Showbiz Sandbox 361: Forget Release Windows, CinemaCon Proves the Screen is the Future

April 4, 2017


Cinema operators gathered in Las Vegas last week to attend the annual CinemaCon trade show where they were able to preview upcoming film releases and learn about some of the new technology on offer for their theatres. Naturally, box office was a big topic with global ticket sales (barely) hitting a record $38.6 billion. Even with a strong U.S. dollar, international box office still made up 71% of the total.

Another issue on everyone’s mind were theatrical release windows; studios want to introduce a premium video on demand offering that brings new releases to the home sooner, though exhibitors are understandably pushing back.

Meanwhile, there may be no movies to show in cinemas if screenwriters goes on strike. The Writers Guild of America has been meeting with producers and studios, however the sides are far apart in their negotiations and a strike is looking more likely.

Of course, we also cover the week’s top entertainment news stories including Robert Downey Jr. as Dr. Dolittle, why major advertisers are upset with YouTube and Adam Sandler reups with Netflix.


Robert Iger, Disney’s C.E.O., Agrees to One-Year Extension

comScore Announces Official Worldwide Box Office Results for Weekend of April 2, 2017

Global Box Office Hits Record $38.6 Billion in 2016 Even as China Slows Down

International Box Office Flatlines in 2016, MPAA Report Says

Weak March Means China Box Office Recovery Is Not Yet in Sight

Jim Gianopulos Getting Greenlight Authority for Movies Up to $100 Million in Paramount Deal

Weak March Means China Box Office Recovery Is Not Yet in Sight

Hollywood Film Revenue in India Rises 10 Percent, Boosted by Dubbed Versions

Windows, Worries and The Rock: 5 Takeaways from CinemaCon

Studios Flirt With Offering Movies Early in Home for $30

The Reckoning: Why the Movie Business Is in Big Trouble

American War by Omar El Akkad – BookFilter

Megan Mullally & Nick Offerman Snag Movie Rights To Bestseller ‘Lincoln In The Bardo’

Society Of London Theatre Reports Box Office Figures For 2016

Robert Downey Jr. to Star in ‘The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle’

Global Online Ad Apend to Reach $205BN in 2017

Smithsonian Channel to Colorize American History From Prohibition to the Jazz Age

Academy Details New Steps to Avoid Another Oscars Fiasco

‘Game of Thrones’ Author George R.R. Martin Opening New Film Studio

Time, People Drop Out of White House Correspondents’ Event

Julie Roginsky Is Latest to Sue Fox News Over Sexual Harassment

‘O’Reilly Factor’ Loses Advertisers Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations

‘O’Reilly Factor’ Loses Advertisers Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations

Judy Garland, N.W.A, David Bowie, Vin Scully Works Enter National Recording Registry

Judy Garland, N.W.A, David Bowie, Vin Scully Works Enter National Recording Registry

Marvel’s David Gabriel On Sales Slump: People “Didn’t Want Any More Diversity,” “Didn’t Want Female Characters”

Marvel Exec Backpedals After Suggesting Diversity to Blame for Comic Book Sales Slump

‘The Knick’ Not Moving Forward With More Seasons

Comedy Central Gives Jordan Klepper Post-‘Daily Show’ Slot
Inside Chuck Berry’s First New Album in 38 Years

Brazil To Allow Retrans as Broadcasters Threaten Blackouts

YouTube Plans Policy Changes After LGBTQ Video Controversy

Creators Speak Out in Google Advertising Row

AT&T, Verizon Suspend YouTube Ads Over Hate-Speech Videos

WGA Negotiators Call for Strike Authorization

WGA, AMPTP Agree to Resume Contract Talks on April 10

Writers Guild Health Plan a Headache for Negotiators as Possible Strike Looms

Will Hollywood Writers Go on Strike? The Tricky Economics of “Peak TV”

Chuck Barris, ‘Gong Show’ and ‘Dating Game’ Creator, Dead at 87


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