Warner Bros. Pictures’ ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore’ to Debut May 30 on HBO Max

Warner Bros. Pictures’ fantasy actioner Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, the newest adventure in the Wizarding World created by J.K. Rowling, will be available to stream on HBO Max on May 30.

The third film in the franchise generated $388 million in global revenue, including $93 million in the U.S., features an ensemble cast, including Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything), two-time Oscar nominee Jude Law (Cold Mountain, The Talented Mr. Ripley), Ezra Miller, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, William Nadylam, Callum Turner, Jessica Williams, Victoria Yeates, Poppy Corby-Tuech, Fiona Glascott, Katherine Waterston, Maria Fernanda Cândido, Richard Coyle, Oliver Masucci, Valerie Pachner, Aleksandr Kuznetsov, and Mads Mikkelsen.

The movie was directed by David Yates, from a screenplay by J.K. Rowling & Steve Kloves, based upon a screenplay by J.K. Rowling.  The film was produced by David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves, Lionel Wigram and Tim Lewis.  Neil Blair, Danny Cohen, Josh Berger, Courtenay Valenti and Michael Sharp served as executive producers.

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Vizio Adds Disney, Sony, Warner On-Demand Movies, TV Shows

Vizio April 20 announced it has expanded its slate of free, on-demand entertainment available on WatchFree+ to include TV shows and movies from more than 17 studios.

The ad-supported free streaming service now offers Vizio TV owners more than 5,000 titles, including from Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution (Need for Speed); Sony Pictures (Death at a Funeral and Guess Who); and Warner Bros. (Gossip, Pay it Forward, Knockaround Guys and “Veronica Mars” (2014)).

“We are excited to broaden our content offering, which now also includes a selection of Warner Bros. titles … for our users to enjoy for free,” Katherine Pond, VP of Business Development at Vizio, said in a statement. “Following the addition of ad-supported on demand content last November, the team has expanded the entertainment options at an accelerated pace to provide consumers with access to a massive free library of content that they can enjoy as a part of owning a Vizio TV.”

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Programming is available across genres including action, romance, comedy, family entertainment, crime and more — giving Vizio users content to watch and enjoy anytime and providing access to new audiences for advertisers and agencies.

Warner Bros. Pictures’ ‘The Batman’ Climbs Past $750 Million at the Global Box Office

The Warner Bros. Pictures’ DC superhero movie The Batman has topped $750 million at the global box office, maintaining its No. 1 status as the highest-grossing film of the year, both domestically and worldwide.

Earning widespread praise from critics and audiences alike, director Matt Reeves’s new take on the caped crusader has earned $365 million in domestic ticket sales and $386 million internationally. The announcement was made April 17 by Jeff Goldstein, president of domestic distribution, and Andrew Cripps, president of international distribution, for Warner Bros. Pictures.

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“The incredible response we’ve seen at theaters across the country is a testament to both the enduring power of this iconic DC superhero and the huge appetite out there to experience great movies on the big screen,” Goldstein said in a statement. We congratulate everyone involved on reaching this impressive milestone.”

Starring alongside Robert Pattinson (Tenet, The Lighthouse) as Gotham’s famous crimefighter, the cast of co-characters include Zoë Kravitz (“Big Little Lies,” Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald); Paul Dano (Love & Mercy, 12 Years a Slave); Jeffrey Wright (No Time to Die, “Westworld”); John Turturro (the “Transformers” films, “The Plot Against America”); Peter Sarsgaard (The Magnificent Seven, Interrogation) as Gotham D.A. Gil Colson; Jayme Lawson (“Farewell Amor”) as mayoral candidate Bella Reál; with Andy Serkis (the Planet of the Apes films, Black Panther); and Colin Farrell (The Gentlemen, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them).

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Reeves (The Planet of the Apes) directed from a screenplay by Reeves and Peter Craig, based on characters from DC. Batman was created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger. Dylan Clark (the Planet of the Apes films) and Reeves produced the film, with Michael E. Uslan, Walter Hamada, Chantal Nong Vo and Simon Emanuel serving as executive producers.

The movie’s behind-the-scenes creative team included Oscar-nominated director of photography Greig Fraser (Dune, Lion); Reeves’ Planet of the Apes production designer, James Chinlund, and editor, William Hoy; editor Tyler Nelson (Rememory); and Oscar-winning costume designer Jacqueline Durran (1917, Little Women, Anna Karenina). The music is by Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino (the current Spider-Man, Jurassic World and Star Wars films, Up).

Warner’s ‘Fantastic Beasts 3’ Barely Meets Fiscal Projection in Easter Box Office Win

Warner Bros. Pictures’ Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, the third installment in the “Harry Potter” spinoff franchise, is projected to top the Easter weekend box office with $43 million in ticket sales across more than 4,200 North American screens.

The movie has sold $191 million in tickets worldwide.

The domestic tally is 31% below the $62 million weekend debut of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald in 2018 and the $74 million opening of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in 2016.

Paramount Pictures filled out the box office podium with Sonic the Hedgehog 2 generating $30 million in revenue, to up the sequel’s North American haul to $119.6 million. The studio’s Sandra Bullock romantic drama The Lost City generated another $6.5 million, to bring its total above $78 million, and more than $90 million globally.

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Directed by David Yates from a screenplay by J.K. Rowling and Steve Klove, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore follows a young Albus Dumbledore (played by Jude Law) as he recruits zoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) to lead a team of wizards and witches to stop dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Mads Mikkelson, subbing for Johnny Depp) from seizing control of the wizarding world.

The film was initially scheduled for theatrical release in November 2020, but was pushed back due to the pandemic. Much of the cast from the first two films also appears in Dumbledore, with the notable exception of Depp, who had been asked to resign in the wake of negative publicity surrounding his divorce from Amber Heard.

The Secrets of Dumbledore premiered in London on March 29, opened wide in the U.K. on April 8, and was launched theatrically in the United States on April 15.

Turner Classic Movies Readies ‘Giant’ 4K Restoration Movie Release on Blu-ray Disc, HBO Max

Warner Bros. Discovery’s Turner Classic Movies said it is expanding its partnership with The Film Foundation with a multiyear financial commitment to fund education and restoration of classic movies.

The partnership includes the world premiere of the Warner Bros. Pictures’ newly restored in 4K movie Giant from director George Stevens will be featured at the TCM Classic Film Festival. Prior to the screening at the TCL Chinese Theatre, TCM host Ben Mankiewicz will host a conversation with The Film Foundation board member Steven Spielberg, executive director Margaret Bodde, and the director’s son George Stevens Jr.

“Working with The Film Foundation allows us to preserve these important films for future generations to experience across multiple platforms,” Pola Changnon, GM of TCM, said in a statement. “There is so much to learn from classic movies, and we are honored to host the world premiere screening of the 4K restoration of Giant.”

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Since its founding by director Martin Scorsese more than 30 years ago, The Film Foundation has restored more than 900 classic movies. Scorsese and fellow board member Spielberg hand-picked this title as one of the group’s latest restoration projects, working with the Warner Bros. archives team for a year to complete the process.

“Anything that presumes to call itself Giant better have the goods to keep such a lofty promise,” Spielberg said. “Both Edna Ferber and George Stevens far exceeded the title to bring such an epic American story to the big screen and I’m proud to have been a small part of the restoration team of this classic motion picture.”

Stevens won his second Oscar for directing the sweeping family saga set in Texas during the days of the oil boom. Giant stars Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson and James Dean. Based on Edna Ferber’s controversial novel, the movie’s release in 1956 was a massive box office hit and garnered 10 Academy Award nominations.

The movie was also the last on-screen appearance by Dean, who was killed in an auto accident on Sept. 30, 1955.

“I was with my father during the writing of the Giant screenplay and he measured films by how they stood ‘the test of time’,” said Stevens, Jr. “Giant has more than met that test and he would be grateful that Steven, Marty, The Film Foundation and Warner Bros. have achieved this brilliant restoration, so a new generation can see Giant on the big screen, streaming and Blu-ray [Disc].”

Considered by critics as ahead of its time, Giant is admired today for the breadth of its humanity more than its epic scale with its grand themes of generational conflict, racial tolerance and social change. It exposed the marginalization and segregation of Mexican Americans for the first time on the big screen. At the center of the film, Taylor, as Leslie Benedict, portrays a strong and progressive woman who acts to stem the patterns of injustice.

The new 4K restoration was completed sourcing both the original camera negatives and protection RGB separation master positives for the best possible image, and color corrected in high dynamic range for the latest picture display technology. The audio was sourced primarily from a 1995 protection copy of the Original Magnetic Mono soundtrack. The picture and audio restoration was completed by Warner Bros. Post Production Creative Services: Motion Picture Imaging and Post Production Sound.

Festival passes, which include admission to Giant, and the full schedule of all festival events can be found on tcm.com. Individual tickets will be sold as standby only at the event. This 4K restoration of Giant will also be available on HBO Max later this year.

HBO Max Streaming ‘The Batman’ on April 18

Warner Bros. Pictures’ box office hit The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson and Zoë Kravitz, will be available to stream on the HBO Max subscription streaming platform beginning April 18 — about 45 days after the movie’s theatrical debut. The Matt Reeves directed actioner will also air on HBO April 23 at 8 p.m. ET.

The Batman re-energized the DC Comics superhero’s box office mojo, generating more than $735 million in worldwide ticket sales, including $359 million domestically.

When a killer targets Gotham City’s elite with a series of sadistic machinations, a trail of cryptic clues sends the masked crusader on an investigation into the underworld, where he encounters such characters as Selina Kyle, The Penguin, Carmine Falcone and The Riddler. As the evidence begins to lead closer to home and the scale of the perpetrator’s plans becomes clear, The Batman must forge new relationships, unmask the culprit, and bring justice to the abuse of power and corruption that has long plagued Gotham City.

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Co-stars include Paul Dano (Love & Mercy, 12 Years a Slave) as Edward Nashton, aka The Riddler; Jeffrey Wright (No Time to Die, “Westworld”) as the GCPD’s James Gordon; John Turturro (the Transformers films, “The Plot Against America”) as Carmine Falcone; Peter Sarsgaard (The Magnificent Seven, “Interrogation”) as Gotham D.A. Gil Colson; Jayme Lawson (“Farewell Amor”) as mayoral candidate Bella Reál; with Andy Serkis (the “Planet of the Apes” films, “Black Panther”) as Alfred; and Colin Farrell (The Gentlemen, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) as Oz, aka The Penguin.

Reeves (The Planet of the Apes) directed from a screenplay by Reeves and Peter Craig, based on characters from DC. Batman was created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger. Michael E. Uslan, Walter Hamada, Chantal Nong Vo and Simon Emanuel served as executive producers.

‘The Lost City’ Tops ‘The Batman’ at Weekend Box Office

Paramount Pictures’ romantic adventure The Lost City took in an estimated $31 million across more than 4,200 North American screens to unseat Warner Bros. Pictures’ The Batman from atop the domestic box office. The dark actioner, which stars Robert Pattinson and Zoë Kravitz, earned another $20 million and has sold more than $332 million tickets in North America ($675 million globally) since its March 4 release.

For “Lost City,” the Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum action comedy performed as expected, due in part to good screen chemistry between the stars, Tatum’s concurrent theatrical success, Dog ($2.1 million), and Bullock’s appeal among female moviegoers. It was also her first big screen appearance since 2018. The actress’ previous two movies — Bird Box and The Unforgivable — screened exclusively on Netflix to record viewership on the streaming platform.

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Rounding out the weekend podium was newcomer RRR, an Indian war drama set in the 1920’s. The indie film generated an impressive $9.5 million across 1,200 screens. That was enough to best Sony Pictures’ Uncharted with $5 million, Crunchyroll’s Jujutsu Kaisen 0: The Movie with $4.6 million, A24’s horror film X with $2.2 million and Sony’s enduring revenue generator Spider-Man: No Way Home with $2 million.

Overall, the domestic box office weekend finished up more than 2% with $82 million in revenue compared with $80 million in the previous-weekend period.

With $800.6 million, No Way Home becomes just the third film to cross $800 million at the domestic box office, following 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens and 2019’s Avengers: Endgame. It’s global cume now stands at $1.89 billion.

Warner Bros. Unveils New Logo Ahead of Centennial Celebration

Warner Bros. Pictures has unveiled its centennial logo to officially begin an extended rollout of activities leading up to and beyond the studio’s 100th Anniversary on April 4, 2023. The logo incorporates one of Southern California’s most recognizable landmarks, the Warner studio water tower.

“Throughout Warner Bros.’ history, its films and TV shows have been recognized as the gold standard of storytelling, and it was important to us to highlight the fact that telling stories that move the world is at the heart of everything we do,” Ann Sarnoff, Chair/CEO of WarnerMedia Studios and Networks Group, said in a statement.

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Starting at the end of this year, and throughout 2023, the centennial celebration will include a fully realized, fan-focused campaign involving every division of the studio — film, series, consumer products, video games, themed entertainment, studio tours and live events — as well as its studios and networks sister companies, including HBO Max, the TNets (TNT, TBS and truTV), WarnerMedia Kids, Young Adults & Classics (including WB Animation, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network and TCM) and others.

Additional details regarding the centennial activities will be available in the coming months.

Warner Bros. was founded by Albert, Sam, Harry and Jack Warner and incorporated on April 4, 1923. Today, the studio is home to one of the most successful collections of brands in the world and stands at the forefront of every aspect of the entertainment industry, from feature film, television and direct-to-consumer production to animation, comic books, video games, consumer products, themed entertainment, studio tours and brand licensing. The studio’s vast library, one of the most prestigious and valuable in the world, consists of more than 145,000 hours of programming, including 12,500 feature films and 2,400 television programs comprised of more than 150,000 individual episodes. Warner Bros. is also home to one of the most diverse portfolios of adored franchises in the world, including Looney Tunes, Harry Potter, DC, “Friends,” Hanna-Barbera and many more.

Warner’s ‘The Batman’ Tops $300 Million at North American Box Office

Warner Bros. Pictures/DC’s The Batman continued its global box office domination, adding a projected $37 million in ticket sales across 4,300 North American screens March 18-20. The tally is enough to send the Robert Pattinson/Zoë Kravitz-co-starrer beyond the $300 million domestic threshold.

The movie is also approaching $600 million in revenue worldwide after opening in China to a muted $12.1 million ($49.1 million across 76 countries). China’s No. 2 global theatrical market was undermined by surges in COVID-19 infections, which prompted the closure of nearly 50% of the country’s screens.

Separately, Sony Pictures/Crunchyroll’s manga film Jujutsu Kaisen 0: The Movie opened with an estimated $17.6 million across more than 2,300 screens. The tally underscores the strong North American market for anime movies, spearheaded by last year’s Demon Slayer the Movie: Mugen Train, which opened to more than $21 million despite most theaters operating at 50% capacity.

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Finally, Sony’s video game-themed actioner Uncharted generated another $8 million in revenue across 3,700 screens to bring its North American box office past $125 million, and $313 million worldwide.

Warner’s ‘The Batman’ Again Dominates Box Office with $69 Million Haul

Warner Bros. Pictures’ The Batman didn’t disappoint in its second weekend at the box office, generating an estimated $69 million through March 13. The tally, which could grow even higher when the final numbers are reported, would bring director Matt Reeves’ reboot of the DC Comics superhero franchise to more than $460 million globally ($238 million in North America) after 10 days of release.

Starring Robert Pattinson as the Caped Crusader and Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman, The Batman generated a better second-weekend result (from the theatrical debut) than any of the top 5 releases in 2021, including Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: No Way Home. The dark drama is on track to generate $400 million domestically given the lack of new releases in the near future; and exponentially more globally following next weekend’s release in China — the world’s No. 2 box office.

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Separately, Sony’s Uncharted, co-starring Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg, took in another $9 million for No. 2 to bring its domestic haul to $113 million, and $300 million worldwide.

Notably, No. 3 spot was not filled with a movie but rather a live-dance event. South Korea’s K-Pop live dance event, BTS: Permission to Dance on Stage, was streamed to 800 theaters in the United States, generating $7 million based on the $35 ticket price. It is reportedly the highest-grossing live-streamed theatrical event ever with more than $32 million across 75 countries.