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Box Office: ‘Green Book’ Scores Biggest Post-Oscar Bump in 8 Years

The dramedy earned $4.7 million over the weekend. Director Peter Farrelly’s Green Book scored the biggest post-Oscar bump of any best picture winner in eight years at the U.S. box office. The Amblin and Participant Media dramedy grossed $4.7 million from 2,641 cinemas over the March 1-3 frame — its 16th weekend in release — days after…

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Box Office: ‘Green Book’ Scores Biggest Post-Oscar Bump in 8 Years

The dramedy earned $4.7 million over the weekend.

Director Peter Farrelly’s Green Book scored the biggest post-Oscar bump of any best picture winner in eight years at the U.S. box office.
The Amblin and Participant Media dramedy grossed $4.7 million from 2,641 cinemas over the March 1-3 frame — its 16th weekend in release — days after its much-debated victory at the 91st Academy Awards.
No movie taking home the statuette for best picture has earned that much post-Oscars since The King’s Speech posted a weekend gross of $6.2 million from 2,386 cinemas following the Academy Awards in 2011. That compares to $2.3 million for The Shape of Water, last year’s winner, and roughly the same amount for Moonlight two years ago.

Prior to that, Spotlight, Birdman, 12 Years a Slave and Argo likewise earned around $2 million on the first weekend post-Oscars. The winner in 2012, The Artist, fared better with $3.6 million (both The Artist and The King’s Speech were from Harvey Weinstein, an expert at turning awards attention into box office glory).
Green Book’s domestic total through Sunday is $75.9 million, the top domestic showing for a best picture winner since Argo ($136 million) seven years ago. Analysts now believe Green Book will get to $90 million in the U.S.
The film is also enjoying a major post-Oscar boost overseas, where it took in another $31.9 million — including an impressive China bow of $17.1 million — for a foreign cume of $112.1 million and $188 million globally. The distinctly American story revolves around the relationship between real-life classical musician Don Shirley, who was black, and his Italian-American driver as they drive though the segregated South of the 1960s.

Green Book, starring Viggo Mortenson and Mahershala Ali, who won best supporting actor, has the backing of a major Hollywood studio. Universal is marketing and releasing the movie in North America on behalf of Steven Spielberg’s Amblin and Participant.
Awards attention has been key to Green Book’s box office success. The film, first opening in mid-November, largely struggled until winning the Golden Globes for best drama in early January. Heading into the weekend of the Globes, Green Book’s cume was $35 million.
“The film had underperformed throughout the winter, but winning awards along the way helped it stay on the road to redemption, and ultimately became a box office triumph,” says Jeff Bock of Exhibitor Relations.
“Is it more Oscar worthy than BlacKkKlansman or The Favourite? Well, ultimately that is decided by the voting members of The Academy. And they decided it was,” adds Bock. “But the fact it had only tallied upwards of $70 million by the time it won best picture was always going to give it a lot more mileage because the film is, at the end of the day, a multiplex crowd pleaser.”
The post-Oscar glow also shone on Warner Bros.’ A Star Is Born, which was re-released Friday with 12 minutes of additional footage following Lady Gaga’s win for best original song for “Shallow.” The film earned $1.9 million for the weekend for a domestic total of $212.9 million. Ditto for Sony’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which claimed the Oscar for best animated feature. The pic earned $2.1 million as it swung to $187.4 million domestically.
This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.

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Shawn Mendes Promises ‘It’ll Be Okay’ on New Song: Stream It Now

Shawn Mendes mends his broken heart following his high-profile breakup with Camila Cabello on his new song “It’ll Be Okay,” which was released Wednesday (Dec. 1). He first teased the single via Instagram on Tuesday with a 12-second snippet of him singing, “Are we gonna make it?/ Is this gonna hurt?” over swelling, organ-like synths.…

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Shawn Mendes Promises ‘It’ll Be Okay’ on New Song: Stream It Now

Shawn Mendes mends his broken heart following his high-profile breakup with Camila Cabello on his new song “It’ll Be Okay,” which was released Wednesday (Dec. 1).
He first teased the single via Instagram on Tuesday with a 12-second snippet of him singing, “Are we gonna make it?/ Is this gonna hurt?” over swelling, organ-like synths. He continues singing about patching up the wounds of a lost love in the chorus: “If you tell me you’re leaving, I’ll make it easy/ It’ll be okay/ If we can’t stop the bleeding/ We don’t have to fix it/ We don’t have to stay/ I will love you either way/ Ooh-ooh, it’ll be oh, be okay/ Ooh-ooh.”

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“It’ll Be Okay” arrives just two weeks after Mendes and Cabello announced their breakup after the all-star couple had been dating for more than two years. The pop stars, who hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 together with “Señorita” in 2019, released a joint statement addressing their split, promising fans that they “started our relationship as best friends and will continue to be best friends.”
The song also marks Mendes’ first solo music release since his fourth studio album Wonder, which he released almost exactly a year ago on Dec. 4, 2020, and topped the Billboard 200. He’ll be taking Wonder all around the world during his 2022 tour, which kicks off its European leg in spring before heading Stateside next summer with openers Dermot Kennedy and Tate McRae.
Listen to “It’ll Be Okay” below.

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John Ivey Promoted at iHeartMedia, Will Hand Over KIIS FM Program Director Duties

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Programming veteran John Ivey is moving up at iHeartMedia. Effective immediately, Ivey will take on the role of president of CHR (Contemporary Hits Radio) content development and strategy.  
In his new role, Ivey will focus on the recruitment, training, deployment and career growth of talent across all of iHeart’s CHR stations. In addition, Ivey will work closely with executive vp of talent development Dennis Clark to coach and develop talent.  
Ivey takes on the new role after being named president of CHR programming strategy in 2017. With the new promotion, he’ll be stepping down as program director at powerhouse Los Angeles station KIIS FM, a job he’s held for 20 years, with a successor to be announced tomorrow. Ivey will continue reporting to Tom Poleman, chief programming officer and president of the national programming group for iHeartMedia. 
“For over 20 years, John has been a key part of our successful Los Angeles market and our CHR stations across the country,” said Poleman in a release. “Now he will step into another integral role within iHeart – a role which represents that iHeart is a talent-first company dedicated to building the skills, capacity and drive of our nationally-recognized on-air personalities. John’s extensive experience in programming and his credibility within the industry are perfect for leading and elevating this initiative.” 
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“My mother took me to a radio station for the first time on my sixth birthday. The PD of that station, Mrs. Potter was my first mentor. Next was my first PD, Steve Hagen and later the legendary Steve Rivers. Now it’s my turn to focus on talent first at iHeart,” said Ivey in a release. “Thanks to Bob Pittman for always supporting me and allowing me to pitch a dream and turn it into a job. I love supporting talent, watching them grow and achieve their goals. Let’s GO!” 
Ivey is a 40-plus year radio veteran and the longest-running program director for KIIS FM. He began his radio career as an on-air personality and music director in his hometown of Owensboro, Kentucky and later led programming efforts for stations in New York, Tennessee and Boston. He joined iHeartMedia Los Angeles in 2001 and throughout his tenure has served in a variety of roles, including vp of programming for the market, program director of KYSR FM and KHHT FM, senior vp of programming and CHR brand manager for iHeartMedia.  

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During rehearsals for the 2021 Latin GRAMMYs, Anitta shared five interesting facts about herself, including her go-to breakfast, her biggest fears and how her family bets on her relationships.

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