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Rock Salt Releasing Picks Up World Rights to South African Horror ‘8’ (Exclusive)

Cannes — Rock Salt Releasing has acquired world sales rights for South African director Harold Hölscher’s “8,” a horror film that plays on African folklore and mythology to tell a dark story of atonement.Produced by Man Makes A Picture with Rolling Thunder, pic stars Tsamano Sebe (“Of Good Report”), Inge Beckmann (“Escape Room”), Garth Breytenbach […]

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New Blu-ray Releases: ‘Glass’, ‘The Kid Who Would Be King’, ‘Dragged Across Concrete’, ‘Replicas’, ‘The Witch’; Plus: the ‘Escape Room’ in a Box

Physical media will live forever! That’s what I keep telling myself every night as I cry myself to sleep. For now, at least, physical media is sticking around, and that’s where this column comes in – rounding up the Blu-ray releases you might want to check out, while Blu-rays still exist. This week, we have […]

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Kevin Hart’s ‘The Upside’ Opens With $1.1 Million in Thursday Preview Showings

Kevin Hart-Bryan Cranston’s comedy-drama “The Upside” has launched with a moderate $1.1 million at 2,460 North American sites in Thursday night preview showings.Family adventure “A Dog’s Way Home” retrieved $535,000 for Thursday night previews starting at 5 p.m. in 2,657 locations. Entertainment Studios’ Keanu Reeves sci-fier “Replicas” opened with $200,100 at 1,630 venues on Thursday.Warner […]

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‘Aquaman’ Rules Again, But Box-Office Down 15 Percent Compared to Last Year

The first weekend of 2019 saw grosses fall about 15 percent from the start of last year. Multiple weaker elements contributed to the result, even though five of the nine holdovers in the Top Ten led by Clint Eastwood’s “The Mule” (Warner Bros.) fell a third or less. For those films in particular, the absence […]

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‘Aquaman’ Tops $940 Million Worldwide; Sony’s ‘Escape Room’ Unlocks $18M Debut

It’s a third straight weekend atop the weekend box office for Warner Bros.’s Aquaman as the film pushed over $940 million worldwide, becoming the highest grossing worldwide release in the DC Extended Universe. However, Sony’s release of Escape Room made sure this weekend wasn’t all about holdovers. The PG-13 horror/thriller made some some noise of […]

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Box Office: ‘Escape Room’ Scares Up $2.3 Million at Thursday Previews

“Escape Room” has opened with a respectable $2.3 million in 2,386 North American locations on Thursday in previews starting at 4 p.m.Sony’s psychological thriller, which centers on six strangers in immersive rooms that turn out to be deadly traps, is expanding to 2,717 sites on Friday with forecasts in the $10 million range. Directed by […]

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Film News Roundup: ‘Murphy Brown’ Star Nik Dodani Writing ‘Blue Boy’ Script

In today’s film news roundup, Nik Dodani makes a script deal, Sony shifts dates for “Miss Bala” and “Escape Room” and Jake Manley books two roles.Script DealNik Dodani, who stars on “Murphy Brown” and “Atypical,” will write the script for a movie version of “Blue Boy,” based on Rakesh Satyal’s coming of age story, Variety […]

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Film News Roundup: Valiant Comics’ ‘Faith’ Superhero Movie in Development at Sony

In today’s film news roundup, Sony is developing a movie about superhero Faith Herbert, Stack House Productions moves forward with two projects and Orion dates Taylor Schilling horror-thriller “The Prodigy.”Projects LaunchedSony Pictures is developing a movie version of “Faith,” based on the Valiant Comics series of the same name with Neal Moritz, Toby Jaffe and […]

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