For those who don’t follow the gaming world Fornite: Battle Royale is the newest player vs player game sweeping the gaming industry and within 90 days of their iOS launch through in-app purchases has made $100 million making it the second most successful iOS launch of all time. The one game Fortnite’s iOS did not beat was Clash Royale, though outplaced Clash Royale in those first three months.
Already on Xbox One, Playstation 4, PC, and Mac, Fortnite came to iOS this past April and has recently launched on Nintendo Switch. Fornite is considered the most successful free-to-play game on consoles. Case in point, according to the latest analysis, Fornite made $223 million across all platforms in March. That is up 73% from the month before.
Have you played Fornite? Let me know in the comment section below.
Instagram is now ready to compete with Youtube, once rumored, in a big event in San Francisco, Instagram announced that will not let people create video posts that are 1 hour long and to house these new hour-long videos Instagram is launching IGTV. Which is where your videoes and the people you follow will live. Plus you will be able to discover other videos from Instagram influencers and celebrities.
“It’s time for video to move forward, and evolve,” said Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom onstage at the event.
IGTV official website says that “People are watching less TV and more digital video.1 By 2021, mobile video will account for 78% of total mobile data traffic. And we’ve learned that younger audiences are spending more time with amateur content creators and less time with professionals”.
It’s being reported that Lucasfilm is putting a hold on all of their Star Wars Story spinoff movies. Instead, they are putting all their focus on Star Wars IX. Because of their newest spinoff story “Solo: A Star Wars Story” was considered a failure by box office standards, movies in development like previously rumored Obi-Wan movie and the recently announced movie Boba Fett that Logan filmmaker James Mangold was in early talks to write and direct aren’t going to see the big screen any time soon.
All of this news comes off of “Solo: A Star Wars Story”. The film brought in $84.4 million on its opening weekend and has seen $192.8 million domestically so far, with $339.5 million worldwide in four weeks. Which to level it up to any other movie it would be considered a huge success, but this is a Star Wars movie we are talking about. The expectations are extremely high for the brand to succeed.
The writing was on the wall that Solo wasn’t going to be as big as it could have been. Between opening up in May to competing with Deadpool 2 and Avengers: Infinity War, the movie market was oversaturated with huge movies that were just too close together. Plus with the news of the firing directors, Phil Lord and Chris Miller during the production and then bringing Ron Howard to replace them sadly gave the movie a negative look, which in reality wasn’t true. But perception is the reality in this case.
For now, Lucasfilm is going focused on the new Star War trilogy that was announced. Writer and director Rian Johnson will create a whole new trilogy that will focus on new characters. Plus they are also putting time into the series of films that will be written by Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
It will be interesting to see where Lucasfilm will take Star Wars and if the spinoff movies will come back.
Deadline.com is reporting that AMC Theaters is looking to change the game when it comes to monthly movie ticket subscription services. Moviegoers who sign up for the $20 a month service will be able to see three movies a week. The program starts on June 26th and anyone signing up can start using their benefits immediately.
This is a big deal as MoviePass should expect to take a big hit by AMC Theaters doing this. For those of you who don’t know MoviePass is a subscription that allows you to able to see a movie in theaters once a day. This company has been somewhat of a sore in the sides of both movie theaters and studios as it has become a middleman between them.
In reality, he service isn’t making the money either of them would like it to. Which in turn you will see other companies like AMC Theaters create their own ticket subscription service.
This A-List service will also let you choose tickets from any theater format like IMAX, Digital, and 3D.
“We expect to see a surge in demand for IMAX tickets from this exciting new program, which should drive incremental revenue to IMAX® theatres by offering consumers – for the first time – the freedom to experience blockbusters such as Jurassic World in IMAX over standard offerings for no additional upcharge,” said IMAX CEO Richard L. Gelfond.
The big takeaway from this though is that you better use your weekly tickets if you sign up as they don’t rollover into the next week.
The news all geeky fans have been waiting for! Disney has bought Fox for $71 billion. Disney today announced that it has signed an amended acquisition agreement with Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. (“21st Century Fox”) (NASDAQ: FOXA, FOX), for $38 per share in cash and stock. Disney will acquire 21st Century Fox immediately following the spin-off of the businesses comprising “New Fox” as previously announced.
The more interesting news out of all that is that the businesses to be acquired by Disney include 21st Century Fox’s film production businesses, including Twentieth Century Fox, Fox Searchlight Pictures and Fox 2000 Pictures; Fox’s television creative units, Twentieth Century Fox Television, FX Productions and Fox21; FX Networks; National Geographic Partners; Fox Sports Regional Networks; Fox Networks Group International; Star India; and Fox’s interests in Hulu, Sky plc, and Tata Sky.
The acquisition will occur immediately after the spin-off by 21st Century Fox of the Fox Broadcasting network and stations, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, FS1, FS2 and Big Ten Network into a newly listed company referred to as New Fox. If 21st Century Fox completes its acquisition of the 61% of Sky it doesn’t already own prior to the closing of the Disney acquisition, Disney would assume full ownership of Sky, including the assumption of its outstanding debt, upon closing.
The acquisition will significantly increase Disney’s international footprint and expand the content and distribution for its direct-to-consumer (DTC) offerings, which include ESPN+ for sports fans; a Disney-branded streaming video-on-demand service launching in late 2019 that will feature Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars films along with a host of exclusive original content and library titles; and its ownership stake in Hulu. As a result of the acquisition, Disney will hold a controlling stake in Hulu.
Who didn’t love the movie “Newsies” growing up as a kid? Well due to popular demand “Disney’s Newsies: The Broadway Musical!” is making its way back to the big screen for a two-day summer encore event. Captured live at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre in September 2016, the event features Jeremy Jordan, who currently stars in the television series “Supergirl,” reprising his role as Jack Kelly. In addition to the feature content, audiences will enjoy behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the cast and creators.
“We are thrilled that Newsies is returning to cinemas,” said Thomas Schumacher, President & Producer, Disney Theatrical Productions. “With theatres and schools across the country now producing their own version of the title, so many young theatre-makers have become part of our growing Newsies family. The Fathom re-release is a chance for them to come together with fans of the show to see the spectacular original Broadway cast and celebrate their own connection to this beloved musical.”
What’s more impressive is looking back at why there is a popular demand for it. That’s because last year on February 18th, Disney and Fathom Events brought the movie musical to U.S. cinemas for only a 6-day run and make a whopping $2.5 million. That’s impressive for a movie musical about a movie that came out in 1992.
Photo Credit: Disney Theatrical Productions
“After immense success with our previous screenings, we are thrilled to bring the ‘newsies’ back to cinema audiences nationwide,” Fathom Events CEO Ray Nutt said. “‘Fansies of all ages will love seeing this fun musical up on the big screen with its memorable soundtrack, incredible cast, and unforgettable story.”
Set in New York City at the turn of the century, NEWSIES is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged ‘newsies,’ who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what’s right.
The highly anticipated CREED II trailer has dropped today online and it’s looking like it’s in top form. The movie’s synopsis says “Life has become a balancing act for Adonis Creed. Between personal obligations and training for his next big fight, he is up against the challenge of his life. Facing an opponent with ties to his family’s past only intensifies his impending battle in the ring. Rocky Balboa is there by his side through it all and, together, Rocky and Adonis will confront their shared legacy, question what’s worth fighting for, and discover that nothing’s more important than family. Creed II is about going back to basics to rediscover what made you a champion in the first place, and remembering that, no matter where you go, you can’t escape your history”.
Back in the center of the ring is Michael B. Jordan (CREED, Black Panther) as Adonis Johnson the son of Apollo Creed from the “Rocky” movies. Once again in his corner is Sylvester Stallone as Rockey Balboa and a whole number of huge stars such as Tessa Thompson, Dolph Lundgren, Wood Harris, and Phylicia Rashad.
The original CREED movie was a huge success that many saw as either it was going to fail miserably or K.O. the audience with huge success. Luckily it saw that success as it grossed $109.7 million domestically and saw $173.5 million worldwide. All on a budget of $35 million. Plus it saw a Rotten Tomato score of 95% and an audience score of 89%. So safe to say the sequel is walking into theaters with high expectations.
Check out the trailer below and let me know what you think about it in the comment section below. CREED II comes out November 21st of this year. For more information about the movie, check out the official website here and follow it on Facebook here.
Hosted by Tiffany Haddish, last night’s “MTV Movie & TV Awards” scored a 21% increase across the simulcast with 3.371 million total viewers. The telecast was the number one most social show in all of television, even beating the World Cup. It was the most streamed “MTV Movie & TV Awards” ever with 84.6M streams and counting.
The official #MTVAwards was trending #1 in the U.S. and globally on Monday for the two-hour telecast. Additionally, three of the top winners of the night, Michael B. Jordan, Chadwick Boseman and Chris Pratt, all trended in the U.S. during the show.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), announced today that over four-hundred million total players worldwide have played PUBG across all platforms (Steam, kakao, DMM, Xbox One, Mail.Ru, iOS and Android) to date, engaging more than 227 million players monthly, making it one of the most played games in the world. To celebrate the milestone, PUBG will be discounted for the first time on Steam starting today for a limited time, priced at $19.99, welcoming new fans to join the worldwide gaming phenomenon.
It is not surprising that they are pushing a sale as one of their competitors Epic Game’s “Fornite” is starting to really build a lot of traction around their own game. If anything changing the way the gaming industry looks at player vs player video games.
The Verge said it best “The game is forcing game studios and publishers to rethink how their products are developed, monetized, and updated over time. The game made an estimated $300 million in the month of April entirely on in-app purchases of items like costumes, dance moves, and other cosmetics that have no effect on your ability to compete”.
So more power to PUBG but if I had to guess Fornite is winning the gaming world over quicker.