Carol Channing Dies: Original Star Of Broadway’s ‘Hello, Dolly!’ Was 97
Carol Channing, a Broadway legend who was known for her signature lead role in Hello, Dolly! and continued performing well into her 90s, has died of natural causes at her home in Rancho Mirage, CA. She was 97.
B Harlan Boll, Channing’s publicist, confirmed the news to multiple news outlets. “It is with extreme heartache that I have to announce the passing of an original Industry Pioneer, Legend and Icon – Miss Carol Channing,” Boll said in a statement to Broadway World… Read
Broadway Notches $32M In Weekly Box Office; Daniel Radcliffe-Starrer ‘Lifespan Of A Fact’ Ends Run On High Note
Broadway had some winter weight loss last week, shedding four productions and about 15% in box office. Grosses for Week 33, ending Jan. 13, totaled $31,937,248, with most shows reporting dips. Total attendance was 274,375, down about 9% from the previous week.
Going out with a bang was The Lifespan of a Fact, the play starring Daniel Radcliffe, Cherry Jones and Bobby Cannavale. The hit reality-based drama about a meticulous magazine fact-checker and a not-so-meticulous… Read
‘Once Upon A Deadpool’ Secures China Date In Mouthy Merc’s First Middle Kingdom Move
In a first for Deadpool, the Merc with the Mouth has been granted a China release. Fox’s sequel, Deadpool 2, in its PG-13 version Once Upon A Deadpool, has been slated for January 25 in the Middle Kingdom where the original 2016 movie and its 2018 follow-up were too raunchy and racy for the market.
The iteration that’s headed to China in 10 days’ time is the mutated take on DP2 that includes a framing device featuring franchise star Ryan Reynolds and The Princess Bride‘s… Read
‘On The Basis of Sex’ & ‘Beale Street’ Expand; ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ Cracks $15M: Specialty Box Office – Update
UPDATED with more numbers and analysis. Carryovers dominated the specialty scene over the weekend, with two platform releases making especially wide breaks.
Participant/Focus' On The Basis of Sex jumped to more than 1,900 theaters in its third outing, grossing more than $6.2M to boost its cume to $10.55M. Annapurna's If Beale Street Could Talk went past 1,000 engagements in its fifth weekend, grossing almost $2.4M to reach $7.68M to date.
The sole newcomers were Cohen… Read
‘Aquaman’ Splashes Past $1B Worldwide; Now #2 DC Movie Ever – International Box Office
UPDATE, writethru Warner Bros/DC's Aquaman joined the billion-dollar club worldwide this session, now counting $732.4M at the international box office and $1.02B global. The milestone makes the James Wan-directed origins story the 5th movie released in 2018 to get across $1B, behind Avengers: Infinity War, Black Panther, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Incredibles 2. It is also WB’s 2nd highest-grossing movie ever overseas and the 5th title in WB history to reach… Read
Why Kevin Hart’s Oscar Host Noise Didn’t Upset ‘The Upside’ At B.O.: STX Posts First No. 1 Opener With $19.5M+
FINAL SUNDAY UPDATE 10:04AM, after Sunday 7:32 AM, Saturday AM and Friday PM posts:
In a slow January weekend, STXfilms reaped the box office spoils and notched its first ever No. 1 opening since launching their theatrical arm in August 2015 with The Upside posting $19.59M
Rivals have often knocked STX for improperly dating their titles. Well, who is laughing now?
STX’s distribution of Lantern Entertainment’s Upside is unexpectedly beating Warner Bros/DC’s Aquaman which… Read
Carole King Makes Surprise Appearance At ‘Beautiful’ 5th Anniversary Show
Carole King surprised the Broadway audience at last night’s fifth-anniversary performance of Beautiful, the musical about her journey through the music business, performing the title song that caps the show.
The moment, which recreates King’s triumphant 1971 Carnegie Hall concert, brought audience members to their feet. (See video below.)
After the finale, King joined the cast during the curtain call, appearing alongside Chilina Kennedy, who currently plays the lead role… Read
‘The Jungle’ Sets Move To San Francisco’s Fabled Curran Theater After Hit Runs In London And New York
EXCLUSIVE: After acclaimed and sold-out runs in London and New York, current-events-based play The Jungle will have its West Coast premiere at the storied Curran Theater in San Francisco this spring.
Carole Shorenstein Hays and Sonia Friedman Productions with Tom Kirdahy made the announcement. The Jungle was written by Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson and is directed by Stephen Daldry and Justin Martin.
The Good Chance Theatre, National Theatre and Young Vic production… Read
‘The Aspern Papers’, ‘Rockaway’, ‘Jobe’z World’ Seek Weekend Traction – Specialty Box Office Preview
A few Specialty distributors are taking advantage of the young year's dearth of new titles to roll out smaller features they hope will grab attention away from established awards contenders. Cohen Media Group is opening The Aspern Papers today starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Vanessa Redgrave and Joely Richardson in a drama set in Venice. The company's Charles Cohen came on board as a producer early in the process. Paladin is handling theatrical for John J. Budion's coming… Read
Diane Keaton Comedy ‘Poms’ To Spur Cheers Over Mother’s Day Weekend
STXfilms will open their AFM acquisition Poms on May 10, Mother’s Day weekend.
The Diane Keaton movie opens close to a year after her previous hit spring comedy Book Club which earned $90M WW. When it comes to launching female-skewing fare, studios try to capitalize on Mother’s Day weekend as a launch pad. It’s where such pics as Melissa McCarthy’s mother-daughter comedy Life of the Party opened a year ago ($17.9M), and where Fox’s Amy Schumer-Goldie Hawn comedy Snatche… Read
2018’s Record Box Office: Highlights From The Overseas Profit Center & What’s Ahead For 2019 – Global Studio Chart
With $41.66B worldwide, movie theater turnstiles spun to another record in 2018. Largely boosted by domestic receipts, the total includes a preliminary comScore estimate of $29.8B from the international box office. That's also a record, though just a 1% increase on 2017 with some offshore markets stung by exchange rate fluctuations, homegrown movie performance, a hot summer and the World Cup. The overseas percentage may increase when actuals are tallied, but either way… Read
‘Aquaman’ Propels Past $700M Overseas; Eyes $1B Worldwide Through Saturday
Warner Bros/DC’s Aquaman keeps swimming up a storm as the origins story has now crossed the $700M mark at the international box office. With $702.9M in offshore waters through Wednesday, the fish-man now counts $971.5M worldwide, and is estimated to be charting a course for $1B global through Saturday.
Wednesday saw the Jason Momoa-starrer lap up a further $5.8M in 79 overseas markets. Already this past weekend, Aquaman topped The Dark Knight Rises to become the biggest… Read