Writer/director Jordan Peele’s Get Out was one of the sleeper hits of the year, debuting a year ago from Universal Pictures and — with very strong legs — ended up with a $176.5M domestic gross on a budget of around $4.5M; it was one of the most profitable films of 2017. Peele’s nominations this AM marks the first time an African American has been honored with a Best Picture, Best Directing and Best Original Screenplay nominations in one year as well as the third filmmaker ever to get the trifecta of honors for a directorial debut joining Warren Beatty for Heaven Can Wait and James L. Brooks for Terms of Endearment.
Comcast is in talks to buy DreamWorks for over $3 billion according to a new report by the Wall Street Journal.
In a “close-but-no-cigar,” weekend sprint in America, Jurassic World found itself sandwiched between two Avengers movies. With a whopping $204.596 million opening weekend in America, it is the second-best Fri-Sun debut of all time, between Avengers: Age of Ultron ($191m) and The Avengers ($207m). Oh, and it also earned $511.8 million worldwide, easily eclipsing the $494m debut of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part II to score the biggest worldwide debut of all time, so I guess that makes everything better.
Universal Pictures International has already reached $1 billion in foreign ticket sales in 2015, the earliest in a calendar year that the studio has ever clocked 10 figures.