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U.S. Movie Ticket Sales Plunged 6% in 2017, Thanks to Lousy Summer

Thanks to the worst summer in a decade, U.S. movie admissions slid 6% last year to 1.24 billion for the lowest number since 1995, the National Association of Theatre Owners (Nato) has reported.

North American box office for the year declined 2.55% to $11.09 billion, Nato said Wednesday. That figure was slightly lower than the $11.12 billion estimate released at the end of the year by box office tracker comScore.

Nato pointed to a summer shortfall without naming titles as the key reason for the declines. The summer saw several high-profile titles such as “The Mummy,” “Baywatch,” “Transformers: the Last Knight,” and “The Dark Tower” perform well under expectations.

“2017 highlighted once again the importance of a balanced, 52 week movie calendar,” Nato said. “A record Q1 (in box office and admissions) was offset by a disappointing summer, with a range of sequels that were not embraced by audiences in the numbers we are accustomed to. Summer 2017 was 92 million admissions short of summer 2016. An
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It Cruises Past $700 Million At The Box Office

If nothing else, It has certainly proven the point about the vastness of the spectrum of Stephen King adaptations. After all, the popularity of the author is by no means a guarantee of quality, as for every Misery or The Shining, there are several Dreamcatchers.

2017 has seen something of a Stephen King flurry across screens both big and small, though, with Gerald’s Game arriving on Netflix, and The Dark Tower and It both creeping into cinemas. While the former landed with a dull thud, It has planted its feet firmly in the realm of success – both critically and commercially.

Muschietti’s ambitious adaptation had been in development for some time before the director climbed aboard, but once he took the reins, he cast Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise – alongside child actors Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer and Wyatt Oleff.

It’s surely this combination of performers,
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Stephen King Explains Why The Characters Of It Are So Endearing

Long before New Line’s It reboot evolved into a true box office monster, Stephen King admitted that he was pleasantly surprised by the end product.

And in a year that served up Gerald’s Game, 1922 and The Dark Tower, that’s an achievement in and of itself, as the latter adaptation is living proof that just because a film carries the King brand doesn’t necessarily guarantee that it’ll be a sure-fire hit – let alone spawn the next Hollywood franchise.

But enough about The Dark Tower; with It now available on Blu-ray and DVD, Pennywise is the talk of the town (again!), so perhaps Bill Skarsgård will have the chance to exorcize his demons, after all? One way or another, Stephen King offered some insight into the creation of the Losers’ Club as part of the film’s special features.

One of the things that I wanted to do in the novel,
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‘Rick and Morty’ Fans Will Have to Wait How Long For Season 4???

They say that good things come to those who wait. And, generally speaking, ‘they’ are right. Movies and TV series take a long time to write, produce and release. When their creators take their time – really work through what they want to say with every episode and every franchise installment – tend to put forward a better product, even if it takes a little bit longer to get juuuust right. Although most fans seem to associate production delays and reshoots as a sign of serious trouble behind the scenes – such as Justice League and The Dark Tower’s shoddy

‘Rick and Morty’ Fans Will Have to Wait How Long For Season 4???
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Box Office: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Holds Off ‘Jumanji’ on New Year’s Weekend

Box Office: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Holds Off ‘Jumanji’ on New Year’s Weekend
In a battle of box office heavyweights, Luke Skywalker just managed to hold off Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as the world rang in another year.

Disney and LucasFilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” retained first place for the four-day New Year’s holiday weekend despite steep competition from Sony’s “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.” “Last Jedi” picked up an estimated $68.4 million, bringing its domestic haul to $533.1 million.

Don’t weep for “Jumanji,” however. The fantasy reboot, which finds Johnson, Jack Black, and Kevin Hart transported into a video game world, has outperformed expectations, picking up a lordly $66.5 million over the holiday weekend. It now has a hefty $185.7 million domestic gross and should continue to draw crowds in 2018. The “Jumanji” sequel has also done well internationally, racking up $350 million worldwide, and has provided a much-needed hit for a studio that has struggled to keep pace with the Disney’s and Warner Bros.’s of the world
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Stephen King thinks the It reboot was so successful due to impeccable timing

Andy Muschietti’s It punched us all in the gut this past September. Honestly, when reading for the first time that Stephen King’s It was being remade into a feature film, who actually thought that it would be good?

For one, horror remakes tend to be fairly awful (we’re looking at you A Nightmare on Elm Street). Secondly, Stephen King adaptations have always been hit, or miss; see this years The Dark Tower for a great example of a Stephen King adaptation gone disappointingly wrong. Of course, then we started getting more information about It through promo’s, interviews, and word-of-mouth seemed good, and well… we know the rest.

It absolutely ‘killed’ it at the box-office this year, and Stephen King has a few ideas for what made the film so successful. Chatting with EW, the writer shared his thoughts:

“I think one of the things that really happened was that 1990 miniseries.
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Movie Biz Banking on Big Franchises (Again) in 2018 to Reverse Box Office Slump

Movie Biz Banking on Big Franchises (Again) in 2018 to Reverse Box Office Slump
At a time when the movie business is undergoing a massive disruption, an early glance at the 2018 schedule looks like there will be plenty of strong reasons for moviegoers to leave home in the next year — maybe even in August, which was a box office wasteland in 2017.

The best bets include four powerful franchise films opening in May and June — “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” and “Deadpool 2” — along with intriguing new properties such as “Red Sparrow,” “Black Panther,” “A Wrinkle in Time,” “Venom” and “Aquaman.” Franchise films abound, including “Fifty Shades Freed,” “The Incredibles 2,” “Mission: Impossible 6” and “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Gindelwald.”

Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst with comScore, said the upcoming May-June corridor is reminiscent of the same period of 2015, when “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Inside Out” and “Jurassic World” all became blockbusters.

“The early summer of 2018 is packed but having a franchise is no guarantee of success
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The Most Disappointing/Worst Films of 2017... In My Opinion

I like a lot of different kinds of movies. I truly do enjoy the movie-going experience. That is why I write a lot of positive reviews. There are a lot of films out there that I enjoy that a lot of people don't. For example, you might find films like The Dark Tower, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, and Ghost in the Shell on a lot of people's "worst of the year" lists. These are films that I actually enjoyed. Yeah, they weren't masterpieces, but I was still entertained by them. 

It takes a lot for me not to like a movie. To make my list of worst films, the movie pretty much has to annoy the hell out of me. The ten films listed below managed to do that. These films made me squirm in my seat and cringe as I watched them.
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20 Biggest Movie Letdowns of 2017: From ‘Life’ to ‘Justice League’ (Photos)

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20 Biggest Movie Letdowns of 2017: From ‘Life’ to ‘Justice League’ (Photos)
2017 in movies also gave us big gambles that didn’t pay off, franchise films that look like they have diminishing returns, and would-be franchises that are unlikely to see a sequel. Here are the 20 biggest movie letdowns of the year. The Dark Tower Stephen King Fans waited for a decade to see the theatrical adaptation of King’s most popular non-horror property and instead got a 90 minute incomprehensible mess that didn’t do the original novels justice. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Filmmaker Luc Besson waited 20 years to finally make his favorite comic. The film is sincere but.
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2017's Worst Movies According to Rotten Tomatoes

It's been one heck of a year for the box office and though there were many bright spots, 2017 just wasn't able to pull it together and it's quite possibly because of a handful of titles on this list of the worst movies of the year according to Rotten Tomatoes. It's important to note that these are all according to the metrics over at Rotten Tomatoes and not a personal attack on movies that took a lot of work and money to get made. Some people will agree with the list and some will not, but it's safe to say that everybody thought that the Emoji Movie was going to be a lot higher on this list.

Number 20 on the list goes to Ghost in the Shell, which is holding strong as the best of the worst movies of 2017 with a 46% rating over at Rotten Tomatoes. The movie was pretty much
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Here’s The Real Problem With The Dark Tower, According To Stephen King

It’s no secret that The Dark Tower is held up as Stephen King’s greatest achievement.

Spanning multiple genres and fantastical worlds, the classic is an eight-part saga that began life in 1982 with The Gunslinger, and after years of false starts and scrapped plans, Sony’s big-budget adaptation finally arrived in theatres back in August. Though the film’s long, meandering journey to the silver screen was public knowledge, many still held out hope that somehow, everything would turn out alright for the trouble production. How wrong they were.

As we now know, The Dark Tower was a complete dud, both financially and critically, failing to impress just about everyone and halting the studio’s plans for a full-blown franchise. Granted, there is some chatter about a sequel moving forward, not to mention that TV series is also apparently still happening. But when it comes to the big screen,
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Disney’s $6 Billion Box Office Gross for 2017 Is Over Half of the Entire Film Industry’s Earnings

It’s no secret that the film industry, on the whole, is hurting. Americans just aren’t going to the movies anymore – or, rather, they aren’t coming in the numbers that studio executives have been banking on in order to recoup the costs of making mega-blockbusters that nobody apparently wants to see. Justice League is expected to lose Warner Bros an astounding $100-150 million dollars. The Mummy’s abject failure to launch may very well have killed the so-called Dark Universe it was supposed to debut. The Dark Tower, which in one movie burned through seven books worth of material in one

Disney’s $6 Billion Box Office Gross for 2017 Is Over Half of the Entire Film Industry’s Earnings
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‘Despicable Me 3’ Top Disc Seller for Second Week

Despite the arrival of two popular new releases, Universal Pictures again topped both national home video sales charts the week ended Dec. 16 with “Despicable Me 3,” the fourth installment in the computer-animated comedy-adventure series produced by Illumination Entertainment.

The film, with a domestic theatrical gross of nearly $265 million, follows the 2015 offshoot “Minions” and is a sequel to 2013’s “Despicable Me 2.” It’s one of three 2017 films to earn more than $1 billion at the box office, worldwide.

Two new releases, 20th Century Fox’s “Kingsmen: The Golden Circle” and HBO’s “Game of Thrones: The Complete Seventh Season,” bowed at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, on Npd VideoScan’s combined DVD/Blu-ray Disc sales chart as well as the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

“Kingsmen” sold 80.6% as many units its first week in stores as “Despicable Me 3” did in its second week of release, Npd research shows, with “Game of Thrones” trailing at 58.2%.

But given the significantly
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Stephen King gives his thoughts on the failure of The Dark Tower

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The past year has seen more than a few Stephen King projects released, including Andy Muschietti's It and Nikolaj Arcel's The Dark Tower. Although It went on to achieve enormous success, The Dark Tower was a disappointment on almost all fronts, bringing Sony's planned franchise to a screeching halt. After so many years spent in development hell, it's certainly a... Read More...
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Stephen King Discusses The Dark Tower Film and Why He Think it Failed

As a fan of Stephen King's The Dark Tower book series, I enjoyed the film that was made. Yeah, it wasn't the masterpiece that I was hoping for but I was still entertained by it. Ultimately, the movie was a disappointment for a lot of people. It failed both critically and at the box office and in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Stephen King offers his thoughts on why:

"The real problem, as far as I’m concerned is, they went in to this movie and I think this was a studio edict, pretty much, this is going to be a PG-13 movie. It’s going to be a tentpole movie. We want to make sure that we get people in there from the ages of, let’s say, 12 right on up to whatever the target age is. Let’s say 12 to 35. That’s what we want. So
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‘Home Alone’ Hijinks Would Kill You In Real Life: New Video Tests Out Kevin McCallister’s Booby Traps — Watch

If you’re a child of the ’90s, chances are you re-enacted a few “Home Alone” scenes in your day (back when unstructured play time was a thing). Whether it’s slapping fake after shave on your babyface or attempting Rube Goldberg arrangements in the living room, Kevin McCallister’s elaborate booby traps were once the envy of every child. Those kids are all grown up now, and they’re making YouTube videos. The brilliant nerds over at Vsauce have recreated Kevin’s traps from the 1990 Christmas classic to see if a human could actually survive a paint can to the face or a crowbar to the chest.

Read More:Stephen King Admits ‘The Dark Tower’ Bombed Because It Was PG-13: ‘They Lost A Lot of the Toughness’

As it turns out, Kevin’s lucky he didn’t end up in juvie. The hapless burglars, played with panache by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern,
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Stephen King Admits ‘The Dark Tower’ Bombed Because It Was PG-13: ‘They Lost A Lot of the Toughness’

Stephen King Admits ‘The Dark Tower’ Bombed Because It Was PG-13: ‘They Lost A Lot of the Toughness’
Stephen King has a lot to be proud of this year, especially the blockbuster success of “It,” but The Dark Tower” adaptation is probably something he’d rather forget. The Nikolaj Arcel-directed film starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey bombed with critics and audiences, earning a 16% on Rotten Tomatoes and only grossing $50 million domestically despite a $60 million budget. IndieWire’s Kate Erbland even gave the adaptation a D+ review, calling it a “disaster of a film.”

Read More:‘The Dark Tower’ Review: Stephen King’s Magnum Opus Is Now a Disaster of a Film

So what exactly went wrong? Stephen King has an idea. The author was interviewed by Entertainment Weekly and didn’t hold back when asked why the film didn’t attract many fans. Although King was vocal about how much he liked the movie prior to the film’s release, he admits that the studio took
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Idris Elba Doesn’t Know Anything About The Dark Tower TV Show

It’s no secret that The Dark Tower is held up as one of author Stephen King’s greatest achievements.

Spanning multiple genres and fantastical worlds, the story is an eight-part saga that began life in 1982 with The Gunslinger, and after years of false starts and scrapped plans, Sony’s big budget adaptation finally arrived in theatres back in August. Though the movie’s long, meandering journey to the silver screen was public knowledge, many still held out hope that somehow, everything would turn out alright for the trouble production. Unfortunately, they were wrong.

As we now know, The Dark Tower proved to be a complete dud, both financially and critically, failing to impress just about everyone and halting the studio’s plans for a full-blown franchise. Or did it? Not too long ago, we learned that a sequel was still being considered and apparently, that planned TV series is still a go as well,
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Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray: recommended discs for Christmas

Den Of Geek Dec 15, 2017

The 4K disc market is slowly expanding - and here are some of the latest highlights...

Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray hasn’t enjoyed close to the success of the DVD or the Blu-ray format, but it’s quietly building itself a niche amongst those who want the highest possible definition physical format. Furthermore, the last few months have seen a growing number of new and catalogue releases, and we’re rounding up some of the highlights here.

Spider-Man legacy boxset

You get five films for your money in this posh box of Spider-Man movies. Sam Raimi’s original trilogy, and Marc Webb’s less-well-received The Amazing Spider-Man films. Sony hasn’t skimped here, either. You get alternative cuts of Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man 3 here alongside the theatrical editions, and some new extras too. A booklet is included in the box, which is a limited edition,
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Woody Harrelson Has Been Cast in Tom Hardy's Venom Movie

According to Variety, Woody Harrelson has been cast in director Ruben Fleischer's Venom movie. He joins the previously cast Tom Hardy, Riz AhmedMichelle Williams, and Jenny Slate. There are no concrete details on who exactly Harrelson is playing, but according to the report, he "will play a henchman of sorts."

The film, which was written by Scott Rosenberg (Jumanji) and Jeff Pinkner (The Dark Tower) is currently in production. Hardy previously talked about the film saying that he will do the character justice and that there is going to be a lot of action and dark humor. He also confirmed that the movie would be inspired by the Venom: Lethal Protector miniseries.

Venom: Lethal Protector was a 1993 six-issue miniseries written by David Michelinie. The story followed Venom moving to San Francisco after he and Spider-Man made a truce. 

Once in San Francisco, Venom is hunted down by the Life Foundation,
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