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Disney And Longtime Fox Producer Chernin Entertainment Part Ways

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Disney And Longtime Fox Producer Chernin Entertainment Part Ways
First “Fox” got the ax from Disney’s rebranded assets 20th Century Studios and Searchlight Pictures. Now one of Fox’s most prominent film producers is ending its run, with Deadline confirming Friday that Chernin Entertainment is parting ways with the now Disney-run studio after eight years.

Chernin via its deal made 24 movies over that span mostly at Fox, including the successful Planet of the Apes franchise and the Oscar-nominated Hidden Figures. They also teamed on Ford v Ferrari, the James Mangold drama starring Christian Bale and Matt Damon, which just snagged a Best Picture nom this week.

Recent Chernin Entertainment films at Fox also include Underwater with Kristen Stewart and the animated Spies In Disguise.

Disney, which acquired the Fox film assets officially in March as part of their mega-merger, doesn’t produce many films using third-party models, which is how Chernin’s deal was structured. It’s unclear
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Peter Bart: Oscar-Season Frenzy Dooms Some Movies With Big Budgets And Wobbly Reviews

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Peter Bart: Oscar-Season Frenzy Dooms Some Movies With Big Budgets And Wobbly Reviews
The rituals of awards season are ideal for surrounding hits with glitz, but some big-budget movies with mixed reviews can get lost in the smoke and mirrors. Consider the case of three of history’s priciest creature features — Dolittle, Underwater and Cats — all opening quietly amidst Oscar distractions, and leaving potential write-offs surpassing $100 million. They are anomalies – intriguing movies that distributors couldn’t quite figure out how to sell.

In Dolittle, an assemblage of animals chat cheerfully with Robert Downey Jr., while in Cats a phalanx of felines artfully sing and dance. Both movies, while polar opposites, deliver memorable moments of wit and charm, albeit obscured by conceptual hazards. In Underwater, Kristen Stewart copes with creepy crawlies that don’t seem to scare anyone except critics (a 53% Rotten Tomatoes score).

Awards season inspires filmmakers to reflect on the tenuous line between success and failure (see grim details below). “Audiences don
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Chernin Entertainment Exits Longtime 20th Century Fox Pact

Chernin Entertainment Exits Longtime 20th Century Fox Pact
Peter Chernin and his Chernin Entertainment banner are exiting their longtime production pact with the Disney-owned 20th Century Fox, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. 

Chernin's partnership with 20th Century Fox (newly renamed 20th Century Studios) has spanned nearly a decade with titles that include Oscar-nominated features like Hidden Figures, blockbusters like The Greatest Showman and franchises, including Planet of the Apes.

The partnership has also included box office stumbles, including recent release sci-fi feature Underwater, the latter of which opened to a disappointing $7 million in its domestic opening.

The news comes the same week as Chernin/Fox project Ford v Ferrari,...
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‘Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker’ hits $1bn at global box office

‘Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker’ hits $1bn at global box office
Sci-fi becomes fifth in franchise to cross milestone.

Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker has reached $1bn at the global box office and crossed the threshold on Tuesday (January 14), its 28th day of release.

The sci-fi becomes the fifth Star Wars film to reach the milestone and the seventh film released by Disney in 2019 to achieve the feat.

Lucasfilm’s third trilogy finale added $4.5m on Tuesday to reach $1.001bn, and stands at $519.7m internationally and $481.3m in North America.

The UK has been the chief driver outside North America and has produced $72m at time of writing, followed by Germany on $61.7m,
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Bad Boys for Life Review

Will Smith and Martin Lawrence take one last noisy ride in Bad Boys for Life.

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Very early on in Bad Boys for Life, the third and long-delayed movie in the buddy cop series starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, the two partners are screaming through the streets of Miami in Mike Lowrey’s (Smith) Porsche, executing hairpin turns and avoiding crashes as only detectives in the movies can do. But it turns out they’re not running down the latest drug cartel; instead they’re racing to get to the hospital for the birth of Marcus Burnett’s (Lawrence) first grandchild.

That’s right, Marcus is a “pop-pop” now, and after 25 years of blowing up and shooting down most of Miami, he’s thinking about retiring. No such thoughts for Lowrey though, even if his partner is tapping out and the commander (Paola Nunez) of an elite
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Box-Office Weekend: 1917 Unseats Star Wars

Apparently a fourth week on top of the box-office weekend wasn’t in the cards for Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker as the film was bested by the new film from director Sam Mendes, 1917. The war epic enjoyed a first weekend in wide-release by claiming first place over the weekend and a $36.5 million weekend gross.

Though The Rise of Skywalker lost the top spot this weekend, it did manage to finish in second place and add another $15.1 million, giving it a four-week tally of $478.2 million. Similarly dropping one spot this weekend was Jumanji: The Next Level, which took third place with $14.0 million. The sequel now claims a five-week total of $257.1 million.

The second newcomer to the top ten this past weekend was the comedy Like a Boss, which debuted in fourth place earning $10.0 million. Tied with that was the courtroom drama Just Mercy which finished in fifth,
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Weekend Box Office: ‘1917’ Knocks ‘Rise of Skywalker’ Out of the Top Spot

Weekend Box Office: ‘1917’ Knocks ‘Rise of Skywalker’ Out of the Top Spot
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is no longer in first place. The weekend box office numbers are in, and it appears that Sam Mendes’ World War I epic 1917 has dethroned the final entry in the Skywalker Saga to be number one. Elsewhere in box office land, Kristen Stewart’s fun sea monster movie Underwater failed to swim […]

The post Weekend Box Office: ‘1917’ Knocks ‘Rise of Skywalker’ Out of the Top Spot appeared first on /Film.
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'Underwater' and the Legacy of Aquatic Horror

'Underwater' and the Legacy of Aquatic Horror
[This story contains spoilers for Underwater]

At the bottom of the ocean, no one can hear you scream. It seems impossible to discuss William Eubank’s Underwater, the new aquatic horror film from 20th Century Fox, without the specter of Ridley Scott’s Alien (1979) looming large. The familiar trappings are all there. There’s a motley crew of working-class heroes, played by Kristen Stewart, Jessica Henwick, Vincent Cassel, John Gallagher Jr., Mamoudou Athie and T.J. Miller. And each are performing their roles in service to a specific character type. There’s a claustrophobia-inducing scenario in which air-locked chambers become just as uninhabitable ...
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Iron Fist Star Jessica Henwick Almost Played Rey in Star Wars After 6-Month Audition

Iron Fist Star Jessica Henwick Almost Played Rey in Star Wars After 6-Month Audition
Rey has now been at the centre of the Star Wars galaxy since The Force Awakens back in 2015, and has earned her place as one of the franchise's icons. The role has made actress Daisy Ridley a household name and Hollywood A-lister, and no doubt changed her life.

So, it must have been excruciatingly disappointing for up-and-coming actress Jessica Henwick, who has detailed how close she came to the part of Rey, before being given a role in The Force Awakens as pilot Jess Pava.

"Oh my God, dude. That was fucking six months. That was a long one. I was auditioning for a different character, actually, so I spent six months auditioning for that character. And then, at the end, J.J. said, 'I want you to be in the film, but I want to write a character for you.' That's how Jess Pava was created.

So, it was a very,
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‘1917’ Triumphs at the Box Office With $37 Million, and Much More To Come

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‘1917’ Triumphs at the Box Office With $37 Million, and Much More To Come
Some good news this weekend: The early 2020 small uptick in grosses continued, with total ticket sales totaling around $130 million. (The second weekend of 2019 saw $120 million.) And leading the charge was Sam Mendes’ innovative “1917.” At $36.5 million, it more than doubled #2 “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” for an easy #1 placement.

The three-day period saw four new and expanding wide studio releases, compared with two in 2019 — “The Upside” and “A Dog’s Way Home,” along with the independent “Replicas” which only roused $2.3 million. That means the biggest reason for the jump is more new titles rather than suggesting a major box-office resurrection.

The big question this year is whether original titles can continue to perform like “The Upside,” “Hustlers,” and “Knives Out.” “1917” is showing initial strength that should push it to those levels, or higher. But the other three new wide releases all look like they will fall short of $50 million domestic to some degree.
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‘1917’ Storms Global Turnstiles With $56M+; ‘Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker’ Nears $1B WW – International Box Office

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‘1917’ Storms Global Turnstiles With $56M+; ‘Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker’ Nears $1B WW – International Box Office
Refresh for latest…: Sam Mendes’ 1917 takes the worldwide crown this weekend with $56.4M. The Golden Globe Best Picture (Drama) winner from DreamWorks/Amblin/Universal was tops domestically and added $19.92M at the international box office from 30 Amblin and Universal markets. The global total through Sunday brings the estimated worldwide cume to $60.4M.

The one-shot movie has been boosted by awards momentum and provides that coveted fresh IP to get folks out to the cinema. The film is being distributed by a mix in overseas markets including eOne in the UK, where the weekend was a strong $9.4M, and Universal in the Amblin markets. Uni’s take this session was $500K from just Singapore and Chile with France, Germany, Mexico, Brazil and Russia still to come this month.

Universal also unveiled Robert Downey Jr-starrer Dolittle in early overseas release, scoring a No.1 debut in Korea of $6.8M to more than
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1917 Wins the Weekend Box Office with $36.5M

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1917 Wins the Weekend Box Office with $36.5M
Sam Mendes' 1917/">1917 is the box office champion this weekend. The World War I drama was easily able to end The Rise of Skywalker's box office reign. The box office success comes after some key wins at the Golden Globe Awards last weekend, including best motion picture for a drama and best director. However, the movie has also received a lot of positive word of mouth advertising, thanks to its limited run preceding the wide release. As of this writing, 1917 has earned over $60.4 million globally.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker fell to the second position this weekend after bringing in $15 million. The final installment in the Skywalker Saga held the number one spot for nearly a month and is well on its way to earning over $1 billion. The sequel currently sits at $989.5 million and should reach $1 billion by next week. Jumanji: The Next Level took the third spot with $14 million.
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‘1917’ Wins Global Box Office Battle as ‘Little Women’ Surpasses $100 Million

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‘1917’ Wins Global Box Office Battle as ‘Little Women’ Surpasses $100 Million
Sam Mendes’ “1917” triumphed at the global box office, generating a solid $56.42 million over the weekend.

The war drama ignited to $21.17 million overseas, where Universal and Amblin Entertainment are splitting distribution. In the U.S., “1917” claimed victory with $36.5 million, enough to dethrone the reigning champ, Disney’s “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.”

“1917” is set during the height of the First World War and unfolds in real time as two young British soldiers (portrayed by George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman) are tasked with the seemingly impossible mission of delivering a message that will save the lives of 1,600 men. The film took home two Golden Globes Sunday, one for best picture — drama and another for Mendes’ direction. That publicity, combined with its Oscar prospects, are no doubt giving “1917” a box office boost. The film cost $90 million and has pocketed $60 million so far.

Another awards favorite, Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women,
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Box Office Report For January 10-12

Welcome back one and all to the weekly box office report! As is always the case, each and every Sunday you can expect a look at what made the most money in theaters, as well as just how all of the new releases fared. This week, our crop of new releases goes up against the expansion of recent Golden Globe winner 1917, along with the continued run of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Competing against those two? We have Like a Boss, Underwater, and the wide expansion of Just Mercy. How did they do? Read on to see how the weekend turned out… Taking over the top spot was 1917, playing nearly like a blockbuster, to the tune of $36.5 million. With Oscar nominations coming tomorrow, look for this to really continue to do well, especially if it comes close to, or leads, nominee wise. Sam Mendes’ war epic is a hit across the board,
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‘1917’ Rides Golden Globes Momentum To Big Box Office Win As Kristen Stewart’s ‘Underwater’ Sinks

Who says movies based on original ideas and not established franchises or IP are dead? Okay, yes, everyone says that. But at least in the case of “1917,” those people are wrong. For this week.

After a strong couple of weeks in limited release, Sam Mendes’ World War I one-shot film “1917” not only debuted atop this weekend’s domestic box office but did so in truly impressive fashion, as it bested even the most optimistic predictions.

Continue reading ‘1917’ Rides Golden Globes Momentum To Big Box Office Win As Kristen Stewart’s ‘Underwater’ Sinks at The Playlist.
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‘Little Women’ crosses $100m at global box office, ‘Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker’ on cusp of $1bn

1917 storms to $56.4m worldwide, $9.5m in UK; Dolittle opens in South Korea on $6.8m.

Major hits with women in the lead continued to impress at the box office as Sony’s Little Women crossed $100m worldwide over the weekend and Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker climbed to within easy reach of the $1bn global box office milestone.

DreamWorks/Universal/Amblin Partners’ 1917 earned the most for the weekend on $56.4m worldwide and debuted in the UK on $9.5m via eOne. Universal family adventure Dolittle starring Robert Downey Jr kicked off with $6.8m in South Korea, while thriller Underwater
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‘Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker’ poised to cross $1bn global box office

1917 storms to $9.5m in UK; Dolittle opens in South Korea on $6.8m.

Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker is poised to cross the $1bn global box office milestone after a $39.3m session boosted the running total to $989.3m and pushed the international tally past $500m.

In other highlights, Sony’s Little Women crossed $100m worldwide and Universal/Amblin Partners’ 1917 debuted in the UK on $9.5m via eOne. Universal family adventure Dolittle starring Robert Downey Jr kicked off with $6.8m in South Korea, while thriller Underwater took $14.1m globally from its maiden voyage.

Blue Sky Studio’s animation Spies In Disguise crossed $100m globally,
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‘Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker’ about to cross $1bn global box office

‘Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker’ about to cross $1bn global box office
Dolittle storms into South Korea; Underwater earns $14.1m globally in maiden voyage.

Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker is poised to cross the $1bn global box office milestone after a $39.3m session boosted the running total to $989.3m and pushed the international tally past $500m.

Family adventure Dolittle starring Robert Downey Jr kicked off in fine style through Universal with an $8.1m debut in South Korea and a historic launch in Ukraine. The thriller Underwater took $14.1m globally from its maiden voyage. Blue Sky Studio’s animation Spies In Disguise crossed $100m globally, and Fox’s Ford v Ferrari will
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'1917' Expands with Excellent $36.5 Million Weekend

'1917' Expands with Excellent $36.5 Million Weekend
Universal's 1917 made the most of strong word of mouth and two Golden Globe wins, topping the weekend box office with ease as it expanded nationwide following two weeks in limited release. Meanwhile, Paramount's Like a Boss fell a bit shy of its pre-weekend expectations and Fox's Underwater drowned. WB's expansion of Just Mercy, however, was able to deliver a top five finish as it also went nationwide following its limited release over the December holidays.

With an estimated $36.5 million, Universal's release of Sam Mendes's 1917 topped the weekend box office with ease as it expanded into 3,434 locations after playing in just 11 theaters over the previous two weeks. As recently as last week tracking for the film had it opening around $25 million, but following a pair of Golden Globe wins last Sunday and strong word of mouth, the film shattered those expectations and don't be surprised if
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‘1917’ Turns Golden Globe Win Into $36.8 Million Box Office Opening

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Universal’s release strategy for DreamWorks’ “1917” has paid off. After a limited Christmas Day release and a Golden Globe Best Picture win, Sam Mendes’ World War I film went wide this weekend and beat expectations with a $36.5 million opening from 3,434 screens.

When added to the film’s $2.7 million limited domestic run and a $21.1 million overseas start, “1917” has a global total of $60.3 million, topping the $59.4 million total earned by Universal’s other December release, “Cats,” from four weeks of wide release. With a reported budget of $90 million, “1917” should more-than make back its budget, as it is expected to earn multiple Oscar nominations and continue to draw in audiences over the next several weeks.

Audience breakdown for “1917” skewed 65% white and 60% male. But age demographics were fairly even, with 25-34 leading at 29% while 18-24 and 55+ demos were evenly represented at 18%. Reception has stayed strong with an A- CinemaScore grade and a 90% Rotten Tomatoes score.
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