EXCLUSIVE: As 20th Century Fox/New Regency/GK Films’ Bohemian Rhapsody continues its supersonic trajectory, the Freddie Mercury biopic will today cross the $500 million mark worldwide. Through Thursday, the movie has hit $156.3M domestic and $341.5M at the international box office for a global running cume of $497.8M. And don’t stop it now, with sing-along screenings being added across the globe and Italy just bowing, the Queen backstory looks to be on a collision course with $600M. This is another win for Fox with an end-of-year musical that’s showing great legs after 2017’s The Greatest Showman. Overseas, some of the numbers are staggering on the $55M-budget pic which has fans new and old energized. Korea, which has seen week-on-week gains, is already at a phenomenal $40.2M, while the UK leads all play at $52.5M. The sing-along version has been a huge hit across Asia and Latin America — the latter just reaching $50M regionally for the film overall … [Read more...] about Mercury Rising: ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Rocketing Across $500M WW; How Fox Marketed A Supersonic Singalong
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When it comes to The Greatest Showman‘s theatrical business, it’s been a real sostenuto for 20th Century Fox and producer Chernin Entertainment after starting off on a low note at the Christmas box office. Buried in the shadows of the behemoth holiday success of Star Wars: The Last Jedi ($1.3 billion global B.O.) and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle ($943.7M) in addition to falling short of any electric awards season buzz, it seemed all was lost for the Hugh Jackman period musical about P.T. Barnum which opened to lackluster reviews and a dim $13.4M 5-day domestic debut. However, Fox always had a sense based on the stellar female exit scores and the turnout by Broadway-philes that The Greatest Showman would ultimately be worthy of a standing ovation; a box office slow burn which in the U.S. and Canada played wide in north of 1,000 theaters for 11 weekends, 21 days longer than Last Jedi lasted at that threshold. Related Story 'The … [Read more...] about This Is $400M+: ‘The Greatest Showman’ Hits WW Milestone On Feel-Good Legs
It’s been about a month since Warner Bros released Crazy Rich Asians, powering to runaway success domestically and staggering the rollout internationally. With the global box office now over $167M, $28.6M has come from 23 overseas markets through last Sunday. There is plenty of play ahead, including the UK release on Friday, but there is also a big question mark over whether the Jon M Chu-directed smash makes it to China. And if it was facing an uphill battle to begin with there, a local scandal could indirectly influence its chances while state media took a pointed punch at it today. Chinese authorities are understood to still be mulling a yea or nay on giving the film a quota slot, but while WB is playing up the theme of family and acceptance, depictions of outsize wealth may be an issue — and that was highlighted in the China Daily op-ed today. We’ll get to that below. Related Story 'The Farewell's China Release Shelved Just Ahead Of Scheduled Date … [Read more...] about ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ China Release Status In Limbo: What’s The Holdup?
For a while there, it seemed increasingly dubious that Warner Bros’ domestic smash Crazy Rich Asians would gain entry to the world’s second-largest market. Today, however, comes word that the film has secured a November 30 China release date, which WB has confirmed to Deadline. Based on the Kevin Kwan novel and directed by Jon M Chu, CRA has grossed over $171M in North America and $57M at the international box office so far. The November 30 date is a full three-and-a-half months after the movie debuted in a staggered pattern. While it’s not uncommon for dating to be spaced out between China and other markets, that remains a fair stretch and could impact business prospects in the Middle Kingdom. In mid-September, I wrote that Chinese authorities were still mulling a yea or nay on giving the film a quota slot. It was thought that although WB was playing up the theme of family and acceptance, depictions of outsize wealth such as are seen in the film might have been an … [Read more...] about ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Finally Gets China Release Date; ‘Aquaman’ Diving In Early
Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner told investors Thursday that the company’s $4 billion acquisition of Peppa Pig owner Entertainment One will only augment a long-cultivated relationship with Paramount Pictures. Goldner has steered the toymaker and licensing giant through a strategic shift toward Hollywood that has yielded major film and streaming deals as the entertainment business craves pre-sold brands. Hasbro Studios has made movies for Universal (Ouija) but delivered multiple installments of Transformers and G.I. Joe at Paramount. In 2017, the companies re-upped their production and distribution deal through 2022. Hasbro Studios also has taken advantage of the streaming boom, signing exclusive kids programming and merchandise deals with Netflix. Success on the entertainment front is one reason Hasbro stock has more than tripled in value during the past decade. Related Story Hasbro Acquires Independent Giant Entertainment One In $4 Billion Deal As for the Paramount … [Read more...] about Hasbro’s Brian Goldner Talks Peppa Pig, EOne Deal And State Of Paramount Slate