Could A24’s ‘The Farewell’ Be This Summer’s Biggest Indie Success Story?

Audiences turned out in record numbers this past weekend to greet A24’s The Farewell, setting it up as the kind of specialty box-office success story that’s been in demonstrably short supply this summer. “The Farewell could be the breakout we’ve been looking for,” said Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst at Comscore. “It’s massive.” Opening […]

How Marvel Pictures the Future, Post ‘Spider-Man’ and ‘Endgame’

(Note: This article contains spoilers regarding the fate of certain Marvel characters.) Poised to become the highest-grossing movie of all time, Avengers: Endgame is a tough act to follow, but the Marvel Cinematic Universe staged a show-stopping encore this month when Spider-Man: Far From Home pulled in $847 million worldwide during its first two weeks […]

Why ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’s’ Record $185 Million Opening Is Great News for the Summer Box Office

Spider-Man: Far From Home swung wildly beyond box-office expectations to web up an estimated $185 million in its first six days of release, proving immune to so-called “franchise fatigue” and reinvigorating a summer box-office some feared was midway through an alarming slump. The jaw-dropping holiday haul for Marvel’s first post-Avengers: Endgame entry—blowing past even the […]

‘Annabelle Comes Home’ Possesses $7.2 Million on Opening Day

Annabelle Comes Home scared up $7.2 million in its first day of release, putting the haunted-doll horror flick on track for a five-day opening gross between $30-35 million. That’s a respectable figure for the Gary Dauberman-directed pic–part of Warner Bros. and New Line’s money-printing Conjuring-verse–especially given that the film opened early on a Wednesday, a […]

Directors Guild Changes Award Eligibility Rule in Favor of Theatrical Releases

The Directors Guild of America is changing the eligibility rule for its top award in favor of theatrical releases over streaming. The DGA says Wednesday that the board voted unanimously on Saturday to require that films premiere in theaters first before becoming available on any other platform. This rule change will take effect for the […]

You Better Get Used to Disney’s Nostalgic Remakes

Disney is hoping to grant its shareholders’ wishes by delivering another box office hit with this weekend’s Aladdin, one of four live-action nostalgia-based adaptations set for 2019. The remakes make up more releases than the studio’s other two big money-making franchises, Marvel and Star Wars. The Mouse House is only releasing two animated features, previously […]