Anime pic shocks Box Office; CODA’s big Award wins weekend
TRUE DETECTIVE looks at 4th iteration / LIONSGATE invests in 2nd mgmt firm / DISNEY CEO rift blow by blow
Mornin! This is Sean McNulty and here’s the Hollywood + Media news to know on MONDAY March 21, 2022.
Where APPLE TV+’s “CODA” appears to have moved into the frontrunner slot for Best Picture once again, winning the PGA Award on Saturday night - Plus getting the WGA nod for Adapted Screenplay last night (although of note: “The Power of the Dog” was not eligible).
But this certainly puts a very feasible OSCARS scenario in play of Picture and Writing awards for APPLE’s “Coda”, and Directing for NETFLIX’s “The Power of the Dog” this Sunday.
(note: “Coda” director Sian Heder is not nominated for Best Director, but “Power of the Dog” is nominated in the Adapted Screenplay at the OSCARS)
ALSO: Other PGA winners included the usual suspects “Succession”, “Ted Lasso” and “Mare of Easttown” for the TV awards, and “Encanto” and “Summer of Soul” for Animated and Docu.
PLUS: Other WGA winners included “Don’t Look Up” for Original Screenplay, and usual HBO suspects “Succession”, “Mare of Easttown” and “Hacks” plus NETFLIX’s “Maid” in TV. And ASC’s Cinematography award went to “Dune”, all winners in the link. 🏆
AND: YE has been removed from the GRAMMYS performing lineup on April 3 due to his “concerning online behavior” of late.
📽 THE SILVER SCREEN
“The Batman” : $37 Million ($300 Million US, $598 Million Global)
Still just a modest 45% drop, impressive for a pic of this size.
While not “Spider-Man” numbers, very well ahead of “Shang-Chi” and the“Venom” sequel at the 3 weekend mark.
CHINA was kind of a bust #thanksCovid: $12 Million, as 43% of theaters are currently closed in the country. Total take not expected to cross $30 Million.
“Jujutsu Kaisen 0” : $17.7 Million US
This is an Anime pic that…seemingly came outta nowhere, tho it’s fair to say I’m not very active in the Anime community.
From SONY’s CRUNCHYROLL division.
In the ballpark of last Spring’s Japan’s anime sensation “Demon Slayer: Mugen Train” ($21 Mil opening US).
“Uncharted” : $8 Million ($126 Million US, $337 Million Global)
Extremely low 13% drop from last weekend as the movie continues to show great legs. Not even gonna make a Tom Holland comment there 🦵.
“X” : $4.4 Million US
This A24 horror pic was in 2900 theaters ($1500 a screen).
75% of the audience was 18-34, heavily in the Southwest.
“Dog” : $4 Million ($54 Million US)
Another modest 21% drop, esp considering it’s been on PVOD since last weekend 🐾.
ELSEWHERE AT THE BOX OFFICE
“The Outfit” did $1.5 Million in 1300 theaters ($1150 a theater)
“Umma” did $900k in 805 theaters ($1118 a theater)
“Spider-Man: No Way Home” has a very good shot at cracking $800 Million US by next weekend
ALSO IN MOVIES
PIXAR’s “Lightyear” will feature the first same-gender kiss in its history. It was previously cut from the film but… was just restored. Ahem. /Variety
SONY is moving “Bullet Train” back 2 weeks to July 29, and PARAMOUNT will drop “Scream” sequel in a year on March 31, 2023.
WB “Barbie” pic adds “Tick, Tick… Boom!” co-lead Alexandra Shipp to the cast - as with everything else about the movie, no real details avail. /Variety
📺 THE TV SET
“Maury” ending production this year
Marking an end for Maury Povich’s 31 years of doing a show… although reruns will still air in syndication going forward.
And yes I mainly put this item here at the top so I could use that gif. /TV Line
HBO developing a 4th “True Detective” iteration with Barry Jenkins as EP
Called “True Detective: Night Country” - Issa López is writing & will direct the pilot.
She did an attention-getting Mexican film “Tigers Are Not Afraid”, no word on plot or overall direction for this potential iteration. /Deadline
ALSO IN TV
NETFLIX, JJ Abrams developing a scripted series about U2. Music biopic whisperer Anthony McCarten (“Bohemian Rhapsody”, the Whitney Houston pic at SONY) is writing a script. /THR
HBOMAX’s “Hacks” adds 4 to Season 2: Ming-Na Wen, Laurie Metcalf, Martha Kelly and Margaret Cho, no specifics given on roles. /THR
🤝 HOLLYWOOD BUSINESS AFFAIRS
LIONSGATE takes minority stake in mostly London-based management firm 42
Their LA execs will move into the 3 ARTS ENTERTAINMENT space (in which LIONSGATE has a majority stake), and create a bit of a 3-way venture. 42 will also have a first look TV deal at LIONSGATE.
42 clients include Julian Fellowes, Charlie Brooker, Jesse Armstrong, Michael Caine, Sofia Boutella, and Nicholas Hoult. /Deadline
MGM’s Mike DeLuca and Rob Burnett will now report into AMAZON STUDIOS SVP Mike Hopkins, although the structure is called interim. /THR
ICM TV Lit Agent Zach Carlisle leaves to join TFC Management. /Deadline
And this CNBC deep read diving into the DISNEY CEO rift between Iger & Chapek has a lot of choice anecdotes about the chronology of their falling out - Iger’s retirement dinner at his house in December sounded like a hoot - and a look at the choices Chapek has made with Kareem Daniel thus far for anyone inclined.
🏦 STOCK NOTES:
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👩💻 NEW TO WATCH:
FOX “911” - New season at 8p
NBC “American Song Contest” - Debuts at 8p
“60 Minutes” did a great profile on WNBA superstar Sue Bird last night ⛹️♀️- if you were like me and maybe kinda knew the name but not much else… this was really great & worthwhile to get to know her more.
And this was a fun group chat with Sandy, Channing and Radcliffe in the NY TIMES about “The Lost City”, incl news that Tatum is just about to start shooting “Magic Mike 3.”
🕵️♀️ THE WEEK AHEAD
TUE - BUZZFEED’s first earnings call
WED - Get your next round of MARCH MADNESS bets in to make up for your first round. #Kentucky #Baylor #Auburn
THU - “Atlanta” Season 3 drops on FX
FRI - Box office perks up again with “The Lost City”; other things perk up again with “Bridgerton” Season 2.
SUN - The OSCARS on ABC
🎥 TRAILER HOUSE
NETFLIX “Anatomy of a Scandal” limited series trailer - About a married British politician in a sex scandal, resulting in a trial that… well I’m no legal expert but it doesn’t seem to be going well. With Sienna Miller, Michelle Dockery, and Rupert Friend. Premieres Fri April 15
UNIVERSAL “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish” movie trailer - In theaters Sept 23
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