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Iff Panama: Panama Recorded Fastest-Growing Box Office in Central America in 2017

Panama once again recorded the fastest-growing box office in Central America in 2017, driven by the opening of new multiplexes, and some of the region’s biggest local hits.

Central America consolidated its region-wide box office growth in 2017 with 3% growth, again due primarily to new theater openings, but the exponential growth curve recorded since 2012 now seems to be plateau-ing.

Total box office for the region in 2017 was $144.34 million – 50% higher than in 2012, but growth in 2017 was lower than in previous years, such as an 8.3% growth in 2016.

Unlike some Latin American countries, where inflation is rampant, Central America maintains very low inflation rates, rising prosperity, and an increasingly stable middle class, which has fueled cinema-going habits.

15 new cinema theaters, with a total of 69 screens, bowed in the region in 2017. Almost half of the news screens opened in Panama, with six new cinemas, and 31 screens. Guatemala saw four new cinemas, with 18 screens, and Costa Rica two new cinemas,
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Wonder Woman Is 2017’s Most Profitable Superhero Flick

We witnessed the zenith of superhero cinema in 2017, which featured the homecoming of Spider-Man, saw Thor’s trilogy come to a triumphant close, and Logan earn an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. Surprisingly, however, it wasn’t any of these, nor any other McU film, that climbed highest in Deadline’s Most Valuable Blockbuster Tournament. No, Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman holds that distinction, having netted just under $253 million in profit.

That wasn’t an oversight, as last year’s most profitable superhero film really didn’t belong to Marvel. Although, three other McU entries did manage to crack the top ten: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ($154.7M), Thor: Ragnarok ($174.2M), and Spider-Man: Homecoming ($200.1M). It’s true, DC can finally put a tick on their side of the board, though somehow, I don’t think Marvel Studios is taking the loss too hard.

Batten down the hatches
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Netflix schedule: Here’s what is coming and leaving in April 2018

Netflix has confirmed that a slew of new original series will be debuting on the streaming service in April. There will also be new to Netflix seasons of some of your favorites from other networks. Likewise, there will be plenty of movies making their first Netflix appearances including the animated classic “The Iron Giant” and several films in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Despicable Me” series.

Of the new Netflix originals, several stand out as particularly binge-worthy, including the freshman seasons of the remake of “Lost in Space” and the TV version of the Oscar-nominated animated film “The Boss Baby.” And there are episodes of both the new David Letterman and Joel McHale talk shows as well as a comedy special from Kevin James.

Available April 1

A Sort of Family

Along Came Polly

Bad Boys

Battlefield Earth

Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure

Big Time

Body of Lies

Cabin Fever

Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever
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What’s Coming to Netflix in April 2018

A few classic television shows and family movies are headed to Netflix this April.

Right on schedule with the robot’s cameo in “Ready Player One,” the ’90s animated movie “The Iron Giant” will be added to the streaming service at the start of April. Other movies adults and children can add to their queues are “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest,” “The Flintstones,” and “Despicable Me 3.”

“My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman: Jay-z,” the next installment in the comedian’s show, as well as the latest episodes of “The Joel McHale Show With
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Will Ready Player One Be the Next Big Box Office Phenomenon?

They say that the month of March either goes in like a lion and out like a lamb, or vice versa, and, at least from a box office standpoint, the month will seemingly go in like a lion and out like a lion too. The month kicked off with Marvel's Black Panther continuing its epic winning streak with an impressive $66.3 million in its third weekend, with the final weekend of March looking to be easily conquered by newcomer Ready Player One, directed by Steven Spielberg. Armed with strong reviews and positive word of mouth, we're predicting a $43.6 million debut for Ready Player One, which will easily be enough to take the top spot from last weekend's holdovers and two newcomers as well, Lionsgate's Tyler Perry's Acrimony and PureFlix's God's Not Dead: A Light in the Darkness.

For one, Ready Player One is shaping up to debut with
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Netflix's New Releases Coming in April 2018

Start off April with a blast from the past. On April 1, Netflix is adding several classic TV shows and movies to its library. And the streaming service isn't joking around.  

Deep Blue Sea, Friday Night Lights, Mortal Kombat, Scarface and Seven kick off the new additions. Later, Netflix will bring back the laughs with Despicable Me 3.

As for the rest of the month, April will be full of Netflix originals featuring big name stars. Jay-z will sit down with David Letterman for the April installment of My Next Guest Needs No Introduction. Seth Rogen's...
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Netflix's New Releases Coming in April 2018

Start off April with a blast from the past. On April 1, Netflix is adding several classic TV shows and movies to its library. And the streaming service isn't joking around.  

Deep Blue Sea, Friday Night Lights, Mortal Kombat, Scarface and Seven kick off the new additions. Later, Netflix will bring back the laughs with Despicable Me 3.

As for the rest of the month, April will be full of Netflix originals featuring big name stars. Jay-z will sit down with David Letterman for the April installment of My Next Guest Needs No Introduction. Seth Rogen's...
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Full List of Movies and TV Shows Coming To and Leaving Netflix in April 2018

Netflix has announced the full list of films and TV shows that are coming to the streaming service in April 2018 along with everything that will be leaving. There's actually a lot of great things to look forward to such as The Iron Giant, Bad Boys, Along Came Polly, Mortal Kombat, Speed Racer, Seven, Sin City, The Lost Boys, Lost in Space, and more. Check out the promo spot and a full list of titles below. Look through them and let us know what you're excited about!

Available April 1

A Sort of Family

Along Came Polly

Bad Boys

Battlefield Earth

Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure

Big Time

Body of Lies

Cabin Fever

Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever

Cats & Dogs

Cold Mountain

Dare to Be Wild

Deep Blue Sea

Fish People

Friday Night Lights

Jackass 2.5

Life Is Beautiful

Looney Tunes: Back in Action

Mortal Kombat

Nancy Drew

Disney’s Pirates of the
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Movies New to Netflix in April: ‘Seven,’ ‘The Iron Giant,’ ‘Scarface’ and More

April showers might bring May flowers, but what to do during the rainy season? Why, modern movie-lover does when the weather outside is frightful, curl up with some Netflix. (Maybe get some chill in there, if you’re lucky). While not the most romantic of movies, classic crime lovers can enjoy Brian De Palma’s “Scarface,” which lands on the platform next month. After you get your fix of an infinitely quotable and smoldering Al Pacino, you can jump ahead to the equally as disturbing David Fincher classic, “Seven.”

A few tear-jerking Oscar winners also head to Netflix in April, including the Nicole Kidman, Renée Zellweger-starring “Cold Mountain,” and Roberto Benigni’s WWII drama “Life Is Beautiful.” For lighter fare, check out “The Iron Giant,” or both live-action “The Flinstones” movies (for my Rosie O’Donnell die-hards).

Hopefully, that’s enough to keep you busy until May. Check out
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Here’s What’s Coming to Netflix in April 2018

Netflix has released the full list of new titles coming to the streaming service in April 2018. It’s a pretty deep bench, as the list of movies available to stream ranges from cult favorites like Speed Racer and Sin City to stone-cold classics like Seven and The Iron Giant. There are also a few “new releases” like Despicable Me 3, but really the most important addition here is Along Came Polly—a true comedic gem. There’s quite a bit of Netflix original content coming in April as well, including the streaming service’s highly anticipated Lost in …
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Along Came Polly, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and Sin City Coming to Netflix in April 2018

Netflix giveth and Netflix taketh away. Today, the company announced which film and TV titles will be available to stream in the month of April. Subscribers will soon be able to watch hit movies like Along Came Polly, Despicable Me 3, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Scarface, Seven and Sin City, as well as popular television shows like Call the Midwife (Series 6) and Jane the Virgin (Season 4). To make room for its new slate of programming, Netflix is also losing movies like Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, American Pie, Batman, The Shawshank Redemption, Wild Wild West and more. Here's the full list of what's coming to Netflix in April 2018: Available 4/1/18 A Sort of...
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Despicable Me 3 Is Coming to Netflix in April

Attention all minion lovers! We have some exciting news for you. E! News can exclusively confirm that Despicable Me 3 is coming to Netflix on April 5. Fans of all ages will be able to hear the sounds of minions from the comfort of their couch, bed or family room. And yes, the talented voices of Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig and Miranda Cosgrove will also be blasted loud and proud for movie watchers to enjoy. For those who may have missed the box-office hit, Despicable Me 3 is centered around Gru who meets his long-lost charming (and more successful) twin brother Dru who wants to team up with him for one last criminal heist. The story would ultimately allow the film to earn a whopping $264 million...
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Beyond ‘Black Panther’ Box Office: 5 Ways Its Success Changed the Movie Business

Barely into March, and “Black Panther” could be the biggest domestic release of 2018. It’s passed $430 million in its first two weeks, is approaching $800 million worldwide, and is on track to pass $600 million in North America, and more than $1 billion worldwide.

So many records in so little time. However, the film’s greatest impact doesn’t lie with its bragging rights. “The Black Panther” stands a real chance of reinventing the realities of studio filmmaking, of the release calendar, and the exhibition business of North America. Here’s how that’s happening, right now.

Big-Budget, Afro-Centric Films Make Money

Black Panther” reportedly cost $200 million, similar to most Marvel (and rival D.C. Comics) titles. It will be one of the five or so most-expensive films of the year, and the P&A will cost more than half again as much. In the past, that financial weight was evidence against producing big-budget “difficult” films (read: female-led,
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2018 Cinema Audio Society Awards: ‘Dunkirk’ wins on way to Oscars

2018 Cinema Audio Society Awards: ‘Dunkirk’ wins on way to Oscars
At Saturday’s Cinema Audio Society Awards, “Dunkirk” edged out three of its Oscar rivals for Best Sound Mixing — “Baby Driver,” “The Shape of Water” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” — as well as “Wonder Woman” for the top award. The Cas snubbed “Blade Runner: 2049,” which won big with the Motion Picture Sound Editors on Feb. 18

This win for “Dunkirk” does not guarantee that it will take home the Oscar. Only 12 of the 24 winners with the Cas have repeated at the Academy Awards.

Predict Oscar winners now; change them till March 4

“Coco” won best sound mixing in an animated feature over “Cars 3,””Despicable Me 3,” “Ferdinand” and “The Lego Batman Movie.” And “Jane” claimed the documentary feature prize over “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,” “Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars,” “Gaga: Five Feet Two,” and “Long Strange Trip.”

On the TV front, “Game of Thrones” won on the
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2018 Cinema Audio Society Awards predictions: We’re betting on ‘Dunkirk,’ ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Big Little Lies’ …

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2018 Cinema Audio Society Awards predictions: We’re betting on ‘Dunkirk,’ ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Big Little Lies’ …
The Cinema Audio Society Awards will be handed out on Saturday, February 24, honoring the best in sound mixing on the big and small screens. So who will take home prizes? And how will they affect the Oscar race as we near the home stretch of the film awards season? We’re predicting five categories — two for film and three for television — based on the combined forecasts of hundreds of Gold Derby users who have made their picks in our predictions center in anticipation of the awards. Scroll down to see who we’re betting on in order of their racetrack odds, with the projected winners highlighted in gold.

The World War II drama “Dunkirk” is out front to win Live Action Sound Mixing for the work of Mark Weingarten (production mixer), Gregg Landaker (re-recording mixer), Gary Rizzo (re-recording mixer), Alan Meyerson (scoring mixer), Thomas J. O’Connell (Adr mixer) and
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European cinema admissions reached record levels in 2017

Figures boosted by huge Russian growth.

Cinema admissions in Europe reached record levels last year, according to a report from the European Audiovisual Observatory presented at the Berlin Film Festival.

They estimate that including non-EU territories, 1.29 billion tickets were sold in Europe in 2017, “the highest admission levels of the past decades”.

This was driven by a jump of nearly 10% in the Russian market, which surpassed 200m admissions for the first time. This “further strengthens Russia’s position as the first European market in terms of admissions,” said the report. Turkey also grew by a 22%.

Within the European Union there was a slight year-on-year decrease of 0.7% to 985m tickets sold. This was 6.6m less than 2016, but still the second highest year since 2004.

The Observatory attributed the YoY EU drop to a large decline in Italy (down 12.9%) and a slight dip in France (1.8%).

Admissions reached record levels however in Poland (up 8.7%), the Netherlands (up 5.3%), Romania (up 11.3%) and the Slovak
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Europe Sees Record Theater Admissions in 2017

Movie ticket sales across the whole of Europe hit an estimated record 1.29 billion in 2017, according to data released Thursday by the European Audiovisual Observatory. Figures for the 28-nation European Union showed a slight drop, but remained strong when seen in historical context.

The European Audiovisual Observatory, an agency that collates official information on the audiovisual industry across Europe, said 985 million tickets were sold across the 28 E.U. member states last year. Although this was 6.6 million fewer admissions than in 2016, a decline of 0.7%, the overall number still remained the second-highest recorded in the E.U. since 2004. The agency’s report said that the 2017 results “confirm the regained strength of the European theatrical market, which had been declining from 2010 up until 2014.”

The report, released just before the official opening of the Berlin Film Festival, said the marginal decline in total E.U. admissions could largely be attributed to a major drop in Italy and a comparatively poor year-on-year performance in France
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2018 Visual Effects Society Awards: ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ wins on way to Oscars

2018 Visual Effects Society Awards: ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ wins on way to Oscars
War for the Planets of the Apes”, which is predicted to win the Oscar for Best Visual Effects, defeated its four rivals — “Blade Runner 2049,” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Kong: Skull Island” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” — at the Ves Awards on Feb. 13. All five were in the running for the Visual Effects Society equivalent of the Best Picture race: Visual Effects in a Feature Motion Picture.

“War of the Planet of the Apes” and “Blade Runner 2049” each reaped a leading seven bids at the 16th annual edition of these awards. The final film in the “Planet of the Apes” reboot won the most awards here (4), including that top prize while the long-awaited “Blade Runner” sequel took two.

“War of the Planet of the Apes” also prevailed for Best Character in a Photoreal Feature, Compositing and Effects Simulation.

In the 15-year history of the Ves Awards,
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Sarah Michelle Gellar Is Shocked to Find Out Cruel Intentions Has Been Listed as a Family Movie

Sarah Michelle Gellar Is Shocked to Find Out Cruel Intentions Has Been Listed as a Family Movie
Sarah Michelle Gellar‘s iconic Cruel Intentions is not the sexually-charged coming of age tale she thought she starred in – it’s actually a film that is fun for the whole family.

The star found out the new classification of her 1999 film when a fan reached out to her on social media, revealing that Apple TV has put the cult hit in the family and kids section.

The actress, 40, reposted the fan’s Instagram photo that showed the film alongside Despicable Me 3 and My Little Pony: The Movie.

“See! It’s fun for the whole family!! F– Care Bears!
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2018 Visual Effects Society Awards preview: Oscar frontrunner ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ v. ‘Blade Runner 2049’

2018 Visual Effects Society Awards preview: Oscar frontrunner ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ v. ‘Blade Runner 2049’
“War for the Planets of the Apes”, which is predicted to win the Oscar for Best Visual Effects, will face off first against its four rivals — “Blade Runner 2049,” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Kong: Skull Island” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” — at the Ves Awards on Feb. 13. All five are in the running for the Visual Effects Society equivalent of the Best Picture race: Visual Effects in a Feature Motion Picture.

“War of the Planet of the Apes” and “Blade Runner 2049” each reaped a leading seven bids for the 16th annual edition of these kudos. We are predicting that the final film in the “Planet of the Apes” reboot will win the most awards here, including that top prize.

We are predicting that “Dunkirk” will take home the supporting visual effects award over “Darkest Hour,” “Downsizing,” “Mother!” and “Only the Brave.”

And we expect that “Coco
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