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Sunday, Jun. 27, 2021
In the strongest sign yet that life is left in movie theaters, "F9" sped to a box office take of $70 million in its first weekend, the biggest opening for a film since the pandemic began, according to studio estimates Sunday.
The ninth installment in the "Fast & Furious" franchise,...
Friday, Nov. 20, 2020
Another major movie theater chain has struck a deal with Universal Pictures to allow for shorter exclusive theatrical windows. Canada's Cineplex has agreed on a multiyear "dynamic window" agreement, the film exhibitor and Universal Filmed Entertainment Group said Friday.
Like the deal...
Wednesday, Apr. 29, 2020
The most controversial movie of the year is ... "Trolls World Tour"?
As innocuous as the rainbow-colored, music-blaring animated movie may seem, the digital release of the "Trolls" sequel has caused a storm to course through the movie industry. Just as the pandemic worsened and movie...
Saturday, Apr. 11, 2020
Music snobbery is making a comeback.
On the heels of the excellent serial remake of "High Fidelity," about a tasteful Brooklyn record store owner, comes "Trolls World Tour," in which different pixie clans each representing a music genre vie for sonic domination. Both are quaint in their...
Monday, Mar. 16, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic has cracked Hollywood's traditional theatrical window. Universal Pictures on Monday said it will make its current and upcoming films available for on-demand rental, becoming the first major studio to turn directly to home viewing in light of the virus.
Sunday, Mar. 1, 2020
The Elisabeth Moss-led thriller "The Invisible Man" rode a wave of good reviews to a very visible spot atop the box office this weekend. Universal Pictures on Sunday estimated that the film from writer-director Leigh Whannell earned $29 million from North American theaters. Internationally, the...
Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019
The first spinoff of the 18-year-old "Fast & Furious" franchise, "Hobbs & Shaw," sped away with $180.8 million in its worldwide debut, including $60.8 million domestically — a strong opening that dethroned "The Lion King" after a two-week reign at No. 1 but couldn't match the box-office...
Wednesday, Apr. 3, 2019
Universal Pictures previewed a diverse slate of offerings from "Cats" to "Hobbs & Shaw" Wednesday morning at CinemaCon, the annual trade convention where exhibitors and distributors meet in Las Vegas to discuss the future of the movie theater business.
Footage from Tom Hooper's...
Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019
Born in the 3-D land rush, "How to Train Your Dragon" has never quite shrugged off the bland corporate sheen attached to it from the start. But almost a decade since taking flight in 2010, these movies have made up for their lack of fire with enough sincerity and genuine sense of wonder to...
Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019
Jordan Peele's "Us," his anticipated follow-up to "Get Out," will make its world premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival.
SXSW announced Tuesday that "Us" will open the 26th edition of the Austin, Texas, festival on March 8. Like Peele's "Get Out," ''Us" is a socially minded...