for his relationship with Alfred Hitchcock: Skirball was associate producer of Saboteur in 1942 and producer, a year later under his own banner, of Shadow of a Doubt. Skirball also was a philanthropist with a keen interest in cross-cultural exchange. Among his most prominent legacies are the cultural centers named for him in… Read
Paramount Players Snaps Up Horror Title ‘Eli’; Schedules 2019 Release
Paramount Pictures has acquired its first screenplay for its Paramount Players label to go into production: the 2015 Black List horror script Eli, which will be released on Jan. 4, 2019.
Pic will be directed by Sinister 2 director Ciaran Foy and follows a young boy who undergoes treatment for his rare disease in a secluded clinic, which becomes a haunted prison. Trevor Macy produces via his Intrepid banner.
David Chirchirillo wrote the 2015 Black List script, which Ian… Read