Is Amazon A Contender For Landmark Theatres?
EXCLUSIVE: A report surfaced last night that Amazon is in the running to acquire the Landmark arthouse movie chain. We hear from various sources on good authority that Amazon isn’t in the running nor are they even in the final rounds for Landmark.
Landmark, owned by Wagner/Cuban cos., was put up for sale a second time during the owners’ history back in April.
For 53 venues and 255 screens across the nation, the going price for Landmark, we understand, is around an… Read
Liam Neeson Snowplow Action Pic ‘Hard Powder’ To Make Trails This Winter; Charlize Theron-Seth Rogen Comedy ‘Flarsky’ Heads To Summer
Lionsgate/Summit’s Liam Neeson action pic Hard Powder will be opening on on Feb. 8 next year, per the studio.
In the movie directed by Hans Petter Moland, Neeson plays Nels Coxman, a local snowplow operator recently named Citizen of the Year of his small Colorado ski town for keeping the roads open through the winter. Nels' quiet life with his wife (Laura Dern) abruptly spins out of control when their son is unjustly murdered by a local drug cartel. Taking the law into… Read
‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Takes $5M Wednesday, 5-Day Forecast $23M-$25M; ‘Meg’ Swims To $59M+ – Thursday AM B.O.
UPDATE, THURSDAY AM: Warner Bros. is reporting that Crazy Rich Asians grossed $5M on its opening day with a super solid A CinemaScore. PostTrak exits show 85% overall positive, 4 1/2 stars and a great 68% definite recommend. This adjusts the 5-day box office to between $23M-$25M.
On CinemaScore there was a 68% turnout by females, and 32% males, both who gave the Jon M. Chu-directed movie an A. The under 18 bunch who turned up at 12% loved Crazy Rich Asians the most with… Read
MoviePass Parent Posts $126M+ Quarterly Loss & Gets Sued By Shareholders At The Same Time
BREAKING: MoviePass parent company Helios and Matheson (HMNY) reported an operating loss of $126.6 million for the most recent quarter ending June 30. This follows a July of woes including their stock plummeting (again) under $1 after a 250-to-1 reverse stock split, and the service stalling on numerous occasions including the Thursday night before Mission: Impossible – Fallout opened when it looked like MoviePass ran out of money, and needed to take a $6M-plus loan.
The Latest Ad For ‘The Nun’ Is So Scary, YouTube Removed It
They say that there’s no such thing as bad publicity, and in the case of New Line’s upcoming The Nun, that can be said about a recent viral stunt for the film which was deemed too inappropriate for YouTube.
A ‘jump-scare’ tease for The Conjuring spinoff, which opens on Sept. 7, triggered too many complaints from Twitter users, that YouTube took notice and reportedly removed the video. The ad does live on in the YouTube-verse, and you can take a look at it below. The video… Read
‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Could Hit $30M In 5-Day Opening; Fandango Presales Currently Besting ‘Girls Trip’
Warner Bros. is having a wild week at the box office.
Days after reviving the shark movie subgenre at the B.O. with The Meg (four-day is near $50M), Warner Bros. is opening Crazy Rich Asians tomorrow, a watershed moment which reps the first Asian American movie made by a major studio since Disney’s 1993 Joy Luck Club. That movie reached a wide release of 600 theaters at the time and ended its domestic run at $32.9M. Crazy Rich Asians is bound to beat Joy Luck Club‘s cume… Read
Cannes Winner ‘Shoplifters’ Scores China Box Office Record
Palme d’Or winner Shoplifters continues to impress at the box office.
Hirokazu Kore-eda’s drama has become the highest grossing live-action Japanese film at the Chinese box office, according to co-producer and Japanese distributor Gaga, taking $12.2M (RMB 83.9M). The previous record was held by Gintama, which was released last year.
Pic was released in China on August 3 through Road Pictures.
The acclaimed film, whose cast includes Kore-eda regulars Lily Franky and Kirin… Read
Broadway’s ‘Gettin’ The Band Back Together’ Cranks Up Jukebox Hero Pipe Dreams: Review
Middle-age urges to re-live old garage band pipe dreams are typically best kept to dank basements and sound-proofed garages, and Broadway’s Gettin’ The Band Back Together doesn’t exactly prove otherwise. Still, the playful musical is more infectious than you might expect.
Be warned, though: Enjoyment of Gettin’ The Band Back Together will be in direct proportion to a tolerance for not-so-young guys making guitar faces and devil horn hand gestures for two and a half… Read
Paramount Moves Mark Wahlberg Pic ‘Instant Family’ To Pre-Thanksgiving Frame
After great audience test scores, Paramount is moving Sean Anders’ Instant Family from its original Feb. 15, 2019 date to Nov. 16. That’s the weekend when Warner Bros.’ Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald bows.
Given how family pics such as Wonder and Blind Side have respectively counterprogrammed such pre-Thanksgiving tentpoles like Justice League and Twilight Saga: New Moon in the past, sleeping to higher numbers, Paramount has confidence that Instant Family can… Read
‘Pretty Woman’ & ‘Boys In The Band’ Break House Records As Broadway Box Office Hits $37M
Pretty Woman: The Musical and The Boys in the Band broke house records last week as Broadway’s box office held steady into the summer’s dog days. Total b.o. for the 31 shows climbed a tad to $37,289,893, about 2.4% over the previous week, with attendance of 277,794 showing a slight dip of an identical percentage.
Higher average ticket prices – $134 compared to the previous week’s $128 – kept box office from slipping during the season’s Week 11, ending Aug. 12.
‘The Meg’ Devours $101M+ Overseas/$146M+ WW; Takeaways From A Wide-Appeal China-U.S. Co-Pro: Int’l. B.O.
MONDAY AM UPDATE, writethru: The Meg figures updated. Warner Bros/Gravity Pictures' prehistoric shark took a whale of a bite out of the box office in its opening this session as it surprised both at home and abroad. As of this morning, Meg counts $101.5M across 42 offshore markets, The Meg gobbled up a global launch of $146.8M.
Out of the total international box office debut, China turnstiles gave the co-production $50.7M. That’s a good start in a competitive landscape… Read
‘Meg’ Makes More Moola: Updated $45M+ Opening Reps Record Debut For Director Jon Turteltaub – Box Office
MONDAY 7:38 AM: Warner Bros./China Gravity’s The Meg isn’t finished eating, dollars that is. The studio reports this morning that the shark’s opening is looking more like $45.3M, higher than expected at 4,118 after a Sunday that was down 23% from Saturday’s $16.3M for $12.5M. Better than expected. The Meg easily represents a record opening for director Jon Turteltaub, beating Disney’s 2007 title National Treasure: Book of Secrets ($44.7M). Meg remains the best solo debut… Read