The Interview was a pretty solid success on VOD, with Sony calling the film its best-ever digital performer, but what will that mean for studio VOD films, especially the concept of day and date releases, going forward? Probably nothing, say analysts, so long as theater chains continue to be resistant to day and date schedules that put films in theaters and on VOD at the same time. Read More »
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Update: Sony will release The Interview in the UK and Ireland on February 6. We don’t have info on or even an indication of further international dates at this time.
While it’s a far cry from the $100m that some had expected The Interview to make in a theatrical release, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg‘s comedy has pulled in over $30m on VOD after being available online since December 24. Sony is spinning the numbers well, calling The Interview the studio’s “#1 online film of all time.” Read More »
Posted on Friday, January 2nd, 2015 by Angie Han
We caught a lot of great movies in 2014, but it seems many other people did not. Preliminary estimates indicate that just 1.26 billion cinema tickets were purchased in 2014 — which sounds like a lot until you realize it’s the lowest number since 1995.
Meanwhile, movie ticket prices continue to rise but they can only do so much. Box office revenue is down about 5% from 2013, the lowest year-to-year decline in nearly a decade. Dig into the 2014 box office with us after the jump. Read More »
Update From Editor Peter Sciretta: In 2005, Disney and Pixar were gearing up to split ways and was Disney Animation was creating its own and very different version of Toy Story 3 without John Lasseter and gang. A ton of new images have found their way online from the abandoned version of Toy Story 3. Hit the jump to see the abandoned Toy Story 3 concept art images now.
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Posted on Monday, December 29th, 2014 by Angie Han
Guardians of the Galaxy and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 are shaping up to be the biggest hits of the year at the global box office. But in terms of the year’s most pirated films, they don’t even make the top 20.
Instead, the most popular movies among illegal downloaders in 2014 were some of the best loved films from 2013. Perhaps the biggest surprise is that this is the one popularity contest Frozen didn’t manage to win — it comes in at #2. So what was #1? Get the top 20 most pirated movies of 2014 after the jump. Read More »
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There’s little doubt the incredible tale of releasing The Interview is one for the ages. Years down the road, film historians will look back at the stunning chain of events that lead the comedy from being a massive wide release, to being totally cancelled, to being the first major studio film ever released day and date on demand. And that story is still being told. The Seth Rogen/Evan Goldberg comedy opened on Christmas Day in over 300 theaters in the US, but hit XBox, YouTube and Google Play the day before. It’s also now on iTunes and may soon go on Netflix. The whole thing has become an experiment about the traditional, theatrical distribution model versus on demand.
Which brings us to the question at hand: The numbers for the opening weekend of The Interview, both in theaters and on demand. In a pretty interesting turn of events, the film grossed five times as much on demand than theaters. Would that’ve been different had it played in major theater chains? And what do the numbers really mean? We’ll discuss The Interview On Demand gross below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, December 29th, 2014 by Angie Han
Adam Sandler may be hideously overpaid, but there are still a few actors in Hollywood who are very good at making money. The list of 2014’s highest-grossing actors is proof of that. Four big names raked in $1 billion or more at the global box office this year, and one of those will probably continue to cash in in early 2015. Hit the jump to see the highest grossing actors of 2014. Read More »
Actors have been “overpaid” for a long time. For the past few decades the biggest stars were getting 10, 20, 30 million dollars for a movie that maybe wasn’t even that good. Recently, things have begun to go away from that huge upfront sum. No, stars are taking less money upfront for more options on the back end. That encourages a better product, but also creates much bigger pay days. Sandra Bullock made around $75 million for Gravity. Robert Downey Jr. around $100 million for The Avengers. But somehow, you’re okay with that because the movies are good and they took a gamble at the beginning.
Most of these stars did not take a gamble and, in most cases, you can’t blame them. Forbes has complied their list of the ten most overpaid actors of 2014. They look at the “last three films each actor starred in before June 2014,” add the grosses, then divide by the total salary. What’s left is a return on investment number. The amount of money each actor grosses for every $1 paid. None of them lose money, but some make less than others. Read the most overpaid actors 2014 list. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, December 18th, 2014 by Angie Han
Love Netflix but suffer from unreliable Wi-Fi? You’re probably SOL. Netflix has said offline playback is “never going to happen,” leaving services like iTunes and Google Play to meet your no-stream needs.
Meanwhile, Netflix is branching out in other ways. The company recently struck a deal with Dish Network, its first with a major American pay-TV provider. More about the Netflix offline playback comments and the Netflix Dish partnership after the jump. Read More »