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Box Office: Bollywood's 'Munna Michael' Stumbles, 'Dunkirk' Springs Ahead With Super Sunday

This weekend marked yet another convincing victory in India for solid, issue-driven story-telling over traditional Bollywood song and dance pictures, as audiences gave big box office boosts to <i>Dunkirk</i> and <i>Lipstick Under My Burkha</i> at the expense of <i>Munna Michael</i> and <i>Jagga Jasoos</i>.<p>Thanks to a huge 3,000 …

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Box Office: 'Munna Michael' Sees Modest 20% Day 2 Bump, 'Dunkirk' Sails 70%

Early estimates from the analysts at BoxOfficeIndia project that the dance-action drama <i>Munna</i> <i>Michael</i> earned 7.5 crore rupees net ($1.16 million) on Saturday, a 20 percent increase over its opening day total of 6.25 crore ($970,000). At a production and releasing budget of roughly 45 crore rupees ($7 …

Box Office

The Blame Game Begins As 'Jagga Jasoos' Collapses With Historic 84% 2nd Frame Plunge

It was years in the making, but the final collapse for <i>Jagga Jasoos</i> into Indian box office infamy took only a few short days, like a long-melting snowbank that cascades all of a sudden into a calamitous avalanche.<p>Prior to its release on July 14th, hopes were high for the Anurag Basu-directed, Ranbir …

Bollywood

Even With Star Director Nolan, 'Dunkirk' Was A High-Risk Gamble For Warner Bros

Christopher Nolan has been an incredibly valuable partner for Warner Bros over the past dozen-plus years. As a multi-talented writer-director-producer he has created eight films with the studio, and he has provided his artistic and story-telling capabilities toward launching its current crown …

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If Dunkirk is to turn a meaningful profit it will need to continue to over-perform and hold its own against an onslaught of competition in the coming …

Warner Bros. Announces 'Wonder Woman' Sequel At Comic-Con

In what may be the most unsurprising announcement to emanate from a major studio this summer, Warner Bros. has confirmed that a sequel to its smash hit superhero film <i>Wonder Woman</i> is in the works.<p>The announcement came during the Comic-Con <i>Justice League</i> panel in the San Diego Convention Center’s …

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Box Office: 'Munna Michael' Enjoys Auspicious Debut; 'Dunkirk' A Distant 2nd

<i>Munna Michael</i>, Tiger Shroff’s third collaboration with director Sabbir Khan, is off to a solid start in India with an estimated 6.25 crore rupees ($970,000) opening day gross on Friday.<p>The Hindi-language dance-action film is a throwback to the traditional Bollywood song and dance musicals, with a …

Bollywood

3 Reasons Why Universal Shouldn't Abandon The Incredible Hulk As A Leading Man

In an age when major studios Disney, Warner Bros, Fox, and Sony are doing everything they can to keep rolling out superhero movies, Universal Pictures has stayed out of the fray for nearly a decade despite holding the keys to one of the greatest vehicles around, <i>The Incredible Hulk</i>.<p>Yes, I realize …

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Things Could Be Even Worse Than They Look For China's Wanda Group Chairman Wang Jianlin

<i>Update: This article has been revised from an earlier version.</i><p>Wanda Group may have to slow its global ambitions following reports that some of its recent acquisitions allegedly breached Chinese government regulations for overseas investments enacted last year, according to a document reviewed by …

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'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Around The World -- Where It's Hot, Where It's Not

With six <i>Spider-Man</i> films released in the past 15 years, Sony Pictures Entertainment has kept its web-slinging superhero busy, busier by far than any of the other studios’ comic book-based characters. Only Fox’s <i>X-Men</i> series has rolled out more movies in the same timeframe, with seven, but those …

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New Characters Wanted: The Marvel Cinematic Universe Is Showing Its Age

Get ready, here comes a pop quiz.<p>Which superhero franchise is more successful: Marvel Studios’ Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) or Warner-DC Films’ DC Extended Universe (DCEU)?<p>Easy, right? Marvel’s movies have nearly all been critically adored and they’ve made more than $12 billion in theatrical …

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What 'Spider-Man's Awful 73% Friday-to-Friday Plummet Means For Sony, Marvel, And Superhero Films

<i>Spider-Man: Homecoming</i>’s debut weekend last week seemed to be cause for celebration for both Sony Pictures, which owns the rights to the Spider-Man franchise, and for Marvel, which got to welcome its long-lost brother superhero back into its Cinematic Universe. The film was extremely well reviewed …

Marvel Universe

For Disney's Comedy-Musical 'Jagga Jasoos', The $16 Million Budget Is A Big Problem

The process of making and distributing a movie necessarily involves a tremendous amount of detail and complexity, but ultimately there are only a few things that must be done right for the venture to achieve success. First and foremost, of course, is the requirement to deliver a film that …

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Ranbir Kapoor's 'Jagga Jasoos' Aims To Sprinkle Disney Magic To 1,850 Indian Theaters

Among all the Hollywood studios, Disney has the longest and strongest track record in releasing family-oriented movies in India, an asset that should serve it well as it rolls out its new kid-oriented musical <i>Jagga Jasoos</i> in ultra-wide release today.<p>The house that Mickey Mouse built has shown the …

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Sridevi's 'Mom' Is Holding Strong With $5 Million+ First Week

The Bollywood dramatic thriller <i>Mom</i> has managed to turn lemons into lemonade as it squeezed a disappointing Friday debut into an unexpected and sturdy hit through its first week in theaters.<p>The Hindi-language film stars Sridevi in the title role as Devki, a schoolteacher, wife, and loving mother of …

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It Will Likely Be Another Chris Nolan Vs. 'Spidey' Battle All Over Again

Warner Bros. and Christopher Nolan will likely be feeling <i>déjà vu</i> all over again in China when their big-budgeted “war drama that’s not a war drama” <i>Dunkirk</i> opens on September 1 in China in a probable duel with Sony/Marvel’s <i>Spider-Man: Homecoming</i>.<p>To be clear, <i>Spider-Man</i> has not yet received clearance …

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Sridevi Shows Strong Legs As 'Mom' Rises From 1st Day Crawl To 5th Day Sprint In India

The drawing power of Sridevi, the luminous 53-year-old star of 300 movies, was once again proven powerfully clear this week as her latest film, the dark thriller <i>Mom</i>, overcame a sluggish start to rise to a leggy hit status in a matter of days.<p>Going up against the Marvel juggernaut <i>Spider-Man:</i> …

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About That Indian Wedding Scene In 'Spider-Man: Homecoming'

In the middle of the new Sony Pictures superhero picture <i>Spider-Man: Homecoming</i>, there’s a brief scene that seems to have been put there to appeal to one very specific segment of the film’s fans. Namely, Indian moviegoers.<p>In the scene, Robert Downey Jr.’s character Tony Stark (aka Iron Man) makes an …

Marvel Universe

'Spider-Man: Homecoming' India Debut Pulverizes Franchise Records

Of the 50 territories where Sony Pictures (NYSE:SNE) launched its re-booted <i>Spider-Man</i> franchise this weekend, India was one of the strongest, with solid day-to-day increases and several new box office records established by the Jon Watts-directed hit.<p>Theatrical gross collections grew from each day …

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'Spider-Man' Pops By A Stunning 109% On Saturday In Korea, Headed For Smashing $50 Million

It’s not often that a foreign film breaks through in South Korea and draws moviegoers away from the usually excellent selection of locally-made movies available to them in their cinemas. Only one film, <i>Avatar</i>, stands among the 10 highest-grossing movies in the nation’s box office history, and only …

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'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Crushes Previous Franchise Opening Weekend Record In India

Back in 2007, Sony’s <i>Spider-Man 3</i>, the third Tobey Maguire-starring movie in the franchise, broke the record for a foreign film in India by spinning a 19.2 crore rupee /$4.7 million opening weekend net result at the box office. In the years since, a half-dozen Hollywood movies have beaten that …

Marvel Universe

'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Snares $1.36 Million India Opening

<i>Spiderman: Homecoming</i> took first place in India on its opening day with a 6.5 crore ($1 million) opening on Friday. When added to its 2.25 crore ($0.36 million) in Thursday preview grosses, the action comedy led all pictures at the country’s theaters, beating out locally-made drama <i>Mom</i> by a wide …

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India Is The One Country That Loves Spider-Man Even More Than America Does

There’s no denying that the world loves Spider-Man. The Marvel web-slinging superhero has been a sensation in comic books, comic strips, games, TV and movies pretty much everywhere from the very beginning, when Stan Lee and Steve Ditko first introduced the orphaned teenage crime-fighter Peter …

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'Wonder Woman' Around The World: Where It's Hot, Where It's Not

No one knew what would happen when Warner Bros./DC released its new <i>Wonder Woman</i> movie. Giving a starring role to a superhero who hasn’t had one before can be a risky business. For every <i>Deadpool</i> or <i>Ant-Man</i> success, there is also a <i>Catwoman,</i> <i>Silver Surfer</i> or <i>Green Hornet</i> failure.<p>The introduction of <i>Wonder</i> …

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Edgar Wright's 'Baby Driver' Is The Closest Thing To the Buzz Of 'Grand Theft Auto'

Edgar Wright’s new action-comedy heist movie <i>Baby Driver</i> may not be a direct adaptation of the mega-hit video game franchise <i>Grand Theft Auto</i>, but it’s the closest thing out there to capturing the high octane feel of the speed, violence and fun of the criminal underworld setting in which the games …

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'Dangal' Keeps Chugging In China, Dips A Scant 19% For A $730,000 Weekend

After the 59th day and ninth weekend of its history-making China run, <i>Dangal</i> held on to the number 8 spot in the box office rankings with a $300,000 Sunday and a $730,000 cume for the 3-day weekend, bringing its PRC total to nearly $192 million.<p>Since It opened on May 5th, the Bollywood family drama …

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'Dangal's Abiding Impact On China's Hearts And Minds Is A Win For Indian Democracy

In an excellent piece for Hong Kong’s “South China Morning Post” today, Bangalore, India-based entrepreneur and Fulbright Scholar Hu Jianlong addressed a topic I’ve been writing and speaking about for years: China’s utter inability to export its ideals and values due to its government’s …

China

'Tubelight' Washout Leaves Distributors Gasping

Let’s start with some incontestable facts. First, as of Thursday, <i>Tubelight</i> stood as Salman Khan’s 11th consecutive 100 crore ($15.5 million) grossing film. Second, the Bollywood superstar can claim the title, once again, as box office king of the Eid holiday. He has worn that crown for six straight …

Bollywood

The 'Baahubali 2' Invasion Hits Taiwan's Shores Today

India’s box office behemoth <i>Baahubali: The Conclusion</i> arrived in Taiwan on Friday at 13 theater locations across the island country, with six of those venues in the capital city, Taipei. Taiwan is the first new territory in which the period fantasy-action blockbuster has opened since April 28th, …

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