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https://www.barrons.com/articles/bob-iger-on-disney-after-coronoavirus-51586252700

 

 

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On what is being done with films already in production:

 

There are some we’ve decided to put on Disney+. We already announced one, Artemis Fowl, that would have been released in theaters. Others we’ve simply delayed. In some cases we’ve moved things onto Disney+ faster than we would have. Frozen 2 was one of them, but Onward would be the biggest example. It was in theaters when this happened. We moved to a pay-per-view period for a couple of weeks where people could buy it and own it. And then we ended up putting it on Disney+.

 

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In terms of movies going ahead after Artemis, there may be a few more that we end up putting directly onto Disney+, but for the most part a lot of the big tentpole Disney films, we’ll simply wait for slots. In some cases we’ve announced new ones already, but later on in the calendar.

 

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23 hours ago, Eric Lightfoot said:

Apple

1. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

2. Sonic the Hedgehog

3. Jumanji: The Next Level

4. Bad Boys for Life

5. 1917

6. Onward

7. Knives Out

8. Contagion

9. Ford v Ferrari

10. Uncut Gems

 

Amazon

1. Sonic the Hedgehog

2. Bloodshot

3. Jumanji: The Next Level

4. Bad Boys for Life

5. Knives Out

6. Onward

7. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

8. The Greatest Showman

9. Bombshell

10. Gemini Man

Apple

1. Birds of Prey

2. Knives Out

3. Jumanji: The Next Level

4. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

5. Little Women

6. Dolittle

7. Sonic the Hedgehog

8. Bad Boys for Life

9. 1917

10. Onward

 

Amazon

1. Sonic the Hedgehog

2. Bloodshot

3. Jumanji: The Next Level

4. Bad Boys for Life

5. Knives Out

6. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

7. The Greatest Showman

8. Onward

9. Bombshell

10. Gemini Man

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6 hours ago, Eric Lightfoot said:

Apple

1. Birds of Prey

Nice. 

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In India Theatre to OTT window is 8 weeks for Bollywood & big South India films while 4 weeks for small South India film. Angrezi Medium (Bollywood film) released on Disney+ day before yesterday, 14 days in theatre release.

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1 hour ago, Morieris said:

lol

 

Well, I Spy will be the lowest grossing 2020 film I saw in theater...b/c it's theatrical will be zero:)...

 

Gonna be my lowest grosser ever...

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On 4/8/2020 at 12:15 AM, Eric Lightfoot said:

Apple

1. Birds of Prey

2. Knives Out

3. Jumanji: The Next Level

4. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

5. Little Women

6. Dolittle

7. Sonic the Hedgehog

8. Bad Boys for Life

9. 1917

10. Onward

 

Amazon

1. Sonic the Hedgehog

2. Bloodshot

3. Jumanji: The Next Level

4. Bad Boys for Life

5. Knives Out

6. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

7. The Greatest Showman

8. Onward

9. Bombshell

10. Gemini Man

Apple

1. Birds of Prey

2. Knives Out

3. Dolittle

4. Little Women

5. Jumanji: The Next Level

6. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

7. Sonic the Hedgehog

8. Bad Boys for Life

9. 1917

10. Ip Man 4: The Finale

 

Amazon

1. Sonic the Hedgehog

2. Bloodshot

3. Jumanji: The Next Level

4. Bad Boys for Life

5. Knives Out

6. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

7. The Greatest Showman

8. Onward

9. Little Women

10. Bombshell

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23 hours ago, Eric Lightfoot said:

Apple

1. Birds of Prey

2. Knives Out

3. Dolittle

4. Little Women

5. Jumanji: The Next Level

6. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

7. Sonic the Hedgehog

8. Bad Boys for Life

9. 1917

10. Ip Man 4: The Finale

 

Amazon

1. Sonic the Hedgehog

2. Bloodshot

3. Jumanji: The Next Level

4. Bad Boys for Life

5. Knives Out

6. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

7. The Greatest Showman

8. Onward

9. Little Women

10. Bombshell

Apple

1. Birds of Prey

2. Dolittle

3. Little Women

4. Knives Out

5. Jumanji: The Next Level

6. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

7. Sonic the Hedgehog

8. 1917

9. Bad Boys for Life

10. Ip Man 4: The Finale

 

Amazon

1. Sonic the Hedgehog

2. Bloodshot

3. Jumanji: The Next Level

4. Bad Boys for Life

5. Little Women

6. Knives Out

7. The Greatest Showman

8. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

9. Onward

10. The Gentlemen

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On 4/10/2020 at 12:13 AM, Eric Lightfoot said:

Apple

1. Birds of Prey

2. Dolittle

3. Little Women

4. Knives Out

5. Jumanji: The Next Level

6. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

7. Sonic the Hedgehog

8. 1917

9. Bad Boys for Life

10. Ip Man 4: The Finale

 

Amazon

1. Sonic the Hedgehog

2. Bloodshot

3. Jumanji: The Next Level

4. Bad Boys for Life

5. Little Women

6. Knives Out

7. The Greatest Showman

8. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

9. Onward

10. The Gentlemen

Apple

1. Trolls World Tour

2. Birds of Prey

3. Dolittle

4. Little Women

5. The Call of the Wild

6. 1917

7. Knives Out

8. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

9. Jumanji: The Next Level

10. Sonic the Hedgehog

 

Amazon

1. Trolls World Tour

2. Sonic the Hedgehog

3. Bloodshot

4. Jumanji: The Next Level

5. Bad Boys for Life

6. Little Women

7. Knives Out

8. The Greatest Showman

9. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

10. Onward

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23 hours ago, Eric Lightfoot said:

Apple

1. Trolls World Tour

2. Birds of Prey

3. Dolittle

4. Little Women

5. The Call of the Wild

6. 1917

7. Knives Out

8. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

9. Jumanji: The Next Level

10. Sonic the Hedgehog

 

Amazon

1. Trolls World Tour

2. Sonic the Hedgehog

3. Bloodshot

4. Jumanji: The Next Level

5. Bad Boys for Life

6. Little Women

7. Knives Out

8. The Greatest Showman

9. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

10. Onward

Apple

1. Trolls World Tour

2. The Call of the Wild

3. 1917

4. Birds of Prey

5. Little Women

6. Dolittle

7. Knives Out

8. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

9. Jumanji: The Next Level

10. Ford v Ferrari

 

Amazon

1. Trolls World Tour

2. Sonic the Hedgehog

3. Bloodshot

4. Jumanji: The Next Level

5. Bad Boys for Life

6. Knives Out

7. Little Women

8. The Greatest Showman

9. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

10. The Gentlemen

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23 hours ago, Eric Lightfoot said:

Apple

1. Trolls World Tour

2. The Call of the Wild

3. 1917

4. Birds of Prey

5. Little Women

6. Dolittle

7. Knives Out

8. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

9. Jumanji: The Next Level

10. Ford v Ferrari

 

Amazon

1. Trolls World Tour

2. Sonic the Hedgehog

3. Bloodshot

4. Jumanji: The Next Level

5. Bad Boys for Life

6. Knives Out

7. Little Women

8. The Greatest Showman

9. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

10. The Gentlemen

Apple

1. Trolls World Tour

2. The Call of the Wild

3. 1917

4. Birds of Prey

5. Dolittle

6. Little Women

7. Knives Out

8. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

9. Jumanji: The Next Level

10. The Ten Commandments

 

Amazon

1. Trolls World Tour

2. Sonic the Hedgehog

3. Jumanji; The Next Level

4. Bloodshot

5. Bad Boys for Life

6. Knives Out

7. The Greatest Showman

8. Little Women

9. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

10. The Gentlemen

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Indian trade magazine Film Information article in April 1994

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How Movies Grew Up To Become Videos

Reproduced hereunder is an article that appeared in Los Angeles Times last month. It is also relevant to Indian film business and shows how videos have over­ taken theatrical business – and thereby benefitted the entertainment in­dustry.

Oscar winner Schindler’s List tells you that a good story will always have value, no matter what develops on the overwrought subjects of information highways and multimedia.

The film, which won the best film and best director awards for Steven Spiel­berg, can also be a guide to understanding many other things in the entertainment business today. For example, Schindler’s List, which has taken in 60 million dollars at the box office to-date, may do even better in home video rentals – for the very human reason that it is a searing, three-hour movie that many people might find easier to watch in their homes.

But then, more films are seen on home video than on movie screens these days – by a margin that may surprise you. In 1993, video rentals totaled 8.8 billion dollars and home video sales added an­ other 5.9 billion dollars, according to a major study by analyst Jeffrey Logsdon of Seidler Cos., a Los Angeles investments firm.

That’s almost 15 billion dollars from the U.S. video market, compared to 5.2 billion dollars at the theatrical box-office.

Moreover, video can be more profit­able than theatrical distribution for the studios, because they get a higher share of every deal, says analyst David Davis of Paul Kagan & Associates, a Carmel, Calif., research firm. Thanks to the growth of video, movie studio revenues have more than doubled in the last eight years.

The irony is that the studios didn’t see the bonanza coming. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the video rental business got started in stores owned by record dis­tributors, who first had the idea of selling movies on tape to new owners of videocassette recorders. Later, they moved to renting the films.

But the whole idea made studios un­easy. Warner Bros. and others threatened to withhold films from the storefront mer­ chants. Then the studios sought to have Congress pass a law limiting the mer­chants’ business. Fortunately for all in­volved, Congress listened to local small-business people more than it did big companies.

No action was taken on the matter, and videos became a great and stable source of film industry revenue, contributing im­portantly to making studios more valu­able – witness the recent bidding in which Viacom paid more than 10 billion dollars for Paramount.

How could studio heads a decade ago have missed the promise of such a busi­ness? Simple: They yielded to what is called the displacement fallacy – the idea that a new technology displaces a previous one. It doesn’t. Radio continues alongside television, the movie business has adapted and grown with each new wrinkle in distribution – from theaters to television to growing international markets.

The surging business of video cassette sales grew 28% last year, spurred by the runaway success of family films, espe­cially by Walt Disney Co. Disney’s Alad­din took in 286 million dollars in video sales, compared to 217 million dollars at the box-office; Pinocchio had 174 milli­on dollars in video sales, compared to 19 million dollars (worth more than 100 mil­lion dollars in today’s dollars) in box-office receipts more than 50 years ago.

A successful film doesn’t have to be a Disney classic. Free Willy, a 20th Cen­tury Fox story about a boy and a whale, took in 94 million dollars in video sales after earning 78 million dollars at the box-office.

And a film doesn’t have to be for children, nor even a box-office hit, to score in video rentals. Silver, a steamy thriller panned by critics, that took in only 37 million dollars in theatres, added an­ other 29 million dollars in rental, possibly turning a loss into a profit for Paramount.

The lesson should be clear for all in Hollywood and investors around the world, who are now trying to predict de­velopments in new media: The more ad­vances and varieties there are in film distribution, the more valuable the movie business becomes.

The latest news is that Pacific Bell is going to test a system for beaming movies digitally over telephone lines directly to theaters, eliminating the costs of duplicating films and delivering canisters.

PacBell will be testing machinery that one day could be used to send movie dir­ectly into homes in response to signals from interactive television sets – the much-touted movies on demand. Such wonders will come to pass, no doubt, but not soon and not cheaply.

Technological breakthroughs and major investments will be needed to bring interactive television over fiberoptic cables to homes and neighbourhoods. Analyst Logsdon believes that important thresholds, such as 1 million homes capable of conducting interactive experiments, may be crossed by 1998 or so.

Meanwhile, movies, one of the identifying technologies of the 20th century, will continue to attract growing audiences in the 21st century simply because they reflect an ancient art. They tell stories, as in Schindler’s List, a true story of decency and good surviving and ultimately prevailing against incredible evil.

It is a powerful business.

 

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:ohmygod: 

 

Trolls World Tour did 10x than of Universal’s previous digital opening day champ, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, which according to home entertainment sources did around $2M-3M stateside on day one. Avengers: Endgame per sources had a first digital domestic rental week of $30M in flash reports, and the extrapolation off first day numbers is that Trolls World Tour will far exceed the figure amassed by the Russo Brothers-directed sequel. Other indicators of success over the weekend: Trolls World Tour is the No. 1 title across all major on-demand platforms, smashing expectations on digital distributors including Amazon, Comcast, Apple, Vudu, Google/YouTube, DirecTV and FandangoNOW.

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So now that Soul has moved out of summer the only movies still set to open before July are the Pete Davidson movie from Judd Apatow that was gonna premiere at SXSW before it was cancelled and a pair of Focus titles (The High Note, Irresistible). Maybe all of these will end up being streaming exclusives given that Universal/Focus cleared out everything else from them that was set to open in April through early July.

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On 4/13/2020 at 12:24 AM, Eric Atreides said:

Apple

1. Trolls World Tour

2. The Call of the Wild

3. 1917

4. Birds of Prey

5. Dolittle

6. Little Women

7. Knives Out

8. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

9. Jumanji: The Next Level

10. The Ten Commandments

 

Amazon

1. Trolls World Tour

2. Sonic the Hedgehog

3. Jumanji; The Next Level

4. Bloodshot

5. Bad Boys for Life

6. Knives Out

7. The Greatest Showman

8. Little Women

9. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

10. The Gentlemen

Apple

1. Trolls World Tour

2. The Call of the Wild

3. 1917

4. Birds of Prey

5. Little Women

6. Dolittle

7. Knives Out

8. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

9. Jumanji: The Next Level

10. Sonic the Hedgehog

 

Amazon

1. Trolls World Tour

2. Sonic the Hedgehog

3. Jumanji; The Next Level

4. Bloodshot

5. Bad Boys for Life

6. Knives Out

7. The Greatest Showman

8. Little Women

9. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

10. The Gentlemen

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13 hours ago, MaxAggressor said:

:ohmygod: 

 

Trolls World Tour did 10x than of Universal’s previous digital opening day champ, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, which according to home entertainment sources did around $2M-3M stateside on day one. Avengers: Endgame per sources had a first digital domestic rental week of $30M in flash reports, and the extrapolation off first day numbers is that Trolls World Tour will far exceed the figure amassed by the Russo Brothers-directed sequel. Other indicators of success over the weekend: Trolls World Tour is the No. 1 title across all major on-demand platforms, smashing expectations on digital distributors including Amazon, Comcast, Apple, Vudu, Google/YouTube, DirecTV and FandangoNOW.

I think this was to be expected.

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