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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Despite, or perhaps before the local blackout on media reporting, communist party mouthpiece The Global Times published an op-ed titled “Attack on Mulan tragedy for American society” and called the backlash over Xinjiang “another manifestation of the extreme ideologies regarding China among U.S. public opinion.” It added, “The truth-seeking spirit of American public opinion has short-circuited on Xinjiang-related issues and the understanding of China. As a socialist country, China attaches great importance to people’s livelihood and has been providing preferential treatment to ethnic minorities for a long time. How can the country possibly carry out the so-called vicious crackdown on a specific ethnic group as Washington portrays?… Now, even a film company has to experience scrutiny, thanks to the above-mentioned labeling… This is depravity.” … [Read more...] about ‘Mulan’ Now Eyeing China Bow In $20M-$25M Range After Soft Saturday – International Box Office
Mulan‘s China opening is 23% ahead of Aladdin which finaled at $53M+ in the non-COVID era. Maoyan is now projecting a $41M finish for Mulan in the market. Disney notes that the overall market is down 48% versus last year and that 91% of sites are currently open, but with 50% capacity restrictions.Russia for a $1.8M four-day weekend. Capacity restrictions apply there as well while the market is about 70% open and 31% off compared to 2019 at the same time. Other new opening markets include No. 1s in Ukraine, Hungary and South Africa as well as No. 2 in Poland. In its second weekend of release, Mulan held the top spot in Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. In the Middle East, the film dropped by just 9% from its opening weekend. The Middle East as a whole is the 2nd biggest market behind China with $4M, followed by Thailand ($2.3M), Taiwan ($1.9M) and Russia. … [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
Related Story 'Ford v Ferrari' Scribe Jason Keller To Make Feature Directorial Debut With 'La Sombra' Meanwhile, China‘s full third weekend back to cinemas was worth about $17.3M. As expected, Sunday was down versus last weekend when the reissue of Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar gave the market a nice jolt. Nevertheless, Sunday was up slightly over Saturday’s final RMB 44.7 ($6.4M) to RMB 45.3M ($6.5M). Leading the charge was DreamWorks/Amblin/Universal’s 1917 with a No. 1 three-day of $5.27M per Maoyan. This lifts the worldwide cume on the Sam Mendes Oscar winner to $381.9M. … [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