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‘The Bad Guys’ Steals No. 1 Spot at Box Office With 25 Million Opening

Universal/DreamWorks Animation’s “The Bad Guys” made off with the No.1 spot at the box office this weekend, earning 8 million on opening day for an estimated 25 million opening from 4,009 theaters, and beating box office projections for a poor opening in the mid-teens.While that launch is nowhere near the opening for past DreamWorks films […]

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‘Over the Moon’ Trailer: Netflix Gets Animated Over the Chinese Moon Goddess Legend

Netflix dropped the first trailer Tuesday for its upcoming animated feature, “Over the Moon” (coming in the fall), a wondrous update of the Chinese Moon Goddess fable, directed by former Disney legend and Oscar winner Glen Keane (“Dear Basketball”). The co-production with Pearl Studio (“Abominable”) was animated at Sony Pictures Imageworks, with Oscar winner John […]

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Women Directed Record 12% of Top 100-Grossing Films in 2019, Study Finds

A record 10.6% of the directors of 2019’s top 100-grossing movies were women, directing 12% of Hollywood’s biggest hits last year, according to the latest study by Stacy L. Smith and USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative.That’s the best gender representation since Smith and her team began studying the prevalence of female directors in 2007 — though […]

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Oscars: Academy Announces 344 Films Eligible for 2019 Best Picture

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that 344 feature films are eligible for the 2019 Academy Awards.To be eligible for the consideration, the films must open in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County by Dec. 31, and begin a minimum run of seven consecutive days. Academy rules also […]

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China Box Office: ‘My People’ and ‘The Captain’ Both Enjoy $100 Million Weekend Scores

Two Chinese films – both patriotic, but of very different genres – dominated the weekend box office in China. Both scored more than $100 million and extended their already stunning midweek tallies.According to data from Artisan Gateway, Bona Film Group’s “The Captain” (aka “The Chinese Pilot”) earned $103 million, narrowly ahead of the state-backed omnibus […]

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Brad Pitt’s ‘Ad Astra’ Maintains International Box Office Lead With $18 Million

Disney and Fox’s “Ad Astra” scaled international box office charts again, maintaining its lead for the second weekend in a row. The astronaut drama starring Brad Pitt amassed another $18 million from 50 foreign territories, easily placing first overseas among Hollywood offerings.After two weekends in theaters, “Ad Astra” has generated $53.5 million abroad and $89 […]

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‘Abominable’ #1 as the Oscar-Season ‘Judy’ Soared With $3 Million

DreamWorks Animation’s “Abominable” achieved a surprisingly easy #1 this weekend. With just under $21 million, it fell into line with cartoon features around this period. “Smallfoot” last year took in $23 million.That was enough to easily top the second weekend of “Downton Abbey.” The big-screen extension of the popular British series added $14.5 million to […]

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