In today’s film news, 25th anniversary showings of “Friends” draw impressively, Screen Gems is developing a Santa Muerte movie and Australian story “ATM Boy” is in the works as a feature film.
Fathom Events’ three-night showing of NBC’s sitcom “Friends” generated $2.9 million from over 1,600 North American theaters — the second-highest-grossing 2019 U.S. event cinema release after “BTS World Tour.”
Fathom and Warner Bros. partnered on “Friends 25th: The One With The Anniversary,” which attracted more than 230,000 admissions. The release was the widest ever for Fathom, which is operated jointly by the AMC, Cinemark and Regal chains.
The event, which landed in the box office top 10 on each screening day, brought together 12 fan-favorite episodes with each night featuring four episodes that were newly remastered in 4K from the original 35mm camera negative. The programs also included interview footage, which was shot by Extra during the first week of production. “Friends” ran from 1994 to 2004 and starred Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry, Lisa Kudrow and Matt LeBlanc.
The episodes shown on Sept. 23 were “The One Where Monica Gets a Roommate,” “The One With the Blackout,” “The One With the Birth” and “The One Where Ross Finds Out”; on Sept. 28 “The One With the Prom Video,” “The One Where No One’s Ready,” “The One the Morning After” and “The One With the Embryos” showed; and on Oct. 2 viewers watched “The One With Chandler in a Box,” “The One With Ross’s Wedding Part 2,” “The One Where Everyone Finds Out” and “The One Where Ross Got High.”