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Saturday AM Update: Even with three new wide releases at this weekend’s box office, and New York City finally reopening, numbers still aren’t at pre-pandemic levels, but there’s a lot of drama going on. Let’s start with Disney’s theatrical day and date Disney+ release of animated pic Raya and the Last Dragon which looks to be
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New York City, the nation’s leading movie market along with still-shuttered Los Angeles, springs back to life Friday after being flattened by Covid-19 for nearly a year. A pulse was detected in advance ticket sales with a handful of shows selling out at AMC Entertainment’s flagship Empire 25 theater in Times Square including a 4:30
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Austin, Texas-based, dine-in movie theater chain Alamo Drafthouse has filed for Chapter 11 in Delaware Court. The exhibitor, which buckled under the impact of Covid-19, has more than three dozen cinemas LA, Brooklyn and Northern Virginia. It’s backed by Altamont Capital. In May, the Phoenix-based franchises of Alamo Drafthouse in Tempe, Gilbert and Chandler filed
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EXCLUSIVE: Hulu is celebrating that Lee Daniels’ The United States vs. Billie Holiday was the streamer’s No. 1 most watched movie this past weekend. The news comes in the wake of Andra Day’s surprise Golden Globe Best Actress Motion Picture Drama win for her turn as Billie Holiday; the Grammy nominee becoming the second Black actress
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Showbiz shares sparkled Monday starting off March with a major market rally around reopening, another vaccine rollout, a stimulus bill and a combo of upbeat earnings and streaming forecasts. Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine, the nation’s third, will ship this week and the possibility of $1.9 trillion flowing into the U.S. economy looks increasingly likely after
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Updated Monday AM: Warner Bros is reporting this morning that Tim Story’s Tom & Jerry didn’t do $13.7M for the weekend, rather $14.1M. That’s a very good indication that an upbeat vibe is developing among moviegoer confidence as this pandemic slowly starts to draw its curtains. Rival studio estimates as of yesterday AM had Tom & Jerry
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Refresh for latest…: Warner Bros’ hybrid live-action/animated feature Tom & Jerry began offshore rollout in mid-February, and this session became the first studio title to hit China in the wake of the Lunar New Year, as well as adding a host of other new markets. The Hanna-Barbera rascals scampered off with a further $19.4M from
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AMC Entertainment, the nation’s largest theater chain, said Friday it’s awarding CEO Adam Aron and other executives “supplemental special incentive cash bonuses” to recognize the challenge they faced  steering the embattled company on a financial rollercoaster over the past pandemic year. Corporate associates and theatre management will also get special bonuses, with all payouts coming
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Sony Pictures Classics is set to release awards contender The Father in select New York and Los Angeles theaters today before expanding nationwide March 12 before landing on PVOD on March 26. That’s quite a theater-to-digital journey for the Florian Zeller-directed drama starring Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman. The film, which premiered at Sundance in 2020,
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It’s quite clear that we’ll get more Marvel series on Disney+ this year than arguably Star Wars series. At the top of the first Disney/Marvel TCA session, President of Marvel Studios and Chief Creative Officer Kevin Feige gave a brief rundown of the studio’s plans. March 5 reps the end of season one of WandaVision.  Then
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In a clear sign that Paramount is committed to theatrical, but still open to the future of streaming,  A Quiet Place Part II and Mission: Impossible 7 will go on the streaming service 45 days after their theatrical release dates. A Quiet Place Part II was originally scheduled to open on March 20 last year before Covid derailed
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Paramount Pictures CEO Jim Gianopulos gets it; just like Disney CEO Bob Chapek gets it: You can’t have a successful streaming service without big theatrical event films. The two go hand-in-hand, so don’t try and muddy the waters. Big screen drives big franchises, which in turn drives streaming features and spinoff series. Exclaimed Gianopulos at
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Yeah, yeah, yeah, Universal/DreamWorks Animation’s Croods: A New Age led the box office for its fifth weekend out of 13 running, and crossed $50M, inching closer to becoming the top grossing movie of the pandemic, and potentially upsetting Warner Bros.’ Tenet ($57.9M). However, in a business where the transparency of numbers has always been public, for
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Universal Pictures action movie Nobody starring Bob Odenkirk will get ahead of Warner Bros.’ long-Easter weekend release of Godzilla vs. Kong by going on March 26 instead. The Odenkirk movie, directed by Ilya Naishuller, was scheduled for Good Friday, April 2. Recently, Warner Bros moved its HBO Max day-and-date release of Godzilla vs. Kong to Wednesday March
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