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'Pets 2' and 'Dark Phoenix' Top Weekend Box Office, Though Both Underperform

'Pets 2' and 'Dark Phoenix' Top Weekend Box Office, Though Both Underperform
The weekend's top twelve combined to outperform the same weekend last year by more than 43%, which means the year-to-year gap continues to close, but the weekend's new releases both struggled mightily. Universal and Illumination's The Secret Life of Pets 2 was unable to even deliver half of the opening the first film delivered just a few years ago, while Fox's Dark Phoenix entered the weekend as the worst reviewed film in the X-Men franchise ever and, predictably, delivered the lowest opening weekend of the franchise. At the top of the box office is Universal and Illumination's The Secret Life of Pets 2 with an estimated $47.1 million from 4,561 locations (the second widest opening ever only to Avengers: Endgame). The performance is less than half of the original, 2016 film's $104.3 million, which remains a record opening for an original, animated feature. Heading into the weekend expectations weren't exactly meteoric, with the studio
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Ratings: ‘American Idol’ Finale Dips From Last Year, When It Wasn’t Stacked Against ‘Game of Thrones’

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Ratings: ‘American Idol’ Finale Dips From Last Year, When It Wasn’t Stacked Against ‘Game of Thrones’
American Idol” ended its second season on ABC Sunday night — and 17th season overall — with a lower key-demo rating and total-viewer tally than the ones posted by the revival’s year-ago finale.

The the revival’s three-hour season closer was down 19% in the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic (1.3 rating vs. 1.6 rating) and down 11% in total viewers (7.708 million vs. 8.629 million) compared to the end of “Idol’s” first season on ABC, according to overnight data from Nielsen.

But it’s important to keep in mind that last year’s finale aired on a Monday, not a Sunday — and it didn’t have to compete with the series finale of “Game of Thrones.”

Also Read: James Holzhauer's 'Jeopardy' Streak Lifts Game Show to 14-Year Ratings High

Sunday’s “Idol” was down a bit versus the week-ago episode’s overall-audience count, but ticked up among adults 18-49 and was the highest-rated primetime program,
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Hotel Transylvania 4 Gets a Christmas 2021 Release Date

Hotel Transylvania 4 is positioning itself as a big holiday release for 2021. Sony Pictures Animation has announced an official release date for the animated sequel. And it will be arriving Wednesday, December 22, just a couple of days before Christmas.

No title has been revealed just yet. The previous entry in the $1.3 billion grossing franchise was Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, and it was released accordingly to its season in July last year. So we can expect this to follow suite, and it will probably be called Holiday Break, or something to that effect.

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation was a huge box office hit, becoming Sony Pictures' biggest animated movie of all time. It earned a huge haul of $528M with 32% of that coming from the domestic side. The previous sequel had earned only $474.8 million, so this is the rare franchise where the sequels keep getting better, pulling in bigger audiences.
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'Lego Movie 2' and 'What Men Want' To Lead Weekend Newcomers

'Lego Movie 2' and 'What Men Want' To Lead Weekend Newcomers
Following last weekend's poor showing at the domestic box office, February gets underway in earnest this weekend with four new releases including The Lego Movie 2 and What Men Want, both of which are looking at strong starts. Additionally, Lionsgate release of Summit's Cold Pursuit and Orion's The Prodigy will hope for solid starts, given their budgets, in the high single digits as all four new releases hope to be the top four films on the weekend box office chart. Looking at an easy #1 finish is Warner Bros.'s release of The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, which will open in over 4,300 locations * including showings in 2D, 3D, IMAX, Dbox and more * with the studio anticipating a debut anywhere from $50-55 million. This projection mostly jibes with what we're seeing, with IMDb page view data trending similar to, or out-performing, comp titles such as Kung Fu Panda 3 and Hotel Transylvania 2.
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Film News Roundup: ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Becomes Sony’s Top Animated Title

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Film News Roundup: ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Becomes Sony’s Top Animated Title
In today’s film news roundup, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” sets a Sony Pictures record, Chris O’Dowd is honored, “The Spongebob Movie” gets a date change, and arm-wrestling movie “Golden Arm” gets a director.

Box Office Milestone

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” has topped $170 million at the domestic box office to become Sony Pictures’ biggest animated film, surpassing the lifetime total of “Hotel Transylvania 2.”

Sony’s eighth weekend of “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is heading for another $4 million at 2,234 venues this weekend as it battles Warner Bros.’ seventh frame of “Aquaman” and Universal’s 12th weekend of “Green Book” for fourth place.

Sources said in November before “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” opened that Sony Pictures was developing a sequel and spinoffs. The film, with Shameik Moore voicing Miles Morales/Spider-Man, has also taken in nearly $170 million from international markets.

Honor

Chris O’Dowd will be honored with an Oscar Wilde Award by the U.
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'Glass' Repeats Atop the Weekend Box Office While New Releases Struggle

'Glass' Repeats Atop the Weekend Box Office While New Releases Struggle
The weekend turned out a bit better than expected with Universal's Glass holding on to the top spot with an estimated $19 million on its way to a $100+ million domestic run, though the weekend's newcomers in Fox's The Kid Who Would be King and Serenity struggled. Meanwhile this year's crop of Oscar nominees saw Green Book re-enter the top ten following its five nominations while The Favourite, Bohemian Rhapsody and A Star is Born all improved compared to last weekend. Finishing with an estimated $19 million, Universal's Glass dipped -53% in its second weekend for a domestic cume that now stands at $73.5 million after just ten days in release. Internationally, the film added $23.6 million from 55 markets for an overseas cume totaling $89.1 million and a global tally reaching $162.7 million. The film is now open in all markets except for China where it still does not have an official release date. Second place went to The Upside,
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'Glass' Fills Up with $40.58M Debut While 'Dragon Ball' Delivers Top Five Opening

'Glass' Fills Up with $40.58M Debut While 'Dragon Ball' Delivers Top Five Opening
Universal and Blumhouse's Glass was unable to quite reach the lofty heights some had expected heading into the weekend, but the film still managed a solid #1 start, playing very similarly to its predecessor based on current estimates. Glass, however, might not be the biggest news of the weekend when you consider the monster debut of FUNimation's Dragon Ball Super: Broly, which is looking at a possible third place finish based on early estimates, but it's important to note current results are not from the film's domestic distributor, FUNimation. Elsewhere, Stx's The Upside delivered on expectations with a strong second weekend while WB's Aquaman topped $300 million domestically. With an estimated $40.58 million over the three-day weekend, Universal anticipates M. Night Shyamalan's Glass will reach $47 million for the four-day holiday weekend. The performance is a bit shy of the studio's $50 million expectations, but the three-day already more than doubles the film's reported $20 million budget.
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‘The Lego Movie’ sequel set to conquer the world

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part.’ (Photo: Warner Bros)

Early tracking in the Us suggests Warner Bros./Animal Logic’s The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part will have a gangbusters opening in North America next month.

The sequel to the 2014 blockbuster is expected to rake in as much as $US55 million over the February 8-10 weekend.

That would easily beat that weekend’s competition, Paramount’s comedy What Men Want, a twist on the Mel Gibson 2000 comedy What Women Want starring Taraji P. Henson; Lionsgate’s actioner Cold Pursuit starring Liam Neeson; and Orion’s horror movie The Prodigy.

In unaided awareness among moviegoers, The Lego Movie 2 is tracking ahead of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Hotel Transylvania 2 and Ralph Breaks the Internet, according to Deadline.com.

The first movie opened on the same weekend in 2014, generating $69 million and finishing with $257.7 million in the Us and $469.1 million globally.
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‘The Lego Movie 2’ Building To $45M-$55M Opening In Early B.O. Projection

  • Deadline
Warner BrosThe Lego Movie 2: The Second Part hit tracking today with a robust $45 million-$55 million opening. The sequel to the surprise 2014 movie opens February 8.

We hear that Lego Movie 2 literally just locked its print, and that Warners is prepping a great screening program for the movie prior to its release.

The first movie opened to an amazing $69M and turned around a 3.7 multiple for a final domestic of $257.7M.

Demos show Lego Movie 2 ahead of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Hotel Transylvania 2 and Ralph Breaks the Internet in unaided awareness (a polling category off which studios make their ad-buying decisions).

Lego Movie 2 is opening with Paramount’s comedy What Men Want, Lionsgate’s Liam Neeson action thriller Cold Pursuit, and Orion Pictures’ horror pic The Prodigy.

All three are going during the second weekend of February to get a head start on the Valentine’s Day/Presidents Day weekend period.
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Jamie Lee Curtis Joins Rian Johnson’s ‘Knives Out’ (Exclusive)

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Jamie Lee Curtis Joins Rian Johnson’s ‘Knives Out’ (Exclusive)
Jamie Lee Curtis has joined the A-list ensemble of Rian Johnson’s “Knives Out.”

The new role comes on the heels of Curtis’ success at the box office, with “Halloween” slashing records last weekend,

The movie stars Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Lakeith Stanfield, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, and Ana de Armas. Johnson will write and direct, as well as produce with Ram Bergman. Production is set to begin in November.

The pic from Mrc is a modern-day murder mystery in the classic whodunit style, infused with Johnson’s original voice that informed films from “Brick” to “Looper.” Craig will star as a detective assigned to solve the crime. Details about Curtis’ character remain unknown.

The acclaimed actress can be seen reprising her role as Laurie Strode in the hit horror film “Halloween.” Curtis began her career in 1978, when she starred in the first “Halloween” movie. The reboot just shattered previous
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'The Nun' aims to vanquish 'The Predator' a second time in international arena

Johnny English heads to Australia; big things expected of Incredibles 2 in Italy.

Entering its third weekend, New Line’s horror hit The Nun will be the one to beat although once again it could be a close contest with Fox’s action tentpole The Predator.

The Nun scraped past its rival last weekend to retain its crown and currently stands at $157m through Warner Bros Pictures International (Wbpi), with new debuts in France and South Korea on Wednesday, Russia and Italy on Thursday, and Japan on Friday.

The film is coasting now, and is expected to play well in
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Lynette Howell Taylor’s 51 Entertainment Inks First-Look TV Deal With Mrc

  • Deadline
Exclusive: Lynette Howell Taylor’s 51 Entertainment, a platform agnostic filmmaker-driven production company, is making a major foray into television, signing a first-look deal with Mrc, the studio behind critically praised series including House of Cards, Ozark and Counterpart. Under the pact, Howell Taylor will work with Mrc to develop and produce scripted projects under her 51 Entertainment production banner. As part of the expansion, 51 Entertainment has hired veteran industry exec Helena Budnik as Vice President of Television. Budnik moves to 51 Entertainment from Scott Rudin Productions where she served as a creative executive.

“We are incredibly excited to have the opportunity to work with the brilliant minds at Mrc, who are behind some of the most talked about series today,” said Howell Taylor. “It is important to continue pushing the boundaries with content that appeals to a wide-array of audiences across multiple platforms. It is with Mrc that we feel is
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'The Nun' Delivers 'Conjuring' Franchise Record, $131 Million Global Debut

'The Nun' Delivers 'Conjuring' Franchise Record, $131 Million Global Debut
Warner Bros. and New Line's The Nun made good on expectations, setting a new franchise opening weekend record (both globally and domestically) and delivering the second largest September opening ever.

Meanwhile, STX's release of Peppermint delivered on expectations, and Mission: Impossible - Fallout became Tom Cruise's highest grossing worldwide release of all-time, topping $725 million globally.

With an estimated $53.5 million, Warner Bros.'s release of New Line's The Nun destroyed the previous franchise opening weekend record set by the very first The Conjuring at $41.8 million.

The debut is also the second largest September opening ever, topping the $48.4 million set by Hotel Transylvania 2 in 2015, while placing well behind the massive, $123.4 million opening for WB's It just last year.

In fact, The Nun's $53.5 million debut is also the second largest opening ever for an R-rated horror film, again placing behind WB's It.

This is the fifth straight weekend Warner Bros.
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Daniel Craig, Rian Johnson Murder Mystery ‘Knives Out’ Sells to Mrc

  • The Wrap
Mrc has bought the world rights to “Knives Out,” a murder mystery that will star Daniel Craig, at the 2018 Toronto Film Festival, an individual with knowledge told TheWrap.

Rian Johnson wrote the script with his producing partner Ram Bergman, and is directing the film that is now fully financed.

The film is described as a modern-day murder mystery in the classic whodunit style infused with Johnson’s original voice that informed films from “Brick” to “Looper.” Daniel Craig will star as a detective assigned to solve the crime.

“We are so excited to work with Brye, Jonathan and the whole team at Mrc,” said Johnson and Bergman in a statement. “They’re true movie fans and will be terrific partners for this adventure.”

Also Read: Toronto Film Festival Market: Will Streaming Giants Spend Big Again and 5 Other Things to Watch

Multiple parties were interested in the film in an auction
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‘The Nun’ Conjures Record $5.4 Million at Thursday Box Office

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‘The Nun’ Conjures Record $5.4 Million at Thursday Box Office
The Nun” earned $5.4 million in previews on Thursday, making it the highest pre-show earner in the “Conjuring” universe.

In comparison, “Annabelle: Creation” grossed $4 million in previews last year, while “The Conjuring 2” made $3.4 million in 2016. In 2014, “Annabelle” earned $2.1 million, while the first “Conjuring” grossed $3.3 million in 2013.

So far, the highest-grossing opener in the franchise is the first “Conjuring,” which opened to $41.8 million, followed by its sequel, “Conjuring 2,” with $40.4 million.

Also Read: Does 'The Nun' Have a Post-Credits Scene?

The Nun,” directed by Corin Hardy, is expected to open in the high $40 million range this weekend from 3,700 screens, with the most optimistic projections reaching $52 million. WB is projecting a low $40 million start, based on a $22 million budget. If “The Nun” hits the higher end of projections, it will have the second-highest opening for a September release behind “It.” That spot currently belongs to “Hotel Transylvania 2” with $48 million.

Gary Dauberman
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Can ‘The Nun’ Keep Warner Bros.’ Box Office Winning Streak Going?

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Can ‘The Nun’ Keep Warner Bros.’ Box Office Winning Streak Going?
Warner Bros. ended the summer on a remarkable high note as “Crazy Rich Asians” and “The Meg” combined to gross $240 million at the box office this past month. Now they look to keep that success going with New Line’s “The Nun,” the fifth installment in the “Conjuring” horror series.

While most studios have largely steered clear of releasing films — or at least major ones — in late August and early September, Warner Bros. has turned that into a slot where they can release a New Line mid-budget horror film to excellent results.

Last year, the studio released the “Conjuring” film “Annabelle: Creation” in August, which grossed $306 million globally against a $15 million budget.

Also Read: Can Fall Box Office Break Records Despite Lack of New 'Star Wars' and Marvel Movies?

Then, the following month, WB struck gold with the remake of Stephen King’s “It,” which set a September box office
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‘Hotel Transylvania 3’ Now Sony’s Biggest Animated Title; Franchise Tops $1.3B Ww

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‘Hotel Transylvania 3’ Now Sony’s Biggest Animated Title; Franchise Tops $1.3B Ww
Exclusive: The Drac Pack has reached a new milestone as Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation becomes Sony’s biggest animated film of all time globally. At $476.3M worldwide, it sailed past Hotel Transylvania 2 ($474.8M) on Friday. Combined, the three Ht movies have now grossed in excess of $1.3B global.

Through Friday, HT3 cruised to $316M at the international box office, topping HT2. Domestically, it’s tallied $160.3M, about 6% off the previous movie.

The first two installments were released in the fall, so HT3 (efficiently budgeted at a reported $80M before P&A) was the first summer tryout for the series.

In Latin America, notably, HT3 is Sony’s 2nd biggest title of all time for the region behind Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle. It is also the studio’s biggest grosser ever in Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Slovakia, Lithuania and Ethiopia.

The Top 5 markets through Friday are China ($28.7M), Mexico
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China Box Office: ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ Dominates Weekend With $68 Million

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China Box Office: ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ Dominates Weekend With $68 Million
Ant-Man and the Wasp” showed no signs of suffering from a China release that came a month after its outing in other territories. It dominated the weekend box office with a very bright $66.5 million score.

Including sneak previews and midnight screenings, it topped $68 million. Nationwide, it played on a very wide 148,000 screenings per day. Fully $7.2 million of the total came from the country’s 500-plus IMAX screens.

The film opened well with $22.5 million on Friday and maintained almost identical performances on Saturday and Sunday. Other titles had no such resilience.

Martial arts story, “Big Brother,” starring Donnie Yen opened with $5.08 on Friday, but saw its numbers eroded. It finished second with $13.2 million.

Holdovers, “The Island” and “The Meg” clocked up almost identical scores of $7.2 million and $7.17 million, for third and fourth places respectively. After 17 days, Chinese comedy “The Island” has a cumulative of $188 million, while China-u.S.-co-production “The Meg” has managed $144 million,
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'The Meg' champ again, crosses $300m worldwide (update)

'The Meg' champ again, crosses $300m worldwide (update)
Mission: Impossible – Fallout crosses $300m international. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again hits $200m.

August 20 Update: The Meg crossed $300m worldwide and stayed atop the international and global ranks as an estimated $68.9m from 55 territories propelled the running total to $232.2m and $316m worldwide.

Warner Bros Pictures International

Update: The giant shark thriller added $30.7m in China via co-financier Gravity Pictures to rank second and reach $117.5m. It held on to number one in 20 holdover markets led by Mexico on $3.7m for $13.6m, Russia on $2.3m for $10m, and Brazil on $1.5m for $4.5m. It ranks third in the UK after adding $2.7m for $11m.
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'The Meg' champ again, crosses $300m worldwide

'The Meg' champ again, crosses $300m worldwide
Mission: Impossible – Fallout crosses $300m international. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again hits $200m.

The Meg crossed $300m worldwide and stayed atop the international and global ranks as an estimated $67m from 55 territories propelled the running total to $230.4m and $314.1m worldwide.

Warner Bros Pictures International

The giant shark thriller added $30.5m in China via co-financier Gravity Pictures to rank second and reach $117.2m. It held on to number one in 21 holdover markets led by Mexico on $3.7m for $13.6m, Russia on $2.3m for $10m, and Brazil on $1.5m for $4.5m. It ranks third in the UK after adding $2.8m for $11m.
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