In the EMEA region, the movie is playing 9% ahead of FB1 and is the second biggest opening in 2018. The UK was soft, however, compared to the first movie, dipping by 17% and impacted by a much more competitive landscape than two years ago (and the weather has been great). Despite that poor critical reaction, core fans are spreading word of mouth and the Saturday to Sunday momentum was better. There is hope that FB2 can leg out a bit with little upcoming competition. The UK and Japan (the latter opening next weekend) are typically the biggest hubs for Harry Potter, and on FB1 finaled behind China. … [Read more...] about ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald’ Takes $253M WW Bow; ‘Venom’ Voracious In China Milestones – International Box Office
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Even though Hollywood movies have scaled back in their outdoor presence during Covid with lesser traffic and box office capitals NYC and L.A. closed, streaming series billboards have been prevalent in both cities; Wandavision being no exception. If you’re in L.A., you’ll see billboards on the Sunset Strip, Beverly Center, W Hotel Hollywood, and Hollywood towers; while in NYC you’ll find motion billboards in Times Square and outside Penn Station. … [Read more...] about How The Disney Marketing Team Revitalized The MCU With ‘WandaVision’, 20 Months After ‘Avengers: Endgame’
Grafted to a premise more suited to the syndicated sitcoms on TV Land than the home of The Mandalorian, the Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany starrer that debuts tomorrow on the streamer is mainly a baby boomer punchline in search of a joke. Which, based on the three episodes that the House of Mouse provided, is another way of saying the Jac Schaeffer created limited series is well within the wheelhouse of the endless set-up of the Kevin Feige-run Marvel Cinematic Universe, and not in a good way. … [Read more...] about ‘WandaVision’ Review: Marvel’s First Disney+ Series Is Too AARP & Not Enough MCU
FEIGE: Confidence is — I don’t know if I’m the most confident guy in the world. I think we always question things, but we don’t let fear guide us in our choices either. So, I believe there is a healthy balance somewhere. From the start of Marvel Studios, we always said we don’t want to make one kind of movie. When Iron Man worked, the first thing we announced was a WWII movie (Captain America) and a Norse God alien movie (Thor), and then a team-up movie (Avengers). So we always look to take the success or the goodwill that comes to us, and utilize that to expand to grow into Guardians of the Galaxy, and into Black Panther and Captain Marvel. And WandaVision was just an extreme version of that and doing it in a way that will have answers and will take the confusion, or the oddity or avant-garde nature of it and begin to put into the piece, as each episode is unveiled week by week. But we’ve always been … [Read more...] about Marvel Boss Kevin Feige On ‘Black Panther 2’ Post Boseman, ‘Black Widow’ Release & Why Streaming Plans Won’t Burn MCU At The B.O.
The first Black Panther movie was one of the MCU's biggest successes, not just at the box office but also in terms of cultural impact. The untimely passing of lead actor Chadwick Boseman has thrown the future of the franchise into turmoil. Recently, Marvel showrunner Kevin Feige confirmed that Black Panther 2 will not see a new actor take on the role of King T'Challa, and neither will they be using a CGI version of Boseman. … [Read more...] about Black Panther 2 Won’t Have a CGI Chadwick Boseman, Will Further Explore Wakanda