‘Mockingjay Part I’ Wings Way To $67.5M After 3-Days: Int’l Box Office Update
UPDATE SATURDAY AM PT: With an estimated $55M at the domestic box office on Friday, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I fell about 22% shy of Catching Fire's $70.95M first day in 2013. However, the international rollout is providing some serious wind beneath Mockingjay's wings. It's playing on 17,000 screens in 85 overseas markets, including key European and Latin American dates. It won't hit China until 2015, but Asia has not been a massive bullseye for Katniss & Co over… Read
James Murdoch Re-Elected To Sky Board
James Murdoch has been overwhelmingly re-elected as a director to the Sky board following an AGM vote Friday.
Murdoch received 95.65% in his favor, with 4.35% against. He had faced a protest earlier in the week in the form of the Local Authority Pension Fund Forum. The investment group, which owns approximately 2% of Sky shares, had raised their strong objections to his re-election on account of his ties to the hacking scandal that rocked the News Of The World, and also… Read
‘Imitation Game’ No Pretender At UK Box Office
The Imitation Game has played a huge part in reclaiming the priceless contribution made by Alan Turing during World War II, with Benedict Cumberbatch deservedly receiving strong notices for his performance as the brilliant and tragic scientist.
For a film that celebrates mathematical genius, it is perhaps fitting that some new analysis is revealing just how stellar its UK box office opening has been. Morten Tyldum's film outperformed expectations with its eye-catching… Read
Thai Exhibitor Pulls ‘Mockingjay’ As Coup Protesters Resurface Salute: Update
UPDATE: A day after five students were detained in Thailand for flashing the Hunger Games salute at Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha, three more students were detained by police today at the opening of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I in Bangkok, the Associated Press reports. A cinema chain in Bangkok also canceled all screenings of the movie ahead of its opening today. Activists told the AP that police pressured the chain to stop showing the movie but Apex Group… Read
‘Matinee Idol’ & ‘Gateway 6′ Top Annual Brit List
Unrepped writer Richard Galazka's romantic comedy Matinee Idol and Malachi Smyth's Gateway 6 topped the annual Brit List of best unproduced screenplays. Both projects received nine votes. The list is compiled by UK producers, agents, distributors and sales companies, who aren't allowed to vote for their own projects. Other qualifying criteria include receiving a minimum of three votes and not having featured on previous Brit Lists.
Previous films to appear on the Brit… Read
Sky, UTA Part Of $13 Million Investment In Online Video Site Pluto.TV
Online video site Pluto.TV has announced a $13 million Series A investment round led by U.S. Venture Partners, alongside UTA and previous investors Sky plc, Chicago Ventures, Great Oaks Venture Capital and Luminari Capital. The company also has added as advisers former Fox Interactive and Yahoo executive Ross Levinsohn, Spotify's Ken Parks and King Digital's Stephane Kurgan.
The Los Angeles-based company said it would use the money to expand its offerings and extend its… Read
James Murdoch Faces Shareholder Resistance Over Board Re-Election
James Murdoch is once again facing opposition from a group of institutional investors calling for shareholders to vote against his re-election to the board of Sky. The Local Authority Pension Fund Forum released a statement saying Murdoch's “ability to respond appropriately to a governance crisis at Sky is in doubt given the scandalous events of News Group Newspapers and the subsequent views of Ofcom.”
Murdoch resigned as chief executive of News International in 2012… Read
China’s ‘Gone With The Bullets’ Fires Up $20M In Advance Ticket Sales: Report
Jiang Wen's upcoming Gone With The Bullets is on its way to blockbuster status in China — a month before its release. At a press conference this week in Beijing, China.org reports it was announced that the film has already pre-sold 120M yuan ($19.6M) worth of tickets. IMAX pre-sales have also broken the midnight premiere record of 4M yuan ($653K) set by Michael Bay's Transformers: Age Of Extinction. It's been speculated that this film, a sequel to 2010's Let The Bullets Fl… Read
‘Woman In Black 2 Angel Of Death’ Haunts Eel Marsh House: Hot Trailer
The original Woman In Black starred Daniel Radcliffe and made $130M worldwide in 2012; becoming the highest-grossing British horror film on record. The sequel to the Hammer film, The Woman In Black 2 Angel Of Death, picks up 40 years after the first pic left off. It's set during World War II after the government has seized the eerie Eel Marsh House and a group of evacuated children arrives to awaken its scary tenant. Tom Harper directs with Jeremy Irvine, Helen McCrory… Read
Veteran Warner Bros Japan Chief Bill Ireton To Leave Company
Bill Ireton, President and Representative Director of Warner Entertainment Japan is to step down from his post in March. Ireton has been with Warner Bros for 26 years and has been instrumental in its Japanese operations, including several successful local-language films. Millard Ochs will take over as head of the studio's Japanese business and will begin working with Ireton in December.
This year will be Warner Entertainment Japan's most profitable since 2009. While box… Read
‘The Commune’ & ’13 Minutes’ Scoop Multiple-Territory Sales; BIFAs Honor Emma Thompson: Global Showbiz Briefs
The Hunt director Thomas Vinterberg's The Commune sold well for TrustNordisk during the recently wrapped AFM. Deals concluded include the UK (Artificial Eye), Germany and Austria (Prokino), Benelux (September Film), Greece/Cyprus (Seven Films), Czech/Slovakia (Film Europe), Former Yugoslavia (MCF Megacom Film), Poland (Gutek Film Ltd.), Brazil (California Filmes) and Hungary (Vertigo). Vinterberg, whose Far From The Madding Crowd is expected to play Cannes next year, is… Read
BBC Says More ‘Luther’ Coming, But It’s More Dramatic Than That
Doctor Who himself, Sherlock producers, Wolf Hall star Mark Rylance and others turned out this evening to help tubthump the BBC's new drama season. There were so many flagship stars at the London event, it was like fish in a barrel. In his porkpie hat, Rylance, a die-hard theater actor who has been anointed by none other than Steven Spielberg to lead his upcoming feature The BFG, said he was curious about what will happen next. Newish Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi told me… Read