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‘Hotel Transylvania 3’ Climbs Past ‘Skyscraper’ at International Box Office

‘Hotel Transylvania 3’ Climbs Past ‘Skyscraper’ at International Box Office
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” towered over “Skyscraper” overseas.

The third installment in the “Hotel Transylvania” franchise checked in with $46.4 million when it opened in 42 international markets, while Dwayne Johnson’s “Skyscraper” opened with $40.4 million.

Sony’s animated threequel surpassed “Skyscraper” at the domestic box office as well. It debuted with $44 million in North America for a global start of $100 million (including Amazon Prime showings). The third installment in the franchise set a new Sony record as the biggest animated debut in the 42 international markets.

Led by the voice cast of Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg, and Kathryn Hahn, “Hotel Transylvania 3” brought in $23 million in Latin America, including $8.6 million in Mexico, $3.8 million in Brazil, and $2.1 million in Argentina. The family film earned $5.8 million in Russia, and $2.4 million in Australia. It opens next in Germany, followed by France, the United Kingdom, South Korea, and Italy.

Meanwhile, Dwayne Johnson’s “Skyscraper
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'Hotel Transylvania 3' Tops Weekend Box Office While 'Skyscraper' Struggles

'Hotel Transylvania 3' Tops Weekend Box Office While 'Skyscraper' Struggles
Sony Animation's Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation continued the franchise tradition of debuting atop the weekend box office and doing so with over $40 million over the three-day. The weekend also featured a strong expansion from Annapurna's Sorry to Bother You, which landed in seventh position on the weekend chart, but unfortunately for Universal's Skyscraper, the weekend's other new wide release, it struggled over its opening weekend, failing to meet the studio's expectations, delivering a third place finish. With an estimated $44.1 million, Sony Animation's Hotel Transylvania 3 finished atop the weekend box office. While that total does include the $2.6 million the film brought in from Thursday evening previews, it doesn't include the $1.27 million from Amazon Prime showings on June 30, which bring the film's domestic cume to just over $45 million so far. The film's three-day opening tops the $42.5 million the first film in the franchise brought in back in 2012, while falling a
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‘Eighth Grade’ Graduates to Best Opening Per Theater Average of 2018 at $63K; ’Sorry To Bother You’ Expands Strong: Specialty Box Office

‘Eighth Grade’ Graduates to Best Opening Per Theater Average of 2018 at $63K; ’Sorry To Bother You’ Expands Strong: Specialty Box Office
Bo Burnham's Sundance debut Eighth Grade opened with the best debut weekend per theater average of the year. Released via A24, the feature grossed over $252K in four locations, giving it a robust $63,071 PTA. The figure tops Searchlight's Isle Of Dogs, which now holds the second-highest opening weekend average of 2018 at $60,011. Amazon Studios launched Gus Van Sant's latest, Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot, starring Joaquin Phoenix, also in four theaters Friday…
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Korean box office grows in first half of 2018 after ticket price increases

Total admissions decreased by 1% to 96.36 million.

South Korea’s total box office increased by 2.4% to $711.3m (KW802.5bn) in the first half of the year, according to figures from the Korean Film Council (Kofic), although total admissions decreased by 1% to 96.36 million.

The revenue growth can partly be attributed to an increase in the average ticket price, which grew from $7.14 in the first half of 2017 to $7.38 in the first half of this year.

In addition, ticket sales of 3D, 4D and IMAX films increased by a whopping 79% year-on-year to $36.3m in the first half of 2018, on admissions that were up 69% to 3.2 million.
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Beanie Feldstein Comedy ‘How To Build A Girl’ Adds Cast, Lionsgate With Shoot Under Way

Beanie Fedstein starrer How To Build A Girl is now under way in UK with Lionsgate on board for UK distribution. Joining Feldstein (Lady Bird) and Game Of Thrones star Alfie Allen in the comedic coming-of-age feature are Paddy Considine (Journeyman), Sarah Solemani (Bridget Jones’s Baby), Laurie Kynaston (England Is Mine), Joanna Scanlan (Pin Cushion), Arinzé Kene (Been So Long), Frank Dillane (In The Heart Of The Sea), Tadhg Murphy (Guerrilla) and Ziggy Heath (Spies of War…
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China box office: 'Dying To Survive' stays top with $160m second week

China box office: 'Dying To Survive' stays top with $160m second week
The comedy drama held off challengers including ‘Hidden Man’.

Dying To Survive continued to thrive at the Chinese box office in the period of Jul 9-15, as new opener Hidden Man failed to take it down from the top.

Dying To Survive maintained an astounding momentum in its second week and added $159.7m for $350.2m after 11 days. It has fast become the third highest grossing film of 2018, after Operation Red Sea and Detective Chinatown 2. It has also outpaced Monster Hunt and Fast And Furious 7 to become the sixth highest grossing film of all time in the territory.

But it
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Ethan Hawke joins Juliette Binoche, Catherine Deneuve in Kore-eda's 'La Verite'

Ethan Hawke joins Juliette Binoche, Catherine Deneuve in Kore-eda's 'La Verite'
The project is Kore-eda’s first since winning this year’s Palme d’Or for ‘Shoplifters’.

Ethan Hawke will join Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche in the cast of La Verite, Japanese auteur Hirokazu Kore-eda’s first project since winning this year’s Cannes Palme d’Or.

Ludivine Sagnier (Swimming Pool) will also star in the France-Japan co-production, produced by France’s 3B Productions and Kore-eda’s Bunbuku, which marks the director’s first French-language project. The film is scheduled to shoot entirely in France in October and November.

Screen previously reported in Cannes that Wild Bunch, which has a long-standing relationship with Kore-eda,
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Juliette Binoche, Ethan Hawke, Catherine Deneuve To Star In Cannes Winner Hirokazu Kore-eda’s ‘Truth’

Cannes Palme d'Or winner Hirokazu Kore-eda will make his first film outside of Japan later this year with starry drama La Vérité (The Truth). Juliette Binoche, Ethan Hawke, Catherine Deneuve and Ludivine Sagnier are due to star in the largely French-language pic, the film’s producer has confirmed to us. Binoche and Hawke will co-star as a married couple who return to France from the U.S. after the wife's mother (Deneuve), a well-known actress, publishes her controversial…
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Come Inside My Mind: star-studded documentary honors Robin Williams

Director Marina Zenovich talks about translating Williams’ comedy to the screen, his inner demons, and what compels her about complicated men

When Marina Zenovich was an aspiring actor living in New York, taking on small roles to pay the bills, she was cast as an extra in The Fisher King, appearing in the scene where Parry, the madcap eccentric played by Robin Williams, imagines a spontaneous flashmob breaking out among enchanted commuters in Grand Central Station.

Related: Robin Williams's widow reveals how dying actor fought 'chemical warfare in his brain'
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How Tom Cruise made ‘going rogue’ a Hollywood staple

From Mission: Impossible to Red Sparrow, do we need rule-busting rebels on screen when there are so many in reality?

If you can remember the plots of the previous five Mission: Impossible movies, you are either some kind of movie savant or you’re Tom Cruise. But if you had to guess any of them, including the forthcoming Mission: Impossible – Fallout, you could safely say either: “Tom Cruise goes rogue”, “Tom Cruise goes after someone who’s gone rogue”, or possibly “Who cares? Remember those awesome stunts!”

And, basically, you’d be right. The previous instalment featured all three: it had a secret spy project that had gone rogue. To infiltrate it, Cruise’s Ethan Hunt had to go even roguer (and hang on to the outside of a plane). In case you’d forgotten, it was called Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, although that could be the title for any of them,
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First look: Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth in 'The Crown'

Image released on show’s Twitter account.

Netflix has released the first image of Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II in series three of The Crown.

The image was released on the show’s twitter account with the caption ‘patience’.

The upcoming series sees the major roles in The Crown recast – with Colman replacing Claire Foy, Tobias Menzies replacing Matt Smith as Prince Philip and Helena Bonham Carter playing Princess Margaret, replacing Vanessa Kirby.

The new cast will star in seasons three and four of the period drama, produced by Left Bank Pictures.

The Crown creator Peter Morgan discussed recasting
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Great films about football – and where to find them

If you still haven’t had enough football drama, you’ll need to hunt down some classics of the genre

So it didn’t come home after all: the St George flags hang limp, the Gareth Southgate tribute waistcoats have been retired to the closet, and the wound-licking will carry on for some time. Still, the World Cup final is upon us, and whether you’re still buzzing in anticipation or in need of some sporting distraction from the match, a football-themed film playlist of sorts seems to be in order.

Beautiful game and gargantuan international way of life it may be, but football hasn’t been especially well served by cinema over the years. A few obvious standards in the narrow football-film canon have been established: you don’t really need me to remind you about Gurinder Chadha’s still-spry crowdpleaser Bend It Like Beckham, and I’m not
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China's 'Dying To Survive' tops international box office

Ant-Man And The Wasp crosses $150m internationally; Fox Star’s Sanju nears $60m in India.

China’s Dying To Survive ruled international box office for the second consecutive weekend on an estimated $66.6m as Sony’s Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation used a strong Latin American performance to lead the Hollywood pack and dominate global box office over the session on $90.5m.

Skyscraper from Universal and Legendary grossed $40.4m, while Universal’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom scored the studio’s highest Japan debut, and Pixar’s mighty Incredibles 2 opened top in the UK.

China Update

Accentuating the might of Chinese box office,
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Juliette Binoche, Ethan Hawke Confirmed for Hirokazu Kore-eda’s ‘Verite’

Juliette Binoche, Ethan Hawke Confirmed for Hirokazu Kore-eda’s ‘Verite’
Fresh from his Palme d’Or triumph in Cannes, the Japanese director of “Shoplifters,” Hirokazu Kore-eda, confirmed that his next film will feature two of France’s biggest stars Juliette Binoche and Catherine Deneuve. They are to be joined by Ethan Hawke and Ludivine Sagnier (“8 Women”).

“La Verite” (which translates as ‘The Truth’ in English) will shoot entirely in France in October and November this year. The film is being jointly produced by French firm 3B Productions and Kore-eda’s Bunbuku. Paris-based Wild Bunch is set as the international sales agent. A release in 2019 is penciled in, but a Japanese distributor has not yet been set.

Binoche and Hawke co-star as a married couple who return to France from the United States when the wife’s mother (Deneuve), a well-known actress, publishes her autobiography. During their reunion, various truths are revealed. The script is based on a stage play
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Stx Entertainment Eyes August Ipo In Hong Kong

Stx Entertainment, which is known for action features like The Foreigner starring Jackie Chan and Killer’s Game with Jason Statham is looking to go public in Hong Kong in August. If the planned Ipo goes through, it would mark the first U.S. company to raise funds in Hong Kong. According to the South China Morning Post, which announced the news Sunday, John Zhao, chief executive of Hony Capital said that Stx has picked Hong Kong “because the city will offer a better…
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‘Claws’ Breakout Harold Perrineau on Playing a Romantic Exotic Dancer With Autism

‘Claws’ Breakout Harold Perrineau on Playing a Romantic Exotic Dancer With Autism
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from “Claws” Season 2, Episode 6, “Double Dutch.”]

The sweet and good-natured character Dean Simms has become of the breakouts on “Claws,” which is no mean feat for a show filled with flamboyant mafia bosses, drug dealers, ex-cons, and ex-prostitutes. But even if he has a stronger moral compass than that others, Dean is anything but boring.

Dean, portrayed by Harold Perrineau, has had perhaps the biggest character evolution on the TNT series so far. First introduced as a budding artist with autism who is completely dependent on his sister Desna (Niecy Nash), he’s become far more than a mere appendage to her life. Dean has created a much richer and more independent existence for himself that involves romancing his girlfriend Virginia (Karrueche Tran), moving in with her, and preparing to become an exotic dancer. But more importantly, he’s also become a man who can finally watch out for his sister
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Korea Box Office: ‘Ant-Man’ Stays Bigger Than ‘Skyscraper’

Korea Box Office: ‘Ant-Man’ Stays Bigger Than ‘Skyscraper’
Ant-Man and the Wasp” remained on top of the South Korean box office for the second consecutive weekend. The Walt Disney release earned $8.35 million from 1.06 million admissions between Friday and Sunday, accounting for 46% of the total weekend box office. The superhero movie has earned a total of $34.0 million from 4.38 million admissions after two weekends on release. Opening on Wednesday, “Skyscraper” debuted in second place. The Upi release earned $4.75 million from 616,000 admissions between Wednesday and Sunday.

With a minor week-on-week drop of 17%, South Korean revenge thriller “The Witch: Part 1. The Subversion” slipped to third from the previous weekend’s second. The Next Entertainment World release earned $3.04 million between Friday and Sunday for a total of $18.8 million after three weekends.

Local horror, “The Whispering” opened on Friday and took fourth place, earning $1.28 million between Friday and Sunday. The story revolves around a group of teenagers who visit a closed-down haunted house and
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China Box Office: ‘Dying to Survive’ Scores $69 Million, Holds Off ‘Hidden Man’

China Box Office: ‘Dying to Survive’ Scores $69 Million, Holds Off ‘Hidden Man’
Social drama “Dying to Survive” continued its domination of the Chinese box office, despite a challenge from new revenge drama “Hidden Man.” “Dying to Survive’s” $68.5 million take was the highest outside North America this weekend and the second highest worldwide.

By contrast, big-budget Chinese fantasy “Asura,” which was seen as a potential franchise-launcher, limped to third place in its opening weekend with a meager score of $6.88 million. The film, one of the largest-budget movies ever made in China, will be withdrawn from release, producer Zhenjian Studio announced on social media. It may be re-released at a later date.

The race between the top two finishers was closest on Friday, when pharmaceutical story “Dying” earned $18.3 million, according to data tracker Ent Group. “Hidden Man,” the highly anticipated tentpole from director-actor Jiang Wen, earned $17.9 million on its opening day. But in subsequent days it slipped, finishing with $46.5 million after three days.
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‘Hotel Transylvania 3’ Towers Over ‘Skyscraper’ and ‘Ant-Man & the Wasp’ at the Box Office

‘Hotel Transylvania 3’ Towers Over ‘Skyscraper’ and ‘Ant-Man & the Wasp’ at the Box Office
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” was a surprisingly decisive #1 film this weekend with an estimated $44 million. It disappointed anyone who expected a tight, three-way race with “Ant-Man and the Wasp” and “Skyscraper.” While this is great news for Sony, these results present several troubling issues.

Overall, the results are fine. This weekend’s box office is about equal to last year, which saw two films gross more than anything this weekend. Even so, year-to-date grosses remain nearly nine percent above 2017.

Adjusted, the $44 million gross is the smallest in the “Hotel Transylvania” series; this the first released in summer. The first two debuted at the end of September, a position that signaled they were less competitive.

The best animated opening weekend last summer was “Despicable Me 3” at $72 million; at $53 million, “Cars 3” felt a bit disappointing. “Transylvania” is good enough, and set to make money: It cost $80 million, and opened to $54 million overseas.
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'Hotel Transylvania 3' beats 'Skyscraper' to rule North America on $44.1m

Sony’s Hindi-language sports drama Soorma opens at number 25.

Sony’s Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation beat Skyscraper from Universal and Legendary to take the North American box office crown with an estimated $44.1m, as Focus Features’ Won’t You Be My Neighbor? became the highest grossing documentary of the year-to-date, and Eighth Grade scored the highest per-site average so far this year.

Featuring a voice cast led by Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, and Andy Samberg, Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania 3 arrived in 4,267 theatres. It delivered the lowest debut of the series when the opening weekends of the previous
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