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Walt Disney Studios continued to dominate disc sales the week ended Sept. 9, with the studio once again snagging the two top spots on both the Npd VideoScan overall disc sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” remained No. 1 on both charts for the third consecutive week. And Disney’s “Signature Collection” release of “The Lion King” remained at No. 2, the same spot in which it debuted the prior week.
Paramount’s “Baywatch,” based on the 1990s lifeguard series, also remained at No. 3 on both charts. Beyond those three titles, five of the seven remaining films in the top 10 on the overall disc sales chart are new releases, only one of them, however, debuting in the top five.
That honor goes to Universal Pictures’ “Megan Leavey,” a redemption story based on the true story of a young Marine corporal whose bond with »
- Thomas K. Arnold
Universal City, California, September 14, 2017 – Double-crossed while sent to collect stolen intelligence in East Germany, elusive secret agent Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road, The Fate of the Furious) unleashes a deadly arsenal of skills in Atomic Blonde, the adrenaline pumping, stylish spy-thriller, coming to Digital on October 24, 2017 and 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on November 14, 2017, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Adapted from Antony Johnson’s graphic novel, The Coldest City, the explosive film set in the late eighties takes viewers on a high-stakes chase as Theron attempts to escape Berlin. The 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital versions include commentary from the cast, filmmakers, stunt performers and fight coordinators, plus behind-the-scenes features that take viewers inside the making of the film’s intense stunt choreography.
Oscar®-winner Charlize Theron stars as elite MI6’s most lethal assassin and the crown jewel of her Majesty’s secret intelligence service, »
- ComicMix Staff
The summer was largely lost for podcast updates here on the site, but we were still around in the “real” podcast world. We want to give a shout out to all the listeners who tune in every week (ish), and let you know that we’ll be on the from now on as some of you have let us know that it’s your preferred mode of consumption. Please bear with us as we catch up.
The Circle and The Fate of the Furious couldn’t be further apart on the movie spectrum, and neither of them really did it for us. You’ll have to tune in to find out where these went wrong for us, and we’ll also let you in on some of the better films we saw at Tribeca and why you should keep track of when they’re available to you.
The Circle did »
- Marc Eastman
It might be one of the biggest franchises around — with this year’s “The Fate Of The Furious” being significantly down on its predecessor and yet still making an enormous $1.2 billion worldwide, making it the eleventh biggest movie in history — but the “Fast & Furious” series has had a certain share of behind-the-scenes turmoil recently.
First, word of a reported feud between series mainstay Vin Diesel and co-star Dwayne Johnson leaked out thanks to some not-particularly-blind-item social media posts from the latter, calling an unnamed colleague a “candy ass.” Then Michelle Rodriguez used Instagram to call out the producers, saying she’d quit the series if the female characters weren’t fleshed out more in the next installment.
Continue reading Tyrese Really Does Not Want The Rock To Make A ‘Fast & Furious’ Spin-Off at The Playlist. »
- Oliver Lyttelton
It's been a few months since The Fate of the Furious hit Blu-ray, leading to one of the film franchises leads, Michelle Rodriguez, to take to social media to complain about the popular franchise's treatment of its lady characters. »
Forget Diesel and Johnson; there’s another potential feud brewing within the so-called Fast Family, and it can seemingly be traced back to Universal’s Fast and Furious spinoff involving Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham).
As one of the most prolific stars in all of Hollywood – Ballers, Jumanji, and Black Adam…to name but three – Johnson is pushing full steam ahead on the Hobbs/Shaw offshoot, much to the chagrin of Fast co-star, Tyrese Gibson. Earlier this week, the former took to Instagram to post a typically candid shot of himself toiling away on “productive meetings and big business deals,” and it was here where Gibson took the opportunity to air his frustration in public.
- Michael Briers
Tyrese Gibson has taken to pleading with his “Fate of the Furious” co-star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson on social media since the actor apparently hasn’t been returning his messages. In an Instagram post on Tuesday, Gibson shared a photo of the two of them together and wrote, “I don’t do email bruh. You got my cell same San Diego # hit me,” calling out his co-star for not returning his messages as he had previously done in a series of now-deleted comments on Johnson’s posts. The public exchange dates back to Sunday when Johnson shared a photo of himself reviewing documents, »
- Reid Nakamura
8 September 2017 9:12 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
With a boost from its jabbering minions, Illumination Entertainment’s Despicable Me 3 crossed the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office this week as it took in $741.4 million internationally and $259.05 million in North America.
Collectively, the four movies in the Despicable Me franchise, which includes 2015’s Minions, have grossed $3.67 billion, surpassing the $2.96 billion grossed by the four Shrek movies to become the highest-grossing animated film franchise of all time.
- Gregg Kilday
While the summer box office season was the worst on record since 2006, there were a few bright spots in the mix, one of which was Universal and Illumination's animated sequel Despicable Me 3. While the movie is likely close to winding down its box office run, it did manage to cross an important box office milestone, reaching the coveted $1 billion worldwide mark earlier today. It became just the third movie this year to cross the milestone, and just the first to do so after being released during the summer movie season, which is yet another indication of how weak this summer truly was.
Deadline broke the news earlier today, with the Despicable Me sequel joining just Universal's The Fate of the Furious ($1.23 billion) and the year's top grossing movie domestically and worldwide, Beauty and the Beast ($1.26 billion). Despite having strong showings, even hits like Wonder Woman and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 »
Walt Disney Studios continued to ride high on the national home video sales charts the week ended Sept. 2, nailing down the two top spots on both the Npd VideoScan overall disc sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.
The Marvel mega-hit “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” remained No. 1 on both charts for the second consecutive week.
And Disney’s “Signature Collection” release of “The Lion King” debuted at No. 2 on both charts. The 1994 animated classic has a long track record of success on home video; upon its initial release more than two decades ago, it sold more than 26 million VHS videocassettes to become the biggest home video seller ever.
The No. »
- Thomas K. Arnold
“Despicable Me 3” has crossed the $1 billion milestone at the worldwide box office, earning $741.4 million internationally and $259.05 million in North America.
Universal said Friday that the results have lifted the “Despicable Me” franchise past the “Shrek” series to become the highest-grossing animated film franchise of all time globally. The franchise has also topped the “Ice Age” series to become the top animated franchise internationally.
“Despicable Me 3” is the 31st film to haul $1 billion worldwide. “Avatar” leads that list with $2.79 billion.
Japan Box Office: ‘Spider-Man’ and ‘Despicable Me 3’ Share Weekend
Illumination’s eight releases — which include “Hop,” “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax,” “Minions,” “The Secret Life of Pets,” and “Sing” — have pulled in more than $5.7 billion worldwide. “Despicable Me 3” is the sixth-highest-earning animated film of all time worldwide.
- Dave McNary
As terrible as the summer box office season has been, it has finally produced a billion-dollar film: “Despicable Me 3.” The latest installment of Illumination’s marquee animated franchise on Thursday joined “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Fate of the Furious” as the third film of 2017 to gross $1 billion worldwide, giving Universal two billion-dollar hits this year. Also Read: Fall Box Office Preview: After Summer Crash, Can A Strong Season Save 2017? Like “Fate of the Furious” — and unlike “Beauty and the Beast” — “Despicable Me 3” got to this point largely off the international box office. Domestically, “DM3” »
- Jeremy Fuster
Illumination/Universal's Despicable Me 3 has made the Gru-vy leap past the $1B worldwide box office mark. With Thursday's grosses, the Kyle Balda/Pierre Coffin-helmed pic has taken $741.4M at the international box office and $259.05M domestically. This is the second Universal title to cross the threshold this year after The Fate of the Furious, and the third of 2017, which is led by Disney's Beauty and the Beast. What's more, DM3 is the only movie released during this… »
It’s official: The summer box office is the worst the movie industry has seen in more than a decade.
That’s without adjusting for inflation, or taking into account the rising cost of ticket sales. To make it very clear, a concerningly low number of people in North America went to the movie theater this summer. Big-budget flops and underperforming sequels were the main culprits as the summer season has finished with $3.8 billion in domestic ticket sales, according to data provided by comScore.
It’s a 14.6% drop from last summer, or one of the steepest declines in recent history. To find a summer season that earned less than 2017, one would have to look back to 2006 when the season posted $3.7 billion in grosses.
The horrific summer puts the year overall 6.5% behind 2016. That’s due to a winter and spring season that posted strong numbers thanks to record-breakers including “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Fate of the Furious,” and »
- Seth Kelley
Walt Disney Studios dominated the top tier of the national home video sales charts the week ended Aug. 26, with the summer theatrical mega-hit “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” riding its nearly $390 million domestic box office take to an easy No. 1 debut.
The film, the summer’s No. 2 (and the year’s No. 3) movie based on U.S. ticket sale revenue, sold nearly three times as many discs as the rest of the top 10 sellers combined, according to Npd VideoScan data.
Twentieth Century Fox’s “Alien: Covenant,” finished a distant second on both the overall disc sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart. The film, with a domestic gross of $74.3 million, had bowed at No. 1 on »
- Thomas K. Arnold
Altice, Patrick Drahi’s global telco and communications group, today launched Altice Studio, its channel dedicated to series and films, in France.
Altice Studio’s offer will boast 400 movies per year and two series per month. Through its exclusive deal with NBC Universal, Altice Studio features the next Jason Bourne installment, “The Mummy,” “The Fate of the Furious,” “Fifty Shades Darker,” as well as the series “The Sinner,” the anthology series with Jessica Biel. The series “Taken” and “Riviera” which were pre-bought by Altice, are also part of the channel’s offer.
Like other French pay TV channels such as Canal Plus and Orange Cinema Series, Altice Studio also features film magazines in partnership with the news channel Bfm, also owned by Altice.
- Elsa Keslassy
We've already covered the Fast and the Furious franchise on Top 5 Movie Mistakes, but with the recent entry to the series, The Fate Of The Furious, there was no doubt that more would be put on screen for us to find. The street racing series has steadily morphed into an extravagant, over the top action franchise over the years and continues to make huge amounts of money, steamrolling its competition in the... Read More »
- Luke Ryan
28 August 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
China might be escalating its crackdown on investment into Hollywood, but at least one bold film company with Middle Kingdom roots is forging ahead undeterred.
Starlight Culture Entertainment Group, a China-backed firm with offices in Hong Kong and Beverly Hills, has launched a $100 million development fund to enlist veteran Hollywood directors. And the company has already discretely done a series of deals with an impressive roster of in-demand filmmakers, including F. Gary Gray (The Fate of the Furious, Straight Outta Compton), Roland Emmerich (Independence Day: Resurgence, The Day After Tomorrow) and Jon M. Chu (Now You See Me 2, »
- Patrick Brzeski
Funko has revealed two Pop! Movies vinyl figures for the fantasy adventure sequel Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle which includes Dwayne Johnson’s Dr. Smolder Bravestone and Jack Black’s Professor Shelly Oberon; take a look below…
See Also: Watch the trailer for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle here
In the brand new adventure Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, the tables are turned as four teenagers in detention are sucked into the world of Jumanji. When they discover an old video game console with a game they’ve never heard of, they are immediately thrust into the game’s jungle setting, into the bodies of their avatars, played by Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan. What they discover is that you don’t just play Jumanji –Jumanji plays you. They’ll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, or they’ll be stuck in the game forever… »
- Amie Cranswick
After "winning" the coveted title of the world's highest paid actor in 2016, Dwayne Johnson came up just a bit short of taking home that title for two years in a row. Transformers: The Last Knight star Mark Wahlberg came out on top instead this year, earning $68 million before taxes, through Forbes' 12-month scoring period. Don't feel too bad for Dwayne Johnson, though, since he still took in a massive $65 million, just a bit more than his 2016 tally of $64.5 million, from his movies such as The Fate of the Furious and Baywatch.
These numbers come from Forbes, who released their annual report of the 100 highest-paid entertainers. The site reports that the 20 highest-paid actors combined earned a whopping $720 million last year, during the period between June 1, 2016 and June 1, 2017, with the earnings estimates based on data from Nielsen, ComScore, Box Office Mojo and IMDb, along with "interviews with industry insiders." The record earnings »
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