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‘Encanto’ Leads a Box Office That’s Lacking Holiday Spirit

After a strong October, theaters hoped recovery would stabilize. Better yet, that improvement would continue over the holidays, starting with the five-day Thanksgiving period.As is typical, a Disney animated film — this time, “Encanto” — leads the field. It grossed $40.3 million over five days, which is a pale comparison against 2019. That’s when “Frozen […]

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Box Office: ‘Encanto’ Leads With Projected $43.2 Million Opening, ‘House of Gucci’ Connecting With $21.8 Million

While the Thanksgiving box office will wind up totaling far less than previous years’ holidays, there were still plenty of viewers to go around between the weekend’s offerings. Disney’s “Encanto” will top the domestic box office for the weekend, while MGM’s “House of Gucci” has become one of the first adult dramas to draw a […]

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Box Office: Disney’s ‘Encanto’ Debuts to $1.5 Million, ‘House of Gucci’ Nets $1.3 Million in Tuesday Previews

Disney’s “Encanto” netted $1.5 million in Tuesday evening previews and MGM’s star-studded crime drama “House of Gucci” brought in $1.3 million ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.“Encanto” is expected to top the box office and generate $40 million over the five-day period, a more muted launch for a Disney holiday offering than previous Thanksgiving debuts from […]

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Box Office: ‘The Croods 2’ Leads Sluggish Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend

Thanksgiving is traditionally one of the most popular times to go to the movies. Crowd pleasers like “Frozen,” “Coco” and “Knives Out” have propelled attendance and generated many, many millions in ticket sales over the holiday weekend in years past, cementing various box office records to boot.This year, studios and movie theater owners are settling […]

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‘Soul,’ ‘Monster Hunter’ Set December Release Dates in China Cinemas

Pixar’s “Soul” and video game adaptation “Monster Hunter” are set to hit the big screen in China in December.The hotly anticipated “Soul” may have decided to skip cinemas in the Covid-19-ravaged U.S. for Disney Plus, but it will screen in Chinese theaters from Christmas Day, Dec. 25. Disney currently has no plans to launch its […]

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‘Up’ and ‘Lost’ Composer Michael Giacchino Unveils First Track from His Debut Solo Album — Exclusive

Since getting his start in composing over three decades ago, Michael Giacchino has covered a lot of ground: video games, working with J.J. Abrams on “Lost” and “Star Trek,” scoring Pixar films like “Coco” and “Up” (for which he won an Oscar), and most recently on the upcoming “The Batman.” So when the pandemic struck […]

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China’s cinemas sputter back to life with ‘A First Farewell’, rereleases

Universal’s Dolittle and Sony’s Bloodshot are both scheduled to open this weekend.China’s theatrical market showed its first signs of life in nearly six months on Monday (July 20), the day on which authorities finally allowed cinemas to reopen in “low-risk areas” across the country.Total box office had surpassed $460,000 (RMB3.22m) as of 17:00 local time, […]

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‘Avengers,’ ‘Avatar’ Tipped to Join China’s Coronavirus Recovery Re-Release Lineup

All four of the Disney-owned “Avengers” movies and James Cameron’s “Avatar” are being lined up for re-release in China when cinemas begin to re-open after the coronavirus outbreak dies down.China Film Group, the state-owned giant that controls distribution of all revenue-sharing Hollywood movies, and also dominates physical distribution in the Middle Kingdom, last week contacted […]

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‘Onward’ Leads Box Office With Ho-Hum $40 Million

Disney and Pixar’s “Onward” debuted this weekend to $40 million, enough to lead box office charts but still a somewhat disappointing start given the studio’s sterling track record when it comes to animated fare. Internationally, the film brought in $28 million for a global tally of $68 million.“Onward,” a fantastical adventure about two teenage elf […]

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