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
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Disney is expected to add in 20th Century Studios’ ticket sales to their year-end sum, but we have them broken out separately below. Together, both studios currently total $383.4M, and would be ranked second beating Universal. Call of the Wild repped 20th Century Studios’ first release of the year, while Onward was Disney’s. The latter studio’s money includes carryover cash from 2019’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and Frozen 2, while Fox includes Searchlight money from Jojo Rabbit, plus the big label’s 2019 carryovers Ford v. Ferrari and Spies in Disguise. … [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?
In an unprecedented time of bad news for box offices and movie theaters, there’s a sliver of good news to be shared. Variety reports that over the weekend Christopher Nolan’s time-bending film Tenet has passed the $200 million mark at the global box office, despite the pandemic, having grossed $207 million to date. While $200 million at the box office is certainly something to celebrate, Tenet is still struggling stateside, raking in only $6.7 million domestically. Last weekend, Warner Bros. said Tenet grossed $20 million in its debut weekend in the U.S., however per Variety Warner Bros. reportedly fudged the numbers and included weekday preview screenings and the long holiday weekend in that report. Tenet grossed just $9 million dollars from Friday to Sunday during its opening weekend. Yikes. … [Read more...] about Rakes In $200 Million at the Global Box Office, Struggles Domestically
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
Essentially not having access to box office hourlies prevents distribution executives from doing their job and providing their filmmakers and top executives with the health or lack thereof in the marketplace. If they can’t drill down and see how theaters in Chicago, Detroit, or Tupelo are doing, how can they decide whether it’s good or bad to release a movie right now? I mean, we all know it’s not good overall right now at the box office. But certain films can play in the red states, which are more open to heading to the cinemas right now, i.e. Solstice Studios’ Unhinged, which is up to $12.1M as of Thursday. With Warners making these last-minute theatrical date changes, i.e. pushing Wonder Woman 1984 from Oct. 2 to Christmas Day, another distributor could swoop in, program films, and provide exhibitors with product so that they can survive. Having access to drill-down theatrical hourlies helps immensely; it truly helps the industry overall. Apparently, big … [Read more...] about Warner Bros & Sony Hiding Box Office Numbers From Rival Studios On ‘Tenet’ & ‘Broken Hearts Gallery’: Here’s Why