NETFLIX makes $50 Mil Cannes buy, DOWNTON 2 opens to half of the first pic
Ricky Martin joins APPLE TV series / Nyong'o leaves APPLE TV series / Ruffalo, Toni Collette join Bong Joon Ho WB pic
Mornin! This is Sean McNulty and here’s the Hollywood + Media news to know on MONDAY May 23, 2022.
While it was kinda hard to watch… as a “golfer”, I gotta say it was a little reassuring to see a pro golfer just totally blow a tee shot on the 18th hole of the PGA CHAMPIONSHIP yesterday ⛳️.
Feel terrible for Mito Pereira who lost his lead on the last hole… but gotta think it’s a name we’ll be hearing a lot more of this Summer, and congrats to Justin Thomas for winning his 2nd PGA Championship in 6 years.
ALSO: Here are the TONY AWARDS nominations, to be given out Sun June 12.
AND: Kate McKinnon, Pete Davidson, Aidy Bryant and Kyle Mooney all said goodbye to SNL (this is a post from Pete before the show, using his co-writer Dave’s account).
📽 THE SILVER SCREEN
“Doctor Strange…” : $30 Million ($803 Million global)
A… somewhat better? 50% week-to-week drop (vs. 67% last weekend).
Tops “The Batman” for #2 global movie since the pandemic.
“Downton Abbey: A New Era” : $16 Million ($51 Million global)
Budget was $40 Million so… if the movie shows some legs over Memorial Day weekend, pic should be OK (int’l doing well regardless).
Will hit $20 PVOD home rental after the first weekend of June.
“The Bad Guys” : $5.7 Million ($74 Million US, $182 Million global)
Will soon become #1 grossing US pic in CHINA this year ($25.5 Million and climbing).
“Sonic the Hedgehog 2” : $4 Million ($181 Million US)
Both “Sonic” & “Bad Guys” had weekend-to-weekend drops under 20%, as they continue to have the Family audience to themselves… for another month. #Lightyear
“Men” : $3.3 Million
For a movie launched on 2200 screens… not great.
Clearly making a play counting on buzzworthy word of mouth, but gotta think it may have a problem keeping screens if theater chains blowout “Top Gun” screen-count wise this weekend.
“Everything Everywhere All at Once” : $3.2 Million ($52 Million US)
The movie-that-could continues to astound… staying even with last weekend.
Now A24’s highest grossing pic in the US ever.
AND: “Firestarter” dropped 55% in week 2 to $1.7 Million, $6.8 Million total.
What does this say about the movie business? Well. Whatever narrative you’d like to fit really - which I’m sure you’ll see plenty of today.
ONE CERTAINTY: No matter how you cut it - “Downton”-mania is clearly a thing of the mid 2010’s, and any hope at UNI for a lot of runway left in this franchise is kinda dashed.
Save for perhaps a major reboot or spinoff to extend the franchise (and lower the production costs).
THE OLD’S: While 48% of the audience was 55+ years-old (with a heavy female skew), clearly not enough showed up, but anyone saying this is due to a reluctance to go to the movies vs. just not being that interested is 💯 making their own interpretation.
Pair this with the fact that the specialty market has yet to rebound… and contrary to popular speculation - the movie business seems to have an older audience problem, not an 18-34 demo problem - they’ve been showing up in solid numbers repeatedly this year (“Scream”, “Jackass”, “The Batman” etc).
Older demos have been MIA since 2020 - the only true specialty hit to date in the pandemic is the one with younger demo appeal (“Everything, Everwhere…”).
Robert Pattinson already on board to star in the sci-fi pic based on an upcoming book “Mickey7”.
It’s about a man who takes risky jobs on an expedition to colonize an ice planet. Whenever he dies, he’s cloned with his memories intact but… apparently #7 didn’t die as thought, and meets #8. /THR
Called “Pain Hustlers” - a Pharma industry pic about a single mom, high-school dropout in FLORIDA who gets a job at a failing pharmaceutical start-up where she excels at sales to raise her fortunes (and the company’s) … and wouldn’t ya know it - also becomes the center of a criminal conspiracy at the same time 🤦♂️.
David Yates (bunch of “Harry Potter” pics and the “Fantastic Beasts” franchise) is directing. /Deadline
ALSO IN MOVIES
APPLE buys“Fingernails” at CANNES - Riz Ahmed and Jesse Buckley (“The Lost Daughter”) starring in the sci-fi love story, about a world where married couples can test if they’re truly in love. A woman is skeptical of her positive result with her husband 🤔, and begins working in the institute where couples are helped, alongside Ahmed’s mysterious instructor.
Will shoot later this year, no price disclosed. /Deadline
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📺 THE TV SET
Will co-star with Anthony Mackie, Thomas Hayden Church and Stephanie Beatriz in the half-hour action comedy series. The “Deadpool” writers get the ‘idea by’ credit, and it’s written by “Cobra Kai” writer Michael Jonathan Smith.
Mackie plays a motormouth milk-man offered a chance at a big payday if he delivers a mysterious package across a postapocalyptic wasteland. Neve is playing “Raven” for any fans of the game. /Deadline
Natalie Portman is co-starring in 1960’s Baltimore set series, about a mother who reinvents her self as an investigative journalist looking into a murder, which ‘sets her on a collision course’ with another mother who is trying to advance Baltimore’s Black progressive agenda (Lupita’s former character).
Alma Har’el (“Honey Boy”) is directing. No reason indicated for the departure. /Variety
ALSO IN TV
💻 THE MEDIA BIZ
JUST 2 THINGS
Mayer & Staggs’s CANDLE MEDIA hires UTA exec Kendall Ostrow as SVP of Biz Dev & Community, reports into fellow former UTA’er Brent Weinstein, CANDLE’s Chief Development Officer who joined in Feb. /Deadline
CNN DIGITAL’s Editor in Chief Meredith Artley is leaving after a 13 year run at the company. No next destination indicated. /Axios
🏦 STOCK NOTES:
AMC THEATERS -8% ($12.03)
ROBLOX -8% ($31.60)
ENDEAVOR +6% ($20.91)
BUZZFEED +9% ($4.37)
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👩💻 NEW TO WATCH:
FOX ”Don’t Forget The Lyrics!, “Beat Shazam” premieres starting at 8p.
🕵️♀️ THE WEEK AHEAD
TUE - “This Is Us” says goodbye
NEW Ricky Gervais NETFLIX special “Supernature” drops
THU - “That Damn Che” new season hits HBOMAX
“Ellen” says goodbye
FRI - ”Top Gun” day at theaters, “Stranger Things” day at home.
As does “Obi-Wan”, who seems to be getting a… considerably smaller marketing/PR budget on DIS+ (Or am I just not seeing it?)
Depp-Heard trial should end. For now.
SAT - Beach 😎
🎥 TRAILER HOUSE
MGM “Three Thousand Years of Longing” movie trailer - In theaters Aug 31
SNL “Forgot About Lorne” - I don’t think this made the show which is a shame - amazing EMINEM cameo in this. Also Pete’s last rap/music video.
SNL - Kate McKinnon’s farewell to the show
HULU “Love, Victor” Season 3 trailer - Premieres Wed June 15
And if this 60 MINUTES piece from last night on South Chicago schools doesn’t lift your spirits a bit and make you wanna give it your best today…
🎧 PLAYING ME OFF
Going out with a congrats to ED SHEERAN and his wife CHERRY SEABORN on their new baby girl, joining her 2 year old sister Lyra. Slainté!
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