UPDATE, WRITETHRU, TUESDAY AM PT : International finals are in and updated for another overseas weekend without a new major studio wide release, leaving room for China’s Cold War II to take the top spot as the summer box office holiday kicked off there in earnest. Also making a big impact was Bollywood’s Salman Khan who brought wrestling drama Sultan into the global ring. Hollywood didn’t sit on the sidelines of offshore markets, though. Rather it was a big play for expansion and holdovers, led by Fox’s Ice Age: Collision Course . In studio action, this session was a mile-marker for both Disney and Fox. The former crossed $5B globally and $3B international in industry record time. The latter, thanks in part to Ice Age , crossed the $2B threshold this weekend ($2.01B), making this the 8th consecutive calendar year Fox has surpassed the milestone, and the 10th time in the studio’s history. Those are both industry records. Related Story China Box Office … [Read more...] about ‘Ice Age’ Leads Studio Pics; Chinese Summer & ‘Sultan’ Kick Off – Intl B.O. Final
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TikTok , with over 100 million monthly active users in the U.S., insists no platform has that reach without “something for everyone” as it looked shake up perception that it’s a Gen Z phenomenon. In a pitch to marketers at the Digital NewFronts , TikTok showcased soft stats like how happy it makes users, how much less content they consume elsewhere and how many more brands are engaging with its 31,000 vetted content creators. The platform said advertisers running campaigns in the U.S. have increased 500% in the past year. “It’s not just dancing and lip-synching Gen Z-ers. There’s comedy and science, parenting and cooking,” said head of U.S. advertising Sandie Hawkins. “We reach all demographics.” Related Story TikTok Names New CEO, Promoting ByteDance CFO Shouzi Chew; Interim Chief Vanessa Pappas Becomes COO Users “check Facebook,” she said, but “they watch TikTok.” Research done with Kantar had 93% of TikTokers in the U.S. feeling happy after spending … [Read more...] about TikTok – Not Just For Gen Z Anymore; Platform Pitches Advertisers With No Forced Sale Looming, New CEO In Place
One of Bollywood ’s leading icons, Salman Khan , led the 2015 Indian box office with the double whammy of Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, which made a combined 530-plus crore ($80 million). While Khan has been absent from screens thus far in 2016, that’s about to change. His underdog wrestling drama Sultan is due for release this week in about 50 worldwide markets including India and the U.S. Hitting the lucrative Eid holiday, Khan again stakes out calendar space that has led to such mega-hits as Bajrangi , Kick and Ek Tha Tiger . In 2013, he stepped off the date, which led to rival/pal Shah Rukh Khan stepping in with then-record-breaker Chennai Express . Salman and SRK previously were due to go head-to-head this Eid, but the latter’s Raees ultimately opted to move to January 2017. Related Story Shah Rukh Khan's 'Raees' Moves To 2017; Clash Avoided With Salman Khan's 'Sultan' Sultan begins day-and-date rollout July 6, in … [Read more...] about Salman Khan’s ‘Sultan’ Goes To The Mat; Wrestling Drama To Break Bollywood Bank?
A German entomologist and a research associate at Yale University, with some help from R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe , have named a new ant species Strumigenys ayersthey , after Charles “Jeremy” Ayers, the artist and political activist who was part of Andy Warhol ’s legion of “Superstars” as the gender-bending Silva Thin. The story was reported this week in the scientific research publication EurekAlert! After entomologist Phillip Hoenle discovered the ant in a rainforest in Ecuador, he sent a specimen to Douglas B. Booher, a research associate in the Yale Center for Biodiversity and Global Change and the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, to confirm if it was really a new species. After making the confirmation, Booher reached out to Stipe, a close friend of the late Ayers, to receive his blessing for the new name. Related Stories 'Rolling Stone Interview: Special Edition' With Michael Stipe How R.E.M. Invented the Nineties With 'Out of Time' … [Read more...] about Michael Stipe Helps Name Ant Species After Andy Warhol Superstar
The end of Ramadan is approaching, and with it the Eid-al-fitr holiday that celebrates the close of the holy month of fasting. For Bollywood , that essentially means one thing: Salman Khan has a movie coming out. The superstar typically owns the frame, and while that’s unlikely to change this year, there are some interesting caveats surrounding this week’s day-and-date release of Bajrangi Bhaijaan (trailer above) which could impact business — in either direction. Khan, who is among the top grossers ever in Bollywood — alongside the likes of Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan — made non-biz headlines in May when he was handed a guilty verdict and a five-year prison sentence in a hit-and-run case that has been wending its way through the Mumbai court system for nearly 14 years. When he was convicted of culpable homicide not amounting to murder, alarm bells went off throughout the industry — Bajrangi was reportedly not yet fully completed. That caused shares in Eros … [Read more...] about Salman Khan’s ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’: Bail & ‘Baahubali’ To Impact B’wd Titan’s Latest?