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China Box Office: Slowdown Continues as ‘Gutenberg’ Takes Third Weekend Win

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Chinese cinemas were largely empty again over the weekend, allowing Hong Kong crime thriller “Project Gutenberg” to enjoy its third frame as the top-scoring film.

The cumulative total of the top 10 films amounted to just $41.2 million, according to data from Ent Group. That is the second lowest weekend this year.

The slump has followed new regulations that limit distributors’ ability to buy their own tickets to give the appearance of success, and that cap the fees charged by online ticketing companies. Both measures may have the effect of removing distortions and reveal data that presents a truer picture of theatrical demand.

The latest six-week slump may also reflect problems on the supply side. A growing number of commentators have identified a flow of weak films that have little novelty or particular appeal. Box office got a temporary boost at the Mid-Autumn Festival, but the score was more than 20% down on
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Here Are All the Movie and TV Projects LeBron James is Working On Right Now

Here Are All the Movie and TV Projects LeBron James is Working On Right Now
Even before he sets foot on the court in an NBA game this season, LeBron James has had quite a year. Continuing a steady stream of film and TV projects through his SpringHill Entertainment and longtime manager Maverick Carter, the basketball megastar has amassed an impressive list of development partnerships across the media landscape.

On the TV side alone, James has struck series deals with every broadcast network, many prestige cable outlets, and a streaming service to boot. Aside from the biggest title on his film docket, the long-awaited “Space Jam 2,” James has lent his stamp to a number of features that exist outside the basketball world.

And these aren’t solely ideas for the future, working their way toward a possible pickup. Since last fall, he’s helped produce all of the following films and programs:

high school football documentary “86 Blocks” for Fox Sports civil rights documentary “Rise
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‘Black Panther,’ ‘A Star Is Born’ Lead 2018 Hollywood Music in Media Awards Nominees

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‘Black Panther,’ ‘A Star Is Born’ Lead 2018 Hollywood Music in Media Awards Nominees
The Hollywood Music in Media Awards, recognizing music in film, TV, video games, commercials, and trailers, today announced nominees for its 2018 edition. Among the nominates films are Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut “A Star Is Born,” “Black Panther,” “BlacKkKlansman,” “Quincy,” and more.

The ceremony will feature presentations, performances, and a special achievement award. Past honorees include Diane Warren, Smokey Robinson, and Glen Campbell.

Hmma nominations are selected by an advisory board and selection committee which includes journalists, music executives, music-media industry professionals comprised of select members of the Society of Composers and Lyricists, The Television Academy, the AMPAS Music Branch, Naras, and performing rights organizations.

The awards will be held at the Avalon Hollywood on Wednesday, Nov. 14. A portion of proceeds benefit Education Through Music – Los Angeles.

A list of the visual media nominees are below:

Original Score – Feature Film

Alexandre Desplat – “The Sisters Brothers” (Annapurna)

Carter Burwell – “The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs
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Movie Ticket Prices Drop Slightly to $8.83 for Third Quarter

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Movie Ticket Prices Drop Slightly to $8.83 for Third Quarter
Average U.S. movie ticket prices fell slightly during the third quarter to $8.83 — down a dime from the same quarter a year ago and 55 cents below their all-time high of $9.38 during the second quarter.

The success of family-oriented films such as “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation,” “Christopher Robin,” “Smallfoot,” and “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” drove the price decline due to the increased numbers of children’s and matinee tickets for family films, Nato spokesman Patrick Corcoran said.

Monday’s release of third-quarter data by the National Association of Theatre Owners, the lobbying arm for the exhibition industry, also reinforced the success of the 2018 box office, which is up 9% over last year to $9.32 billion. Third-quarter admissions spiked 7.4% to 307.4 million and box office increased by 5.9% to $2.71 billion.

The summer box office, which included the hits “Incredibles 2” and “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” generated a 12.3% hike in admissions to 482.3 million and
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'A Star Is Born' posts sensational hold to move top of UK box office

Film drops 0% to move above Venom and Johnny English Strikes Again.

Rank Film / Distributor Three-day gross (Oct 12-14) Running gross Week 1 A Star Is Born (Warner Bros) £3.1m £9.6m 2 2 Venom (Sony Pictures) £3m £13.7m 2 3 Johnny English Strikes Again (Universal) £2.9m £8.3m 2 4 First Man (Universal) £2.4m £2.4m 1 5. Smallfoot (Warner Bros) £2.3m £2.3m 1

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A Star Is Born posted a sensational second weekend hold, repeating its £3.1m opening with a 0% drop. Including midweek takings and previews, the film has moved to £9.6m.

While the film has been boosted by strong word-of-mouth and critical reaction,
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Bo Report: Soft launch for ‘First Man’ while ‘In Like Flynn’ misfires

‘In Like Flynn.’

Universal’s First Man has an Academy Award-winning director in La La Land’s Damien Chazelle, an Oscar-lauded writer in Spotlight’s Josh Singer and stars two-time Oscar nominee Ryan Gosling.

But that combination did not catapult the Neil Armstrong biopic to great heights in Australia, the Us or 20 other markets last weekend.

Meanwhile Sony’s Venom easily retained the top spot while Fox’s Bad Times at the El Royale opened better here than in the Us, which isn’t saying much, and Umbrella Entertainment’s Errol Flynn biopic In Like Flynn flopped.

Directed by Russell Mulcahy and starring Thomas Cocquerel as the Tasmanian-born Flynn alongside Corey Large, William Moseley, Clive Standen, Callan Mulvey, Isabel Lucas and David Wenham, the action-adventure took just $22,000 from limited sessions on 69 screens and $38,000 including previews.

The MA15+ rating caused by the violent opening sequence in Papua New Guinea, which is at odds with the rollicking,
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‘Venom’ Grabs $69 Million From International Markets

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‘Venom’ Grabs $69 Million From International Markets
Tom Hardy’s “Venom” remained a potent player internationally in its second weekend, grabbing $69.7 million with first-place finishes in 54 markets at 20,100 screens.

Sony’s superhero saga has now taken in $235.3 million in a dozen days from overseas markets and is tracking 32% ahead of “Ant-Man and the Wasp” and 12% ahead of “Doctor Strange” for the same group of markets at the same point in release. It’s also won the domestic box office twice for a worldwide total of $378.1 million.

France was the top market for “Venom” as it launched in first with $6.7 million (including previews), topping the openings of “Ant-Man and the Wasp” and “Wonder Woman.” Vietnam also generated a first-place opening with $3 million for “Venom,” as did Thailand with $2.2 million.

Russia led the way among holdover markets with $5.5 million, followed by Brazil with $4.7 million, Mexico with $4.5 million, South Korea with $4.4 million, Australia with $2.8 million, and Germany with $2.6 million. “Venom
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‘Venom,’ ‘A Star Is Born’ Repeat Box Office Wins, ‘First Man’ Launches to $16.6 Million

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‘Venom,’ ‘A Star Is Born’ Repeat Box Office Wins, ‘First Man’ Launches to $16.6 Million
Tom Hardy’s “Venom” grabbed $35.7 million to repeat as the winner of the North American box office, followed by Lady Gaga’s “A Star Is Born” with $28 million.

Ryan Gosling’s “First Man” launched in third place at the low end of expectations with $16.6 million at 3,640 sites, edging the opening of Sony’s “Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween” with $16.2 million at 3,521 venues.

Venom,” which declined 56%, is the first repeat winner at the box office since “Crazy Rich Asians” won three straight weekends in August. Moveigoers have continued to shrug off negative reviews as the movie has taken in more than $142 million domestically at 4,250 locations in its first 10 days for Sony. It’s also continued the dominance of Marvel’s characters in the superhero movie realm.

A Star Is Born,” bolstered by stellar reviews and fans excited over the Lady Gaga-Bradley Cooper collaboration, declined by only 33% and lifted its 10-day total
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‘Venom’ Conquers Box Office Again as ‘First Man,’ ‘Goosebumps 2’ Open to $16 Million

October continues to be very good for Sony Pictures as “Venom” stays atop the box office charts with a strong $35 million second weekend. Combined with the $16 million opening for “Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween,” that’s enough to push the studio’s total annual domestic gross past $1 billion for a second straight year.

After scoring the best October opening ever with $80 million, “Venom” has found a foothold with general audiences this weekend as it holds its drop-off to 55 percent, well within the range for many Marvel Studios films in their second weekend. Though the drop is likely to be steeper next weekend with the arrival of Universal’s “Halloween,” it won’t faze Sony at all. The $100 million blockbuster has already made its money with a 10-day total of $142 million and a global total of well over $300 million.

Also Read: How Far Can 'Venom' Go at the Box Office?

Sony’s “Goosebumps 2,” meanwhile,
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Can Venom Fend Off First Man and Goosebumps 2 at the Box Office?

Last weekend saw Sony's Venom not only take the top spot at the box office with $80.2 million, but that was also good enough for the all time October record. Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga's A Star Is Born also did quite well, earning $42.9 million. This weekend sees a trio of new releases that will represent stiff competition and will make for a crowded frame, offering moviegoers a wide array of choices. But can any of these newcomers take down Tom Hardy's Venom?

The answer to that question is probably not. Venom, even with a drop of more than 50 percent at the box office, should still be able to fend off any newcomers. Depending on how much these new releases take away from its potential second weekend take, and depending on whether or not word of mouth is more positive than negative, the Marvel Comics adaptation could bring in anywhere between $30 and $40 million.
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Bo Report: ‘Venom’ defies the critics while ‘Ladies in Black’ stays strong

Venom’ (Photo credit: Ctmg)

The critics hated Venom, blasted by Rolling Stone’s Pete Travers as a “puddle of simplistic, sanitized PG-13 drivel” and the worst Marvel film of the year, and by The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw as clumsy, monolithic and fantastically boring.

Audiences must be watching a different movie as the Sony Pictures/Marvel Studios’ Spider-Man spin-off starring Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams and Riz Ahmed smashed October opening weekend records worldwide last weekend.

Bruce Beresford’s Ladies in Black clearly is benefiting from repeat business in its third weekend while Benjamin Gilmour’s Jirga advanced to $128,000 including festival screenings after taking $16,000 in its second weekend on 10 screens.

Paramount released Paw Patrol: Mighty Pups direct to home entertainment in the Us but gave it a theatrical run here as an alternate content release.

Transmission’s The Seagull didn’t fly while of the limited releases Madman Entertainment’s American Animals
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‘Venom’ Rules the Box Office, but ‘A Star Is Born’ Does Not Disappoint

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‘Venom’ Rules the Box Office, but ‘A Star Is Born’ Does Not Disappoint
Venom” and “A Star Is Born” both opened over $40 million, and that’s a first for any October weekend. Only 20 films have opened to that much in October, nine of which were horror films.

Now “Venom” has the top October opening ever at $80 million. (Prior record holder was “Scary Movie 3” in 2003 at $73 million adjusted.) That means February, April, and October 2018 each set new records with Marvel movies. The total weekend gross will come in a little under $175 million, the strongest in at least a decade.

Sony has been the home of “Spider-Man” among Marvel releases, along with “Ghost Rider.” A reasonable comparison is Disney’s “Doctor Strange” in early November 2016 (a normally better date), which opened around $90 million. Of course, $80 million is great any time, particularly outside of summer.

What makes “Venom” more impressive is, unlike many Marvel films, it was poorly reviewed with a truly bad Metacritic score
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'Venom' beats 'A Star Is Born' as both impress at North American box office (updated)

Update: Documentary Free Solo nears $1m after two weekends.

October 8 Update: Sony/Marvel’s comic book adaptation Venom starring Tom Hardy debuted top of North American box office on a mighty confirmed $80.3m, followed in second place by Warner Bros’ new iteration of A Star Is Born from Bradley Cooper on a superb $42.9m.

Fox’s police shooting drama The Hate U Give opened at number 13 on $512,035 from 36 venues, while in limited release the acclaimed documentary Free Solo is closing in on $1m after two weekends in release.

Hardy plays an investigative journalist beset by a monstrous parasite in Venom,
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'Venom' beats 'A Star Is Born' as both impress at North American box office

Documentary Free Solo nears $1m after two weekends.

Sony/Marvel’s comic book adaptation Venom starring Tom Hardy debuted top of North American box office on a mighty estimated $80m, followed in second place by Warner Bros’ new iteration of A Star Is Born from Bradley Cooper on a superb $42.6m.

Fox’s police shooting drama The Hate U Give opened at number 13 on $500,000 from 36 venues, while in limited release the acclaimed documentary Free Solo is closing in on $1m after two weekends in release.

Hardy plays an investigative journalist beset by a monstrous parasite in Venom, which reportedly cost $100m and debuted in 4,250 theatres.
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Box Office: ‘Venom’ Launches to $80 Million, ‘A Star Is Born’ Draws $42.6 Million

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Box Office: ‘Venom’ Launches to $80 Million, ‘A Star Is Born’ Draws $42.6 Million
The unlikely dynamic duo of “Venom” and “A Star Is Born” have livened up the fall moviegoing season with the best October weekend of all time in North America.

Tom Hardy’s superhero tale “Venom” grabbed $80 million at 4,250 sites for Sony and Marvel while the Lady Gaga-starring remake of “A Star Is Born” earned an estimated $42.6 million at 3,686 locations for Warner Bros. — both well above pre-weekend forecasts. “Venom” smashed the record for an October opening, topping the $55.8 million launch of “Gravity” by 43%.

Venom” also dominated at the international box office with $125.2 million, setting an international record for an October opening. South Korea led the way with $16.3 million.

Venom” and the critically acclaimed “A Star Is Born” were both able to draw effectively from beyond their core audiences. The strong domestic openings pushed the weekend’s total business to about $174 million, or 15% above the prior mark of $151.5 million set in
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‘Venom’ Sets New October Opening Record With $80 Million Launch

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‘Venom’ Sets New October Opening Record With $80 Million Launch
October has kicked off with the biggest weekend in the month’s box office history, thanks to the release of Columbia’s “Venom” and Warner Bros.’ “A Star Is Born.” “Venom” leads the charts with an $80 million opening from 4,250 screens, blowing by the $55.7 million start of “Gravity” to set the new top opening for an October release.

Even though it has been mostly panned by critics with a 32 percent Rotten Tomatoes score, fans of Spider-Man’s antihero counterpart embraced the film, giving it a B+ on CinemaScore.

With a reported budget of $100 million, Sony has kept costs down for the first of several planned Spidey spinoffs, as the film has earned an estimated global start of $205 million. Korea was the top overseas market with $16.4 million, followed by Russia with $13.6 million. Those totals already beat the lifetimes for “Justice League” and “Wonder Woman” in those countries.

Also Read: 'Venom'
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Box Office: ‘Venom’ to Devour October Box Office Record With $80 Million, ‘A Star Is Born’ to Top $40 Million

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Box Office: ‘Venom’ to Devour October Box Office Record With $80 Million, ‘A Star Is Born’ to Top $40 Million
Sony’s “Venom” is set to smash the previous opening weekend record for October with an estimated $80 million from 4,250 theaters.

The film, which stars Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock, who becomes the eponymous anti-hero Venom, is likely to beat out the last record-holder, “Gravity,” which debuted in 2013 to $55.7 million. Sony is projecting a more conservative estimate of $70 million, but even that number marks a 22% margin over “Gravity’s” opening tally.

Venom” earned $32.75 million on Friday, with a B+ CinemaScore and abysmal Rotten Tomatoes score of 31%. Its audience score is somewhat more optimistic however, at 89%. Ruben Fleischer directed the dark twist on a superhero fable, with Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze, and Reid Scott also starring. Jeff Pinkner, Scott Rosenberg, and Kelly Marcel wrote the script.

Meanwhile the weekend’s other major opener, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s “A Star Is Born,” is looking to top initial forecasts with $42 million from 3,686 domestic sites.
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‘Venom’ Set to Obliterate October Opening Weekend Record

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‘Venom’ Set to Obliterate October Opening Weekend Record
The October box office is off to an unprecedented start this weekend, as Columbia Pictures’ “Venom” is currently estimated to obliterate this month’s opening weekend record with an $81.7 million start from 4,250 screens.

If that estimate holds, it would be 46 percent ahead of the previous October record set by “Gravity” five years ago with $55.7 million. Even the more conservative $70 million estimate Sony is projecting would be 25 percent above the record. “Venom” earned $32.8 million — including an October record $10 million from Thursday previews — and performed solidly with Marvel fans with a B+ on CinemaScore.

With critics giving the film just a 31 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes, we will see if the approval from hardcore Spider-Man fans translates into interest with general audiences to sustain the film in later weeks. Another Sony film that earned a B+ on CinemaScore,
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Will Venom Devour Lady Gaga's A Star Is Born at the Box Office?

Will Venom Devour Lady Gaga's A Star Is Born at the Box Office?
Last weekend saw Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish top the box office with their comedy Night School. But that success will be relatively short-lived as a couple of big time newcomers are arriving in theaters this weekend. Sony's Venom and the Lady Gaga starring A Star Is Born are both set to do quite well for themselves this weekend, but despite quite a bit of negative buzz, it's the latest comic book flick that looks to land in the top spot.

Venom, which stars Tom Hardy in the lead role as Eddie Brock, the man who becomes the titular character, is looking at a possible opening as high as $70 million. Though, a wave of negative buzz, part of which was fueled by Lady Gaga fans creating fake accounts, may curtail that a bit. As of this writing, the Marvel Comics adaptation sits at a very poor 33% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
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‘Night School’ and ‘Smallfoot’ Box Office: Original Comedies Score Big

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‘Night School’ and ‘Smallfoot’ Box Office: Original Comedies Score Big
For the second time this year, two original, non-franchise movies, “Night School” (Universal) and “Smallfoot” (Warner Bros.), opened to over $20 million. The last time two originals topped the box office was last spring, with “A Quiet Place” and “Blockers.”

This yielded the first weekend since Labor Day to improve over the same dates last year ($102 million total gross compared to $90 million in 2017). Grosses for the year continue their strong increase — just under nine percent (six percent up in ticket sales) — as weekends like this help to guarantee an uptick for the whole year.

Openers

The two new films both gained from having core appeal and adding to wider audiences — exactly what is needed to boost films that don’t derive their appeal from pre-sold elements. They differ in that modest-budget “Night School” boasts more domestic appeal, while the more expensive animated film “Smallfoot” plays better internationally. But their presence with
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