china box office

China’s influence on Hollywood in the past few years is palpable, with major blockbusters inserting storylines and characters to specifically cater to Chinese audiences and studios depending on overseas audiences to save critically slammed blockbusters. But Hollywood may soon find that all that pandering hasn’t paid off.

Chinese theaters have been reportedly skimming millions of dollars in ticket revenue from Hollywood studios, with as much as 9% of ticket sales going underreported in 2016. With 2017’s summer box office haul recording as one of the worst Hollywood has seen in decades, what does this mean for the overall box office numbers?

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why the dark tower failed

We’re in a new age of Stephen King adaptations, with new and upcoming films like ItGerald’s Game, and 1922 winning over critics and audiences alike. But, like King’s own catalogue, there are plenty of stinkers.

The Dark Tower was the long-awaited adaptation of King’s magnum opus, the multiverse-spanning sci-fi series of the same name. And it tanked. Despite the many years The Dark Tower spent in development, fans got a choppy, chopped-up adaptation of the book series, causing the film to barely break even at the box office and to attain a meager 16% Rotten Tomatoes rating. And though King was heavily invested in the success of this adaptation, the author revealed why The Dark Tower failed.

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kingsman the golden circle box office

Well, you’ve done it, theater goers. Like the plucky kids of Losers Club, you’ve defeated Pennywise the Clown and sent him scurrying back into the sewer as Kingsman: The Golden Circle ended It‘s top-of-the box office reign over the weekend. Per VarietyMatthew Vaughn‘s latest Kingsman sequel took in $39 million domestically and $61.2 million overseas for a worldwide total of over $100 million. Read more about the Kingsman box office – plus how the film removed multiple references to Donald Trump – below.

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Blade Runner 2049 box office tracking

Tickets for Blade Runner 2049 went on sale this week, two weeks before the sci-fi sequel’s October release. And with those first sales, box office tracking services have predicted that Blade Runner 2049 is set to rake in more than $40 million on its opening weekend.

Blade Runner 2049 is one of the fall’s most anticipated movies, but it’s still to be seen whether that initial interest can drive the film to make up for its hefty production costs. Hit the jump to learn more about the Blade Runner 2049 box office tracking.

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rotten tomatoes study

Hollywood has been churning out memorable cinematic villains since the earliest days of moviemaking, but there’s one villain that the studios fear more than any other right now: Rotten Tomatoes. It’s become conventional wisdom in studio executive boardrooms to blame the site for poor box office performances. Why take responsibility for making a bad movie that audiences don’t care about if you can just point a finger somewhere else, right?

But the people at the top of the studio system who are interested in the truth instead of just a scapegoat might change their minds after reading about a new study published this week, which indicates that a film’s Rotten Tomatoes score doesn’t actually have any positive or negative correlation on its box office returns.
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hollywood blames rotten tomatoes

Hollywood just had one of its worst summer seasons at the box office in 20 years. And rather than blame sequel fatigue, cinematic universe fatigue, or rapidly increasing ticket prices, executives are pointing their finger at one culprit: Rotten Tomatoes.

The movie review aggregation website has been the bane of the industry — and some film critics — for years, getting accused of reducing nuanced film reviews to a good-or-bad scale. And industry insiders say that its growing omniscience on Google and ticket sales websites like Fandango are steering audiences away from movies that get bad Rotten Tomatoes scores. But is Rotten Tomatoes really solely at fault?

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Stephen King's It Box Office

Update: The early estimates were incorrect. It did not make $117.2 million in its opening weekend. It made $123.1 million.

The hype and box office predictions for the new adaptation of Stephen King‘s beloved horror novel It were high well before the movie hit theaters, and the sneak preview screening numbers indicated that It was going to have a huge weekend. Now the numbers are rolling in, and It has exceeded even the highest expectations that anyone had for the movie.

Not only does It have an impressive 86% on Rotten Tomatoes, which is a solid score for a horror movie, but the movie is on track to land the largest opening weekend at the box office for any horror movie. Not only that, but it’s the largest three-day opening weekend for an R-rated movie, the third largest box office opening of the year, the biggest opening for any September release, and the largest opening weekend for New Line Cinema. All that from the highest number of screens for an R-rated movie.

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It Box Office Records

Warner Bros. and New Line weren’t clowning around with It. Andy Muschietti’s movie adaptation of Stephen King’s classic horror novel has already broken box office records, making $13.5 million in Thursday night screenings alone. That’s the biggest advance night opening for any R-rated movie, the biggest opening gross for any King adaptation, the biggest preview gross for any outright horror movie, and the best preview gross for any September movie.
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The 2017 Summer Movie Wager Results and Podcast

Wonder Woman

David Chen, Jeff Cannata, Peter Sciretta, and Germain Lussier reconvene to discuss the results of their 2017 box office summer movie wager results. Did David make a catastrophic mistake by ranking Despicable Me 3 as his #1 or did the surprise that was Wonder Woman help him leverage a win over the Guardians Vol. 2 Ravagers? Below, you’ll find the actual box office rankings for this summer, as well as Dave, Jeff, Peter, and Germain’s original rankings. Hit the jump to download and listen to the podcast.
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It box-office

The next Stephen King adaptation is on track to fare a whole lot better at the box-office than The Dark Tower. While the tale of the gunslinger, the man in black, and some kid floundered at the box office, the story of the Losers’ Club trying to survive in Derry, Maine is both a cheaper production and has generated far more advance buzz. A few weeks from its release date, It has a lot going for it, including some great marketing, nostalgia for the 1990 miniseries, and the King name. It’s no wonder the horror movie is expected to make a killing opening weekend.

Below, read more about the It box office tracking.

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