#film

Ben Fritz:

The actual revenue value for Hollywood studios of a box office dollar—the only financial data point typically reported publicly—varies widely. In China, where practically no one buys DVDs—at least not legitimately—and digital and TV distribution businesses are minimal, studios receive only about 27 cents on the box office dollar, according to internal studio analyses viewed by The Wall Street Journal. In the U.S., with its comparatively robust post-theatrical businesses, $1 of box office translates into about $1.75 of total revenue over a decade.

The recent rhetoric out of Hollywood seems to center around how well films are doing overseas. Forget what you see in the domestic box office, they say. Which is misdirection, at best. Bullshit, at worst.

David Pierce:

By some alchemical mix of the movie itself and the combined excellence of the Jackson 5, David Bowie, Redbone, and the Raspberries, this collection of music from the ’70s has now spent two consecutive weeks at the top of the Billboard 200. It’s estimated to have sold 93,000 copies in the previous week (down from 109,000 the week previous), putting it firmly above the “Now 51” collection and the never-dying Frozen soundtrack. Take that, pop music.

The film itself is good, but the music is both integral and elevates it, so no surprise here.

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thefilmfatale:

THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING

Eddie Redmayne is renowned physicist Stephen Hawking in director James Marsh’s (Man on Wire) biopic The Theory of Everything. The film explores Hawking’s early years as a promising student, his relationship with his wife Jane (Felicity Jones), and eventual battle with motor neurone disease. The Theory of Everything also stars David Thewlis, Emma Watson, Harry Lloyd and Charlie Cox and is slated for release on November 7, 2014.

Looks promising.

Maane Khatchatourian:

Following the “Avengers” bump, “Guardians” is continuing Marvel’s stellar track record of boffo openings. Marvel pics have collectively grossed $6.3 billion since 2008’s “Iron Man,” making it the most successful film franchise after “Harry Potter.” “Guardians” will hopefully lift the summer box office, which is down more than 20% from 2013.

Once again showcasing why it was genius of Disney to buy Marvel.