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YOUR WEEKEND BOX OFFICE ACTUALS (05.02.16)

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As expected, Disney’s The Jungle Book took the top spot at the box office over the weekend, pulling in over $43 million with just a 29% drop from the week before. That’s a roaring first three weeks for the live-action spectacular, which officially passed the $250 million domestic mark on Sunday as it surpassed the studio’s estimates.

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The Exec Shuffle — The Blotter Recap (4.29.16)

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Keep up with what’s happening in the industry with the inside information on who’s getting hired, promoted, and let-go. Tony Shaw heads from Captivate to Escape Artists, Alexandra Cocean joins Voltage, and Relativity emerges from bankruptcy with Adam Fields.

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YOUR COMPLETE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE TRACKING, PREDICTIONS, & ANALYSIS (4.28.16)

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The Jungle Book is poised to overtake the domestic cumulative of every Disney remake but Alice In Wonderland by Sunday night, leaving it around $250 million on Monday morning. Meanwhile, Key & Peele’s cat-centered comedy Keanu will claw its way into second.

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YOUR WEEKEND BOX OFFICE ACTUALS (04.25.16)

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The Jungle Book reigned with a relatively small 40% dip in its second weekend, tripling newcomer The Huntsman: Winter’s War’s take, which had an icy reception at the box office.

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The Exec Shuffle — The Blotter Recap (4.22.16)

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Keep up with what’s happening in the industry with the inside information on who’s getting hired, promoted, and let-go. 51 Minds Entertainment makes a lot of moves, Vice Media replaces their Chief Revenue Officer, STX Entertainment finds its new COO, and more!

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YOUR COMPLETE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE TRACKING, PREDICTIONS, & ANALYSIS (4.21.16)

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After a stunning first weekend that earned it the second place spot for record April openings, The Jungle Book has earned itself the title of fifth biggest movie in 2016 after only 5 days. And while the original Huntsman opened at $56 million, Winter’s War is looking at a far lower number, likely shy of $30 million in 2nd place.

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Golden Globes Makes Rule Changes & Announces 2017 Date

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The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is making some changes to its annual awards show. The new rules will apply to the 74th Golden Globes which have been set for January 8, 2017.

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YOUR WEEKEND BOX OFFICE ACTUALS (04.18.16)

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Exceeding everyone’s expectations, The Jungle Book went above and beyond, firmly claiming the second place spot of all Disney live action remakes. Though still falling a bit shy of Alice in Wonderland’s $116 million opening, Jungle’s $103 million take proves it has the four-quadrant appeal Disney was counting on.

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The Exec Shuffle — The Blotter Recap (4.15.16)

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Keep up with what’s happening in the industry with the inside information on who’s getting hired, promoted, and let-go. Angela Silak moves up at Nickelodeon, Variety’s Brian Lowery heads to CNN, Gabrielle Carteris is officially elected president of SAG-AFTRA, and more!

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YOUR COMPLETE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE TRACKING, PREDICTIONS, & ANALYSIS (4.14.16)

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With glowing reviews and an early $32 million in foreign sales last weekend, The Jungle Book is set to revive a box office that flagged in the quick drop-off of Batman v Superman. The number to beat is $67.9 million—that’s what the live action Cinderella remake made its first weekend last March.

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Michael Mann Inks Massive Book Deal With HarperCollins

HarperCollins won a multi-house auction to serve as the publisher of Michael Mann Books, the publishing imprint founded by the Oscar-nominated writer, director and producer earlier this year.

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YOUR WEEKEND BOX OFFICE ACTUALS (04.11.16)


Again falling far more than anticipated, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice showed it probably doesn’t have the kind of staying power Warner Bros. hoped for, losing the weekend to Melissa McCarthy-starrer The Boss by only $0.22 million.

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THE COMPLETE LIST OF WINNERS FROM THE 25TH MTV MOVIE AWARDS

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The 2016 MTV Movie Award were held this Saturday in a taped event that aired Sunday night. Star Wars: The Force Awakens was the big winner of the night after pulling in a galactic 11 nominations and taking home three golden popcorns.

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The Exec Shuffle — The Blotter Recap (4.8.16)

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Keep up with what’s happening in the industry with the inside information on who’s getting hired, promoted, and let-go. Disney COO Tom Staggs shocks the industry with his surprise departure, Film4 finds its new CEO, Will Douglas jumps from Paradigm to Grandview, and more!

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YOUR COMPLETE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE TRACKING, PREDICTIONS, & ANALYSIS (4.7.16)

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While Batman v Superman will hold onto 1st place this weekend, it’ll be by the skin of its teeth. Melissa McCarthy’s The Boss will do its best to knock BvS down a peg, but its doubtful the comedy has what it takes to quite hit the mid-$20 million range.

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YOUR WEEKEND BOX OFFICE ACTUALS (04.04.16)

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To no one’s surprise, Batman v Superman fell, and fell fast – even harder than we anticipated. At a nearly 70% drop in its second weekend, and with a mere $15 million take on Friday, the Warner Bros. film gained the dubious honor of having the highest Friday-to-Friday drop of any big budget comic book movie ever.

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The Exec Shuffle — The Blotter Recap (4.1.16)

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Keep up with what’s happening in the industry with the inside information on who’s getting hired, promoted, and let-go. ICM promotes 9 to partner, a shake-up at Open Road, STX snags David Kosse from Film4 and more!

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YOUR COMPLETE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE TRACKING, PREDICTIONS, & ANALYSIS (3.31.16)

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Thanks to a total lack of competition, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will easily sweep the top spot for the second week in a row. Even a 60% drop will give it a second week take of at least $66 million, pushing its domestic gross close well over the $250 million mark.

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The Screening Room: Is Hollywood On The Brink Of A Civil War? (Part II)

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Back in the 1970s, the National Association of Theater Owners had the opportunity to get involved in the home video business at its inception, but didn’t take advantage of it. The Screening Room is shaping up to be another moment of opportunity for NATO to potentially seize or snub – and it’s a decision that could influence the industry for years to come.

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The Screening Room: Is Hollywood On The Brink Of A Civil War?

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You know it’s coming, simply because it’s all anyone can talk about. They tell you to pick a side, they throw all kinds of images and faces at you, they talk numbers and revel in the intrigue and suspense. It’s going to be huge, they tell you, and you look at the evidence and realize that, in one form or another, they’re right.

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Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way Inks First-Look Deal With Paramount


Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company Appian Way has landed a three-year, first-look deal with Paramount Pictures. The deal marks a shift for DiCaprio, who previously had a long-standing deal at Warner Bros.

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YOUR WEEKEND BOX OFFICE ACTUALS (03.28.16)

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice prevailed despite negative critical reviews, surpassing The Hunger Games to take the top spot for both the March and spring opening weekend records.

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Disney’s D23 Expo 2017 Dates Expected To Conflict With Comic-Con

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Disney’s pop culture ultimate fan event, D23 has announced that next year’s expo will take place from July 14th to the 16th, which is normally the same dates for Comic-Con in San Diego.

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The Exec Shuffle — The Blotter Recap (3.25.16)

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Keep up with what’s happening in the industry with the inside information on who’s getting hired, promoted, and let-go. Working Title Television has a new Managing Director, DreamWorks has a new head of theatrical publicity, Disney ups two and more in this week’s executive shuffle@!

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YOUR COMPLETE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE TRACKING, PREDICTIONS, & ANALYSIS (3.24.16)

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will open big, ushering its whole cast to the land of giant openings seemingly reserved for Marvel superheroes. But will BvS set a new March record?

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{Exclusive} Kanak Management Signs Serbian Filmmaker Vuk Ršumovic In Competitive Situation

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Serbian filmmaker Vuk Ršumovic has signed with Jon Kanak of Kanak Management. The talented writer-director’s breakout drama No One’s Child has received international critical acclaim.

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YOUR WEEKEND BOX OFFICE ACTUALS (03.21.16)

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Easily bested by ZootopiaAllegiant underwhelmed significantly this weekend, making our $37 million prediction for its opening look like an enthusiastic over-projection. The third film of the Divergent series fell almost $8 million short and opened at a lowball $29 million.

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The Exec Shuffle — The Blotter Recap (3.18.16)

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Keep up with what’s happening in the industry with the inside information on who’s getting hired, promoted, and let-go. Dana Brunetti will jump into Relativity without Kevin Spacey, Tamara Hunter takes part in a major casting shake-up, Rob Bredow takes on a new role for Lucasfilm!

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The Battle Over Sean Parker’s Screening Room – Where Hollywood’s Heavyweights Currently Stand

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This week, Napster founder and former Facebook president Sean Parker unveiled his latest venture project, Screening Room, and sought the backing of some of Hollywood’s biggest filmmakers. Now, a line has been drawn in the sand, with some of Hollywood’s biggest players taking sides.

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YOUR COMPLETE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE TRACKING, PREDICTIONS, & ANALYSIS (3.17.16)

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Sure, Allegiant might be able to knock Zootopia out of 1st place, but there’s no way it’ll match its predecessors. With franchise ennui already setting in for The Divergent Series, and yet another on the way in 2017, Allegiant will be lucky to hit $40 million, over $10 million short of the openings for either Divergent or its sequel Insurgent.

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