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High Risk, High Reward: ‘Widows’ Will Be a Defining Studio Release of 2018

Today, 20th Century Fox opens Steve McQueen’s “Widows.” Budgeted at $40 million, its first-weekend projection is $20 million. That suggests a performance similar to several recent mid-budget studio releases like “Outlander” or “The Girl In The Spider’s Web,” most of which failed to make a significant dent (only “Night School” grossed over $50 million).

However, “Widows” stands apart: The director won Best Picture with “12 Years a Slave,” and star Viola Davis won Best Supporting Actress for “Fences.” It also has terrific advance reviews, prime festival placement, real awards possibilities — and its box office success would have a much greater impact on upcoming production decisions.

With roots in fine art, McQueen has made a big impact in a short time. His 2008 debut “Hunger” about Ira member Bobby Sands was a breakout role for Michael Fasssbender (though it did little domestic business). His sex addict drama “Shame,” again with Fassbender, did better but still very niche business.
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'Grindelwald' climbs to $31m, opens in China on $12.8m (update)

'Grindelwald' climbs to $31m, opens in China on $12.8m (update)
Fantasy flies into 79 markets this weekend.

November 16 Update: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald expanded into 45 new markets on Thursday (15) and added $18.1m as the early running total surged to $31m after two days, and the fantasy sequel ranked number one in 54 out of 55 markets.

Warner Bros Pictures International (Wbpi) executives said on Friday morning (16) that early results from China indicated a $12.8m (Rmb 89m) Friday launch including previews on approximately 22,545 screens that tracked 15% ahead of Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them by the same stage, and delivered the biggest debut in the Wizarding World films.

Grindelwald debuted in
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'Grindelwald' conjures early $10.1m from international opening salvo

'Grindelwald' conjures early $10.1m from international opening salvo
Fantasy flies into 79 markets this weekend.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald grossed $10.1m from 10 international markets in its initial raft of opening days on Wednesday (14) as the fantasy epic heads into a further 45 markets on Thursday. Including Tuesday previews, the overall tally stands st $12.5m.

Elsewhere Fox’s Bohemian Rhapsody has crossed $200m, Sony’s Venom has reached $500m, and Universal’s Halloween is on course to clock $100m within the next week,

Returning to the Wizarding World, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald opened in France on $2.6m including Tuesday night previews to rank number one with a
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Kevin Hart Finds Humor (And A Life Lesson) In The Chicago Marathon

  • Deadline
Kevin Hart Finds Humor (And A Life Lesson) In The Chicago Marathon
Kevin Hart took the stage at the Wall Street Journal’s Tech D.Live conference with plenty of professional accomplishments to talk about, from his national comedy tour that sold over 1 million tickets to his film, Night School, that brought in nearly $100 million in worldwide box office.

Here’s one feat that might have escaped notice: Hart said he ran the Chicago marathon on the same day that he performed a comedy show in Nashville.

The comedian committed to the 26-mile endurance event to send more kids to school. It was only later, Hart said, that he realized he was scheduled to perform later that night.

“I couldn’t feel my legs — true story,” Hart joked. “It was a horrible marathon. It was one of those marathons, that while running it, you just question your life.”

Hart said he promised himself “he crowd is ever going to know how much pain I’m in,
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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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Film News Roundup: Mickey Rourke’s ‘Nightmare Cinema’ Anthology Bought for 2019 Release

  • Variety
Film News Roundup: Mickey Rourke’s ‘Nightmare Cinema’ Anthology Bought for 2019 Release
In today’s film news roundup, the “Nightmare Cinema” anthology starring Mickey Rourke gets a release, “Instant Dreams” is acquired, Universal’s Kristin Lowe is promoted and “Venom” hits a milestone.

Acquisitions

Cranked Up Films has partnered with AMC Network’s streaming platform Shudder to buy North American distribution rights to Cinelou Films’ “Nightmare Cinema” anthology, Variety has learned exclusively.

The film is comprised of five shorts and a wrap-around storyline from directors Mick Garris, Joe Dante, David Slade, Ryuhei Kitamura and Alejandro Brugues in which five unlucky individuals are trapped and tortured by a mysterious projectionist as he plays each of their greatest fears on the theater’s silver screen.

Mickey Rourke stars as the ghost-like projectionist who serves as the common link for each of the five 20-minute shorts. Garis directed “Dead” from his own script; Brugues directed and wrote “The Thing in the Woods”; Dante directed “Mirai,
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Universal Pictures Promotes Kristin Lowe to Executive Vice President of Production

  • The Wrap
Veteran studio executive Kristin Lowe was promoted to executive vice president of production at Universal Pictures, the studio announced on Wednesday.

Lowe started at Universal in 2004 and most recently served as senior vice president of production. In her new role she will continue to report to the studio’s president of production Peter Cramer.

Also Read: Universal in Negotiations to Option John Lennon and Yoko Ono Love Story for Jean-Marc Vallée to Direct

During her time at the studio, Lowe has worked on numerous blockbusters, including all three installments in the “Fifty Shades” series, which have earned more than $1 billion at the box office worldwide. She also most recently oversaw the production on the hit musical sequel “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,” as well as Will Packer’s hit comedy “Night School,” starring Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish. That film had the biggest comedy opening of 2018.

Lowe is currently
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October Delivered a Record $820 Million at the Domestic Box Office

October Delivered a Record $820 Million at the Domestic Box Office
Another month and another record falls as October 2018 domestic calendar grosses topped $800 million for the first time ever, outperforming last October by more than +47%. Leading the charge was Sony's Venom, but it was a collective effort among several films including fellow October releases A Star is Born and Halloween, all of which topped $100 million at the domestic box office compared to last year, which didn't see a single film generate over $83 million over the course of the month. In fact, this is the first time ever more than one film brought in over $100 million in the month of October as studios continue to find ways to make use of a year-round release calendar. For the second time this year, Universal topped all studios with October grosses totaling just shy of $250 million from eight films in release. Leading the way was the studio's release of Halloween, which delivered the second
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'Bohemian Rhapsody' holds UK top spot as challengers bite the dust

Queen biopic passes £20m in two weeks.

RankFilm / DistributorThree-day gross (Nov 2-4) Gross Week 1 Bohemian Rhapsody (20th Century Fox) £5.7m £20.4m 2 2 A Star Is Born (Warner Bros) £1.8m £22.9m 5 3 The Nutcracker And The Four Realms (Disney) £1.8m £1.8m 1 4 Smallfoot (Warner Bros) £1.1m £10.2m 4 5. Johnny English Strikes Again (Universal) £1m £16.4m 5

Today’s Gbp to Usd conversion rate: 1.30.

20th Century Fox

Bohemian Rhapsody dropped by just 11% to stay top of the UK box office in its second week on release. It took £5.7m over the weekend from 682 locations, and is already up to £20.4m in the territory.

Although it is behind
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'Bohemian Rhapsody' on song in $124m global weekend (update)

Queen musical drama soars like a rocket ship in 64 markets.

November 5 Update: Fox’s Bohemian Rhapsody soared to the top of the global box office at the weekend thanks to an estimated $124m haul that included $74m from 64 international markets.

Disney’s Keira Knightley family fantasy The Nutcracker And The Four Realms debuted on $38.5m, while Universal’s horror hit Halloween crossed $225m worldwide.

Fox International

Updated: The Queen / Freddie Mercury drama starring Rami Malek (Mr. Robot) stands at $91m internationally and ranks top in approximately 50 markets. Bohemian Rhapsody debuted top in France on $8.1m debut. It grossed a stunning
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'Bohemian Rhapsody' on song in $122.5m global debut (update)

Queen musical drama soars like a rocket ship in 64 markets.

November 5 Update: Fox’s Bohemian Rhapsody soared to the top of the global box office at the weekend thanks to an estimated $122.5m haul that included $72.5m from 64 international markets.

Disney’s Keira Knightley family fantasy The Nutcracker And The Four Realms debuted on $38.5m, while Universal’s horror hit Halloween crossed $225m worldwide.

Fox International

The Queen / Freddie Mercury drama starring Rami Malek (Mr. Robot) stands at $91.7m internationally and ranks top in approximately 50 markets. Bohemian Rhapsody debuted top in France on $7.7m debut. It grossed a stunning $7.4m
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'Bohemian Rhapsody' on song in $122.5m global debut

Queen musical drama soars like a rocket ship in 64 markets.

Fox’s Bohemian Rhapsody soared to the top of the global box office at the weekend thanks to an estimated $122.5m haul that included $72.5m from 64 international markets.

Disney’s Keira Knightley family fantasy The Nutcracker And The Four Realms debuted on $38.5m, while Universal’s horror hit Halloween crossed $225m worldwide.

Fox International

The Queen / Freddie Mercury drama starring Rami Malek (Mr. Robot) stands at $91.7m internationally and ranks top in approximately 50 markets. Bohemian Rhapsody debuted top in France on $7.7m debut. It grossed a stunning $7.4m following an
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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Is the Box Office Champion: It Will Be the Biggest Rock Biopic Ever

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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Is the Box Office Champion: It Will Be the Biggest Rock Biopic Ever
Bohemian Rhapsody” performed above most expectations with an estimated $50 million total, a terrific result for this film. It’s also the fifth title to open to over $40 million since Labor Day. That’s three more than last year, which had only “It” and “Thor: Ragnorok” (although both were over $100 million).

Bohemian Rhapsody” is also the lowest number 1 opening for this weekend since 2013; prior years had Marvel and Bond. While this weekend’s total gross is lower than last year — unsurprising, since 2017 had “Thor: Ragnorok” — people who did go to the theaters saw a wider swath of movies. “Thor” claimed more than two thirds of total business, and only two films grossed over $7 million. This year, we had six.

In the debit column, two major releases saw shortfalls with “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” and Tyler Perry’s latest, “Nobody’s Fool.” However, their struggles were more internal.

Considering its production issues,
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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Rocks With $50 Million, ‘Nutcracker’ Crumbles

  • Variety
There’s a new box office queen in town.

Fox’s Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” overperformed with a rocking $50 million when it debuted in 4,000 theaters. That was enough to dominate in North America over fellow newcomers “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” and “Nobody’s Fool.”

Bohemian Rhapsody” ranks as the second-best start for a music biopic, following 2015’s “Straight Outta Compton” ($60.2 million). For measure, it also topped the domestic debut of Warner Bros.’ “A Star Is Born,” which launched with a solid $42 million last month.

Rami Malek stars as iconic Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in the film, which cost around $50 million to produce. It’s a bittersweet symphony for Fox as the studio prepares to merge with Disney. “Bohemian Rhapsody” has generated a mixed critical response, though audiences have embraced it with a 96% on Rotten Tomatoes and an A CinemaScore.

“I’m not surprised there’s a disconnect,
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BAFTA Unveils New Crop of Breakthrough British Talent to Watch

  • Variety
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has revealed its newest roster of Breakthrough Brits, talent whom the organization identifies as ones to watch. Actors Jessica Barden and Paapa Essiedu and writer and director Lucy Cohen are among a 19-strong lineup that spans film, TV and gaming.

Previous Breakthrough Brits have gone on to become established stars at home and abroad, meaning that the accolade is prized by emerging talent and the list is scrutinized by the industry. Molly Windsor and Daisy May Cooper, who scooped leading actress in TV series “Three Girls” and female performance for “This Country” respectively at the 2018 BAFTA Awards, have both been Breakthrough talent. Letitia Wright (“Black Panther”) and Alex Lawther are among other recent Breakthrough Brits.

Barden stars with Lawther in Channel 4 and Netflix drama “The End of the F***ing World.” Now getting ready to appear in a production of Harold Pinter
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Can Bohemian Rhapsody Stop Halloween's Reign of Terror at the Box Office?

Can Bohemian Rhapsody Stop Halloween's Reign of Terror at the Box Office?
Halloween has carved up the box office for two weeks straight, winning its second weekend in a row, bringing in $31.4 million. But Michael Myers is going to have to surrender the title this weekend as Queen is coming to rock you in the biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. Disney also has Nutcracker and the Four Realms coming out, with Tyler Perry's latest Nobody's Fool also set to open this weekend. Plus, a couple of indie titles are getting expansions in the form of Suspiria and Beautiful Boy.

Bohemian Rhapsody, which stars Rami Malek (Mr. Robot) as the late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, looks to win the weekend, with estimates putting it in the $35 to $40 million range. Critics haven't been impressed with the movie as a whole (currently boasting a 58 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes) but Malek's performance has been universally praised. That, coupled with love for the band, should push
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Evolution of Tiffany Haddish, From ‘The Carmichael Show’ to ‘Nobody’s Fool’ (Photos)

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Evolution of Tiffany Haddish, From ‘The Carmichael Show’ to ‘Nobody’s Fool’ (Photos)
Haddish was born in Los Angeles on Dec. 3, 1979. After she became the primary caregiver for her family after her mother suffered an accident, she opted to go to the Laugh Factory Comedy Camp when she was 17 years old. There, she received mentorship from people like Richard Pryor and Dane Cook.

Haddish got her break on the comedy competition “Bill Bellamy’s Who’s Got Jokes?”, and had guest appearances on shows such as “Chelsea Lately,” “That’s So Raven,” “My Name Is Earl” and “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.”

In 2013, she scored a recurring role on “Real Husbands of Hollywood.” In 2014, she was cast in the Oprah Winfrey Network series “If Loving You Is Wrong.” However, she left that role after one season because she got a regular role on NBC’s “The Carmichael Show” for three seasons.

In 2017, Haddish starred in “Girls Trip” alongside Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith and Regina Hall.
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'Bohemian Rhapsody' is UK box office champion in first week

The Queen biopic opens to £9.5m including previews.

Rank Film / Distributor Three-day gross (Oct 12-14) Running gross Week 1 Bohemian Rhapsody (20th Century Fox) £6.4m £9.5m 1 2 A Star Is Born (Warner Bros) £2.1m £19.2m 4 3 Halloween (Universal) £1.7m £5.8m 2 4 Smallfoot (Warner Bros) £1.6m £7.7m 3 5. Johnny English Strikes Again (Universal) £1.5m £14.1m 4

Today’s Gbp to Usd conversion rate - 1.28

20th Century Fox

With some cinemas still to report, Bohemian Rhapsody is the box office champion on its first weekend after making a strong start to its UK run. The Queen rock biopic capitalised on its £1.62m opening night last Wednesday with a £6.4m weekend.
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Halloween Continues Killing It at the Box Office with Another Big $32M Win

Halloween took the number one spot at this weekend's box office for the second week in a row with $32 million. Since making its debut last weekend, the Blumhouse production has earned $126.6 million in North America alone, and $172.2 million worldwide. The latest in the Halloween franchise is now the second highest grossing R-rated horror film to be released since last year's big screen adaptation of Stephen King's It. As for the highest grossing R-rated horror films of all time, the movie currently sits at an impressive number 6, just two weeks into its theatrical run.

Taking the second spot at this weekend's box office is Bradley Cooper's A Star Is Born, earning $14.1 million. The remake has made over $253.3 million globally since premiering four weeks ago and is getting some big Academy Awards buzz. Coming in at number three again this weekend is Sony's Venom, which was able to take
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Chris Rock Will Direct Kevin Hart in the Comedy Co-Parenting

Chris Rock Will Direct Kevin Hart in the Comedy Co-Parenting
Chris Rock and Kevin Hart are teaming up for a new comedy. Universal Pictures is in negotiations to have Rock direct Hart in Co-Parenting, an original comedy the two stars came up with. While the deal hasn't officially closed yet, it sounds like this is trending in the right direction and will see Rock, a legendary stand-up comedian and comedic actor, stepping behind the camera to direct a movie for the first time since 2014.

According to a new report, Chris Rock and Kevin Hart have partnered with Yamara Taylor, of Black-Ish fame, who is currently penning the screenplay for the comedy. Co-Parenting centers on Hart, who plays a stay-at-home dad who takes care of the kids while his CEO wife is busy being the breadwinner of the family. Things get ugly when his wife decides she wants a divorce and kicks Hart out of the house, putting him in a state of publicly visible disarray.
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