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Ricky Gervais, Hugh Laurie & More of Hollywood’s British Community Shocked About Brexit Vote

22 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Many of Britain’s notable entertainment figures were shocked upon hearing that the country had decided to pull itself from the European Union. Thursday’s vote on Brexit – the name given to the decision if the United Kingdom should remain a member of the E.U. – resulted in 52 percent in favor of departing and 48 percent wanting to stay.

The bitterly divided nation’s choice could leave the county’s economy and government in disarray and unleash unforeseen consequences that have many in Hollywood worried. The results of the referendum resulted in a slew of negative feelings from the entertainment industry’s well-known players. Ricky Gervais posted various comments on Twitter, even joking about Donald Trump.

The UK may be in economic crisis but at least Donald Trump has turned up.

Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) June 24, 2016

Terrible day for Britain. Great day for Twitter though. So, every cloud.

Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) June 24, 2016

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British Notables in Entertainment React to Brexit Vote: ‘Goodbye, U.K.’

24 June 2016 3:45 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

“Goodbye, U.K.” That’s how “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling summed up her reaction to the shock of Britain’s vote to withdraw from the European Union.

The results of the referendum dubbed “Brexit” by British media sent notable figures from entertainment and media to social media to express their feelings. The general sentiment among showbizzers vocal on social media tilted toward negative, after a divisive campaign and vote that fell along generational and partisan lines.

Related Content British Prime Minister David Cameron Resigns

The Late Late Show” host James Corden was among those questioning how the decision will impact future generations. “I’m so sorry to the youth of Britain,” Corden said via Twitter. “I fear you’ve been let down today.”

There was much discussion about how the decision would ultimately affect prices and dealmaking for British companies. As actor Hugh Laurie observed via Twitter: “England fans will be paying 25 quid for a bottle »

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The Geek Beat: 5 Video Game Movies That Deserve Another Look

22 June 2016 9:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Movies based on video games have generally had a tough time winning over audiences – particularly in the U.S. However, as Warcraft is currently reminding us, international audiences are an entirely different matter. Despite poor reviews and a dismal box-office performance in U.S. theaters, Moon director Duncan Jones' adaptation of the popular fantasy game franchise has become a bona fide hit overseas, and now reigns supreme as the highest-grossing movie based on a video game ever made – and it's only been in theaters two weeks. Still, the buzz – both negative and positive – surrounding Warcraft has put the spotlight back on video game movies, and there's been no shortage of pundits, pessimists, and prognosticators willing to declare movies...

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Destroy All Monsters: Warcraft Sucks, But Fantasy Doesn't

22 June 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Recipient of the Matt Brown "Monumental Drop" Award for most deserving second-weekend plunge, Duncan Jones' Warcraft already looks like an afterthought. Rightly so: Warcraft's terrible. Absolutely terrible. It makes Krull look like Dragonslayer. Makes Dragonslayer look like Willow. Makes Willow look like The Hobbit. Makes The Hobbit look like The Lord of the Rings. I mention Warcraft's lineage in the post-Star Wars fantasy blockbuster world only to point out that it's part of a cycle - one with varying degrees of silliness. But even having mentioned Star Wars, the real sea change came - of course - with The Fellowship of the Ring in 2001. That was the quantum leap the genre had spent decades waiting for (The Two Towers, and Gollum, would come the...

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Can fantasy films escape Lord Of The Rings' shadow?

21 June 2016 4:18 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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The world of J.R.R. Tolkien, brought to the screen by Peter Jackson, continues to cast a shadow over fantasy cinema...

One realm to rule them all. One realm to find them, one realm to bring them all and in the darkness bind them, in the land of Middle-earth where the shadows lie.

Now, far be it from me to ever describe Middle-earth as a dark shadow over anything, but for everyone else trying to make a mega-hit fantasy film, the very thought of competing with Peter Jackson’s adaptations of The Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit must seem the equivalent of toppling literal evil on Earth.

It seems that any time a big-budget fantasy flick is released, they get sneered at as generic, lacking the richness of detail or story compared to Lord Of The Rings.

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"Warcraft" Is Highest Grossing Game-To-Film

21 June 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

When it comes to the "Warcraft" film, you couldn't get a more stark difference between the way U.S. and overseas audiences have reacted to it.

The $160 million-budgeted fantasy epic closed out its second weekend domestically with a total of just $37 million. It opened to a mere $24 million and plummeted 73% in its second weekend to $6.5 million - never a good sign. Critics are equally unimpressed with Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes scores around the 30% mark.

Overseas audiences on the other hand, especially in China, are lapping it up to the point that it actually has become the most successful video game movie of all time.

"Warcraft" has earned $339 million from outside the U.S., which accounts for 90% of its total, and over $200 million of that is from China alone. That is extreme, even other films that have flopped domestically and been hits overseas are usually a 25-30% domestic/70-75% international split »

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Warcraft Is The Most Successful Video Game Movie Ever

21 June 2016 1:45 AM, PDT | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

It’s safe to say we were disappointed by Duncan JonesWarcraft, the video game adaption that could have turned the tide of awful games turned movies. It didn’t, proving to be a boring, incredibly bloated affair. If you look a the box office numbers in America, where it barely scraped together $37 million of it’s $160 million budget, you can see a lot of people (who aren’t hardcore Warcraft fans) thought the same, and you could call the movie a flop with a 73% drop off on its second weekend. But if you turn your eyes to the international markets, the exact opposite turns out to be the case, with it’s international haul coming to $377 million, beating out Prince of Persia: Sands of Time’s $335 million gross and Tomb Raider’s $275 million. The bulk of this haul, $200 million in fact, comes from China, which isn’t a »

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Despite Underperforming Domestically, Warcraft Is The Most Successful Video Game Movie Ever

20 June 2016 8:31 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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Having earned only $37 million during its first two weekends in North America, you might think that the big screen adaptation of Warcraft – which cost $160 million to make a reality – should be considered a flop. In all honesty, that’s a pretty terrible result, but it turns out that the Duncan Jones helmed release is in actual fact the most successful video game movie of all-time.

After making $339 million internationally, Warcraft is now closing in on $400 million as it has a current haul of an impressive $377 million. Amazingly, over $200 million of that has come from China, but the fact that roughly 90% of what it’s made has come from outside of the Us is still surprising. However, regardless of where the money came from, Warcraft may have now earned more than enough to warrant a sequel being given the green light.

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Warcraft Is Now the Biggest Video Game Movie of All-Time

20 June 2016 2:43 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Hollywood has been trying to crack the code on video game movies for a very long time, but the results have been mixed at best. 2016 seems to be marking a turning point in some ways, with The Angry Birds Movie having done very well and Assassin's Creed is looking to hopefully generate a more critic friendly video game adaptation in December. All eyes are on Warcraft right now though, and poor reviews be damned, because it is now the highest grossing video game movie of all time.

According to Box Office Mojo, Warcraft is nearing the $380 million mark worldwide and that puts it well above the previous record holder, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. What is perhaps most interesting about the success that the Warcraft movie is currently enjoying is that the movie has absolutely tanked domestically. As of right now, it hasn't even crossed $40 million in North »

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‘Warcraft’ Is the Most Successful Video Game Movie of All Time

20 June 2016 2:30 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

If you live in the U.S., you might reasonably have assumed that Duncan Jones‘ Warcraft was an epic flop. After all, it’s scraped together a paltry $37 million in its first two weekends playing at home — a mere fraction of the $160 million it cost to make. But you’d be wrong. In truth, not only is Warcraft […]

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‘Warcraft’s Rob Kazinsky Signs With UTA

20 June 2016 10:35 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: Rob Kazinsky, the EastEnders veteran who plays Orgrim Doomhammer in Legendary and Universal's video game to film adaptation Warcraft, has signed with UTA. The Duncan Jones-helmed pic has made $377.6 million since being released this month — $205 million alone in China after this weekend. Kazinsky’s film credits include another Legendary pic, Pacific Rim, for Warner Bros as well as Warners’ comedy Hot Pursuit. On the TV side, he toplined the Fox series Second Cha… »

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‘Warcraft’s Rob Kazinsky Signs With UTA

20 June 2016 10:35 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Rob Kazinsky, the EastEnders veteran who plays Orgrim Doomhammer in Legendary and Universal's video game to film adaptation Warcraft, has signed with UTA. The Duncan Jones-helmed pic has made $377.6 million since being released this month — $205 million alone in China after this weekend. Kazinsky’s film credits include another Legendary pic, Pacific Rim, for Warner Bros as well as Warners’ comedy Hot Pursuit. On the TV side, he toplined the Fox series Second Cha… »

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Warcraft is now the biggest video game movie of all-time

20 June 2016 4:40 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Last week we reported how The Angry Birds Movie had become the second biggest video game movie of all-time and theorised it would overtake Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time in the coming weeks. Well it looks like we were a little off base as the worldwide screenings of Warcraft have propelled it to the number one position.

In its second week of domestic release Warcraft dropped an incredible 71% to only take just $6 million, failing to compete against horror sequel The Conjuring 2 and animated juggernaut Finding Dory. However the film is still playing amazingly overseas – in China especially – and it made another $41 million worldwide over the weekend. This brings its total to $377 million, finally knocking Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time from the number one position its held for so long.

The Angry Birds Movie is now the third biggest video game movie of all-time, sitting $10 million »

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China Box Office: 'Warcraft' Marches Past $200M, 'Finding Dory' Debuts to Solid $17.5M

20 June 2016 1:05 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Legendary Entertainment's Warcraft suffered huge attrition during its second weekend charge at Chinese cinemas, but the local sensation still managed to top Pixar's Finding Dory, which debuted in the Middle Kingdom on Friday. { "nid": 904546, "type": "manual_chart", "title": "International Weekend 6/19/16", "path": "http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/manual-chart/international-weekend-6-19-16", "relative-path": "/manual-chart/international-weekend-6-19-16" } The Duncan Jones-directed video game adaptation earned $23.5 million in its second Friday-Sunday frame (including a solid $8 million on Sunday), which represents a 64 percent drop from last weekend’s $65 million three-day weekend total. Warcraft

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Bo report: Finding Dory swims well clear of Warcraft, Me Before You

19 June 2016 7:07 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Finding Dory

Disney-Pixar.s Finding Dory debuted well on top of the Australian box office last week, ringing up over a whopping $10 million.

Duncan Jones.s Warcraft: The Beginning followed behind, opening to $3.4 million. Romantic drama Me Before You, starring Emilia Clarke and Sam Clafin, also bowed this week on 230 screens, raking in $2.8 million over the weekend to sit in third. James Wan.s horror flick The Conjuring 2 fell 42 per cent in its second week, bringing its total gross to $7.2 million.

Now You See Me 2 also fell over 50 per cent, now on a total of $7.7 million after three weeks. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of The Shadows dropped 61 per cent, sitting on $4.6 million after two weeks, while Taiki Waititi's Hunt for the Wilderpeople fell 32 per cent in its fourth week, taking in $802,535 over the weekend to bring its total to $5.52 million. Jodie Foster.s Money Monster took in $772,329 over the weekend. »

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Here's what's working about 'Warcraft'

15 June 2016 4:47 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Duncan Jones' Warcraft is heading into its second weekend in the United States, after a somewhat lackluster domestic debut. Though the film has already earned $280 million in foreign box office sales.  In very broad terms, fans of the Blizzard Entertainment game are responding enthusiastically to the adaptation, while critics have been left wanting more. (Warcraft has 26% on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.)  There is one aspect of Warcraft that few have mentioned but bears pulling out. Here's what Warcraft is getting right (in addition to satisfying fans): It's created an inclusive universe in a very organic way. In Paula Patton (Garona) and Ruth Negga (Lady Taria) it has two women of color in leading roles. Additionally, the film includes a bi-racial family that doesn't require explanation nor calling out. Lady Taria is sister to Travis Fimmel's Lothar. Perhaps most refreshing of all is that these are two very distinct female characters, yet both are heroic and strong. Patton's Orc is very much a warrior, while Negga is a gentle but savvy Queen who moves to save her people with alliances and compassionate -- but smart -- power moves.  Donna Dickens and Roth Cornet discuss what Jones' film got right in the video at the top of this page or below. Take a look and chat with us here or on Twitter. Roth: @RothCornet Donna: @DonnaDickens Warcraft is in theaters now. »

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The Collider Podcast: Episode 50 – ‘Warcraft’

15 June 2016 1:47 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Matt and Adam discuss Duncan Jones' video game adaptation. »

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Duncan Jones’ Awkward ‘Warcraft’ Interview: Director Handles Rude Questions In Video

15 June 2016 9:14 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Warcraft” has shocked the industry, surprising everyone with how much of a box office success it has been oversees. The $160-million film opened in the Us with a disappointing $24 million, but in its first five days in China made $156 million.

Critics slammed the video game adaptation, giving it some of the worst reviews, but that didn’t stop fans from heading to theaters. While the film’s director, Duncan Jones, has told haters to “chill out, it’s just a movie,” he also recently had an awkward interview where his movie was torn in pieces right in front of him.

Read More: Why Hollywood Should Worry About ‘Warcraft’ Despite Chinese Box Office

Interviewed by BBC journalist, Adam Rosser, he asked Jones if he would be disappointed if he pretty much didn’t get the sense of the movie and that the film was just “moments in a space and didn’t know how they fit together.” Handling it like a pro, Jones talked about how fans who play the game will better understand it, given that they know the universe. Though, for those who haven’t played the Blizzard Entertainment game, he added that they might also find it enjoyable.

The reporters kept going at it, asking him if maybe he wasn’t the right director for the film and critiquing his work right in front of him. Through all of this, Jones handled it like a champ.

Read More: Duncan Jones Takes Aim At ‘Warcraft’ Critics: ‘Chill Out’ If You Don’t Like It

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Related storiesWhy Hollywood Should Worry About 'Warcraft' Despite Chinese Box OfficeJackie Chan: Why He Thinks 'Warcraft' Box Office Success In China Has 'Scared The Americans'Top 10 Takeaways: Why Horror Sequel 'The Conjuring 2' Beat 'Warcraft' »

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Why Hollywood Should Worry About ‘Warcraft’ Despite Chinese Box Office

14 June 2016 11:36 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

A $160-million film with a $24 million opening weekend is usually a stomach-lurching experience for its studios and producers. That’s not the story with Duncan Jones’ “Warcraft” (Legendary/Universal), which opened poorly in North America (after execrable reviews), but is a huge international hit—mostly in burgeoning market China.

However, while Wanda-owned financier Legendary and global distributor Universal are heaving sighs of relief, the real story is more worrisome for American exhibitors.

Warcraft” is a videogame adaptation. That concept doesn’t do much for domestic audiences; not so, worldwide. In China, which is home for half of the 5 million people who play the World of Warcraft game, the film opened June 8, two days ahead of North America and on 67% of China’s 39,000 screens. Timed for public holiday the Dragon Boat Festival, it yielded $156 million in five days. “Warcraft” topped the box office and could outstrip the current Hollywood top-grosser in China, »

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Why Hollywood Should Worry About ‘Warcraft’ Despite Chinese Box Office

14 June 2016 11:36 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

A $160-million film with a $24 million opening weekend is usually a stomach-lurching experience for its studios and producers. That’s not the story with Duncan Jones’ “Warcraft” (Legendary/Universal), which opened poorly in North America (after execrable reviews), but is a huge international hit—mostly in burgeoning market China.

However, while Wanda-owned financier Legendary and global distributor Universal are heaving sighs of relief, the real story is more worrisome for American exhibitors.

Warcraft” is a videogame adaptation. That concept doesn’t do much for domestic audiences; not so, worldwide. In China, which is home for half of the 5 million people who play the World of Warcraft game, the film opened June 8, two days ahead of North America and on 67% of China’s 39,000 screens. Timed for public holiday the Dragon Boat Festival, it yielded $156 million in five days. “Warcraft” topped the box office and could outstrip the current Hollywood top-grosser in China, “Furious 7.” (Legendary owner Wanda is a major exhibitor in China, so they are reporting some of these numbers.)

Hong Kong star Jackie Chan, a global box office draw in both the West and the East, loves the idea that as the China box office outstrips North America, Hollywood will no longer call the shots. As he told The Hollywood Reporter, “If we can make a film that earns 10bn [yuan], then people from all over the world who study film will learn Chinese, instead of us learning English.”

On the one hand, money is money. So what if the domestic gross is less than 10% of the total foreign take?

Read More: Top 10 Takeaways: Why Horror Sequel ‘The Conjuring 2’ Beat ‘Warcraft

On the other hand… this marks a huge loss for theater owners across the country. And if top movies continue to place greater value on their  foreign appeal — with more financing from Chinese and other international investors — American audiences become less important, and so do the theaters that serve them. (AMC, soon to be the largest North American theater chain, is also Chinese-owned; at least the Chinese have some stake in their American prosperity.)

“Hollywood is certainly looking globally,” wrote National Association of Theater Owners spokesman Patrick Corcoran in an email, “and trying to hit big in as many markets as possible… As Hollywood swings for the fences worldwide, we need more titles that are aimed at a domestic audience in particular. Just as international markets with strong local film industries in addition to Hollywood product tend to be better performing markets, we need a strong local industry, too. A broader mix of movies creates more opportunities to reach audiences and provides some insulation when the planned home runs don’t quite make it out of the infield.”

 

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