UPDATE, writethru: In a weekend dominated by holdovers and expansions, Warner Bros’ Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald leads the international box office for Hollywood in its third session in a row, conjuring $40.2M in 80 markets. That brings the overseas cume to $385.3M and global across the $500M mark to $519.6M. At the other end of the spectrum, WB’s Crazy Rich Asians was dead on arrival in China, mustering just $1.2M over the opening frame. Crazy Rich Asians, which began global rollout in August, is not wholly unexpected. Middle Kingdom authorities took their time giving the pic a slot, waiting until mid-October to set its bow on November 30. A cultural phenomenon domestically, and already a profitable proposition at $238M worldwide box office, CRA’s all-Asian cast is not a novelty in China. Related Story 'Ford V Ferrari' Revs Up $52M+ Worldwide Bow; No China Halo For 'Charlie's Angels' - International Box Office As we’ve … [Read more...] about ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ DOA In China With $1.2M Bow; ‘Fantastic Beasts 2’ Tops $500M WW – International Box Office
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Paramount Pictures and Hasbro, Inc. will team to produce and distribute content based on Hasbro brands, as well as original stories. The pact was announced today. The two companies will collaborate on live action and animated films, with Hasbro’s Allspark Pictures and Allspark Animation playing an active role alongside Paramount Pictures in development and production. The new deal expands upon the existing relationship between the two companies that’s resulted in five Transformers movies, two G.I. Joe films, and the first Transformers spinoff, Bumblebee, set for a December 2018 release. “Paramount has been a valuable partner of Hasbro’s for more than a decade, and we’re looking forward to taking our relationship to the next level,” said Brian Goldner, Chairman and CEO, Hasbro. “Storytelling, in its many forms, is revolutionizing our business and differentiating Hasbro in all sectors where we operate. We look forward to collaborating with the … [Read more...] about Paramount And Hasbro Seal New Deal For Production & Distribution
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?
UPDATE, writethru: Although the Thanksgiving holiday doesn’t factor abroad, moviegoers took in a cornucopia of offerings at the international box office this weekend, clocking new milestones for many. Warner Bros’ Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald leads the overseas chart for the second weekend in a row as it tracks roughly on par with the previous film in the Wizarding World spinoff series. With $83.7M in the sophomore frame, the offshore cume is now $322.6M for $439.7M global. But there was plenty of magic reserved for new entry Ralph Breaks The Internet and pulsing holdovers Venom, Bohemian Rhapsody and more. Off a phenomenal China performance, Sony’s Venom continued to course this frame and has now crossed $800M worldwide. At $822.5M, it is the 2nd highest grossing superhero origin movie ever globally, behind Black Panther. Of $610.8M at the international box office, $242.9M is from the Middle Kingdom. Related Story 'The Farewell's China … [Read more...] about ‘Venom’ Crosses $800M WW; ‘Grindelwald’ Grows To $440M; ‘Ralph Breaks The Internet’ Has Brawny Bow – Intl Box Office