New Tom Stoppard Play Among Lincoln Center Theater Fall Offerings
The Hard Problem, a new play by Arcadia playwright Tom Stoppard to be staged by his The Coast of Utopia director Jack O’Brien, will premiere next fall as a Lincoln Center Theater production.
The Stoppard play is one of two new Lincoln Center Theater productions announced today for the fall season. Also coming: Miranda Rose Hall’s Plot Points in Our Sexual Development, to be directed by Margot Bordelon.
Stoppard’s The Hard Problem begins previews Thursday, October 25 with… Read
‘The Boys In The Band’ Recoups $3.5M Investment As Total Weekly Broadway Box Office Hits $37M
The Boys in the Band, the first Broadway show to open during the 2018-19 season, has also become the first to recoup its investment, according to a show spokesperson. The $3.5 million production, directed by Joe Mantello, made its money back in 11 weeks, with four weeks left in the engagement.
The recoupment came during Week 7 of the current Broadway season as Broadway overall raked in $37,330,028, a solid 10% gain over the previous week when Fourth of July fireworks and… Read
Mossad Spy Thriller ‘Operation Finale’ Moves Up To Labor Day Weekend
EXCLUSIVE: MGM’s Operation Finale, which follows a team of secret agents in their pursuit of Holocaust Nazi architect Adolf Eichmann 15 years after World War II, is moving up from its Sept. 14 opening to August 29, the Wednesday before the four-day Labor Day stretch.
We hear the film tested quite well in the mid 80s in the top two boxes in a Los Angeles-area screening, but tested through the roof in the high 90s elsewhere in the country. Labor Day is a prime time when… Read
‘Hotel Transylvania 3’ Registers $100M+ WW; ‘Skyscraper’ Jumps In Low With $40M Offshore – International Box Office
UPDATE, WRITETHRU: After starting early offshore rollout Down Under two weeks ago, Sony Pictures Animation's Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation checked into another 42 markets this frame, and topped the studio charts with $46.4M in 44 total hubs. The overseas tally is now $54.8M for a global total of $100.12M. The Genndy Tartakovsky-helmed threequel set a new record as Sony's biggest animated opening for the same group of 42 new markets and was No. 1 in 33.
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‘Eighth Grade’ Graduates to Best Opening Per Theater Average of 2018 at $63K; ’Sorry To Bother You’ Expands Strong: Specialty Box Office
Bo Burnham's Sundance debut Eighth Grade opened with the best debut weekend per theater average of the year. Released via A24, the feature grossed over $252K in four locations, giving it a robust $63,071 PTA. The figure tops Searchlight's Isle Of Dogs, which now holds the second-highest opening weekend average of 2018 at $60,011.
Amazon Studios launched Gus Van Sant's latest, Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot, starring Joaquin Phoenix, also in four theaters Friday… Read
Why Dwayne Johnson Pic ‘Skyscraper’ Went Up In Flames At The B.O. With $25M+
4th Update with Sunday AM Analysis: This weekend The Rock is getting squashed by a horde of bloodsucking vampires, as Sony Animation’s Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation is the prime destination for families, with a studio-reported $44.1. That knocks down Dwayne Johnson’s Skyscraper to third place, with a Universal-reported $25.4M, a low result for the action star in his recent solo PG-13 credits. The opening for HT3 currently ranks behind Hotel Transylvania 2‘s… Read
‘Hotel Transylvania 3’ At $44M+ Knocks Down Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Skyscraper’ – Sunday Update
Sunday Update: Sony, the studio responsible for delivering Dwayne Johnson’s biggest movie of all-time at the domestic box office earlier this year, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle ($404.5M), beat the family action star’s Skyscraper this weekend with their family-animated film, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, $44.1M to $25.4M.
The animated feature, efficiently budgeted at reportedly $80M before P&A, contributes to summer’s franchise momentum, fueled by Incredibles 2… Read
U.S. Film Industry Topped $43 Billion In Revenue Last Year, Study Finds, But It’s Not All Good News
The American film industry generated $43.4 billion in revenue last year, increasing in each of the past five years at an annualized rate of just 2.2%, according to a report by the research firm IBISWorld obtained by Deadline. The rather gloomy study, filled with terms such as "stagnating," "sluggish," "modest" and "slow growth," projected that revenue growth will slow to only 2% in each of the next five years.
Even so, the report found that the film industry is "growing… Read
‘Hotel Transylvania 3’ Checking In With Strong Offshore Debuts, Sets Oz Record
EXCLUSIVE: Offshore audiences are checking in to Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation as rollout expands this weekend. HT3 had already bowed in Australia on June 28 to capitalize on school breaks, and in its first 16 days of release has surpassed the total gross of HT2, setting a franchise record in the market. The Oz cume is $8.56M. The movie will be in 48% of the overseas footprint through this weekend. The international box office cume… Read
Joaquin Phoenix Teams With Gus Van Sant; Rob Reiner Gives ’Shock And Awe’ – Specialty B.O. Preview
Joaquin Phoenix stars in his second Specialty release in the last few months with Gus Van Sant's Don't Worry He Won't Get Far On Foot, with Jonah Hill and Rooney Mara. Amazon Studios is opening the title in several locations in New York and Los Angeles ahead of a wider roll out. The title will likely headline a fairly busy weekend of Specialty newcomers given the tentpole season. Rob Reiner put up his own money to finance, in part, his latest directorial effort Shock And A… Read
Peter Bart: From Bats To Bugs, Superheroes Find A Way To Stretch Spandex Franchises
The new Ant-Man epic is a big hit, again raising the question what is the box office magic embedded in Marvel's superhero (or super-insect) movies? How long will it sustain?
The “magic” is a relatively new phenomenon: Thirty years ago this summer, in fact, Peter Guber ran into a brick wall trying to persuade Warner Bros to finance a superhero movie. The creative types at the studio didn't buy either the genre or the title – Batman. Not ones to be rebuffed, Guber and his… Read
‘Hotel Transylvania 3’ & Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Skyscraper’ Vie For Prime Box Office Real Estate
In the war of box office real estate developers, Sony’s animated family threequel Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation is expected to have the edge over family man Dwayne Johnson’s latest Universal/Legendary action pic Skyscraper. HT3 is eyeing a number one rank between $38M and the low $40Ms, while Skyscraper is around $33M-$40M. Sony is seeing $35M for HT3.
Potentially wedging between them is the second weekend of Disney/Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp which is expected… Read