"The Shape of Water" and "Phantom Thread" have the most to gain from their big nomination hauls Jeremy Fuster, provided by Published 4:15 pm, Tuesday, January 23, 2018 Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Oscars Box Office: Can Best Picture Contenders Turn Nominations Into Big Bucks? 1 / 1 Back to Gallery For A24, Fox Searchlight, and all the studios that have a film contending for Best Picture at the Oscars this year, the race is on to try and convert the new attention their movies have received into a big box office bump. “It’s time to strike while the iron is hot,” said comScore’s Paul Dergarabedian. “The biggest bump comes not after Oscar Sunday, but after the nominees are revealed and moviegoers head out to theaters to catch up. By the time Oscar Sunday rolls around, most films have run their course in theaters.” The films that have most to gain are the ones that hit theaters very late in the … [Read more...] about Oscars Box Office: Can Best Picture Contenders Turn Nominations Into Big Bucks?
Pixar's "Coco" sang its way to the fourth best Thanksgiving weekend ever with an estimated $71.2 million over the five-day weekend, a total that easily toppled Warner Bros.' "Justice League." "Coco" rode strong reviews and an A-plus CinemaScore from audiences to the top spot at the domestic box office. According to studio estimates Sunday, it grossed $49 million from Friday to Sunday. Centered on the Mexican holiday Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead), "Coco" has already set box office records in Mexico, where it has made $53.4 million in three weeks. After a disappointing debut last weekend, the much-maligned DC Comics superhero team-up film "Justice League" slid to second with $40.7 million. In the five-day holiday frame, it earned about $60 million. "Justice League" is faring better overseas, where it has made more than $300 million. The two top spots told a familiar tale: Quality is trumping mediocrity at the box office, where Rotten Tomato ratings bear considerable weight and … [Read more...] about Pixar’s Mexico-set ‘Coco’ beats ‘Justice League’ at box office
By Josh Rottenberg, Los Angeles Times | PUBLISHED: January 19, 2018 at 1:00 pm | UPDATED: January 19, 2018 at 1:16 pm For more than 40 years, Steven Spielberg’s movies have followed a simple release strategy. Without exception, his films have opened either in the summer — a movie-going season he all but invented with the 1975 smash “Jaws” — or toward the end of the year, as awards buzz is heating up. But when executives at Warner Bros. sat down with the director to discuss the release plan for his latest film — the big-budget sci-fi-action epic “Ready Player One” — they had something different in mind. Set in a near-future dystopia in which people live much of their lives in a virtual-reality realm called the OASIS, Spielberg’s adaptation of the Ernest Cline best-seller has all the bells and whistles of a big, fun summer movie. But the studio wanted to open it in March. Spielberg went for the idea without hesitation. … [Read more...] about Hollywood’s winter-spring blockbusters range from ‘Black Panther’ to ‘Ready Player One’
NEW YORK -- Meryl Streep, Liam Neeson, Taraji P. Henson and Paddington Bear and all rushed into movie theaters over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, but Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle still roared the loudest with an estimated $35.1 million in ticket sales, Friday through Tuesday. "It resonates with an older audience because they were around and remember this particular moment in time," said Fox distribution chief Chris Aronson. "But it really resonates with a younger audience and that's the segment of the audience that will continue to discover this movie and realize how timely it is." The plethora of releases, along with a host of awards contenders in limited release (led by Darkest Hour, with $5.4 million following Gary Oldman's Golden Globe win for best actor) pushed the weekend box office to about $190 million for the four-day holiday frame, according to Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for comScore. Albeit shy of the 2015 record MLK weekend when Clint Eastwood's American … [Read more...] about Jumanji keeping The Post at bay
Sequel shows remarkable endurance and is on pace to pass "Thor: Ragnarok" at the domestic box office Jeremy Fuster, provided by Published 12:12 pm, Wednesday, January 17, 2018 As “Star Wars” begins to fade out of the box office conversation, the focus now shifts to “Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle,” which has performed beyond many analysts expectations and is now reaching revenue levels equal to that of some superhero films. After four weekends in theaters, the numbers for the sequel to Robin Williams’ 1995 adventure film sit at $291 million domestic and $676 million worldwide, good for eighth and twelfth respectively among all 2017 releases. Later this week, it will pass the $304 million domestic total made by the 2012 James Bond film “Skyfall” and become Sony’s highest grossing domestic release outside the “Spider-Man” series, and by the end of this weekend, it is expected to pass the $313 million made by … [Read more...] about ‘Jumanji’ Surprise!: How The Rock’s Hit Did the Opposite of What Most Blockbusters Do