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Paramount’s “Star Trek Beyond” is dominating the U.S. box office, blasting off for an impressive weekend of as much as $60 million at 3,928 locations, early estimates showed Friday.
It’s a solid start for the 13th film in the durable franchise, following a summer that’s seen notably disappointing performances from several sequels.
That negative trend appears to be dragging down Fox’s animated comedy “Ice Age: Collision Course,” which looks to under-perform in the $22 million range at 3,992 venues. The fifth “Ice Age” movie may wind up trailing the third weekend of “Secret Life of Pets” and the second weekend of “Ghostbusters” in a battle for second place.
New Line’s low-cost horror-thriller “Lights Out” is overperforming with initial estimates showing a debut between $15 million and $20 million at 2,818 sites.
“Star Trek Beyond,” the third film in the rebooted sci-fi series, opens Friday at 3,928 sites and appears to be performing in line with projections. »
- Dave McNary
We look at the data around this subpar summer.
Summer is the perfect time for massive blockbusters to hit theaters and rake in the cash. School is out, the days are longer and hotter, and the movie theaters offer a cool and relaxing escape. Except, 2016’s summer offerings have been pretty underwhelming, both critically and financially. People weren’t exactly lining up to score tickets to one of the many dismal sequels released this summer (looking at you Alice Through the Looking Glass) and even the critical hits (The Shallows, anyone?) failed to connect with audiences. Box office returns are down 22% compared to where we were this time last year. comScore box office analyst Paul Dergarabedian said that “there is no question that the summer of 2016 thus far has been a bit of a bummer, with the underperformers outnumbering the over-performers.” Ouch.
So where have we seen the box office breakouts this year? Well »
- Erica Bahrenburg
Debuting exclusively on Google Play today for free (for a limited time) is the paranormal thriller, Ghost Team. The movie will arrive in theaters nationwide on August 12th. Also: a new clip was released for Viral as well as a trailer, poster, and release details For the Love of Spock documentary.
Ghost Team Google Play Release Details: Press Release: “Get prepared for paranormal activity this summer with Ghost Team featuring an all-star ensemble cast that includes Jon Heder, David Krumholtz, Melonie Diaz, Paul W. Downs, Justin Long and Amy Sedaris. The horror comedy, directed, produced and co-written by Oliver Irving (How To Be), debuts today, July 21st, exclusively on Google Play for free for a limited time* before it hits theaters nationwide on August 12th. The film expands to additional on demand platforms on August 30th.
Determined to catch some ghosts on film, a paranormal-obsessed man (Jon Heder) mounts his »
- Tamika Jones
Profits crawled ahead by just 1% and margins slipped at IMAX China, despite revenues bounding ahead by 26% in the first six months of the year.
A weak box office performance was blamed on exceptional comparisons. But IMAX China’s face was largely saved by a strong inflow of orders for new screens.
The company, which is a separate Hong Kong-listed subsidiary of IMAX Corp., recorded gross revenues of $55.1 million in the half, compared with $43.9 million in the comparable January to June period last year. Adjusted profits were $18.6 million, compared with $18.3 million.
The company’s Greater China box office was $180.5 million representing a 3% increase over the first half of 2015. In local currency terms its gross box office was up 10%. That was below the average for the market, which was up a reported 21%. The company did not have Chinese record-breaking movie “The Mermaid” in IMAX format. It also said that comparisons with a »
- Patrick Frater
The level of hatred lobbied against 2016's Ghostbusters is enough to suggest that it should be an extremely controversial film, yet it is totally benign. What is really going on?
The trolls are taking over. Not long ago, they were restricted to just the comments section on posted articles, typically political in nature. And then, suddenly, everything became offensive to their tender little minds. Gradually, they took over the forums, spewing their judgemental rhetoric at anyone who threatened their sphere of fragile existence. Celebrities joined twitter to communicate with their fans, only to get lambasted by foul-mouthed keyboard jockeys. Suddenly the life choices of the famous were open for commentary by anyone with a smart phone and some free time.
Everyone with an internet connection now feels that their opinions are more important than everyone else's’. There was GamerGate, and then video game developers received death threats for delays, and »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
I’d say “I can’t believe they made another xXx movie,” but in a year where we’ve gotten sequels for everything from Independence Day: Resurgence to Snow White and the Huntsman, of freaking course they made another xXx movie. After all, Vin Diesel is bigger now than he’s ever been, but even he can’t make another Fast and the Furious movie every year. Why not squeeze […]
The post ‘xXx: Return of Xander Cage’ Trailer Promises “Guns, Girls, Global Domination” appeared first on /Film. »
- Angie Han
Simon Brew Jul 21, 2016
Simon Mayo is a man of many talents. To cinema folk, he's one of the two voices behind Wittertainment, the BBC's flagship film programme (wassup, etc). To others, he plays choice songs on Radio 2. To me: he was also chairman of Melchester Rovers. And to a growing number of people, he's the author of some really fine works of fiction.
His latest, Blame, sees him heading into the world of Young Adult. And over a hot drink (him: civilised green tea, me: coffee caffeine rocket fuel concoction, no biscuits) we had a chat about what could almost be an accidental shift into non-fiction...
The last time I interviewed you I messed up my opening question when I tried to follow the Simon Mayo interview handbook, but I think I’ve got this nailed now. »
Monster Smash-Ups by Scary Tales Publishing is a 40-page horror anthology comic that features mash-ups between the likes of a swamp creature and zombies. We have details on the first issue, which even includes a story written by Nicola Cuti. Also in today’s Horror Highlights: a new clip from the film Viral and cover artwork and first details for Glitterbomb.
Scary Tales Publishing Announces Debut of Monster Smash-Ups: Press Release: “Los Angeles, Calif., July 15, 2016. Indie horror comic label Scary Tales Publishing has announced the publication of their newest horror anthology comic magazine, “Monster Smash-ups”. This new 40-page magazine format comic book was inspired by the classic Warren Publishing B&W horror comic mags of yesterday. The premier issue even includes a story written by frequent Warren contributor, comic legend, Nicola Cuti. Each of the six stories has its own unique style and was illustrated by a different artist, from »
- Tamika Jones
Here's your estimated 3-day box office returns (new releases bolded): 1. The Secret Life of Pets - $50.5 million ($203.1 million total) 2. Ghostbusters - $46.0 million ($46.0 million total) 3. The Legend of Tarzan - $11.1 million ($103.0 million total) 4. Finding Dory - $11.0 million ($445.5 million total) 5. Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates - $7.5 million ($31.3 million total) 6. The Purge: Election Year - $6.0 million ($71.0 million total) 7. Central Intelligence - $5.3 million ($117.5 million total) 8. The Infiltrator - $5.2 million ($6.7 million total) 9. The Bfg - $3.7 million ($47.3 million total) 10. Independence Day: Resurgence - $3.4 million ($98.5 million total) The Big Stories Ever since the announcement of Paul Feig's all-female reboot of...
- Erik Childress
Last summer, the New York Times reported that Steven Spielberg and Barack Obama were discussing ways to “develop a narrative” after the president left office. While Obama’s late-game approval ratings could create a great crowd-pleaser, our current election season is more like something directed by Lars Von Trier — deeply disturbing, but so sensationally realized it’s impossible to look away.
All political candidates define campaigns by the stories they choose to tell about themselves, and so we expect homilies that limn their humility, dedication, and leadership. This season, however, has devolved into an unnerving thrill ride rich with powerful images and unexpected twists, not to mention an absurd showdown between two characters who are more distinctive than any movie star working today.
The unlikely rise of Donald Trump has left all sides agape. Menacing supervillain to some, bold truth-teller to others, this “Cheeto Jesus” defines himself with assaultive bluster »
- Eric Kohn
Fresh off a big movie year with "Independence Day: Resurgence," Brent Spiner is ready to part ways with a home he owns on a Hollywood-famous beach.Spiner has put a "for sale" sign in front of his three-bedroom, five-bathroom abode near Point Dume Beach in Malibu, California. All it will cost you is $10.9 million.The Spanish-style home sits on a one-acre lot in the resort area, according to The Hollywood Reporter, surrounded by trees of all kinds. It's a little more than 5,000 square feet, and includes an upstairs office that could be converted into a fourth bedroom. But the master bedroom is the centerpiece of the house, which offers not only an ocean view, but a fireplace, a deck, and what the trade publication called a "luxurious spa bathroom."Spiner, of course, is best known to fans as Data »
The Secret Life of Pets is the top draw for a second week in a row; though it dropped to an estimated $50.6 million in revenue, it managed to keep Ghostbusters in a second-place finish with an estimated $46 million. The $144 million production did open to critical praise, but with the news that the film will not be released in China (and the months-long controversy spawned by its original release trailer), it does have a long road ahead to make back its costs. The Legend of Tarzan, in the meantime, despite three weekends in the top three slots, is still struggling to make any progress in worldwide gross, even with an estimated $11.1 million weekend.
Finding Dory landed in fourth with an estimated $11 million, but the film has now become the highest domestic-grossing animated film of all-time (though worldwide it still lags behind several other luminaries, including Zootopia), earning $445.5 million in the United States alone. »
- Seth Paul
Trailing closely behind was Finding Dory, which had spent the prior four weeks on top. The Pixar film tumbled 53 per cent over the weekend to fetch just under $2.4 million, bringing its cume to a whopping $45 million.
Central Intelligence, starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, fell 47 per cent over the weekend, pulling in $1.7 million. The action comedy, showing on 230 screens, has grossed $13.2 million in three weeks.
Another comedy, Jake Szymanski's Mike & Dave Need »
- Jackie Keast
Heading into this weekend at the box office, it was expected to be a very close race between last weekend's winner The Secret Life of Pets and Sony Pictures' Ghostbusters reboot. As it turned out, both movies came in a bit under their weekend projections, but it still remained a close race, with The Secret Life of Pets coming out on top with $50.5 million in its second weekend in theaters. Ghostbusters wasn't too far behind, though, with a solid opening weekend of $46 million.
We were predicting that Secret Life of Pets will drop 40%, which would would put its second weekend total at $62.5 million, since most animated movies don't drop as much as other summer blockbusters. Box Office Mojo reports that The Secret Life of Pets dropped 51.5% with a healthy $11,541 per-screen average. This animated comedy has now taken in an impressive $203.1 million domestically and another $50.8 million internationally for a worldwide total of $253.9 million. »
Hollywood is vexed by the lack of home runs at the box office this summer. But there is a bright spot amidst countless forecasts of trouble for the film industry. Two of the biggest smashes of the season so far, Disney’s “Finding Dory” and Universal Studios’ “The Secret Life of Pets,” are a reminder that animation is the one genre that seems to be unstoppable at the movies.
Beyond their reliance on pixelated performances, “Dory” and “Pets” share another similarity. They are both stories centered on animals that yammer about their personal lives, bicker and act like human beings. Against a questionable year of ticket sales, where even movie stars like Johnny Depp and George Clooney have come up short, audiences seem to prefer their personalities with tails.
These cuddly creatures are serving as an antidote to dark times in the world. Some executives in Hollywood are starting to »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Friday AM Update: Sony's Ghostbusters reboot brought in an estimated $3.4 million from Thursday night previews. Green Lantern also kicked off its Thursday with $3.4 million before opening with $53.1 million, X-Men: First Class started with $3.37 million on Thursday and opened with $55 million and The Great Gatsby brought in $3.25 million and opened with $50 million. For director Paul Feig and star Melissa McCarthy that's an improvement over the last two R-rated collaborations, which saw Spy bring in $1.6 million on Thursday followed by a $29 million opening and The Heat, which brought in $1 million on Thursday and opened with $39.7 million. From a PG-13 perspective, a few other films that had similar Thursday performances include Pacific Rim ($3.6m Thursday, $37.2m opening), Independence Day: Resurgence ($4m/$41m), Warcraft ($3.1m/$24.1m) and San Andreas ($3.1m/$54.5m). Given the wide variety of comparisons it's tough to gain much insight, though an opening over $40 million still seems likely. We'll be back tomorrow with Friday estimates, »
- Brad Brevet <email@example.com>
Simon Brew Jul 14, 2016
Wondering why that big film review hasn’t landed yet? It might just be because an embargo's in force. Here's more...
On February 13th 2013, 20th Century Fox held its one and only UK press screening for its then-big new release, A Good Day To Die Hard. The film was due in cinemas the following day, so already Fox was leaving it to the last minute to show the film to press. But then, tellingly, it scheduled the start of the press screening for 9.30pm (as opposed to the usual 6.30pm start for most evening press screenings in the UK).
It also put in place an embargo of one minute past midnight.
Now: the film itself finished at just gone 11pm, so that left just an hour before people could post their reviews. Many saw this as damage limitation from Fox, and I’m one of them. How many people, »
Titan Books releases a massive coffee table book featuring the art of the Independence Day sequel. The 2016 summer blockbuster season has descended upon us and has already swept us up into wallet draining frenz, a frenzy that also saw the return of those nasty, White House destroying alien beasties from ID4 in the 20…
The post Book Review: The Art & Making Of Independence Day: Resurgence appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Chris Alexander
Can studios really expect theater audiences to keep coming back to old franchises decades after their original release? Looking at data over the last couple decades, the answer has become a resounding yes. This is an in-depth look at why that is.
We all know that sequels are rarely better than the original film. And sequels of sequels tend to be even worse. Audiences are aware of this fact, which is why traditionally sequels usually gross less in theaters than the original film. If audiences don’t respond to the sequel as well as the original film, they are less inclined to see it more than once, or tell their friends to go see it.
It becomes a matter of diminishing returns; studios try to eke out as much business from one franchise before it no longer makes financial sense to release another sequel. And with each sequel making less money, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
After a lackluster 4th of July holiday at the box office, Universal's animated comedy The Secret Life of Pets breathed new life into the sagging summer season last weekend with a whopping $104.3 million. This surprise hit will face two newcomers this Friday, Sony's Ghostbusters reboot and Broad Green Pictures' The Infiltrator, starring Bryan Cranston. If our predictions are accurate, it should be a close call at the box office, with Ghostbusters just barely beating out The Secret Life of Pets with $64 million.
Animated films don't normally suffer huge drops like many summer blockbusters, so we're predicting that Secret Life of Pets will drop 40%, which would would put its second weekend total at $62.5 million. Of course, with the top two so close together, it could very well turn out the other way around, with The Secret Life of Pets repeating atop the box office, so we'll have to wait and see. »
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