Is 2020 Now a Write-Off Year for Cinemas?

So what now? That seems to be the common refrain from most cinema industry followers as this past week we watched more high profile films moved back to 2021. As cinemas reopen in some parts of the world, and as…

Horror and Family Films Help Reboot Global Box Office

Global data kindly provided by Comscore.  This week’s box office – focusing on the first two weeks of July – was widely varied as the pandemic continues to allow some little pigs to go to market while making other little…

The First Post-COVID Blockbuster Hit Isn’t a Hollywood Film

With cinemas re-opening all over the world, but major Hollywood tentpoles either repeatedly postponed or going straight-to-VoD, returning moviegoers have had to make do with holdover titles (“1917,” “Little Women”) and older re-releases (“Jaws” and “Jurassic Park” topped North American…

What Cinemas Are Showing While They Wait for “Tenet”

In one of the most famous scenes in the 1992 film, “The Last of the Mohicans”, Daniel Day Lewis’ character tells Madeleine Stowe, “You stay alive, no matter what occurs, I will find you.” That’s a rather apt analogy for…

The Return of the 52 Week Movie Business

Much like a Beach Boys song from the 1960s, North American distribution has been focused far too long on the spoils of summer, jamming tentpole after tentpole into the four-month long summer season. I’m sure there’s a musical analogy for…

Second-Guessing The 2020 Box Office Doomsayers

It’s feast or famine when prognosticators look at box office prospects. In 2019, everyone saw a calendar year bursting with sure-fire billion dollar grosses like “Avengers: EndGame,” “Frozen II,” “Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker” and “Toy Story 4.” They…

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