‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’ Tops Foreign Box Office

Disney’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass” topped the foreign box office, earning a respectable $65 million this weekend from nearly 80 foreign territories. However, the fantasy adventure is still staring at a write-down after bombing domestically, where it earned a meagre $28.1 million in its opening weekend. By the time it ends its run, the… Read more »

TNT: NBA Western Conference Finals Game 6 Coverage A Ratings Slam Dunk

Whether you were a relieved Golden State Warriors fan or an increasingly worried supporter of the Oklahoma City Thunder who may or may not be nursing a serious depression hangover after game six of the NBA Western Conference finals, you definitely weren’t alone. According to TNT, its exclusive coverage of last night’s game was the network’s most-watched NBA Western Conference game six of all time.
The Warriors/Thunder match up averaged 10.8 million total viewers and a…

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Korea Box Office: ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Debuts on Top

Fox’s “X-Men: Apocalypse” opened in top spot at the Korean box office on Wednesday (May 25). Debuting on 1,258 screens nationwide, the Marvel-based superhero film earned $11.5 million from 1.63 million admissions over five days. The score is slightly lower than “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” which made $13.3 million from 1.91 million admissions in… Read more »

China Box Office: ‘Alice’ Looks at $26 Million Opening

Hollywood movies occupied the four top spots at the Chinese box office over the weekend, but their scores and the combined cumulative performance were on the low side of ordinary by recent standards. “Alice Through The Looking Glass” opened in top spot with a three day weekend total of $26.3 million, deposing “The Angry Birds… Read more »

PopPolitics: Trump and the Politics of Mass Distraction (Listen)

Donald Trump actually delivered a speech on energy policy this past week, but it was overshadowed by coverage of protests outside his rallies and his own invoking of ’90s scandals involving Bill and Hillary Clinton. Does a news environment of discord and disarray still work in his favor? On the latest edition of Variety‘s “PopPolitics”… Read more »

Best of the Week: from Cannes Awards to Weekend Box Office

Arthouse Audit: Openers Struggle as ‘Love & Friendship’ and ‘The Lobster’ Flourish

Box Office Preview: ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Set to Crush ‘Alice’ Sequel

Screen Talk: How the Cannes Festival Will Impact the Rest of the Year

Woody Allen, Mel Gibson, and More Maligned Auteurs: Should We Forgive Them? 

Paul Verhoeven’s ‘Elle’ and Tom Ford’s ‘Nocturnal Animals’ Get Oscar-Friendly Release Dates

The 12 Hottest Box Office Prospects Coming Out of Cannes

How Miranda Otto Dug Into the Juiciest Women’s Role on Television 

How George Miller’s Competition Jury Picked the Cannes Winners —and Losers

BBC’s ‘Top Gear’ Retuned But Staying True to Original Essence, Says Series Editor Alex Renton

“Top Gear,” the world’s biggest motoring show, relaunches in the U.K. on BBC on Sunday and in the U.S. on BBC America on Monday with a new lineup of hosts — led by Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc – and some fine tuning to the format, including a significant change to the “Star in a… Read more »