Showbiz news is pouring in during August; we round it up here.Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero
was the #1 movie for the weekend at the North American box office, with $20.1 million in tickets old, according to Deadline
. In a rare Imax release for an anime feature, the big-screen format accounted for $3.4 million of the gross. Crunchyroll distributed the theatrical release; the trailer was a big part of the marketing (see "’Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero’
"). The movie also got a big push at San Diego Comic-Con, with video screens at the airport, and a big presence at the Crunchyroll booth and at the Marriott next door.
Streaming passed cable to become the largest TV platform in July, according to Nielsen’s The Gauge, its monthly total TV and streaming snapshot. In time spent, streaming accounted for 34.8% of the total, while cable was 34.4% of the total, and broadcast 21.6%. Streaming gained almost six share points compared to July 2021. This is the first time since Nielsen began aggregating this type of data that streaming has beat all other forms of TV consumption.
Crunchyroll will take its annual awards program, the Crunchyroll Anime Awards, to Japan next year with a live ceremony in Tokyo at the Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa on Saturday, March 4. The event will include celebrities, musicians, and performances; sister company Sony Music Solutions to produce the event, which will be streamed on Crunchyroll’s social media channels. The Awards are chosen by fans, who voted 16.9 million times for the 2022 awards.
star Ezra Miller will be undergoing treatment for mental health issues, according to Variety
, perhaps opening the way for the release of the film as planned on June 23, 2023. Warner Bros. had been considering its options in the wake of multiple arrests for Miller, including a felony burglary charge earlier this month (see "Another Arrest for ‘The Flash’ Star
"). Two earlier arrests in Hawaii were resolved with a guilty plea to a single misdemeanor count and a fine.
The Lionsgate John Wick prequel series, originally planned for Starz (see "’John Wick’ Prequel Series
"), is moving o Peacock, according to The Hollywood Reporter
. Now officially titled The Continental, the three-episode series will premiere in 2023. Greg Coolidge and Kirk Ward will write and serve as showrunners; the series will star Colin Woodell, playing a younger Winston Scott in 1975, who’s trying to take control of the New York hotel where the world’s most dangerous criminals meet.
Station group Nexstar Media Group will acquire 75% of The CW from current owners Warner Bros. Discovery and Paramount Global, the companies announced. The network is currently run as a joint venture between Warner Bros. and CBS, who will each retain 12.5% of the company. Nexstar is the country’s largest station group with over 200 owned or partner stations; its stations account for 32% of The CW’s national reach. The CW has been home to a plethora of geek programming, most notably Greg Berlanti’s Arrowverse DC series.