Many Hollywood executives probably want to forget that 2014 ever happened. The studios overstuffed the summer multiplexes with sequels, which resulted in audience malaise at the box office.
That’s the takeaway from Fandango’s survey of the most anticipated films of 2015. The online ticketing company found that “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is the film that moviegoers are most jazzed to see next year, while “Avengers: Age of Ultron” has to settle for runner-up status.
The studios are throwing everything possible — short of a genetically engineered young Eddie Murphy and the reanimated corpse of John Wayne — at theaters this year.
Audiences had their pick of genres during the Christmas weekend, but splashy holiday debuts proved no match for “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.” “The Interview,” meanwhile, wowed with $15 million from its 2 million online rentals and purchases.
Hollywood was an underachiever in 2014 in terms of box office and quality. However, Las Vegas managed to shine through on the big screen in several movies and Penn and Teller impressed with the documentary “Tim’s Vermeer.”
The real-life story behind Hollywood’s “American Sniper,” rolled out this holiday season, has been a dark tale of lawsuits and a pending murder trial for the man accused of gunning down the movie’s hero.
Sony’s “The Interview” has delivered over $1 million on its opening day on Christmas — an impressive launch for a title playing in only about 300 independent theaters in the U.S.
Based on Laura Hillenbrand’s wildly popular biography, “Unbroken” concentrates on Louie Zamperini’s celebrated war years with a few flashbacks to his youth, starting with his days as the bullied son of Italian immigrants.
Shortly after Sony Pictures Entertainment released “The Interview” on digital services Dec. 24, high-quality copies of the movie turned up on multiple piracy sites — and it’s already been downloaded at least 330,000 times within 12 hours.
Amid a swell of controversy, backlash, confusion and threats, Sony Pictures broadly released “The Interview” online Wednesday — an unprecedented counterstroke against the hackers who spoiled the Christmas opening.