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'The Grinch' pips 'Bohemian Rhapsody' to number one UK box office spot

Animated Dr. Seuss title took £5m over the weekend.

Rank Film / Distributor Three-day gross (Nov 9-11) Gross Week 1 The Grinch (Universal) £5m £5m 1 2 Bohemian Rhapsody (20th Century Fox) £4.5m £29m 3 3 Widows (20th Century Fox) £1.6m £2.4m 1 4 A Star Is Born (Warner Bros) £1.2m £25.4m 6 5. The Nutcracker And The Four Realms (Disney) £1.1m £3.4m 2

Today’s Gbp to Usd conversion rate: 1.29.

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3D family animation The Grinch has dislodged Bohemian Rhapsody from the number one slot at the top of the UK box office, taking £5m from its first three days.

Playing in 561 sites, the film scored a decent average of
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China box office: 'Venom' brings welcome 134% surge

The Sony blockbuster took $108.9m from its first three days.

Us superheroes have proven again their mighty power over the Chinese box office.

All thanks to Sony’s Venom, the week of Nov 5-11 saw a huge surge by 134% week-on-week, making it the first upswing after four straight weeks of alarming contractions in ticket sales since the National Day holiday in the first week of October.

Venom easily conquered the charts with $108.9m from its first three days, which represented over 70% of the week’s total box office in China and 37% bigger than its North American debut in early October.
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China Box Office: ‘Venom’ $102 Million Opening Juices Slack Theatrical Market

  • Variety
China Box Office: ‘Venom’ $102 Million Opening Juices Slack Theatrical Market
Tom Hardy-starring “Venom” injected some much-needed juice into the Chinese box office, with a blockbuster $102 million first weekend opening. The film crushed other new releases and holdovers alike.

Data from Artisan Gateway, which excludes online ticketing fees, shows the superhero film gobbling up 73% of the entire Chinese box office this weekend. Second-placed Japanese animation, “Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer,” took $10.6 million, or a 7.5% share.

The strong performance of “Venom” is a useful fillip for the Chinese theatrical market, which has suffered a string of sub-$100 million cumulative totals by the top-10 films for the previous nine weekends. The aggregate box office leaped to $140 million, giving a year-to-date total of $7.3 billion, about 9% ahead of the same point last year.

The weekend score for “Venom” is the fifth-biggest opening by any film this year in China and the third-biggest outside the Chinese New Year period. The immediate comparison is with “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,
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Christmas Comes Early For ‘The Grinch’; ‘Overlord’ Proves Zombies and History Don’t Mix

Christmas Comes Early For ‘The Grinch’; ‘Overlord’ Proves Zombies and History Don’t Mix
There’s always room for a familiar hit at the box office. “The Grinch,” from Universal’s animated division Illumination Entertainment, beat out two live-action studio releases. This is the fifth adaptation of a Dr. Seuss classic in the last 18 years, and it bested the combined gross for World War II zombie film “Overlord” and “The Girl in the Spider’s Web,” the second English-language Lisbeth Salander adaptation, by a 350 percent margin.

With $66 million from “The Grinch,” that represented about 40 percent of the weekend’s $161 million total gross. Compared to last year, that’s a 10 million dollar improvement, but the pace will be tough to maintain: Last year had “Justice League,” “Coco,” and a Star Wars film still to come.

The Grinch” is the third-biggest opening among the Dr. Seuss films, behind the live-action version in 2000 and “The Lorax” in 2012. Its release date isn’t necessarily prime for a family
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'The Grinch' steals North American box office in $66m debut

'The Grinch' steals North American box office in $66m debut
Awards contender The Front Runner arrives in muted $56,000 from four venues.

An impressive estimated $66m North American debut saw Universal and Illumination Entertainment’s family feature The Grinch snatch top spot from Fox’s Bohemian Rhapsody as the Fox hit crossed $100m in its second weekend.

The Grinch opened in 4,141 theatres. Benedict Cumberbatch voices the curmudgeonly creation from the Dr. Seuss children’s books, which also features Rashida Jones, youngster Cameron Seely, and narrator Pharrell Williams. By way of comparison, How The Grinch Stole Christmas voiced by Jim Carrey opened on $55m in November 2000, which adjusts for inflation to $79.9m.
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‘Venom’ Dominates Worldwide Box Office With Huge $111 Million Opening in China

  • Variety
‘Venom’ Dominates Worldwide Box Office With Huge $111 Million Opening in China
Venom” carried the global box office this weekend, thanks to its massive $111 million debut in China.

That ranks as the second biggest opening ever for a superhero film in that territory, behind just “Avengers: Infinity War.” Its performance in the Middle Kingdom powered “Venom” to $673.5 million worldwide, including $467 million internationally. Though its impressive run in the U.S. is largely coming to a close, audience reaction overseas could propel the antihero film past $700 million globally.

Meanwhile, Fox’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” continues to rock the box office, staying strong with $63.1 million. The Queen biopic, starring Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, has earned $185 million in foreign territories, taking its worldwide tally to $285 million.

Another holdover, Disney’s “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” generated $13.5 million from 45 markets for an international total of $61.4 million. The holiday film has faltered at the domestic box office, where it has amassed just $35.3 million. “The Nutcracker,” which cost $125 million to make,
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Box Office: ‘Grinch’ Sees Green With $66 Million, ‘Overlord’ Beats ‘Spider’s Web’

  • Variety
Box Office: ‘Grinch’ Sees Green With $66 Million, ‘Overlord’ Beats ‘Spider’s Web’
The Grinch” proved it’s never too early for some holiday cheer as the animated family flick stole the weekend box office with $66 million from 4,141 locations.

Illumination and Universal’s adaptation of the Dr. Seuss holiday tale now ranks as the best start for a Christmas film. Benedict Cumberbatch voiced the animated green grouch in “The Grinch,” which cost the studio $75 million to make. While it trails the start of Illumination’s latest Dr. Seuss story “The Lorax” ($70 million), “The Grinch” should benefit from the holiday corridor.

Newcomers “The Girl in the Spider’s Web” and “Overlord” weren’t able to best “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Fox’s Queen biopic showed staying power with a solid $30.9 million in its sophomore frame, representing a drop of just 41%. That brings its 10-day domestic total just shy of $100 million.

Paramount’s “Overlord,” produced by J.J. Abrams, was able to nab third place, opening with opened with $10 million from 2,859 theaters.
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'The Grinch' is Smiling with $66 Million Opening; 'Venom' Debuts with $111M in China

'The Grinch' is Smiling with $66 Million Opening; 'Venom' Debuts with $111M in China
The 2018 box office continues to usher in hits as Universal and Illumination's Dr. Seuss' The Grinch debuted with a chart-topping $66 million this weekend. However, it wasn't all roses for the weekend's new wide releases as neither Overlord nor The Girl in the Spider's Web managed to catch on with audiences. Yet, holdovers such as Bohemian Rhapsody and A Star is Born continued their strong performances while Sony's Venom delivered a massive $111 million debut in China. With an estimated $66 million, Universal and Illumination's Dr. Seuss' The Grinch topped the weekend box office. The performance currently ranks as the third largest opening weekend for an animated title in November behind The Incredibles ($70.4m) and Frozen ($67.39m). The film should play well over the coming weeks and throughout the holidays as it is the only predominantly Christmas-themed wide release on the docket. While reviews for the film trended more mixed-to-negative, audiences gave
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‘The Grinch’ to Snag Box Office Crown With $67 Million

‘The Grinch’ to Snag Box Office Crown With $67 Million
His heart may be small, but that doesn’t mean his box office returns will be.

“Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch” is looking to top the weekend box office in its debut with an estimated $67 million from 4,141 North American locations.

Benedict Cumberbatch voices the titular green Whoville denizen in Universal’s new adaptation of Seuss’ 1957 story from Illumination. Scott Mosier and Yarrow Cheney directed the Yuletide pic from a screenplay by Michael LeSieur and Tommy Swerdlow. Rashida Jones, Kenan Thompson, Cameron Seely, and Angela Lansbury also lent their voices to the feature, with Pharrell Williams narrating and music by Danny Elfman.

The film has an early Rotten Tomatoes score of 54% and has landed an A- CinemaScore.

The last “Grinch” adaptation, 2000’s instant classic “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” starring Jim Carrey and directed by Ron Howard, earned $55 million in its opening weekend, giving this year’s animated version a significant box office edge.
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‘The Grinch’ Who Stole Business: Dr. Seuss Pic Opening To $66M+ As ‘Overlord’ & ‘Spider’s Web’ Wither

  • Deadline
‘The Grinch’ Who Stole Business: Dr. Seuss Pic Opening To $66M+ As ‘Overlord’ & ‘Spider’s Web’ Wither
With Sunday being Veterans Day, moviegoing will spill over to Monday when many schools will have the holiday off, so whatever we’re seeing for Illumination/Universal’s The Grinch now will be so, so much higher by then, and other titles as well.

ComScore reports that close to half of all K-12 schools will be off Monday with another 28% U.S. colleges on recess. Right now the Benedict Cumberbatch-voiced Dr. Seuss yuletide toon is looking to haul $18.3M for Friday (including $2.2M previews), $66.2M for the weekend per industry estimates which is an improvement upon the 2000 version’s $55M debut.

The animated feature comes in with a thrifty Illumination production cost of $75M before P&A. Unlike The Nutcracker and the Four Realms last weekend, the holiday toon is cheaper and off to great start for legs in the weeks to come.
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'Venom' surges to $79m in China, crosses $400m international (update)

'Venom' surges to $79m in China, crosses $400m international (update)
The Girl In The Spider’s Web opens in Australia, Mexico, Brazil, Spain, and South Korea.

November 10 Update: Venom added an estimated $43.7m on its second day in China, scoring the second biggest Saturday for an imported film in 2018 behind Avengers: Infinity War as the international running total soared past $400m.

Combined with Friday’s $34.9m opening day (including Thursday midnight takings), which is Sony’s biggest opening day in the territory and the biggest opening day for a single-hero Marvel launch, the running total stands at $78.6m.

International crossed $400m on Saturday and stands at $431m. Studio executives expect
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'Venom' surges to $79m in China after two days (update)

'Venom' surges to $79m in China after two days (update)
The Girl In The Spider’s Web opens in Australia, Mexico, Brazil, Spain, and South Korea.

November 10 Update: Venom added an estimated $43.7m on its second day in China, scoring the second biggest Saturday for an imported film in 2018 behind Avengers: Infinity War.

Combined with Friday’s $34.9m opening day including Thursday midnight takings, which is Sony’s biggest opening day in the territory and the biggest opening day for a single-hero Marvel launch, the running total stands at $78.6m.

Studio executives expect Venom to deliver a $100m weekend in the territory, and predicted it would cross $400m internationally on
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Can 'Bohemian Rhapsody' fend off international threat of 'Venom', 'Overlord', 'The Grinch'?

The Girl In The Spider’s Web opens in Australia, Mexico, Brazil, Spain, and South Korea.

Fox International executives want Bohemian Rhapsody to deliver a glorious encore at the international box office, although it could get drowned out by Overlord, Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch, or Venom, which opened in China on Friday on $35m.

Last weekend’s global champion has reached $110.9m, setting an impressive pace for a film that surprised everyone with its box office clout (worldwide stood at $180m as of Friday.)

This weekend the Queen and Freddie Mercury biopic arrives in a further 13 mostly Middle Eastern territories as well as Japan.
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UK box office preview: 'The Grinch', 'Widows' look to displace 'Rhapsody'

UK box office preview: 'The Grinch', 'Widows' look to displace 'Rhapsody'
WW1 pic ’They Shall Not Grow Old’ also opening.

Universal’s family animation The Grinch and 20th Century Fox’s Steve McQueen-directed heist thriller Widows are two of the titles looking to usurp Bohemian Rhapsody, after two weeks at the top of the UK box office for the Queen rock biopic.

Looking to tap into the early seasonal market, 3D animation The Grinch is the latest adaptation of Dr. Seuss’s children’s books, about a grumpy green creature who seeks to ruin Christmas for the residents of Whoville. Benedict Cumberbatch voices the titular character, with Cameron Seeley, Rashida Jones,
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Why Prince Charming is all out of happily ever afters

Disney’s new take on The Nutcracker is the latest fairytale remake to ditch romance for girl-centred empowerment

It’s a good job Disney has anchored the fairytale sector of its operation around princesses. Princes are pretty much expendable these days. They’re so last century. And when they do turn up in movies, they’re not exactly marriage material anyway. As in Frozen, where one literal prince plots to seize the royal throne, and another figurative prince – the hero Kristoff – is not even required to deliver the curse-breaking “love’s true kiss”. The princess sisters can do it for themselves, thanks. Disney’s latest offering, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, follows a similar modern tradition. A lavish special-effects fantasia inspired by the fairytale/ballet, it centres on a young girl who enters a magical world and discovers she is really a princess. The nutcracker of the title is a loyal,
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Costume, Production Design Teams Add Emotion to ‘Nutcracker and the Four Realms’

The calculated use of color and texture helped create the lavish look of Disney’s live-action version of a classic Christmas story in “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms,” which debuted Nov. 2.

Key contributors to the film’s aesthetic, which grounds fantasy in a palpable reality, were costume designer Jenny Beavan, a multiple Oscar nominee and two-time winner, and production designer Guy Hendrix Dyas, a two-time nominee.

Dyas came on to the project accompanied by a team of concept artists and sought to find an emotional center for Clara (played by Mackenzie Foy). He recalled intense films from his childhood and tried to find the same beats in her journey. “I didn’t want her to feel like she was on a merry-go-round from beginning to end,” he says. “I wanted her to have those darker moments.”

To create a visual framework, Dyas removed all traces of red from the
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Why Hollywood Can’t Crack ‘The Nutcracker’ Story

  • The Wrap
Disney’s “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” opened to a paltry $20.4 million ($58.5 million worldwide) last weekend, a box office bomb given its production budget of $130 million. But it is far from the first time a version of Tchaikovsky’s ballet has failed financially — and critically.

So why can’t Hollywood get “The Nutcracker” right? TheWrap spoke with three box office experts to find out.

But lets start with the sordid box office history of “The Nutcracker” on the big screen:

In 2010, Freestyle Releasing put out “The Nutcracker in 3D,” starring Elle Fanning, Richard Philipps and Richard E. Grant. It grossed only $195,000 (from 45 locations) its opening weekend, and was widely panned by critics.

Before that was “The Nutcracker,” released by Warner Bros. in 1993. It grossed just $2.2 million its opening weekend and received mixed reviews. Similarly, 1986’s “Nutcracker: The Motion Picture,” 1990’s “The Nutcracker Prince” and 1998’s “The IMAX Nutcracker” all underperformed at the box office.
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Variety Announces 10 Screenwriters to Watch for 2018

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Variety has announced this year’s 10 Screenwriters to Watch.

For the seventh year in a row, the Whistler Film Festival will host the 10 Screenwriters to Watch event in Whistler, B.C. The screenwriters to be honored will share their stories and discuss the challenges of succeeding in today’s film industry during a conversation on Dec. 1 as part of Wff’s Signature Series, followed by the awards ceremony at Wff’s Awards Celebration on Dec. 2.

Canadian media personality George Stroumboulopoulos will host the evening as industry veterans discuss tips and tricks for navigating the film landscape in 2018, as well as sharing a few sneak peaks at current and upcoming projects.

Variety’s class of 2018 screenwriters and notable credits include:

Joe Robert Cole, “Black PantherBryan Woods and Scott Beck, “A Quiet PlaceAshleigh Powell, “The Nutcracker and the Four RealmsJay Longino, “Uncle Drew” Elizabeth Chomko, “What They HadSofia Alvarez,
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‘The Grinch’ to Steal Box Office Crown With $55 Million-Plus Debut

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‘The Grinch’ to Steal Box Office Crown With $55 Million-Plus Debut
It’s never too early to cash in on a little Yuletide spirit.

Universal and Illumination are seeing green as “The Grinch” anticipates to earn between $55 million to $65 million when it launches on 4,140 screens. The animated comedy is expected to dominate over “The Girl In the Spider’s Web” and “Overlord,” the two other wide releases hitting theaters this weekend.

In the adaptation of the classic Dr. Seuss tale, Benedict Cumberbatch voices the animated grouch who loathes Christmas. The voice cast also includes Rashida Jones, Kenan Thompson, Angela Lansbury, and Pharrell Williams. Frequent Illumination collaborator Yarrow Cheney took on directing duties with Scott Mosier.

The Grinch” is the second Dr. Seuss story that Illumination, the studio behind “Despicable Me,” “The Secret Life of Pets,” and “Sing,” has brought to the big screen. In 2012, the animators produced “The Lorax,” which launched with $70 million and went on to pick up over $348 million globally.
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With ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ Fox Proves Its Value to Disney

  • Variety
With ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ Fox Proves Its Value to Disney
Movies don’t have to be fantastical in order to do fantastic business. That’s the takeaway from a weekend that saw Fox’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” top the box office charts and Disney’s “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” serve up a face plant of epic proportions.

It’s an important reminder because the studios behind the two films are about to join forces. Among the many question marks surrounding Disney’s impending acquisition of Fox is what the future of film will look like as the Magic Kingdom absorbs much of the Murdoch clan’s media empire?

It’s a valid area of inquiry. Right now, the sense is that Disney will keep churning out the kind of Avengers spin-offs, animated fare, and Star Wars sequels that have allowed it to rise to the top of the film heap. The studio commands nearly 30% of the domestic box office,
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