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On today’s earnings call for the No. 1 financially challenged exhibitor AMC, CEO Adam Aron took the high road in not damning Disney for their recent seisimic-shifting choice to take Mulan to Disney+ instead of theaters where the streaming service is available. “You might thing I’m disappointed that Mulan is moving, but AMC has no bigger friend
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MSG Entertainment said it is canceling the annual Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes due to concerns about COVID-19. The move is not a major surprise, given that Broadway theaters and other indoor arts venues in New York like Lincoln Center remain indefinitely shuttered. Still, it drives home the fact that the coronavirus will remain
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The CEO of the nation’s fourth-largest exhibitor warned studios not to “leave a good party in pursuit of a bad one” but called the debate over PVOD overblown. Greg Marcus, chief of Marcus, said consumers are likely to drift away from watching video-on-demand relesaes when things normalize post-pandemic. “The market for PVOD may not be
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Refresh for updates: On Disney’s 3Q earnings call today, it was announced that Mulan is going to Disney+ on Sept. 4. Specifically, Disney will be releasing the film theatrically in certain markets where the studio currently has no announced launch plans for Disney+ and where theaters are open (i.e. China). The concern with opening the film in
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Cinemark CEO Mark Zoradi weighed in this morning on all the noise that Universal and AMC stirred up last week with their plan to crunch the theatrical window to 17 days. “Consistent with our past practices, Cinemark does not comment on the actions of our competitors. That said we believe an exclusive theatrical window is critically
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Sing Street, the sold-out Off Broadway musical that was set to begin performances at Broadway’s Lyceum Theatre just as the COVID-19 shutdown hit, is now targeting an opening sometime between winter 2021 and winter 2022. The announcement was made Monday by producers Barbara Broccoli, Brian Carmody, Patrick Milling Smith, Michael Wilson, Orin Wolf and Frederick
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AMC Entertainment announced Monday it’s officially concluded a complex, and controversial, restructuring of approximately $2.6 billion of its debt that included an exchange and fresh capital raise. The news came as iyd new distribution deal with Universal Pictures continues to roil the industry. Holders of more than 87% of senior subordinated notes participated in an
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SATURDAY UPDATE: Since cinemas reopened in China’s low-risk areas on July 20, the market today had its biggest day yet. Box office was $5.74M (RMB 40M) overall for the day, according to Maoyan figures. That reps a 38% jump from Friday. After leading last weekend and the midweeks, then dropping to No. 2 on Friday,
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It’s a volatile time in our country. We are divided and there’s an extreme sense of civic unrest. As hopeless as many of us feel, there are heroes on the front lines who are protecting our constitutional freedoms when it comes to abortion rights, immigration rights, LGBTQ rights and voting rights — and those heroes
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Lionsgate has taken the Janelle Monáe horror movie Antebellum off its theatrical release schedule for the time being as big exhibition reorganizes itself during COVID-19. Previously, the Gerard Bush-Christopher Renz directed and written movie was dated for Aug. 21, but with Warner Bros. Tenet hoping to reopen theaters over Labor Day weekend, the plan is for Antebellum to go later.
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China’s second Friday with cinemas back to business in low-risk areas rang up another $4M at local turnstiles, a 39% increase versus the same day last week. About 60% of movie theaters are now operating, with capacity limits and social distancing still in place, so all numbers are to be taken with a grain of
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The hope for NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell in the studio’s new unprecedented 17-day theatrical window collapse-PVOD deal with AMC Theatres is to make more money in the post theatrical windows which have waned in recent years. “Movies are our lifeblood,” said the NBCUniversal pro-PVOD exec, “Over the last couple of years, it’s become more increasingly
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The Phantom of the Opera might not have left the London theater scene for good after all, assures composer Andrew Lloyd Webber. Responding to a newspaper column written by Phantom producer Cameron Mackintosh stating that both the London and UK touring productions are “permanently shut down” due to the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic,
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EXCLUSIVE: Those in town assuming that one of the other big exhibition circuits will fall in line with AMC and seek their own 17-day theatrical window-PVOD deal with Universal will soon realize that it will be a cold day in hell. Cineworld CEO Mooky Greidinger, who oversees the world’s second largest chain, exclusively tells Deadline
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After AMC CEO Adam Aron publicly threatened that he would never play Universal movies as along as the studio had a plan for simultaneous theatrical-PVOD releases like Trolls World Tour, the world’s No. 1 exhibitor and the Hollywood studio have broken bread with the following multi-year agreement: Universal and Focus Features releases will play at
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With the foreign box office showing some signs of life in the pandemic, Warner Bros. will open Christopher Nolan’s long-awaited Tenet in over 70 countries worldwide starting on Wednesday, Aug. 26. The plan includes Tenet opening in Canada on Thursday Aug. 27 before the U.S. release which will be in select cities on Thursday, Sept. 3. Exactly
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While it was indicated well before their [email protected] panel when news broke of Mulan‘s theatrical pause, Disney is keeping 20th Century Studios/Marvel’s The New Mutants on the theatrical release calendar. Rumors were flying around yesterday that the horror-mutant movie was headed to Disney+ in September. This was spurred from what I’m told was a fan-made trailer
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Bob and Jeanne Berney’s Picturehouse will open Marco Pontecorvo’s Fatima in theaters and direct to home (PVOD) throughout North America on Aug. 28. The pic was last scheduled for an Aug. 14, 1,000 theater-plus run. The distributor has been having sold out pop-up drive-in previews recently as part of their grassroots word-of-mouth digital marketing campaign. Picturehouse
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EXCLUSIVE: According to box office figures we’ve gotten our hands on this morning, IFC’s Dave Franco-directed horror feature The Rental is leading at the weekend box office, having logged roughly an estimated $130K yesterday at 251 locations. The movie should rake in north of $400K for the 3-days. The Rental, Franco’s feature directorial debut, is also available in
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Amazon Studios brings the story of Marie Curie to the screen with Radioactive starring Oscar-nominated actress Rosamund Pike as the pioneering scientist. Directed by Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis) and written by Jack Thorne, Radioactive is based on the 2010 graphic novel Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout by Lauren Redniss. The film adaptation follows
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On their first Friday back to operations, Chinese cinemas did roughly $2.92M worth of box office business — more than tripling Thursday’s figures and making a sizable jump from Monday when theaters opened to about $501K in low-risk areas across the country. There was growth throughout the midweeks which is encouraging since less than 40%
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UPDATED, 10:43AM: STX’s Greenland is now going to Sept. 25 stateside from its Aug. 14 release date in the wake of several major studios hitting pausing and delaying their event films. The Gerard Butler movie will debut first offshore –which is great news– in Belgium (July 29), France (Aug 5) and Scandinavia (Aug 12). STX/Miramax’s The Gentlemen was an
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