Industry Standard Format
Chinese Film Company Announces Plans to Make a 'Avatar' Rival

Beijing Chinese Century Media Company outlined plans for "Bainiaoyi," an epic 3D movie based on ethnic Chinese folklore that will hit screens at the end of 2016. read more (Movies 28-Jul-14)

Box Office: Weekend Global Top 10

Sequel "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" tops the worldwide chart for the second weekend in a row; Dwayne Johnson wows in Russia with "Hercules."read more (Movies 27-Jul-14)

'Lucy' Wins Brain vs. Brawn Battle This Weekend

Scarlett Johansson easily out-muscled Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson on the final weekend of a very weak month at the box office.In another big win for Universal Pictures, Lucy took first place with over $44 million. Meanwhile, Hercules had to settle for runner-up with a lukewarm $29 million debut.Overall, the Top 12 earned an estimated $134.6 million this weekend; that's down 15 percent from the same frame last year.Lucy's opening weekend didn't quite match similar movies like Wanted ... (Box Office Mojo - Top Stories 27-Jul-14)

'El Mariachi' Actor Peter Marquardt Dies at 50

He got the part of the drug lord Moco in the 1992 film due to a chance meeting with writer-director Robert Rodriguez when they were bunkmates at a medical research facility.read more (Movies 27-Jul-14)

Comic-Con: George Miller's 'Mad Max' Prequel 'Fury Road' Trailer Debuts (Video)

Destruction, death and dust are ever-present in the new clip from the forthcoming sci-fi title. read more (Movies 27-Jul-14)

Kyra Sedgwick on Her Stage Return, Toronto-Bound Films and Producing Gig at TNT (Q&A)

The busy "Closer" star is currently in "The Danish Widow" at New York Stage and Film, preparing for "Time Out of Mind" and "The Humbling" to bow at Toronto Film Festival, and producing TNT's "Proof."read more (Movies 27-Jul-14)

Weekend Report (cont.): 'Most Wanted Man' Cracks the Top 10, 'Apes' Rules Overseas

<< Continued from "Weekend Report"Playing at 361 theaters, spy thriller A Most Wanted Man cracked the Top 10 with $2.7 million. That's the second-biggest opening ever for distributor Roadside Attractions, and is noticeably higher than last year's Mud ($2.2 million). With strong reviews and built-in curiosity surrounding the final lead role from Philip Seymour Hoffman, this should be a solid performer in the weeks ahead.Richard Linklater's Boyhood expanded to 107 thea... (Box Office Mojo - Top Stories 27-Jul-14)

Box Office Milestone: 'Transformers 4' First Film to Cross $300M in China

Through Sunday, Paramount puts the official tally in China at $301 million as the Michael Bay film races toward the $1 billion mark in global ticket sales.read more (Movies 27-Jul-14)

Comic-Con: 'Batkid Begins' Director Reveals Who Young Hero Thinks Batman Really Is (Q&A)

Director Dana Nachman tells THR the young superhero doesn't realize he's a big deal: "He has a real sense of self for that age."read more (Movies 27-Jul-14)

'How To Train Your Dragon 2' Made Using DWA's New Animation Software

On the ability to get more complex, director Dean DeBlois said protagonist Hiccup's costume "would normally have been too complicated." The system will be discussed further at Siggraph.read more (Movies 27-Jul-14)

'Very Good Girls' Director Naomi Foner on First Times and Lessons Learned

The Oscar-nominated screenwriter tells THR how she ended up making her directorial debut on an indie about two teenage best friends who vow to lose their virginity and the stories behind some of the film’s biggest scenes.read more (Movies 27-Jul-14)

Box Office: Scarlett Johansson's 'Lucy' Overpowers 'Hercules' With $44M Debut

UPDATED: From director Brett Ratner, "Hercules" opens to $29M, while Rob Reiner's "And So It Goes" opens at a distant No. 8; Roadside Attractions enjoys second-best opening ever with "A Most Wanted Man," starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman.read more (Movies 27-Jul-14)

Comic-Con: Kevin Smith's 'Tusk' First Look Trailer Released (Video)

Starring Justin Long, the bizarre horror film inspired by a joke segment on Smith's podcast also stars Johnny Depp and Haley Joel Osment. read more (Movies 27-Jul-14)

Hollywood Stakeholders Organizing to Support Drones in Production

The newly named Society of Aerial Cinematographers urges filmmakers to comment on FAA proposals at educational event.read more (Movies 27-Jul-14)

Comic-Con: 'Guardians of the Galaxy 2' Hitting Theaters in 2017

Marvel also revealed that Josh Brolin will appear in "Avengers: Age of Ultron."read more (Movies 27-Jul-14)

Comic-Con: Marvel Offers First Look at 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'

UPDATED: Before the clip was shown, the cast was brought out and Robert Downey Jr. threw roses into the audience. read more (Movies 26-Jul-14)

Comic-Con: Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez Want 'Sin City 3'

The co-directors along with actors Josh Brolin, Jessica Alba and Rosario Dawson teased Hall H with footage from "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" and revealed the gritty details of making the sequel.read more (Movies 26-Jul-14)

Comic-Con: Marvel Unveils Corey Stoll's 'Ant-Man' Villain

UPDATED: The studio revealed more of its cinematic universe during the Saturday Hall H panel. read more (Movies 26-Jul-14)

Comic-Con: Stephen Colbert Kicks Off 'Hobbit' Panel

The comedian's remarks referenced his love of J.R.R. Tolkien and his hopes and fears about first learning of the "Lord of the Rings" movies.read more (Movies 26-Jul-14)

Comic-Con: Legendary Sets King Kong Film 'Skull Island' for 2016

The studio made a surprise announcement at the end of its Hall H panel.read more (Movies 26-Jul-14)

Comic-Con: Guillermo del Toro Wows With First Look at 'Crimson Peak'

The creepy footage from the film showed stars Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, and Charlie Hunnam slinking around an old Victorian mansion.read more (Movies 26-Jul-14)

Comic-Con: 'Godzilla 2' Monsters Revealed, 'Warcraft' Footage Teased (Video)

Chris Hemsworth and Michael Mann also made appearances to show off their newly retitled thriller "Blackhat."read more (Movies 26-Jul-14)

Friday Report: 'Lucy' Kills with $17.1 Million

Based on Friday results, at least, the Summer box office slump seems to be drawing to an end this weekend.Sci-fi action movie Lucy opened in first place with an exceptional $17.1 million haul. Meanwhile, Hercules outperformed modest expectations, though it will probably still fall short of $30 million this weekend.Lucy's $17.1 million debut is significantly higher than Angelina Jolie's Salt, which took in $12.5 million on opening day in July 2010. More impressive is the fact that Lucy opene... (Box Office Mojo - Top Stories 26-Jul-14)

Box Office: 'Lucy' Wows With $17.1M Friday; 'Hercules' Distant No. 2

"Lucy" is now expected to gross a fantastic $45.2 million for the weekend; Woody Allen's "Magic in the Moonlight" and "A Most Wanted Man" open in select markets.read more (Movies 26-Jul-14)

Comic-Con: 'Fury Road' Director George Miller Talks 'Mad Max' Prequel, Mel Gibson

“Who knew that Mel would turn into Mad Max at one point," joked moderator Chris Hardwick during the Hall H panel. read more (Movies 26-Jul-14)

Comic-Con: Wonder Woman First Photo Revealed

UPDATED: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Gal Gadot kicked off the Warner Bros. panel to promote "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice" on Saturday. read more (Movies 26-Jul-14)

PiFan Fest Closes With Korean Romantic Thriller 'My Ordinary Love Story'

Austrian/German film "The Dark Valley" was named Best of Puchon while Norway's "Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead" became triple-crown winner.read more (Movies 26-Jul-14)

Comic-Con: Film Beats Theater 'Every Time' for Daniel Radcliffe

The actor who found global fame playing Harry Potter, has dabbled in theater in recent years, but he says film is still his first love. read more (Movies 26-Jul-14)

Forecast: 'Lucy' to Beat Up 'Hercules' This Weekend... >

Friday AM Update: Lucy and Hercules both did solid business on Thursday night. Lucy earned an estimated $2.75 million, while Hercules scored an estimated $2.1 million. Among Summer releases, Lucy is above The Purge: Anarchy ($2.6 million), while Hercules topped Edge of Tomorrow ($1.8 million). For the weekend, both movies are going to earn at least $20 million.Forecast: On the final weekend of July, two very different action movies will try to reverse the domestic box office's downward tren... (Box Office Mojo - Top Stories 24-Jul-14)

'Apes' Rules Again

On strong word-of-mouth, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes held the top spot for the second weekend in a row. Among the new releases, The Purge: Anarchy put up solid business in second place, while Planes: Fire & Rescue missed the mark and Sex Tape flopped.The Top 12 earned $134.9 million this weekend. That's off 26 percent from the same frame last year; overall, July box office is down over 30 percent year-to-year.Dawn of the Planet of the Apes eased 50 percent to $36.3 million. In co... (Box Office Mojo - Top Stories 20-Jul-14)

Friday Report: 'Purge' Slays, 'Sex Tape' Disappoints on Friday

The Purge: Anarchy took first place on Friday, though it will almost certainly fall behind Dawn of the Planet of the Apes over the three-day weekend.Playing at 2,805 theaters, the horror sequel earned an estimated $13 million on opening day. That's down 22 percent from the first Purge, which debuted to $16.8 million last June. If it follows the first movie's pattern, it will wind up with just over $26 million for the weekend. Reviews and word-of-mouth have improved time around, though, so i... (Box Office Mojo - Top Stories 19-Jul-14)

Forecast: 'Purge,' 'Sex Tape' Challenge 'Apes'

Friday AM Update: Playing at 2,194 locations, The Purge: Anarchy earned an estimated $2.6 million from late Thursday shows. In comparison, the first Purge grossed $3.4 million on Thursday night. This drop suggests that The Purge: Anarchy will fall short of the first movie's $34 million opening weekend. Meanwhile, Sex Tape earned $1.1 million on Thursday night. That's less than half of the $2.56 million that Neighbors took in on Thursday, but is also on par with last year's The Heat ($1 mill... (Box Office Mojo - Top Stories 17-Jul-14)

Fox is First Studio to Reach $1 Billion in 2014

Thanks to a strong debut from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, 20th Century Fox has became the first studio to pass $1 billion at the domestic box office this year. The studio crossed the $1 billion mark on Sunday, which was the 194th day of the year. The last time it took this long for a studio to get there was in 2006, when Disney hit that level in 215 days.Fox's biggest title of the year is also currently the highest-grossing movie of the Summer: through Sunday, X-Men: Days of Future Past... (Box Office Mojo - Top Stories 15-Jul-14)

'Apes' Goes Bananas

With strong reviews and goodwill from its well-liked predecessor, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes easily ruled the domestic box office this weekend.Overall, though, it was another slow weekend at U.S. movie theaters: the Top 12 earned $138.6 million, which is down 26 percent from the same weekend last year.Debuting at 3,967 theaters, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes earned $72.6 million this weekend. That's a 33 percent improvement over the last movie's $54.8 million opening, and is also notic... (Box Office Mojo - Top Stories 13-Jul-14)

Friday Report: 'Apes' Strong on Opening Day

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes ruled the box office on Friday with an estimated $27.7 million.That debut is up significantly from 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes ($19.5 million), and is also a bit higher than last year's World War Z ($25.2 million).The movie has strong reviews and good word-of-mouth, which should help prevent a steep Saturday drop off. The World Cup final could keep some people away on Sunday, though. Regardless, Dawn is likely to wind up over $70 million for the week... (Box Office Mojo - Top Stories 12-Jul-14)