Box Office: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Weekend Box Office Expectation

On May 5th, 2017, Variety's Dave McNary and JD Knapp reported on Marvel's newest film to be released and 2017's summer kickoff, "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2", stating that on Thursday alone, the film received $17 million in gross, making it the third-largest title for Marvel after "Age of Ultron" ($27.6 million), and "Civil [...]


Follow Up: WGA Strike Likely

Dave McNary of Variety reported on Sunday, April 30th, 2017, that leaders of the Writer's Guild of America prepare for a strike to take place on Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017. History will once again repeat itself as it did a decade ago, with picketing and rallies taking place at eight studios (McNary 2017). Chris Keyser, one [...]

Box Office Follow Up (Part 2): China’s Box Office Suffers Due to a Dismal March

Despite "King Kong: Skull Island" and "Beauty and the Beast" delivering box office success overseas, China still suffered in March. Variety's Patrick Frater reported on April 3rd, 2017 that China's box office revenue for March was $488 million (RMB 3.37 billion) which is 9% lower than March of last year. Admissions were also down from [...]

Box Office Follow Up: “Beauty and the Beast” and “Kong: Skull Island”

Variety's Dave McNary reported on Sunday, March 26th, 2017 that Disney's live action remake, "Beauty and the Beast" amassed $207 million over its second weekend, making the total box office run of two weeks approximately $690 million. Internationally, "Beauty and the Beast" grosses $119 million, followed closely by "Kong: Skull Isand" with $91 milion according [...]

How Wang Jianlin May Have Killed the Chinese Film Market… and How “Kong: Skull Island” Could Save Us All

On March 14th, 2017, Variety's Gene Maddaus and Brent Lang reported on a massive mistake left by China's richest individual, Wang Jianlin, chairman of the Dalian Wanda Group, who failed to pick up Dick Clark Productions (DCP) and faces trouble with Legendary Entertainment. Last fall, the Wanda Group agreed to pick up Dick Clark Productions, which [...]

Brad Grey Steps Down as CEO of Paramount

Variety's Brent Lang reported Wednesday afternoon that Brad Grey  has officially stepped down as CEO of Paramount. Grey, who was with the Company since 2005, oversaw the success of the "Transformer", "Mission: Impossible", and "Star Trek" franchises, but due to recent failures at the box office with "Ben Hur", "Zoolander 2", and "Monster Trucks", has [...]

If You Can’t Be Yourself, Be Batman: “The Lego Batman Movie” Makes an Impressive Run at the Friday Box Office

"The Lego Batman Movie" (McCay 2017) which was released on February 10th, 2017, made an impressive two week run on Friday, beating out three of the February 17th new releases: "Great Wall", "Fist Fight", and "A Cure for Wellness". According to a  Variety article by Seth Kelley, the animated comedy picked up a healthy figure [...]