The total would represent growth of 20 percent for the year, a major comeback over 2016, when growth slowed to 3.7 percent. China’s movie box office is expected to surge 20 percent-plus in 2017, hitting a record total of $8.31 billion (55.0 billion yuan), the country’s media regulator said Friday. In yuan terms, the figure
Gerard Butler’s disaster epic ‘Geostorm’ and Michael Fassbender’s thriller ‘The Snowman’ are also among the weekend’s new offerings. Boo 2! A Madea Halloween scared up $760,000 in Thursday-night previews at 2,000 locations. Tyler Perry again directs and stars in the Lionsgate sequel to the 2016 comedy-horror. This time out, Madea, Aunt Bam (Cassi Davis), Viv
Michael Fassbender thriller ‘Snowman’ and fire-fighting drama ‘Only the Brave’ — endorsed by Vice President Mike Pence — also open nationwide this weekend. Tyler Perry’s comedy-horror sequel Boo 2! A Madea Halloween is tipped to win a crowded race at the box office this weekend with a $20 million-plus debut. Perry, who directed the Lionsgate
That’s down slightly from the second quarter. The average cost of going to the movies in the third quarter of 2017 was $8.93, down slightly from the second quarter’s $8.95, which marked an all-time high. That puts the average ticket price for 2017 at $8.90, according to the National Association of Theatre Owners. Last year,
‘Happy Death Day’ has already made back its production budget more than five times. It’s a bizarre turn of events when Hollywood studios get spooked and move the release of their high-profile movies to get out of the way of low-budget horror titles from power players such as Blumhouse or New Line. That sort of
The body-swapping sports comedy surpassed a Jackie Chan movie for the local title while overtaking ‘Meet The Fockers’ ($279 million) for the single-territory title worldwide. Never Say Die just won’t quit. The body-swapping sports comedy from theater troupe turned film powerhouse Mahua Funage earned $30.9 million in its third weekend, bringing its 16-day total to
‘The Foreigner,’ ‘Marshall’ and ‘Professor Marston and the Wonder Women’ also opened nationwide. Getting an early jump on Halloween, Universal and Blumhouse’s Happy Death Day opened over the weekend to a strong $26.5 million from 3,149 theaters in another win for the horror genre. The microbudgeted pic, directed by Christopher Landon and rated PG-13, stars
Jackie Chan’s ‘The Foreigner,’ ‘Marshall,’ and ‘Professor Marston & the Wonder Women’ also open this weekend. Happy Death Day took in $1 million in Thursday-night previews at 2,450 theaters at the North American box office. The Universal horror pic, produced by Jason Blum’s Blumhouse, stars Jessica Rothe as a college student who relives the day
Jackie Chan’s ‘The Foreigner,’ ‘Marshall,’ and ‘Professor Marston and the Wonder Women’ are also opening this weekend alongside the horror film. Friday the 13th certainly was lucky for Happy Death Day. In another win for the horror genre, the film is scaring off the competition at the North American box office for a $26 million-plus
Other new offerings include Jackie Chan’s action pic ‘The Foreigner,’ Chadwick Boseman’s “Marshall’ and ‘Professor Marston and the Wonder Woman.’ Will horror-thriller Happy Death Day continue producer Jason Blum and Universal’s winning streak at the box office following such hits as Get Out and Split? That looks to be the case, according to pre-release tracking.
Chris Hemsworth returns in the titular role, while Mark Ruffalo shows up as the Hulk. Marvel Studios and Disney’s Thor: Ragnarok is tracking to open between a thunderous $90 million and $100 million in its North American debut over the Nov. 3-5 weekend. The threequel, with Chris Hemsworth returning in the titular role, is directed
A disappointing North American debut has placed added pressure on the major Asian territories where the film has yet to open, led by the massive China market. Blade Runner 2049 has locked down a release date in China, the world’s second-largest film market. The Denis Villeneuve-directed sequel will open across the Middle Kingdom on Nov.
STX Entertainment’s Jackie Chan thriller ‘The Foreigner’ came in third place in its second weekend, with its total climbing to $67 million. Local comedy Never Say Die dominated China’s Golden Week autumn holiday period this year. The body-swapping comedy from Mahua Funage, a Beijing theater troupe turned box-office powerhouse, earned $65.3 million in its second
Elsewhere, Idris Elba and Kate Winslet’s ‘The Mountain Between Us’ and animated pic ‘My Little Pony’ open to muted business; ‘It’ crosses $600 million globally. Despite strong reviews and an A- CinemaScore, Denis Villeneuve’s big-budget sequel Blade Runner 2049 careened off course in its North American debut over the weekend, even while placing No. 1.
Elsewhere, ‘My Little Pony’ and ‘The Mountain Between Us’ are also underwhelming; ‘It’ races past $300 million in the U.S. In an unexpected turn, Denis Villeneuve’s big-budget sequel Blade Runner 2049 is veering dramatically off course in its box-office debut. The long-awaited sequel to Ridley Scott’s cult 1982 sequel grossed $12.7 million on Friday from
‘The Mountain Between Us,’ starring Idris Elba and Kate Winslet, and animated family film ‘My Little Pony’ also open nationwide. The long-awaited sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 cult classic Blade Runner will have no trouble racing to the top of the box-office chart in its debut this weekend, but can the sci-fi epic succeed in
Elsewhere, ‘My Little Pony’ looks to come in No. 2, while Idris Elba and Kate Winslet’s ‘Mountain Between Us’ may scale less than $10 million. Denis Villeneuve’s ambitious sci-fi sequel Blade Runner 2049 is winning the Friday box-office race in North America for a projected weekend debut in the $43 million-$45 million range, according to
Universal also announced that Walt Dohrn is returning to direct ‘Trolls 2.’ The ninth installment in Universal’s high-octane Fast and the Furious franchise is being pushed back a year, the studio said Wednesday. The movie, which doesn’t yet have a director, was to have raced into theaters on April 19, 2019. It will now open
Jonathan Levine is directing the movie. Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron’s comedy Flarsky will open in theaters Feb. 8, 2019, Lionsgate/Summit announced Tuesday. Jonathan Levine is directing the movie from a Black List script by Dan Sterling. The story revolves around an out-of-work journalist (Rogen) who decides to pursue his childhood crush and babysitter (Theron).
PricewaterhouseCoopers has discovered that ticket sales in China were underreported by as much as 9 percent last year. Chinese cinemas have been skimming millions in ticket revenue from the Hollywood studios, an MPAA audit of the country’s massive theatrical film market has found. According to a Wall Street Journal report published early Tuesday, PricewaterhouseCoopers, investigating
‘American Made’ stars Tom Cruise as a real-life pilot who smuggled cocaine for a Colombian cartel before turning CIA-informant. Doug Liman’s American Made could narrowly win the Friday box-office race but lose the weekend to holdover Kingsman: The Golden Circle, according to early returns. American Made, starring Tom Cruise, is projected to gross $5.5 million-$6
The R-rated horror pic cost a modest $35 million to produce. Director Andy Muschietti’s It has crossed the $500 million mark at the worldwide box office in yet another victory for New Line and Warner Bros. The R-rated horror film achieved the milestone less than a month into its record-shattering run. It, adapted from Stephen
Elsewhere, Emma Stone and Steve Carell’s ‘Battle of the Sexes’ expands nationwide, while Watergate drama ‘Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House’ opens in select cinemas. Tom Cruise could have trouble grounding a group of cheeky spies at the box office this weekend. American Made, starring Cruise as a real-life pilot who
Since its launch earlier this month, the film adaptation of Stephen King’s book has shattered numerous records. Pennywise the Dancing Clown is getting ready to terrorize audiences all over again. New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. on Monday announced that a sequel to the horror blockbuster It will hit theaters, including Imax locations, on Sept.
The power of the “Tomatometer” has reached a tipping point as critics screenings inch closer and closer to openings and movies try to avoid the dreaded green splat. The Emoji Movie‘s $24.5 million domestic opening during the July 28 to 30 weekend accomplished what no other movie has been able to do during a tough
The tentpole is now the third-biggest Warner Bros. release of all time, not accounting for inflation; if all goes as planned, the studio will announce the sequel at Comic-Con later this week. Another day, another milestone for Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman. Today, the superhero film will become the third-biggest Warner Bros. release of all time
Still, ‘Apes’ is the latest franchise title to come in behind the last installment as Hollywood battles sequel fatigue; ‘Wish Upon’ gets lost, while ‘The Big Sick’ places No. 5 in its nationwide expansion. Director Matt Reeves’ War for the Planet of the Apes succeeded in scaring off Spider-Man: Homecoming at the North American box
Sony and Marvel Studios’ reboot swings to the third-best opening of the year so far behind ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.’ Spidey has returned home in style. Over the weekend, Spider-Man: Homecoming opened to $117 million from 4,348 theaters at the North American box office in a major victory
The reboot is on course to score the third-best domestic opening of the year to date; overseas, ‘Despicable Me 3’ posts the biggest opening day of all time for an animated film. Spider-Man is once again the friendly neighborhood hero of the box office. On Friday, Sony and Marvel Studios’ critically acclaimed Spider-Man: Homecoming swung
Sony and Marvel Studios partnered on the reboot. Summer tenptole Spider-Man: Homecoming is slinging a powerful web at the Friday box office, where it could earn $42 million for the day on its way to a resounding domestic debut of as much as $105 million. At this pace, Homecoming has a shot of narrowly besting