Broadway Review: Allison Janney, Corey Hawkins Lead ‘Six Degrees Of Separation’
When Six Degrees of Separation opened off-Broadway, and then on, late in 1990, we thought the genius of John Guare’s excoriating comedy lay in the perfect way it captured a moment in a particular subset of American culture. We were wrong.
On the evidence of the spectacular revival that opened tonight at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, with a cast led by Allison Janney (Mom, The West Wing), Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton) and John Benjamin Hickey (The Normal Heart)… Read
‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2’: $100M Offshore Bow In The Mix? – International Box Office Preview
A little less than three years after Guardians of the Galaxy become an out-of-this-worldwide breakout hit, the sequel begins its overseas rollout today. Debuting in the late-April sweet spot that has seen Disney release such Marvel tentpoles as Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Iron Man 3, Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2 rockets into 37 material markets through Friday, repping 58% of its international box office footprint. Domestic and the rest of the… Read
‘A Chorus Line’ Original Baayork Lee Will Receive Special Tony Award
Baayork Lee, a director, actress and choreographer who played Connie Wong in the original 1975 production of A Chorus Line, will receive the Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award at this year’s ceremony on June 11. The award, announced this morning, is presented annually to a member of the theater community “who has made a substantial contribution of volunteered time and effort on behalf of one or more humanitarian, social service or charitable organizations,” according to the… Read
‘Fate Of The Furious’ Fires Up $745M Offshore, $908M WW; Tops ‘Transformers’ In China – International Box Office
UPDATE, WRITETHRU, with actuals: With engines humming in its second lap around the international box office track, Universal's The Fate Of The Furious put another $158.1M in the tank. That was lower than the Sunday estimate of $163.4M partly down to a recalibrated FSS dollar figure in China which nevertheless saw the film maintain a $745M offshore cume in 65 markets as reported on Sunday ($756.4M through Monday). The global rally through Sunday was $908.5M. The latest… Read
Broadway Review: ‘Anastasia’ Brings An Animated Russian Heroine To Stage Life
It’s probably inevitable that Google Maps, or a clever facsimile of Google Maps, would someday star on Broadway. And here it is in Anastasia, a sprawling expansion on the 1997 animated film, that opened tonight following a developmental run at the Hartford Stage. Alexander Dodge’s set is monumental, with towering columns that allow plenty of space for Aaron Rhyne’s projections, which frequently switch from maps of Russian and France to photorealistic images of trains… Read
‘Fate Of The Furious’ Drives Over Five Newcomers With $38.4M; Second Frame Down 61% – Final B.O.
UPDATED Mon. 2:42 PM: Universal’s The Fate of the Furious ended up right as expected Sunday to push its second three-day weekend to $38.4M. The film, similar to other films in the franchise, fell 61% in its sophomore frame as the studio has traditionally looked for a harder charge overseas, and they have been getting it. A big 82% of its worldwide gross has come from overseas audiences.
This past weekend was a bit of a dumping ground, as five newcomers were released and… Read
Dames Deliver At Broadway Box Office – ‘Dolly!’ $1.45M, ‘War Paint’ $1M, ‘Sunset’ $1.15M
After the Easter holiday, Broadway returned to reality with an expected dip last week, as the last of the season’s new shows faced critics and the April 27 deadline for this season’s Tony Awards eligibility loomed. Women have figured prominently and are proving their box office allure: Playing just six performances (one of which was totally comped), Hello, Dolly! followed the wowza reviews for Bette Midler with $1.45 million in ticket sales at the Shubert Theatre… Read
‘Rebecca’ Trial Pulls Spotlight From Broadway’s Frenzied Final Week Of Tony Openings
Opening arguments were made this morning in a jury trial pitting publicist Marc Thibodeau against producers Ben Sprecher and Louise Florenza, whose unrequited attempts to mount a musical based on the 1938 Daphne du Maurier novel Rebecca have transfixed Broadway since the production fell apart in 2012.
At issue in the New York State Supreme Court trial is whether the defendant Thibodeau, a veteran PR agent who has represented many of the biggest shows on the Street… Read
Broadway Review: Warner Bros Bets On ‘Charlie And The Chocolate Factory’ Redo
The producers of the stage musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, led by Warner Bros Theatre Ventures, have pulled a Harvey Weinstein. As Weinstein did with his stage version of Finding Neverland, they tossed most of the original U.K. production and came to Broadway with a fresh remake: Simplified production concept, significantly buffed-up score and American veteran Jack O’Brien replacing Sam Mendes, who not only staged the London show but was, and remains, a… Read
Docs ‘Citizen Jane’ & ‘Jeremiah Tower’ Rule Quiet Weekend – Specialty B.O.
Documentaries shined in an otherwise unremarkable weekend in the Specialty box office. IFC Films' Citizen Jane: Battle For the City topped with $33,760 in two theaters in its debut, while The Orchard's Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent bowed with just over $24K in two locations. Among other openers, Kino Lorber launched Slack Bay in two theaters grossing just over $7K, while A24 went fairly wide with Free Fire with over a thousand runs grossing $1.03M. Mubi bowed The Ha… Read
Max Winkler’s Teenage Comedy ‘Flower’ Plants Itself At The Orchard – Tribeca
EXCLUSIVE: The Orchard has snapped up all North American rights to Max Winkler’s dark comedy Flower which had its world premiere Thursday at the Tribeca Film Festival.
The deal came together quickly, marking the first for this year’s fest, with buyers clamoring immediately following the film’s premiere.
Flower follows 17-year old Erica Vandross (Zoey Deutch) and her two friends as they spend their free time making money in unconventional ways, acting as self appointed… Read
‘Deadpool 2’, ‘New Mutants’ & ‘Dark Phoenix’ Find 2018 Dates Among Fox’s Slew Of Release Changes & Additions
It wasn’t just the Avatar movies that received release dates today. 20th Century Fox made a number of changes and additions to their future 2017-2018 lineup.
First, the sequel to Fox/Marvel’s $783M 2016 hit, Deadpool 2 will open on June 1 next year and it’s the only tentpole slotted there currently. Pic was previously listed on the calendar as untitled Fox/Marvel movie on June 29.
X-Men spinoff New Mutants fills another untitled Marvel slot on Fox’s calendar, moving from… Read