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Box Office: ‘Glass’ Breaking for $47 Million Opening Weekend

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Box Office: ‘Glass’ Breaking for $47 Million Opening Weekend
M. Night Shyamalan’s “Glass” is heading for a solid opening of about $47 million at 3,841 North American locations during its first four days, early estimates showed Friday.

The performance is slightly below Universal’s forecasts of $50 million for its supernatural thriller, which took in $3.7 million at 3,200 North American sites in Thursday night previews. “Glass” brings together the narratives of Shyamalan’s “Unbreakable,” which was released in 2000, and his 2017 hit “Split.”

Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, James McAvoy, and Sarah Paulson star. “Glass” is expected to deliver the second-largest debut for January and for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, behind only “American Sniper,” which grossed $107.2 million during Friday-Monday in 2015. “Glass” could surpass “Ride Along” as the second-best bow during the four-day frame if it can top the $48 million that Kevin Hart and Ice Cube’s buddy comedy took in during the same period in 2014.

Shyamalan wrote, directed, and financed “Glass,
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Paramount Buys Kyle Rideout & Josh Epstein’s Pitch ‘Astrid’s Death List’

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Exclusive: Paramount has snapped up Kyle Rideout and Josh Epstein’s feature pitch for Astrid’s Death List, which di Bonaventura Pictures is producing.

The storyline is being kept under wraps. Erik Howsam and Stephen Shafer brought the project into Paramount and will be overseeing for di Bonaventura Pictures.

The duo wrote the comedy Adventures in Public School, which Rideout directed, and Netflix bought out of Toronto in 2017. That pic, which starred Judy Greer, Russell Peters and Siobhan Williams, followed a socially awkward home-schooled kid who forces his way into public school against the wishes of his suffocating but loving mother.

Rideout and Epstein were recently brought on by eOne to rewrite and direct Babysitting, a remake of the French comedy.

The duo are represented by Echo Lake Entertainment, the Jennifer Hollyer Agency and Michael Schenkman at Bloom Hergott.

Di Bonaventura Pictures currently has Transformers spinoff Bumblebee in theaters, which
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International box office preview: 'Glass' to shatter Hollywood rivals

International box office preview: 'Glass' to shatter Hollywood rivals
Bumblebee to cross $400m worldwide.

M Night Shyamalan is not a name one associates much with box office pyrotechnics these days, yet in the wake of the hit Split two years ago, the follow-up Glass is expected to sparkle this weekend.

The finale of Shyamalan’s so-called Eastrail 177 Trilogy that began with Unbreakable back in late 2000 launches day-and-date with Universal’s North American Martin Luther King Jr. holiday debut in most major markets this weekend via Buena Vista International.

Disney and Universal teamed up on Glass several years ago after having released the first two films (separately) to great success:
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'Glass' to shatter the competition at global box office

'Glass' to shatter the competition at global box office
Bumblebee to cross $400m worldwide.

M Night Shyamalan is not a name one associates much with box office pyrotechnics these days, yet in the wake of the hit Split two years ago, the follow-up Glass is expected to sparkle this weekend.

The finale of Shyamalan’s so-called Eastrail 177 Trilogy that began with Unbreakable back in late 2000 launches day-and-date with Universal’s North American Martin Luther King Jr. holiday debut in most major markets this weekend via Buena Vista International.

Disney and Universal teamed up on Glass several years ago after having released the first two films (separately) to great success:
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Los Angeles On-Location Feature Filming Surges 12.2% in 2018

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On-location feature filming in Greater Los Angeles expanded impressively in 2018, gaining 12.2% to 4,377 shooting days, according to FilmL.A.

Production activity for feature films rose 15.5% to 1,078 shooting days during the fourth quarter, with 146 days coming from projects receiving California tax credits — including Netflix’s “Bird Box,” Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” starring Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio; and McG’s sci-fi invasion tale “Rim of the World.”

Total on-location production in Los Angeles gained 1.3% for 2018 to 38,795 shooting days, despite a 4.9% decline in television shooting to 14,466 days. The key TV drama category rose 10.6% to 4,848 days in 2018 while comedies slid 16% to 1,810 days and reality declined 9.2% to 3,980 days. Commercial shooting for 2018 increased 8.7% to 6,033 days.

Incentivized TV drama projects accounted for 282 of the 1,489 shooting days recorded in that category for the fourth quarter, including “Euphoria,” “Good Girls,” “Legion,” and “Lucifer.”

“2018 concluded a third consecutive year of record-level film and television production for greater Los Angeles,
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Being Rebooted Again, Production Begins This Year

It’s only been two and a bit years since the heroes in a half-shell were last on the big screen, but Paramount Pictures has announced it’s already working on a new reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, with Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller’s Platinum Dunes production company returning to helm the next mutation of the franchise.

While speaking to Variety at Sunday’s Critics’ Choice Awards, Form spilled the beans, revealing that the film goes before the cameras at the end of 2019.

“We’re doing a reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at Paramount. That is looking like production at the end of the year,” he said.

“Did you just give something away?” Fuller added. “Oh boy. We did the preceding two Turtle movies, but I didn’t know that we were saying that we’re making it, but that’s good to know!
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Viacom Explores Sale of Majority Stake in Its China Channels

Viacom is exploring the sale of its majority stake in its TV channels in China, according to media reports Monday.

The media giant has held talks with at least one entity in China over the sale of stakes in channels such as MTV and Nickelodeon, the Wall Street Journal said. The newspaper, which was the first to report the move, did not name the potential buyer.

News of the talks comes as the U.S. and China become increasingly entrenched in the trade war that has soured relations between the nations over the past several months. Although a reduction in Viacom’s stakes would remove its control over its channels in China, bringing on a Chinese majority owner could help with navigating the country’s tricky political and regulatory environment.

Viacom sources told Variety that the company, under CEO Bob Bakish, remains committed to the Chinese market, whose mammoth size makes it impossible to ignore.
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Viacom in Talks to Sell Majority Stake in Chinese TV Networks

Viacom is in talks to sell a majority stake in its Chinese TV networks, including MTV and Nickelodeon, according to an individual familiar with the company’s plans.

The company, led by CEO Bob Bakish, has had discussions with at least one Chinese company, the individual said, adding that any deal would be structured similarly to the joint venture forged last year with Reliance Industries in India.

Last January, Reliance paid $20 million to increase stake in Viacom’s Reliance18 from 50 to 51 percent, taking over operational control of the venture. The company has a comparable arrangement in South Korea, where Sbs holds majority interest in a joint venture overseeing the local versions of MTV and Nickelodeon.

A rep for Viacom declined to comment on the new talks.

Also Read: Why a CBS and Viacom Merger Is Looking Likely in Early 2019

Like many companies, Viacom has run into trouble in recent years
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'Stan & Ollie' edges out 'The Favourite' at UK box office with £2.4m debut

The Favourite’s grosses rose 9% to £2.4m in its second weekend.

Today’s Gbp to Usd conversion rate: 1.28.

RankFilm (Distributor)Three-day gross (Jan 11-Jan 13) Total gross to date Week 1 Stan & Ollie (eOne) £2.41m £2.6m 1 2 The Favourite (20th Century Fox) £2.4m £8.3m 2 3 Mary Poppins Returns (Disney) £2.3m £38.3m 4 4 Aquaman (Warner Bros) £1.2m £20.2m 5 5. Bohemian Rhapsody (20th Century Fox) £1m £50m 12 Entertainment One

Stan & Ollie opened at number one in the UK this weekend, grossing £2.41m from 653 sites for an average of £3,675. The film’s overall opening is £2.6m, including preview screenings totalling £162,061,

Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly star in the
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China Box Office: ‘Bumblebee’ Leads, but Trails Previous ‘Transformers’ Films

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Paramount’s “Transformers” spinoff “Bumblebee” far outstripped local competitors at China’s weekend box office to bring in $25.8 million, according to figures from consulting firm Artisan Gateway. Yet despite strong praise from audiences about the film’s more character-focused storytelling and the cuteness of its eponymous Autobot, the new origin story has still underperformed compared to the previous franchise titles directed by Michael Bay.

Imax screenings accounted for $2.5 million of “Bumblebee’s” three-day haul, bumping the film’s total Imax revenue in China up to $10 million. As of Sunday night, the Hailee Steinfeld-starring tale has grossed a cumulative $107 million in China after 10 days in theaters.

The figures make it appear unlikely that the Travis Knight-directed picture will outstrip the latest “Transformers” installments. “The Last Knight” brought in $229 million in China in 2017, while “Transformers: The Age of Extinction” grossed an even larger sum at a time when the country had fewer screens and multiplexes,
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China box office: 'Bumblebee' holds top spot to pass $100m in 10 days

China box office: 'Bumblebee' holds top spot to pass $100m in 10 days
The film has already out-grossed the first two Transformers films.

The Chinese box office contracted drastically to fall by 50% week-on-week following the end of the New Year holiday. Bumblebee dominated again in the absence of strong contenders between January 7-13.

Paramount’s Transformers spinoff Bumblebee added $46.9m for a gross of $104.9m to date after just 10 days. It has surpassed the lifetime total of each of the first two Transformers in the original franchise - Transformers in 2007, and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen in 2009, and is enroute to beat the third installment,Transformers: Dark of the Moon, in 2011. Its 10-day
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China Box Office: 'Bumblebee' Wins Second Weekend, Soars Past $100M

Paramount's Bumblebee remained relatively buzzy on its second weekend in Chinese cinemas, earning $25.8 million to rocket past the $100 million mark.

The Hailee Steinfeld-starring Transformers spinoff will never match the central franchise's enormous local box office numbers — Transformers: Age of Extinction was a high point with $320 million in China — but Bumblebee is still an unqualified win in the Middle Kingdom. The film has rated highly with cinemagoers on online reviews forums, despite some grumbling among local Michael Bay loyalists about the new origin story being heavy on impactful storytelling but light on explosive Autobots/Deceptions collisions.

Chinese crime ...
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Box Office Report for January 11-13

Welcome back to the weekly box office report! Each Sunday, expect a look at what made the most money in theaters, as well as just how all of the new releases fared. This week, A Dog’s Way Home, Replicas, and The Upside entered the marketplace. How did they do? Let us take a look right now… The top spot this weekend went to The Upside, in a bit of a surprise. The vehicle for Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart (plus Nicole Kidman) took in almost $19.6 million, coming in ahead of expectations. Nearly $20 million for a cast off from last year? That’s a good opening, to say the least. The movie did not catch on with most critics (excluding yours truly), but audiences sang a different song. Coming in at number two was the recent box office champion Aquaman. Arthur Curry finally gave up his crown to Cranston and
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‘Aquaman’ Splashes Past $1B Worldwide; Now #2 DC Movie Ever – International Box Office

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Update, writethru Warner Bros/DC’s Aquaman joined the billion-dollar club worldwide this session, now counting $732.4M at the international box office and $1.02B global. The milestone makes the James Wan-directed origins story the 5th movie released in 2018 to get across $1B, behind Avengers: Infinity War, Black Panther, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Incredibles 2. It is also WB’s 2nd highest-grossing movie ever overseas and the 5th title in WB history to reach $1B.

The Jason Momoa-starrer has been riding a huge wave offshore since it first traveled to China in early December and now joins The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises as the only DC pics to the billion-dollar threshold. This weekend it passed The Dark Knight globally; Tdkr made $1.08B during its run. Japan, although it is not a huge DC hub, is still to release on February 8.

Wan is now breathing some rarefied air,
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Box Office: ‘Bumblebee’ Conquers Overseas Again With $35.6 Million

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Paramount’s “Transformers” spinoff “Bumblebee” led the international box office again, generating $35.6 million in 64 markets.

The autobot origin story, starring Hailee Steinfeld, has now earned $256.3 million overseas for a worldwide haul of $364 million. While ticket sales are way below even the worst reviewed installments in the sci-fi franchise (“Transformers: The Last Knight” ended its theatrical run with $605 million in 2017), this entry has proven to have long legs at the box office. Moreover, the studio paid less than half of what it cost the previous Michael Bay-directed “Transformers” movies to make.

Bumblebee” opened in the Philippines this weekend with $2.2 million. Among holdovers, China saw the best returns with $24.8 million from 7,232 locations, followed by the United Kingdom with $1.3 million in 557 sites. It releases in its final territory, Japan, on March 22.

Aquaman” — starring Jason Momoa and directed by James Wan — nabbed the No. 2 spot overseas, adding another $27.9 million from 79 territories. That officially
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Does ‘Bumblebee’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?

Does ‘Bumblebee’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?
(Some spoilers ahead for “Bumblebee”)

The “Transformers” franchise appeared to be on a downturn after 2017’s “Transformers: The Last Knight” dramatically underperformed at the box office. Enter “Bumblebee,” which currently holds a 95 percent fresh rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes, easily the best mark of the series.

Travis Knight’s prequel, set in 1987, cost less than any of its predecessors and looks to revitalize the “Transformers” brand this holiday season. It also sort of resets the stage a little bit by doing away with the endless retcons of the Michael Bay sequels. This is not a franchise that has anything resembling airtight continuity, but “Bumblebee” nonetheless is still a part of that continuity, and is geared to get the franchise back on its feet.

Given that “Bumblebee” is the sixth movie in the series and Paramount surely would hope to keep this train rolling, you can’t help but wonder
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Bumblebee movie “solidly profitable”, but Transformers: The Last Knight lost $100 million

It may have received the best reviews of the franchise to date (by some distance) and injected new life into the series post-Michael Bay, but Paramount Pictures and Hasbro’s Transformers spinofff Bumblebee hasn’t quite managed to take the box office by storm.

Going into the weekend, Bumblebee has earned $311 million worldwide – a far cry from the billion dollar heights of Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Transformers: Age of Extinction, and a little over half that of 2017’s Transformers: The Last Knight, a movie that derailed the series and paved the way for a post-Michael Bay overhaul.

However, Bumblebee also cost a lot less than Bay’s Transformers movies, with a reported budget of $135 million before prints and advertising, which has led Bob Bakish, CEO of Paramount’s parent company Viacom, to state that the Travis Knight-directed spinoff is “solidly profitable” for the studio.

By comparison,
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Masters of the Universe Movie Targets Iron Man Writers

Masters of the Universe Movie Targets Iron Man Writers
The Masters of the Universe movie is moving forward with the writers behind Iron Man. The writing duo of Matt Holloway and Art Marcum are currently in talks to pen the screenplay for the long-gestating new adaptation of the popular toy line for the big screen. Sony Pictures is working on the movie, as they have been for some time, alongside the recently formed Mattel Films, the new movie division of the popular toy company.

According to a new report, should Matt Holloway and Art Marcum close their deal, they'll be the latest to take a stab at Masters of the Universe. David S. Goyer penned the previous draft. It isn't clear at the present time if Holloway and Marcum will be doing a rewrite, or if they are going to be starting over from scratch. However, the report does note that Goyer will remain on board as a producer.
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Award-Winning Sound Mixers Anna Behlmer and Mark Paterson Featured in 'Behind the Screen' Podcast

Two respected members of the sound community are the guests on a new episode of The Hollywood Reporter's Behind the Screen podcast series: rerecording mixers Anna Behlmer, who is the first woman nominated for an Academy Award in sound mixing and a 10-time Oscar nominee for films including Star Trek and Moulin Rouge, and Mark Paterson, an Oscar and BAFTA winner for Les Miserables, whose recent credits include Green Book.

Here, they talk about their careers in the sound industry and their latest film, Paramount’s Bumblebee, which recently reawakened the Transformers franchise.

Set in 1987, Bumblebee has a mix that includes the sounds, and ...
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Bumblebee May Turn a Profit, But Transformers 5 Lost Over $100M

Bumblebee May Turn a Profit, But Transformers 5 Lost Over $100M
The Transformers franchise may very well be saved, as Bumblebee is apparently going to turn a nice profit. This, according to Viacom CEO Bob Bakish. Viacom is the parent company to Paramount, the studio in control of the Transformers franchise. While that's good news for those who enjoyed Bumblebee, when looking at the numbers, his statement is a little bit confusing, at least on the surface and taken at face value.

According to a new report, Bob Bakish specifically congratulated Paramount on Bumblebee, which will be "solidly profitable." As of this writing, the 80s set Transformers spin-off, which was directed by Travis Knight (Kubo and the Two Strings) has grossed $308 million worldwide. While slightly smaller in scope compared to the previous movies in the franchise, the movie still comes with a hefty $135 million price tag. Most of the time, when a studio spends that kind of money on a blockbuster,
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