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Warner Bros’ ‘Tom & Jerry’ opening is second-best debut during pandemic

Warner Bros is reporting this morning that Tim Story’s Tom & Jerry didn’t do $13.7M for the weekend, rather $14.1M. That’s a very good indication that an upbeat vibe is developing among moviegoer confidence as this pandemic slowly starts to draw its curtains. Rival studio estimates as of yesterday AM had Tom & Jerry at $13.55M for the weekend. Essentially, the Chris DeFaria animation hybrid production posted a better Sunday than expected with $4.035M. Further broken down, Tom & Jerry did $4M on Friday, and $6.1M on Saturday, +53% from Friday at 2,475…

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How the box-office will power back in 2021

As pollyannaish as it sounds, especially as the domestic 2020 box office crumbles to a historic all-time low of $2.27 billion due to the coronavirus pandemic, the global theatrical business is poised for a comeback in 2021. However, it might take a few months. How in God’s name can such a ridiculous projection be forecasted? Entertainment conglomerates, like AT&T, are drunk from launching their own streaming services, with visions of $500-plus share prices dancing in their heads. Also, aren’t more movie theaters expected to close down? As bankruptcy rumors continue…

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UK cinema chains Odeon & Showcase plan to reopen in July

EXCLUSIVE UPDATE, 5:45AM: UK exhibitor Odeon Cinemas, which is owned by the Wanda-controlled AMC Theatres, has become the latest chain to confirm it is aiming to re-open its venues in “early July’, depending on evolving government regulations and available movies. An Oden spokesperson told Deadline: “We continue to make good progress in our plans for reopening cinemas in the UK and across Europe. We are working closely with national cinema associations and governments as we introduce additional health and safety protocols across all of our sites. “These new protocols have…

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