CinemaCon

Studio brass wowed theater owners this week with Maverick: Top Gun, Avatar: The Way of Water and Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse among other tentpoles. But they were also clear at the just-wrapped CinemaCon that a reviving box office requires a wide breadth of content. “If we narrow what we bring to theaters, our audience will get
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Lionsgate announced at the end of their CinemaCon session today that the Hunger Games prequel, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes will finally hit theaters on Nov. 17, 2023. That date is the same pre-Thanksgiving corridor where The Hunger Games sequels Catching Fire, Mockingjay Part One and Mockingjay Part Two opened. CinemaCon 2022: Deadline’s Full Coverage The pic, as previously announced, is directed by those
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“We have our own superheroes here at Focus Feature and they are going to bring older filmgoers back to your movie theaters,” Lisa Bunnell, Focus Features distribution chief, promised thousands of cinema execs at Universal’s CinemaCon presentation Wednesday. “They want to see something new. They come,” she said, welcoming the cast of Downton Abbey: A
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Universal closed out its CinemaCon 2022 on Wednesday with more footage from its June 10 summer extravaganza, Jurassic World Dominion, with stars Bryce Dallas Howard and Jeff Goldblum on hand to send exhibitors off. In the footage, we see both the casts from Jurassic Park — i.e., Goldblum, Laura Dern and Sam Neill, and the Jurassic
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Shazam: Fury of the Gods will no longer bow on the same day as Avatar 2, which is December 16, rather than December 21. Disney and Avatar 2 producer Jon Landau let theater owners know Wednesday at CinemaCon that, yes, it’s true: Avatar 2 is sticking to its Christmas corridor release date. In addition, Disney showed off a trailer and titled
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Warner Bros. brought a lot of DC –a lot– to their CinemaCon session today. In addition to a The Flash trailer, Dwayne Johnson showing up to push DC League of Super-Pets and Black Adam, the cast of Shazam: Fury of the Gods stopped by with a trailer, in addition to James Wan how had a sizzle reel of Aquaman
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AMC Entertainment CEO Adam Aron said an earlier gig as chief executive of the Philadelphia 76ers got him active on social media, tweeting with his hometown NBA team’s fan base. The experience proved key navigating a dramatic transformation in the theater chain’s shareholder base from mostly institutions to about 4 million private individuals. Until early
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Disruption will continue to weigh on the international theatrical system as the Russia-Ukraine war drags on and well over half of China’s theaters are shuttered in the latest Covid crackdown. Andrew Cripps, president, international theatrical distribution, Warner Bros Pictures, said that Russia — which is currently being boycotted by studios — makes up about 5%
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With the box office’s rebound just as 5K attendees are reconvening at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, exhibition and studios can rest easy knowing that there’s a return to a theatrical window. For most studios with tentpole fare, that’s 45 days, and for those titles with less commercial appeal or aimed at specialty audiences, it’s 17
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CinemaCon launches Monday at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, the second in-person gathering of theater owners and Hollywood studios since August, and Covid. That edition was shadowed by the Delta Variant, ongoing theater closures and shifting release dates. Now the picture is significantly brighter. Domestic attendance at the confab, including a full complement of studio
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This summer will be significantly better than last, or at least that’s the expectation from Fandango’s second annual Moviegoing Trends & Insights Study, which just dropped this morning ahead of CinemaCon. Among those 6K moviegoers polled by the online movie ticket retailer, 83% plan to see three or more movies in theaters between the May to
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Update: Warner Bros. has revealed this morning what we first saw at CinemaCon, the trailer for The Matrix: Resurrections. Why the more-than-two week delay? Because the studio’s James Wan movie Malignant is opening this weekend in cinemas (and on HBO Max). In recent years, Warners has typically debuted a fresh trailer for a hot film on top of
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Tom Cruise has bungee jumped into corporate silos, climbed cliffs in Australia with his bare hands and clung to planes as they’re taking off in previous Mission: Impossible movies. But his next big stunt in Mission: Impossible 7 is motorcycle jumping off a cliff in Norway. “This is far and away the most dangerous thing I’ve attempted;
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Anyone who skipped CinemaCon this year out of fear of the pandemic in Las Vegas missed a spitfire of a luncheon chat this afternoon. Not only was Patty Jenkins smashing the theatrical day & date model, and wagging a finger at exhibition over the decline in moviegoing experience, but also Paramount Domestic Distribution Boss Chris
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Today at Cinemacon,  Lionsgate announced that they’re opening their Erwin Brothers-directed movie American Underdog a Christmas Day release. The pic was previously set to open on Dec. 10. Lionsgate timed the release of American Underdog to the climax of the NFL season. “This movie perfectly aligns with the emotions of the holiday season: The power of faith. A
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Heading into Lionsgate’s CinemaCon presentation this afternoon, the studio’s Motion Picture Group Chairman, Joe Drake, was trying to figure out what he wanted to say to the room of exhibitors. He regaled those at Caesars Palace Colosseum with a story about how he met up with Cineworld and Regal Boss Mooky Greidinger at the confab
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Tom Cruise didn’t appear in person at CinemaCon; rather he flashed up on the big screen at Caesars’ Colosseum Theatre with Hayley Atwell from the set of Mission: Impossible 8.  After showing off BTS footage of Cruise’s next big stunt from Mission Impossible 7, Paramount rolled the first 13 minutes of their Skydance co-production Top Gun: Maverick due out
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Refresh for updates…Out of all the studios giving presentations during CinemaCon this week, Universal showed great respect to exhibition workers, by including them as presenters in their theatrical release reel. Before rolling a clip on each film set for release before March 2022, a talent from the project would reflect on their favorite cinema, and
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Chris Pratt’s Owen Grady galloping after dinosaurs in a snowy mountain landscape, Bryce Dallas Howard’s Claire Dearing being chased by them on European rooftops, and the legacy trio of Sam Neil, Jeff Goldblum, and Laura Dern returning. These are some of the images from the BTS reel Uni presented for Jurassic World Dominion. While the studio
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Warner Bros went completely virtual at CinemaCon with a pre-recorded hour-long reel sans executives onstage. We understand that it had nothing do with Covid, nor any kind of day-and-date head ducking, rather their senior ranking domestic and international distribution guys were unable to attend the confab for respective personal commitments. Warners does have other members
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“Thank God for each and every one of you,” MGM Motion Picture Group chairman Michael De Luca told theater owners and managers in the crowd at CinemaCon on Tuesday. “There is no industry without all of you. There is no Hollywood without all of you.” Today’s kickoff to the MGM reel presentation repped the studio’s
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Here’s something no one saw coming at CinemaCon, unless you could decipher the three-hour block Sony reserved for its presentation: The studio surprised those who braved the mid-pandemic Las Vegas confab tonight with a screening of Jason Reitman’s Ghostbusters: Afterlife.  The pic hits theaters on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. In the follow-up to the classic 1984
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Sony, which was last seen at CinemaCon in 2018, brought the confab back to post(ish)-pandemic life today. Its President of the Motion Picture Group, Josh Greenstein, took center stage and reiterated the Culver City lot’s “commitment to protecting and preserving the theatrical window.” That drew a great roar from the Caesar’s Palace Colosseum crowd. Despite
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The Delta Variant, streaming wars and surging piracy loom large as CinemaCon launches Sunday at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, the first in-person gathering of theaters owners and Hollywood studios since the pandemic struck 18-months ago. The virus has slashed registered attendees to circa 2,000 from 3,500 pre-pandemic, with a sizeable European contingent entirely shut
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CinemaCon has set its dates for next year and is being extra cautious due to the pandemic. Originally scheduled for April 26-29, the exhibition-film distribution confab at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas will now happen between Aug. 23-26, 2021. This year’s CinemaCon was cancelled as COVID-19 took its grip on the nation, with a slew
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