Tuesday, October 21, 2014

GONE GIRL CROSSES $200 MILLION WORLDWIDE

October 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Overseas, David Fincher’s Gone Girl kept going, bringing in another $20.2 million in 58 markets to boost its foreign total to $94.7 million and liting its worldwide result past the $200-million mark to $201.6 million. Tagging closely behind in the New Line/Warner Bros. horror flick Annabelle, which brought in $19.2 million internationally and now has […]

ANALYST WARNS REDBOX ABOUT PLANNED PRICE HIKE

October 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Media analyst Eric Wold is warning that reported plans by Redbox to increase the rental rate for DVDs and Blu-ray Discs at its kiosks could backfire and result in the same hit to its share price that Netflix experienced last week. Several other analysts had agreed that Netflix’s recent increase of $1 per month for […]

INDEPENDENT THEATERS CRY FOUL AT BIG CHAINS

October 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Independent theater owners are claiming that the big chains are squeezing them out of business by forcing studios to agree to exclusive agreements, the Wall Street Journal reported today (Monday). The enforcement of "clearance" agreements has been particularly aggressive among the three largest chains, AMC, Regal Entertainment Group and Cinemark Holdings, the Journal reported, noting […]

FURY LACKS FIRE POWER

October 19, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

When it comes to World War movies, Sony-Columbia’s World War II movie Fury can’t compare with World War Z — except that they both starred Brad Pitt. The critically well-received Fury came in below analysts’ expectations with just $23.5 million, according to studio estimates. By contrast, World War Z opened last year with $66 million. […]

NETFLIX GOES NOT SO GENTLY DOWN THE STREAM

October 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Netflix shares continued their fall on the Nasdaq today (Friday), falling an additional 5 percent to $344. Forbes magazine contributor John Archer noted today that one of the factors contributing to the company’s troubles is its recent decision to up the subscription costs for people who want to watch its limited Ultra High Definition 4K […]

FURY LIKELY TO CLAIM VICTORY AT WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

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Another World War II movie takes off for box-office glory this weekend as Sony’s Fury, starring Brad Pitt, makes an expected No. 1 debut. Tracking surveys and Fandango pre-sales figures suggest that the film, directed by David Ayer and also featuring Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña and Jon Bernthal, will gross around $30-35 million. […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: FURY

October 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Several critics are observing that Fury is not your run-of-the-mill World War II movie. It dispenses with much of the "romance" of that war, and the U.S. soldiers are far from the heroic figures that we’re used to seeing. As the character played by Brad Pitt remarks in one scene, "Ideals are peaceful. History is […]

GUARDIANS IN CHINA: LOST IN TRANSLATION

October 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Poor Chinese subtitles are being blamed for preventing Guardians of the Galaxy from becoming the kind of hit in China that it has in most of the rest of the world. The state-run China Daily said today (Friday) that moviegoers are complaining that the Chinese translation of the English dialogue "not only spoiled the fun […]

NEIL PATRICK HARRIS TO HOST THE OSCARS

October 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Neil Patrick Harris has been selected to host the 2015 Oscar awards. Harris himself was the first to announce his selection — via his Twitter account. He had previously hosted the Tony and Emmy awards. Seth Meyers, who hosted the Emmy Awards this year, was one of the first to tweet back his congratulations, followed […]

EDGE OF TOMORROW HOLDS THE EDGE IN VIDEO SALES

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Warner Bros.’ Edge of Tomorrow, which cost $178 million to produce but earned just $100 million domestically, debuted at No. 1 on the home video sales charts for last week. The movie, which was a hit overseas with $269 million in ticket sales, claimed the top spot on both Nielsen VideoScan First Alert’s DVD chart […]

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