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The WWII drama has been performing above expectations during its run so far, having accumulated $366 million worldwide, including $156.3 million in the Us, and a mighty $58 million in the UK.
However, Nolan’s latest has yet to be released in China, the second biggest market in the world. The director has a big following in the country and he will be hoping that can translate into big numbers for his critically acclaimed feature.
The director is set to visit Beijing, and rumours of his visit to the city have been met with “considerable fan excitement” on Chinese social media according to Warner Bros. (via THR).
Nolan will be attending a press conference in the Chinese capital city on August 21, which will then be followed by the premiere of Dunkirk on August 22.
This will be Nolan’s first trip to the capital, »
- Samuel Brace
Newly minted Paramount Players has landed its first project, winning a bidding war for the movie rights to the book “Vacation Guide to the Solar System.”
Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley, who most recently scripted “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” will produce and adapt the book written by Olivia Koski, head of operations for Guerilla Science, and Jana Grcevich, an astronomer who has presented at the Hayden Planetarium.
The project is inspired by Koski and Grcevich’s work with Guerilla Science on the Intergalactic Travel Bureau, a retro futuristic pop-up travel agency that plans vacations to space for the public.
New Paramount Players Chief Brian Robbins Talks Strategy for the Digital Age
Paramount Players said Thursday that the story is set 50 years in the future when tourism within our solar system has become almost routine, a family trip turns into a life or death struggle to return to Earth when something goes terribly wrong. The »
- Dave McNary
Paramount Players has acquired its first project. In competitive bidding, the division hatched by Brian Robbins acquired the book Vacation Guide To The Solar System, which will be adapted by Spider-Man: Homecoming scribes Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley. It’s based on the book by Olivia Koski, head of operations for Guerilla Science, and Jana Grcevich, an astronomer who has presented at the Hayden Planetarium. It was inspired by Koski and Grcevich’s work with… »
Marvel illustrator Ryan Meinerding has taken to Twitter to share three pieces of concept art from Spider-Man: Homecoming featuring the scene where Spidey becomes entangled in his web parachute after being dropped above a lake by The Vulture; check them out here…
A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened. »
- Amie Cranswick
War for the Planet of the Apes has landed a September China release date.
The latest Apes movie has gone down well with fans and critics alike, and has managed to bring in $313.9 million from the territories it has so far been released in.
Of course, China is a huge market in today’s movie economy, being second only to the Us. So the Matt Reeves film will be pleased to finally have its release date for this lucrative part of the world, arriving to Chinese cinemas on September 15.
This date comes about two months after its Us domestic bow, where it has so far earned $137.6 million, and about three weeks after China’s summer blackout period which bars Hollywood movies from being shown.
- Samuel Brace
Thor: Ragnarok just got a little more magical. We've known for a while that Benedict Cumberbatch was set to appear in the upcoming Thor movie, as revealed by one of the post-credits scenes from Doctor Strange, but he has yet to be featured in any of the marketing for the movie. Until now. A brand new Japanese trailer for Thor: Ragnarok has arrived online that features an appearance by none other than the Sorcerer Supreme himself.
The new Thor: Ragnarok trailer arrived online via a Japanese Marvel YouTube channel and kicks off with a little bit of interaction between Chris Hemsworth as the God of Thunder and Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange. It seems like this will take place early on in the movie and Marvel's resident master magician has some ominous words for Thor in the new footage.
"Thor, I sense a great change in your future. Destiny has »
Dunkirk has sailed into second position at the UK box office for 2017, overcoming some serious competition on the way.
We reported earlier in the month that Dunkirk had out earned Spider-Man: Homecoming, Wonder Woman, and Logan at the UK box office. But now it can add another impressive achievement to its name, having also beaten out Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
Dunkirk is now the second highest grossing film of the year in the UK, having earned a better than expected $58.1 million, which puts it comfortably ahead of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, a film that sits in fourth place with $53 million.
Dunkirk dropped 43% this past weekend, but it was enough to top the box office charts for an impressive fourth weekend in a row. This is a feat that even films like »
- Samuel Brace
(Aotn) Best known for their work in the realm of film, brothers Ethan and Joel Coen are well on their way to further making their mark in the TV realm as well! It has just been revealed that Netflix has acquired the rights to the Coen Brothers Western anthology series “The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs”. This will mark the Coen Brothers first work as writers and directors for television, although they do have executive producer credits.
The first season of the series will consist of six episodes and is said to begin streaming on Netflix sometime in 2018. Here’s what we know about the series so far:
“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” will be divided into six different stories, each one focusing on a different viewpoint and tale of the Wild Wild West. Tim Blake Nelson (O’Brother, The Incredible Hulk) will take on the role of Buster Scruggs, the hero of the story, »
- Kristyn Clarke
“War for the Planet of the Apes” is set to get a theatrical release in mainland China in mid-September. Rights-holder 20th Century Fox confirmed that the film will open in Chinese theaters on Sept. 15.
The date is some two months after its North American outing, and about three weeks after the end of China’s unofficial summer blackout period in which Hollywood import titles cannot be given new releases.
That break comes to an end with the Aug. 25 release of “Cars 3,” “Baby Driver” and “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.” Christopher Nolan’s war drama “Dunkirk” follows on Sept 1. And “Spider-Man: Homecoming” is set for Sept. 8.
Previous installments of the “Apes” franchise garnered good results in China. “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” grossed $30.8 million in October 2011. “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” earned $107 million in September 2014.
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- Patrick Frater
Update, Writethru with actuals: New Line/Warner Bros’ Annabelle: Creation came to life at the international box office this weekend with $35.4M in her first wide frame. That was a slight bump for the doll versus Sunday estimates. The prequel spinoff was the major expanded title in overseas markets, while pictures like Spider-Man: Homecoming, Dunkirk, Valerian and more passed new milestones. Nevertheless, offshore play continued to be dominated by China‘s action phenom, Wol… »
Spider-Man: Homecoming has failed to come out on top during its opening weekend in Japan.
Japan might not have the market power of China in the box office world, but it’s still an important location for Hollywood’s biggest films to do well in.
Homecoming may have debuted number one by box office takings, bringing in $4.1 million to Despicable Me 3‘s $3.7 million, but Japan ranks its box office by admissions, not money earned.
Debuting last weekend, Homecoming had 290,000 admissions which is below Despicable Me’s 328,000. And considering Despicable Me 3 is in its fourth weekend, this isn’t the result Spider-Man would have hoped for.
This was, however, 7% better than The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which finished its Japanese run with $28.7 million (not accounting for »
- Samuel Brace
Exclusive: Spider-Man: Homecoming producer Amy Pascal and star Tom Holland have found another film on which to collaborate. Pascal Pictures’ Pascal and Rachel O’Connor have acquired film rights to the Mark Sullivan novel Beneath A Scarlet Sky, with Holland attached to play the lead role. This comes on a week when the book emerged as a top seller on the Amazon lists. It is the story of a forgotten WWII hero. Pino Lella is a normal Italian teenager living an idyllic life in… »
Hollywood studios may be scared to show their summer report cards to their corporate bosses. After all, ticket sales were down 12% year-over-year as flops like “The Mummy” and “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” failed to attract crowds.
That’s not to say the Universals, Warners, and Disneys of the world didn’t have successes they could crow about. Despite the rough box office headwinds, there were still some big hits. Sequels to “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Despicable Me” scored, “Wonder Woman” and its feminist heroine tapped into the zeitgeist, while “Dunkirk,” a brainy historical drama, sailed into the heart of summer and emerged triumphant.
To help the six major studios learn from their mistakes (and to give them gold stars when they excelled), Variety is taking a hard look at the summer that was. Here are the hits and misses, winners and losers of popcorn season.
- Brent Lang and Seth Kelley
After easily taking the top spot last weekend with just over $35 million, Annabelle: Creation, another hit Conjuring spin-off for New Line Cinema, already earned more than twice its $15 million budget back in just its opening weekend. Standing in its way of a repeat are a pair of action-comedies arriving in wide release, Lionsgate's The Hitman's Bodyguard and Bleecker Street's Logan Lucky, which both feature all-star casts. We're predicting that, since neither new release will have a particularly strong debut, it will be a very close weekend, with Logan Lucky just barely coming out on top with $20.4 million, followed by The Hitman's Bodyguard with $18.6 million and Annabelle: Creation with $18.2 million.
There are a number of factors that lead us to believe it will be a low-grossing, tight weekend at the box office. For one, it doesn't seem that either Logan Lucky, which brings director Steven Soderbergh out of his self-imposed "retirement, »
Principal photography on Avengers 4 is officially underway, that much we know, but beyond alleged roll calls and rumors surrounding Marvel’s vague plans for Phase 4 – a Phase that will purportedly be shaped by the untitled Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel – Joe and Anthony Russo’s 2019 blockbuster is being kept under lock and key.
In the eyes of ardent fans, that’s both a blessing and a curse, and maintaining some semblance of secrecy simply means that we’ll just have to wait that little bit longer before our burning questions are answered.
But regardless of which side of the fence you find yourself on – the rumormonger; or the spoiler-sensitive that avoids all speculation as though it were the plague – the Marvel rumor mill is an unrelenting machine that tends to operate 24/7, and the latest purported tidbit for Avengers 4 comes to us by way of Omega Underground. Spoilers: it centers on Scarlett Johansson »
- Michael Briers
“Spider-Man: Homecoming” and “Despicable Me 3” both claimed victory at the Japanese box office over the weekend. Sony Pictures Entertainment’s “Homecoming” debuted at number one by box office, but was second by admissions.
Released on Friday, “Homecoming” made $4.01 million on 290,000 admissions for its opening Aug. 12-13 weekend and $7.08 million in three days. This was 7% better than “The Amazing Spiderman 2,” which ended its Japan run with $28.7 million. “Homecoming” is expected to finish around $30 million.
Japanese charts, which rank titles by ticket sales, put “Despicable Me 3” on top for the fourth straight weekend. Distributed by Toho Towa, the film earned $3.7 million on 328,000 admissions for the Aug. 12-13 frame. Its cumulative cash total extends to $38.4 million. The film now looks likely to finish near $60 million, ahead of the $47.5 million franchise record holder “Despicable Me.”
Japanese romantic drama, “I Want to Eat Your Pancreas” racked up $1.8 million on 149,000 admissions for the number three spot, with »
- Mark Schilling
It seems like only yesterday that Marvel Studios was getting started with a hero that was, let's face it, merely C-list at the time. After years of film and TV properties of varying degrees of quality, which saw Marvel's heroes tied up in various licensing deals with different studios, Iron Man kicked off what would become known as the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Now, a decade later, we're finally ready for Avengers: Infinity War. And it's going to be massive.
Even Iron Man director Jon Favreau publicly wondered how the grounded real world of Tony Stark could possibly co-exist with the mythological realm of Asgard, but by the time Thor, Captain America, and Hulk joined the McU with their own standalone movies, Marvel's The Avengers brought it all together and smashed box office records in the process. The mostly costume adverse McU of Netflix has kept it real with keeping it all real, »
Update: This post has been updated to contain numbers from the weekend ending August 13, 2017.
This summer has been a big one for Hollywood. Over the course of the past few months, we’ve seen around 19 big films hit theaters. And these weren’t just normal low or mid-budget releases. No, these were big, $150 million-plus budget releases. Every single weekend, it seemed, contained a big film. Heck, I’d say this triage of big blockbusters began well before summer did, with films like Kong: Skull Island hitting in March.
But how has this summer fared? With so many big movies hitting, how many were audiences actually able to go out and see, and is it enough films that studios will continue churning these bad boys out in massive quantities for the foreseeable future? We were curious about this ourselves, and set out to see how the box office fared over the past few months. »
- Joseph Medina
“(The [End) of History Illusion]”
Women’s Tales, a project created by fashion brand Miu Miu in conjunction with Venice Days, is returning for its sixth consecutive year. In addition to the premiere of two new short films, this year’s three-day program includes conversations with nine female stars that will address the state and challenges of contemporary media.
Women’s Tales begins with a screening of this year’s additions to the Women’s Tales collection. Golden Globe winner Chloë Sevigny (“Boys Don’t Cry”) — who has been very open about her own Hollywood experiences — turns the camera on comedian Carmen Lynch. According to the program’s press release, Sevigny’s “Carmen” is an “interesting take on the solitude of the performer on tour, city after city after city.”
The second short, choreographer-director Celia Rowlson-Hall’s (“Ma”) “(The [End) of History Illusion]” combines “1930s Hollywood musicals with the 1960s Cold War psychosis to produce a pastel-hued tale of fear and escapism.”
The remainder of the program is dedicated female-led conversations moderated by Penny Martin, editor-in-chief of The Gentlewoman Magazine. In addition to this year’s featured short directors, Friday’s lineup includes Zosia Mamet (“The Kids are Alright,” “Girls”) and Kate Bosworth (“Still Alice”), who just recently produced “Nona,” a film that focuses on Central America’s sex trafficking industry.
On Saturday morning, Laura Harrier (“Spider-Man: Homecoming”), Kiernan Shipka (“Mad Men,” “Feud: Bette and Joan”), and Rowan Blanchard (“Girl Meets World”) will take the stage. Harrier is set to star in HBO’s adaption of “Fahrenheit 451,” and Blanchard is one of many stars featured in Ava DuVernay’s upcoming “A Wrinkle in Time.”
This year’s Miu Miu Women’s Tales will take place August 31 — September 2 in Venice.
Chloë Sevigny, Zosia Mamet, & More to Appear at Miu Miu Women’s Tales was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Kelsey Moore
Here's your estimated 3-day box office returns (new releases bolded): 1. Annabelle: Creation - $35.0 million ($35.0 million total) 2. Dunkirk - $11.4 million ($153.7 million total) 3. The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature - $8.9 million ($8.9 million total) 4. The Dark Tower - $7.8 million ($34.3 million total) 5. The Emoji Movie - $6.58 million ($63.5 million total) 6. Girls Trip - $6.52 million ($97.1 million total) 7. Spider-Man: Homecoming - $6.1 million ($306.4 million total) 8. Kidnap - $5.2 million ($19.3 million total) 9. The Glass Castle - $4.8 million ($4.8 million total) 10. Atomic Blonde - $4.5 million ($42.8 million total) The Big Stories All summer we’ve been wondering when the horror shoe was going to drop. Forget about Alien...
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- Erik Childress
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