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Martin Grove's Hollywood Report


 

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- MARVEL MAY -- 4/24/17

Marvel May: The merry month of May has been all the merrier at the boxoffice for the past decade thanks to Marvel Studios. Since 2007, Marvel's used the first weekend in May to launch comic book driven fantasy action adventure blockbusters that have dominated early summer. Marvel arguably created the early summer as a distinct sub-season that it now owns. Historically, Hollywood kicked off summer in late May with the long Memorial Day holiday weekend. Thanks to Marvel, the entire month of May was turned into a consistently hot month at the multiplexes. Wile Memorial Day... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- CANNES COUNTDOWN -- 4/17/17

Cannes countdown: There's no official start to the awards season, but for many Hollywood handicappers it begins with the countdown to the Cannes Film Festival. Cannes, which is celebrating its 70th festival year from May 17-28, has been a high profile global media opportunity for Oscar hopefuls for many years. But looking at... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- "FAST" FRANCHISE -- 4/10/17

"Fast" franchise: Hit family films like "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Boss Baby" have been driving spring ticket sales, but a turbo-charged action crime thriller's fast approaching that should really rev up the boxoffice. This weekend will see Universal and Original Film's PG-13 rated "The Fate of the Furious" parking at about 4,200 theatres. Hollywood handicappers are talking about a likely $100 million-plus domestic launch. More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- FAMILY FILMS -- 4/3/17

Family films: With "The Boss Baby" delivering $49 million last weekend and with "Beauty and the Beast's" domestic cume already at $395.5 million in week three, it's clear that family films remain one of Hollywood's best boxoffice bets... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- APRIL ARRIVALS -- 3/27/17

April arrivals: March came in like the proverbial lion, but it's certainly not going out like a lamb. Indeed, Disney and Mandeville Films' "Beauty and the Beast" continued to roar atop the boxoffice last weekend with $88.3 million and a 10 day cume of $317 million.Disney said Sunday that "Beauty" also grossed $119 million internationally last weekend "to push its global cume to $690M ($317M domestic, $373M international). Now the #1 movie of 2017 domestically and globally, this is the fourth consecutive Walt... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- STRONG SUMMER -- 3/20/17

Strong summer: Last week's North East blizzard left millions of people in the mood for summer. Although Mother Nature can't deliver summer until its official Wed., June 21 start at 12:24 a.m./ET, Hollywood can and will be pumping up the action to summertime levels with high profile event films much sooner than that – starting with Disney and Marvel's May 5 launch of "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2." More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- MARCH MADNESS -- 3/13/17

March madness: Spring doesn't start until next week, but there's already a summer heat wave at the boxoffice. With "Logan" grossing $152.7 million in 10 days, "Kong: Skull Island" opening last weekend to a much better than expected $61... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- ACADEMY AFTERMATH -- 3/6/17

Academy aftermath: Although the Wrong Envelope snafu is the big story in the aftermath of the 89th Academy Awards, it's really not Oscar's biggest problem. The embarrassing envelope mix-up certainly threw cold water on an otherwise sparkling night of Oscar glamour that worked beautifully thanks to Jimmy Kimmel's... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- OSCAR OUTCOME -- 2/27/17

Oscar outcome: The Oscar bellwethers that were ringing for months have stopped and now that we know how Academy members voted we can decide whom to trust next year. Of course, with "La La Land" winning and then finding out that it actually lost best picture to "Moonlight," it makes looking back at how other awards givers voted a great way to end... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- OSCAR OUTLOOK -- 2/20/17

Oscar outlook: It's all over, but the shouting – and we'll be hearing plenty of that Feb. 26 at the 89th annual Oscars. The Academy's final voting ends Tuesday (Feb. 21), closing a long drawn-out season of awards campaigning that started at last May's Cannes Film Festival and continued at festivals in Venice, Telluride, Toronto and New York. An onslaught of honors followed from critics across the country, guilds representing... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- AWARDS ACTIVITY -- 2/13/17

Awards activity: Academy members are doing their final voting from Feb. 13-21 and their choices are the ones that will turn up in the sealed envelopes Feb. 26 at the 89th annual Oscars. Other awards givers' choices, of course, have been making news since late last November. The latest winners were announced Sunday at the British Academy's 70th annual BAFTA Awards at London's Royal Albert... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- FEBRUARY FOCUS -- 2/6/17

February focus: The dark cold days of February should turn brighter at this weekend's boxoffice thanks to "Fifty Shades Darker" and "The LEGO Batman Movie." The openings are targeted to adult women and to families, respectively, and should deliver a one-two... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- CONTENDER COMPARISONS -- 1/30/16

Contender comparisons: Now that we finally know who's been Oscar nominated, the next question is -- Who's going to win? With nine films competing for best picture, there's no shortage of reasons for deciding how any one of them might edge out the others... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- SPRING SEASON -- 1/23/16

Spring season: As we muddle through a nasty winter that's spreading snow, ice, rain, twisters and frigid temps around the U.S., it's a good time to start thinking about spring. For Hollywood, spring can't come soon enough since the early winter boxoffice hasn't exactly been sizzling. After two weekends that were down versus 2016, last... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- NEW NOMS -- 1/16/16

New noms: The nice thing about January is that every week brings its own set of new nominations so just about any awards contender can find something to shout about.Last week delivered a triple treat for Hollywood with Tuesday's British Academy BAFTA noms and Producers Guild of America Awards noms and Thursday's Directors Guild of America... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- BEST BETS -- 1/9/16

Best bets: Hollywood called it a night Sunday after sitting through the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's 74th annual Golden Globes awards. Now it's on to Tuesday's nominations for the British Academy's 70th annual BAFTA awards. More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- JANUARY JOY -- 1/1/16

January joy: Despite setting a domestic boxoffice record for 2016, behind the scenes Hollywood's not jumping for joy as January gets underway. To begin with, the modest increase of about 2.2 percent over 2015 – roughly $11.37 billion... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- HAPPY HOLIDAYS -- 12/26/16

Happy holidays: For Hollywood, the holiday season isn't the most wonderful time of the year. That would be the summer boxoffice season, which now stretches all the way from early May through Labor Day. The much more compact holiday season... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- GUILD GOLD -- 12/19/16

Guild gold: What Hollywood calls the "awards season" is actually an all-year pursuit of Oscar gold starting in mid-January at the Sundance Film Festival and ending in late February the following year at the Academy Awards... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- AWARDS ACTION -- 12/12/16

Awards action: Say what you will about the quirky, wacky members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, but they've certainly managed to build themselves an enviable brand with the Golden Globes... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- DECEMBER DISCUSSION -- 12/05/16

December discussion: December is a key month for Hollywood if it's going to set a domestic boxoffice record for the year. Right now, it's possible that last year's record setting $11.1 billion domestic total can be toppled. Through last weekend, according to comScore, 2016 is running about 4.0 percent ahead of last year -- $10.28 billion vs. $9.88 billion. More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- THANKSGIVING TIME -- 11/21/16

Thanksgiving time: Turkeys are welcome everywhere at Thanksgiving time -- except at the boxoffice. Over the years, Hollywood's gotten pretty good at serving the right mix of films on multiplex Thanksgiving... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- FAMILIAR FOCUS -- 11/14/16

Familiar focus: Voters opted for change last week, but moviegoers are sticking with what's familiar. The fall boxoffice turnaround continued to be powered last weekend by Marvel Studios and Disney's PG-13 rated 3D action adventure comic book fantasy "Doctor Strange." In weekend two, the good "Doctor" held on to first place with a healthy $43... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- "STRANGE" STORY -- 11/07/16

"Strange" story: Moviegoers cast $85 million worth of votes last weekend to elect "Doctor Strange" their boxoffice leader. It was a landslide victory for the PG-13 rated 3D action adventure comic book fantasy from Marvel Studios and Disney. Directed by Scott Derrickson ("Deliver Us From Evil"), it stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor and... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- NOVEMBER NEWS -- 10/31/16

November news: November's not off to the hot start "Inferno" might have delivered, but with "Doctor Strange" on the horizon there's real hope for a boxoffice upturn. Columbia and Imagine Entertainment's PG-13... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- AUTUMN ACTION -- 10/24/16

Autumn action: After two months of fall fizzles, Hollywood is about to see some boxoffice sizzle this weekend thanks to "Inferno." Last weekend was the first up weekend versus this time last year in five weeks – but it took two... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- OSCAR OUTLOOK -- 10/17/16

Oscar outlook: What looked like it would be a slam dunk best picture Oscar race dominated by "The Birth of a Nation" has taken some unexpected twists and turns, creating excellent opportunities for other contenders. More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- DIVERSITY DISCUSSION -- 10/10/16

Diversity discussion: After two years of heated criticism of Oscar nominations for lacking diversity, Academy members may finally be able to make amends. That's because this time around there finally... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- OCTOBER OUTLOOK -- 10/3/16

October outlook: October will bring multiplexes a mix of pictures as early awards hopefuls, action adventures, thrillers, comedies and horror films compete for moviegoers' time and money. That makes it a something-for-everyone kind of month, which is usually a good combination for Hollywood... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- FESTIVAL FOCUS -- 9/26/16

Festival focus: After the frenzy of Sundance, the glitz of Cannes, the glamour of Venice, the film buffs at Telluride and the deal making at Toronto, Hollywood is now gearing up for the New York Film Festival... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- CHANGES COMING -- 9/19/16

Changes coming: The Oscars are still the last stop on the awards railroad, but calendar changes and revised rules for other events could impact on how Academy members vote this year. In recent weeks, the British Academy (BAFTA's), Hollywood... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- HORROR HOPEFULS -- 9/12/16

Horror hopefuls: Horror thrillers are one of Hollywood's hottest genres and with a half dozen more on the horizon, the boxoffice should continue to benefit. September has already enjoyed a nice boost from Screen Gems, Stage 6 Films and Ghost House Pictures' R rated suspense thriller "Don't Breathe." Last weekend, it placed third... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- SEPTEMBER STORY -- 9/6/16

September story: Labor Day is one of Hollywood's least favorite holiday weekends and this one didn't do much to change things. Because Labor Day is the last gasp of summer, particularly for people living where fall weather is fast approaching, it's a weekend... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- SUMMER SUMMARY -- 8/29/16

Summer summary: Summer ends with Labor Day weekend, but what happens between now and then won't make a big difference in this summer's boxoffice statistics... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- TORONTO TALK -- 8/22/16

Toronto talk: What happens in Toronto doesn't stay in Toronto – and that's one reason why Hollywood loves the Toronto International Film Festival. Because early awards buzz spreads like wildfire at TIFF, the festival is one of marketers' favorite ways to get films on track for Oscar consideration... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- VENICE VIEWS -- 8/15/16

Venice views: The awards season doesn't have an official start date, but for many Hollywood handicappers the Oscar buzz starts at the Venice Film Festival. More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- SUICIDE STRENGTH -- 8/8/16

"Suicide" strength: Hollywood got an early Christmas present with last weekend's $135.1 million "Suicide Squad" opening. "Suicide" estimated opening weekend put it in a virtual tie Sunday morning as the year's third biggest launch. "Captain America: Civil War" ranks first with $179.1 million on May 6 and "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" is... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- AUGUST ACTION -- 8/1/16

August action: August used to be the dumping ground for films Hollywood didn't expect much of at the boxoffice, but these days it's very valuable sizzling late summer playing time. Looking back, August has generated some sizable hits over the years, including... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- "BOURNE" BOOST -- 7/25/16

"Bourne" boost: Hollywood's enjoying a much needed midsummer boxoffice rally fueled mostly by franchises and family fare. Ticket sales for last weekend's Top 10 films were up 29.3 percent versus this time last year, according to comScore... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- "COLLISION" COMPETITION -- 7/22/16

"Collision" competition: Given the boxoffice success that 3D animated family films are enjoying these days, ticket sales for "Ice Age: Collision Course" could... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- MID-YEAR MEMO -- 7/11/16

Mid-year memo: It's mid-July and, depending on your point of view, this year's either half over or there's half-a-year still ahead of us. However you see it, 2016 to date hasn't... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- MIDSUMMER MOVIES -- 7/5/16

Midsummer movies: After a disappointing early summer, Hollywood enjoyed a lively July Fourth weekend and is hoping for some midsummer hits to re-energize the box office. All films in the holiday marketplace... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- FOURTH FIREWORKS -- 6/27/16

Fourth fireworks: Although July Fourth is always on the same date, it falls on different days of the week depending on the year. The best of all worlds for Hollywood is to have... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- "FAST" FRANCHISE -- 6/20/16

"Fast" franchise: Wednesday's 15th anniversary re-release of "The Fast and the Furious" is a great reminder that not all Hollywood franchises originate as comic books, young adult novels or video games. Sometimes, lightning just strikes on its own – with a little help from great marketing -- and the resulting boxoffice flames burn brightly for years to come... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- "DORY" DOLLARS -- 6/13/16

"Dory" dollars: Sequels have struggled to stay afloat this summer, but Disney and Pixar should be making big boxoffice waves this weekend with "Finding... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- MEMORIAL MOVIES -- 5/23/16

Memorial movies: Memorial Day weekend is Hollywood's traditional launch pad for the summer movie season... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- HORROR HISTORY -- 6/6/16

Horror history: Horror films have been one of Hollywood's most popular genres going back to silent movie days. Over the years, the horror genre evolved in many directions, always managing to offer whatever kind of scares would best attract moviegoers at the time... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- SUMMER STARTS -- 5/31/16

Summer starts: If June didn't exist, Hollywood would have to invent it. June's the month that delivers the jolt that jumpstarts the summer boxoffice. Kids are finally out of school. Adults start taking vacation time... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- SUMMER SEQUELS -- 5/16/16

Summer sequels: It's going to be a great summer at the boxoffice – but it won't start until May 5, 2017. This summer, of course... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- CANNES COUNTDOWN -- 5/9/16

Cannes countdown: The 69th annual Cannes Film Festival gets underway May 11, beginning the countdown to the new awards season... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- MARVELOUS MAY -- 5/2/16

Marvel and Disney's 3D sci-fi action thriller "Captain America: Civil War" is from Anthony Russo & Joe Russo ("Captain America: The Winter Soldier"). With the government deciding... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- HEALTHY HOLLYWOOD – 4/25/16

Healthy Hollywood: With all the media attention that's been given to Sean Parker's proposed Screening Room venture that would put new movies in home theatres for $50 fees right when they open theatrically, you'd think the movie business was falling apart. More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- "JUNGLE" JOY – 4/18/16

"Jungle" joy: Disney has a brand new boxoffice gorilla in "The Jungle Book." The PG rated live action adventure drama from Walt Disney Pictures, which opened last weekend to a joyful $103.6 million at 4,028 theatres, is the third biggest opening of the year after "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" ($166 million on Mar. 25) and "Deadpool" ($132.4 million on Feb. 12). More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- MTV MOVIES– 4/4/16

MTV movies: It's easy to dismiss the MTV Movie Awards as being just another copycat Oscar show, but a closer look suggests the Academy could learn a lot from MTV. This year's live telecast... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- APRIL ACTION– 3/28/16

April action: April can't help but start on the right boxoffice foot thanks to March winding up with a super powered $170.1 million kick off for "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice." Critics didn't go out-of-this-world ... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- SUPER STRENGTH– 3/21/16

Comic book driven superhero epics have enjoyed boxoffice super strength for years and that's a safe bet to continue with Friday's launch of "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice." After thesuccess of franchises built around individual superheroes like Warner Bros. and DC... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- "ALLEGIANT ARRIVING – 3/14/16

"Allegiant" arriving: Young Adult appeal novels driven by agile heroines in dystopian future worlds have in recent years become one of Hollywood's better boxoffice bets. The four episodes in... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- MARCH MOVIES – 3/07/16

March movies: March is supposed to come in like a lion and go out like a lamb, but it looks like it's going to be all lion this year. With"Zootopia"launchingthe month, "The Divergent Series: Allegiant" anchoring mid-month... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- OSCAR OUTCOME – 2/29/16

Oscar outcome: The Oscars have come and gone, but this year's dominant issue of "diversity," or really the lack of it, isn't going away. Kudos to host Chris Rock for dealing with this "elephant in the room" with... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- OSCAR OUTLOOK – 2/22/16

Oscar outlook: It's all over now but the shouting. Final balloting for the 88th annual Academy Awards ends Feb. 23, but by now most Oscar voters have made their choices. On Feb. 28 the sealed envelopes will be ripped open... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- AWARDS ACTION– 2/16/16

Awards action: After eight months of awards activity revolving around film festivals, critics groups, industry associations and Hollywood guilds, the action has finally shifted to Academy members. Voting for Oscar winners began... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- FEBRUARY FOCUS – 2/8/16

February focus: February may be a short month, but it's bringing moviegoers a long list of new wide releases. The month got off to a quiet start thanks to last... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- ACTOR AWARDS– 2/1/16

Actor awards: The awards season is jammed withpre-Oscars events honoring theyear's best films, but only a handful of them are televised. That short list includes the Hollywood Foreign... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- PRODUCERS' PREFERENCES– 1/25/16

Producers' preferences: As bellwethers forOscar's best picture race go, the Producers Guild of America (PGA) is about as good as it gets. Over the last eight years – the ceremonies held... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- OSCAR OUTLOOK– 1/19/16

Oscar outlook: The best thing about knowing who's been Oscar nominated is that it ends the endless speculation about who's going to be nominated. Unfortunately... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- GOLDEN GLOBES – 1/11/16

Golden Globes: Despite all of Sunday's televised hoopla, it's Golden Globes nominations not wins that actually influence Oscar's Best Picture race. The Hollywood Foreign... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- JOLLY JANUARY– 1/4/16

Jolly January: January isn't known for boxoffice heatwaves, but this year may be different. Thanks to "Star Wars: The Force Awakens,"January ticket sales should be much more robust than usual. The Lucas film Ltd. PG-13 rated 3D sci-fi action... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- NOMINATIONS NOW – 12/28/15

Nominations now: With every week bringing more news from awards givers, it's easy to forget that the only award that really matters in Hollywood is the Oscar. Everything else is just a stepping stone to winning... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- HAPPY HOLIDAYS– 12/21/15

Happy holidays: The week between Christmas and New Year's is one of Hollywood's happiest box-office times of the year. Movie going expands over the holidays... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- NEW NOMINEES – 12/14/15

New nominees: Movie critics awards have been making headlines all month, but last week brought new nominees from two high profile groups that are better bellwethers... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- AWARDS ACTION – 12/07/15

Awards action: After being influenced for months by film festivals, the awards season is now being driven by awards... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- DECEMBER DECISIONS – 11/30/15

December decisions: Movie going decisions in December are driven by different dynamics than in other months. Because the holiday season dominates... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- THANKSGIVING TICKETS – 11/23/15

Thanksgiving tickets: Moviegoing has become such a big part of Thanksgiving in recent years that it really belongs on the menu. A post-Thanksgiving dinner visit to a nearby multiplex is for many... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- "GAMES" GOLD – 11/16/15

"Games" gold: They say all good things must end and that's exactly what moviegoers will find this weekend when Lionsgate's final"Hunger Games" episode opens. With "The Hunger... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- "SPOTLIGHT" SPOTLIGHT– 11/9/15

"Spotlight" spotlight: As the awards season heats up, the spotlight is on films that resonate with audiences as well as critics. Academy members like to see that moviegoers are as enthusiastic about best picture contenders... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- "SPECTRE" SPECIAL– 11/2/15

"Spectre" special: Hollywood turns most movies into events these days, but the real thing always stands out from the crowd. That's certainly true of MGM, Columbia... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- NOVEMBER NEWS – 10/26/15

November news: November is shaping up as a dream month for Hollywood. With a new Bond film to launchthe month, the "Hunger Games"finale two weeks later and a Pixar/Disneyanimated adventure for Thanksgiving, the multiplexes... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- OSCAR OUTLOOK– 10/19/15

Oscar outlook: With about four months of tough Oscar campaigning still ahead, a dozen or so films are emerging as likely contenders in prime categories... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- "JOBS" JOURNEY – 10/5/15

"Jobs" journey: Biographical dramas tell us about someone's life journey. But sometimes there's also a film's journey through the awards season to talk about. A case in point is Universal, Legendary Pictures... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- OCTOBER OVERVIEW– 9/28/15

October overview: If a Martian who knew a little about movies landed in a multiplex parking lot and wandered inside, he'd realize pretty quickly from what's playing that it must be October. Big commercial... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- "EVEREST" EXCITEMENT– 9/21/15

"Everest" excitement: After its high profile opening night launch last month at the 72nd annual VeniceFilm Festival, "Everest" is now ready to scale the boxoffice heights. More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- FILM FESTIVALS– 9/14/15

Film festivals: Film festivals are the first stop on Hollywood's railroad to the Oscars. High profile festivals in Venice, Telluride, Toronto and New York provide convenient platforms in September and early October to show Oscar hopefuls to audiences... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- SEPTEMBER STORY – 9/8/15

September story: Fall doesn't arrive until Sept. 23, but as far as Hollywood is concerned, the fall movie season begins immediately after Labor Day. Instead of the mega-budget comic book... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- SUMMER SUMMARY -- 8/31/15

Summer summary: The summer movie season doesn't end until Labor Day, but we don't have... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- SUMMER SIZZLE -- 8/24/15

Summer sizzle: This summer turned out to be the summer Hollywood was hoping for last year. Looking ahead, next summer should bring a boxoffice... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- ''HITMAN" HOPES -- 8/17/15

"Hitman" hopes: Summer may be winding down, but it's not over till it's over. Last weekend's $56.1 million launch for Universal... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- ''U.N.C.L.E." UPDATE -- 8/10/15

"U.N.C.L.E." update: Everything old is new again this summer and that's been working nicely for Hollywood. Last weekend'stop grossing film was... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- 'FANTASTIC" FOCUS -- 8/3/15

"Fantastic" focus: Marvel Entertainment has kicked off the summer movie season with early May blockbusters every year since 2007. Last year it also took over... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- AUGUST ARRIVALS -- 7/27/15

August arrivals: For many years, August was known for its sleepy dog days of summer when studios avoided opening films with big boxoffice potential. That's no longer the case. In fact... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- OSCAR OUTLOOK -- 7/20/15

Oscar outlook: As we move into the second half of the year, Hollywood is starting to think about the annual Oscar race and who will be the most likely best picture contenders. It's a challenging game... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- "ANT" ACTION -- 7/13/15

"Ant" action: With the summer boxoffice still sizzling thanks to "Minions," Hollywood is in the best of spirits as Disney and Marvel's "Ant-Man" prepares to invade multiplexes this weekend. Universal and Illumination Entertainment's first-place... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- JULY JOLT -- 7/6/15

July jolt: A July jolt at the boxoffice is Hollywood's ideal mid-summer night's dream. On the heels of a dreamy June with blockbusters like "Jurassic World"and "Inside Out" that dominated July Fourth... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- FABULOUS FOURTH -- 6/29/15

Fabulous Fourth: After a rip-roaring,record-breaking month of June at the boxoffice, Hollywood is ready for a fabulous July Fourth. It's not the greatest timing this... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- GIRL GOLD -- 6/22/15

Girl gold: After many years of targeting summer movies to teenage boys, Hollywood is discovering there's also boxoffice gold in films appealing to young women. Along with male driven action hits like... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- ANIMATION ACTION -- 6/15/15

Animation action: Animated features targeted to family audiences are one of Hollywood's hottest boxoffice genres. History is likely to repeat itself again this weekend as... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- HEAVY HITTERS -- 6/1/15

Heavy hitters: Hollywood rolls out its summer heavy hitters starting in June. Unlike May, June is prime summer playing time because kids get out of school as the month goes by and adults are starting More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- "ANDREAS" ACTION -- 5/26/15

"Andreas" action:Action films have for many years been at the center of the biggest boxoffice action. What's changed from time to time over the decades... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- MEMORIAL MOVIES -- 5/18/15

Memorial movies: For decades, Memorial Day was the gateway to the summer movie season. In recent years, however, it's been overshadowed by early May's ability to jumpstart summer moviegoing... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- CANNES COMPETITION -- 5/11/15

Cannes competition: The Cannes Film Festival is famous for its Palme d'Or award, but that's not the prize some of its highest profile titles are competing for... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- MARVEL MUSCLE -- 5/4/15

Marvel muscle: It was a muscle weekend not just in the Vegas boxing ring, but at boxoffices everywhere as "Avengers: Age of Ultron"openedto a heavyweight $187.7 million at 4,276 theatres. Despite strong competition from the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight (including Saturday night viewing parties across the country), the... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- MAY MOVIES -- 4/27/15

May movies: You don't have to go very far out on a limb to predict a Marvel-ous month of May at the boxoffice. To begin with, Marvel Studios and Disney's 3D PG-13 fantasy... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- TONY TIMING -- 4/20/15

Tony timing: The last Oscar telecast could easily have been mistaken for the Tonys with all its musical production numbers and four-time Tonys host Neil Patrick Harris, but there also are some big differences that differentiate the two... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- BIG BOXOFFICE -- 4/13/15

Big boxoffice: If Hollywood were one giant company, its stock would be a great buy given how well movies are performing this year at the boxoffice.... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- HOLIDAY HOPES -- 4/06/15

Holiday hopes: Hollywood got a high octane boxoffice boost over the Easter-Passover weekend from Universal's $143.6million opening of "Furious 7,"proving once again how well moviegoing and holidays go together.... More >>

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April arrivals: March's gusting winds brought boxoffice hits like "Cinderella" and "Insurgent"and Hollywood hopes to see that momentum continue in April.

DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox's opening of the 3D PG rated animated fantasy adventure... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- OSCAR OVERHAUL? -- 3/23/15

Oscar overhaul? Is a major overhaul of Oscar's best picture race in the works?

The buzz in Hollywood is that it's a topicfor consideration at the Motion Picture Academy's board of governors... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- "INSURGENT" IMPACT -- 3/16/15

"Insurgent" impact:Hollywood must have a Fairy Godmother who helped launch"Cinderella"to $70.1 million last weekend and blessed"Insurgent" with through the roof trackingfor its... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- "CINDERELLA" CLOSE-UP -- 3/9/15

"Cinderella" close-up: Movie marketing has become a brand name business in recent years as audiences increasingly favor familiar titles... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- MARCH MOVIES -- 3/2/15

March movies: March should come in like a box office lion and sta ythat way all month.

That winning scenario would follow two months of hot winter ticket sales for... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- OSCAR OUTCOME -- 2/23/15

Oscar outcome: The fat lady finally sang Sunday night (along with nearly everyone else!), so the Oscar race is over -- and what a long haul it was... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- BEST BETS -- 2/17/15

Best bets: It's all over but the shouting for Academy members, whose ballots had to be in by Feb. 17... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- AWARDS ACTION -- 2/9/15

Awards action: As we head down the Oscar homestretch, every weekend brings more influential awards showsenabling us to read the Academy tea leaves.... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- FEBRUARY FILMS -- 2/2/15

February films:"American Sniper" gave January's box office a shot in the arm that will help get February off on the right foot.... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- GUILD GOLD -- 1/26/15

Guild gold: With so many awards shows, it's easy to forget which ones really matter.... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- OSCAR OUTLOOK -- 1/19/15

Sequel strength: Oscar outlook: Now that we know who's been nominated, we can finally start reading the Oscar tea leaves.... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- SEQUEL STRENGTH -- 1/12/15

Sequel strength: Looking ahead to the second half of 2015, it appears that everything old will be new again.... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- POWERHOUSE PREVIEWS -- 1/5/15

Powerhouse previews: In greeting the New Year we take comfort in starting out with a beautifully blank slate. But that's not the case for... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- TOP TEN -- 12/29/14

Top ten: As we prepare to greet 2015, it's a good time to ask,"What worked best at this year's boxoffice?... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- HAPPY HOLIDAYS -- 12/22/14

Happy holidays: The holiday season is famous for being "the most wonderful time of the year," but for Hollywood it's actually the second most... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- BUILDING BUZZ -- 12/15/14

Building buzz: You can't win an Oscar if you're not nominated, which is why mid-December's high profile awards noms matter so ... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- AWARDS ACTIVITY -- 12/8/14

Awards activity:After six months of campaigning at film festivals, Hollywood is now in the critics... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- DECEMBER DECISIONS -- 12/1/14

December decisions:December is a month for decisions – what gifts to buy, what cards to send,... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- TURKEY TIME -- 11/24/14

Turkey time: Hollywood's favorite stuffing doesn't come with turkey. It's the boxoffice stuffing that comes... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- "MOCKINGJAY" MUSCLE -- 11/17/14

"Mockingjay" muscle: There's only one film opening wide this weekend, but it promises to deliver the kind of box office punch that... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- OSCAR OUTLOOK -- 11/10/14

Oscar outlook: By this point in the awards season, a few solid front runners have typically emerged in Oscar's... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- NOVEMBER NEWS -- 11/03/14

November news: Any month that starts with a new Christopher Nolan film, moves on to a ... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- SUPERHERO STORIES -- 10/27/14

Halloween horror: Superhero Stories: Superheroes have been saving the world since they first arrived in late 1930's comic books... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- HALLOWEEN HORROR - 10/20/14

Halloween horror: Horror films and Halloween have been a winning combination for Hollywood ... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT - "JUDGE" JURY - 10/06/14

"Judge" jury: When Warner Bros. and Village Road show Pictures' "The Judge" goes before a moviegoer jury this... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- OCTOBER OUTLOOK - 09/29/14

October outlook: Thanks to last weekend's $35 million first-place launch for "The Equalizer", October will... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- FESTIVAL FILMS - 09/22/14

Festival films: As Hollywood gears up for the New York Film Festival, no solid front-runner in Oscar's... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- HOLIDAY HOPES - 09/15/14

Holiday hopes:Summer and the holiday season are Hollywood's two biggest times of the box office year... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- SEPTEMBER STORIES - 09/08/14

September stories: A Martian who landed in a multiplex parking lot in September would send home an entirely different... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- SUMMER STOPS - 09/02/14

Summer stops: Hollywood's started its summer movie season at various times over the years, but it always comes to... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- FALL FESTIVALS - 08/25/14

Fall festivals: We're heading from summer into fall, but Hollywood's moving into the Awards Season... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- "SIN" STORY - 08/18/14

"Sin" story: After a summer of big popcorn action adventures, Hollywood's heading into the less frenetic fall with.. More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- SUMMER SUMMARY - 08/11/14

Summer summary: A few more weeks of summer moviegoing are still ours to... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- AUGUST ACTION - 08/04/14

August action: With "Guardians of the Galaxy" setting a new August record with its... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- GALAXY GUARDIANS - 07/28/14

Galaxy guardians: It used to be that by the time we hit August, all the summer's high profile movies had... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- SUMMER STRENGTH - 07/21/14

Summer strength: Moviegoers are still picking films to see this summer, but Hollywood's already... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- MID-SUMMER MOVIES - 07/14/14

Mid-summer movies: This summer, depending on your point of view, is either half-over or... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- SUMMER SIZZLE - 07/07/14

Summer sizzle: July is when summer really sizzles. Schools are out. Vacations... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- FOURTH FIREWORKS - 06/30/14

Fourth fireworks: If Hollywood could rewrite the calendar, July Fourth would... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT --''TRANSFORMERS TIME'' - 06/23/14

''Transformers'' time: The last weekend in June looks like it should be a... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- BROADWAY ''BOYS'' - 06/16/14

Broadway ''Boys:'' The line between Hollywood and Broadway is blurring as movies morph into... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- OSCAR OUTLOOK - 06/09/14

Oscar outlook: The big news on the early Oscar front is that there isn't any big news... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- SUMMER SEQUELS - 06/02/14

Summer sequels: With a dozen sequels on deck this summer, Hollywood's clearly banking on... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- JUNE JOLT - 05/27/14

June jolt: After a merry May at the boxoffice, Hollywood's looking for a June jolt fueled by... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- MEMORIAL MOVIES - 05/19/14

Memorial movies: The love affair between Hollywood and Memorial Day dates back to 1982 when... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- CANNES COMPETITION - 5/12/14

Cannes competition: Don't look now, but the awards season's coming back to... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- MAY MOVIES - 5/5/14

May movies: May's off to a swinging "Spider-Man 2" start to a merry month at the... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- "SPIDER-MAN" STRENGTH - 04/28/14

"Spider-Man" strength: Marvelous movie summers have begun with Marvel blockbusters since 2007 and the studio's... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- "OTHER" OPENING - 04/21/14

"Other" opening: Fanboys are Hollywood's usual marketing target, but women are another audience that... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- PRE-SUMMER POWER - 04/14/14

Pre-summer power: With last weekend's top two films grossing over $80 million and the overall boxoffice hitting... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- ANIMATED ACTIVITY - 04/7/14

Animated activity: Comic book driven films like "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" make big boxoffice headlines... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- APRIL ACTION - 03/31/14

April action:With March going out like a lion thanks to "Divergent" and "Noah," April can't help but get off to a breezy boxoffice start... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- SUMMER SNAPSHOT - 03/24/14

Summer snapshot: Spring is here and that means we'll start seeing summer movies in about six weeks.Big spring opening... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- 03/17/14

"DIVERGENT" DISCUSSION: "Divergent" hits multiplexes Friday and Hollywood's getting ready to celebrate a new YA blockbuster franchise... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- MARCH MOVIES - 03/10/14

March movies: I didn't want to start by saying "March came in like a lion," but why not? That's exactly what happened!... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- OSCAR OUTCOME - 03/03/14

Oscar outcome: Even an Oscar race with three frontrunners must ultimately produce a winner, as we saw Sunday with "12 Years a Slave's"... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- OSCAR OUTLOOK -- 2/24/14

Oscar outlook: It's all over but the shouting for this year's Oscar race and in Hollywood that's really good news... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- BRITISH BEST -- 2/17/14

British best: The British Academy handed out its BAFTA awards Sunday and they're likely to impact on our own very tight Oscar race... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- OSCAR OVERVIEW -- 2/10/14

Oscar overview:Of all the star-studded parties Hollywood throws each year, the annual Oscar Nominees Luncheon probably boasts the most A List names... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- GUILD GOLD -- 2/3/14

Guild gold: The Oscars used to be called a "popularity contest," but that was years ago when Hollywood was a small community where stars... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- FEBRUARY FILMS -- 1/27/14

February films: February's a short month, but it's got a tall list of new films heading to the multiplexes... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- OSCAR OUTLOOK -- 1/20/14

Oscar outlook: Nine films were nominated in Oscar's best picture race, but that doesn't mean there are nine equal contenders... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- GOLDEN GLOBES -- 1/14/14

Golden Globes: The price of gold goes up and down, but the value of a Golden Globe remains priceless in Hollywood... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- FUTURE FILMS -- 1/6/14

Future films: You don't need a crystal ball to tell Hollywood's future... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- TOP TEN -- 12/30/13

Top ten: Looking back at what worked best at the 2013 boxoffice, it's clear that Hollywood knows the formula for success. More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- HAPPY HOLIDAYS -- 12/30/13

Happy holidays: The week between Christmas and New Year's is one of the merriest times of the boxoffice year, but Hollywood's happier when the holidays don't fall on Wednesday as they do this year. More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- "AWARDS ACTION" -- 12/16/13

Awards action: After seven months of playing film festivals, Hollywood finally has some meaningful nominations to help narrow the ranks of Oscar hopefuls More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- "BANKS" BUZZ -- 12/09/13

"Banks" buzz: Most films hoping to get into this year's wildly competitive best picture Oscar race have been playing film festivals for many months. More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- DECEMBER DATES -- 12/02/13

December dates: Thanksgiving's boxoffice leftovers should help December get off to a tasty start. More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- THANKSGIVING TIME -- 11/25/13

Thanksgiving time: Moviegoing's become such a big part of celebrating the long Thanksgiving weekend that in all likelihood most people reading today's column will see a film some time between Wednesday and Sunday. More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- NOVEMBER NEWS -- 11/04/13

November news: November can't miss! Any month that brings sequels to "Thor" and "The Hunger Games" and ends with Thanksgiving is as safe a boxoffice bet as you can make. More >>

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Summer summary: Summer may not be over till it's over, but we can already see what's worked best at the boxoffice these past few months. More >>

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Metallic men: Films starring two classic comic book metallic men will be magnets for boxoffice gold this summer. More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- RIDLEY REPORT - 10/21/13

Ridley report: Ridley Scott is one of those filmmakers who automatically commands attention whenever he makes a new movie. More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- 'CARRIE' CLASSIC -- 10/14/13

"Carrie" classic: When the original "Carrie" opened in November 1976, horror thrillers were quite different from how they are today. More >>

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Festival films: Timing is everything for films hoping to get into the Oscar race. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 09-30-13

“Gravity” gold: There are two kinds of gold in Hollywood and “Gravity's” on track to attract them both. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 09-03-13

September Strength: Hollywood’s heading in the right direction with “One Direction: This is Us” opening to $18 million over Labor Day. More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- OCTOBER OVERVIEW -- 09/23/13

October overview: It's clear that "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2" should help get October off on the "bright" foot at the boxoffice. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 09-16-13

“Rush” report: Over the years only a handful of directors have become readily recognizable to mainstream moviegoers and Ron Howard's definitely one of them. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 09-09-13

Toronto talk: What happens in Toronto doesn’t stay in Toronto – and that’s why Hollywood loves the Toronto International Film Festival. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 09-03-13

September Strength: Hollywood’s heading in the right direction with “One Direction: This is Us” opening to $18 million over Labor Day. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 08-19-13

Festival focus: After a summer of expensive event films driven by 3D and special effects, Hollywood’s moving into the Oscar season where movies succeed with critical acclaim and awards. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 08-26-13

“One” opening: Concert documentaries work because everyone gets the best seat in the house to see global headliners at affordable ticket prices wherever they live. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 04-22-13

Memorial movies: If you’re hungry for Hollywood’s summer popcorn movies, the good news is they start arriving a month from now. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 04-15-13

Oblivion opening: With a half dozen big budget high profile sci-fi films landing in theatres over the next few months Hollywood could be seeing out-of-this-world boxoffice results. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 04-08-13

Oscar outlook: The Oscars are about 11 months away and normally no one in Hollywood would be paying much attention to them right now. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 04-01-13

April action: April is Hollywood’s swing month between winter’s serious awards contenders and summer’s popcorn blockbusters. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 03-25-13

Cannes countdown: The long road to the Oscars typically begins at the Cannes Film Festival where Hollywood makes the most of being in the global media spotlight. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 03-18-13

Mighty March: Even without any of those four-day holiday weekends that Hollywood loves, March is still a mighty month at the boxoffice. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 03-11-13

Franchise films: Spring’s only a few weeks away, but it certainly feels like summer at the boxoffice. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 03-04-13

March movies: March came in like a boxoffice lamb, but there’s a lion waiting to spring into action this weekend. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 02-25-13

Oscar outcome: It’s all over, but the shouting – and there’s plenty of that as Hollywood recovers from one of the most controversial Oscar seasons ever. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 02-18-13

Oscar outlook: The long and winding road to the 85th annual Academy Awards began last May at the 65th annual Cannes Film Festival and will end, finally, Sunday night. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 02-11-13

Presidents preview: With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, love is in the air – especially in Hollywood. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 02-04-13

Guild gold: The road to winning an Oscar is paved with gold – guild awards gold. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 01-28-13

February films: February may bring us icy cold winter weather, but temperatures at the boxoffice could be much warmer. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 01-21-13

Homestretch hopes: The sealed envelopes will be ripped open in about a month at the 85th annual Academy Awards, but for now the race is wide open heading into the homestretch. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 01-14-13

Golden Globes: With Sunday’s Golden Globe wins and Thursday’s Oscar nominations behind us, we’re heading full speed down the awards season homestretch. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 01-07-13

Oscar outlook: We’ve been talking about Oscar frontrunners since last May’s Cannes Film Festival, but we won’t know who the contenders really are until Academy members’ nominations are announced Jan. 10. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 12-31-12

Happy New Year: After setting a $10.8 million boxoffice record for 2012, Hollywood’s starting the New Year with high hopes. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 12-24-12

Heavy hitters: The year’s not over yet, but we already know who did best at the 2012 boxoffice. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 12-17-12

Awards arena: All it takes is a quick look at today's movie ads to see how quickly the awards arena is heating up. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 12-10-12

“Hobbit” hopes; Most weekends see three or four new wide releases arriving in multiplexes, but that’s not the case this time around. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 12-03-12

Golden Globes: Hollywood’s awards season heats up in December with every week bringing new nominations or wins that impact on films’ Oscar prospects. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 11-26-12

Happy holidays: December is one of Hollywood’s happiest boxoffice months since holiday ticket sales are typically second only to the much longer summer season. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 11-19-12

Thanksgiving time: As holidays go, Thanksgiving’s one of Hollywood’s top favorites. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 11-12-12

“Hitchcock” history: I’ve been a Hitchcock fan for many years and a “Hitchcock” fan since seeing Sacha Gervasi’s awards worthy biographical drama about the Master of Suspense 10 days ago. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 11-05-12

Big Bond: It’s a safe bet that “Skyfall’s” going to open big, but the real question is whether it will be the biggest Bond film ever. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 10-29-12

November numbers: You don’t need a crystal ball to see that November’s boxoffice numbers should make Hollywood very happy. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 10-22-12

R ratings: There’s no R in “fall,” but there are plenty of R’s at the fall boxoffice. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 10-15-12

“Paranormal” power: You don’t have to believe in supernatural forces to recognize the effect they’re having at the boxoffice. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 10-08-12

“Argo” arriving: October’s only just begun and it’s already sizzling on both the boxoffice and awards fronts. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 10-01-12

October overview: September ended with a boxoffice bang – about $43 million for Sony’s “Hotel Transylvania” and about $21 million for Sony’s “Looper!” October should blast off even stronger with a hefty take this weekend for Fox’s “Taken 2.” More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 09-24-12

What’s working: With the fourth quarter fast approaching, Hollywood’s gearing up for a fall and winter season of Oscar hopefuls and holiday hits. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 09-17-12

Contenders collection: Visibility at fall film festivals in Venice, Telluride and Toronto is part of Hollywood’s basic awards marketing playbook. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 09-10-12

3D Dimension: Hollywood’s been putting technology to work since the early 1900’s when moving images moved from arcade peep show machines to on screen projection in nickelodeon theatres. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 09-04-12

September sizzle Summer may be history, but Hollywood’s hoping for plenty of boxoffice sizzle in September. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 08-27-12

“Oogieloves” Oogust August may be winding down, but Oogust is just getting started! More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 08-20-12

Hollywood horror: Hollywood’s been making horror movies since the early silent days and there’s only one reason for that – moviegoers like being scared! More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 08-13-12

Festival films: As summer winds down Hollywood shifts gears, turning its attention to fall and the start of the annual awards race. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 08-06-12

“Bourne” reborn: Movie franchises are way too valuable for Hollywood to let them evaporate just because stars won’t continue in their roles or they’ve run out of books to adapt. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 07-30-12

“Recall” remake: Hollywood’s been remaking movies since the silent days, realizing that if a picture works once it has what it takes to work again. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 07-23-12

August action: August used to be where Hollywood buried its dead – movies it didn’t think stood a chance of doing big business. But in recent years that’s all changed. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 07-16-12

Batman blockbuster: It’s the best of times and the worst of times when a blockbuster movie franchise like Batman ends. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 07-09-12

Franchises are Hollywood’s brand name products and they’re highly marketable because moviegoers know exactly what they are. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 07-02-12

Fourth fireworks: July Fourth is Hollywood’s midsummer’s night dream come true – a holiday that doesn’t fail to ignite boxoffice fireworks! More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 06-25-12

July jolt: The summer movie season, which explodes in early May, can start dragging by mid-June. But, no worries – July’s known for jolting the boxoffice back to life. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 06-18-12

Oscar outlook: If we had a dollar for every film that opened during the first half of the year and wound up being Oscar nominated, we wouldn’t have much money. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 06-11-12

Family fun: Last weekend’s chart topping launch for “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” hammered home once again the big boxoffice advantage family films have thanks to their broad playability. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 06-04-12

Halftime hopes: June doesn’t just signal the start of summer, it means it’s halftime on the Hollywood gridiron. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 05-29-12

June jackpot: June may not have its own four-day holiday weekend to tempt moviegoers, but it certainly benefits from being bookended by Memorial Day and July Fourth. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 05-21-12

Memorial movies: Moviegoing and Memorial Day weekend have had a 30 year love affair and it’s still going strong. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 05-14-12

Cannes celebration: The Cannes Film Festival, which turns 65 this week, continues to be the world’s highest profile celebration of movies as both an art and a business. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 05-07-12

Strong summer: Summer’s only just begun, but with “The Avengers” off to a spectacular record-setting start it’s hard to picture this summer as being anything but strong. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 04-30-12

“Avengers” applause: Applause usually follows a movie, but with “The Avengers” it’s already being heard loud and clear through the film’s astounding tracking. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 04-23-12

May movies: They call it the merry month of May and for Hollywood this one could turn out to be really merry! More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 04-16-12

Blockbuster books: Hollywood’s been bringing books to the screen since the silent days and hits like D.W. Griffith’s “The Birth of a Nation,” adapted from Thomas F. Dixon, Jr.’s novel “The Clansman.” More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 04-09-12

Silly “Stooges:” We don’t see much slapstick humor on the screen these days, but moviegoers have been laughing at physical comedy since the silent days of Mack Sennett's Keystone Kops and Charlie Chaplin’s Little Tramp. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 04-02-12

April action: As the transition between winter’s end and the start of summer, April isn’t known for sizzling boxoffice business. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 03-26-12

“Titans” talk: The ancient Greek gods in “Wrath of the Titans” aren’t very happy, but today’s movie gods are definitely smiling on the sizzling boxoffice. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 03-19-12

“Hunger” homerun: Unlike baseball, where you never know who’s hitting a homerun, with movies you usually can see the likely homeruns well ahead. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 03-05-12

“Carter” crowd: With the boxoffice running about 19 percent ahead of this time last year, 2012’s off to a fabulous start. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 02-27-12

Oscar Outcome: They say it’s not over till it’s over, but that really didn’t apply to the Oscars. They were over before the show even started. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 02-20-12

Oscar Outlook: It’s more likely that you know who will win the best picture Oscar than that you’ve actually seen the movie. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 02-13-12

March Madness: Now that the Super Bowl’s history, it’s time to start thinking about March Madness — but not the basketball games! More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 02-06-12

3D Dimension: With the boxoffice nearly 14 percent ahead of last year, 2012’s off to a great start and Hollywood’s counting on 3D and its premium prices to drive ticket sales in the coming months. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 01-30-12

Golden guilds: Hollywood’s two most powerful guilds spoke last weekend, but came to different conclusions as to who deserved their golden awards. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 01-24-12

Academy applause: What looked like it would be a slam dunk Oscar best picture victory for “The Artist” took an unexpected turn when “Hugo” catapulted into the lead in Tuesday’s nominations. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 01-16-12

Glittering Globes: In a perfect world there would be two Golden Globes evenings and double the fun! More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 01-09-12

Awards action: This year’s Oscar race isn’t anything like last year’s. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 01-03-12

Film friends: My crystal ball says we’re going to run into some old friends at the megaplexes in 2012. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 12-26-11

Top Ten: Tis the season to be jolly and for movie critics that means compiling Top Ten lists honoring the movies they liked most. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 12-19-11

Golden Globes: There was no Oscar frontrunner before the Golden Globes nominations — and there still isn’t. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 12-12-11

“Sherlock” strength: You don’t need to be Sherlock Holmes to figure out who’s going to top this weekend’s boxoffice. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 12-05-11

Happy “Hugo;” These are happy days at Paramount with Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo” emerging as a boxoffice success and a strong best picture Oscar contender. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 11-28-11

“Familiar” films: After a Thanksgiving weekend stuffed with family movies, it’s on to December where audiences will choose from a wide range of familiar films. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 11-14-11

“Twilight” time: It seems odd to be able to write that this weekend’s number one movie will be “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1” without using traditional qualifiers like “most likely” or “probably.” More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 11-07-11

“Immortals” impact: To investors, “Greek fantasy” probably means a European bailout, but for moviegoers we’re talking about “Immortals.” More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 10-31-11

“Tower” talk: It’s always good to be the movie people are talking about so Universal’s got to be feeling good about “Tower Heist.” More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 10-17-11

“Paranormal” power: Look for lots of activity at this weekend’s boxoffice — thanks to “Paranormal Activity 3.” More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 10-10-11

Finding frontrunners: By early October we’ve usually found a few Oscar frontrunners, but that’s not the case this year. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 09-27-11

“Twilight” tickets: The boxoffice weather report that movie marketers pay attention to gives them daily awareness and interest scores for upcoming releases. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 09-19-11

Weekend warriors: You’d think it’s still summer with four new films competing for moviegoers’ time and money this weekend. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 09-12-11

Toronto talk: Today’s talk in Toronto is likely to be tomorrow’s Oscar buzz. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 09-06-11

Film festivals: Hollywood’s awards season, which culminates in late February’s Oscars, kicks off in September with global film festivals that are now the launch pad for Academy Awards consideration. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 08-29-11

Fall films: It’s hard to believe, but the summer’s flown by and in just a few days we'll be celebrating Labor Day. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 08-22-11

Dog days: They say March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb — and you can say the same thing about the summer boxoffice. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 08-15-11

“Conan’s” coming! The biggest barbarian at this weekend’s movie gates looks like “Conan.“ More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 08-08-11

After “Apes:” Is there life after “Apes?” Well, don’t expect anything too lively at this weekend’s boxoffice, considering the soft tracking scores for all four new wide releases. None of them are likely to be aping the high climbing success of Fox and Chernin Entertainment’s “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.” More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 08-01-11

“Apes” arriving: Fox’s official website for “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” is ApesWillRise.com — and, indeed, that’s what they’ve been doing in the tracking. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 07-25-11

Feathered fish: Westerns and sci-fi have been popular genres since Hollywood”s silent movie days, but combined as they are in “Cowboys & Aliens” they make an odd hybrid. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 07-18-11

“Captain’s” competition: When we talk about a movie’s competition we usually have in mind what’s opening against it, but sometimes there’s even more to worry about. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 07-11-11

“Hallows” happiness: Warner Bros.’ “Harry Potter” franchise has already generated $2 billion domestically, but that’s about to get cranked up thanks to this weekend’s eighth and final episode, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2.” More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 07-05-11

“Horrible” horizon: It’s good news and bad news when next weekend’s number one movie is a safe bet to be the same as this week’s big winner. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 06-27-11

“Transformers” tracking: When a picture’s tracking through the roof like “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” it's time to start chilling the champagne. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 06-20-11

High hopes: Hollywood’s hoping that bad behavior and fast cars will drive next weekend’s boxoffice and put a better spin on how this summer looks. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 06-13-11

Summer superhero: Summer is the ideal season for superhero movies so it’s great news that a new one’s flying into multiplexes. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 06-06-11

Sleeper success: With four franchise episodes topping the boxoffice right now, it’s time for a sleeper hit. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 05-31-11

X-pectations: With the boxoffice back on track after a five month slump, Hollywood expects to maintain that momentum with “X-Men: First Class.” More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 05-23-11

Summer sizzle: It’s going to be a sizzling weekend — and I don’t mean from steaks grilling at Memorial Day barbeques. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 05-16-11

“Pirates” power: It may not be competing for the Palme d’Or, but “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” is clearly one of this year’s big winners at Cannes. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 05-02-11

Fantastic “Five:” It was definitely a fantastic weekend for Universal, but was it good for Hollywood? More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 04-25-11

Easter excitement: Things are rarely as they seem in Hollywood and that certainly was true at the Easter boxoffice. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 04-18-11

Premium problems: Like most wars, the one shaping up now between distributors and exhibitors over Premium Video on Demand is senseless, ill advised and bound to cause collateral damage. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 04-11-11

With the passing of Sidney Lumet Hollywood has lost another of its iconic filmmakers. These links to what many of us regard as “better days” in the movie business are increasingly few and it’s sad to see them taken by death. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 04-04-11

Weekend worries: The boxoffice continued to sag last weekend, despite Universal and Relativity Media's animated “Hop” scoring the year's best opening with over $38 million. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 03-28-11

Franchise front: It was another soft weekend at the boxoffice and we’ve seen too many of them this year. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 03-21-11

Adult audience: Looking at boxoffice numbers it’s easy to forget that ticket sales reflect purchases by people who care about how they spend their time and money. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 03-14-11

Boxoffice blues: When the good boxoffice news is that ticket sales are down only about 12 percent from last year, the good news ain’t so good. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 02-28-11

Oscar outcome: With Oscar’s prime honors having gone exactly as anticipated here last week, I really don’t have anything to complain about. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 02-21-11

Oscar outlook: Hollywood prognOSCARcators are having a tough time reading the tea leaves as the race blessedly winds down. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 02-14-11

BAFTA’s best: It’s a good thing the BAFTA’s are an elegant, amusing, civilized and entertaining show to watch — since there really wasn’t any need to watch it to find out who won. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 02-07-11

Oscar outlook: The Oscar race is supposed to be about choosing the year’s best film, but it’s really more about voting for the movie Academy members liked most. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 01-31-11

Guild gold: Well, to paraphrase Mel Brooks, It's good to be “The King’s Speech.” More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 01-25-11

Oscar overview: Well, it's a new horse race, isn't it? As I've been saying, despite the early critics groups support for “The Social Network,” the Oscar race is a whole different matter. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 01-24-11

Producer Power: Although at first glance the Producers Guild of America’s best picture award last weekend to “The King’s Speech” seemed like an amazing surprise, the shock’s worn off and it now seems totally logical. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 01-19-11

Word from Calibra Pictures that it's putting writer-director Joshua Newton's "The Bank Robbers" and "The Turning" into production in 2011 is good news for anyone who enjoys thrillers with a unique twist. More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 01-18-11

Golden Globes: I’ve been saying it for the past 20 years and I'm still saying it — the Golden Globes is Hollywood’s best celebration of the year! More >>

Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 01-10-11

Oscar outlook: What started out as an Oscar race dominated by Sony’s "The Social Network," and then became a two–way race between “Social” and The Weinstein Company’s "The King's Speech" is now a four–way battle thanks to Paramount and Relativity Media’s "The Fighter" and Paramount’s "True Grit." More >>