Withoutabox Film Festival Submission Platform To End Service Next Year
Amazon-owned Withoutabox, the dominant indie film festival submission platform for the last decade, has decided to end its service.
In a letter to users, the service – run through IMDbPro – said it would “phase out” the service over the next year. Withoutabox was the official platform for Sundance and had been used by the LA Film Festival, the Toronto Film Festival, and hundreds of smaller events, with the platform claiming it processed more than 100,000… Read
A Very Happy ‘Halloween’: Record $75M+ Opening In Store For John Carpenter Franchise & Blumhouse Production
UPDATED, FRIDAY PM: Early industry estimates show Halloween scaring up $32 million today, including $7.7M from last night, on its way to a $75.5M opening, which would easily make the horror reboot the second-best theatrical domestic debut ever for October behind Sony’s Venom ($80.2M). Hence, rival distributors are figuring the David Gordon Green-directed slasher plays roughly akin to the box office trajectory of The Nun and It.
As we already mentioned, it’s a record… Read
Illumination-Universal’s ‘The Grinch’ To Steal $50M+ Opening – Early B.O. Forecast
Illumination and Universal’s animated feature The Grinch landed on tracking this morning, and it’s safe to say the movie co-directed by Yarrow Cheney and Scott Mosier with a cast led by Benedict Cumberbatch is headed to a $50 million-range opening. Given the Dr. Seuss and Illumination brand, it would not be shocking if that projection continues to mushroom.
Universal’s 2000 live-action release of the Seuss Yuletide tale How The Grinch Stole Christmas from Ron Howard… Read
‘A Star Is Born’ Continues To Hit Box Office High Notes, Clears $100M In 12 Days
When a major studio’s awards contender shoots past the century mark this early in the fall, it’s something to celebrate, and Warner Bros’ Bradley Cooper-Lady Gaga musical romance drama A Star Is Born has filled $100 million-plus worth of movie auditoriums in its first 12 days of domestic release.
Let’s face it, not all adult-oriented awards contenders are slam dunks at the box office, particularly when they are wide releases. Just ask Universal and DreamWorks, who hoped… Read
Peter Jackson’s WWI Movie ‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ Takes $730K In One Night, Eyes International Release
EXCLUSIVE: Peter Jackson’s World War I archive movie They Shall Not Grow Old took an impressive non-final £558,000 ($731,000) from 247 screens yesterday on its one night of play in the UK. Reaction has been so positive that the team behind it is now in discussions about international and U.S. release opportunities.
The movie’s strong take, which put it second at the local box office Tuesday, was good enough for a healthy £2,260 per-screen average. As first reported by the… Read
Netflix Awards Contender ‘Roma’ To Play 100 Screens Worldwide & Stream Simultaneously
As Deadline first reported in August, Netflix is staking out one-week awards-qualifying theatrical runs for its movies. On Tuesday, in a letter to investors, Netflix co-founder, chairman and CEO Reed Hastings said the streaming giant is now set to release Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma in December on both Netflix and 100 screens worldwide.
It’s a similar plan Netflix executed on Paul Greengrass’ 22 July, which dropped October 10.
“We believe in our member-centric simultaneous… Read
Greg Foster Exiting Imax As CEO & Senior EVP; Large Format Exhibitor Taps Paramount Vet Megan Colligan As President & EVP
After 18 years at Imax, Greg Foster is set to leave his position as CEO, Imax Entertainment and Senior EVP Imax Corp. by the end of the year when his contract ends. Taking over for him will be former Paramount Pictures Global Marketing and Distribution boss Megan Colligan who is being appointed to the position of President, Imax Entertainment and Executive Vice President, Imax Corporation.
Colligan will report to Imax Corp. CEO Rich Gelfond, who announced the news today… Read
AMC Stubs A-List Movie-Ticketing Service Tops 400K Subscribers For
In 14 weeks since its launch, AMC Stubs A-List, the theater chain’s monthly movie-ticket subscription service, has flown past 400,000 subscribers, achieving 80% of the exhibitor’s one-year membership goal and 40% of its two-year goal.
Beamed AMC CEO and president Adam Aron: "While we do not plan to issue A-List enrollment statistics on a weekly basis, our hitting more than 400,000 enrolled members only three months and a week after launching the program is an enormous… Read
Mike Leigh’s ‘Peterloo’ Will Now March Into The Spring – Update
UPDATE, Oct. 2: Amazon Studios is now moving Mike Leigh’s Peterloo out of the fall frame after the British historical epic played the fall film festival triad of Venice, Telluride and TIFF. The new date is April 5 next year. Variety‘s Guy Lodge calls the film “a stately, explicitly rhetorical paean to the people – setting the past in stone while also lashing out at a present-day political order” with New York magazine giving a shout out to the pic’s visceral… Read
‘Venom’ To Course Throughout The World With $175M Debut As Bradley Cooper-Lady Gaga’s ‘A Star Is Born’ Tunes Up For Long Tour
It has been awhile since there’s been a superhero movie, so Sony/Tencent’s Venom based on the Marvel property arrives with enough anticipation this frame to drive its opening weekend to an estimated $160 million-$175 million global start, with the domestic box office headed toward an October opening record of $60M-$65M at 4,250 theaters plus Imax. The latter would best the month’s current record-holder, Warner Bros’ Gravity, which opened to $55.7M in 2013.
‘Rafiki’ Ban Temporarily Lifted By Kenyan Government; Film Held Out Of Cannes Now Eligible As Oscar Submission
Kenya’s High Court has temporarily lifted the ban of Wanuri Kahiu's celebrated film Rafiki for a period of seven days, beginning Sunday, September 23rd. The film explores LGBTQ issues in a country where such activity is illegal.
In her ruling, High Court Judge Wilfrida Okwany said, ''I am not convinced that Kenya is such a weak society that its moral foundation will be shaken by seeing such a film.''
Earlier this year, Rafiki was banned in Kenya a few days before its… Read
AMC Links Stubs A-List With Atom Tickets And Fandango
AMC Theatres has teamed with studio-backed social ticketing outlet Atom Tickets and NBCUniversal’s Fandango to boost functionality and convenience of its Stubs A-List subscription plan.
Under the partnership, A-List members using Atom Tickets or Fandango for movie tickets can now book tickets that count toward AMC’s three-movies-a-week limit and enjoy other membership perks like fee-free online ticketing.
"The guest feedback and membership sign-up rate have far exceeded… Read