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Everything posted by Jonwo

  1. I’d forgotten that SpongeBob 2 opened at number 1. I was thinking The Simpsons Movie in 2007.
  2. I think Space Jam might technically be the first film with 2D Animation to open at number 1 in quite some time?
  3. I believe Space Jam is WAG's highest grossing non Lego film OW wise, in fact it's only $2m off from what The Lego Movie 2 did on its OW and that film didn't have HBO Max. I think WAG will be IP driven for its film and indeed looking at the slate, there is no original films planned. Everything is either based on something owned by Warner Bros or another familiar source material like Dr Seuss.
  4. The cinema experience needs to evolve and that means investing in better technology, better seating and better food offerings and TBF we've seen that happening in many places but it needs to work both way from both the studio and the chains themselves. IMAX and Dolby are premium products so it makes sense to charge extra and a family probably isn't going to go for IMAX or Dolby every single time but as an occasional treat, it's worth it. I think all sectors will be trying to improve their offerings going forward, a restaurant that gives you great service and food is al
  5. I don't think Disney and others want to destroy communal experience, if that was the case then they wouldn't be investing in stage productions, theme parks and other live events.
  6. It is very strange that Pixar is getting treated badly compared to the other parts of Disney.
  7. It's coming out at the end of July in the UK and they've started advertising it. I assume WB's energy at the moment is with Space Jam and they'll ramp things up once that is released.
  8. The HBO Max day and date thing isn't available in all countries and now cinemas have reopened in many places, WB has stopped doing PVOD releases which they did do for things like Tom and Jerry, Mortal Kombat and Godzilla vs Kong in places where cinemas were closed.
  9. It's interesting that people thought LOTR would sink New Line at the line but the film that actually ended up sinking them was The Golden Compass, another fantasy film.
  10. When the theatres were closed last year, I did watch a lot of theatre and concert performances via official YouTube channels or on TV and while it was a good stopgap, it's never going to replace being in an actual theatre or concert venue with other people watching it live.
  11. I don't see OLED prices affecting attendance at live sporting events, watching a live sporting event in person is very different to watching it on TV.
  12. When I mean going out, it's doing leisure activities and that can include going to a sports game, the theatre, a concert, a museum etc as well as cinema going.
  13. I've only seen two films since things have reopened but that's because I've been too busy doing other activities. Planning to see BW this week then possibly Space Jam the week after.
  14. I don't believe for one second that families or indeed the wider population will want to stay indoors indefinitely once things are somewhat back to normal because it's not particularly healthy for people to be indoors all the time and not have the experience of going out.
  15. Where could it go? The only options I see is either replacing Elvis on the 3rd June and that moves to September or October, August 5th which I think Black Adam will move to to avoid Indy 5 or July 15th and Fantastic Beasts moves to November.
  16. TBH the RT for the original isn't exactly fresh so A New Legacy didn't have a high bar to reach.
  17. This whole 'people don't want to go out anymore' narrative is false, I've been to Cruella and In The Heights in the last two months and both were decently attended and looking at the box office figures, there are actually quite good considering capacity is capped at 50% BW will be lower this weekend due to the final but it has the summer holidays coming up so any shortfall now will be more than made up later on.
  18. It does seem that the DWA budgets have been slashed to what Illumination spends, the days of $150m+ for an animated film are over for anyone who isn't Disney or Pixar.
  19. I wonder if it's $150m before getting tax credits which would lower the budget to nearer $100-120m which considering it looks more VFX heavy compared to Tom and Jerry would make sense.
  20. The 36% drop for ITH is actually better than how it fared in the US but I wonder if the fact it's only in cinemas and not on a streaming service as well has helped plus the fact that UK audiences really like musicals.
  21. Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard actually had a seven day opening, it was third behind Peter Rabbit 2 and ITH for the actual opening weekend. Considering ITH isn't as well known compared to Hamilton, I think WB will be fine with the opening but I expect it'll lose a good chunk of screens due to Fast 9.
  22. TBF the week the Euros start, there is Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard and In The Heights as well as older skewing content like The Father. I don't see The Croods 2 or Spirit doing much, surprised Universal didn't release Croods in May or even June as it would have been a good option for families who have already seen Peter Rabbit 2.
  23. Either that or December 23rd which was the old date for Tom and Jerry. Surprised they didn't opt for a mid week December release for WW1984. I could see Dune getting a limited release in December and then move to MLK Weekend, WB already has Mortal Kombat on that date which will probably be pushed back to Spring.
  24. I don't think that's necessarily a bad thing, they need to sell this to a wider audience which isn't familiar with the original source material.
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