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U.S. audiences have been subjected to so many sequels over the decades that it is hard to maintain the excitement. Action is the international language and that's what audiences really respond to. If you look at the numbers, international has to be at the forefront. Appealing to global audiences is the driving force.feedback
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NEW May 26 2017
We can learn a lot about a person if we know what types of things he or she talks about or comments on the most frequently. There are numerous topics with which Paul Dergarabedian is associated, including December, Suicide Squad, and film. Most recently, Paul Dergarabedian has been quoted saying: “You couldn't get two outer-space operas that are more different in terms of point-of-view and execution. Alien' is sort of the dark side. It's the R-rated yin to 'Guardians' PG-13-rated, fun yang.” in the article Covenant' edges 'Guardians' at weekend box office.
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There are other revenue streams for films like this.feedback

It's looming large on the horizon. It's going to be a monstrous debut.feedback

With 'Beauty and the Beast' there have been decades of goodwill and the Disney brand and so many more elements going into it than just the intellectual property. Disney makes it look easy. Others have had more challenges.feedback

March has become a rockstar of a month and in particular 2017 enjoyed a perfect storm of new hits and strong February releases that showed amazing staying power like 'Get Out' and 'The Lego Batman Movie,' . The cumulative allure of an impressive slate of films conjured up a flat out great month in theaters, generating impressive momentum as the industry charges into what promises to be a furious April and a smashing summer movie season that kicks off in May with 'Guardians of the Galaxy 2.feedback

As quote-unquote controversies go, this was a real tempest in a teapot. This obviously had zero impact on the movie. In fact, those who raise awareness of a movie for whatever reason are generally only helping that movie do better business. I don't think that was going to dissuade anyone except the most narrow-minded from seeing this film.feedback

They had a solid weekend. But they're going to be looking for a half-billion worldwide to make it a certifiable hit.feedback

That's a true Oscar halo effect in full view. Usually the biggest bounce comes from the nominations. But this film hadn't made a ton of money. A24 smartly expanded into more theaters, and it really worked for them.feedback

Over time, people realize that heroes can come in any size, shape, color and gender.feedback

It will make them a must-subscribe destination for film fans.feedback

Social media is going to keep this movie front and center.feedback

To be able to crank up the volume to 11 is a great way to get audiences really excited about these movies, particularly for characters like Wolverine and Deadpool who have a hard edge to them. These are really intense characters that I think, in order to be fully fleshed out, almost require the R-rated treatment.feedback

Just like every movie irrespective of country of origin, reviews matter. Audiences only care about the movie. They don't necessary care where it came from.feedback

It's an interesting test case for how a film that originates in China, utilizes big name American stars and has a big budget, will play in North America. You have to show a viability of these types of films that go from East to West rather West to East.feedback

The world is changing. It's all about who has the resources and vision and point of view to get a movie like this produced.feedback

People really love its unapologetic violence. The tried and true brands are what people really gravitated to this weekend. The top three movies this weekend all based on brands that people know and love. Each film drew their own audience without harming the other films. This was a perfectly programmed weekend.feedback

We're not exactly off to a rousing start, but I still think this year will be a record breaker. It's just a late bloomer.feedback

They definitely got a nice boost. They're riding that perfect wave of Oscar attention with the perfect release pattern. It had an impact, we just don't know what the impact is. To have close to $20 million is a pretty good showing. I really feel like we just don't know what the impact was. I think it's a fine result for the film.feedback

Typically movies like this open big and then have a huge drop. This was such a smart movie. It's well acted and it's just a cut above a typical movie in this genre that you're seeing that in its hold. It's a pure reflection of the positive sentiment on social media.feedback

You would think that those events would suck the air out of the room, but that didn't happen. The movie theater experience with the right content is irresistible no matter what is going on in the outside world, and in fact may even benefit from so much going on in the outside world. To have your wits scared out you is one of the greatest escapes.feedback

There's almost an unprecedented number of films out there. It's got to be somewhat daunting and overwhelming for moviegoers.feedback

It really is the tale of the holdovers. We've yet to, at this point, have a breakout newcomer from 2017. When you have so many platforming releases, aside from the top-performing ones, Hidden Figures' and 'La La Land,' the others have had a tough time getting traction or getting noticed within this sea of movies.feedback

It's a great weekend for space movies.feedback

Forgetful fish, super-heroes, household pets and space travelers led the charge in a year that was marked by an incredibly diverse selection of films from every genre and of every size and scope from all the studios.feedback

The superhero side of things I think is going to be kind of off the chart.feedback

That's the key to success for most of these films going forward.feedback

Now 'Guardians of the Galaxy' suddenly becomes a premier title that gets to be in that No. 1 slot for Marvel, which is that opening weekend of the summer season.feedback

They're still trying to find that voice, that rhythm, and I think 2017 may be the year that delivers what people are rooting for, which is, in a given year, a couple of phenomenal DC movies.feedback

The fact that we are talking about this shows how woven into the DNA of 'Star Wars' Carrie Fisher is. This is no small thing.feedback

You have the creative talent behind the 'Star Wars' movies that will deal with this in a very respectful and appropriate way. Somehow you will have to address it and be respectful to Carrie Fisher's family, the fans and 'Star Wars,' in that order.feedback

['Rogue One'] is the kind of movie that makes going to the theater an essential part of your diet. This is the kind of movie that reminds people that this is the best way to see a movie.feedback

Disney has a legacy of quality that keeps you coming back. Episode VIII is going to be freaking huge.feedback

Disney creates a vision and sticks with it. They treat every film, prequel, spin-off, etc., as if they are in the top tier. There are no second-tier movies here.feedback

This is one of the most intense marketplaces for movies I've ever seen. You have a 'Star Wars' movie out there looming like the Death Star over everything, and a really great crop of Oscar contenders that keeps expanding.feedback

We're in uncharted territory for December. It's going to be really hard for any movie to catch up to this movie. ... This is only the second time a movie has opened this big in December.feedback

This is a movie that is tailor made for that platform release ... (it) is a real breath of fresh air, and I think it's going to take off for many reasons.feedback

This was the drama-free weekend. It's the calm after the storm and the calm before the storm.feedback

I'd rather see a group of great movies maybe not breaking a record than a group of terrible movies breaking records left and right. This is better for the long term. This creates goodwill.feedback

I think there are almost too many options right now.feedback

In the first weekend after the election, I think it's clear that people find being able to go to the movie theater is the perfect antidote to the election coverage. There's almost nowhere else that you can unplug the way you can when you go to the movie theater.feedback

It's a real return to form for Mel Gibson who has obviously had his ups and downs in his personal life, but it is a true meritocracy in this business. If you make a really great movie, people will judge you based on that movie.feedback

This is the formula that Hollywood should try to recreate every weekend.feedback

This could be the start of a renaissance at the box office, which has been very slow since the end of summer, and this'll really I think get us going.feedback

Inferno' joins the long list of sequels that didn't measure up to their predecessors this year and in particular this summer when only three of the 14 sequels released outperformed their immediate predecessors at the box office.feedback

We need a box office hero. We need a great movie to get us out of the box office doldrums.feedback

Tyler Perry is a movie star. Tyler Perry is a mogul. The Madea character has provided box office dividends for years. It's a perfect combination, Madea and Halloween right before Halloween.feedback

That's an Oscar movie to look out for. It's going to be on everyone's Oscar radar now.feedback

There's a lot going on, but this is a good weekend.feedback

This should be the start of a turnaround. After hitting rock bottom, now we begin climbing back.feedback

In the wake of the summer season, the fall always seems a little slow. This year is sort of typical in that way. We haven't had an October breakout hit like we had with 'Gravity' and 'The Martian.feedback

I'm thinking we're going to have a renaissance at the box office in a week or two and things could turn around.feedback

It's hard to know, but considering the initial promise of the movie and all the positive talk about the film and its Oscar prospects, you would have figured that it would do more business. Now it's in the marketplace where the audience can decide how they feel about the movie.feedback

We're just waiting for a breakout hit. We need something to get us out of this box office funk.feedback

They are the model of consistency and they are the model of quality. These are guys who can draw a huge audience in any type of movie that they're in. It's not like they're pigeonholed into one kind of franchise. Denzel Washington can be part of a genre, the Western, that doesn't exactly have teenagers scrambling to the movie theater.feedback

This is what we typically see in September. The summer movies have ended and this is the after-party.feedback

Both statistics are uncommonly strong. It's a perfect kick off movie for the Fall movie season of 2016. Sully' brings one of the world's most beloved stars and one of its great directors together in a true life drama that delivers the kind of gravitas and depth that defines the so-called 'Oscar season' that usually takes some time to ramp up, but this year gets right to work.feedback

These are the films of bean counters' dreams. They are profit machines and even when they're poorly reviewed, people line up for them.feedback

This has been a monumental August. Normally, summers end with whimper and not a bang.feedback

August is the time when the studios take off the gloves. It's not a time to play it safe.feedback

If you're going to create a franchise it better be good – marketing can buy you a good opening weekend, but a good movie buys you long term success.feedback

If you have a Batman versus Superman, that's a really irresistible concept. Suicide Squad with Will Smith and Margot Robbie…[is] one of the most talked about movies on social media.feedback

You can't put reviews in the bank. You can put money in the bank. The long-term success of any movie is predicated on positive sentiment from the fans. For any movie, that's the most important aspect.feedback

Generally, films that are the product of a lot of marketing and pre-release excitement tend to drop off significantly in the second weekend.feedback

In the superhero genre and the comic book world, people are heavily invested emotionally and [the bad reviews are] like your grandma walking into your party and pulling the plug on your music before the party really gets going.feedback

It proves that this is a franchise that's still viable and that it can continue if they want to keep making them. Jason Bourne' is the perfect title for this film, because that's who everyone wanted to see return.feedback

We're starting to chip away at the summer deficit. Maybe with 'Suicide Squad' opening, we'll see the end to all this volatility.feedback

This is a solid enough debut to tell them there's still enough interest in 'Star Trek' to keep this franchise alive.feedback

That's pretty amazing. But it's obviously due to the timing with the Republican National Convention last week and the Democratic National Convention this week.feedback

The tragic passing of Anton Yelchin made it bittersweet for fans.feedback

There was all this hoopla and all this chatter about the movie and now it's opened and it did just fine. I don't think there's a referendum on whether or not an all-female cast in a movie has an impact. If people like the concept and the cast, they're going to go see the movie.feedback

Somebody at Illumination is popping the champagne and pouring out the Kibble. The love that people have for their fish, their bird, their dogs, or their hamsters is demonstrated by their insatiable appetite for a movie like this.feedback

Illumination has been building a consistency of vision, and now they have become what every studio covets – a draw. They're building that brand reputation with every movie.feedback

Family films have generated so much money this year. That's an audience who is always looking for content in a world filled with options for entertainment.feedback

The hope is that the momentum created by 'The Secret Life of Pets' will carry over to 'Ghostbusters, Jason Bourne' and 'Suicide Squad'. We're running out of track. It's almost the end of summer, and there's a lot of ground to make up, but one movie can make all the difference.feedback

There's a lot of product out there. That leads to a lot of fragmentation and cannibalization, and a lot of spreading the wealth.feedback

Considering the roller-coaster year we've been having, this was a solid Fourth of July. In terms of the cumulative numbers, it was a really good showing, though individual films may have had their challenges.feedback

We talk about sequel-itis, which may or may not be an actual affliction, but certainly of these many sequels released this summer and this year, the winners have been the rarity. There's definitely been a pushback from audiences for many of the sequels, including 'Independence Day.feedback

There may be no more consistent brand at the box office than Pixar. the company has managed to retain incredible fan loyalty in its 20-year history.feedback

Pixar movies appeal to everyone. You don't have to be a kid to enjoy it.feedback

It's amazing when you look at the longevity of this brand, the viability of it, and the unfettered enthusiasm pretty much everyone has for Pixar.feedback

That's still a really good result. We needed a box office hero and we got one with this little fish.feedback

Finding Dory' is going to further solidify the idea that it's not really sequel-itis, it's just more you have to be able to deliver the goods no matter what the movie is, whether it's a sequel, original or a reboot. You just need a good movie.feedback

It's incredibly close. It's one of the closest results between first- and second-place films I've ever seen. Anything can happen. We'll know for sure tomorrow.feedback

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