‘Incredibles 2’ Record $183M Beats ‘Captain America: Civil War’ Opening & Lifetime Totals Of ‘Cars 3’, ‘A Bug’s Life’
6th Update, Monday AM: Disney is reporting that Pixar’s Incredibles 2 is flying in at $183.2M, higher than where both the industry ($181M~) and the studio were seeing it yesterday. Records still maintained: Best animated opening of all-time beating Finding Dory ($135M), 8th best opening of all-time, just ahead of Captain America: Civil War ($179.1M) and best PG debut of all-time besting Beauty and the Beast‘s $174.7M. New Line’s Tag was a bit higher at $14.9M in 3rd place… Read
After AT&T-Time Warner Merger, Will PVOD Talk Rear Its Head Again?
When AT&T first announced its intentions to acquire Time Warner back in October 2016, talk about premium-video-on-demand was all the rage.
The format, which each studio had different pitches on, essentially called for streaming movies in the home roughly 17 days after their theatrical release at a price between $20-$30 per title.
Most of the majors, except for Disney, were hot and heavy about collapsing the window as they saw it as a potential means to supplant lost home… Read
World Cup Box Office Impact: Fancy Scheduling Footwork, Possible Breakouts
Every four years, the world tunes into the World Cup — or at least the most soccer-loving nations do, including pretty much all of Europe and Latin America. As with other major sporting events, this provides a long-lead challenge to distributors with regards to scheduling and counterprogramming at the international box office.
With World Cup 2018 kicking off in Russia today, and almost half of the globe's 7.6B population expected to tune in throughout the tournament… Read
Vue International Investor AIMCo Seeking To Exit Major Exhibition Chain – CineEurope
EXCLUSIVE: Toronto-based private equity firm AIMCo is seeking an exit from Vue International, a leading exhibitor with 212 sites in 10 countries, I’ve learned. It’s understood that AIMCo (short for the Alberta Investment Management Corporation) is currently in discussions about offloading its stake and is talking to a wide range of partners.
AIMCo is one of three major shareholders in Vue International, alongside Toronto-based OMERS and Vue’s management with each… Read
STXinternational Brings ‘Mile 22’ Action & More To First CineEurope Presentation
STXinternational made its first-ever CineEurope presentation here in Barcelona with President David Kosse touting the overall company's brand of “highly-commercial, star-driven films” that "take the studio model apart and rebuild it.” Since launching internationally, the offshore division of STX Entertainment has set 33 output partners around the world and its own distribution hub in the UK. Kosse, the former longtime Universal exec, tells me this seemed like the right… Read
Paramount Shows Off More ‘Mission: Impossible’, ‘Bumblebee’ – CineEurope
Much as he dominated Paramount's CinemaCon presentation in April, Mission: Impossible – Fallout star Tom Cruise loomed large over the studio’s CineEurope show today.
When Mary Daily, Paramount President of International Theatrical Marketing, went to toss off to President of International Theatrical Distribution Mark Viane early on, there appeared to be a missed cue. After a few uncomfortable seconds, Lalo Schifrin’s music started and Cruise appeared on screen, saying he… Read
Discovery Buckles In Alex Wellen As President & GM Of Motor Trend Group
The world’s largest automotive media company has a new driver. Discovery said today that it has named Alex Wellen as president and GM of Motor Trend Group.
Wellen spent the past 12 years with CNN Worldwide, most recently as Global Chief Product Officer. Starting on July 1, he will oversee all aspects of Motor Trend Group's overall strategic direction and global growth. That includes Motor Trend Network — Discovery's cable network that will be rebranded from Velocity in… Read
CineEurope Hot Topics: Local-Language Films’ Box Office Influence, Germany Drop
As studios vie for a chunk of an increasingly globalized business, the importance of local-language films that reflect homegrown audiences has been among key talking points for exhibitors and studios here at the CineEurope conference in Barcelona this week. Local films simply help all boats to rise. It’s notably on folks minds amid a box office downturn in some European majors, particularly Germany where underperforming local titles have contributed to a sizable drop in… Read
Universal Tips Hat To 007; Adds ‘Operation Finale’ Overseas; Previews ‘Welcome To Marwen’, ‘First Man’ & More – CineEurope
In a nod to its recent deal to distribute the 25th James Bond installment overseas, Universal showed off the morphing of the studio’s and 007's logos ahead of its presentation at CineEurope. Uni won rights for international as well as for home entertainment to the next 007 in a deal with EON Productions and MGM last month and this was its first chance to show that off to offshore exhibitors. Universal President of International Duncan Clark then opened the show saying… Read
‘Avatar’ Sequels Update & ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ In Fox Spotlight At CineEurope
The Fox presentation tonight at CineEurope included a King of the World, and Queen. But before that, it kicked off with a video of President of International Theatrical Distribution Andrew Cripps and President of International Marketing Kieran Breen packing for their trip to Barcelona. After several Deadpool references, an elbow at England's chances in the World Cup and a gag about North Korea being the next emerging market, the execs reached into their suitcases with… Read
AMC Boss Adam Aron Updates On Saudi Arabia, Potential Euro IPO & More – CineEurope
AMC Entertainment CEO Adam Aron made a quick stop in Barcelona at this week's CineEurope exhibitors conference where he updated me on the possibility of the company doing a European IPO, the exhibition giant’s potential offloading of some non-strategic assets and developments further to the southeast in burgeoning Saudi Arabia. I also asked him whether AMC parent Wanda may be looking to sell.
In November last year, AMC said it may pursue a London IPO. Aron noted on an… Read
Jason Reitman’s ‘The Front Runner’, Quentin Tarantino & More In Sony Spotlight – CineEurope
Gary Hart, Venom, Spider-Man, The Equalizer and Lisbeth Salander were some of the characters in the spotlight during Sony Pictures’ presentation today at CineEurope.
Hart is the subject of Jason Reitman’s Hugh Jackman-starrer The Front Runner which is based on the true story of the presidential hopeful’s 1988 campaign which was swiftly derailed by reports of an extramarital relationship with Donna Rice. Sony acquired worldwide distribution rights at Cannes and is… Read