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Warner Bros., Bron Strike $100 Million Co-Financing Deal

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Warner Bros. and Bron Creative have closed a $100 million co-financing deal for six movies, including Clint Eastwood’s “The Mule” and Rebel Wilson’s “Isn’t It Romantic.”

The deal, announced on Tuesday, also covers the “Joker” origin film starring Joaquin Phoenix; crime drama “The Kitchen,” with Melissa McCarthy and Tiffany Haddish; action-comedy “Superintelligence,” toplined by McCarthy, Bobby Cannavale, and James Corden; and the tentatively titled “Torrance.” It expands Warner’s relationship with Bron Creative, which previously co-financed New Line’s “The Good Liar, directed by Bill Condon and starring Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen, to be released on Nov. 15, 2019.

Bron Creative is a joint venture between Bron Studios, led by Aaron L. Gilbert, and Creative Wealth Media, led by Jason Cloth. Gilbert and/or Cloth will serve as executive producers on these upcoming movies.

“Aaron and the team at Bron have been great partners with us on ‘The Good Liar
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Warner Bros Inks $100M Co-Financing Deal With Bron For Six Films, Including ‘Joker’ & ‘The Mule’

  • Deadline
Warner Bros and Bron Creative, the joint venture between Bron Studios and Creative Wealth Media, have sealed a $100 million co-financing deal for six movies, starting with the Clint Eastwood thriller The Mule that opened last week.

The deal will make Bron’s Aaron L. Gilbert and/or Creative Wealth’s Jason Cloth executive producers on the films. The Warner Bros titles in the deal include the Joaquin Phoenix-starring Joker and Ben Affleck’s Torrance, and New Line Cinema’s Isn’t It Romantic, The Kitchen and Superintelligence.

Bron Creative previously co-financed New Line’s The Good Liar, directed by Bill Condon and starring Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen. It has a to November 15, 2019, release date.

Warner Bros has been looking for co-fi partners since discontinuing its slate-funding relationship with RatPac Dune. That company, formerly run by Brett Ratner and James Packer, financed a portion of just about every recent
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Bron Creative Announces $100 Million Co-Financing Deal With Warner Bros.

Bron Creative has closed a multi-picture, $100 million co-financing deal with Warner Bros, the company announced on Tuesday.

Bron Studios and Creative Wealth Media will co-finance several upcoming Warner Bros. films, including Clint Eastwood’s “The Mule,” the Batman villain prequel “Joker” with Joaquin Phoenix, the Ben Affleck-led film “Torrance” (working title) from Gavin O’Connor, as well as New Line Cinema’s “Isn’t It Romantic” with Rebel Wilson, “The Kitchen” starring Melissa McCarthy and Tiffany Haddish and “Superintelligence,” also starring McCarthy.

Bron’s Aaron L. Gilbert and/or Creative Wealth Media’s Jason Cloth will also serve as executive producers on these upcoming films.

Also Read: 'The Mule' Film Review: Clint Eastwood Drives for the Cartel in Thoughtful, Bumpy Crime Tale

The deal expands Warner’s relationship with Bron Creative, which previously co-financed New Line’s “The Good Liar,” which will be released on Nov. 15, 2019.

“I
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Bron Creative signs $100m co-financing deal with Warner Bros

The Bron Studios joint venture will back projects including Joker, The Kitchen and Torrance.

Bron Creative has signed a $100 million co-financing deal with Warner Bros Pictures covering six features from the studio and its New Line Cinema division.

Warner projects covered by the deal - which expands on Bron Creative’s co-financing arrangement for New Line’s The Good Liar - include recent Clint Eastwood release The Mule, DC Comics origin story Joker, set for release next autumn with Joaquin Phoenix starring, and upcoming Ben Affleck drama Torrance.

The upcoming New Line projects are Rebel Wilson/Liam Hemsworth comedy Isn’t It Romantic,
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Bron Creative Strikes $100M Co-Financing Deal With Warner Bros.

Bron Creative, the joint venture between Bron Studios, led by Aaron L. Gilbert, and Creative Wealth Media, led by Jason Cloth, has closed a multi-picture, $100 million co-financing deal with Warner Bros. Pictures that will cover Clint Eastwood’s new film, The Mule, as well as five upcoming movies from both Warners and its New Line Cinema unit. Gilbert and/or Cloth will serve as executive producers on the upcoming films.

The deal expands on Warners' relationship with Bron Creative, which previously co-financed New Line’s The Good Liar, directed by Bill Condon and starring Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen, which is ...
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The Best Double Features of 2018

Drive-in theaters may not be the popular viewing spot they once were, but with the overwhelming accessibility we now have, one can program their own personal double bill with back-to-back features that hit a specific thematic sweet spot. Today, we’ve run through the gamut of 2018 films to select the finest pairings (and a few triple features). Check out list the below, and we’d love to hear your own picks, which can be left in the comments.

Roma and Shoplifters

What makes a group of people a family, and what makes families so resilient? Markedly different in settings and plots, two of the year’s greatest achievements in film, Alfonso Cuarón’s Golden Lion winner Roma and Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Palme d’Or recipient Shoplifters, follow tight-knit groups of people in their struggles to stick together against all sorts of adversities. In Roma, Cuarón’s elegiac childhood memoir of
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Movie Talk: ‘Spider-Verse 2′ Story Will Focus on Miles and Gwen

On today's episode of Movie Talk, Mark Ellis, Perri Nemiroff and John Rocha discuss the following: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse took the #1 spot at the box office this weekend with $35.4 million. Clint Eastwood's The Mule took the #2 spot with a haul of $17 million. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse producer Amy Pascal reveals that the sequel will focus on a romance between Miles Morales and Gwen Stacy. It will also launch the Spider-Women sequel. In an interview with Collider's Christina Radish, actor Thomas Mann revealed that Disney's live-…
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‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ box office: Marvel superhero has a historic opening weekend

‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ box office: Marvel superhero has a historic opening weekend
Unsurprisingly, the number-one film in America over the weekend of December 14-16 was the animated film “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.” That makes this the 13th weekend of 2018 with a Marvel Comics adaptation on top — yes, Marvel movies have led the box office for a full quarter of the calendar. What’s more, “Spider-Verse” made history, and it looks like it could have long legs heading into the holiday season.

“Spider-Verse” opened with $35.4 million, which may not sound like a lot relative to other Marvel movies, but this version is independent of the gargantuan Marvel Cinematic Universe that has fueled Hollywood for the last decade, and it follows a different protagonist: Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore).

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But those numbers nevertheless make this the biggest December opening ever for an animated film, besting “Sing” from 2016. And “Spider-Verse” got an A+ from Cinemascore,
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Box Office: Senior Citizens Make Clint Eastwood's 'The Mule' a Heartland Hit

Box Office: Senior Citizens Make Clint Eastwood's 'The Mule' a Heartland Hit
While Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse won the weekend box office race with a debut of $35.4 million thanks to kids and fanboys, Clint Eastwood's The Mule scored a victory of its own by appealing to America's heartland and decidedly older moviegoers.

The Mule, from Warner Bros., opened to $17.2 million to land one of the top starts ever for a film helmed by Eastwood, who remains Hollywood's most prolific director at the age of 88. The Mule is actually the second film he directed this year, following The 15:17 to Paris, which was released in February. And although The Mule didn'...
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‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Big, ‘The Mule’ Strong; ‘Mortal Engines’ Sputters

‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Big, ‘The Mule’ Strong; ‘Mortal Engines’ Sputters
Sometimes raw figures don’t tell the full story. Case in point: This weekend, grosses dropped nearly 60 percent, or about $160 million, below the same results for the same three-day weekend, even more from the year before. Does this mean the end of the year has become a disaster?

Well, no. Why? Because most years see the release of top holiday films delayed closer to December 25 — the better to maximize impact and not worry about peaking too early. And this year saw no “Star Wars” title released.

By other comparisons, the results — which include decent or better initial takes for two new films (“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” and “The Mule”) and an ongoing impressive showing for “The Grinch” — portend an excellent end-of-year result.

Still, the absence of Luke Skywalker and company from this year’s lineup could mean year-end box office will stay close to the norm this decade. How “Mary
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Mortal Engines Is an Epic Flop That May Lose $100 Million

Mortal Engines Is an Epic Flop That May Lose $100 Million
They can't all be winners. And it looks like no one really wanted a steampunk fantasy adventure about giant cities on wheels crushing everything in their path. Peter Jackson's mammoth Mortal Engines is already one of 2018's biggest flops after making its debut in theaters just this weekend. And it's on target for a $100 million loss or more.

There are bombs. Then there are epic flops. You can easily slide Mortal Engines into that second category. The movie cost slightly over $100 million to make, with tens of millions added to its global marketing costs. While Universal Pictures hasn't officially weighed in, executives at rival studios are estimating the losses to be $100 million or more. The movie has earned just $7.5 million during its debut weekend, going up against the critically acclaimed animated adventure Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Clint Eastwood's return to acting in The Mule. Exhibitor Relations analyst
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'Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse' scores top December launch for animated film in North America

'Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse' scores top December launch for animated film in North America
Barry Jenkins’ awards contenders If Beale Street Could Talk scores $56,119 average in debut weekend.

Updated: Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse scored the highest December debut weekend for an animated film thanks to an estimated $35.4m weekend that more than doubled the number two debut of Clint Eastwood’s drama The Mule.

Annapurna scored with Barry Jenkins’ awards contender If Beale Street Could Talk, which opened at number 20 on $224,476 in four venues for an excellent $56,119 average. The James Baldwin adaptation centres on a young pregnant woman in 1970s Harlem desperately trying to get her fiancé off a wrongful charge of rape. Regina King
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‘Spider-Verse’ Takes Over the Box Office

It was an easy number one win for Sony’s superb animated feature Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse this weekend at the North America box office. Joining Spidey in waking up the sleepy pre-holiday December box office was the latest Clint Eastwood feature, The Mule. The same couldn’t be said for Universal’s Mortal Engines, which seized up in its disastrous fifth place start.

For the past three years, this weekend has been the launch pad for a new Star Wars film from Disney. This year, the Force took a breather, which resulted in the top ten dropping 62% from one year ago at this time when The Last Jedi opened to an eye-popping $220 million. That said, the box office did jump up a healthy 36% over last week’s totals. It should continue to climb higher next week when Mary Poppins Returns, Aquaman and Bumblebee all begin their domestic runs.

Swinging into 3,813 theaters,
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‘Mortal Engines’ to Lose More Than $100 Million at Box Office

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‘Mortal Engines’ to Lose More Than $100 Million at Box Office
Mortal Engines,” a steampunk fantasy adventure, is also an epic flop.

With a budget of just over $100 million and tens of millions in global marketing costs, executives at rival studios estimate that the movie will lose upwards of $100 million. Some even project that number could float to more than $125 million. “Mortal Engines” has so far made a paltry $42 million globally. The sci-fi epic came into a crowded marketplace at a competitive time of year, opening against the well-reviewed “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” and “The Mule,” a Clint Eastwood thriller that had a better start than expected. “Mortal Engines,” on the other hand, launched below estimates, generating just $7.5 million when it debuted in North America.

“This is a true Christmas disaster and a lump of coal for Universal,” said Jeff Bock, an analyst with Exhibitor Relations. “They took a big swing, and they struck out.”

The film still has a few international markets left to open,
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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Scores Record Breaking December Box Office Debut

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Scores Record Breaking December Box Office Debut
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse now holds the record for the highest grossing December debut of an animated movie. The comic book adventure was able to earn $35.4 million over the weekend, which easily gave it the number one spot. The Spider-Man multiverse story has been getting great reviews from fans and critics and is another superhero hit for Sony after this year's incredible success of Venom.

Clint Eastwood's The Mule was able to take in $17.2 million, earning the second spot at this weekend's box office. The impressive opening is one of Eastwood's best and is also the first movie that he has been featured in since 2012's Trouble with the Curve. The Grinch continues to hold strong, falling to number three this week. The animated holiday movie earned $11.5 million and has made $372.6 million globally since its debut 6 weeks ago.

Coming in at number four at the box office this weekend
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‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’ Grabs Top Box Office Spot With $35 million

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse was the resounding winner of the box office weekend, taking in $35 million and besting fellow newcomer The Mule. Mortal Engines had a disappointing debut with $7.5 million. Here’s the top 10:

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse – Spidey flick debuts with $35.4 million.

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'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' Delivers Largest December Animated Opening at $35.4 Million

'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' Delivers Largest December Animated Opening at $35.4 Million
For the 13th time this year the top film at the weekend box office was adapted from a Marvel Comics property as Sony's animated release of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse took the weekend box office crown with the largest opening ever for an animated film in December. Warner Bros.'s The Mule also enjoyed a solid debut while Universal's release of Mortal Engines crashed and burned. Additionally, ahead of its domestic debut next weekend, WB's Aquaman continued its stellar international rollout as the #1 film at the global box office this weekend. Finishing at #1, Sony Animation's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse brought in an estimated $35.4 million for what is the largest three-day animated opening of all-time in the month of December. Previously, Universal and Illumination's Sing held that record with its $35.2 million opening. However, that debut does come with the caveat that it was part of a five-day opening
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Box Office: ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Swings to $35 Million Debut, ‘Mortal Engines’ Sputters

  • Variety
Box Office: ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Swings to $35 Million Debut, ‘Mortal Engines’ Sputters
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is the new box office king, collecting a solid $35.4 million during its first three days of release.

That’s hardly the biggest opening for an animated film this year, but it does rank as the best start for a cartooned flick in the month of December. Illumination’s “Sing” previously held that title, debuting with $35 million in 2016. “Star Wars” aside, the last month of the year typically fields smaller openings that have long legs during the holidays.

Another weekend release, Warner Bros.’ “The Mule,” snagged the No. 2 spot with $17 million. Clint Eastwood directed and stars in the R-rated crime drama about a nonagenarian who gets caught smuggling drugs for the cartel. “The Mule,” Eastwood’s first acting gig since 2012’s “Trouble With the Curve,” brought out a much older crowd with moviegoers over the age of 35 accounted for 78% of audiences. In addition to Eastwood, “The Mule” cast includes Bradley Cooper,
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‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Climbs to $35 Million Opening

‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Climbs to $35 Million Opening
Sony’s “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is off to a solid start at the box office this weekend, topping the charts with a $35.4 million opening from 3,813 screens.

When compared to the openings for past animated films from producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller — Lord also co-wrote the script for “Spider-Verse” — this seems like a big step down. “The Lego Batman Movie,” for example, had an opening of $53 million in February 2017. But this if this opening holds tomorrow, “Spider-Verse” will just edge out the $35.2 million start of 2016 Illumination movie “Sing” for the best animated opening in December box office history

Sing” ended up legging out all the way to a $270 million domestic run, and Sony is hoping for a similarly strong holiday season run for the $90 million “Spider-Verse.” Word of mouth has been overwhelmingly positive, as the film earned an A+ on CinemaScore and dazzled critics with a 97 percent Rotten Tomatoes score.
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Box Office: 'Spider-Verse' Swings to Heroic $35M; 'The Mule' Trots to Strong $17M

In another win for Sony's stable of Marvel films, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse swung to $35.4 million in its domestic debut — the best December opening ever for an animated film — laying the course for a strong run over the year-end holidays.

The critically acclaimed film, produced by Philip Lord and Christopher Miller, reveals a shared universe where there can be more than one Spider-Man and introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) as the latest hero to wear the mask.

Without a Star Wars movie in the holiday corridor for the first time since 2014, overall revenue for the ...
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