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‘The Goldfinch’ Belly-Flop: What Went Wrong at the Box Office

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‘The Goldfinch’ Belly-Flop: What Went Wrong at the Box Office
The scale of “The Goldfinch” opening weekend fiasco overshadowed the reality. Making it a success at the box office was always going to be a long shot for Warner Bros. The adaptation of the Donna Tartt bestseller almost landed in the lowest-20 grossing titles opening in over 2,000 theaters. Its $2.7 million gross ranks with the worst performances ever for a film of its pedigree.

But that pedigree lessened its chances of becoming a hit. With a $45-million budget, a global marketing campaign took the bottom line north of $100 million. With openings in a few countries showing little initial strength, the worldwide theatrical take could struggle to get to $25 million. With Amazon holding streaming rights and a one-third stake, returns to the studio are reduced.

This debacle is bad news for any studio executives pushing for non-franchise content. In five weeks time, Warner Bros. released three original standalones: “The Kitchen,” “Blinded By the Light,
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Warner Bros. blames a bad marketplace after The Goldfinch bombs

  • JoBlo
Warner Bros. has not been having the best year. While movies like Shazam! and Detective Pikachu did fine at the box office, high-profile movies like The Lego Movie 2, Godzilla: King Of The Monsters, Shaft and The Kitchen all either came in well under expectations or flat-out bombed. When it comes to their newest release, The Goldfinch, they perhaps hit their biggest speedbump, as the movie…
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Warner Bros. Reacts to ‘The Goldfinch’ Box Office Bomb and Blames the Marketplace

Warner Bros. Reacts to ‘The Goldfinch’ Box Office Bomb and Blames the Marketplace
Warner Bros. domestic distribution president Jeff Goldstein is facing some tough questions in the aftermath of “The Goldfinch” becoming one of the biggest box office bombs of 2019. The John Crowley-directed adaptation of Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel opened at the U.S. box office to a disastrous $2.6 million, far below the projections that said the film would open in the $12 million range. Warner Bros. partnered with Amazon Studios to produce “The Goldfinch” for $40 million. The drama opened in 2,542 locations, making its $2.6 million launch one of the biggest bombs for a nationwide release. Goldstein reacted to the film’s box office performance by telling Variety the marketplace just wasn’t right for it.

“I think the audience wasn’t interested in seeing this literary work on-screen,” Goldstein said. “There were many things that didn’t work, but the biggest was probably the marketplace. The gap between the have and
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'It 2' Repeats at #1, 'Hustlers' Exceeds Expectations & 'The Goldfinch' Flies into a Wall

'It 2' Repeats at #1, 'Hustlers' Exceeds Expectations & 'The Goldfinch' Flies into a Wall
It was a mixed bag of a weekend for Warner Bros. which saw It: Chapter Two deliver a strong hold and retain the weekend's #1 spot at the box office, but their new release, The Goldfinch, bombed, delivering one of the worst openings ever for a wide release. Alternatively, STXfilms's Hustlers exploded out of the gates with the studio's largest opening in its five year history as well as star Jennifer Lopez's largest live-action opening of all-time. With an estimated $40.7 million, WB and New Line's It: Chapter Two topped the weekend for the second week in a row, dipping just -55% compared to its opening weekend and pushing the film's domestic cume over $153 million after ten days in release. In addition to that, the horror sequel added another $47 million internationally this weekend for a global tally that now stands at $323.3 million. That total includes a $4.7 million #1 opening in France while
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Box Office: ‘Hustlers’ Racks Up Solid $33 Million Debut, ‘Goldfinch’ Bombs

  • Variety
“Hustlers” rolled in the Benjamins this weekend, collecting $33.2 million when it debuted in 3,250 North American theaters.

Boosted by rave reviews and stellar word of mouth, “Hustlers” beat expectations and now ranks as the best start for an Stx film, along with the biggest live-action opening weekend for stars Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu. Directed by Lorene Scafaria, the R-rated heist thriller is based on Jessica Pressler’s 2015 New York magazine article about a group of strippers who turn the tables on their wealthy Wall Street clientele after the 2008 recession hits.

“Hustlers” arrived in second place behind Warner Bros.’ “It: Chapter Two,” which claimed the No. 1 spot for the second weekend in a row. The terrifying sequel pocketed another $40 million this weekend, marking a 55% decline from its inaugural outing. The follow-up to 2017’s “It” has earned $153 million in North America and $323 million globally. Between “It: Chapter Two” and its predecessor, the
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Hustlers – Review

So, are movie audiences ready for another flick about good looking women being very, very bad? Well, not as bad say as the ladies of The Kitchen. Nobody’s getting whacked or having their legs broken. The dudes in this romp do wake up with some major hangovers (physical and financial). Now don’t get this confused with this past Summer’s similarly-titled The Hustle. This new flick has no wacky slapstick hi-jinks. And it’s based an original story, a magazine article, while the former was a remake…of a remake, showing us that “third time’ was definitely not “the charm”. And instead of the swanky hotels and casinos on the French Rivera, we see the inner working of an NYC “high-end” “gentleman’s club”. The “entertainers’ that work there desperately want to leave the “life”. But they’ve got to be more than “classy exotic dancers’, these ladies have to be Hustlers.
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Why ‘It: Chapter Two’ Conquered the Box Office

  • Variety
Warner Bros. and New Line’s “It: Chapter Two” provided a necessary lift to a lagging domestic box office, dominating over the competition with $91 million in North America. Though it fell short of the first film’s record-breaking $123 million debut in 2017, those figures still represent a promising result.

“Unless you’re ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ you’re not fishing for a record with a three-hour movie,” Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst with Comscore, said of inaugural ticket sales. “‘It: Chapter Two’ will be about the longterm playability more than the opening weekend pop.”

The return of Pennywise, the demonic clown (portrayed by Bill Skarsgard) at the center of “It” and its sequel, came at a welcome time for Warner Bros., which was in need of a boost after a dreary summer showing. The studio closed out popcorn season with notable misses including “The Kitchen” and “Blinded by the Light,” but “It:
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Box Office: ‘It: Chapter Two’ Floats to No. 1 With $91 Million

  • Variety
Leave it to Pennywise to deliver a much-needed jolt to the domestic box office. Warner Bros. and New Line’s “It: Chapter Two” arrived with $91 million, a promising start to fall after a lackluster summer moviegoing season.

While those ticket sales are behind the jaw-dropping $123 million launch of its predecessor, 2017’s “It,” the follow-up still ranks as the second-best horror opening in history, as well as the second-highest bow for the month of September (both behind “It”). The original “It” stands as the most successful horror film to date with $700 million worldwide.

Directed by Andy Muschietti, “It: Chapter Two” was also a necessary win for Warner Bros. following a dismal summer that saw disappointments such as “The Kitchen,” “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” and “Shaft.”

Overseas, “It: Chapter Two” scared up a solid $94 million for a global debut of $185 million.

“We’re absolutely thrilled with our result,” Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros.
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‘It: Chapter Two’ Revives Lethargic Box Office With $91 Million Opening

  • The Wrap
Warner Bros./New Line’s “It: Chapter Two” has got the box office moving again after a sluggish couple of weeks. With the widest release ever for a horror film at 4,570 screens, this Stephen King adaptation earned a $91 million opening this weekend.

While that’s well below the horror record $123 million earned by the first “It” in 2017, “It: Chapter Two” does stand as the second-highest opening weekend in the history of the genre. That honor previously belonged to the 2018 revival of “Halloween,” which earned a $76 million opening in October 2018.

Also Read: Where'd You Go, Indies?: 2019 Has Been a Tough Year at the Art-House Box Office

With a lower opening weekend and a higher budget — reported to be in the $70 million range — “It: Chapter Two” won’t have a theatrical run as profitable as its predecessor. But the sequel is still primed to be a winner for Warner Bros., which
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Box Office: Can ‘It: Chapter Two’ Deliver the Hit Warner Bros. Needs?

  • Variety
Can “It” float again? Warner Bros. is hoping the audience’s penchant for Pennywise, the same enthusiasm that turned Andy Muschietti’s 2017 adaptation into a box office smash, will translate into scary-good ticket sales for “It: Chapter Two.”

The follow-up arrives in theaters this weekend with outsized expectations, and not just because the first film set a new genre record to the tune of $700 million globally. The Losers’ Club is returning to the big screen on the heels of a particularly rough summer for Warner Bros. “Annabelle Comes Home” and “Pokemon: Detective Pikachu” delivered modest returns, but those were the lone (and dim) bright spots. A crop of misses that includes “Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” “Shaft,” the Springsteen-inspired “Blinded by the Light” and Melissa McCarthy and Tiffany Haddish’s heist drama “The Kitchen” each sputtered in spectacular fashion. It was a bloodbath that would have been the envy of Pennywise.
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Can ‘It: Chapter Two’ Top Last Film’s Record $123 Million Opening?

  • The Wrap
Warner Bros. is in need of a box office winner and New Line’s “It: Chapter Two” is primed to be that champ. The question is, can the sequel match – or even pass – its predecessor, which went on to become the highest grossing horror movie in box office history?

This summer wasn’t a very good one for Warner Bros. Their tentpole blockbuster “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” disappointed in June, and the studio suffered two big August flops with “The Kitchen” and “Blinded by the Light.” But now it is hoping for a big, R-rated autumn starting with “It: Chapter Two.”

When it was released in 2017, “It” caught box office analysts by surprise, earning a September record $123 million opening and grossing $700 million worldwide against a budget of just $30 million. The film’s marketing was a masterclass in building audience hype, slowly revealing the new look of Pennywise the Dancing
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Why Toronto Matters as Awards Season Moves Onto Fast Track

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Why Toronto Matters as Awards Season Moves Onto Fast Track
The Toronto Intl. Film Festival is no longer just one of the biggest fests in the world. As sequels, reboots and franchises dominate the 2019 box office, Tiff now represents a cross-section of the industry’s few remaining attempts at original feature filmmaking. And given numerous specialty film B.O. disappointments, few if any award contenders so far and a fourth quarter that seems more back-loaded with highbrow releases than most years in recent memory, the 2019 edition seems especially pivotal.

Tiff’s offerings include big-budget studio films that aspire to be more than tentpoles; award-season bait; acquisition hopefuls; docs; and foreign films.

Adding to the uncertainty are a slew of new streaming platforms, with a few owned by the newly supersized Disney, raising further questions about majors’ already shaky commitment to theatrical exhibition for films without recognizable brands. Fox Searchlight’s uncertain level of support from new owners Disney, and Amazon
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Summer Box Office Wrap: Five Things We Learned From a Lackluster Popcorn Season

  • Variety
Summer 2019: It was the best of times (for Disney), it was the worst of times (for basically any other studio).

It’s been something of a mixed bag at the box office during the stretch between May and August, the four-month period officially defined as summer moviegoing season. Notable misses such as “Dark Phoenix,” “The Kitchen” and “Where’d You Go Bernadette” ultimately outweighed the hits like “The Lion King,” “John Wick 3” and “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” causing ticket sales decline 2% from the same time last year.

As pumpkin spice season dawns, there are still a number of promising titles on deck for the remainder of 2019 — “It: Chapter Two,” “Frozen 2” “Jumanji: The Next Level” to name a few — but Hollywood will have to rely on a whole lot of movies to resonate in order to assure studio executives that people do indeed still like going to the movies.
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Tiffany Haddish, Billy Crystal to Star in Comedy ‘Here Today’

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Tiffany Haddish, Billy Crystal to Star in Comedy ‘Here Today’
Billy Crystal and Tiffany Haddish will star in and produce the independent comedy “Here Today,” with Crystal directing from a screenplay he co-wrote with Alan Zweibel.

“Here Today” is based on Zweibel’s short story “The Prize.” Crystal will portray a veteran comedy writer who is slowly but surely losing his grip on reality and befriends a talented young New York street singer, played by Haddish. Together, they form an unlikely friendship that kicks the generation gap aside and redefines the meaning of love and trust.

Rocket Science is handling international sales at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival, while CAA will handle Us rights. Principal photography starts in New York in October.

Astute Films’ President Fred Bernstein made the announcement Wednesday. Besides Crystal and Haddish, producers are Bernstein, Zweibel and Dominique Telson. Rick Jackson, Claudine Marrotte and Samantha Sprecher will serve as executive producers. “Here Today” is a co-production between Astute Films,
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Tiffany Haddish & Billy Crystal Team For Comedy Feature ‘Here Today’ – Tiff

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Tiffany Haddish & Billy Crystal Team For Comedy Feature ‘Here Today’ – Tiff
Tiffany Haddish and Billy Crystal will star together in the Astute Films’ comedy Here Today, a project that the latter Saturday Night Live alum will co-write and direct.

Here Today is billed as a May/September romantic comedy – but without the romance. Crystal plays veteran comedy writer Charlie Berns, who is slowly but surely losing his grip on reality. He befriends a talented young New York street singer Emma Paige played by Haddish and they form an unlikely, touching friendship that defies the generation gap aside and redefines the meaning of love and trust.

Here Today marks Crystal’s eighth time directing and his third on a feature film following Mr. Saturday Night and Forget Paris, in which he also starred. Crystal directed the HBO film 61*, starring Barry Pepper and Thomas Jane in 2001 which earned him an Emmy and Director’s Guild Nomination as Best Director for a film made for television.
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Bo Report: ‘The Nightingale’ opens while ‘The Australian Dream’ rallies

The Nightingale.’

While Jennifer Kent’s The Nightingale has achieved an 86 per cent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes since the world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival, many critics have described the tale of rape, murder and revenge as harrowing and bleak.

So in that context the film’s opening in Australia last weekend via Transmission Films was quite respectable – and some exhibitors expect it will have a leggy run.

Meanwhile Madman Entertainment’s The Australian Dream had a buoyant second weekend, helped by word-of-mouth and the two-for-one ticket offer to Afl members.

Rachel Ward’s Palm Beach advanced to $3.8 million after nabbing $305,000 in its fourth weekend, easing by 31 per cent for Universal Pictures. Kriv Stenders’ Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan dipped by just 16 per cent to $250,000 in its fourth, delivering $2.5 million for Transmission Films.

The Nightingale grossed $98,000 on 32 screens, bringing the total including festival screenings to
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‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Keeps Global Box Office Lead

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‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Keeps Global Box Office Lead
Universal’s “Hobbs & Shaw” revved past the competition overseas once again, dominating the international box office with $39 million in ticket sales.

The “Fast & Furious” spinoff also kept its lead globally, making it the only movie this year to remain victorious at the worldwide box office for four weekends. Blockbusters including “Captain Marvel,” “Avengers: Endgame” and “Spider-Man: Far From Home” each held the No. 1 spot for three weekends.

After this weekend, “Hobbs & Shaw” is nearing the $700 million mark globally, as ticket sales currently sit at $684 million. As expected, the international box office is responsible for much of that haul with $525 million to date.

“Hobbs & Shaw” remains a big draw in China, where it earned another $27.9 million this weekend, boosting its tally in that territory to $166 million. The movie opened in its final territory, Greece, with $300,000.

Sony’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” also had a solid weekend, bringing in another $21.6 million from 60 international markets.
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'Hobbs & Shaw' to clear $500m at international box office this weekend

'Hobbs & Shaw' to clear $500m at international box office this weekend
Angel Has Fallen flies flag for independent cinema.

Universal’s Fast franchise spin-off Hobbs & Shaw has enjoyed a terrific run thus far and studio executives can look forward to a $500m-plus international running total by the end of the weekend as the tentpole enters its second session in China.

Currently on $477.2m, the vehicle that unites the considerable powers of Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Idris Elba and Vanessa Kirby has reached $628m at the global box office and will soar past $650m this weekend.

It delivered a record August launch of $100.1m in China last weekend and the territory is key.
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The Kitchen Movie Review: Critics Review, Rating, Cast and Crew

Written and directed by Andrea Berloff and based on a DC Vertigo comicbook miniseries published in 2015, "The Kitchen" is a tale of crime and punishment.

It is a light-but-not-really-comic drama of three women who become masters of their hellbent fate and the underworld, after their husbands are disposed of to jail after being nabbed for attempted robbery.

The title has a dual meaning. It refers to the Hell's Kitchen neighbourhood where the story is set, and also the room where brutal chauvinistic men think women belong to.

Set in 1978 in New York City, the narrative centres around three sort-of-friends, living in varying states of marital accommodation to low-rung mobsters.

Kathy (Melissa McCarthy) considers her bond with Jimmy (Brian d'Arcy James), her husband and father of her two kids, as a solid one and looks anguished when the judge sentences him for three years.

Claire (Elisabeth Moss) on the other hand,
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Domhnall Gleeson on 'The Kitchen' and the Surprising Humor of 'Star Wars' Co-Star Adam Driver

Domhnall Gleeson on 'The Kitchen' and the Surprising Humor of 'Star Wars' Co-Star Adam Driver
For Domhnall Gleeson, J.J. Abrams’ return to Star Wars made perfect sense.

The 36-year-old star of The Kitchen would’ve gladly welcomed a new director to a galaxy far, far away, but in the end, Gleeson is quite pleased that the familiar and steady hand of Abrams is concluding the Skywalker sequel trilogy he started in 2015.

“He invented all of those characters. It’s important to take risks when you’re making films, and J.J. takes them in the right way," Gleeson tells The Hollywood Reporter. "I thought that it was really smart and very,...
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