MPAA Boss Charles Rivkin Touts Power Of Motion Picture Industry In Regards To Jobs & Exports; Will Fight Piracy – CinemaCon
In his first CinemaCom appearance since being anointed MPAA Chairman/CEO, Charles Rivkin spoke in bullish tones about the prospects for moviegoing, underscoring that its “heartbeat is strong.” This followed a similarly ebullient keynote by NATO CEO John Fithian this morning, both of which belied concerns that moviegoing is being impacted negatively by streaming and other disruptive alternatives.
Rivkin recalled his childhood days at The Skyway Drive-In Theater in Fish… Read
‘Rampage’ Rounds $217M Overseas; ‘A Quiet Place’ Cranks WW Volume To $207M – International Box Office
TUESDAY AM UPDATE, writethru: New Line/Warner Bros' Rampage continued to dominate overseas play over the weekend, adding a better-than-estimated $58M in 61 markets to push the international box office to $217.6M through Sunday. The global tally on the Dwayne Johnson-starrer is $283.3M, also through Sunday. In China, Rampage crossed the $100M threshold and held No. 1 as it did in many key markets, easing only slightly in some of the smaller hubs. It still has France… Read
Sony At CinemaCon: Will Ferrell Sings Celine Dion; ‘Holmes & Watson’, ‘White Boy Rick’ & More
At last year’s CinemaCon, the highlight for Sony was the jaw-dropping footage from Blade Runner 2049 (Sony had foreign rights). This year, the studio had a lot more starpower to get exhibitors excited, from Holmes & Watson star Will Ferrell to an end session that included Tom Hardy and Michelle Williams from Venom and Quentin Tarantino and Leonardo DiCaprio and their next collaboration, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood due out Aug. 9, 2019.
The studio’s emphasis to its… Read
Sony Dates ‘Jumanji’ Sequel For December 2019 – CinemaCon
During the tail end of Sony’s film slate presentation at CinemaCon, chairman Tom Rothman revealed that the next Jumanji will arrive December 2019, and implored the exhibition crowd. “Don’t give all your screens to Star Wars,” he said.
A reboot of the 1995 Robin Williams hit, Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle surpassed the Sam Raimi-directed Spider-Man’s $403.7M to become Sony’s highest ever domestic grossing hit. The final domestic tally was $404.1M, and the film grossed… Read
Quentin Tarantino & Leonardo DiCaprio Make Surprise Appearance At CinemaCon To Talk ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’
Sony capped its CinemaCon 2018 presentation with a surprise: Quentin Tarantino and Leonardo DiCaprio took the stage at the Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace to chat about Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, with production to begin shortly with DiCaprio and Brad Pitt starring together for the first time, and Margot Robbie in talks to join them in the ensemble.
“It takes place during the 1969 Hollywood era at the height of the counterculture explosion, at the time of the hippie… Read
Tom Hardy Presents New ‘Venom’ Trailer At CinemaCon – Watch
Tom Hardy teased on Instagram last weekend he would bring the thunder at CinemaCom, and he didn’t disappoint. Hardy introduced a new trailer Venom during Sony’s presentation. The studio said would be made available Tuesday, but you can watch it here.
The trailer displays more of the anti-hero than a first trailer that focused on Hardy’s alter ego Eddie Brock. “See, we didn’t forget to put Venom in the movie!” Sony Motion Pictures boss Tom Rothman said in addressing… Read
Sony Gives New Title To ‘Goosebumps 2’- CinemaCon
The release date is still Oct. 12, 2018, but Sony’s sequel Goosebumps 2 will now be released as Goosebumps: Haunted Halloween.
Last month, R.L. Stine had leaked out that the new title was Goosebumps: Slappy Halloween. That’s not the case.
Part 2 stars Chris Parnell, Ken Jeong, and Wendi McLendon-Covey. Ari Sandel directs. And is Jack Black back? The voice of Slappy sure sounds like him, but we’re told by Sony reps that it’s the voice of the puppeteer Avery Jones.
Saudi Arabia Moviegoing: Studio Distrib & Exhibition Bosses Debate Ticket Prices, Taxes & More At CinemaCon
Excitement about the restoration of moviegoing in Saudi Arabia was tempered by a need for caution. That was the sentiment in the CinemaCon panel “The New Frontier: Saudi Arabia Opens Doors to Movie Theaters After 35 Years.” As 20th Century Fox International Distribution president Andrew Cripps warned, “The decisions we make today will have a lasting impact.”
Moderated by National Association of Theatre Owners CEO John Fithian, the session touched on taxes, ticket prices… Read
‘A Quiet Place’ Screams No. 1, ‘I Feel Pretty’ Debut, ‘Super Trooper 2’ Siren Success – Monday Final
UPDATED, Monday Final: While audiences anxiously await Avengers: Infinity War to kick-start the summer on Friday (it’s expected to be a box office gem), A Quiet Place took the top spot in its third weekend as two comedies — I Feel Pretty and Super Troopers 2 — and the dark thriller Traffik debuted. A Quiet Place grossed $20.9M, while Rampage came in with $20M to grab the No. 2 spot in its second frame.
Of the newbies, the Amy Schumer comedy I Feel Pretty ended the… Read
‘Carousel’ Surges, ‘Potter’ Cooler Due To Comps As Broadway Box Office Comes In Flat
With less than a month to go in the official Broadway season, total grosses for the week ending April 22 came in at $37,506,237, according to the Broadway League. That’s about $260,000 shy of last week’s tally, meaning essentially flat.
The total did rise 5% over the same week in 2017, from 36 shows compared with 38 a year ago, but it reflected a somewhat mixed bag of individual show results. Newer entries such as Carousel and Mean Girls ticked up, with the former spiking… Read
Cineworld Boss Moshe ‘Mooky’ Greidinger On What’s Next For Regal Cinemas, MoviePass, PVOD & Netflix – CinemaCon
EXCLUSIVE: Last December, Moshe “Mooky” Greidinger’s Cineworld took over U.S. chain Regal Cinemas for $3.6 billion creating the second-largest exhibitor in the world after AMC Theatres, spanning 10 countries with 9,542 screens across the U.S. and Europe.
For decades, Greidinger, 64, has been revered by the major studios, not just because of his family’s legacy in exhibition, but for his global philosophy about the theatrical business coupled with his hands-on approach to… Read
Will Big Chain Exhibitors Bypass MoviePass & Create Their Own Monthly Movie Ticket Clubs? – CinemaCon
Dial up most distribution or exhibition executives and say the word “MoviePass” and you’re apt to get a fuming response on the other side of the phone.
However, what studios and theater chains are more open-minded to is the idea of a monthly movie ticket subscription service for the latter’s patrons.
They just don’t want any third-party players butting in on their turf.
“Whatever MoviePass is doing, can be accomplished without them,” declares a big chain executive.
At the… Read