Universal celebrates ‘No time to die’ and presents extensive lineup – CineEurope – Deadline
During its presentation at CineEurope in Barcelona, Universal celebrated the success of last weekend’s James Bond photo, No time to die, which grossed $ 121.3 million in 54 Uni and MGM markets, setting a new pandemic record as the first film to cross $ 100 million overseas when it opens without China in the mix.
True to the sense of gratitude here this week, Uni executives thanked the exhibit for its role in helping make winners of films such as F9 and No time to die, and for inclement weather over the past 18 months. Niels Swinkels, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Universal Pictures International, said: “Thank you for being with us as we changed and changed jobs. Together, we bring audiences back to the movies.
The company’s president of international distribution, Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, said that throughout the pandemic, Universal has kept an eye on providing “a diverse and wide range to meet a variety of tastes.”
To this end, Uni presented banner-by-banner films, starting with Illumination and Sing 2 (which was also screened for participants here) and next summer Minions: The Rise of Gru which got an extended clip.
Then the trailers of the MGM titles Gucci House by Ridley Scott, by Paul Thomas Anderson Licorice Pizza, Joe Wright Cyrano and Ron Howard’s Thirteen lives.
From DreamWorks Animation came an exclusive look at the heist comedy The villains and a reminder that The puss in boots: the last wish happens next year.
Changing gears, the presentation turned to horror footage of Blumhouse. Jason Blum sent a video message saying he believes “no genre benefits theater more than horror.” CineEurope audiences were able to take a look at the trailer, previously shown at CinemaCon, for Ethan Hawke-starrer. The black phone from director Scott Derrickson.
From Focus there were spotlights on Last night in Soho with a new trailer for the title Edgar Wright which debuted at the Venice Film Festival in September. Images were shown by Toronto Audience Award winner Kenneth Branagh Belfast. Branagh sent a message thanking the show and quoting Shakespeare, saying they had done “a good deed in a nasty world.”
A promo for Focus’ Lesley Manville-starrer Mrs. Harris goes to Paris was also screened, just like the trailer for Downton Abbey: a new era (which was shown earlier in Las Vegas) and Robert Eggers The man of the North.
The presentation was rounded out with title previews from Universal Pictures, including a trailer for Jennifer Lopez / Owen Wilson-starrer. Marry me, Jake Gyllenhaal’s action pic Ambulance and a BTS look at Jurassic World: Dominion which begins to trample next summer.