‘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
Netflix Awards Contender ‘Roma’ To Play 100 Screens Worldwide & Stream Simultaneously
As Deadline first reported in August, Netflix is staking out one-week awards-qualifying theatrical runs for its movies. On Tuesday, in a letter to investors, Netflix co-founder, chairman and CEO Reed Hastings said the streaming giant is now set to release Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma in December on both Netflix and 100 screens worldwide.
It’s a similar plan Netflix executed on Paul Greengrass’ 22 July, which dropped October 10.
“We believe in our member-centric simultaneous… Read
Broadway Box Office Holds Steady At $33M; ‘Torch Song’ Joins Roster
Broadway box office held steady as the fall season settled in, with a batch of recently arriving productions joined by Torch Song, last year’s Off Broadway hit taking up a limited engagement at Broadway’s Hayes Theatre. In all, the 33 shows took in $33,387,818 during Week 20 (ending Oct. 14), dead even with the previous week.
Total attendance was 262,241, up a bit from the previous week, and about 88% of capacity.
Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song, starring Michael Urie and… Read
Potent Summer Movies Propel Total Box Office 9% Ahead Of 2017 Levels
Hollywood rode a powerhouse summer lineup to post double-digit gains in box office and attendance, setting itself up to hit a new full-year record haul in 2018 as long as the holiday season delivers.
According to figures just out from the National Association of Theatre Owners, summer box office totaled $4.398 billion, up more than 14% over the previous year. Admissions hit nearly 483 million, up 12%. Each of the top five grossers in the third quarter qualifies as an… Read
‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Finally Gets China Release Date; ‘Aquaman’ Diving In Early
For a while there, it seemed increasingly dubious that Warner Bros’ domestic smash Crazy Rich Asians would gain entry to the world’s second-largest market. Today, however, comes word that the film has secured a November 30 China release date, which WB has confirmed to Deadline. Based on the Kevin Kwan novel and directed by Jon M Chu, CRA has grossed over $171M in North America and $57M at the international box office so far.
The November 30 date is a full… Read
Greg Foster Exiting Imax As CEO & Senior EVP; Large Format Exhibitor Taps Paramount Vet Megan Colligan As President & EVP
After 18 years at Imax, Greg Foster is set to leave his position as CEO, Imax Entertainment and Senior EVP Imax Corp. by the end of the year when his contract ends. Taking over for him will be former Paramount Pictures Global Marketing and Distribution boss Megan Colligan who is being appointed to the position of President, Imax Entertainment and Executive Vice President, Imax Corporation.
Colligan will report to Imax Corp. CEO Rich Gelfond, who announced the news today… Read
‘Venom’ Courses To $378M WW; ‘Star Is Born’ Tops $135M; ‘First Man’ Begins Offshore Journey – International Box Office
UPDATE, writethru: Sony's Venom kept its fangs sharp in this sophomore session, topping the worldwide charts again with $105.4M, including $69.7M at the international box office. The Tom Hardy-starrer has lifted its global cume to $378.1M after 12 days with overseas contributing $235.3M. Venom, based on the Marvel property, was No. 1 in 54 markets this frame including a handful of new hubs and was down 47% versus last weekend in the holdovers. It's tracking 32% above Ant-M… Read
What Do Words Cost? For ‘First Man,’ Perhaps, Quite A Lot
What do words cost? In contemporary Hollywood, quite a bit, apparently.
If you believe those who say First Man was hurt by Ryan Gosling's 'globalist' defense of director Damien Chazelle's decision not to depict astronaut Neil Armstrong's planting of an American flag on the moon—and the Internet is crawling with those who make that claim—then Gosling's explanation cost up to $45,000 a word this weekend.
First Man, from Universal and DreamWorks among others, opened to about… Read