It’s clear with all the delays occurring, old titles, when they resurface, will likely push newer ones off the schedule, possibly into 2021. Disney is finely calibrated in their control of key dates to just bump one title to the next calendar slot. According to Disney, it’s still TBD where Marvel’s Black Widow will go next, but it wouldn’t be a shocker if the big pic moves to July 3 and pushes 20th Century Studios’ Free Guy later in the calendar, or to July 24, thus bumping Disney’s Jungle Cruise later, or even November 6, thus sending Marvel’s The Eternals into next year. … [Read more...] about Box Office Fades To Black As Coronavirus Shuts Down 4K North American Theaters Into May: Where The Studios Stand & What’s Next?
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While there is a blackout on local press reporting on the release due to ongoing controversy, it is not clear how much the recent stirs outside China have affected the movie at the box office — piracy is also a factor. Last week, U.S. senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo) sent a letter to Disney CEO Bob Chapek, condemning the company for what Hawley called “whitewashing the ongoing genocide of Uighurs and other Muslim ethnic minorities during the production of Mulan.” On Friday, a group of 19 U.S. senators and representatives from both parties issued a new letter inquiring about “The Walt Disney Company’s cooperation with elements of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region’s security and propaganda authorities in the production of Mulan.” It includes similar questions to the letter penned by Hawley. Read it here in full at Senator Marco Rubio’s site. … [Read more...] about ‘Mulan’ Now Eyeing China Bow In $20M-$25M Range After Soft Saturday – International Box Office
The film stars homegrown talent such as Jet Li, Gong Li, Donnie Yen and Liu Yifei, and is based on a Chinese folk story. But, it has been hit with low social scores (7.6 on Maoyan and 4.9 on Douban — the latter slightly up today). And, of course, given the movie released on Disney+ a week ago elsewhere, piracy is an issue. In the wake of several U.S. Senators and Congress reps calling out Disney’s cooperation with elements of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region’s security and propaganda authorities in the production of the film, there is also a reported blackout on local press covering the release. However, it is not clear how much the recent stirs outside China have affected the box office performance within the market. … [Read more...] about ‘Mulan’ Moola Muted In China With $23.2M Opening – International Box Office
Tenet’s lackluster showing at the U.S. box office obviously is not entirely Christopher Nolan’s fault, as only 65 - 75% of movie theaters are open at limited capacity in the U.S. with major markets like New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco still closed due to the global pandemic. As we predicted, Tenet, with its budget of $200 million, has a long way to go before it hits the $400 million mark it needs to hit to break even. Although it’s struggling financially, Tenet is faring better than Disney’s live action Mulan which similarly boasts a $200 million budget to Tenet but has only grossed $37.6 million globally as the #BoycottMulan movement continues to grow in Asia. Unlike Warner Bros., Disney made the decision to skip the U.S. box office altogether, making Mulan available to rent on Disney+ streaming service for $30 dollars. It seems clear that it’s still a tough moment to release your $200 million film. You have to imagine Nolan and his execs at … [Read more...] about Rakes In $200 Million at the Global Box Office, Struggles Domestically
Next weekend, China sees Warner Bros’ re-release of Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone, for the first time in 3D, which is performing well in pre-sales and could hit an eight-figure opening. Also coming nexrt weekend is Sony’s Bad Boys For Life as well as previews of long-delayed local war movie The Eight Hundred which officially opens on August 21; each will have an IMAX component. IMAX will also bow WB’s 10th anniversary edition of Inception across much of international, ahead of the China release on August 28. … [Read more...] about ‘1917’ Leads China Weekend; Korea Has Yet Another Hit With ‘Deliver Us From Evil’ & ‘Greenland’ Makes Hay In France – International Box Office