Hulu faces existential crisis as Disney decides how to move forward

Signage is seen at the 2019 Deadline Contenders Hulu Reception at Paramount Theater on the Paramount Studios lot on April 07, 2019 in Hollywood, California. Rachel Murray | Getty Images Disney has a Hulu problem. In 2019, the entertainment giant struck an unusual agreement with Comcast. Two months earlier, Disney had acquired Fox’s 33% stake … Read more

Why ‘Minions’ beat ‘Lightyear’ at the box office

Two blockbuster animated franchises went head-to-head at the box office this past weekend. One of them benefited from buzz – and it was not “Lightyear.” In just three days, Universal and Illumination’s “Minions: The Rise of Gru” tallied more than $ 107 million in domestic ticket sales and topped $ 200 million globally. Its rival, … Read more

To understand this vile market, study the dot-com crash of 2000

Forty years is an awfully long time. Yet that’s how much time has passed since we have had an abomination like this first half of the year. Almost everything went down. Your stocks went down. Your bonds went down. Your house went down. Your crypto went down. The only thing that did not go down … Read more

Rise of Gru domestic box office opening tops $108 million

“Minions: The Rise of Gru” is the sequel to the 2015 film, “Minions,” and spin-off / prequel to the main “Despicable Me” film series. Universal Families have gone bananas for “Minions: The Rise of Gru.” Over the weekend, the Universal and Illumination animated feature tallied more than $ 108 million in ticket sales. The fifth … Read more

Starz could turn into ‘acquisition machine’ after spinoff from Lionsgate

Liberty Media’s John Malone Michael Kovac | Getty Images Written in the Starz? Lionsgate is planning a spinoff of Starz, home of “Outlander” and “Power,” by early next year. Vivendi’s Canal Plus and private equity firm Apollo Global, in tandem with streaming distributor Roku, have both made preliminary bids for a 20% stake, sources say. … Read more

Maverick’ gives 2022 box office momentum, but inflation could hurt

“Top Gun: Maverick” rocketed to $ 1 billion at the global box office over the weekend, setting a new career milestone for star Tom Cruise and signaling some momentum for the domestic box office as it heads into the second half of the year. The Paramount and Skydance film is the second feature to reach … Read more

Pixar film nabs $51 million in domestic opening

Chris Evans voices Buzz Lightyear in Pixar’s “Lightyear.” Disney Pixar’s “Lightyear” rocketed to a $ 51 million domestic opening, the best performance of an animated feature since the pandemic began. Internationally, the Disney film tallied $ 34.6 million in ticket sales, bringing its global haul to $ 85.6 million. The animated film’s performance, while strong … Read more

Will Netflix stop binge releases? Experts weigh in

A scene from Netflix’s “Stranger Things”. Source: Netflix Could Netflix ditch its binge-release model? Stranger things have happened. The all-at-once release strategy for television shows is a bedrock of Netflix’s strategy. The first seven episodes of “Stranger Things,” which all premiered on May 27, broke records. It was the biggest premiere weekend ever for an … Read more

Dominion’ opening weekend box office

DeWanda Wise and Laura Dern star in Universal’s “Jurassic World: Dominion.” Universe “Jurassic World: Dominion” roared to the top of the domestic box office over the weekend, generating more than $ 143 million in ticket sales during its debut. Internationally, the film has secured around $ 245.8 million since opening earlier this month, bringing its … Read more

Netflix and rivals enter pivotal second act of streaming wars saga

Reed Hastings, Co-CEO, Netflix speaks at the 2021 Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California, U.S. October 18, 2021. David Swanson | Reuters The media and entertainment industry prides itself on its mastery of classical storytelling’s three acts: the setup, the conflict and the resolution. It’s safe to declare the first act of the … Read more