‘Alita’ Has Edge Over ‘Lego Movie 2’ With $27M+ Four-Day – 2nd Midday B.O. Update
6TH UPDATE, 1:39PM Figures updated following 1pm post: More numbers came in, and the industry averages show that it’s not so much a dead heat yet between Fox/Lightstorm’s Alita and Warner Bros.’ Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (two reports showed a near No. 1 4-day finish of $27M). Now, it’s looking like she has the upper hand with $27M over Second Part‘s $25.5M during the Friday-Monday stretch, respective 3-day is $22.9M to $20M.
Alita is looking at $7M Friday, -18% from… Read
Alamo Drafthouse Taps Regal Vet Steve Bunnell As VP Film/Content Buying & Licensing
EXCLUSIVE: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has named industry veteran Steve Bunnell as Vice President of Film/Content Buying and Licensing, heading a new department for the growing exhibitor. Bunnell will continue to be based in Los Angeles and work closely with the Alamo Drafthouse home office in Austin, Texas.
"Alamo Drafthouse is committed to an aggressive expansion plan in the coming years," says Bunnell. "And I'm very excited to implement this new department, along with… Read
MoviePass Parent’s Shares Begin Trading Over The Counter After Nasdaq Delisting
Shares in MoviePass parent Helios & Matheson began trading over the counter today after the beleaguered company was delisted by the Nasdaq.
The ouster from the major stock market comes after several warnings relayed in SEC filings in recent months, given that companies cannot have their shares trade below $1 for extended periods. Helios stock has been worth less than two cents a share since a failed attempt to goose its value last summer via a reverse-split.
In a filing… Read
‘Alita’ & ‘Happy Death Day 2U’ In A Knife Fight At The Presidents Day Weekend B.O.
It’s a David vs. Goliath battle for the top spot at this year’s lengthy Presidents Day Weekend box office as Universal/Blumhouse’s microbudget Happy Death Day 2U squares off against James Cameron’s exorbitantly budgeted sci-fi pic Alita: Battle Angel.
After Warner Bros’ The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part and Universal/Blumhouse/BVI’s Glass fell far below their $50 milllion-plus opening projections, it’s clear we are in the thick of a swampy market until Disney/Marvel’s Cap… Read
‘Everybody Knows’ Asi Asi In Debut, Oscar Shorts Score $912K – Specialty Box Office
UPDATED with more info: Focus Features bowed Everybody Knows laid claim to the highest per-screen average of the weekend at the specialty box office. The Cannes-opening film directed by Oscar-winning Iranian helmer Asghar Farhadi and starring Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem bowed in four locations, grossing $75,000 for an $18,743 average.
The frame’s biggest opening-weekend grosser was the 2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts, this year’s pack of Oscar-nominated short films — in… Read
‘The Wandering Earth’ Hurtles To $298M At Chinese New Year Box Office
SUNDAY UPDATE: The Wandering Earth has become the fastest local film to cross the RMB 2B mark in China, getting there in just six days. The Chinese sci-fi epic has cumed an estimated $298M through Sunday and has been on an upward trajectory since it bowed last Tuesday, seeing increases every day. Play will continue throughout the month with watchers seeing the film potentially crossing RMB 4B ($593M) which would best last year’s CNY winner Operation Red Sea. Maoyan’s box… Read
‘Lego Movie 2’ Comes Apart With $34M+ Opening; ‘What Men Want’ Solid With $19M In Another Blasé B.O. Weekend
5th UPDATE/Writethru Sunday AM: Refresh for chart and more updates An over-saturated kids franchise pic, an overdone action star, and a low budget horror film aren’t really creating a stampede at theaters this weekend. We’re hearing that it’s the lowest post-Super Bowl weekend in ten years. That’s how much overall business stinks.
It’s been weeks–literally since the holidays–since we’ve had a multitude of pics hit the marquee, and this is what we get: A whole-lotta… Read
‘Hellboy’ To Be Unleashed In China Via JL Vision Film
EXCLUSIVE: Millennium Media has set an agreement with China's JL Vision Film for the latter to distribute the 2019 Hellboy reboot in the Middle Kingdom. Starring Stranger Things' David Harbour and Resident Evil's Milla Jovovich, the Neil Marshall-directed monster movie will begin its international rollout April 10. Lionsgate is opening it domestically April 12. The China date is not yet set, though April 12 is the aim.
Harbour plays the titular dark hero who first came to… Read
‘Glass’ Still Has Class With Third Weekend Win; ‘Miss Bala’ Fires Blanks In Lowest Super Bowl Frame In 19 Years – Sunday Final
Sunday AM Update/Writethru: With most of the majors sitting on the sidelines this Super Bowl weekend, 3-day ticket sales have dropped to $74.7M per ComScore.
As we projected, that’s the lowest Super Bowl weekend gross in 19 years, the previous low being $66.3M. This year’s weekend ticket sales figure is also -21% from a 2018’s Big Game weekend. The weekend’s ticket sales are also lower than any frame last year (the first frame of December drew the year’s rock bottom at… Read
‘How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ To Hatch $40M-$45M Opening
DreamWorks Animation’s first theatrical release during its second Universal era, landed on tracking this morning with a $40 million-$45 million stateside opening projection; solid with moms and dads. The movie opens February 22 and its only competition is MGM’s wide expansion of the Dwayne Johnson-produced , Fighting With My Family.
Already, the Dean DeBlois-directed threequel has amassed $41M abroad with big plays in Australia… Read
Warner Bros Release Dates Galore: ‘Doctor Sleep’ Checks In This November, ‘The Witches’ In Fall 2020; ‘The Suicide Squad’ Returns In 2021
Warner Bros has dated a slew of major titles tonight. As we already reported, Matt Reeves’ The Batman, sans Ben Affleck in the title role, is going out on June 25, 2021.
In other major news, The Shining sequel Doctor Sleep jumps from January 24, 2020 to this year, on November 8, as the Burbank lot gives a major vote of confidence to the Mike Flanagan-directed Stephen King adaptation. Trevor Macy and Jon Berg produce. Doctor Sleep will rival Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog, … Read
Dread Central Presents Changes Name, Gets ‘Lucky’ For Next Horror Pic
EXCLUSIVE: When the Paz Brothers’ new horror film The Golem hits theaters next week, it will do so via Dread, the official new name for Dread Central Presents. The genre label is continuing to ramp up its slate after the brand was acquired in 2017 by Epic Pictures.
The next in-house production in the Dread pipeline is Lucky, a feminist horror film that begins preproduction soon in Los Angeles, Natasha Kermani (Imitation Girl) directs from a script by
Brea Grant (The Arrang… Read