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Box Office: ‘Smile’ Leads Thursday Previews With $2M, ‘Bros’ Earns $500K

A new horror film from Paramount should put a grin on moviegoers’ faces this weekend. Parker Finn‘s debut feature Smile scared up a strong $2 million from more than 3,000 theaters (shows began at 7 p.m.). On Friday, the pic expands into a total of 3,648 cinemas. Tracking suggests Smile will open in the mid- […]

Box Office Endures Worst September in 26 Years (Excluding 2020)

The worry wasn’t for naught. After a summer boom, domestic box office revenue for September 2022 plummeted to a projected $328.7 million, the worst showing for the month in a quarter of century, according to Comscore. The last time it was that low — excluding 2020, during the heart of the COVID-19 crisis — was […]

Next ‘Star Trek’ Movie Officially Removed From December 2023 Calendar

Paramount officially announced Tuesday it is removing its untitled Star Trek movie from a Dec. 22, 2023 release date in theaters. The news wasn’t a surprise. In late August, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that director Adam Shakman has dropped out of the project due to scheduling issues amid his jump to Fantastic Four for Marvel. […]

‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Joins Pantheon of Long Superhero Pics at Two Hours and 41 Minutes

Ryan Coogler’s upcoming sequel Black Panther: Wakanda Forever sports a running time of two hours and 41 minutes, according to major theater chains that have started posting information about the movie on their websites. Disney later confirmed the running time. The film joins the pantheon of Hollywood studio superhero pics with hefty running times and […]

Box Office: Olivia Wilde’s ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ Opens to Solid $19.2M Domestically

Warner Bros.’ high-profile drama Don’t Worry Darling opened to an OK $19.2 million domestically from 4,114 theaters to win the weekend. However, the pic fell more than expected Saturday in a worrisome turn for its long-term playability. Overseas, Don’t Worry Darling took in a $10.8 million from more than 60 markets for a global start […]

Italy Revives Tepid Box Office With $3 Tickets, ‘Minions 2’

Italy’s version of National Cinema Day — a five-day event called Cinema in festa offering discount tickets for certain films at participating theaters across the country —has proved a major success, with more than 1.1 million people crowding in, bringing in around $3.9 million (€4 million) in box office revenue. Compared to the previous week, […]

‘Spirited’: Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell’s Musical to Hit Apple TV+, Theaters in Time for Thanksgiving

Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell’s upcoming holiday film Spirited — a musical retelling of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol — will open in theaters on Nov. 11 before making its global debut on Apple TV+ Nov. 18 ahead of Thanksgiving. Apple Original Films announced its release plans for the high-profile movie on Friday. It’s not […]

Pioneers Award 2022: Hollywood Bonds Over 007 Producers Barbara Broccoli, Michael G. Wilson

There was plenty of bonding Wednesday night as producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli received the 2022 Pioneer of the Year Award from the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation. It is the first time since the pandemic began that the gala celebration was able to be held. For nearly three decades, Broccoli and […]

Box Office Preview: Controversy-Ridden ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ Could Surprise With $20M-Plus Opening

After weeks of making headlines for one controversy after another, director Olivia Wilde’s sophomore feature Don’t Worry Darling could surprise in its box office debut this weekend with $20 million-plus. Official tracking and Warner Bros. are being more conservative in projecting $17 million. But based on advance ticket sales, exhibitors are giving a range of […]

‘Woman King’ Box Office: The Secret Behind Its Success (and Why You Shouldn’t Rule Out a Sequel)

The competition between Hollywood studios is fierce and sharp as a spear. On the opening weekend of most films, rival executives are quick to judge (and snipe). That wasn’t so in the case of The Woman King, a Black female-led epic action-adventure that opened to a better-than-expected $19.1 million over the Sept. 16-18 weekend at […]

Box Office: ‘Woman King’ Wows With $19M Opening, A+ CinemaScore

The Woman King, starring Oscar-winning actress Viola Davis, conquered the domestic box with an opening of $19 million or more after earning a coveted A+ CinemaScore from audiences. Woman King came in ahead of expectations (tracking had suggested it would open with $15 million to $18 million, although Sony had said only $12 million). The […]

Expect an Encore for $3 Movie Ticket Day

Earlier this year, Cineworld CEO Moshe “Mooky” Greidinger had an idea: Slash ticket prices to 3 pounds at his U.K. theaters to celebrate the reemergence of the box office. The larger-than-life exhibitor tried to enlist his rivals on the British Isles, but they said no. Yet he was on to something. A record 650,000 tickets […]