Thursday, October 2, 2014

EXHIBITORS READY TO BATTLE NETFLIX, IMAX DEAL

October 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The nation’s theater owners reacted angrily to the announcement on Tuesday that the upcoming sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon will premiere simultaneously on Netflix and IMAX. Good luck finding an IMAX theater at a multiplex willing to screen it! Virtually every major theater chain on Tuesday said that they would refuse to screen Crouching […]

DISNEY, AMAZON MAKE NICE

October 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Amazon customers can pre-order Disney movies again. After two months, the retail website is again offering such forthcoming Disney home videos as Guardians of the Galaxy, Maleficent, and Planes: Fire and Rescue, published reports said on Tuesday. Amazon and Disney are continuing their talks about various issues, but they have apparently made sufficient progress to […]

DENZEL REMAINS A RELIABLE HITMAKER

September 30, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Sony’s early decision back in February to sign Denzel Washington to star in a sequel to The Equalizer appeared farsighted on Monday when final figures indicated that the movie grossed $34.1 million. Washington is one of the few consistent hitmakers who has never previously starred in a sequel. The Equalizer, which drew only so-so reviews […]

FINAL FIGURES: THE TOP TEN FILMS WEEKEND OF 9/26-9/28

September 30, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The top ten films over the weekend, according to final figures compiled by Box Office Mojo (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date): 1. The Equalizer, Sony, $34,137,828, (New); 2 The Maze Runner, 20th Century Fox, $17,437,020, 2 Wks., ($57,955,347); 3. The Boxtrolls, Focus Features, $17,275,239, (New); 4. This Is Where I Leave You, […]

FILM TO BE RELEASED SAME TIME ON VIDEO AND IMAX

September 30, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

In a deal likely to spark anger among theater owners, the Weinstein Company has agreed to release its upcoming sequel to Ang Lee’s martial arts classic Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, on Netflix and in a number of IMAX theaters simultaneously. It will mark the first time that a new movie will be released on Netflix […]

BILLY ELLIOT — LIVE TOPS U.K. THEATRICAL CHARTS

September 30, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The No. 1 film in British movie theaters on Sunday was not The Equalizer (although the movie did finish No 1 in the U.K. on Friday and Saturday). It wasn’t even a movie. It was instead Universal’s live telecast from the Victoria Palace Theater in London’s West End of Billy Elliot the Musical – Live, […]

NO SOFTBANK/DREAMWORKS ANIMATION DEAL?

September 30, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

That deal in which Japan’s media giant SoftBank was to take over DreamWorks Animation at a reported cost of $3.4 billion has apparently fallen apart. Reports late Monday said that SoftBank had decided to switch its attention to Thomas Tull’s Legendary Pictures. However, the reports indicated that once the deal is completed SoftBank would not […]

OVERSEAS, MAZE RUNNER SPRINTS AHEAD OF EQUALIZER

September 29, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

In a relatively quiet weekend overseas, The Maze Runner continued to race ahead of the pack as it brought in $27.5 million from 62 markets, bringing its foreign total to $91 million and its worldwide haul to $149 million. It easily came in ahead of The Equalizer, which opened in about 65 markets with $17.8 […]

REPORT: DREAMWORKS ANIMATION MAY BE SOLD TO JAPANESE FIRM

September 29, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Hollywood may see a second film studio gobbled up by a Japanese corporation, if DreamWorks Animation is acquired by the Japanese telecommunications company SoftBank. The Hollywood Reporter reported on Saturday that DWA chief Jeffrey Katzenberg had been in talks with SoftBank, which had offered him $32 a share, representing a hefty premium over the current […]

CHINA YANKS NICOLAS CAGE FILM AT LAST MINUTE

September 29, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Outcast may be a co-production with a Chinese film company, Yunnan Film Group. Yunnan may also have been the principal investor in the film and its distributor. The film may have been shot in China with a largely Chinese cast and it may be about two crusaders, portrayed by Nicolas Cage and Hayden Christensen, who […]

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