hollywood economics

Disney’s three Star Wars films have earned more than Lucasfilm was bought for

Disney’s three Star Wars films have earned more than Lucasfilm was bought for

Star Wars has paid off for Disney. After five years and three blockbuster films, Disney’s Star Wars movies have earned more at the box office…
“Black Panther” sold more tickets than any other Marvel movie in its first 24 hours

“Black Panther” sold more tickets than any other Marvel movie in its first 24 hours

T’Challa may soon rule more than Wakanda. Black Panther is Marvel’s most anticipated movie yet, based on pre-sales at the US ticket-buying site Fandango. Tickets…
The end of “peak TV” must finally, mercifully be nigh

The end of “peak TV” must finally, mercifully be nigh

Did you watch the latest season of Black Mirror? How about Handmaid’s Tale? In the age of “peak TV,” this classic water-cooler conversation starter induces…
Disney, built on franchises, says not everything needs to be a franchise

Disney, built on franchises, says not everything needs to be a franchise

Disney says not all of its films are destined to become franchises. The hit maker, which boasts 11 franchises that generate more than $1 billion…
MoviePass wants to build a Rotten Tomatoes for movie lovers

MoviePass wants to build a Rotten Tomatoes for movie lovers

MoviePass, already on a quest to make moviegoing affordable, wants to build a recommendation engine to help people find movies they’ll love. The US movie…

Twenty years ago, Netflix.com launched. The movie business has never been the same.

Moviegoers once devoted substantial chunks of their Friday evenings to perusing the aisles of video stores. You’d go in with one movie in mind, but…

Netflix’s ballooning original content bill isn’t scaring investors

Netflix is one of the biggest buyers of content globally, and Wall Street doesn’t expect it to slow down any time soon. The streaming-video giant…

Netflix is rolling in revenue after signing up more people than expected

Twenty years after it launched, people are still signing up for Netflix in droves. The company crushed analysts’ estimates for subscriber additions—the biggest driver of…
Iron Man went from a B-hero to Marvel’s movie star because he had the best toys

Iron Man went from a B-hero to Marvel’s movie star because he had the best toys

Theatergoers have collectively spent more than $15 billion at the box office on Marvel movies since the comic-book-company-turned-film-studio launched its superhero movie-verse with Iron Man…
Disney confirms Marvel’s Avengers franchise could go on infinitely

Disney confirms Marvel’s Avengers franchise could go on infinitely

With Avengers 4, Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige promised us something we’ve “never seen in superhero films: a finale.” However, the movie, due out May…
MoviePass, desperate to prove itself, is adding a bunch of new features

MoviePass, desperate to prove itself, is adding a bunch of new features

MoviePass still has a few tricks up its sleeve. The movie-ticket subscription service that gets members into one showing per day for $9.95 a month…
Netflix is basically remaking all of TV now

Netflix is basically remaking all of TV now

Six years after it started releasing its own programming, Netflix is basically remaking all of TV. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt might as well be an NBC…

“Avengers: Infinity War” just became the fourth movie ever to cross $2 billion

Avengers: Infinity War just became the fourth movie in history to break $2 billion at the global box office. It joins an elite class of…
A guide to the next battle in the streaming-TV wars

A guide to the next battle in the streaming-TV wars

There is a disturbance in the industry. Although Netflix blew up the old model of TV, the media empires have learned how tech is changing…