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“Wonder Woman” captured the weekend zeitgeist with reviews as good as any new adult-appeal specialized opener — and gobbled up potential audience. But that’s not the sole reason the specialty box office went to hell this weekend.
“Churchill” (Cohen), with the pedigree of an arthouse crossover winner, went nationally in top theaters but failed to capture more than desultory business. A trio of niche releases showed some mid-level interest in New York and Los Angeles — “The Exception”(A24), “Letters from Baghdad” (Vitagraph), and “Band Aid”(IFC) — but none looks likely to cross over beyond the big-city arthouse market.
The scariest weekend news: the total lack of response to Ken Loach’s Cannes 2016 Palme d’Or-winner “I, Daniel Blake.” While it’s been a long wait after a year-end qualifying run, it’s shocking that the well-reviewed BAFTA-winner met with near total disinterest.
- Tom Brueggemann
Mexican actor Eugenio Derbez’s latest romp, “How to Be a Latin Lover” is set to become Pantelion Film’s widest release ever in the U.S., likely to more than double the Televisa-Lionsgate joint venture’s release standard of 350 to 400 screens when it opens on April 28.
Videocine, the film distribution arm of Televisa, will be rolling the comedy out to some 2,500 screens in Mexico on May 5.
“We are expecting this film to deliver, it’s got heart and a highly promotable cast,” said Pantelion COO Edward Allen.
Comedy centers on an ageing Latin Lothario, played by Derbez, who’s made a living out of seducing rich, older women. When he’s dumped by his wealthy 80-year old wife for a younger stud, he’s forced to move in with his estranged sister, played by Salma Hayek, and her son with whom he bonds. Other cast members include Raquel Welch, »
- Anna Marie de la Fuente
The Mexican comedy 3 Idiotas will launch in “moderate release on June 2.
Carlos Bolado directs the Spanish-language film based on the 2009 Bollywood blockbuster 3 Idiots (pictured), about three old college friends who set out to find their long-lost pal who taught them to think differently about life.
Greenlight Productions produces 3 Idiotas alongside Neverending Media, BoBo Producciones, Credix, Cutting Edge and Eficine
Miguel Mier, Bernardo Rugama and Jimena Rodríguez produce.
Universal Pictures and DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls 2 will open on April 10, 2020. Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake reprise their roles in the musical comedy sequel to the 2016 animation that grossed $339m worldwide.FilmRise has picked up North American rights to recent Sundance world premiere [link=tt »
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3 Idiotas, a Spanish-language comedy from director Carlos Bolado, has been been slated for a theatrical release by Lionsgate and its Pantelion Films banner. The film about two nerdy friends and their arch rival from college who go in search of a long lost buddy who disappeared on graduation day, will open in a moderate release on June 2 this year. The film, in which the characters relive college life and recall memories of their friend who inspired them to think… »
4 items from 2017
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