NCM Entertainment Roundup – September 6, 2017

Let’s talk about the top stories in Hollywood this week:

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Pennywise the Clown will be scaring up box offices in It.

It screams past 2011’s Paranormal Activity 3 to become the top horror film pre-seller in history. The Stephen King adaptation is projected to make $60 million during opening weekend. (Variety)

On what would have been Freddie Mercury’s 71st birthday, we got our first look at Rami Malek portraying the iconic Queen front-man in Bohemian Rhapsody, due Christmas Day 2018. (Entertainment Weekly)

From Eminem-produced Bodied to I, Tonya starring Margot Robbie, get a sneak peek at 11 of the most notable films at the Toronto International Film Festival. (Hollywood Reporter)

Warner Bros. has new competition for the right to the James Bond brand as Apple and Amazon have thrown their hats into the ring. (Hollywood Reporter)

Tina Fey is bringing Mean Girls back, but this time on Broadway. The theatrical adaptation of the 2004 teen comedy opens April 8 with previews beginning March 12. (Variety)

Not so fast, Thor. Mark Ruffalo favors The Hulk in “the fight of the century” when Thor: Ragnarok smashes into theaters November 3. (ScreenRant)

Harry Potter fans shared the hashtag #19YearsLater across social media on September 1 to celebrate the date Harry’s son, Albus Severus Potter, goes to the wizarding school for the first time. This momentous occasion was written into the epilogue of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. (Entertainment Weekly)

If you have more than $45,000, you could be the next owner of Marty McFly’s famous Nike shoes from Back to the Future II. The auction will take place on September 26 in London, and people can place bids via phone, online or in-person. (Yahoo! Movies)

The search is on to replace Colin Trevorrow, who will no longer be directing Star Wars: Episode IX. (Hollywood Reporter)

Casey Afleck will bring “the greatest American Novel you’ve never heard of” to life as the lead actor in Stoner. (Deadline)

Don’t forget to catch the new films opening this weekend!

  • It: A group of bullied kids band together when a monster, taking the appearance of a clown, begins hunting children.
  • Home Again: Life for a single mom in Los Angeles takes an unexpected turn when she allows three young guys to move in with her.
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NCM Entertainment Roundup – August 31st

Catching you up on some of our favorite things to come out of Hollywood this week:

Channing Tatum, Katie Holmes and Adam Driver star in Logan Lucky.

Have you recently had a close encounter? Steven Spielberg’s landmark film Close Encounters of the Third Kind is returning to theaters for its 40th anniversary beginning September 1st. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Warner Bros. has released a 6-minute film that sheds light on the events that took placebetween the first Blade Runner film set in 2019 and the sequel due October 6th that takes place in 2049. (Collider)

Can you spare £250,000? James Bond’s original AMC Hornet X, made famous by a one-take river jump stunt for the 1974 film The Man with the Golden Gun, is going on sale. (The Sun)

The big screen knockout Mayweather vs. McGregor broke into last weekend’s box office top ten with $2.6 million in live theater showings. (Deadline)

Crazy, Stupid, Love filmmakers Glenn Ficarra and John Requa will bring Joker and Harley Quinn back to the big screen with “an insane and twisted love story.” So, more crazy, more love. (The Hollywood Reporter)

A star is born! Pulse Films assistant Josh L. Gordon can now call himself a screenwriter, as his first script, a sci-fi thriller, has been picked up by Warner Bros. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Check out the teaser trailer for Downsizing, a new comedy opening the Venice Film Festival that stars Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig as a couple who choose to shrink themselves in the hopes of alleviating the stress of their daily lives. (IndieWire)

It is almost here! , A new compilation of behind-the-scenes footage from the Stephen King adaptation was just released that includes a few new looks at Pennywise the Clown. (IndieWire)

If you can’t get enough Afflecks in your life, Ben and Casey Affleck are in early talks to direct and star in the lead role of Sony’s Red Platoon.(Tracking Board)

Evangeline Lilly tweeted the first photo of herself wearing the Wasp’s costume in the upcoming Ant-Man and the Wasp film. (The Hollywood Reporter)


Opening this Labor Day Weekend:

  • Tulip Fever An artist falls for a young married woman while he’s commissioned to paint her portrait during the Tulip mania of 17th century Amsterdam.
  • Hazlo Como Hombre Raúl, Eduardo and Santiago have led a happy and “straight” life since their childhood, until, one day, Santiago confesses to them that he is gay.
  • Unlocked A CIA interrogator is lured into a ruse that puts London at risk of a biological attack.
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NCM Entertainment Roundup – August 25th

Catching you up on some of our favorite things to come out of Hollywood this week:


Elle Fanning stars in Leap!

Is Obi-Wan Kenobi returning to the big screen? Director Stephen Daldry is in early discussions to helm another Star Wars spinoff focusing on the life of Obi-Wan. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Patti Jenkins is in final negotiations to return to direct the highly-anticipated Wonder Woman sequel. (Deadline)

Check out the awesome 8-bit game for It, where movie fans can float on the S.S. Georgie through the sewers to retrieve red balloons while trying not to get caught by Pennywise the Clown. It’s the latest promotion for the creepy Stephen King film. (Entertainment Weekly)

The new international trailer for Blade Runner 2049 shows Deckard (Harrison Ford) and Officer K (Ryan Reynolds) working together trying to stop Niander Wallace (Jared Leto) from creating his android army. (Yahoo! Movies)

Margot Robbie looks unrecognizable as Queen Elizabeth I in her latest film project – the period drama Mary, Queen of Scots. (New York Daily News)

Games of Thrones and Narcos star Pedro Pascal is in talks to join Denzel Washington in The Equalizer 2 as the main villain. (The Wrap)

Homeland star Numan Acar will be Jafar’s (Marwan Kenzari) right-hand man Hakim in the new live action version of Aladdin. (Cinema Blend)

Universal Pictures unveiled the official synopsis of M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass as pre-production on the highly anticipated sequel is firmly underway. (Collider)

Doug Liman surprised fans with the news that the Tom Cruise-Emily Blunt 2014 sci-fi hit Edge of Tomorrow will be back for a second go-round. (Screen Rant)

As summer 2017 winds down, it is time to look forward to summer 2018. Here are the ten films we’re especially excited to see in theaters next year. (USA Today)

Opening this weekend:  Leap!

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One Quarter Does Not Define a Year at the Box Office

Millennial and Teen Attendance Still Strong in 2017

By Doug Pulick, SVP, Strategic Insight & Analytics with NCM

After a record year in Hollywood, any decrease in box office or attendance always seems to bring on the headlines decrying the end of movie-going as we know it. But, as with every other industry, one quarter does not define a year.

The 1st Quarter 2017 U.S. box office got off to one of its best starts in many a year, powered by such December 2016 blockbuster carry-overs like Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the animated hit Sing, near-Oscar-winner for Best Picture La La Land, and timely social drama Hidden Figures. But the hits kept on coming with Logan, Get Out, Lego Batman and, of course, Disney’s blockbuster live action re-boot of Beauty and the Beast. The chart below tells a very clear story of a strong January and February that held its own against the same months in previous years, but blew out the pack in March with the premiere of the Mouse House fairy tale.

And 2nd Quarter got off to a strong start as well, with an April box office and attendance that bested the previous year. But, admittedly, May and June box office and total attendance did cool down, which led to movie pundits fearing that the summer season kick-off would be the touchstone for the rest of the movie-going year.

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Interestingly enough, audience attendance by Millennials (i.e. P18-34) and the equally hard to reach target demo of P18-49, remained buoyant in April and May (while stumbling year-over-year for the month of June).

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But the real story that’s been lost in this harangue of temporary audience decline surrounds the key demo thought to be forever lost to their personal devices, Teens!

Since the beginning of 2017, Teen movie attendance has averaged just shy of 6 million a month, or a total of 36 million P12-17 for the first half of 2017. That’s an 8% increase over 2016! Teens may in fact be helping to resurrect the movie musical, with films like La La Land, Sing, Beauty and the Beast, and the greatly anticipated Pitch Perfect 3 – the franchise that gave voice, literally, to teen angst on-stage via the Tony-winning Pitch Perfect alum Ben Platt.

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Additionally, while July 2017 is down from July of last year, total attendance is actually pacing 2% ahead of the same time of 2015! So again, pitting the summer of 2017 against a record-breaking summer from the previous year, while accurately reported as being down, is hardly a fair comparison to make and in no way hints at a theatrical movie exhibition apocalypse.

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So, truly, two poorly performing months at the box office (June and July) certainly do not determine an entire year. There are at least a half-dozen films in the pipeline toward the end of Q3 and throughout Q4 that can help get this year back on track, including blockbusters like It, The LEGO Ninjago Movie, Blade Runner 2049, Thor: Ragnarok, Justice League, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

So my advice is to keep calm, and go to the movies.



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NCM Entertainment Roundup – August 18th

Catching you up on some of our favorite things to come out of Hollywood this week:

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Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson in The Hitman’s Bodyguard.


The creepy wooden doll scared up some big box office as Annabelle: Creation landed at #1 this past weekend with $35 million. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Entertainment Weekly revealed 51 of the best movies that symbolize each U.S. state.

Daniel Craig officially confirmed that he will reprise his role as James Bond in the next film during an interview with Late Show host Stephen Colbert. (Rolling Stone)

Two of pop culture’s greatest phenomenons come together in this one epic videoStar Wars and Game of Thrones! Need we say more? (Yahoo! Movies)

“We all float down here…and you will, too.” Travel through the sewers with Pennywise the Clown in the new IT virtual reality experience, Float. (The Wrap)

Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) himself makes an appearance in the latest international trailer for Thor: Ragnarok. (CNET)

Ever dreamt of living in Harry Potter’s childhood home? Well, muggles can purchase the wizard’s home in Suffolk, England for $1.2 million. (USA Today)

The teaser trailer for psychological horror flickThe Killing of a Sacred Deer tells the story of the Murphy family (starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell), who are dealing with the effects of a mysterious virus that affects young children. (Cinema Blend)

Darren Aronofsky gave a little insight into the making of his film, Mother!, but without giving away too much of the plot. (/Film)

Check out the teaser for Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut, Molly’s Game, featuring Jessica Chastain. (Collider)

The Russo Brothers posted this cryptic image of a glove on Facebook as production is underway for Avengers 4. What does it mean? Who does it belong to? Does something happen to one of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes? (Moviefone)

Opening this weekend: The Hitman’s Bodyguard and Logan Lucky.

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NCM Entertainment Roundup – August 11th

Catching you up on some of our favorite things to come out of Hollywood this week:

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The creepy doll returns in Annabelle: Creation

Check out the “true'” story of the creepy doll Annabelle, who has haunted moviegoers since her debut in 2013’s The Conjuring. (USA Today)

Ryan Reynolds continues to up the ante by tweeting out a first look at Cable (Josh Brolin). (The Wrap)

Entertainment Weekly’s annual Fall Movie Preview issue has exclusive details on Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Oh Mother! If you thought the teaser was chilling, then the first official trailer for Darren Aronofsky’s horror flick starring Jennifer Lawrence will definitely make you think twice before opening your front door. (Variety)

The first trailer for Goodbye Christopher Robin tells the origin story of Winnie The Pooh through the eyes of author A.A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson). (Deadline)

Disney villains are having a good week! Chiwetel Ejiofor is in final negotiations to voice Scar in the live-action The Lion King, while Murder on the Orient Express actor Marwan Kenzari is set to star as Jafar in the live-action Aladdin. (The Hollywood Reporter)

A fun gag reel from the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 DVD offers bonus features of the cast’s more hilarious moments. (EW)

Bruce Willis will take over the lead role originally made famous by Charles Bronson in the reboot of Death Wish. The trailer shows Willis taking the law into his own hands after suffering a personal tragedy. (Yahoo! Movies)

Pacific Rim: Uprising has been pushed back another month to March 23, 2018. (/Film)

Blade Runner: 2049 officially has been given an R rating. (Collider)

Queen Mera (Amber Heard) makes her presence known in this new Justice League image. (We Got This Covered)

The Hunger Games and Twilight stories may not be over yet – Lionsgate is considering expanding both franchises into spinoffs. (Screen Rant)

Opening this weekend: Annabelle: Creation, The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature and The Glass House.


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