‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’ Catching $35M-$40M, ‘The Mule’ Carrying $18M, ‘Mortal Engines’ Out Of Gas With $8M-$9M
3rd Update, Friday 12:47PM: Right now the box office is pacing as tracking predicted it: Sony’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse with a $35M-$40M after a $12M Friday, Warner Bros./Bron Studio’s The Mule is 2nd with $18M after $6M today and Universal/Media Rights Capital’s Mortal Engines dying with $8M-$9M at 3,103 venues over the next three days in 5th place with $3M tonight. The latter Peter Jackson-WingNut produced movie has already logged $25.1M abroad from plays in… Read
‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Rocks Past $600M WW; Becomes All-Time Top Music Biopic
Continuing its pleasure cruise, 20th Century Fox/New Regency/GK Films' Bohemian Rhapsody has shot past $600 million at the global box office, becoming the highest-grossing music biopic of all time domestically, internationally and worldwide. The split through Wednesday is $175.7M in North America and $433M at the international box office for a global cume of $608.7M.
Nominated for two Golden Globes and two SAG Awards this week, the story of Freddie Mercury and legendary… Read
Cinemark Movie Club Hits 500,000 Members, Doubling Initial Projections
Cinemark said its Movie Club subscription program has passed 500,000 active members, more than double the level the exhibitor had initially projected.
Rival exhibitor AMC announced it had reached the 500,000 plateau in November with its Stubs A-List service. Both major circuits are benefiting from the instability of MoviePass in recent months. While it blazed a trail and popularized subscription moviegoing in the U.S., MoviePass has whipsawed customers with app outages… Read
Disney Makes Industry Box Office History Again With $7B+ Global Haul
Prior to merging with Fox next quarter in 2019, Walt Disney Studios is celebrating a $7 billion global B.O. win for 2018 YTD. It’s the second time in history any studio has surpassed the $7B mark, after Disney's own industry-record 2016 global gross of $7.6B.
Broken down, Disney earned an estimated $4.069B overseas through Dec. 9, marking the studio’s second biggest year and the third biggest in industry history.
With Disney's Mary Poppins Returns set to open on Dec. 19… Read
MoviePass Rearranges Deck Chairs With New Pricing Options, Promotion Of New Day-To-Day Operations Chief
MoviePass is closing out a tumultuous 2018 with one more revamp of its subscription pricing and the promotion of its head of business development to day-to-day oversight of the service.
The three new pricing plans, which take effect January 1, will still limit moviegoers to three films a month. That big shift from the initial one-movie-per-day allowance kicked in abruptly last summer after a chaotic period that saw a cash crunch and top box-office draws like Mission: Impos… Read
Crunchyroll Partners With Fathom Events To Bring More Anime To Theaters
Crunchyroll, the anime and manga powerhouse, will partner with Fathom Events for a year-long slate of Crunchyroll Movie Night events that will take the brand to the big screen with 500 cinemas participating.
The partnership will yield a minimum of four Crunchyroll Movie Night events in 2019. The first will be the Jan. 5 exclusive first-look screening of the Season Two season premiere of Mob Psycho 100. The event precedes the popular show’s Jan. 7 broadcast premiere in… Read
‘The Wife’ Box Office Run Re-Grows In Sony Classics Awards Push
EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures Classics is expanding the theater count of its Glenn Close-starring drama The Wife this weekend, boosting it by more than 400 screens nationally to ramp up its profile with awards season in full swing.
Close has already been nominated for Best Actress awards from the Gothams and the Spirit Awards, and has received honorary kudos from awards-season staple festivals Santa Barbara and Palm Springs as her Oscar buzz continues to grow. She stars… Read
Netflix’s Ted Sarandos Hits Exhibitors For “Disconnecting People From Movies” By Preserving Theatrical Windows
Ted Sarandos began his entertainment career running video stores and has a well-established passion for film. As Netflix’s head of content, he has spent the past few months green-lighting an array of ambitious feature projects as the streaming giant makes an aggressive push into the movie business.
Despite all of that, the executive also believes movie exhibitors’ longtime protection of exclusive theatrical windows has done a lot more harm than good. Sarandos didn’t hold… Read
Mercury Rising: ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Rocketing Across $500M WW; How Fox Marketed A Supersonic Singalong
EXCLUSIVE: As 20th Century Fox/New Regency/GK Films' Bohemian Rhapsody continues its supersonic trajectory, the Freddie Mercury biopic will today cross the $500 million mark worldwide. Through Thursday, the movie has hit $156.3M domestic and $341.5M at the international box office for a global running cume of $497.8M. And don't stop it now, with sing-along screenings being added across the globe and Italy just bowing, the Queen backstory looks to be on a collision course… Read
‘Aquaman’ Eyes $100M Christmas Stretch Haul; ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ $70M+ – Early Tracking
UPDATED 8:48AM with revised estimates: The Christmas box office menu of Warner Bros’ Aquaman, Paramount’s Bumblebee, Disney’s Marry Poppins Returns, Universal’s Welcome to Marwen and STX’s Second Act hit tracking today, and for many of these movies, it’s about the long road instead of the traditional three-day weekend, and that’s because moviegoing surges after Christmas Day.
Despite Disney’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi hoarding most of the weekend dollars last year, such… Read
‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’ Snares China Date As Hollywood Packs Year-End
With Venom still coursing through China, December is now heating up as a busy time at the Middle Kingdom box office — but, contrary to tradition, not necessarily for local films. Sony has just confirmed that sleeper hit Searching has secured a December 14 release, while anticipated animated family action adventure Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse will go on December 21.
Part of what’s seen as a push to keep turnstiles spinning in the face of a lackluster crop of… Read
Quentin Tarantino’s New Beverly Cinema Returns On Dec. 1 Following Renovations
As promised back in June, Quentin Tarantino’s New Beverly Cinema revival house is throwing its doors open again December 1.
The theater was closed back in January for near-year long enhancements and upgrades.
First pics scheduled to play on the marquee is Tim Burton’s 1992 sequel Batman Returns, Richard Linklater’s 1993 comedy Dazed and Confused, and during the evening it’s Richard Lester’s Oscar-nominated 1979 title Butch and Sundance: The Early Years starring Tom… Read