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Mornin! This is Sean McNulty and here’s the Hollywood + Media news to know on TUESDAY February 22, 2022.
Where it’s an odd day when the weekend’s biggest book deal news wasn’t Elliot Page’s $3 Million deal for an memoir at FLATIRON Books.
BRITNEY SPEARS is reportedly getting $15 Million from SIMON & SCHUSTER for a tell-all memoir which… should make the annual Spears Family Christmas gathering a fun one.
ALSO: YE’s new album “Donda 2” drops today… but only if you shell out $200 to buy his proprietary “Stem Player” device. It’s not available on any other platforms. But if SNOOP moved $44 Million in NFT’s of new new album in its first 5 days… I can’t fault someone taking the dumb money on the table, only those who put it there for the taking.
AND: I pulled a couple of #ClassicMacGrubers on Friday 🤦♂️ - “Killing Eve” premieres this Sunday (not last) - 2 episodes on AMC+ or ep 1 on BBC AMERICA.
📽 THE SILVER SCREEN
BOX OFFICE (4-Day totals)
“Uncharted” : $51 Million ($139 Million Global, incl $22 Million from last weekend)
71% of US moviegoers were under 35 years old
IMAX was 1/3 of total
“Dog” : $18 Million
Already earned back more than its $15 Million budget (though TV ad spend pegged at additional $16 Million), as Chan’s female fanbase showed up - 54% of total.
“Spider-Man: No Way Home” : $8.8 Million ($772 Million US, $1.83 Billion global)
Same 3-day total as last weekend. The film came out 2 months ago.
“Death on the Nile” : $7 Million ($26 Million US, $75 Million global)
52% drop from opening weekend
Did $6 Million in 2-day opening weekend in CHINA
“Jackass Forever” : $6 Million ($48 Million US, $61 Million global)
“Marry Me” : $4 Million ($17 Million US, $36 Million global)
Will finish up US run around its $23 Million budget (not accounting for the 40%-ish cut the theaters keep)
OTHERWISE AT THE BOX OFFICE
“Licorice Pizza” now at $15 Million US, $26 Million global.
About a young girl moving between child services homes due to aggressive behavior who gets paired with an anger-management coach… helping her find peace and work her anger out through boxing.
Won GERMANY’s equivalent of Best Picture in 2019, no director attached yet. /Deadline
ALSO IN MOVIES
📺 THE TV SET
Based on a video game, set after a 2077 nuclear war. Jonathan Nolan (“Westworld”) directing the first episode. /Deadline
ALSO IN TV
WINTER OLYMPICS close with smallest avg audience ever at 11.4 Million across platforms. Down 26% from “2020” Summer Games in Tokyo last year, and 42% from the 2018 Winter Games in SOUTH KOREA. /THR
Audience for the overall WINTER GAMES is also down about 40% from the 2018 games. 2026 Italy will be a very welcome sight at NBC.
💻 THE MEDIA BIZ
PLAYBOY’s next big bet to find a way to exist - a new social media platform, CENTERFOLD. Essentially INSTAGRAM meets ONLY FANS. /TheInformation
AND THIS: A big purchase in local affiliate TV stations this morning - 2 private equity firms (STANDARD GENERAL & APOLLO) are paying $8.6 Billion for the 61 local TV station TEGNA group. Although 3 TX stations will be moved to the COX Station group which… APOLLO also owns, as part of the deal. Price is a 39% premium on its stock price Friday so… 💰💰 for any TGNA shareholders out there. /THR
🏦 STOCK NOTES:
Outside of the after hours PARAMOUNT and ROKU madness… not a lot happening on Fri.
If you were sent this newsletter or… just kinda found it:
👩💻 NEW TO WATCH:
NETFLIX “RACE: Bubba Wallace” docuseries - STREAM HERE
🕵️♀️ THE WEEK AHEAD
WED - “Free Guy” hits HBOMAX & HULU; FX premieres “Snowfall” Season 5
THU - “Law & Order” returns to NBC
FRI - FOO FIGHTERS movie “Studio 666” hits theaters
SAT - SNL returns with John Mullaney
SUN - SAG Awards on TBS, TNT
🎥 TRAILER HOUSE
NETFLIX “Hustle” teaser trailer - Adam Sandler as an NBA scout whose career has seen better days… who finds a young foreign phenom as his potential ticket back to the big leagues. Premieres June 10
🎧 PLAYING ME OFF
New song from BENEE “Beach Boy” - This is just a nice light poppy tune to start a work week. Enjoy!
If you need some new tunes:
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