MoviePass’ Reaction To AMC’s New Ticket Sub Plan? Sour Grapes & Smack Talk
AMC and MoviePass have been at each other’s throats since last August when the latter rebooted its brand with a $9.95/a month unlimited ticket service. And today MoviePass had something to say about AMC’s new $19.95/a month movie ticket program, Stubs A-List, which gives its members three tickets a week to any film, in any format Imax, 3D, or Dolby at any time.
“Heard AMC Theaters jumped on board the movie subscription train. Twice the price for 1/4 the theater network… Read
Universal Opens New Hong Kong Office, Sets Anita Cheung Woon-Man As GM
Universal Pictures has opened a new Hong Kong office, appointing former Fox exec Anita Cheung Woon-Man as General Manager and effectively ending its arrangement with Bill Kong’s Edko Films, which had marketed and distributed Uni titles in the market.
Cheung will oversee sales and marketing and provide local leadership to all functions in Hong Kong to build an integrated and cohesive team operation. The announcement was made by Jo Yan, Managing Director and EVP, China… Read
AMC Boss Adam Aron On Economics Of $20/Month Movie Ticket Service: “Our Program Will Be Profitable While Others Struggle To Be Profitable”
AMC CEO Adam Aron knows that his theater chain’s new $19.95 monthly movie ticket subscription service Stubs A-List is double the price of MoviePass and that’s because he’s aiming to make the program “beneficial” for “all involved.” A good deal for consumers, and one which hopefully won’t rob distribution, studios and exhibition partners like RealD and Imax with a flat-across-the-board price structure.
A higher price is necessary a month, so as not to hemorrhage cash from… Read
Imax Gives Thumbs Up To AMC’s New $20/Month Subscription Program
While there were questions in the industry whether a monthly movie ticket subscription service from a major exhibitor might take dollars out of the pockets of studios and 3D and large format exhibition partners, Imax reports today that business is going to be just swell under AMC’s new Stubs A-List $19.95 per month program.
“Imax Corporation believes this program will greatly expand the Imax audience,” read a statement today from the large format exhibition partner.
‘Incredibles 2’ Flies To Best Tuesday In June With Near $27M
Another day, another record for Disney/Pixar’s Incredibles 2 which in early morning industry reports is currently seeing an estimated Tuesday haul of $26.9M, which sets a new record for the weekday in June.
Previous Tuesday high was owned by Universal’s Jurassic World which drew $24.3M on June 16, 2015. Overall, the Pixar movie owns the sixth best Tuesday ever in a list that is led by Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($37.3M on Dec. 22, 2015).
Incredibles 2 also reps a… Read
Look Out MoviePass: AMC Theatres Adds $20/Month Movie Ticket Subscription Service
AMC Theatres has upped the ante in the monthly movie ticket subscription war with MoviePass, and is adding a new tier to its current rewards program called AMC Stubs A-List.
For $19.95 a month, members will get three movies a week (defined as Friday through Thursday; approximately 12 titles a month), along with all the benefits of the theater chain’s rewards program AMC Stubs Premiere. The program kicks off on Tuesday, June 26 and members can reap the benefits… Read
Sony Dates Jason Reitman’s ‘The Front Runner’, Untitled James Gunn Horror Pic & ‘Escape Room’
Sony has made some intriguing RSVPs on the fall calendar tonight: Jason Reitman’s Gary Hart biopic The Front Runner will open limited on Nov. 7, expand on Nov. 16 and break wide on Nov. 21, the Thanksgiving stretch.
It would come as no surprise if The Front Runner premieres during fall’s festival trifecta of Venice, Telluride and Toronto. Last year Sony premiered Roman J. Israel, Esq. at TIFF and opened the film in mid-November, initially limited then a wide expansion… Read
‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Ready To Leave $135M+ Footprint Stateside As Global Evolves To $600M+
After clearing approximately $420M abroad to date, including a whopping estimated $155M in China, Universal/Legendary’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom finally docks in the U.S. and Canada where estimates are ranging from $135M up to potentially $150M at 4,450 theaters.
While some box office reporters out there will try to make a Cro-magnon-like assessment and say that Fallen Kingdom pales in its domestic opening when compared to the first 2015 reboot’s once-upon-a-time… Read
‘Incredibles 2’s $23.6M Monday Is Best Ever For An Animated Movie – Update
Update: Disney is calling the Monday for Pixar’s Incredibles 2 at $23.6M. All records still stand: Best Monday for an animated movie beating Shrek 2‘s 14-year record of $23.4M, and the second best Monday in June so far after Jurassic World‘s $25.3M.
Previous, 7:56AM: Even though the weekend is over, the momentum for Disney/Pixar’s Incredibles 2 just won’t let up. The Brad Bird-directed feature earned an estimated $23.9 million Monday in early morning industry reporting… Read
New ‘Gotti’ Ad Hits Back At Critics, Calls Them ‘Trolls Behind A Keyboard’
After earning a 0% on Rotten Tomatoes from 25 critics, the team behind Gotti have decided that they’re not going to take it anymore, and dropped a social media ad lashing back at those who even dare possess a sour opinion about their movie which the New York Post called “the worst mob movie of all-time”.
A tweet posted last night on the Gotti handle read “Audiences loved Gotti but critics don't want you to see it… The question is why??? Trust the people and see it for… Read
Michael Jackson Musical Slated For Broadway Run In 2020
The Michael Jackson estate and Columbia Stage are developing a musical based on the King of Pop’s catalog, adding one more jukebox show to the Broadway boards.
Lynn Nottage, a Pulitzer Prize winner for her plays Ruined and Sweat, will write the show’s book. The choreography and direction will be handled by Christopher Wheeldon, a Tony Award winner for An American in Paris.
The project adds to a growing roster of jukebox musicals hitting Broadway of late. The past season… Read
‘Incredibles 2’ Record $183M Beats ‘Captain America: Civil War’ Opening & Lifetime Totals Of ‘Cars 3’, ‘A Bug’s Life’
6th Update, Monday AM: Disney is reporting that Pixar’s Incredibles 2 is flying in at $183.2M, higher than where both the industry ($181M~) and the studio were seeing it yesterday. Records still maintained: Best animated opening of all-time beating Finding Dory ($135M), 8th best opening of all-time, just ahead of Captain America: Civil War ($179.1M) and best PG debut of all-time besting Beauty and the Beast‘s $174.7M. New Line’s Tag was a bit higher at $14.9M in 3rd place… Read