Star Wars The Last Jedi 4DX

Rian Johnson‘s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the highest-grossing movie of 2017 in the United States, was recently pulled from Chinese theaters due to its catastrophic second-weekend drop of 92% at box office. But even without much help from the ever-important Chinese market, the film is still performing very well internationally, grossing about $80 million more overseas than it has stateside.

Japanese audiences are being treated to an especially interesting option for viewing Lucasfilm’s latest adventure: 4DX. But this ain’t your daddy’s 4DX, with just shaking seats and bursts of air and other “immersive” reactions. Nope – this has all that, plus the ability to see a “light side” or “dark side” version of the film with all sorts of customization specifically assigned to each version. Read about the Star Wars The Last Jedi 4DX experience below.
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Copyright extension

Until the 20th century, works of art both great and small typically went from being owned by their creators to being owned by no one – or, perhaps more accurately, to being owned by everyone. In the public domain, a movie, song, or book can be reprinted or utilized by anyone at any time, without needing permission. But when the mid-1970s rolled around and the copyright to original Mickey Mouse cartoon Steamboat Willie was about to expire, Disney lobbied hard to secure a copyright extension that delayed the expiration of Steamboat (and tons of other non-Disney works) for years after their originally intended time.

We’re now approaching another deadline. If studios don’t plan to lobby Congress this year to pass another extension, then every book, film, and song published in 1923 will enter the public domain on January 1, 2019. What might that mean for Hollywood? Read More »

MoviePass I Tonya

MoviePass, the subscription service that allows members to see one movie per day in participating theaters for a monthly fee, has officially entered the next phase in their plan for world domination. The service made headlines earlier this week by reaching an impressive 1.5 million subscribers (with 500,000 of those coming in the last month alone), and now that they have a larger consumer base to work with, they’re starting to incorporate advertising into their business model.

Below, read about a new MoviePass I Tonya partnership and how the company is attempting to convince 1.5 million people that the Tonya Harding biopic is worth seeing in theaters.
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2017’s Movie Ticket Sales Were the Lowest in 25 Years

Movie Ticket Sales

We’re still basking in the rejuvenating cleanse of the new year and looking forward to the future, but folks who work for major movie theater chains have to contend with a statistic today that’s so sobering that it may shock that refreshing new year feeling right out of them. According to Box Office Mojo, movie ticket sales in 2017 were the lowest they’ve been since 1992. That means theaters sold fewer tickets last year than in the past 25 years – clearly a troubling trend for exhibitors. Will the films of 2018 continue that trend, or provide a much-needed uptick in sales?
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Bright ratings

Netflix is notoriously protective of its membership’s viewing numbers for specific shows and movies, unless the streaming service is bragging about binge statistics and dunking on a user or two for their viewing choices. So we don’t know exactly how many people have watched Bright, David Ayer‘s new orc cop fantasy thriller starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton, but a new report which cites Nielsen metrics says that eleven million Netflix subscribers decided to click “play” on the movie in only its first three days of release. I bet Netflix is feeling pretty good about its decision to make Bright 2 right about now.

Grab your magic elf wand and read more about the Bright ratings below.
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AMC theater seating

At the AMC Universal CityWalk 19 in Los Angeles – the AMC Theaters location that’s closest to where I live – a single ticket to see a non-matinee screening tonight currently costs $17.75 (plus a $1.75 convenience fee for ordering the ticket online, bringing the total to $19.50). Now we’ve learned that AMC is looking into the possibility of charging different prices for different seats within the same theater. Is there any upside here?
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MoviePass ads

We’ve written a lot about MoviePass over the past few months, and for good reason: despite a questionable customer service track record, some scare tactics, and what appears to have been an underestimation of consumers’ desire for its own product, the service provides a solid value to movie lovers who want to see a movie every day for a cheap price. It’s worth putting up with all of the aforementioned problems if the end result is being able to see a movie per day at the cost of $6.95 per month for a year.

Now MoviePass has unveiled some numbers proving that they’re having a measurable impact on box office numbers. And in addition, they’ve signed a marketing and distribution deal with a mysterious movie distribution company, which means that they’ll now be actively pushing users toward seeing certain movies.
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Cinemark subscription plan

In the wake of MoviePass’s recent disruption of the subscription model for moviegoers, the theater chain Cinemark has introduced a new membership subscription program of its own that’s theoretically designed to compete with MoviePass. The problem is, the “perks” you get when subscribing to the Cinemark subscription program are laughable in comparison to what MoviePass offers. Get the details below.
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Disney Suing Redbox

The Walt Disney Company hasn’t exactly been making the most level-headed decisions lately, but here’s something I think they have a right to be a little miffed about. The company has filed a lawsuit to halt Redbox from selling digital download codes for Disney movies in its kiosks across the country. Does Redbox stand a chance of winning this? Find out more about Disney suing Redbox below.
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The Shape of Water black and white

Guillermo del Toro‘s fantasy romance The Shape of Water opens in limited release this weekend, and this story of a mute woman falling in love with a fish man is full of lush, vibrant colors, gorgeous aquatic hues, and the level of visual splendor for which del Toro is best known. But we nearly saw an entirely different version of the movie: according to the film’s production designer, del Toro originally pitched The Shape of Water as a black and white film.
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