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Implications Of The Academy Rule Changes By David Poland

The Academy release on the doc rules changes is not clear, but it appears that the Branch has widened the field for streamers. — David Poland (@DavidPoland) April 24, 2018 I stupidly glossed over the mailing house piece of today’s Academy announcement because I thought it was what we knew was coming. But taking control…

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The Immediate Future Of Subscription Moviegoing

Hollywood Reporter selling MoviePass to Exhibs. MoviePass Poll: Subscribers See Far More Films; Many Go Alone and Midweek (Exclusive) — David Poland (@DavidPoland) April 23, 2018 Wonder how many ad dollars crossed hands to secure this bullshit… — David Poland (@DavidPoland) April 23, 2018 “no matter if MoviePass lives or dies, the damage…

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Weekend Estimates by Super Pooper Klady

A Quiet Place continues to overperform even itself, Super Troopers 2 couldn’t double its Friday haul (although it’s still $4 million from the total of the original, so why would anyone complain?), I Feel Pretty failed to do 3x opening (ugly), and IFC’s Ghost Stories is the only $10,000 per screen of the weekend, albeit…

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Friday Estimates by The Klady Sequel We Didn’t Know Was Wanted

Another weekend, another question about the effectiveness of tracking for estimating opening weekends. Tracking is not designed to be an accurate reflector of the weekend box office to come, I will say for the millionth time.. When it is used that way, either by the trackers and the distributors, it is abuse, not the intended purpose. You…

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On Bill Mechanic’s Break with the Academy

I love Bill Mechanic. Have for a long time. He may be a lot of things that irritate some people, but truth teller has always been amongst them. And he has real perspective. He lived the modern history of studio cinema & understands how this business works — David Poland (@DavidPoland) April 18, 2018…

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BYOB: What’s To Love About The Theatrical Experience

Formative stories all the way up to how moviegoing treated you the last time out of the house…

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Weekend Estimates by Tax Day Klady

A Quiet Place was not #1 this weekend, but even if it had been #1, it’s irrelevant. It is easily the bigger box office story of the weekend. A 35% drop in a second weekend that, 1) comes after a $30m+ opening weekend, 2) is not influenced by a holiday weekend, and 3) is not an animated…

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Friday Estimates by Giant White Monkey Klady

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Friday Estimates By Len Klady COMMENTS CLOSED

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RIP Milos Forman

The President Of Iceland pokes Milos Forman, White House Of Iceland, 2009 Reykjavík Film Festival. (Photo © 2018 Ray Pride.)

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Weekend Estimates by Quiet Klady Blocker One

A Quiet Place delivers more than double the tracking estimates and gives Paramount its first true hit in a long while, greenlit by Team Grey before he left the studio. More in line with its tracking, Blockers opens to “the 20″ and will look at word-of-mouth to define the degree of its success. Opening also-rans…

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Friday Estimates by A Quiet Klady

A Quiet Place is one of those stories where good things happen and no one can take credit for “tricking” the audience into showing up. Tracking had the film’s opening 3-day at about what it madae on Friday (with the now-presumed and incorporated Thursday night). So what happened? My guess is women. A Quiet Place is about a…

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RIP Steven Bochco

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Weekend Estimates by Not So Ready Player Klady

What was WB expecting from Ready Player One? Not G.I. Joe: Retaliation. But that is what they got. We can dress it up as Spielberg’s best opening in a decade, but bet dollars to donuts that its second weekend won’t outgross Lincoln‘s second weekend in wide release ($25.7m on half as many screens). They surely…

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Friday Estimates By Len Klady

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What are you going to see? What do you expect to find?

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Weekend Estimates by Still Pacific Klady

Well, there is a new #1, though it is an underwhelming weekend-vs.-Friday for Pacific Rim Uprising. Six weeks of Black Panther just wore the unusual level of excitement, especially with kids on Saturday, out… which still leaves BP as #5 all-time domestic with plenty in the tank to get to #3 all-time. Sherlock Gnomes broke…

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Friday Estimates by P-Rim Kladyo

Pacific Rim Uprising is about 29% off opening day of the original. But as the movie makes clear, it is not meant for you dumb Americans. This is probably the most complete embrace of Chinese talent into top-lining roles of a mega-budget movie yet. And if China can double the business to over $200 million,…

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