‘Amy’ Sends Altitude To New Heights In The UK
Asif Kapadia’s ecstatically-reviewed Amy, a powerful tribute to tragic singer Amy Winehouse, has scored the largest ever opening for a British docu at the UK box office with $808,000, making it the second biggest opening weekend ever for a docu in the country after Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11.
Kapadia’s film, which is being released by Will Clarke’s Altitude, is already the highest-grossing documentary of 2015 after only a few days on release. It also surpassed… Read
‘Inside Out’ Steals No. 1 From Dinos At July 4th B.O., ‘Magic Mike XXL’ Pops Viagra On Sunday – Early Monday AM Update
4TH UPDATE, MONDAY 7:06 AM: Disney has yet to make it official, but according to early Monday morning numbers, it looks like the Pixar girl finally did it. After two back-to-back dead-heat weekends, Inside Out took victory from the jaws of Jurassic World and hit the No. 1 spot at the the July 4th box office with an estimated $29.76M. That’s not that far from the Dinos, who grossed an estimated $29.4M.
Through five days, Inside Out surpassed Jurassic World as well as wide… Read
Has Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity Eluded The Grim Reaper Again?
According to a report in THR, Relativity Media chief Ryan Kavanaugh might just whistle his way past the graveyard yet again, finding yet another institutional investor to bail out his debt-strapped company. Report says that Toronto-based Catalyst Capital Group acquired $150 million of the debt that was verging on sinking Kavanaugh’s heavily leveraged company, and that CCG will leave him in charge. This wouldn’t get him out of the woods yet–there’s another $100 million… Read
Touring Event ‘The Marvel Experience’ Experiences Abrupt Cancellation
“The Marvel Experience”, a traveling, interactive indoor theme park intended to bring the Marvel universe to cities across the country will instead be shutting down early. The show’s summer tour will end after it completes a three week run in Philadelphia, producers have confirmed.
Debuting earlier this year with appearances in Phoenix, Dallas and San Diego, the show was retooled before the current run, which was also meant to include stops in Chicago, New York and St… Read
‘Terminator’ Back With $74M; ‘Minions’ Mints $54.3M – Intl Box Office Update
3RD UPDATE, 3:15 PM PT: This weekend's international frame across the Top 10 major U.S. studio releases was up about 3.8% versus last. Year-on-year, looking at just the Top 3 films this week versus the Top 3 in the similar 2014 frame, grosses are up around 14%. In both the current and 2014 frames, the Top 3 pics were studio movies. Paramount has this week’s No. 1 title with Terminator: Genisys at $74M while it similarly was the weekend winner last year at this time when Tr… Read
‘Amy’ Sparkles With $37K PTA, ‘Cartel Land’ Solid: Specialty Box Office
The late Amy Winehouse drew big crowds to cinemas over the holiday weekend with one of the biggest debuts of any specialty release this year and certainly in the top tier for any documentary. In just six theaters, A24’s simply titled Amy grossed just over $222K for a robust $37,002 per-theater average, by far the biggest of any movie reporting grosses today. Sundance Film Festival award-winner Cartel Land also launched with a solid start in a pair of locations, while Sony… Read
Bart & Fleming: Judd Apatow’s Promo Push; Harper Lee’s ‘Watchman'; Hot Dog Eating And ‘Magic Mike XXL’
Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this weekly column, two old friends get together and grind their axes, mostly on the movie business.
BART: No comedy director has ever worked harder to hustle his movie than Judd Apatow with Trainwreck and his frenetic efforts are likely justified, given the flame-outs of raunchy comedies like Ted 2, Entourage and even Spy, which hit quick ceilings. Apatow himself has had his problems… Read
Disney Races Past $3B Global Box Office; Sets Studio Speed Record
In what is becoming a year of record speed to box office mile-markers for many of the majors, Disney has crossed $3B worldwide. The studio actually hit $3B earlier this week on June 30, significantly outpacing last year’s record which was set on August 5. The total worldwide box office as of today is $3.086B
The June 30 milestone came five days after Disney crossed $1B domestic — that one achieved in a record 174 days on June 25, beating the 188-day previous record set on… Read
BBC Faces Billion-Dollar Bill After Gov’t Asks It To Pick Up Welfare Costs; Move Marks Latest Setback
The BBC keeps taking hits rather than making them. Days after the iconic broadcaster announced it was cutting more than 1000 jobs to make up for a shortfall in its license fee revenues, a report in the Sunday Times today claims the BBC will also face a bill in excess of $1 billion for new welfare charges. The public broadcaster is being asked to absorb the cost of the license fee for viewers over age 75 as the government attempts to shift the cost currently covered by the… Read
‘I Touched All Your Stuff’ Trailer: Stranger Than Fiction, Or Just Fiction
“It all started with the hippos.” That’s the kind of sentence that usually suggests a whimsical journey of self discovery, but in this instance it’s the introduction to what happens when adjectives like “picaresque” are combined with “completely full of it”. I Touched All Your Stuff concerns the bizarre, true story of Oregonian Chris Kirk, a con artist who became intrigued by the hippos living on the former compound of deceased drug lord Pablo Escobar, and ended up in… Read
‘Queen Of The Desert’ Trailer: Nicole Kidman, Damian Lewis, Robert Pattinson
“Who the bloody hell is this Gertrude Bell?” asks one of the men determining how to conquer and divide the Middle East. “She’s the maker of kings.” And the subject of writer-director Werner Herzog’s latest movie, which concerns a significant female power player in the history of that troubled part of the world. Nicole Kidman plays Bell — a traveler, writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer, and political attaché (aka spy) for the British Empire at the dawn of the… Read
Diana Douglas Dies: Actress, 92, Was Kirk Douglas’ First Wife And Mother of Michael And Joel Douglas
Actress Diana Douglas, mother of Michael Douglas and Joel Douglas, died today at the Motion Picture and Television Home in Woodland Hills, CA. The first wife of actor Kirk Douglas, she was 92 and died of cancer, her husband of 15 years Donald A. Webster said.
Diana Douglas had a long career in movies, TV and in theater. She appeared in 22 films. Her final feature film was the Fred Schepisi-directed It Runs in the Family, which also starred Kirk, Michael, Joel and grandson… Read