‘Madame Web,’ ‘Bob Marley: One Love’ Biopic Look to Jumpstart Presidents Day Weekend Box Office

Paramount Pictures’ biopic Bob Marley: One Love and Sony Pictures’ Madame Web are hoping to rejuvenate moviegoer interest for Presidents Day weekend following last weekend’s underwhelming Super Bowl weekend that realized just $37 million in total ticket sales.

One Love, which stars Kingsley Ben-Adir as the late Reggae superstar Bob Marley, tracked $3.85 million in special Thursday sneak screenings, to up its week revenue to $14 million going into the weekend. The movie is projected to sell north of $35 million in ticket sales through Feb. 18, according to new data from Box Office Pro.

Meanwhile, in a switch from the typical superhero genre, Columbia Pictures’ Madame Web tells the standalone story of one of Marvel publishing’s most enigmatic heroines. The suspense-driven thriller stars Dakota Johnson as Cassandra Webb, a paramedic in Manhattan who develops the power to see the future — and realizes she can use that insight to change it. Forced to confront revelations about her past, she forges a relationship with three young women bound for powerful destinies — if they can all survive a deadly present.

The movie made $2.15 million on Thursday sneak screenings across 4,013 screens, bringing its two-day gross to $8.2 million. With young females making a strong showing, Sony is projecting a six-day holiday weekend gross of $26.8 million.

Columbia’s adult comedy Anyone But You: The Valentine Encore made $315,000 on Thursday across 2,805 screens, bringing its total domestic gross to $82.3 million through Thursday.

Fathom Events’ “The Chosen: Season 4 Episodes 4–6” looks to round out the weekend box office with $4.8 million in ticket sales over three days, and $5.9 million for the extended Presidents Day weekend.

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Sony Celebrates Columbia 100th With Fan Quiz

In honor of the 100th anniversary of Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment has launched a genre-based personality quiz, which invites fans to dive into the legacy of some of the studio’s iconic features and series.

Created by Sony Pictures Digital Marketing in collaboration with Watson Design Group, the quiz has participants answer general interest questions, which when answered generate a custom personality type based on genre and a curated list of recommended Sony films and TV series. The quiz is designed to encourage the rediscovery of the studio’s expansive catalog of film and TV titles, according to the studio.

Users can participate in the quiz at www.columbiapictures100.com, join the celebration using #ColumbiaPictures100 and follow along via Sony’s social media channels.

The results are shareable with friends and family across social media.

“Envisioning an experience where fans could not just watch but see themselves within our iconic titles, we designed a dynamic personality quiz that takes them on a captivating journey through our extensive library,” Rose Phillips, SVP, global digital marketing and social, Sony Pictures Entertainment, said in a statement. “This is a chance for fans to relive or rediscover our cherished titles, capturing a piece of our studio’s historic legacy to share on social media, and a fun way for fans to express their TV and movie interests while forging a deeper emotional bond during our fan-led celebration of the studio’s 100th anniversary.”

The quiz calls out movie titles such as Ghostbusters, Taxi Driver, Lawrence of Arabia, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, Annie, Sleepless in Seattle, Funny Girl, Men in Black, and many more, as well as characters such as Peter Parker (Spider-Man), Walter White (“Breaking Bad”) and Jerry Maguire.

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The quiz ties into the yearlong celebration of Columbia Pictures’ centennial. It follows the recent TikTok “My Life as a Movie” custom filter. Additionally, Columbia Pictures has released a celebratory video highlighting some of the best films and TV series.

The quiz launched on Feb. 8 in the United States, and was released globally with localized versions in an additional eight international markets.

Sony Pictures Entertainment to Celebrate Columbia Pictures’ 100th Anniversary on Jan. 10, 2024

Sony Pictures Entertainment Nov. 14 unveiled the centennial logo for Columbia Pictures, ahead of its 100th year anniversary on Jan. 10, 2024.

The timeless form of the Columbia Pictures historic “Lady with the Torch” iconography inspired the 100th year logo design. An enhanced glow to the torch symbolizes the celebration of 100 years of Columbia Pictures, which grew from humble beginnings to become one of the leading film studios, renowned for producing award-winning and trailblazing films that reflected societal issues of the times. With the highest number of Academy Award Best Pictures wins, Columbia Pictures has entertained audiences for ten decades and continues to create cultural impact to this day.

“There is one thing that separates a major studio from all other content producers: history,” Tom Rothman, chairman/CEO of Sony Pictures’ Motion Picture Group, said in a statement. “At Columbia, that history is reflected in the countless cultural talismans created by thousands of people. All of us at Columbia are proud of that legacy and honored to celebrate it.”

In honor of the anniversary, publisher Assouline will release a commemorative book highlighting 100 moments of Columbia Pictures, and the studio will host festival screenings, live concerts of prominent film scores, and debut curated home entertainment products celebrating the scope of the studio’s library. Additional details regarding the 100 Year Anniversary celebration will be revealed throughout the year.

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Columbia Pictures was founded by brothers Harry and Jack Cohn and best friend Joe Brandt on Jan. 10, 1924. After Frank Capra’s 1934 classic It Happened One Night swept the Oscars, Columbia Pictures established itself as an elite studio, responsible for numerous films from award-winners and timeless classics to pop-culture phenomena including: It Happened One Night, Mr. Smith Goes to WashingtonYou Can’t Take it With You, Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner, From Here to EternityOn The Waterfront, Lawrence of Arabia, To Sir With Love, Funny Girl, Taxi Driver, Tootsie, The Karate Kid, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Men In Black, Ghostbusters, Boyz n the Hood, Groundhog Day, A League Of Their Own, The Social Network, Jumanji, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood, Little Women, Spider-Man, and many more.

‘Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection Vol. 3’ Due Oct. 25

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will debut six more classic films from its library on 4K Ultra HD disc for the first time exclusively within the Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection Vol. 3 on Oct. 25.

The collection includes It Happened One Night; From Here to Eternity; To Sir, With Love; The Last Picture Show; Annie; and As Good as It Gets. Each film is presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision high dynamic range, and four of the films have all-new Dolby Atmos mixes.
 
The six films are only available on 4K Ultra HD disc within this special limited-edition collector’s set. Included with the collection is a hardbound 80-page book, featuring in-depth sections about the making of each film in the set via six new essays from renowned writers — including a special exclusive essay from award-winning writer-director James L. Brooks on his 1997 classic As Good as It Gets.

The set also includes a variety of rare related features and TV episodes, from a 1932 cinematic incarnation of Annie to a nearly five-hour 1979 TV miniseries adaptation of From Here to Eternity

The 1934 screwball comedy It Happened One Night stars Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert as mismatched lovers. In the film, spoiled Ellie Andrews (Colbert) escapes from her millionaire father (Walter Connolly), who wants to stop her from marrying a worthless playboy. En route to New York, Ellie gets involved with an out-of-work newsman, Peter Warne (Gable). When their bus breaks down, the bickering couple set off on a madcap hitchhiking expedition. Complications fly when the runaway heiress and brash reporter fall in love. Directed by Frank Capra, the film was the first movie to be honored with all five major Oscars: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director and Best Screenplay. Special features include the 1956 remake You Can’t Run Away From It, starring June Allyson and Jack Lemmon, in HD; audio commentary featuring Frank Capra Jr.; the “Frank Capra Jr. Remembers It Happened One Night” featurette; the “Screwball Comedy?” featurette; the original live radio broadcast; advertising materials; and the theatrical trailer.

In From Here to Eternity, passion and tragedy collide on a military base as a fateful day in December 1941 draws near. Private Prewitt (Montgomery Clift) is a soldier and former boxer being manipulated by his superior and peers. His friend Maggio (Frank Sinatra) tries to help him but has his own troubles. Sergeant Warden (Burt Lancaster) and Karen Holmes (Deborah Kerr) tread on dangerous ground as lovers in an illicit affair. Each of their lives will be changed when their stories culminate in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The film won eight Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Supporting awards for Sinatra in a career-defining role and for Donna Reed as a not-so-wholesome club hostess. Special features include “Strength and Sacrifice: The Making of From Here to Eternity”; “Eternal History Revisited” featurettes; the From Here to Eternity 1980 TV pilot, starring William Devane and Barbara Hershey; theatrical trailers; “Eternal History” graphics-in-picture track; audio commentary featuring Tim Zinnemann and Alvin Sargent; “Making of From Here to Eternity“; and an excerpt from “Fred Zinnemann — As I See It.” 

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In To Sir, With Love, celebrating its 55th anniversary, a novice teacher faces a class of rowdy, undisciplined working-class punks, reflecting some of the problems and fears of teens in the 1960s. Sidney Poitier stars as Mark Thackeray, an out-of-work engineer who turns to teaching in London’s tough East End. The graduating class, led by Denham (Christian Roberts), Pamela (Judy Geeson) and Barbara (Lulu, who also sings the hit title song), sets out to destroy Thackeray as they did his predecessor by breaking his spirit. But Thackeray, no stranger to hostility, meets the challenge by treating the students as young adults who will soon enter a workforce where they must stand or fall on their own. Special features include “A Tribute to Sidney Poitier”; the To Sir, With Love 1974 TV pilot, starring Hari Rhodes; audio commentary featuring actor Judy Geeson and film historians Julie Kirgo and Nick Redman; audio commentary featuring novelist E.R. Braithwaite and author-teacher Salome Thomas-El; To Sir, With Love II, the 1992 TV-movie sequel to the 1967 classic, starring Sidney Poitier and directed by Peter Bogdanovich; the “To Potter, With Love” featurette; the “Beginnings of an Acting Career” featurette; the “Those Schoolboy Days” featurette; the “Look and Learn” featurette; the “E.R. Braithwaite: In His Own Words” featurette; the “Lulu and the B-Side” featurette; the “Miniskirts, Blue Jeans and Pop Music!” featurette; the “To Sidney, With Love” featurette; the “Principal El: He Chose to Stay” featurette; and the theatrical trailer.

Released in 1971, The Last Picture Show garnered eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. A frank, bittersweet drama of social and sexual mores in small-town Texas, the film stars Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd and Timothy Bottoms. Cloris Leachman and Ben Johnson each won Oscars for their work in supporting roles. The release features both director Peter Bogdanovich’s preferred 1999 “Definitive Director’s Cut” and the 1971 theatrical version on 4K Ultra HD. Special features include audio commentary featuring Bogdanovich; “A Tribute to Peter Bogdanovich”; “The Last Picture Show: A Look Back Documentary”; “A Discussion with Filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich”; location footage; a promotional featurette; and theatrical trailers. 

Celebrating its 40th anniversary, the film version of the musical Annie is the story of a plucky, red-haired orphan. Annie (Aileen Quinn) is chosen to stay for a week with the famous billionaire “Daddy” Warbucks (Albert Finney). One week turns into many, and the only person standing in the way of Annie’s fun is Miss Hannigan, the tyrannical ruler of the orphanage (Carol Burnett). Special features include cast audio commentary, featuring new reflections from stars Carol Burnett, Ann Reinking, Tim Curry and Roseanne Sorrentino; “Aileen Quinn: A Conversation”; “Behind the Music With Charles Strouse”; “Looking Back: Behind the Scenes”; a sing-along; “My Hollywood Adventure with Aileen Quinn”; Little Orphan Annie, a 1932 feature starring Mitzi Green as Annie; theatrical trailers; and TV Spots.

Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Greg Kinnear and Cuba Gooding Jr. star in James L. Brooks’ comedy As Good as It Gets, celebrating its 25th anniversary. Nicholson gives an Academy Award-winning performance as Melvin Udall, an obsessive-compulsive novelist with Manhattan’s meanest mouth. When his neighbor Simon is hospitalized, Melvin is forced to babysit Simon’s dog. That unexpected act of kindness, along with waitress Carol Connelly (Helen Hunt in an Academy Award-winning performance), helps put Melvin back in the human race. The film was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture (1997). Special features include audio commentary featuring Brooks, Nicholson, Hunt, Kinnear, editor Richard Marks, producer Laurence Mark and composer Hans Zimmer; deleted scenes; behind-the-scenes footage; “The Making of As Good as It Gets” featurette; archival theatrical EPK soundbites; and the theatrical trailer.

A bonus disc includes From Here to Eternity, the nearly five-hour 1979 TV miniseries starring Natalie Wood, William Devane and Peter Boyle, in HD.

‘The Craft: Legacy’ Coming to PVOD, Digital Sellthrough Oct. 28

The Craft: Legacy will be available in time for Halloween Oct. 28 on PVOD for a 48-hour rental period at $19.99 and for digital purchase at $24.99 from Blumhouse Productions, Red Wagon Entertainment and Columbia Pictures.

An international theatrical release is anticipated in several territories, with details to be solidified in the weeks ahead, according to the producers.

A continuation of the 1996 film The Craft, in which aspiring teenage witches get more than they bargained for as they lean into their newfound powers, the film is written and directed by Zoe Lister-Jones and stars Cailee Spaeny (Bad Times at the El Royale, On the Basis of Sex), Gideon Adlon (The Society, Blockers, The Mustang), Lovie Simone (Selah & the Spades, Greenleaf), Zoey Luna (Pose, Boundless) and Nicholas Galitzine (Cinderella), with Michelle Monaghan and David Duchovny.

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“I’m thrilled to be able to share The Craft: Legacy with audiences all over the world this Halloween,” Lister-Jones said in a statement. “It’s been a true privilege to take on such an iconic title. I can’t wait for the world to meet the incredible young women who make up our new coven.”

“Zoe Lister-Jones has put a bewitching twist on continuing The Craft franchise, and October is the perfect season for it,” producer Jason Blum said in a statement. “We’re thrilled that our partners at Sony Pictures are looking at the landscape opportunistically this Halloween, for audiences to watch at home in the U.S.”