Alamo Drafthouse founder and CEO Tim League talked to Business Insider about his Drafthouse Recommends series, which has given a box-office bump to some of the most popular independent films of the last year. The last six titles that have received the “Recommends” tag, including “Eighth Grade” and “Won’t You Be My Neighbour?,” had a dramatic increase in per-theatre average box-office gross at Drafthouse theatres compared to the national per-theatre average. The latest Recommends title, “The Favourite,” is continuing that trend as Drafthouse’s per-theatre average is +123% compared to the national per-theatre average, according to figures Drafthouse provided to Business Insider. Theatres recommending movies to patrons is nothing new. But like most things done by the independently owned movie chain, Alamo Drafthouse, its recommendations have proven to be a major success. Drafthouse’s recommendations initiative has led … [Read more...] about Alamo Drafthouse’s movie recommendations brand has led to major box-office bumps for indie movies
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Big coastal cities have some of the highest house prices in the country. In comparison, medium-size cities are often relative bargains. But not always. Each quarter, NerdWallet calculates home affordability for 172 metropolitan areas for which the National Association of Realtors publishes home prices. NerdWallet narrowed its focus this quarter to 87 medium-size metros with populations between 250,000 and 1 million. They range from Yakima, Washington (population 250,193), to Tulsa, Oklahoma (990,706). Affordability for buying a home was estimated by comparing each metro area's median household income with the monthly principal-and-interest payment for a median-priced single-family home in the third quarter. After a 20 percent down payment, house payments were calculated at 4.74 percent, the average interest rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage in the third quarter in NerdWallet's daily mortgage rates survey. Payments exclude insurance and property taxes. Rankings were compiled using … [Read more...] about Home affordability watch: price tags in midsize metros
The highest-grossing movies of all time are a mixed bag of action movies, superhero movies, animated movies, and more. But the majority have one thing in common: they’re just one piece in a larger franchise. Whether it’s the Marvel Cinematic Universe, James Bond, Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Wars, Middle-Earth, Harry Potter, Transformers, or any other major pop-culture series, these are beloved across the world. That makes the top two movies on the list, two original movies not part of a franchise (yet), all the more surprising. But the lesson there is to trust James Cameron. The highest-grossing movies ever are also a mix of well-reviewed and critically panned ones, from “Black Panther” to “Transformers: Age of Extinction.” The list proves that, sometimes, audiences will see a movie no matter what the critics say, but great movies can also still rake in plenty of cash. We’ve provided the top 100 biggest movies of all time, based on worldwide … [Read more...] about The 100 highest-grossing movies of all time at the worldwide box office
In 1933, safecracker Henri Charrière (alias "Papillon" for the butterfly tattoo on his chest) from Paris was framed and convicted for murder and was sent to a notorious penal colony in French Guiana -- Devil's Island. There, the brawny Charriere offered to protect weak eccentric counterfeiter Louis Dega in exchange for financial support. Unfazed by the harsh conditions, hard labor and solitary confinement, Charriere and Dega still persevered in their daring plan to escape this prison which prided itself for being unescapable. There had been already been a movie version of Henri Charriere's 1969 memoirs "Papillon" back in 1973 directed by Franklin J. Schaffner (who also directed "Planet of the Apes" and "Patton" before this). Written by Dalton Trumbo ("Roman Holiday", "Exodus") and Lorenzo Semple, Jr. ("The Parallax View", "Three Days of the Condor"), the original "Papillon" film starred Hollywood A-listers Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman in the lead roles of Charriere and … [Read more...] about Movie review: Do we really need a ‘Papillon’ remake?
Jason Guerrasio, provided by Published 8:09 am CDT, Friday, September 21, 2018 Warner Bros. Cary Joji Fukunaga was originally supposed to direct the 2017 box-office hit "It." However, because of creative differences with the movie's studio, Warner Bros., Fukunaga walked away (he still has a writing credit on the movie). He admitted to Business Insider that to this day he still has not seen "It." Warner Bros.' "It," the latest adaptation of the Stephen King classic novel, turned out to be one of the surprise box-office hits of 2017, as the movie took in a huge $700 million worldwide (it was only made for around $35 million). It had the biggest September domestic opening weekend of all time with $123.4 million. And that all might be partly why director Cary Joji Fukunaga has never seen the movie. Business Channel Now Playing: Now Playing Find Your Next Ex Using Facebook Dating Media: Buzz 60 Amazon Could Be in Trouble With the EU Media: Fortune … [Read more...] about After walking away from directing ‘It’ following nearly 3 years of development, Cary Joji Fukunaga is in no rush to see the movie: ‘It’s no longer mine’