‘Venom’ Licks $461M Global; ‘Star Is Born’ Strums Past $200M; ‘Halloween’ Takes $92M WW Bow – International Box Office
Refresh for latest…: Sony’s Venom continues to lead the international box office, scoring a hat trick at No. 1 with $32.3M this weekend for an offshore cume of $290.7M and a global total to date of $461.2M. In second, Warner Bros’ A Star Is Born rocked out to $22.8M to push the offshore total to $74.7M and the worldwide tally past the $200M mark. Behind those overseas is Universal/Miramax/Blumhouse’s Halloween. The pic’s offshore rollout is staggered with Jamie Lee Curtis… Read
‘Halloween’ Scares Up 2nd Best October Debut With $77M+; Record For Blumhouse & Carpenter Canon; Great Miramax Comeback
Sunday AM Update: Universal is calling Miramax/Blumhouse’s Halloween at $77.5M after a $27.2M Saturday, making it the second-best opening ever of October behind Sony’s Venom ($80.2M). As we’ve known since Thursday night, Halloween is the best domestic opening ever in the John Carpenter 40-year old franchise, Halloween producer and co-financier Blumhouse beating their 2011 $52.5M start to Paranormal Activity 3, and it’s wonderful reboot for Miramax under CEO Bill Block and… Read
‘Halloween’ Scaring Up $14M+ Overseas, Slashing Way To $95M Global Weekend
EXCLUSIVE: Universal/Miramax/Blumhouse's David Gordon Green-directed reboot-sequel Halloween is scaring up an estimated $14.7M bow at the international box office this weekend. This is in line with Uni estimates heading into the launch where Jamie Lee Curtis' badass strode into 23 markets. Mexico, the UK and Russia are the only majors this frame (next weekend is a bigger push in key hubs). Coupled with domestic, the worldwide bow is expected to hit $95M — these figures… Read
Melissa McCarthy Deceives In ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’; Paul Dano Directs ‘Wildlife’ – Specialty B.O. Preview
Following a nearly ten-year journey, Can You Ever Forgive Me? hits theaters this weekend via Fox Searchlight. Starring Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant, and based on the true story of celebrity biographer Lee Israel, the film will have a platform start this weekend en route to several hundred runs.
The feature is one of several Specialty titles heading into release with name casts and possible awards hopes. Paul Dano makes his directorial debut with Wildlife, which… Read
Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Jungle Cruise’ Moves To Summer 2020
Disney’s Jungle Cruise starring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt will be floating from October 11, 2019 to July 24, 2020, a serious date on the summer release schedule where movies such as Dark Knight and Dark Knight Rises have launched.
Currently there’s a Sony Pictures Animation feature on the date.
Next year in 2019, Johnson has Fighting With My Family on March 1 from MGM and Universal’s Fast & Furious spinoff Hobbs and Shaw on August 2.
Blunt will next be seen in Mary Po… Read
Broadway League Report Finds Audience Getting Younger, With More Kids And Teens Attending Shows
Broadway used to be the province of the blue hairs. But lately, the blue hairs attending shows are as likely to be kids and teens as they are the ladies who lunch.
The Broadway League's annual demographics report, The Demographics of the Broadway Audience 2017–2018, has been released, comparing current Broadway theater-going habits in New York City to previous seasons. The Broadway League was founded in 1930 and is the national trade association for the industry.
Illumination-Universal’s ‘The Grinch’ To Steal $50M+ Opening – Early B.O. Forecast
Illumination and Universal’s animated feature The Grinch landed on tracking this morning, and it’s safe to say the movie co-directed by Yarrow Cheney and Scott Mosier with a cast led by Benedict Cumberbatch is headed to a $50 million-range opening. Given the Dr. Seuss and Illumination brand, it would not be shocking if that projection continues to mushroom.
Universal’s 2000 live-action release of the Seuss Yuletide tale How The Grinch Stole Christmas from Ron Howard… Read
‘Air Strike’: U.S. Bow Of Bruce Willis & Fan Bingbing Pic Still On Target Despite China Scrap
Lionsgate is expected to go ahead with its domestic home entertainment release of Air Strike next week, despite the cancellation of a Chinese theatrical bow on October 26 (Lionsgate is not involved in the China release). The WWII movie stars Bruce Willis and Fan Bingbing, and the scrapping of its Middle Kingdom date is believed to be related in part to the scandal that engulfed Fan over the past several months. I also understand that Grindstone will keep to its plan of a… Read
‘Halloween’ Could Be In Store For $100M+ Global Opening Treat
No trick here: The estimates for Universal/Miramax/Blumhouse’s Halloween reboot-sequel keep climbing, with the high-end of current global projections at $100M.
That’s $70M stateside (and some even think that’s low) at 3,928 U.S./Canada locations and another $30M from 21 markets, the biggest scares coming from Mexico (where horror is a fave), UK, Russia and Taiwan. Conservative estimates from inside Uni are at $50M stateside, and $12M-$18M offshore, but rival consensus… Read
‘A Star Is Born’ Continues To Hit Box Office High Notes, Clears $100M In 12 Days
When a major studio’s awards contender shoots past the century mark this early in the fall, it’s something to celebrate, and Warner Bros’ Bradley Cooper-Lady Gaga musical romance drama A Star Is Born has filled $100 million-plus worth of movie auditoriums in its first 12 days of domestic release.
Let’s face it, not all adult-oriented awards contenders are slam dunks at the box office, particularly when they are wide releases. Just ask Universal and DreamWorks, who hoped… Read
Peter Jackson’s WWI Movie ‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ Takes $730K In One Night, Eyes International Release
EXCLUSIVE: Peter Jackson’s World War I archive movie They Shall Not Grow Old took an impressive non-final £558,000 ($731,000) from 247 screens yesterday on its one night of play in the UK. Reaction has been so positive that the team behind it is now in discussions about international and U.S. release opportunities.
The movie’s strong take, which put it second at the local box office Tuesday, was good enough for a healthy £2,260 per-screen average. As first reported by the… Read
‘Angry Birds 2’ To Fly In Late Summer 2019
Sony/Rovio Entertainment’s The Angry Birds Movie 2 is no longer nesting in the post-Labor Day frame of Sept. 6 next year; a time when New Line/Warner Bros.’ It: Chapter Two will suck all the air out of the box office. Rather, the Thurop Van Orman-John Rice directed animated sequel will fly on Aug. 16.
The first movie released in May 2016 made $352.3M worldwide, $107.5M of that coming from U.S./Canada.
Bill Hader, Jason Sudekis, Josh Gad, Eugenio Derbez, Awkwafina… Read