'Kingsman 2' Finishes #1 as September Grosses Near Record High
The weekend's new releases fell shy of Mojo's weekend forecast, but Kingsman: The Golden Circle still managed to debut larger than the original, finishing in the #1 spot. Unfortunately, The Lego Ninjago Film fell well short of expectations as did Friend Request, which delivered a mere $2.4 million opening. There were, however, some bright spots among limited release titles as Battle of the Sexes and Victoria and Abdul delivered strong opening results as September's calendar grosses continue to pace toward record heights. Topping the box office was Fox's Kingsman: The Golden Circle, delivering an estimated $39 million from 4,003 theaters. The opening improves on the $36.2 million opening for the first film, but the film's performance over the next couple of weeks will tell the true story. The first Kingsman turned its $36 million debut into a $128 million domestic run, a 3.54x multiplier. Should Golden Circle follow suit we're talking about a $138+ million domestic run, which »
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‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Fashions $100M+ Global Bow; ‘It’ Hits $478M & Spidey Tops 2017 Superheroes Ww – International Box Office
Update, Writethru: Coming off of a big international box office session last weekend when War For The Planet Of The Apes swung into China, Fox leads again with the debut of Kingsman: The Golden Circle. The Matthew Vaughn-directed sequel cut a $61.2M figure in its bow in 64 offshore markets. Of those, the Marv Films title was No. 1 in 55. At current exchange rates, that's 63% bigger than Kingsman: The Secret Service in the same grouping and includes $11.1M in the UK where K… »
Pablo and Juan de Dios Larrain’s Fabula Sets Up U.S. Company (Exclusive)
San Sebastian – Fabula, one of Latin America’s high-profile producers, run by “Jackie” director Pablo Larraín and producer Juan de Dios Larraín, has set up a U.S. company to make English-language movies by its filmmakers from Latin America and Europe.
News of the move comes two months before Fabula, to date based just out of Santiago, Chile, goes into production on its first full-on U.S. project, a remake of Sebastián Lelio’s “Gloria,” starring Julianne Moore and directed by Lelio himself. Pre-production and production on “Gloria” will be carried out in the U.S., and post-production in Santiago, Pablo Larrain told Variety from Chile. Juan de Dios Larraín has relocated to Los Angeles to head up the new production company, called Fabula, whose offices open Monday.
The U.S production base is a milestone for one of Latin America’s most admired production companies, whose marquee directors Larraín and Lelio have already crossed into U »
- John Hopewell
'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Wraps Post-Production, Says Rian Johnson
22 September 2017 11:51 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Star Wars is over. Or, at least, the latest episode is.
Accompanying a shot of the post-production team on the movie, Johnson wrote, "Aaaand that's a wrap on the hardest working post production team in the galaxy. Going to miss sitting in dark rooms with these goobers."
It's also a wrap of Johnson sharing Instagram teases of the post-production process on the movie, which have included shots of explosions, space bears »
- Graeme McMillan
‘Victoria And Abdul’ Reigns With Top PTA; ‘Stronger’ & ‘Battle Of The Sexes’ Solid – Specialty Box Office
Three significant Toronto fest Specialty releases, Victoria and Abdul, Stronger and Battle Of the Sexes opened strong out of the gate this weekend. Focus Features' Victoria and Abdul reigned supreme, however, by per theater average. Starring Dame Judi Dench, the title grossed $152K in four theaters, averaging just under $38K. Roadside Attractions/Lionsgate's Stronger with Jake Gyllenhaal and Tatiana Maslany cracked the top ten in its debut, grossing over $1.74M in 574… »
Judge Denies Director’s Bid to Seize and Destroy ‘The Professor and the Madman’
Safinia says he was thrown off the film after Voltage Pictures refused his request to shoot five additional days at Oxford University. He filed a lawsuit accusing Voltage of defamation and copyright infringement, and asked for a restraining order to block Voltage from shopping the film to distributors.
But in her ruling Friday, Judge Consuelo Marshall rejected the request, saying Safinia had not demonstrated a likelihood of prevailing on the merits of the dispute. Safinia claims that he owns the copyright to the September 2016 version of the screenplay, and that he never subsequently assigned the rights to Voltage.
Voltage counters that Safinia had already given up his copyright to earlier drafts of the film’s screenplay under a “work made for hire” agreement, and »
- Gene Maddaus
Gal Gadot Parts Ways With Manager (Exclusive)
22 September 2017 7:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
After her fan-favorite turn as Themysciran princess Diana in last year’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, the Israeli actress took center stage in Wonder Woman, the most successful movie of the summer — a lone bright spot that saw director Patty Jenkins shatter box-office records for female filmmakers on the film's way to earning more than $800 million worldwide.
- Rebecca Sun
Oscars Overhaul and Open Up Foreign Language Voting Process
In advance of what is expected to be a record year for entries in the Oscars’ Best Foreign Language Film category, the Academy has made significant changes in the voting process used to select nominees. In a Thursday afternoon email to all Southern California-based members of the Academy, the organization used the subject line “Come see the world with us!” and invited the members to “help us choose the next foreign language film award nominees,” also linking to a page that described the new voting system. In the biggest change, the color-coded screening groups have been eliminated. In the past, »
- Steve Pond
‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Premiere Most Shocking Moments, From Georgiou’s Destiny to Burnham’s Bold Move
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from “Star Trek: Discovery” Episode 1 and 2, “The Vulcan Hello” and “Battle at the Binary Stars.”]
Liz Shannon Miller, TV Editor: While anyone who knows a little bit about “Star Trek” comes to a new iteration of the franchise with certain expectations, there is the basic fact that the pilot of any TV show is, to borrow a term, undiscovered country. And the launch of “Star Trek: Discovery” has been accompanied by plenty of early press suggesting that we were in for a whole new take on boldly going where no one has gone before — a take that might prove darker than previous installments.
And, no lie, introducing a major character like Captain Philippa Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh) and then seeing her brutally murdered by a Klingon is a strong indication of that. How much did that shock you, Hanh?
Hanh Nguyen, Senior Editor: Honestly, it didn’t, which in itself surprised me since I haven’t been following the development of the show that closely. While I am a fan, »
- Hanh Nguyen
Singapore Picks ‘Pop Aye’ for Foreign-Language Oscar Contention
Singapore has selected “Pop Aye” as its national contender for the Academy Awards foreign-language category. Directed by Kirsten Tan, the film won the world cinema dramatic special jury award at Sundance earlier this year.
Set entirely in Thailand, the film stars Thaneth Warakulnukroh as a down and out architect who is reunited with his childhood elephant. They embark on a road trip across the Thai countryside in search of their old home.
film has resonated with audiences both at home and internationally,” said Joachim Ng, director of the Singapore Film Commission.
The film has recently opened theatrically in Taiwan, after releases in North America, France, The Netherlands, Singapore and Thailand. On the festival circuit it will next screen in Zurich, London, Busan and Tokyo. »
- Patrick Frater
‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Review: CBS All Access Series Shines By Making Space Beautiful — But Also Scary
How you choose to budget your money for television viewing is an understandably personal choice. But listen up, “Star Trek” fans: sign up for your CBS All Access account now, because the most exciting and daring take on the franchise is happening there, and even if you don’t love it right out of the gate, it’s going to create conversations you won’t want to miss.
“Star Trek: Discovery,” the first new “Trek” series in 16 years, feels welcomely familiar and also surprisingly fresh, bringing together established iconography and new ideas for a series that, based on the first three episodes screened for critics, exists in a space where nothing, including the status quo, is safe. This is a story about exploration and adventure, but also a story in dialogue with the core values of this franchise, and what those values require of these characters.
“Discovery” is set 10 years »
- Liz Shannon Miller
‘Star Trek Discovery’ Review: A Riveting Return to Starfleet
- Tommy Cook
Steven Soderbergh and David Gordon Green on the ‘Funny’ Resurgence of ’80s Nostalgia and ‘Red Oaks’ Final Season
It all started on the set of a show set in 1901, and it’s all ending at a time when the 1980s have never been more popular.
“I recall us standing on the set early in Season 1 of ‘The Knick,’ and one of these stories somehow came up again,” Steven Soderbergh said, referencing how his first assistant director, Gregory Jacobs, would share memories about growing up as a tennis pro in New Jersey. “I said, ‘Dude, this is a series. You’ve got to memorialize these stories. This just sounds like a really interesting world to explore during the period you experienced it.'”
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‘Maze Runner: The Death Cure’ Trailer: The Gladers Have One Last Life-Threatening Labyrinth Adventure
The new trailer for 20th Century Fox’s Mazer Runner: The Death Cure has arrived and it promises to be the most dangerous mission yet for Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and his Glader pals. Wes Ball is back for a third time to direct the final installment of the trilogy based on the novels by James Dashner. In their final hurrah, Thomas leads his group of escaped Gladers into the Last City, the most dangerous and deadly Wckd-controlled labyrinth, to save their friends. Anyone who… »
‘Maze Runner: The Death Cure’ Trailer: Dylan O’Brien Goes to War with Wckd
Fans have been patiently waiting to see the concluding chapter of the Maze Runner trilogy after Dylan O’Brien was injured during a stunt gone wrong while the film was shooting in 2016. Originally set for release earlier this year, Maze Runner: The Death Cure is now coming to theaters in February of 2018, and the […]
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- Ethan Anderton
‘Outlander’ Review: Love Endures a Decade as Jamie and Claire Fail to Move On
Last Week's Review:‘Outlander’ Review: A Hero Loses Himself In The Aftermath of War
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers for “Outlander” Season 3 Episode 3, “All Debts Paid.”]
With Jamie in prison it made sense for the storyline to focus more on Claire and Frank’s struggles in the 1950s this week, with an episode that ambitiously spanned a ten-year timeframe that did nothing to improve Claire and Frank’s situation. Sometimes marriages fall apart little by little (especially when no work goes into maintaining them), so in using time to their advantage, writers were able to showcase a drastic fallout more rife with history and emotions than if they were to break it down over a smaller increment of time. And since viewers know that Jamie and Claire are the real relationship worth rooting for here, the timeframe also scratches that itch as everyone waits for the Frasers to finally reunite already.
Let’s Be Frank
It’s hard not to feel for Frank. »
- Amber Dowling
‘Maze Runner: The Death Cure’ Trailer: The Trilogy Comes To A Close
Having suffered a major delay in filming after an on set accident involving leading man Dylan O’Brien, the fate of the third in “The Maze Runner” trilogy was left in limbo. However, the star regained health and the cast and crew returned to set to finish off the remainder of the film.
The first in the franchise, “The Maze Runner,” was met with somewhat muted appraisal, coming too soon off the heels of every other Ya adaptation to not be met with some fatigue.
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- Ally Johnson
First ‘Maze Runner: The Death Cure’ Trailer Reveals the Trilogy’s Concluding Installment
20th Century Fox has unveiled the first trailer for Maze Runner: The Death Cure, the third and final installment in the adaptation of author James Dashner’s Ya trilogy. Dylan O’Brien returns in the role of Thomas, as he leads his group of escaped Gladers on a mission to break into the Wckd-controlled Last City to find answers to long-burning questions. Directed by Wes Ball, the film was originally scheduled for release in February 2017 but production was notably shut down when O’Brien suffered severe injuries as a result of an on-set accident. Filming resumed … »
- Adam Chitwood
Feng Xiaogang’s ‘Youth’ Loses China Release Ahead of Political Event
The upcoming release of “Youth,” a bittersweet drama about China’s People’s Liberation Army, has been abruptly halted. Directed by Feng Xiaogang, the film was scheduled to have been released on Sept. 29 and to have dominated the charts over the Oct. 1 National Day holiday.
Instead, ticket sales have been halted. Chinese media report a statement attributing the delay to “discussions with the Film Bureau and other parties.”
The film’s backer and principal distributor Huayi Brothers, has not responded to contact by Variety for explanations.
Local media have been quick to suggest that the release is a casualty of the upcoming National Congress of the Communist Party of China. This highly symbolic political event occurs once every five years, and experience suggests that China’s rulers will crack down on dissent, discussion or any kind of controversy before and during the meeting.
“Youth” which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, tracks »
- Patrick Frater
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