‘Jumanji’ Teen Gang Return For Sequel

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The four teens who had an out-of-body experience in Sony’s $962M-grossing hit Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – Alex Wolff, Ser’Darius Blain, Madison Iseman, and Morgan Turner – are coming back for the sequel which opens on Dec. 13.
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Former Sony Marketing Exec Nancy Tate Launches Crush Agency

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Former Sony Pictures marketing executive Nancy Tate has launched Crush, a full-service boutique creative agency that will develop original marketing content, strategies and campaigns for film, TV and digital clients.
Tate said in a release that the mai…

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Star Awkwafina In Talks For Sony’s ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ Sequel

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Actress/rapper Awkwafina is in final negotiations to join Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan in the sequel to Sony’s blockbuster hit Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, which has Jake Kasdan returning as director.
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February Blockbusters Like ‘Black Panther’ and 6 Other Box Office ‘Truths’ Shattered in 2018 (Photos)

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When it comes to releasing a hit movie, Hollywood regularly obeys unspoken rules and trends that determine what films get greenlit and when those films are put in theaters. But every year, there are certain hit films that rewrite those rules, and 2018 …

Dwayne Johnson Talks ‘Opportunities’ With Kevin Hart on ‘Hobbs and Shaw’ Set (Photo)

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Kevin Hart dropped by the set of Dwayne Johnson’s “Fast & Furious” spinoff, “Hobbs and Shaw,” where they talked about creating “opportunities that entertain the world.”

“We f— with each other all the time because it’s what we love to do and the world loves it too, but we also have a mutual hunger to build out our enterprises and create opportunities that entertain the world,” Johnson said on Instagram.

“We’re lining up some very big things for the world to enjoy.”

Also Read: Dwayne Johnson and Vanessa Kirby Look Bloody Great in First ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Photo

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Hart and Johnson are set to star together again in the untitled “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” sequel, which is set for release on Dec. 13, 2019.

The two last “interacted” when Hart appeared on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and attempted to call Johnson. Johnson twice rejected his calls, but then quickly answered when Fallon rang him over FaceTime.

“Kevin, to me, is like a little gremlin that I just want to take him and throw him into oncoming traffic,” Johnson joked via FaceTime on “The Tonight Show” back in September.

Also Read: ‘Hobbs & Shaw’: Dwayne Johnson Shares First Look Staredown With Jason Statham (Photo)

And Johnson didn’t let Hart off the hook this time either. “I still want to slap his little lips into next week though,” Johnson joked.

See the Instagram post here.

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Domestic Box Office Hits $12 Billion Within a Year for First Time Ever

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With two months still to go in 2018, the box office has already hit an unprecedented high. ComScore and the National Association of Theater Owners announced on Tuesday that domestic grosses over the past 12 months have hit $12 billion, the first time it has ever reached that mark in such a time span.

The time span tallied went from this past weekend back to the final weekend of October 2017. During that time, several major blockbuster hits have hit theaters, starting with Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok” with $315 million from its release in November 2017.

Also Read: ‘Venom’ Sets New October Opening Record With $80 Million Launch

After that, Marvel films from Disney and Fox continued to drive ticket sales with “Black Panther,” “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Deadpool 2,” and “Ant-Man & the Wasp,” all of which combined to gross $1.91 billion domestically. In total, films about superheroes have grossed $3.1 billion in the past year, roughly a quarter of all domestic grosses.

Other big contributors over the past year include “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” with $612 million, “Incredibles 2” with an animation record $607.9 million, “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” with $416.7 million, and the biggest surprise, “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” with $404.5 million.

Also Read: ‘Incredibles 2’ Sets Animation Box Office Record, Will Cross $500 Million Domestic

“In the wake of the first $12 billion one year box office period ever, the potential for the first $12 billion calendar year in North America is strong as the Industry enjoys an 11% YTD advantage over 2017, a 6% advantage over the record year of 2016 and boasts an upcoming slate of blockbusters and awards season contenders that look to power the year to that elusive box office milestone,” said comScore’s Paul Dergarabedian in a statement.

The holiday blockbuster season is expected to kick off in earnest in two weeks with Warner Bros.’ “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” which is expected to post a $65-75 million opening. Other major players in the holiday box office include Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet” and “Mary Poppins Returns,” Sony’s “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” WB/DC’s “Aquaman,” and Paramount’s “Transformers” spinoff “Bumblebee.”

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Box Office Hits $12 Billion In One-Year Period For First Time

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ComScore and the National Association of Theatre Owners said Tuesday that North American box offices hit an unprecedented record $12 billion in the last 12 months for the first time. The period covers films released in theaters in the U.S. and Canada f…

Sony Pictures Registers $209M Q2 Profit, Boosts Full-Year Outlook

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Sony Pictures Entertainment has posted a $209M profit for the July-September period, a significant increase on last year’s similar quarter which logged $68M in earnings while last quarter saw a $68M loss. The jump is thanks in part to the robust global…

Sony Pictures Narrows First-Quarter Loss To $68M, Ups Full-Year Forecast

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Sony Corp is reporting first quarter earnings this morning in Tokyo with Sony Pictures Entertainment posting a $68.3M loss for the April-June period. This marks an improvement on 2017’s $86.2M Q1 loss, which in turn had improved on the previous year&#8…

‘Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle’ Sequel Gets Release Date, ‘Angry Birds 2’ To Fly A Week Earlier

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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle sequel and Angry Birds 2 have been dated for release by Sony. The Dwayne Johnson-starring comedy remake will drop now on Dec. 13, 2019. That puts Jumanji into the weekend after the highly anticipated family animated offer…

Sony Pictures Swings To $376M Full-Year Profit With Help From ‘Spider-Man,’ ‘Jumanji’

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Aided by the performance of box office hits Spider-Man: Homecoming and Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle, Sony Pictures Entertainment recorded a full-year profit of $376M (41.1B yen) compared to a $719M loss in 2016. Revenues in the division increased 12%…

‘Greatest Showman’ Tops Disc Sales Charts as ‘Last Jedi’ Slips to No. 2

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After two weeks at No. 1, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” finally ceded the top spot on the national home video sales charts to a new release from 20th Century Fox. “The Greatest Showman,” a musical biopic about circ…

Sony Honchos Rally the Troops at All-Hands Meeting (EXCLUSIVE)

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Fresh off the box-office success of “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” Sony honchos — chairman and CEO Tony Vinciquerra, studio chief Tom Rothman and newly-installed TV chief Mike Hopkins — held an all-hands meeting Thursday to talk about how Sony is positioning itself in the era of studio consolidation and fierce competition from streaming giants. […]