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China Box Office: ‘Wolf Warriors II’ Continues Record Run, Extends Total to $769 Million
“Wolf Warriors II” narrowly won its fourth weekend at the Chinese box office ahead of a pack of new releases. It extended its record haul in China to $769 million after 25 days.
Data from local provider Ent Group show that “Wolf Warriors II” briefly lost its top box-office spot last Friday to “Paradox.” But on Saturday and and Sunday, the patriotic action sensation reclaimed the No. 1 ranking. Both films enjoyed about 70,000 screenings per day.
Every ticket sold pushes “Wolf Warriors II” further into the lead as the all-time biggest movie ever released in China. Its total is now 50% bigger than previous claimant “The Mermaid.”
This was also another weekend in which the top Chinese film outpaced the top film at the North American box office. Stateside winner “Hitman’s Bodyguard” earned $21.6 million.
Hong Kong-made crime actioner “Paradox,” which opened the Hong Kong Summer International Film Festival, was released last Thursday and scored $31.4 million over the weekend. It »
- Patrick Frater
Jerry Lewis, Comedy Legend, Dead at 91
Jerry Lewis, an actor and auteur who was one of the most influential forces in American comedy, died Sunday morning at his Las Vegas. He was 91.
"Legendary entertainer Jerry Lewis passed away peacefully today of natural causes at 91 at his home with family by his side," his family said in a statement to the Las Vegas Review-Journal writer John Katsilometes. No cause of death was announced.
In a career that spanned vaudeville, radio, television, film and philanthropy, Lewis established the persona of a manic, juvenile jokester, which belied darker, more self-lacerating elements below the surface, »
'Hitman's Bodyguard' Tops Weekend with $21M+ Opening as 'Logan Lucky' Falls Short
Lionsgate and Summit's action-comedy The Hitman's Bodyguard finished ahead of pre-weekend expectations and took the #1 spot at the weekend box office while WB and New Line's Annabelle: Creation scored a second place finish over its sophomore frame. The weekend wasn't too kind, however, to Bleecker's Logan Lucky, which did manage to finish third, but was unable to crack double digits from over 3,000 locations. As for the weekend overall, the top twelve narrowly escaped becoming the worst weekend of 2017 by less than $1 million by combining for $81.5 million. As of right now, this means the month of August is currently pacing 34% behind August last year while the summer season is pacing 12.8% behind last year. With an estimated $21.6 million, Lionsgate's release of The Hitman's Bodyguard finished #1 at the box office. This outperforms Mojo's pre-release forecast and is just a shade below historical averages for a film of this size and genre from Lionsgate. »
- Brad Brevet <email@example.com>
Erik Poppe’s ‘The King’s Choice’ Sweeps 8 Amanda Norwegian National Film Awards
Haugesund, Norway — Norwegian director Erik Poppe’s historical epic, ”The King’s Choice” (”Kongens nei”), was the Amanda jury’s clear favorite at this year’s awards. Nominated for a record 13 Amandas — Norway’s national film prizes — it snagged eight on Saturday night at Haugesund’s Scandic Maritim Hall. The kudos ceremony unspooled one day before the opening of the 45th Norwegian Intl. Film Festival in Haugesund, which runs through Aug. 25.
Norwegian actress (and singer) Pia Tjelta, who earlier on the day was honored with a stone at Haugesund’s walk of fame – the Haraldsgate – hosted the show, which was televised by Norwegian commercial broadcaster TV. A majority of Amanda winners went on stage to receive their statuettes.
Locarno: Wang Bing’s ‘Mrs. Fang’ Wins Golden Leopard
“The King’s Choice” topped Norwegian box office charts last year, earning 713,276 admissions. It was named best Norwegian feature of 2016 by the Norwegian Film Critics. It »
- Jorn Rossing Jensen
Jaime King Joins Indie 'Ice Cream in the Cupboard'
18 August 2017 5:43 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Drew Pollins is directing the project, which hails from Serenity Media Group and is shooting in Los Angeles.
The book tells of a couple’s fractured life when the wife is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Claudia Ferri (The Killing) and Dana Ashbrook (Twin Peaks) are playing the couple. King will play a neurologist who tries to help the duo.
The part is the latest feature get for King, who »
- Borys Kit
Warner Bros. Touts $1B ‘Conjuring’ Universe With ‘Annabelle: Creation’ Success
So many “universes” since the Marvel Universe brand. Universal touts its Monsters universe and yes, Warner Bros. has one, too, now. It’s call The Conjuring universe. After the successful box office launch of New Line Cinema's latest horror offering Annabelle: Creation, Warner Bros. just announced that James Wan and producer Peter Safran's Conjuring “universe” of films have reached the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office. Annabelle: Creation opened to $35M… »
‘Girls Trip’ Crosses $100 Million at Domestic Box Office
“Girls Trip” has also taken in $9.9 million internationally as it starts its foreign rollout. Australia and Romania will release the film on Aug. 31, with additional markets launching the film through the end of the year.
Summer Box Office Report Card: From Disney to Universal, Grading Popcorn Season
“Girls Trip” debuted behind “Dunkirk” with a surprisingly strong $31.2 million at the North American box office over its opening weekend on July 21 to July 23, making it the highest-grossing opening for a live-action comedy of the year. It dropped only 36% in its second weekend.
“Girls Trip” broke the summer’s streak of underperforming R-rated comedies such as “Rough Night” and “The House.” Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Tiffany Haddish, and Jada Pinkett Smith star as four friends attending the Essence Music »
- Dave McNary
Paul Greengrass To Direct Norwegian Terrorist Pic For Netflix
While Apple is currently negotiating with the major studios to deliver their content in a yet-to-be-determined premium VOD window, Netflix staying ahead of the competition by producing their own original content. While they’ve made great strides in television, the feature film front is still a burgeoning frontier for the streaming service, but they are making huge leaps and bounds. They’ve got Martin Scorsese‘s “The Irishman” in the works, this fall they’ll drop the blockbuster sized “Bright” starring Will Smith, and now they’ve got another big director under their umbrella.
Continue reading Paul Greengrass To Direct Norwegian Terrorist Pic For Netflix at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
‘The Tick’ Review: Amazon’s Superhero Show Is Satirical, Silly, and Smart
It’s hard to believe that in this time of Peak TV we haven’t reached Peak Superhero (especially when you consider the cinematic universes), yet still they come. As it gets increasingly difficult to differentiate between the similar storylines and emphasis on dark/gritty takes, there is one superhero series that has found a way to stand out: Amazon’s The Tick, which produced a popular pilot last year and has now been given a full, 10-episode series. The half-hour live-action show (the latest iteration of this character) remembers something essential when it comes to super-… »
- Allison Keene
New ‘Suburbicon’ Trailer Delves Deeper into the Darkness of George Clooney’s Suburbia
The UK trailer for George Clooney’s Suburbicon has gone online. The movie takes place in the late 1950s, as Matt Damon’s character begins to unraveling the secrets that lurk beneath his town’s seemingly peaceful and perfect exterior. Like the first trailer, Suburbicon seems to rest heavily on dark comedy with Clooney juxtaposing the idyllic 1950s suburbia with violence and terror. In a weird way, this almost seems to be a spiritual sequel to his Oscar-nominated 2005 film, Good Night, and Good Luck., which also took place during the 1950s and explored the darkness beneath an idyllic … »
- Matt Goldberg
Director Adam Wingard on How ‘Death Note’ Prepared Him For ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ [Interview]
Adam Wingard has made a name for himself with horror movies like You’re Next and The Guest and his latest contribution to the genre made waves when Netflix swooped in to rescue it from turnaround after it was developed at Warner Brothers. Based on the manga, which itself had been adapted in anime and live-action in Japan, Death Note […]
- Fred Topel
India’s 65-Year Battle Against Film Censorship: What Needs to Happen For It to End
Movies lovers in India and advocates of artistic freedom everywhere breathed a sigh of relief on August 18, when filmmaker Pahlaj Nihalani — the censorious chairman of the country’s film certification body — was fired from his post. He was quickly replaced by screenwriter and advertising icon Prasoon Joshi. Nihalani’s firing signals a positive direction for the country’s relationship to censorship — but the chain of events has opened up several thorny questions.
See More Why India Continues to Censor New Movies
India is the world’s most prolific filmmaking country, but movie news coming out of the subcontinent is often fraught with tales of censorship, bans and the public outrage as a result. According to the Indian Constitution, no film is eligible for public distribution or screening unless certified by the Central Board of Film Certification (Cbfc). To complicate matters further, the relevant Act in the Constitution (which hails from »
- Laya Maheshwari
‘Jasper Jones’ Trailer: Australia’s ‘Stand By Me’ Starring Toni Collette, Hugo Weaving & Angourie Rice
We’re in that weird pause between the end of summer releases and the onslaught of the fall festival season, so it’s a pretty good time to look and see what offerings there are abroad. And one movie that’s piqued our curiosity is “Jasper Jones.”
Described as Australia’s “Stand By Me,” based on the best-seller by Craig Silvey, and starring Toni Collette, Hugo Weaving, Levi Miller and Angourie Rice, the story follows a 14 year-old who takes on solving a mysterious murder when his friend discovers a dead body.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Netflix Lands Paul Greengrass Pic About Norwegian Terrorist Who Killed 77
Exclusive: Paul Greengrass will next direct a movie he has written about the Norwegian terrorist who in 2011 murdered 77 people in the country’s deadliest attack since WWII. Netflix has won the right to make the film in heavy competition. Scott Rudin will produce with Greg Goodman and Eli Bush. The horrific violence was inflicted by Anders Behring Breivik, a self described right-wing Christian extremist with a hatred for Muslims. He started the carnage by detonating a… »
Chinese Companies Turn to Resetting Relationship With Hollywood
Chinese companies talked about not wanting to be regarded as the latest in a series of foolish foreign investors in Hollywood. But it took the intervention of Chinese President Xi Jinping to bring to an end a 3½-year acquisition frenzy which saw Dalian Wanda and other players strike deals that raised eyebrows on both sides of the Pacific.
Last week’s official declaration by Beijing ruling out investments in overseas film, entertainment and sports properties marks a resetting of the relationship between Chinese and U.S. companies in those sectors, analysts say. Call it China-Hollywood 2.0.
“They mean business this time. This is not a policy that will change right after the [Communist] Party Congress this autumn,” Alex Wong, director of asset management at Ample Capital, told Radio Television Hong Kong.
The entertainment industries in both China and the U.S. must adjust to a new reality no longer based on acquisitions and asset values. Instead, »
- Patrick Frater
‘Suburbicon’ Trailer: Matt Damon and Julianne Moore Get Their Hands Dirty
No one does black comedy better than the Coen brothers, and with their frequent leading man George Clooney behind the camera, it seems like Suburbicon will bring a whole new twist onto a classic Coen tale. A new international trailer for the Coen brothers-penned, Clooney-directed film about Suburbia Gone Wrong has arrived and it features star Matt […]
- Hoai-Tran Bui
‘Glass’ Synopsis Teases the “Culmination” of M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Split’ and ‘Unbreakable’
Universal Pictures has released the first official synopsis for Glass as pre-production on the highly anticipated sequel is firmly underway. The film is a follow-up to filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan’s terrific 2000 film Unbreakable and its secret sequel Split, which hit theaters this past January and quickly became a massive box office and critical success. While fans had been clamoring for an Unbreakable sequel for years, the final moments of Shyamalan’s seemingly original psychological thriller Split revealed that the entire film was taking place in the same universe as Unbreakable—the final shot found Bruce Willis’ … »
- Adam Chitwood
Why ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 Is Like a Software Patch to Rebalance the Game
- Matt Goldberg
‘Brawl In Cell Block 99’ Is “Absolutely Deranged” Says Tiff Midnight Madness Programmer
Cinematic debuts don’t arrives more fiercely than “Bone Tomahawk.” Writer/director S. Craig Zahler turned heads in a big way with his brutal and original western/horror hybrid that made everyone pay attention to what he might do next. Well, it hasn’t taken him long, as the filmmaker is gearing up to hit both Venice and Tiff with “Brawl In Cell Block 99,” and the good news is that it sounds like it’s going to be awesome as that title indicates.
- Kevin Jagernauth
‘How to Talk to Girls at Parties’ First Trailer: Elle Fanning Wants More Punk in Zany Alien Comedy — Watch
Premiering at the Cannes Film festival earlier this year, John Cameron Mitchell’s fourth feature takes excellent source material and top talent on a wild ride in “How to Talk to Girls at Parties.” Based on a short story by Neil Gaiman, whose fantastical work has been adapted to mixed results over the years. In the first international trailer, Fanning and her co-star Alex Sharp flirt oddly and adorably, and Nicole Kidman appears to be having a lot of fun.
Set in a London suburb in the 1970’s, the film follows an alien girl named Zan (Fanning) who falls in love with a punk teenage boy named Enn (Sharp). Kidman, who recently worked with Fanning in Sofia Coppola’s “The Beguiled,” plays a very »
- Jude Dry
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