The Dinosaur JR’s Story Storms Brooklyn

Two premiere screenings of rock documentary Freakscene: The Story Of Dinosaur JR grossed over $19K this weekend with a single Saturday show at iconic music venue The Opera House in Williamsburg, Brooklyn taking in north of $17K. Independent distributor Utopia worked with Murmrr, which produces live music events, and art shingle Mondo, which created a … Read more

Maverick’s $150 million worldwide debut favours Tom Cruise

SATURDAY LATE NIGHT/EARLY SUNDAY AM: Who the heck knew that simple box office accounting would provide such a headache 15 years later? Disney is claiming at this point in time that they continue to have the all-time Memorial Day opening record with 2007’s Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End with $153M. This includes the … Read more

The “Darkstar” Mystery Plane from Maverick Has a Real-World Relative

SPOILER ALERT – This story contains Top Gun: Maverick plot points: In the opening moments of Top Gun: Maverick, Tom Cruise’s Capt. Pete Mitchell takes an an experimental hypersonic plane called “The Darkstar” on an unauthorized test run. Those who’ve seen the trailer — or the movie, at this point — will recall a low-flying … Read more

Flying To $110M+ Offshore Opening Weekend For Maverick’

SATURDAY UPDATE: After a $24.5M Friday in 62 overseas markets, Paramount/Skydance’s Top Gun: Maverick has now grossed $64.7M through yesterday at the international box office. This portends an offshore opening weekend for the Tom Cruise-starrer at $110M+. Including domestic’s projected $150M four-day holiday frame, that would take the worldwide bow to $260M+. An international launch … Read more

Village Roadshow approves the Warner Bros. Matrix streaming lawsuit’s arbitration.

UPDATED with latest: Looks like Warner Bros. got its way. The Matrix Resurrections co-producer Village Roadshow Films has agreed to arbitrate its claims alleging Warner Bros.’ decision to release the film simultaneously on HBO Max and in theaters was a breach of contract. Lawyers for Village Roadshow filed papers on Thursday with Los Angeles Superior … Read more

Nixon Tape Found On Watergate Anniversary by “18 12” – Specialty Preview

“It’s been the great mystery in political history of the past 50 years,” said Slamdance Film Festival founder, writer and director Dan Mirvish of the 18½ minutes famously missing from the Nixon Tapes. His campy political thriller out this weekend takes a stab at what might have happened. Adventure Entertainment opens 18 1/2 today on … Read more

Fall is the planned release date for Paramount’s “Smile” film.

Smile, the Paramount Players movie from writer-director Parker Finn, will hit theaters on September 30, Paramount said Thursday. That’s also the weekend Universal opens the gay romantic comedy Bros starring Billy Eichner. Smile follows a doctor whose mind begins to turn on her after she witnesses a traumatic event that involves a patient. Sosie Bacon, Jesse T … Read more

Pasadena Playhouse 7 at Laemmle Theatres is taken over by Landmark

Landmark Theatres has entered into a long-term lease agreement for the Playhouse 7 movie theatre in Pasadena, CA, which was previously operated by Laemmle Theatres since Feb. 5, 1999. The family-run art house chain built the venue at 673 E. Colorado Blvd. from the ground up. The multiplex is comprised of seven screens, and 1,300 … Read more

Imax CEO: “Jurassic World” Is Outdated, and China Is Still Hard On Hollywood

China recently set release dates for two summer films – Universal’s Jurassic World Dominion on June 10 and big local-language production Mozart From Space (by the director of the Detective Chinatown series) on July 15. That’s good news for the giant market’s reopening, said Imax CEO Rich Gelfond. But he doesn’t expect heightened scrutiny of … Read more