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China Box Office: New Animations No Match For ‘Nezha’ Domination

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Chinese animation “Nezha” continued its run as China’s biggest hit of the summer, maintaining its top spot at the box office even 25 days into its run with a weekend gross of $41.2 million. The tally made it this weekend’s fourth highest grossing film worldwide.

Meanwhile, two other new animated titles performed unremarkably. The flop of Tencent spinoff company China Literature Media’s new animation “The King’s Avatar: For the Glory” on its debut made it clear that just trotting out any old locally-made cartoon based on a well-known IP isn’t enough to spark “Nezha”-style box office domination. It grossed just $9.3 million, according to data from the Artisan Gateway consultancy, despite being an adaptation of a very popular online novel about an professional e-sports player that has top ratings for fan engagement. This made it fifth at the China box office and fourteenth globally.

Rovio Entertainment’s
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‘Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles’ Review: A Warmly Animated Slice of Film History

It’s a truth so universally acknowledged that it seldom bears repeating: America sees animation as a genre, while the rest of the world recognizes it as an art form unto itself. Here, it’s just for kids, and most of the movies that Hollywood makes with it are about ice princesses or angry birds or plastic sporks gripped by existential crises. Beyond our borders, however, animation can be for anyone, and tell stories about anything. One look at something from Studio Ghibli or Cartoon Saloon is enough to appreciate how much we lose by treating “cartoons” as a lesser form of cinema that chiefly exists to placate young children; a massive animation department wasting its talents on the likes of “Wonder Park” is like someone buying a Ferrari just to drive around a golf course.

But, every once in a while, a foreign director makes a work of feature-length
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'Toy Story 4' dominates UK box office with record opening for animation

'Toy Story 4' dominates UK box office with record opening for animation
The Disney/Pixar franchise title took £13.3m across its first three days.

Today’s Gbp to Usd conversion rate: 1.27

Rank Film (Distributor) Three-day gross (June 21-June 23) Total gross to date Week 1 Toy Story 4 (Disney) £13.3m £13.3m 1 2 Aladdin (Disney) £1.2m £32.6m 5 3 Men In Black: International (Sony) £1m £5 2 4 Rocketman (Paramount) £780,000 £21.1m 5 5 The Secret Life Of Pets 2 (Universal) £473,985 £17.6m 5 Disney

Disney’sToyStory 4 opened in top spot with a stellar £13.3m opening weekend – the highest ever three-day opening for an animated title in the UK.

The film opened in 668 venues and scored a location average of £19,231, more than 10 times that of any other title
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Toy Story 4 – Review

So right now all the entertainment pages are filled reports of “franchise fatigue”, that audiences are just not plunking down their moola and getting in line for this year’s models of….X-Men and Men in Black, to name two of many. The case could certainly be made for animated features with the soft returns of the “trained dragons’, Lego, and the swiftly sinking “pets”. But then the original cartoons Missing Link, Wonder Park, and those Ugly Dolls barely made a ripple at the box office. Not to worry, those dull days are over! Cue the music of that Thin Lizzy dance classic (apologies for the title tweak) because “The Toys are Back in Town”. Yes, after a year since Incredibles 2, the fine folks at Pixar are back with another addition to the “game changer” that began the CGI feature flicks. Yes, this is Toy Story 4. Oh, but you
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Contest: Win a ‘Wonder Park’ Blu-ray Prize Pack

Wonder Park, the story of a girl named June whose dream theme park comes to life, has arrived on Blu-ray and DVD.

We have teamed up with Paramount Home Entertainment to hook up a trio of readers with some cool Wonder Park items in conjunction with the film's home video debut.

One grand prize winner will score the Wonder Park Blu-ray, DVD and Digital combo pack as well as all the toys pictured above.

Two runner-ups will each get the Wonder Park Blu-ray, DVD and Digital combo pack.

For a chance to win please fill out and submit the short entry form below. The odds of winning can be increased each and every day you stop back to enter again for as many days as the contest is open.

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The 15 Best Films of 2019 (So Far)

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The 15 Best Films of 2019 (So Far)
By now, audiences have caught on to the way American distributors tend to stockpile their quality movies for end-of-year award-season release, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t treasures to be found in the first two quarters. In fact, sometimes it’s the movies that aren’t making a self-important Oscar push that wind up hitting closest to our hearts — and providing respite from such recent turkeys as “The Beach Bum” and “Wonder Park.” With quality to be found everywhere from blockbuster superhero sagas to niche-release art-house fare, it turns out 2019 is off to a good start. Variety chief critics Owen Gleiberman and Peter Debruge pick their favorite releases of the year so far.

Avengers: Endgame Marvel Studios

In his Variety review, Peter Debruge called it “the ultimate fan-service follow-up,” and that nails the riveting and cathartic satisfactions — and, just maybe, the built-in obsolescence — of this toweringly crafted and
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‘UglyDolls’ to Hit China Theaters on August 8

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Stx Entertainment’s “UglyDolls” is set to hit Chinese theaters on Aug. 8, despite rising tensions between China and the U.S. over their trade war. China’s Alibaba Pictures is a co-producer and co-financier of the film.

The movie was originally announced as having a mainland release date of May 31. No reason has been given for its rescheduling.

Alibaba announced its involvement in the film in January, with the company’s president, Zhang Wei, expressing excitement that the partnership would allow Alibaba to “build out this beloved global intellectual property for years to come.” But the movie flopped in the U.S., where it was critically panned. Directed by Kelly Asbury (“Shrek 2”) on a $45 million budget, and featuring the voices of Emma Roberts, Kelly Clarkson and Nick Jonas, “UglyDolls” has grossed less than $20 million in the U.S. since its May 3 debut.

A China release might help it recoup its losses,
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The Secret Life Of Pets 2 – Review

As most of the schools finally free the tots and teens for Summer break, it’s time to hop aboard the rickety rollercoaster that is the 2019 slate of animated feature films. To paraphrase All About Eve’s Margo Lane, “It’s a bumpy ride”. We started with the “better than expected’ modest thrills of the last of the How To Train Your Dragon trilogy. But sequels were not a sure bet as the Lego follow-up took a dive, quickly joined by the forgettable Wonder Park and Ugly Dolls. Laika’s Missing Link was an inventive ray of sunshine, but like most of their releases tepid box office kept the critical darling from soaring. Now comes another sequel as the folks at Universal’s animation off-shoot Illumination hope to have another franchise aside from Gru and the Minions (and the Seuss flicks like The Lorax and last year’s Grinch). They
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'Aladdin' fends off 'Godzilla: King Of The Monsters', 'Secret Life Of Pets 2' at UK box office

Aladdin only drops 15%, while Godzilla sequel posts underwhelming £2.3m opening weekend.

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Full screen RankFilm (Distributor)Three-day gross (May 31-June 2)Total gross to date Week 1 Aladdin (Disney) £4.9m £19.8m 2 2 The Secret Life Of Pets 2 (Universal) £2.9m £11.9m 2 3 Rocketman (Paramount) £2.5m £12m 2 4 Godzilla: King Of The Monsters (Warner Bros) £2.3m £3.5m 1 5 Pokemon: Detective Pikachu (Warner Bros) £660,000 £12.5m 4 Disney

Following its £5.7m opening weekend, Aladdin impressed again this time out, dropping a slender 15% with £4.9m, a result that belied the good weather in the UK. That figure was enough to see it hold onto the
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'Pokémon Detective Pikachu' just holds off 'John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum' at UK box office

'Pokémon Detective Pikachu' just holds off 'John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum' at UK box office
‘Avengers: Endgame’ drops to third spot.

Today’s Gbp to Usd conversion rate: 1.27.

RankFilm (Distributor)Three-day gross (May 17-19)Total gross to date Week 1 Pokémon Detective Pikachu (Warner Bros) £2.7m £8.9m 2 2 John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (Lionsgate) £2.7m £3.6m 1 3 Avengers: Endgame (Disney) £2.2m £83.9m 4 4 The Hustle (Universal) £790,805 £2.3m 2 5 Paw Patrol: Mighty Pups (Paramount) £516,000 £516,000 1 Warner Bros

Animation-live action hybrid Pokémon Detective Pikachu narrowly held off the challenge of John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum to stay top of the UK box office for a second week running.

The fantasy title fell 45% on its impressive first weekend, taking £2.718m for a total of £8.9m to date.
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Glenn Close & Mila Kunis To Star In Drama ‘Four Good Days’, Capstone Launches Sales — Cannes

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Glenn Close & Mila Kunis To Star In Drama ‘Four Good Days’, Capstone Launches Sales — Cannes
Exclusive: One of the later packages to be announced for the Cannes market is also one of the hottest dramas on offer. Glenn Close and Mila Kunis are set to star in Rodrigo Garcia’s (Albert Nobbs) hard-hitting substance abuse story Four Good Days, we can reveal.

Capstone is launching international sales on the Croisette. CAA Media Finance arranged financing and will co-rep domestic with Endeavor Content.

Seven-time Oscar nominee Close will play Deb, a mother helping her daughter Molly (Kunis) work through four crucial days on Molly’s road to recovery from substance abuse. Their time together after a long estrangement revives both the painful wounds they have inflicted on each other, but also offers the opportunity to rekindle their fundamental, complicated, love for one another.

Garcia will direct from his script, co-written by Eli Saslow, the Washington Post journalist and 2014 Pulitzer Prize winner. The story is based on Saslow’s WaPo article.
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Paramount Pictures Is “Again An Iconic Studio,” Viacom CEO Bob Bakish Asserts; China Trade Angst Just “A Lot Of Noise”

Paramount Pictures continues to be a key element to the Viacom turnaround plan, delivering another quarter of operating income growth in the second quarter despite flat revenue and modest box office thus far in 2019.

During a conference call with Wall Street analysts, Viacom CEO Bob Bakish said the studio has improved its profitability by more than $500 million in the past three years. Jim Gianopulos took the helm in March 2017, and Bakish noted that the final titles green-lit by his predecessor, Brad Grey, have all passed into memory after the March release of Wonder Park.

“Under Jim’s leadership, this is again an iconic studio where people are bringing projects first,” Bakish said. “the slate going forward is strong. It’s really coming together.”

The year is off to a modest start for Paramount, which is in fifth place in the domestic market-share race. Wonder Park, Pet Sematary and What Men Want
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'Avengers: Endgame' hits $2.3bn heading into third session

'Avengers: Endgame' hits $2.3bn heading into third session
Avengers: Endgame has climbed to $2.3bn heading into third session after a $30.4m global haul on Wednesday, as Warner Bros’ Pokemon Detective Pikachu launches in dozens of territories around the world.

Avengers: Endgame has climbed to $2.3bn heading into third session after a $30.4m global haul on Wednesday, as Warner Bros’ Pokemon Detective Pikachu launches in dozens of territories around the world.

The tentpole added $22.1m internationally for $1.65bn, and used an $8.3m take in North America to reach $652.9m, overtake Jurassic World on $652m, and climb to number six on the all-time roster.

Globally and internationally Avengers: Endgame continues
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‘Wonder Park’ Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Release Dates and Details

Paramount Home Entertainment is gearing up to bring the animated adventure Wonder Park to home video, but don't expect a 4K Ultra HD release to join other formats.

Wonder Park will make its home video debut on June 4th with the Digital HD release. Two weeks later on June 18th is when you'll be able to pickup Wonder Park on Blu-ray and DVD.

Look for these bonus features on all formats of Wonder Park on home video:

Gus Yodeling – Deleted Scene

The Wonder Chimp Channel

The Pi Song Sing-Along

Making Noises (It’s Actually a Job?!!)

June’s Guide to Wonderland

June’s Welcoming Crew

Boardwalk Caricatures:

Drawing Boomer

Drawing the Wonder Chimp Pirate

Drawing the Wonder Chimp Princess

Pre-order Wonder Park on Blu-ray combo at Amazon.
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China Box Office: ‘Capernaum’ Makes Surprise Breakthrough but ‘Endgame’ Still Reigns

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China Box Office: ‘Capernaum’ Makes Surprise Breakthrough but ‘Endgame’ Still Reigns
Though “Avengers: Endgame” remains the uncontested top title in China, where it broke dozens of box office records within days to emerge as the most successful foreign film ever in the country, the surprise upstart of the weekend was the Lebanese film “Capernaum,” which has become a breakout sensation nearly a year after its Cannes festival debut.

“Endgame” took home another $64 million this weekend, bringing its total mainland tally to $579 million so far. Residents in China had four days off last week from Wednesday through Saturday for the May Day national holiday, but were back at work Sunday. “Capernaum” debuted in China on Monday, April 29 – a day when “Avengers,” coming off its stunning five-day debut weekend, had never yet dipped below 87% market share.

The Arabic- and Amharic-language film took in $12.5 million over the three-day weekend, according to consultancy Artisan Gateway, already more than quadruple early predictions that it would make only around $3 million in China.
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Bo Report: ‘Top End Wedding’ charms audiences as ‘Avengers: Endgame’ soars

‘Top End Wedding.’

Released in the slipstream of the Disney/Marvel Studios’ juggernaut Avengers: Endgame, Wayne Blair’s Top End Wedding proved effective counter-programming last weekend.

The romantic comedy starring Miranda Tapsell, Gwilym Lee, Kerry Fox, Huw Higginson and Shari Sebbens wooed $1.1 million at 287 locations and $1.588 million with paid previews for Universal Pictures.

The opening was slightly behind that of Jeremy SimsLast Cab to Darwin’s $1.14 million, which finished with $7.4 million.

So, given the largely positive reviews and favourable word-of-mouth, the film co-written by Tapsell and Joshua Tyler and produced by Goalpost PicturesRosemary Blight and Kylie du Fresne and Kojo’s Kate Croser could well reach $7 million.

The launch date was locked in before Universal took over eOne’s theatrical releases and before anyone knew the latest Marvel title would smash industry records in Australia and globally.

The superhero action adventure directed by the Russo brothers scored $13.6 million in Oz,
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Why ‘UglyDolls’ Wasn’t Beautiful At The B.O. With $8.5M Opening

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Why ‘UglyDolls’ Wasn’t Beautiful At The B.O. With $8.5M Opening
As the old saying goes, you can make it fast, you can make it cheap, and you can make it good, but you can’t have all three. In the case of STXfilms and Alibaba’s UglyDolls, it was the first two points making for a disastrous start at the box office of $8.5M for this reported $45M-$53M net production, intended to launch the mini-major’s foray into the feature animation space.

Based on this weekend’s box office results, it’s clear that the doll line isn’t as universal as originally perceived by Stx. Stx eventually got ahold of UglyDolls and believed that the property would resonate over in China. While the pic has yet to lock down a release date there, box office history for family pics in China is against UglyDolls: family fare under-indexes there, with even Pixar films challenged.

Based on the 2001 doll line
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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Becomes Second-Biggest Movie Ever Internationally

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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Becomes Second-Biggest Movie Ever Internationally
“Avengers: Endgame” is now the second-biggest movie of all time at the international box office.

This weekend, Marvel’s latest juggernaut amassed another $282 million from 55 foreign markets, taking it to $1.569 billion in ticket sales overseas. That puts “Endgame” ahead of “Titanic” ($1.528 billion), and behind only “Avatar” ($2.028 billion) at the international box office.

“Avengers: Endgame” is also officially the second-highest grossing film globally with $2.188 billion worldwide, passing “Titanic” (2.187 billion) in just 11 days. “Avatar” is still the biggest movie to date with $2.8 billion.

This weekend, “Avengers: Endgame” remained the No. 1 film in all foreign territories aside from Japan. The 22nd film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has done unprecedented business in China, where it is now the highest-grossing Hollywood film with $575 million. Other top territories include the United Kingdom ($89.9 million) and Korea ($82.1 million).

In India, “Endgame” recently passed “Avengers: Infinity War” and “The Jungle Book” to become the biggest non-local title with $52 million.
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Jennifer Garner To Star In ‘Fantasy Camp’ At STX

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Jennifer Garner To Star In ‘Fantasy Camp’ At STX
Exclusive: Jennifer Garner is set to star in Fantasy Camp, a comedy that is set up at STXfilms. Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein are attached to write and direct the feature. They are the helming duo behind the Amy Schumer starring rom-com I Feel Pretty, which was also at STX. The also penned films such as Never Been Kissed, He’s Just Not That Into You, and The Vow with Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum.

Fantasy Camp follows Julie to a reunion at the theater camp of her youth, Camp Footlights, where she will get the chance to challenge her fears, live out her dreams, and finally take the stage.

Greg Silverman is producing this project, which we hear was put together by Management 360, who reps both Kohn and Silverstein as well as Garner.

Garner, who is also repped by CAA and Sloane, Offer Weber & Dern, is reuniting
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China Box Office: ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Breaks a Host of Records

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China Box Office: ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Breaks a Host of Records
The astonishing five-day haul of $331 million (RMB2.22 billion) for “Avengers: Endgame” in China has set a record for the country’s highest-grossing opening weekend of any film, Western or local, and puts the Marvel finale on track to eclipse in about one week what its predecessor, “Infinity War,” made during its entire monthlong run in the Middle Kingdom.

Since its debut last Wednesday, Disney’s “Endgame” has blasted away all competitors to rule the box office with a nearly 90% market share, hogging nearly 75% of all screenings in the entire country. It made $176 million of that five-day tally from Friday through Sunday, according to data from the Artisan Gateway consultancy. The No. 2 film over the weekend, holdover thriller “P Storm,” made $1.4 million – or less than half a percent of “Endgame’s” total.

“Endgame” has set a slew of Chinese records, surpassing previous top performances in pre-sale tickets (more than $110 million) and
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