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After calendar grosses for September and October were unable to improve on 2015 numbers, November 2016 saw a +7.6% uptick compared to November 2015 as 264 movies grossed nearly $960 million. This also puts the Holiday 2016 season up +13% to date compared to Holiday 2015 with 209 movies combining to gross over $1.15 billion compared to $1 billion from 215 movies at the same point last year. Additionally, while August, September and October only saw two films (Suicide Squad and Sully) top $100 million at the domestic box office, four November releases have already topped the century mark, led by Disney and Marvel's Doctor Strange with $222.2 million and counting. As noted, Doctor Strange led November's releases after opening over the first weekend of the month with $85 million and has since gone on to gross over $222 million. Strange was one of two Disney releases in November, the other being Moana, to gross over $100 million domestically adding to the studio's six films that have grossed over $100 million this year alone. »
- Brad Brevet <firstname.lastname@example.org>
After spending the past six years developing and producing hit shows such as Arrow and Blindspot, filmmaker Greg Berlanti is returning to the big screen. The filmmaker is set to direct a new reboot of Little Shop of Horrors, which will be a musical, like the 1986 classic directed by Frank Oz. The story first originated on the big screen with Roger Corman's 1960 cult classic, before it was re-imagined as an off-Broadway musical by Howard Ashman, who wrote the screenplay adaptation for the 1986 film.
Deadline reports that this will be a "fresh version" of the 1986 musical, which will be written by Matthew Robinson (The History of Lying). The original story followed a young man named Seymour, who works at a flower store. He takes a plant home to raise as his own, only to discover that it feeds on human flesh, forcing Seymour to kill others in order to keep his plant alive. »
Production company Annapurna Pictures announced on Thursday, December 1, that it is expanding its operations with the addition of the division Annapurna Interactive, which will be devoted to producing and publishing video games.
“I’ve had a great passion for video games for as long as I can remember. Growing up, ‘The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time’ was one of my all-time favorites. My brother and I ran up quite a bill calling the 1-900 numbers for tips on those games, before the internet provided game-guides,” said Megan Ellison, Annapurna’s founder and CEO, in a statement. “The artistry and diversity of interactive storytelling is exciting and we look forward to exploring the limitless possibilities in gaming. We want to empower artists across this medium to make Annapurna Interactive their home and I believe we’ve assembled the perfect team to make that happen.”
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- Liz Calvario
The dismal box office for Ang Lee’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk is the latest in a string of post-9/11 war flops – what can we learn about the lone exception?
There were only two other people in the theater when I saw Ang Lee’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk this Sunday evening in Chicago. One of them kept wandering out to the lobby and then coming back. Meanwhile, people were standing in line to get into Fantastic Beasts. Light-hearted mystical adventure is more popular than deliberately slow-paced and banal anti-war drama. Who knew?
Related: Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk review – Ang Lee war drama is a misfiring folly
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- Noah Berlatsky
We're back to weekly podcasts! This week Nick, Joe, and Nathaniel discuss the latest films from Tom Ford, Ang Lee, and Paul Verhoeven, only one of which we can recommend.
Index (42 minutes)
17:23-29:45 Tom Ford's revolting Nocturnal Animals. We don't understand the initial acclaim at all
You can listen to the podcast here at the bottom of the post or download from iTunes. Continue the conversations in the comments. »
- NATHANIEL R
Warner Bros.' Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them took the top spot at the box office this weekend beating out the other new releases like Bleed for This from Open Road and The Edge of Seventeen from Stx Entertainment.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them pulled in an estimated $75 million in ticket sales in the U.S. and Canada, failing analyst expectations of at least $80 million.
The film, however, did do well internationally, where the film grossed an impressive $143.3 million, beating analyst projections of $125 million.
comScore's Senior Media Analyst Paul Dergarabedian commented:
"Warner Bros.' wizarding universe of 'Harry Potter' is expanded as J.K. Rowling's 'Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them' took in a spectacular $143.3 million internationally this weekend on over 24,000 screens in 63 markets. This plus an impressive number one North American debut of $75 million brings the global opening weekend total to $218.3 million. »
- Kellvin Chavez
“Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” is the most accomplished and provocative movie in a long time that ever went down as a debacle. From the moment it premiered at the New York Film Festival in October, it has been viewed by media culture as a colossal misfire, a highbrow “Ben-Hur,” a movie no one seeking a good night out at the movies would want to go near. Now that the film has opened wide and the numbers are in, the dire reaction seems complete: No one wanted to go near it.
Yet the film’s failure to connect isn’t as simple as it sounds. You might call “Billy Lynn” an audacious experiment that got cut off at the knees. Directed by Ang Lee, it’s an earnest drama about Iraq War soldiers that was filmed in a brave new format (3D 4K at 120 frames per second), but it »
- Owen Gleiberman
Warner Bros. brought their Harry Potter universe back to theaters this weekend with their first spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which was expected to dominate at the box office. This big screen adventure, which is set decades before Harry Potter stepped foot in Hogwarts, had no trouble taking the top spot, bringing in an impressive $75 million in its opening weekend. This magical adventure also scored big in international markets with $143.3 million, for a worldwide total of $218.3 million, from a whopping $180 million budget.
Box Office Mojo reports that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them earned an impressive $18,098 from 4,144 theaters in its opening weekend. That massive roll out is more than twice as much as the other newcomers that hit theaters this weekend, Open Road Films' Bleed For This (1,549 theaters) and Stx Entertainment's The Edge of Seventeen (1,945 theaters), neither of which managed to crack the top 5. While Fantastic »
The weekend didn't quite turn out as Mojo had forecast as the top twelve grossed a combined $149.4 million compared to Mojo's forecast, which foresaw the top twelve grossing over $180 million. Part of the blame lay on an over-estimation of the weekend's top new release, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which did deliver a solid #1 opening, but couldn't match Mojo's lofty expectations. To that point, the vast majority of films fell below expectations including the weekend's two other new wide releases, The Edge of Seventeen and Bleed for This, neither of which managed to top $5 million as well as Sony's expansion of Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, which can't be looked at as anything more than a flop at this point. Yet, there were some other notable performances to focus on, particularly in limited release where Amazon and Roadside's Manchester by the Sea delivered strong opening results and Moonlight »
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Where to find it? With franchises, naturally. Audiences are quite predictable that way.
Fantastic Beasts won the weekend easily and though it's opening wasn't really at the Harry Potter level it's got the Thanksgiving weekend coming up to make mountains of money to store in Gringotts to help fund further endless more installments. We'll never be free of Harry Potter. But, dear reader, I'm personally skipping this one. Those films just weren't my scene so unless this one also nets Oscar nominations I need a break; four years off wasn't enough! Among the other new films opening Edge of Seventeen and Bleed for This failed to excite moviegoers landing toward the bottom of the top ten. Ang Lee's soldier drama experiment Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk had a disastrous wide expansion taking in less than 1 million dollars in its first weekend...
- NATHANIEL R
By Nathaniel R
Ang Lee with one of his Billy Lynn stars, Vin DieselOne of our favorite directors has a new film going wide today. Unfortunately number 13 proves unlucky for the great Ang Lee as Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, a military drama about the way we use soldiers as propaganda pawns or blank slates to project upon, is hard to watch. Let us pray for a swift death to Hollywood's current unfathomable interest in the high frame rate technique. (The technique is ugly, expensive but looks cheap, and doesn't look like cinema -- that's lose lose lose or three strikes you're out. So what's the appeal Hollywood?)
Nevertheless Ang Lee has given us so many riches over his 24 year feature film career that we ought to appreciate his filmography this weekend.
How many of his pictures have you seen?
All the posters are after the jump...
- NATHANIEL R
Fantastic Beasts, Edge of Seventeen and Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk top Tanner's What to WatchFantastic Beasts, Edge of Seventeen and Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk top Tanner's What to WatchTanner Zipchen11/18/2016 2:00:00 Pm
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- Tanner Zipchen
Garrett Hedlund delivers one of the year's best supporting performances as Sergeant Dime in Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk. Based on the critically acclaimed novel by Ben Fountain, the film is adapted for the screen by the three time Oscar winner Ang Lee. A satirical drama juxtaposing the reality of war against public perception, Billy Lynn is the first film to be shot using 4K 3D cameras at 120 frames per second. The standard frame rate is 28 fps, so Billy Lynn has a hyper-realistic, ultra-detailed look. It is another technological leap from one of Hollywood's all time great filmmakers.
British actor Joe Alwyn, in his screen debut, stars as decorated war hero and soft-spoken Texan, Private Billy Lynn. Set in the early days of the Iraq War, Billy Lynn and his platoon are flown back to the U.S. to be honored during the halftime show at a Dallas football game. »
Fifteen years ago J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series made the leap from its place in literary history to its place in film history. Since then, the eight-film franchise has generated nearly $2.4 billion domestically and over $7.7 billion worldwide with the last of the Harry Potter films being released five years ago. This weekend a new adventure within J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World begins in the form of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a prequel to the Harry Potter franchise, debuting in over 4,000 theaters and looking at a #1 opening that could top $90 million. Meanwhile, fellow new releases this weekend include the coming-of-age dramedy The Edge of Seventeen starring Hailee Steinfeld and Bleed for This starring Miles Teller. Additionally, Sony's Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk expands into over 1,100 theaters and limited release standout Moonlight gets a moderate nationwide release into 650 theaters. As already mentioned, it has been five years since the last Harry Potter film, »
- Brad Brevet <firstname.lastname@example.org>
When film editor Jennifer Lame called filmmaker Kenneth Longeran last year to discuss the possibility of working on his newest film, “Manchester By the Sea,” she saw potential in the project — and also potential to screw it up.
“I had heard for a while that Kenny was making a movie, and I was really excited to see if I could try to get involved in it,” Lame recently explained to IndieWire. “When I read the script, I was like, ‘Wow, this is such a great movie for an editor, because it’s so well-written and so well-constructed on the page, but it could totally get fucked up in the editing.'”
The film follows Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) as he attempts to rebuild his already-fragile existence after the sudden death of his beloved big brother, Joe (Kyle Chandler). Forced to return back to his hometown — which holds other tragic connotations »
- Kate Erbland
After two straight weekend wins in theaters, Marvel's Doctor Strange is a hit, taking in nearly $500 million at the worldwide box office after just fourteen days in theaters. This weekend the Marvel Phase 3 adventure faces its biggest test yet, going up against Warner Bros.' highly-anticipated Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, along with Open Road Films' true story adaptation Bleed For This and Stx Entertainment's teen comedy The Edge of Seventeen. It should be no contest for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which could have a runaway victory with a whopping $72.5 million.
While $72.5 million is certainly a great opening by many standards, it would actually mark the "worst" opening in the Harry Potter franchise. As of now, the lowest opening weekend in the Harry Potter franchise is the $77.1 million earned by Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in 2007. Still, that tally »
With animated food orgies, grotesque depictions of living objects hacked to pieces, and F-bombs galore, “Sausage Party” shatters taboos with glee. Now, its creators are getting the last laugh.
Co-writers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg first conceived of the deranged animated comedy nearly a decade ago, and every studio passed on it. “We really naively thought everyone in Hollywood would be very enthusiastic about an R-rated comedy about a hot dog trying to uncover the meaning of existence,” Rogen told a New York crowd filled with members of the Academy’s animation branch last weekend. “We were wrong.”
Years later, with the help of Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures, “Sausage Party” came to vulgar life under the guidance of veteran animation directors Conrad Vernon (“Shrek 2”) and Greg Tiernan. To date, the movie has grossed over $138 million worldwide, well over its reported $19 million budget, inspiring distributor Sony to mount an »
- Eric Kohn
This weekend saw Sony release two awards hopefuls; their directors have each received Oscar nominations for Best Foreign Language Film, and produced international blockbusters. With that kind of buildup, it’s unsurprising that both Ang Lee’s “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” and Paul Verhoeven’s “Elle” had strong openings. Both are welcome in a rebounding specialized world, where “Moonlight” is finding wider audiences and “Loving” continues to show promise.
“Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” (Sony) – Metacritic: 53; Festivals include: New York 2016
$120,300 in 2 theaters; PTA: $60,150
Ang Lee’s latest effort came with expectations of high-end performance, and its two initial dates showed major strength. The Lincoln Square Theater in New York and Arclight Hollywood in Los Angeles presented the story of an Iraq war veteran’s return home (based on an acclaimed 2003 novel) in the intended 4K 3D 120 fps format, and audiences responded.
These numbers are particularly encouraging »
- Tom Brueggemann
After easily taking the box office crown last weekend, Marvel's Doctor Strange went up against three newcomers, Paramount's Arrival, Universal's Almost Christmas and EuropaCorp's Shut In. While our original projections had the race much closer, Doctor Strange had no trouble repeating at the top, taking in an estimated $43 million. Trolls also remained in second place with $35 million, dropping just 24.8% in its second weekend, while Doctor Strange dropped just 49.8%, both of which are impressive in their own right.
Doctor Strange remained in 3,882 theaters this weekend, the same as its opening frame, earning a respectable $11,085 per-screen average, down from its $21,911 per-screen average on opening weekend. This superhero adventure will likely be playing in roughly more than 1,600 theaters than its new competitors this weekend. Box Office Mojo reports that Arrival debuted in 2,317 theaters, while Almost Christmas arrived in 2,376 theaters and Shut In arrived in 2,058 theaters.
As of now, Arrival was the only movie »
TriStar's Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk opened in two New York and Los Angeles engagements, projecting the film in 4K, 3D and at 120 frames per second. The Ang Lee feature grossed $120K, giving it the third best per theater average of the year. Sony Pictures Classics opened Cannes debut Elle in two New York locations with a solid $56K start, while the distributor's second frame expansion, The Eagle Huntress, grossed over $209K. Focus Feature's Loving, however, has the… »
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