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“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is on track for its second straight box office win with Friday night pulling in $16.4 million at 4,347 theaters despite debuts from both “King Arthur” and “Snatched.” It is expected to amass a total of $63.5 by weekend’s end.
Saturday estimates show Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn’s “Snatched” through 20th Century Fox barely beating Warner Bros.’ “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” starring Jude Law and Charlie Hunnam this mother’s day weekend. “Snatched” took in an estimated $5 million from 3,501 theaters Friday night. “King Arthur” managed to attract a slightly higher number of $5.3 million from 3,702 theaters, but it is still projected to place third after tallying the three day totals.
“Snatched” is expected to make $16 million from its premiere while “King Arthur”‘s potential numbers continue to fall — it »
- JD Knapp
Motion Picture Association of America chairman-ceo Chris Dodd will not be going to CinemaCon this year due to a scheduling conflict.
It will mark the first time in quite a few years that the MPAA chief will not be giving his state-of-the-industry speech at the annual gathering of exhibitors and studios at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. John Fithian, president of the National Association of Theater Owners, remains on the schedule for March 28.
An MPAA spokesman confirmed Monday that Dodd — Hollywood’s chief lobbyist — would not appear but did not elaborate on the nature of the scheduling conflict. Dodd, who served five terms as a Democratic U.S. Senator from Connecticut, came on board to run the MPAA as the successor to Dan Glickman, who had served from 2004 to 2010. Glickman succeeded the late Jack Valenti, whose flamboyant speechmaking was a highlight of the industry confab, formerly called ShoWest.
- Dave McNary
Chris Meledandri, founder and CEO of Illumination, has been tapped for the CinemaCon Producer of the Year Award.
The award will be presented on March 30 at the closing night of Cinemacon at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
Illumination — the production company behind “Minions,” “Sing,” “The Secret Life of Pets,” and the “Despicable Me” franchise — is owned by NBCUniversal. Its films have grossed more than $4.5 billion at the worldwide box office, led by “Minions” at $1.16 billion.
Illumination’s upcoming titles include “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch and set for November of 2018; “The Secret Life of Pets 2” in July of 2019; “Minions 2” in July of 2020; and “Sing 2” in December of 2020.
“Chris and his team at Illumination have brought to life some of the most creative and whimsical worlds for audiences of all ages,” said managing director Mitch Neuhauser. “With its astonishing box-office success, his company continues »
- Dave McNary
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