Exhibition

New Line/DC’s Black Adam ends its first week at the domestic box office with $83.4 million, which is slightly ahead of what Dwayne Johnson’s Fast & Furious spinoff Hobbs & Shaw did in its first week at $83.1M. That’s impressive considering Black Adam is a deeper-universe DC character, while the other was connected to a
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Three films opening this weekend highlight women’s rights, class and racism — nothing ripped from today’s headlines exactly, but features with a distinctive moment and point of view that appear particularly relevant today. Call Jane, Holy Spider and Armageddon Time join Tár, Till, The Banshees of Inisherin and others already in theaters as it gets
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Universal/Working Title’s Ticket to Paradise has winged past the $100 million mark globally. With Tuesday’s grosses included, the Julia Roberts–George Clooney rom-com’s split is $20.6M domestic and $81.9M from the international box office for a worldwide total of $102.5M so far. Having released early overseas, Ticket to Paradise, directed by Ol Parker, just went out
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National CineMedia is suing Regal Cinemas, one of its founding partners, for hiding behind Chapter 11 to cancel a longstanding and legally binding contract – a twist in the bankruptcy saga of Regal parent Cineworld. Regal created National CineMedia with AMC and Cinemark in 2007 to provide in-theater advertising in and it still owns a
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EXCLUSIVE: In an unprecedented move, Netflix and major exhibition circuits in the U.S. and UK recently agreed a 30-day theatrical window for Rian Johnson’s Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery. This comes after years of discussions on finding “a way forward to show their high-quality productions on our screens,” says Tim Richards, founder and CEO
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The Banshees of Inisherin, which won writer-director Martin McDonagh Best Screenplay and Colin Farrell the Volpi Cup for Best Actor in Venice last month, hits theaters in New York and Los Angeles on Friday, expanding to 10 more markets/50 locations next weekend, and to 600-800 screens November 4. If standing ovations say anything, the comedy-drama had a
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We have confirmed that tracking service NRG is eyeing a $175 million start for Disney/Marvel’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. That total would give it the second-best opening of 2022 after Disney/Marvel’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which debuted to $187.4M in May. Last year’s Marvel sequel Spider-Man: No Way Home owns the biggest
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Alamo Drafthouse Crystal City, the chain’s newest location and its fourth in the Washington, DC metro area, will open October 24 as the exhibitor continues to roll out sites. This latest entrant is a 49,000-square-foot, 915-seat, aviation-themed theater at 1660 Crystal Drive in Arlington, Va., joining the Alamo Drafthouse Bryant Street in D.C. proper, and
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EXCLUSIVE: Imax has inked a deal with Wanda Films, China’s largest exhibitor, to install six Imax systems in new multiplexes across top Chinese markets including Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Guangzhou. Wanda will also relocate and upgrade three of its existing Imax systems to forthcoming locations. The agreement marks an expansion of their work together and a
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Chinonye Chukwu’s Till got off to a solid start at the specialized box office, grossing over $15k per theater from 16 locations in five markets for an estimated weekend gross of $240.9k, possibly more depending on how Sunday plays out. “It’s as much as we could have hoped for,” said Erik Lomis, president of United Artists Releasing. The
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Specialty film rollouts continues to accelerate with Chinonye Chukwu’s Till, Park Chan-wook’s Decision To Leave and A24’s Stars At Noon joining releases from previous weeks to populate theaters as awards season gathers steam.   Till, from United Artists Releasing, world premiered at the ongoing New York Film Festival to stellar reviews (100% on Rotten Tomatoes,
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Exhibition trade group the National Association of Theatre Owners announced Monday that its 24-year CEO and President John Fithian was retiring. While that’s not as long as the late Motion Picture Association boss Jack Valenti’s 38-year run at that trade org, who left behind his own legendary streak with the creation of the ratings system, Fithian
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After more than a two decades run as the Boss of trade org the National Association of Theatre Owners, John Fithian is retiring, effective May 1, 2023. Technically, Fithian counts 30 years working for NATO, having begun working with the org as a former attorney at Washington DC’s Patton Boggs, LLC. NATO’s Executive Board has
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The over-under on Universal/Blumhouse/Miramax’s Halloween Kills for its debut weekend is $50 million at 3,800 theaters. Some even see it possibly touching $60M, and that’s with a theatrical day-and-date on Peacock. That opening alone is what all films have been averaging at the box office over the last three weekends: $55M. In 2021, Part 2
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Rian Johnson’s murder-mystery sequel Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery will receive a theatrical UK release after Netflix struck deals with Vue International and Cineworld. The film will screen at select Vue and Cineworld cinemas across the UK between November 23-29 before hitting the streamer on December 23. Discussions are ongoing for the film to
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Focus Features’Tár opened in limited release to strong results with $160,000 at four locations in New York and Los Angles for a $40,000 per theater average, one of the best PTAs since Covid and not bad for a 2-hour and 38-minute arthouse film pre-pandemic. Riding strong reviews, the Cate Blanchett-starrer by Todd Field was no. 1 in three
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Today Focus Features opens Tár, the strikingly original return of Todd Field, in four locations in NY and LA. The film premiered at Venice winning star Cate Blanchett Best Actress as musician and conductor Lydia Tár. Early this week, it seemed to mesmerize a sold-out Allice Tully Hall at the New York Film Festival. A 97%
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Don’t underestimate the second weekend of Paramount’s horror movie Smile. The Parker Finn directed and written title, which has provided many in town that horror remains a bankable genre for the big screen after a $22.6M opening, has a shot of possibly upsetting Sony’s family movie Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile and 20th Century Studios/New Regency/Disney’s upscale
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Updated: This year’s arthouse breakout, Everything Everywhere All at Once has hit the $70M mark finally at the domestic box office with its global ticket sales now at $103M. The film from Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert crossed $100M a while ago. The pic previously broke records as A24’s highest grossing ever, both on a worldwide
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Paramount’s horror movie Smile struck up $2M in Thursday night previews that started at 7 p.m., a figure that’s just above M. Night Shyamalan’s Old from summer 2021, which did $1.5M in its previews, and just under Universal/Blumhouse’s Black Phone Thursday previews which were $3M in June. Paramount is expecting a high-teens start this weekend,
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Ailing exhibition giant Cineworld Group, which is currently finalizing a reorganization plan having filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the U.S. earlier this month, has released encouraging interim results for the six months to June 30, 2022. Overall revenue rose to $1.5b against $292.8m in the same period in 2021, for a gross profit of
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There might be a box office surprise this weekend in Paramount’s horror movie Smile. Yes, we’re serious. The pic, from writer-director Parker Finn, was developed by Paramount Players, and the studio took a wait-and-see approach as to where would land — on Paramount+ or theatrical. Then Paramount held a test screening, and Smile played to great
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