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‘How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ Heading Toward $60M Franchise Record Opening

4th UPDATE, Saturday AM Writethru following Friday PM update: It’s always great when your threequel doesn’t play like one at the box office, rather significantly better. While DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda 3 repped the lowest opening in its trilogy at $41.2M (down from its original’s $60.2M), the studio’s How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World via Universal is heading toward the best debut out of three with $60M at 4,259 theaters coming off its 2014 part 2… Read

Which Film Stands To Gain The Most At The B.O. From An Oscar Best Picture Win? Perhaps None Of Them

Roma

Yes, that’s exactly right: Should Netflix’s Roma or Disney/Marvel’s Black Panther take Best Picture at the Oscars on Sunday, forget about any type of halo effect at the box office. In either case, Netflix is the winner in regards to eyeballs: Both titles are available to watch on the streaming service.   While SAG ensemble winner Black Panther, released a year ago, has tapped out $1.3 billion worldwide, Netflix/Participant’s theatrical-streaming release of Roma is a sign… Read

‘Alita: Battle Angel’ Wings To $20M China Friday; Eyes $60M+ Middle Kingdom Bow

Fox/Lightstorm's Alita: Battle Angel took the fight to China today with an estimated $19.8M opening Friday. That includes $1M in limited Thursday midnights. An opening in the $50M zone had been expected, then buzz increased this week. With Friday's start, the full frame is now looking at a three-day upwards of $60M. The international box office total on Alita is $115M through Thursday and worldwide it’s at $163.7M (this does not include China). Alita is the first… Read

Roadside’s ‘Run The Race’, Bollywood ‘Total Dhamaal’ Set For Weekend – Specialty B.O. Preview

With the Academy Awards and the Independent Spirit Awards set for this weekend, higher profile Specialty newcomers are mostly taking a step back. Roadside Attractions however is going for a nearly wide roll out of family-faith-drama Run The Race, a genre it has had success with in the past. Bollywood is also stepping out in North America in a couple hundred locations with comedy Total Dhamaal, in conjunction with a release in over 50 countries. Oscilloscope is opening San… Read

Broadway’s ‘Frankie And Johnny…’ Starring Audra McDonald, Michael Shannon Finds Theater, Sets Opening

Broadway’s upcoming revival of Terrence McNally's Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune starring Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon has a home and opening date: The production directed by Obie Award winner Arin Arbus will begin previews Saturday May 4 at the Broadhurst Theatre, with an opening night of Thursday May 30. The strictly limited 16-week engagement concludes on Sunday, August 25. Tickets go on sale today. The theater and dates were announced today by producers… Read

Netflix Lands ‘The Wandering Earth’; Sci-Fi Smash Is #2 Movie Ever In China At $600M+

The Wandering Earth

Netflix has acquired Chinese sci-fi blockbuster The Wandering Earth, taking global SVOD rights excluding Mainland China. I understand the streaming service has also picked up 2nd run rights in North America (where CMC Pictures has theatrical), Australia, New Zealand and Korea. Billed as the first Hollywood style sci-fi blockbuster out of the Middle Kingdom, the movie this past weekend became the No. 2 film ever at the Chinese box office with $560M local through Sunday… Read

‘How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ Is Already Winning At The B.O. With $175M Abroad Prior To $40M+ U.S. Start

Before How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World lands in the U.S./Canada this weekend with a $40M to possibly $45M start in 4,000 locations, the $129M DreamWorks Animation threequel is already in great shape have already amassed $175M overseas with a great 96% Rotten Tomatoes score, besting its predecessor’s 92% certified fresh. We also can’t forget Hidden World‘s $2.5M from Fandango Feb. 2 paid previews stateside, a figure that surpasses the sneak cash made by Amazon… Read

Broadway’s ‘Be More Chill’ Breaks A House Record As Overall Box Office Hits $31M

Update, with amended Lyceum house record stats Be More Chill arrived on Broadway to a big welcome, beginning previews and breaking the seven-performance house record at the Lyceum Theatre with a gross of $738,384, a virtual sell-out with 98% of seats filled for those first seven previews. The strong performance – the Lyceum’s previous seven-performance record of $584,033 was set by Patrick Stewart’s Macbeth back in 2008 – reflected an overall good week on Broadway. (And… Read

Why The Industry Shouldn’t Be Scared About The Lowest Winter At The B.O. In Eight Years

Coming off a banner $11.9B at the domestic B.O. and $41.7B worldwide in 2018, this year’s theatrical tickets sales aren’t anything to get excited about: The winter B.O. stateside for the period of Jan. 1-Feb. 18 at $1.2B is the lowest start since 2011 per ComScore, and this year’s Presidents Day four-day holiday frame at $148.5M (ComScore+Deadline estimate) is the lowest since 2001. While Wall Street is bound to scream “Sell! Sell!” in regards to exhibition stocks, rub… Read

‘Alita’ Adds $56M Overseas; ‘The Wandering Earth’ Becomes #2 Movie Ever In China – International Box Office

UPDATE, WRITETHRU: After getting off to an early start in Asia last weekend, Fox/Lightstorm's Alita: Battle Angel moved into wide offshore release this session with $56.2M in 86 markets. That brings the total on the expensive James Cameron-produced pic to $94.4M at the international box office. Key releases in China and Japan are on deck for Friday. Fox had earlier taken advantage of the Chinese New Year to push Alita out in South East Asia where the source material and… Read

Presidents Day Weekend $151M+ B.O. Is The Lowest Since 2001

Talk about a terrible Presidents Day weekend at the box office. The four-day frame, which has come alive in recent years with such opening hits as Universal’s Fifty Shades of Grey ($93M), Fox’s Deadpool ($152.1M) and last year’s Disney/Marvel epic Black Pantherthe third-highest 4-day opener of all-time with $242.1M–is down a whopping 56% from a year ago with an estimated $151.1M.  A year ago at this time, Black Panther led all films to the 4-day holiday’s best result… Read

Sundance’s ‘Fighting With My Family’ Slugs A Winning Open; ‘2019 Oscar Shorts’ Strong: Specialty Box Office

Just weeks after playing at last month’s Sundance Film Festival, bio-dramedy Fighting With My Family by director Stephen Merchant and starring Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson is having a fighting round over the holiday weekend. The MGM release won the weekend, coming in with over $131K in the three-day in four theaters, averaging nearly $33K. The title's four-day estimate at over $163K brings its per theater average to $40,896. That was the weekend's best per theater average… Read