Apple to Theatrically Re-Release ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ Jan. 26 in Partnership With Paramount

On the heels of Killers of the Flower Moon landing 10 Academy Award nominations, Apple Jan. 24 announced that the feature will be re-released in theaters, in partnership with Paramount Pictures, for a limited theatrical run in 1,000-plus locations globally, beginning Jan. 26.

The film was nominated for Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director (Martin Scorsese), Best Supporting Actor (Robert De Niro), Best Costume Design, Best Production Design, Best Original Score, Best Original Song, Best Film Editing and Best Cinematography, as well as garnered history-making nods for Indigenous representation including nominations for Best Actress Lily Gladstone, artist Robbie Robertson for Best Original Score and Scott George for Best Original Song “Wahzhazhe (A Song for My People),”

The film recently received nine BAFTA Film Award nominations, including Best Picture, and has been honored as the Best Film of the Year by the National Board of Review, which named star Lily Gladstone as Best Actress, Martin Scorsese as Best Director and Rodrigo Prieto for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography. The film has also been named to the American Film Institute’s list of Motion Pictures of the Year. The film has received more than 200 accolades, in addition to recognition from more than 30 critics groups globally, and has been named the No. 1 Best Film of 2023 by The New York Times and The New Yorker, and Best Film by the New York Film Critics Circle. Gladstone recently made history as the first Indigenous actress to win Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama at the 81st Annual Golden Globe Awards.

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Killers of the Flower Moon is set at the turn of the 20th century, when oil brought a fortune to members of the Osage Nation, who became some of the richest people in the world overnight. The wealth of these Native Americans immediately attracted white interlopers, who manipulated, extorted and stole as much Osage money as they could before resorting to murder. Based on a true story and told through the improbable romance of Ernest Burkhart (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Mollie Kyle (Gladstone), “Killers of the Flower Moon” is an epic western crime saga, where real love crosses paths with unspeakable betrayal.

Sci-Fi Rom-Com ‘Molli and Max in the Future’ Headed to Theaters Feb. 9 From Level 33

Level 33 Entertainment will release the sci-fi fantasy rom-com Molli and Max in the Future in theaters on Feb. 9.

A sci-fi rom-com about a man and woman whose orbits repeatedly collide over the course of 12 years, four planets, three dimensions and one space cult, Molli and Max in the Future takes the character-driven romance of When Harry Met Sally and combines it with an eclectic sci-fi universe like “Futurama.” Classic practical effects combined with cutting edge technology create Molli and Max’s unique universe.

Directed by Michael Lukk Litwak, the film stars Zosia Mamet, Aristotle Athari, Erin Darke, Okieriete Onaodowan, Arturo Castro, Paloma Garcia-Lee, Aparna Nacherla, Grace Kuhlenschmidt, Matteo Lane, Michael Chernus and Danny Burstein.

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Molli and Max in the Future premiered at SXSW 2023 and won the Jury Award Best Film at the Fantaspoa International Fantastic Film Festival; the Lost Weekend Award Best Story at the Film Club’s The Lost Weekend; the Prix D’or Best of Fest at the Lower East Side Film Festival; and the Grand Jury Prize Best Narrative Feature at the Oak Cliff Film Festival. It was nominated at SXSW for the Adam Yauch Hörnblowér Award and for the American Independent Award Best Feature Film at the Denver International Film Festival.

Level 33 to Bow Thriller ‘Double Down South’ in Theaters Jan. 19

Level 33 Entertainment will release the thriller Double Down South in theaters Jan. 19.

Set in the dangerous high stakes world of illegal keno-pool gambling, the film follows veteran ace Nick (Kim Coates), who is enamored of smart, tough, and charming newcomer Diana (Lili Simmons) and is determined to stake her. Diana must prove herself in a man’s world to win a match against DuBinion (Justin Marcel McManus), the world’s best shooter. Soon Diana and Nick find themselves in more danger than they ever imagined.

The film won the Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature at the Cordillera International Festival and the Audience Award for Best Feature at the Omaha Film Festival. Its trailer was nominated for the Golden Trailer Award for Best Independent Trailer.

Fandango Survey: ‘Deadpool 3’ Most Anticipated Wide-Release Movie in 2024

Deadpool 3 was the most-anticipated wide-release film in Fandango’s annual Most Anticipated Movies Survey for 2024.

The survey of more than 8,000 ticket-buyers also found:

  • 88% of ticket-buyers plan to see multiple movies in theaters in 2024
  • 81% of  respondents said they were more excited to go to the movies in 2024 than in 2023
  • 80% feel that the moviegoing experience cannot be recreated at home
  • 71% plan to see movies in a premium format in 2024 (i.e. IMAX, Dolby, etc.)
  • 68% plan to watch multiple movies in IMAX and other premium large-screen formats in 2024

 

2024’s Most Anticipated Wide-Release Films:

  1. Deadpool 3
  2. Beetlejuice 2
  3. Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire
  4. Dune: Part Two
  5. Venom 3
  6. Despicable Me 4
  7. Inside Out 2
  8. Lord of the Rings: The War of Rohirrim
  9. Gladiator 2
  10. A Quiet Place: Day One

 

Most Anticipated New Performances on the Big Screen:

  1. Lady Gaga as Harley Quinn in Joker: Folie à Deux
  2. Jenna Ortega in Beetlejuice 2
  3. Ariana Grande as Glinda in Wicked Part 1
  4. Chris Pratt as Garfield’ in the new Garfield Movie
  5. Pedro Pascal in Gladiator 2

 

Most Anticipated Heroes:

  1. Hugh Jackman as Wolverine in Deadpool 3
  2. Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson in Deadpool 3
  3. Steve Carell as Gru in Despicable Me 4
  4. Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock in Venom 3
  5. Jack Black as Po in Kung Fu Panda 4

 

Most Anticipated Villains:

  1. Michael Keaton as Beetlejuice in Beetlejuice 2
  2. Lady Gaga as Harley Quinn in Joker: Folie à Deux
  3. Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck in Joker: Folie à Deux
  4. The Aliens from A Quiet Place: Day One
  5. Austin Butler as Feyd-Rautha in Dune: Part Two

 

Most Anticipated Action/Adventure (Non-Superhero) Movies:

  1. Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire
  2. Dune: Part Two
  3. Lord of the Rings: The War of Rohirrim
  4. Gladiator 2
  5. A Quiet Place: Day One

 

Most Anticipated Family Movies:

  1. Despicable Me 4
  2. Inside Out 2
  3. Kung Fu Panda 4
  4. Mufasa: The Lion King
  5. Garfield

 

Most Anticipated Comedies:

  1. Beetlejuice 2
  2. Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire
  3. Bad Boys 4
  4. Mean Girls
  5. Wicked Part 1

 

Most Anticipated Superhero Movies:

  1. Deadpool 3
  2. Venom 3
  3. Joker: Folie à Deux
  4. Transformers One
  5. Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire

 

Most Anticipated Horror/Suspense/Thrillers:

  1. Beetlejuice 2
  2. Alien: Romulus
  3. Nosferatu
  4. Twisters
  5. The Watchers

 

Most Anticipated Theatrical Genres:

  1. Action/Adventure
  2. Comedy
  3. Superhero/Comic Book
  4. Drama
  5. Animated/Family

‘Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé’ Looks to Emulate Taylor Swift’s Box Office Run

AMC Theaters has partnered with singing diva Beyoncé to exclusively distribute her concert film Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé and is aiming to replicate the success it had as exclusive distributor of Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour concert film, which has generated almost $250 million at the global box office since its Oct. 13 debut.

Working against Renaissance is the fact that Beyoncé is not currently on tour, which helped drive Swift ticket sales, as well as the lower price compared to the concert ticket cost.

Regardless, Renaissance is projected to sell $18 million to $25 million in tickets through Dec. 3, according to new data from Box Office Pro. Swift’s film, in contrast, pulled in a record $92.8 million opening weekend haul.

That should be enough to hold off Lionsgate’s former box office polesitter: The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, which is projected to sell another $13 million in tickets in its third release weekend. The studio is also bowing John Woo’s holiday-themed action thriller Silent Night, co-starring Joel Kinnaman, which took in an estimated $250,000 from Thursday night preview shows. The movie is expected to generate more than $3 million across the weekend.

Sony Pictures/Apple Studios’ Ridley Scott historical biopic Napoleon, co-starring Oscar winner Joaquin Phoenix and Vanessa Kirby, is expected to round out the theatrical podium with another $10 million in ticket sales in its second weekend of release.

Toho International’s sci-fi actioner Godzilla Minus One is projected to sell $8 million in tickets in its debut — enough to best Universal Pictures’ Trolls Band Together (a projected $7 million), but not enough to finish ahead of Disney’s animated family film Wish with $8.6 million in projected ticket sales.

Disney’s ‘The Marvels’ Looks to Boost Superhero Brand, Weekend Box Office

Disney’s The Marvels, expected to lead the box office take for the weekend through Nov. 12, is the latest Marvel Comics blockbuster in a franchise that is showing its age of late.

The first time Brie Larson donned superhero gear as Captain Marvel, the movie catapulted the 2016 Oscar winner (Room) to the box office A-list, generating a $153 million opening weekend en route to a $1.13 billion global theatrical run.

But times have changed since 2019, and box office superhero billionaires have become a scarce commodity due to market saturation and streaming video.

Larson is back as Carol Danvers, a.k.a. Captain Marvel, with Disney’s The Marvels, Marvel Studios’ 33rd theatrical release following Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. This time, Captain Marvel partners with two other heroines, Ms. Marvel (Iman Vellani) and Captain Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris), to take control of a destabilized universe.

While Larson has not been able to market the movie due to the just-ended actors’ strike, the actress is all over the television selling Nissan cars and headlining “Lessons in Chemistry” on Apple TV+.

The Marvels is projected to sell north of $42 million in tickets through Nov. 12, according to new data from Box Office Pro. The movie generated about $6 million in Thursday special screenings. That should be enough to easily win the weekend, holding off previous polesitters Universal Pictures’ Five Nights at Freddy’s (with a projected $7.6 million for the upcoming weekend) and Taylor Swift/The Eras Tour concert movie ($7 million).

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Paramount Pictures/Apple Studios’ Killers of the Flower Moon is projected to sell another $5 million worth of tickets, just ahead of Sony Pictures’ new faith-based movie Journey to Bethlehem (a projected $4 million), and A24’s Pricilla Presley biopic Pricilla ($3.6 million).

Other releases include Focus Features’ The Holdovers (a projected $2.3 million), Paramount’s Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie ($1.6 million), Pantelion Films’ Radical ($1.4 million), and Universal/Blumhouse’s The Exorcist: Believer ($1.3 million).

WBD: Video Games Help Grow ‘Other’ Business Segment Q3 Revenue 9% to $200 Million

The video game launch of Mortal Kombat 1 and continued success of the Hogwarts Legacy game franchise helped Warner Bros. Discovery up its “other” business segment revenue by 9% to $200 million in the third quarter (ended Sept. 30), from revenue of $192 million in the prior-year period. The “other” segment includes home entertainment, with DC Comics’ antihero Black Adam and Oscar-nominated Elvis spearheading packaged-media sales in 2023.

“[Video games have] been profitable in each of the last 15 years averaging more than $400 million in [pre-tax earnings] the last three years alone,” Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav said on the fiscal call. “We believe games is a critical and very valuable asset for the company with a great deal of potential for growth. Games has consistently enjoyed among the highest [return-on-investment] of any of our businesses.”

Overall studio segment operating income fell 5% to $727 million on revenue of more than $3.22 billion, compared to operating income of $762 million on revenue of $3.08 billion in the prior-year period.

On the theatrical side, Barbie remains the highest grossing movie in 2023 and in Warner Bros. history, generating nearly $1.5 billion at the global box office. The Nun II was the six installment in “The Conjuring” universe to cross $250 million at the global box office. As a franchise, “The Conjuring” universe films have grossed nearly $2.3 billion globally, the most of any horror franchise, according to Warner Bros.

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Universal/Blumhouse Horror Movie ‘Five Nights at Freddy’s’ Eyeing Record October Box Office Debut — While Also Streaming on Peacock

The Universal Pictures/Blumhouse partnership has a movie that could top Taylor Swift. Its new horror release Five Nights at Freddy’s is projected to garner more than $75 million in ticket sales, easily besting reigning box office champ Taylor Swift/The Eras Tour concert movie, according to new data from Box Office Pro.

The movie could top previous October box office winners, including Universal’s 2018 movie Halloween ($76.2 million), Paramount Pictures’ A Quiet Place ($50.2 million), and 2011’s Paranormal Activity 3 ($52.6 million).

An optimistic outlook considering the movie is also begins streaming today on the Peacock platform.

The all-time October box office champs include Warner Bros. Pictures’ Oscar winner Joker ($96.2 million), Taylor Swift/The Eras Tour ($92.8 million), Sony Pictures’ 2021 release Venom: Let There Be Carnage ($90 million), and the original 2018 Venom ($80.3 million).

Universal/Blumhouse pushed up its previous release, The Exorcist: Believer, a weekend to avoid Taylor Swift, but Five Nights is bowing as Swift’s record-breaking movie nears the end of its box office run with $14.6 million in estimated ticket sales. The concert movie, which has been distributed largely by AMC Theatres, is approaching $150 million in North American revenue, $200 million worldwide.

Paramount Pictures/Apple Studios’ Martin Scorsese-directed period drama Killers of the Flower Moon is expected to generate around $12.5 million in revenue rounding out the theatrical podium. The movie stars Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio.

Fellow box office returnees include Paramount’s Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie with a projected $3 million in ticket sales, Disney’s The Nightmare Before Christmas: 30th Anniversary ($2.9 million), The Exorcist: Believer ($2.8 million), and 20th Century Studios’ The Creator ($1.4 million).

Angel Studios’ After Death, the latest crowdsourced theatrical release targeting faith-based moviegoers, is projected to sell $5.7 million in tickets. The movie attracted 1,857 online investors, who collectively generated $1.235 million to fund production.

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Leonardo DiCaprio, Martin Scorsese Take on Taylor Swift for Weekend Box Office Supremacy

Paramount Pictures/Apple Studios’ Western period drama Killers of the Flower Moon, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Martin Scorsese, takes on last weekend’s box office star, Taylor Swift / The Eras Tour music concert movie, for theatrical supremacy for the weekend through Oct. 22.

The polar opposite-themed movies are looking to sustain the fall theatrical box office following the summer of “Barbenheimer” (Barbie and Oppenheimer).

Flower Moon, which generated $2.6 million in Thursday preview screenings and is looking at next year’s industry awards circuit, is projected to sell $30.2 million in opening weekend tickets, according to new data from Box Office Pro. That could be enough to dethrone Taylor Swift’s sophomore theatrical weekend at a projected $30.1 million in revenue. The New Eras movie generated $6 million in Thursday screenings.

Regardless, the latter tally would be a 68% drop from The Eras Tour global box office debut of $123 million, including $94 million in North America.

With Swift’s movie only screening on weekends, which could increase repeat moviegoer demand among Swifties, and DiCaprio and Scorsese unable to market Flower Moon across press junkets due to the ongoing SAG-AFTRA labor strike, it’s a toss-up which film will finish No. 1.

Returning theatrical releases include Universal Pictures/Blumhouse’s The Exorcist: Believer with an additional projected $6.3 million in ticket sales; Paramount Pictures’ Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie (projected $4.5 million), Lionsgate’s Saw X ($3.9 million), and 20th Century Studios’ The Creator ($2.5 million).

Disney is debuting The Nightmare Before Christmas: 30th Anniversary in theaters, which is projected to sell $1.4 million in tickets across 1,500 North American screens.

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Horror Flick ‘The Bell Keeper’ Due Via On Demand Oct. 13, on DVD Dec. 5

Screen Media will release the horror flick The Bell Keeper in theaters and on demand Oct. 13. It will be released on DVD Dec. 5.

In the film, a group of friends travel to a haunted campsite with a mysterious bell. According to legend, if you ring the bell at midnight, a murderer will appear. This group’s plan to debunk the myth goes awry as they discover that the truth is stranger — and far more frightening — than fiction. 

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The film stars Randy Couture (The Expendables), Kathleen Kenny (The Sex Lives of College Girls), Reid Miller (Joe Bell), Mike Manning (Days of Our Lives) and Bonnie Aarons (The Nun).