IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Out of the Shadows” — with a relatively thin slate of releases.
Paramount paid $20 million for the film’s domestic distribution rights. The film, in which a linguist is tasked by the government to communicate with newly arrived aliens, has drawn good reviews from critics.
Ang Lee’s Iraq War hero drama “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” also made its much awaited debuted, albeit on just two screens. The Sony Pictures release, which opens nationwide next week, grossed $120,300 from two theaters (one in New York, on in Los Angeles). The two locations are the only places in North America the film is screening in Lee’s innovative 120 frames-per-second version (five times the normal rate), in addition to being in 3-D and at 4k resolution.
Playing in more traditional formats, it got off to a good start in China, where “Billy Lynn” opened with $11.7 million.
This image released by Disney shows Benedict Cumberbatch in a scene from Marvel’s “Doctor Strange.”
This image released by Paramount Pictures shows a scene from “Arrival.”