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Summer is the time for tentpole films like “Captain America: Civil War” and “Finding Dory,” but the real winner this season is the horror genre. It’s long been a profitable gambit for Hollywood studios, and that trend doesn’t show any signs of relenting, if the recent successes of New Line’s “Lights Out” and James Wan‘s “The Conjuring 2” are any indication. “In a bit of a twist, the most unlikely and unexpected winner of this season is one of the most marginalized genres of all: horror,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior analyst at comScore. Also Read: Horror »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
This summer has brought its share of successful blockbuster entertainment (The Conjuring 2, Central Intelligence, Finding Dory, Ghostbusters, Star Trek Beyond, Jason Bourne, Kubo and the Two Strings), unexpected pleasures (The Shallows, The Infiltrator, Lights Out, Pete's Dragon, Sausage Party, Ben-Hur) and movies that didn't quite live up to expectations (Independence Day: Resurgence, Suicide Squad). What will the fall bring? In a nationwide poll conducted by Fandango, moviegoers revealed their most anticipated movies of the upcoming season. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them topped the list, which is really no surprise, in view of the continuing popularity of the Harry Potter universe created by J.K. Rowling. The new movie may be a prequel, taking place...
- Peter Martin
Disney has been having a banner year. And they are set to break the Market Share record when it comes to the 2016 box office. A lot of studios have had to face some pretty serious disappointments when to comes to raking in cash these past couple of months. Paramount is facing massive losses, and Fox had a couple of serious bombs like Independence Day: Resurgence and Ice Age: Collision Course. But Disney, on the other hand, is absolutely dominating with unprecedented success, and things are only going to get better.
According to The Wrap, Disney has a 26.9 percent market share at the domestic box office for 2016 so far. With massive hits like Captain America: Civil War, Zootopia, Finding Dory and The Jungle Book all raking in big money, the couple of under-performing movies the studio has had, like The Bfg and Alice Through the Looking Glass, simply don't matter. Warner Bros., »
This isn’t box-office trivia. China could soon be Hollywood’s biggest market, and understanding what works there will become central to production strategies. The biggest bucks will go to what’s closest to one size fits all. Movies that appeal primarily to domestic audiences will have lower budgets.
To get a sense of what that might mean, here are the top 20 Us releases in China this year. They’re ranked by their Chinese box-office gross, followed by numbers that compare their placement to the films’ domestic and total international rankings.
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Top 20 2016 Us Releases in China
(Based on films released in the Us this year; the #s after »
- Tom Brueggemann
AnimationFix: Your regular round-up of the latest animation news, from HitFix reporter Emily Rome Ming-Na Wen is ever-strengthening her family ties to Disney, now aboard the House of Mouse’s upcoming animated series Milo Murphy’s Law. Wen — known for kicking butt both as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Melinda May and as the voice of Mulan — has joined Milo Murphy’s Law as a recurring cast member. Her character, Savannah, is described as a “high-level time travel agent.” This should be fun. She joins “Weird Al” Yankovic, who voices the title character. The series follows 13-year-old Milo Murphy, the fictional great-great-great-great grandson of the Murphy’s Law namesake. Milo is the personification of Murphy’s Law, where anything that can go wrong will go wrong. But he faces life with endless optimism and enthusiasm that can turn any catastrophe into a wild adventure. Along with today’s casting news for Wen, »
- Emily Rome
As of now, Captain America: Civil War is still the movie to beat this year at the worldwide box office, with $1.15 billion. However, Disney Pixar's Finding Dory has the biggest domestic total with $478.4 million, well ahead of Cap's $407.7 million here in the states. Still, this superhero adventure is a huge hit, both critically and commercially, kicking off Marvel Phase 3 and introducing new heroes like Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and Spider-Man (Tom Holland). One of the most memorable moments of the film, though, has to be the introduction of Giant-Man. Today we have a glimpse at this character's early design with new concept art, which offers some intriguing hints about the early story development.
There had long been rumors that Giant Man would surface at some point during the movie, and he did so during the now-iconic airport fight scene. Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) uses his suit's special capabilities to help »
Returning to the top spot in its fourth week of play, Finding Dory has ended the two-week reign of Suicide Squad. While Suicide Squad saw its box office decline 40% from the previous weekend, Finding Dory rose 12%. Weather most likely played a factor across the market, with weekend rain proving a boon to cinemas. Family films also scored particularly well, with audiences returning from holidays abroad and catching up on titles they missed. The Bfg rose 10%, for example, and Pete’s Dragon fell a slim 6%.
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- Charles Gant
“If you must blink, do it now,” Kubo warns the audience in the first seconds of Kubo and the Two Strings. One of the truest lines to ever open an animated movie as the latest offering from Laika (the stop-motion studio behind Coraline, ParaNorman, and The Boxtrolls) is by far their most stunningly beautiful and rewarding effort yet. Reminiscent of classic Pixar films, Kubo and the Two Strings is that rare animated film that tells an entertaining story and has deeper meanings behind it every time you peel off a layer. Kids will understand the surface level story, but adults will be moved by the themes of family and the importance of memories. Sure, this year’s Zootopia and Finding Dory were fine animated films that had important messages, but nothing in those movies hold a candle to how powerful Kubo and the Two Strings gets. Plus, this film boasts »
- Scott Davis
The studios often save the dog days of August for their weakest performers and sure enough, this weekend proved the rule. (In the past, “The Butler” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Straight Outta Compton” did strong business in August.) Yes, “Suicide Squad” grossed over $20 million, as it became the first non-animated film to have a three-peat at number one since “Dead Pool.” But three weak new releases— “Ben-Hur” (Paramount), “War Dogs” (Warner Bros.) and “Kubo and the Two Strings” (Focus) —opened to less than $15-million.
Making it even more challenging for this trio of weak domestic performers to make their money back: None are scheduled to open in China, which is increasingly the second and sometimes biggest single territory for theatrical grosses. That’s a big deal in a studio world increasingly shifting its focus on a sure thing.
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- Tom Brueggemann
The Independent Cinema Association of Australia's latest My Cinema promotion will tout Sony's Spin Out, starring Xavier Samuel and Morgan Griffin, with audiences at participating cinemas in the running to win $5,000.
Co-written and co-directed by Tim Ferguson, Spin Out follows the story of Billy (Samuel) and Lucy (San Andreas'.Morgan Griffin), who grew up together in a country town. Travis Jeffery, Melissa Bergland and Lincoln Lewis are also in the cast.
Ferguson directed the film,.releasing in cinemas September 15, with Marc Gracie (Full Frontal), who also produced alongside David Redman (Charlie and Boots, Strange Bedfellows) and shares writing credit with Edwina Exton.
.I would love for people to leave the cinema with a desire to move to or visit the bush for a holiday — to see the Australian countryside for themselves," said Ferguson..
"There.s so much there and not just »
- Staff Writer
Most expected Warner Bros.' Suicide Squad to dominate at the box office throughout the month of August before it hit theaters three weeks ago. However, after suffering a huge second weekend drop of 67.4% last weekend, many believed that its reign would come to an end this weekend, with three new releases hitting theaters, the epic remake Ben-Hur, the animated adventure Kubo and the Two Strings and the true story adaptation War Dogs. As it turns out, all three of those newcomers underperformed leading to Suicide Squad winning for the third week in a row with $20.7 million.
Suicide Squad's $133.6 million made it the fourth-highest opening of the year. The debut falls below Marvel's Captain America: Civil War ($179.1 million), Warner Bros./DC's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($166 million) and Disney Pixar's Finding Dory ($135 million). Disney Pixar's Finding Dory is still the highest-grossing domestic release this year so far, with $473.8 million, »
It might seem that celebrating the drive-in movie season during the dog days of August is a celebration that is coming about two, maybe three months too late. Isn’t summer just about wrapped up? Ha! Only if you’re in still in grade school—my kids went back to their respective halls of education on August 8! For them summer, in a single but significant way, is over. But for everyone else (including students), especially if you’re in the southwestern part of the country, the hot days of summer aren’t giving way to cool temperatures anytime soon, regardless of the insistence of the calendar. In Southern California, climate change has made summer-style heat a staple well into October, and sometimes beyond. Here it’s always drive-in season, even in January, and that’s the silver lining of a sizzling autumn for fans of the specific joys of outdoor cinema. »
- Dennis Cozzalio
When Laika Entertainment emerged on the scene in 2009 with Coraline, moviegoers and critics had no clue what to expect. Specializing in stop-motion, the studio seemed to grasp the medium like few before it truly had, leveraging its surreal yet tangible style to craft stories like no one else in the industry. However, that film was also bolstered by the involvement of The Nightmare Before Christmas director Henry Selick and the Neil Gaiman source material. The financial and critical success of Coraline could just as easily been a one-off fluke, a case in which the upstart studio got lucky with its first feature.
Yet, in the years since Coraline, Laika has maintained a high standard for stop-motion animated films, following its debut with Paranorman and The Boxtrolls in 2012 and 2014, respectively. Both films performed modestly at the box office but received similar critical acclaim and awards recognition as their predecessor. Now Laika »
- Robert Yaniz Jr.
Chicago – In our short lives, what do we most need? It’s a hard question to answer sometimes, but the new animated film “Kubo and the Two Strings” does a memorable job of answering the query. The journey of Kubo, like Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz,” leads to a place where he needs to go.
I don’t want to compare “Kubo” to anything else, although it was done by the same animation house (Laika Entertainment) that gave us “Coraline,” “ParaNorman” and “The Boxtrolls,” and succeeds by having a simple story akin to “Finding Dory.” But where it excels beyond all those examples is in a cumulative glory – it uses the simplicity of origami, Kabuki theater, the Samurai tradition and Japanese prints to establish a atmosphere that is sometimes stunning in its grace. While the character Kubo does have a typical good versus evil conundrum, the use of »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Critics be damned, Suicide Squad is a box office success story for Warner Bros. and their DC Films' division. Heading into its 13th day of release after two weekends at the top of the box office, the super villain adventure has soared past an important milestone, earning $509 million worldwide. The movie has helped bring the August box office to a record high, having opened on August 5 with the biggest debut the late summer month has ever seen.
Suicide Squad is currently the 11th biggest movie of 2016, but that should change as it heads into its third weekend of release this Friday. Come Monday, it should have successfully jumped up a few slots. Domestically, Suicide Squad has earned $238 million with an international cume of $217 million. The movie still hasn't opened in the German market yet, which happens this weekend. According to Deadline, that should enable the DC Comics thriller to hold »
Despite a 67% drop in its second weekend, Suicide Squad looks set to become just the fifth 2016 release to stay at the #1 spot for three consecutive weekends. As a result, Task Force X join Deadpool, Zootopia, The Jungle Book, and Finding Dory, and yes, that means Suicide Squad will actually top Captain America: Civil War at the box office in at least one respect, a pretty impressive feat to be fair! Deadline believes that the movie will suffer a 50% drop this weekend, meaning it should earn between $20 million - $22 million. That figure puts it ahead of Suasage Party and new openings like War Dogs (which should earn $15 million at most) and Ben-Hur. That's likely to gross no more than $13 million, and some analysts already believe that the reboot will be one of the summer's biggest flops. What are you planning on seeing this weekend? Share your thoughts in the comments section. »
Is (lack of) audience turnout at theaters this summer an indication that people have become fed up with the massive amount of sequels pouring out of Hollywood? We compare box office results and popular trends regarding some of this year’s biggest films to find out what could be happening.
2015 was a tremendous year for big-budget films. Domestic (Us) box office totals were the highest that they had ever been ($11.1 billion). Those numbers were up a whopping 7% from 2014 (which was not a great year for big-budget movies). The big hits of 2015 were Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Jurassic World, and Avengers: Age of Ultron. Rotten Tomatoes aggregate scores for those films? 92%, 71%, and 75% respectively. Audiences and critics loved them. Indeed, many films in 2015 had similar good reviews and strong turnout in theaters: Mockingjay Part 2, Inside Out, Furious 7, Minions, The Martian, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation. All of these had Rotten »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
Today, for the next installment of my weekly category by category contender rundown, I’m moving on from the big eight temporarily. Yes, I’ve gone beyond those categories (I’ll return to finish up with the last screenplay category during the coming week) and am now looking at one of the in between ones…namely the Best Animated Feature race. It’s one of the last ones that I’m going to do (still deciding on if the technical categories are getting their moment in the sun or not), at least before I take another look at the main races towards the winter, so I hope you enjoy, as always… Since there are far less contenders in this category as a general rule, with this year being no exception, I’ll be doing things a little bit differently than normal. Here now are the five particular animated films that »
- Joey Magidson
Disney-Pixar’s “Finding Dory” has crossed the $900 million mark in worldwide box office — the fourth Disney release to pass the threshold this year.
“Finding Dory” launched with a $135 million domestic opening weekend on June 17-19, setting a record for biggest debut ever for an animated film. It’s become the top domestic release of the year and the seventh-highest domestic release of all time with $476.9 million.
Its international gross is $423.5 million with upcoming releases in Italy, Germany and several other smaller territories. Japan is the top foreign market with $50 million, followed by China with $38 million.
It’s the 40th title to top $900 million worldwide and the 16th Disney release to reach the milestone. Disney has the four top titles this year with “Captain America: Civil War” at $1.15 billion, »
- Dave McNary
I’m hardly the first one to mention it, but it’s clear to me that the summer blockbusters this year have been, well…lacking. That might be being kind too. It feels like one of the worst slates ever, at least the most disappointing. Almost every single week, something comes out that was either hotly anticipated and then underwhelms, or just wasn’t needed at all and performs as such, both critically and commercially. What are we to make of all this? Is it just the perception of the season, or is it actually our reality? Well, let’s discuss a bit now for today’s article… This isn’t a new trend either, as we have seen in recent years the quality seem to just plunge downhill. We’re a long way from the days when Jaws created the summer movie season. In fact, we’re now a »
- Joey Magidson
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