Blumhouse Partners With Tang Media On Chinese Horror/Thriller Pics
Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions and China’s Tang Media Partners have set an agreement to co-develop and co-finance a series of Chinese-language horror/thriller features beginning with American Nightmare, an LA-based project. The films will be made in both the Middle Kingdom and the U.S. and released in China, the partners said at the Shanghai International Film Festival today.
The pact is designed to capitalize on China's rapid box office growth and audience demand for… Read
‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Rises To $370M Overseas; ‘Incredibles 2’ Powers $52M Early Bow – International Box Office
UPDATE, WRITETHRU: Coming off of its $151M opening last weekend, Universal/Amblin's Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom added a further $173.6M this session in 51 markets. Those include China where the dino-dollars are $111.9M (RMB 715M) for the 3-day, repping Universal’s 2nd biggest bow ever in the market, behind The Fate Of The Furious. The international box office total through Sunday is $370M.
These numbers are down from the Saturday studio estimates, largely owing to the… Read
MoviePass Reps 40% Of ‘Gotti’s $1.67M Opening As Critics Slaughter John Travolta Mob Pic
We’re hearing this morning that MoviePass accounted for 40% of the $1.67M opening ($668K) to John Travolta mob pic Gotti, which took headlines over the weekend for its 0% Rotten Tomatoes score from 23 critics.
During CinemaCon, the monthly movie ticket service took a low-seven figure stake in the reported $10M budgeted feature which has willed itself to existence over the last seven years, and ultimately acquired the pic’s production company, Emmett Furla Oasis Films… Read
‘Incredibles 2’ Record $180M Beats ‘Captain America: Civil War’ Opening & Lifetime Totals Of ‘Cars 3’, ‘A Bug’s Life’
5th Update, Sunday 7:38 AM: With chart How awesome was Disney/Pixar’s Incredibles 2 this weekend?
So awesome that the movie’s $180M-reported weekend –the 8th biggest of all time and best ever for a PG title- not only played like a comic-book event, thrashing the debuts of Captain America: Civil War ($179.1M), Iron Man 3 ($174.1M), and Batman v. Superman ($166M), to name a few, but even crushed the lifetime domestic cumes of such Pixar movies as A Bug’s Life ($162.7M), Cars… Read
‘Gotti’ Gets Whacked With 0% Rotten Tomatoes Score: A Deeper Look
For the handful of critics who went out of their way to watch Gotti, the John Travolta pic should sleep with the fishes.
As of this morning, the Vertical Entertainment-MoviePass Ventures release is registering a 0% Rotten Tomatoes Score. That’s lower than the 6% earned by the Ben Affleck-Jennifer Lopez 2003 film Gigli, one of the millennium’s most notoriously panned films.
Many of the reviews by top critics are so fierce, they’re hysterical. The New York Post‘s Johnny… Read
‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Devouring $125M In China; Franchise Will Stomp Across $4B WW This Frame
SATURDAY UPDATE: After its Friday debut in the Middle Kingdom, Universal Pictures/Amblin Entertainment's Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is now looking at an estimated $125.3M (RMB 815M) 3-day China bow and a full second session of $184.7M at the international box office. That will take the offshore cume to $381M through Sunday, and also push the franchise across $4B worldwide.
The Jurassic series of dino adventures, which began with Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park in… Read
After AT&T-Time Warner Merger, Will PVOD Talk Rear Its Head Again?
When AT&T first announced its intentions to acquire Time Warner back in October 2016, talk about premium-video-on-demand was all the rage.
The format, which each studio had different pitches on, essentially called for streaming movies in the home roughly 17 days after their theatrical release at a price between $20-$30 per title.
Most of the majors, except for Disney, were hot and heavy about collapsing the window as they saw it as a potential means to supplant lost home… Read
‘Year Of Spectacular Men’, ‘Eating Animals’ Among Weekend Bows – Specialty Box Office Preview
Natalie Portman takes narration duties in Christopher Dillon Quinn's documentary Eating Animals, based on a memoir by Jonathan Safran Foer. The IFC Films release, which examines dietary choices, opens with two exclusive engagements in New York before heading to L.A. next week. Lea Thompson makes her feature film directorial bow with The Year of Spectacular Men, written by her daughter Madelyn Deutch and starring Zoey Deutch. The trio appeared at the New York premiere of… Read
Amazon Dates Cannes-Winning Polish Pic ‘Cold War’ For Year’s End
EXCLUSIVE: Amazon Studios will release Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War in limited theaters on Dec 21.
The pic which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival won Pawlikowski best director there and also earned rave reviews putting its current Rotten Tomatoes score at 100%. Previously, Pawlikowski won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language in 2015 for the film Ida.
Cold War is a passionate love story between two people of different backgrounds and temperaments, who are fatally… Read
‘Ant-Man And The Wasp’ Could Fly As Low As $69M And As High As $80M In B.O. Opening
Disney/Marvel’s sequel Ant-Man and The Wasp hit tracking this morning, and industry sources have the pic registering a three-day as low as $69M and as high as $80M. Currently, some rivals are betting under, but even on the low-end, it’s a debut that bests the original’s $57.2M by 21%.
What’s pushing some estimates down is that first choice for Ant-Man and the Wasp is lower than the first 2015 title, and that’s because there are titles such as Incredibles 2 and Jurassic Wor… Read
World Cup Box Office Impact: Fancy Scheduling Footwork, Possible Breakouts
Every four years, the world tunes into the World Cup — or at least the most soccer-loving nations do, including pretty much all of Europe and Latin America. As with other major sporting events, this provides a long-lead challenge to distributors with regards to scheduling and counterprogramming at the international box office.
With World Cup 2018 kicking off in Russia today, and almost half of the globe's 7.6B population expected to tune in throughout the tournament… Read
‘Superfly’ Buzzes To $1.2M In Wednesday Opening
Sony and Silver Pictures’ reboot of Superfly opened in 5th place yesterday in its Wednesday debut with an estimated $1.2M at 2,220 earning a B+ CinemaScore, which is the same grade as Screen Gems’ Proud Mary back in January and just below the A-s earned by All Eyez on Me last summer and Paramount’s reboot of Shaft 18 years ago.
Superfly drew 54% females to 46% males who both gave the pic a B+. Eighty-four percent of the audience was over 25 who also gave the move that… Read