Tag: Box Office Sales

Met Opera Taps Its Endowment Again to Weather Downturn

But the Met faces acute challenges. Mounting live opera is expensive, requiring lavish sets, star singers and a much larger orchestra and chorus than the biggest Broadway shows can boast. Inflation has added to the opera company’s burden, with the costs of shipping and materials increasing sharply. And ticket revenues last season from in-person performances […]

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Why China Has Lost Interest in Hollywood Movies

Before the sequel to “Aquaman” was released in China last month, Warner Bros. did everything it could to sustain the original movie’s success. The Hollywood studio blanketed Douyin, the Chinese version of TikTok, with movie clips, behind-the-scenes footage and a video of an Aquaman ice sculpture at a winter festival in Harbin, a city in […]

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‘Mean Girls’ Musical Triumphs at Box Office, With a TikTok Assist

The theatrical box office this holiday weekend was awash in “Mean Girls,” and TikTok may have been at least partly responsible for its domination. The new PG-13 rated film, a musical rendition of the 2004 original starring Lindsay Lohan, with songs that turned the 2018 Broadway adaptation (and two national tours) into a resounding hit, […]

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Red Carpet Photos From the 2024 Golden Globes

Celebrities streamed onto the lush red carpet to pose in front of the floral backdrop for the Golden Globes on Sunday night as the awards ceremony made a return to television (it wasn’t broadcast in 2022, and was moved to a Tuesday evening last year). With both the Writer’s Guild and SAG-AFTRA strikes halting movie […]

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‘Color Purple’ Struggles at Box Office After Big Christmas Opening

“The Color Purple,” a new musical take on Alice Walker’s landmark novel, seemed to arrive as an instant hit. Awash in critical exultation, the movie rolled into theaters on Christmas Day and sold more than $18 million in tickets, a near record for the holiday. Audiences gave it an A grade in CinemaScore exit polls. […]

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Sondheim Was a Critical Darling. Since His Death, He’s a Hitmaker, Too.

Stephen Sondheim, the great musical theater composer and lyricist, was widely acclaimed as a genius, but during his lifetime he had a bumpy track record at the box office, with many of his shows losing money. In death, however, his shows have flourished. A revival of “Merrily We Roll Along” — which was so unpopular […]

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In 2023, Movie Audiences Wanted Comfort, Not Superhero Spectacle

Hollywood’s movie factories run on conventional wisdom — entrenched notions, based on experience, about what types of films are likely to pop at the global box office. This year, audiences turned many of those so-called rules on their heads. Superheroes have long been seen as the most reliable way to fill seats. But characters like […]

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Off Broadway, a Vital Part of New York Theater, Feels the Squeeze

New York’s nonprofit Signature Theater has three modern performance spaces designed by the starchitect Frank Gehry, a long history of cultivating and championing major playwrights like Edward Albee and Lynn Nottage, and a board chaired by the Hollywood star Edward Norton. What Signature doesn’t have this fall are plays. The company, a mainstay of the […]

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‘Five Nights at Freddy’s’ Is Surprise Box Office Hit

An evil pizzeria mascot, Freddy Fazbear, became a surprise box office sensation over the weekend, reinforcing a message that moviegoers have been sending to Hollywood all year: Give us something new. “Five Nights at Freddy’s” sold an estimated $78 million in tickets at theaters in the United States and Canada from Thursday night to Sunday […]

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Strong First Weekend for ‘Killers,’ but Taylor Swift Was Still No. 1

Martin Scorsese’s “Killers of the Flower Moon” opened this weekend in over 3,600 theaters, taking in an estimated $23 million in the United States and Canada. It’s the largest box office opening for the director since the $41.4 million opening for “Shutter Island” in February 2010 (starring Leonardo DiCaprio) and a special feat considering both […]

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‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ Debuts Apple’s New Film Strategy

But “strong reviews and Mr. DiCaprio’s own box office history — especially with Mr. Scorsese — provide ample amounts of good will for audiences,” he added, and work in the film’s favor. “The market hasn’t had a high-profile film targeted toward adults for a while.” (“Oppenheimer,” with a similar run time and equally serious subject […]

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One Question for Taylor Swift’s Eras Concert Film: How Big Will It Be?

The world’s biggest pop star, Taylor Swift, is about to become the world’s biggest movie star, at least for a weekend. The only question is whether turnout for her concert film will be enormous or truly colossal. Box office analysts keep raising opening-weekend estimates for “Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour,” which will arrive in cinemas […]

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‘Elemental’ Morphs From Flop to Hit, Raising Questions Along the Way

The headlines were murderous. Pixar, once regarded by film critics and ticket buyers as a studio that could do no wrong, had misfired so immensely at the box office that its future as a cultural force was in doubt. Pixar’s creative spark had apparently blown out — poof. “Elemental,” the movie in question, has since […]

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Mattel’s Windfall From ‘Barbie’ Goes Far Beyond Dolls

When Ynon Kreiz arrived at Mattel in April 2018, the newly installed chief executive had one mantra when it came to a feature film starring Barbie, a project he really wanted to get off the ground: He didn’t care if the movie sold a single additional doll. But “Barbie” the film had to be good […]

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