Broadway Jingles $40M In Holiday Season Coin; ‘Cher Show’ A Sell-Out At $1.1M
Broadway jingled with silver, gold and holiday season tourists last week, ringing up $40M at the box office – a solid 6% jump over the previous week and a whopping 34% better than this week last year. Recent arrivals like To Kill A Mockingbird, Network and The Cher Show filled their houses, and even a specialty magic show added a million to the pot.
Not that there wasn’t room for improvement – the $40,149,570 total gross for Broadway’s Week 28 (ending Dec. 9) was just shy… 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
Wanda To Install 100 RealD Ultimate Screens Across China
Wanda Cinema Line Corporation has signed a purchase agreement with RealD to install no less than 100 of their Ultimate Screens across their theater circuits in China over the next two years.
Most of the 100 RealD Ultimate Screens will be installed in Wanda Cinema Line's premium cinemas. The first auditoriums to equip RealD Ultimate Screens will be the Wanda Cinema Beijing Tongzhou Branch, Beijing CBD Branch, Beijing Tiantongyuan Branch and Wanda Nantong Branch. The four… Read
2018 Domestic Box Office Will Cross $11B Mark In Record Time This Week
Streaming did not kill moviegoing this year, not one bit.
While we all knew that the domestic box office was headed for an $11 billion-plus year, it turns out that we’re going to hit that mark in record time this week on either Tuesday or Wednesday completing the feat in 345 or 346 days. Through the end of today, ComScore estimates that we’re at $10.986 billion with $14.2M left to gross before we hit $11B. Remember, it will be an even slower week at the box office than… Read
‘Aquaman’ Dives Into China With $94M; Best-Ever WB, DC & December Bow – International Box Office
SUNDAY UPDATE, writethru…: The tide was with Warner Bros/DC's Aquaman this weekend in China where the James Wan-directed pic splashed out on a huge $93.6M (RMB 644.8M) opening. This is the biggest Middle Kingdom launch frame ever for WB, surpassing Ready Player One by 66%, and the best ever for the month of December. As we noted on Saturday, it is also the top bow for a DC title in the market, coming in 92% above Justice League, 78% over Batman V Superman: Dawn Of… Read
‘Mary Queen of Scots’ Opens Regal; ‘The Favourite’ Expands Strong: Specialty Box Office
UPDATED AT BOTTOM: The Queens have it again. Focus Features opened Mary Queen of Scots in four New York and L.A. locations Friday to a robust start, taking in over $200K for a weekend, topping $50,045 per-heater average, placing it as the 11th highest PTA of the year as of Sunday morning.
Specialty moviegoers are clearly satiating their zest for period films centering on monarchs from the British Isles. Fox Searchlight's The Favourite had the year's highest opening… Read
‘Ralph’ Keeps No. 1 Away From Greedy ‘Grinch’ For Third Weekend In A Row With $16M+ – Sunday Update
Sunday AM 4th update/writethru after Saturday and Friday updates: Refresh for updated chart After a nail-biting face-off between Disney’s Ralph Breaks the Internet and Universal/Ilumination’s The Grinch for No. 1 in the slowest of slowest weekends, Ralph won No. 1 by a distance, $16.1M to $15.1M. Essentially, Ralph 2 had the better Saturday over Grinch, with roughly $7.8M to $7.1M. Similar to Thanksgiving openers before it, Moana and Coco, Ralph 2 notches a three-weekend… Read
Saoirse Ronan Is ‘Mary Queen Of Scots’; Julia Roberts & Lucas Hedges Star In ‘Ben Is Back’ – Specialty B.O. Preview
Following a couple of somewhat lighter weeks in the Specialty space, this weekend is really ramped up with star-lead limited release awards contenders vying for box office recognition. Focus Features rolls out Mary Queen of Scots, starring Oscar nominees Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie as the 15th century rival monarchs of Scotland and England, respectively. The title opens three weeks after The Favourite, another big screen look at a female British monarch (and members… Read
‘The Favourite’, ‘Mary Queen Of Scots’, ‘Vox Lux’, ‘Ben Is Back’ & More Banking On Quiet B.O. Weekend & Potential Golden Globe Love
While last weekend with $118.2M in ticket sales was considered to be slow given its overall -45% drop from the previous Black Friday 3-day period, this weekend’s box office will ratchet down even more as the major studios opt to hold back on any wide entries. Again, this is due to the annual distraction of holiday activities; their thinking is that it’s better to starting teeing off next weekend and play into Christmas, after which point moviegoing explodes.
What is going… Read
Kevin Yoder Re-Joins National Research Group As EVP Theatrical Strategy
Kevin Yoder is rejoining the National Research Group, where he had an influential 20-year run, as EVP Theatrical Strategy.
Yoder initially joined NRG in 1992 and rose to chief operating officer, developing the company’s widely followed tracking tools and steering studios on the release of hundreds of No. 1 box office openings. After leaving NRG, he was a managing director at rival research firm MarketCast and EVP Research and Strategy at Fox.
"I have worked closely with… Read
Cohen Media Group Acquires Landmark Theatres From Wagner/Cuban Companies
After roughly eight months on the selling block, Landmark Theatres is being purchased by Oscar-winning theatrical distributor and producer Cohen Media Group.
Cohen Media Group will acquire the nation’s largest and most prominent stateside independent theater chain, spanning 252 screens in 27 markets.
The announcement was made jointly today by Landmark Theatres President/CEO Ted Mundorff, Cohen Media Group Chairman Charles S. Cohen and Landmark’s previous owners Todd… Read
Sony’s ‘Venom’ Gets Extended China Release; Par’s ‘Bumblebee’ Sets Date
After nearly four weeks of sinking its fangs into the Chinese box office, Sony's Venom has been granted an extended run. Through Monday, the Tom Hardy-starrer has grossed $263.6M locally, taking the past frame at No. 2 behind China breakout A Cool Fish. It had earlier held No. 1 during its first two weeks of play, seeing an unprecedented hold at Middle Kingdom turnstiles.
Venom, which has a sizable investment from China behemoth Tencent, counts $846.9M worldwide through… Read