Showbiz Sandbox 287: The Unofficial Line On This Year’s Comic-Con

July 13, 2015


Pop-culture fans from around the world made their annual pilgrimage to San Diego over the weekend for this year’s Comic-Con.  More than 130,000 attendees turned up to a show where the largest auditorium has a capacity of 6,000. Alex Billington, editor of FirstShowing, explains how some fans had to wait in line for days (literally) to get into popular panel discussions such as the one for “Star Wars: Episode VII”.

Billington waited out the neverending lines so he could fill us in on all the events, panels, trailers and collectibles designed to build hype for upcoming films and television shows like “Hateful Eight”, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Deadpool”. In fact, so many movie studios and television networks showed up at Comic-Con, and with so much content, one has to wonder if their marketing messages weren’t ultimately lost in all the noise.

Meanwhile, the Minions spinoff from the “Despicable Me” franchise opened to record box office in North America giving Universal Pictures yet another big hit this year. Surely the studio will want the animated film to stick around cinemas for as long as possible, whereas Paramount Pictures has teamed up with two theater chains in an experiment to shorten the release window on certain films.

Of course we also cover the week’s top entertainment news including a request from publishing groups for an antitrust investigation targeting Amazon, “South Park” continues to redefine television thanks to a new deal with Hulu and the Rolling Stones continue their reign as the concert industry’s top earner.


Box Office: ‘Minions’ Land Record $46.2M Friday

‘Minions’ Dominates With $115.2 Million Debut

Final Chapter In Popular Franchise Vs. First-Time Director’s Pet Project

Forever Young: A Fluffy, Saccharine Chinese Coming-of-Age Tale

India’s Most Expensive Film ‘Bahubali’ Opens Strongly, Garners Critical Acclaim

First Showing’s 2015 Comic-Con Coverage

Must Watch: Comic-Con Trailer for Zack Snyder’s ‘Batman v Superman’

Comic-Con 2015 Live: Lucasfilm’s Big Star Wars Hall H Presentation

Tarantino Announces Ennio Morricone is Scoring ‘The Hateful Eight’

Mondo’s Gorgeous Comic-Con Posters for del Toro’s ‘Crimson Peak’

This Year’s Big Comic-Con Collectible? Posters. Especially Those By Mondo

Comic-Con 2015: Why the Convention Stayed in San Diego

Comic-Con 2015: Tarantino Rails Against Computer-Generated Imagery

‘Star Wars’ Han Solo Spinoff in the Works With ‘Lego Movie’ Directors

‘South Park’ Re-Ups With Massive Hulu, Comedy Central Deals

Accusing Amazon of Antitrust Violations, Authors and Booksellers Demand Inquiry

US Women’s World Cup Win Shatters American Soccer Ratings Record

China’s Stock Market Rout: Media Firms’ Chance of Escape Gets Smaller

China’s Efforts Fail to Contain Market Plunge

Chinese Stock Markets Continue to Nosedive as Regulator Warns of Panic

Wanda Cinema Line’s Box-Office Revenue Rises

Harry Shearer Inks Deal to Return to ‘The Simpsons’

FTC exploring Apple rules for streaming music rivals in App Store

‘The View’ Loses Another Rosie

‘The View’ Officially Announces Michelle Collins Hiring

Rolling Stones Lead a Record Midyear Concert Revenue Report for 2015

‘Big Bang Theory’ to Be First U.S. Series to Stream on Chinese Web Sites Under New Rules

Academy’s New Board of Governors Reflects Slowly Changing Demographics

Keith Olbermann, ESPN to Part Ways Once Again

Who Do You Think You Are?! Broadway Star Patti LuPone Takes on Audience Texting at Shows For Days

Jonathan Groff Calls Out Madonna: ‘That B*tch Was on Her Phone’ During Hamilton Performance

Comcast to Launch Internet TV Service Dubbed Stream

Paramount Teams With Exhibitors to Shorten Home Entertainment Release Windows

Satoru Iwata, Nintendo Chief Executive, Dies at 55

​Omar Sharif, 83, a Star in ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ and ‘Doctor Zhivago,’ Dies

Producer Jerry Weintraub Dies at 77

Roger Rees, Star of ‘The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby,’ Dies at 71


  • mgiltz

    I’ve never been to the “real” Comic-Con in San Diego. Our guest Alex Billington somehow makes me understand both what I’ve missed and how over-stuffed the whole weekend has become! So now I’m jealous and relieved at the same time.