Tickets for Summit’s upcoming YA adaptation “Divergent” went up for grabs March 4, with opening day sales outpacing the first “Twilight” installment, according to online ticketing site Fandango.
“Divergent,” which opens nationwide on March 21, sold nearly half of Fandango’s total ticket sales during its first day, outpacing the nearest seller by nearly five-fold.
“Its first-day ticket sales are showing all the signs of a blockbuster in the making,” said Fandango chief correspondent Dave Karger. “Divergent,” starring Shailene Woodley, Kate Winslet and Theo James, was listed as one of the top five most anticipated movies of 2014, according to Fandango.
Box office pundits anticipate the film will have a $50 million-plus domestic opening, which could lead to a cume in the ballpark of $130 million-$140 million, depending on how broadly the film plays beyond its core fanbase.
Summit recently began ratcheting up the film’s marketing presence by partnering with Imax for an exclusive fan poster, which auds of the first Imax shows will receive.
The Motion Picture Association of America has appointed veteran public relations executive Emily Lenzner as its executive VP of global communications and public affairs. She will report to Chairman and CEO Charles Rivkin and oversee the trade group’s communications team in the U.S. and internationally. Lenzner will start Aug. 1 and be based at the MPAA’s [...]
Taylor Swift fans finally get to see some of the results of all those years spent studying her roommates Meredith and Olivia — and also, not incidentally, some time with a choreographer — in a new behind-the-scenes teaser for the movie “Cats.” The three-and-a-half-minute featurette has footage of Swift striking crouching feline moves as well [...]
French multiplex company CGR Cinemas has selected the Regal LA Live as the first U.S. theater to use its Immersive Cinema Experience technology. The ICE format will be unveiled in the fall at the downtown location in a partnership between CGR and AEG. The companies made the announcement Wednesday but did not reveal which title [...]
Amazon Studios has acquired worldwide rights to “Selah and the Spades,” a gripping look at a prep school drug dealer, Variety has learned. The film marks the feature debut of writer and director Tayarisha Poe and had its world premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival where it was a favorite with critics. Amazon has [...]
Hollywood is heading down the California coast to San Diego because It’s time for 2019 Comic-Con International. The annual cosplay celebration officially kicks off tomorrow, July 18, with a preview happening tonight. Here, Variety gives you a guide to this year’s parties and activations. Make sure to check back for updates. Wednesday, July 17Amazon Prime [...]
The 10th edition of the Durban FilmMart, which unspools parallel to the 40th Durban Intl. Film Festival, will feature 10 fiction and 10 documentary works-in-progress taking part in its annual Finance Forum. The leading co-production market on the continent, the Forum brings together producers, distributors, sales agents, broadcasters, funding bodies, and other industry players from across the [...]
Hollywood just can’t wait for “The Lion King” to hit theaters. That’s because Disney’s highly anticipated remake is expected to draw herds of moviegoers at a time when ticket sales are seriously struggling. Box office watchers predict that the studio’s grand return to the Pride Lands could become one of this year’s biggest hits. “The [...]