Monday Movie Report: Writers Guild, Hollywood Studios Meeting On Contracts, Hoping To Avoid Strike

Officials from the Writers Guild of America and Hollywood studios met Monday in an attempt to hammer out a contract deal after initial talks fell through.

According to Variety, 17 days ago, two weeks-worth of negotiations ended and the WGA subsequently initiated a strike authorization vote. During that time, Variety reports the WGA accusing companies of proposing health plan rollbacks.

Variety’s article states that there’s a possibility of a strike on May 2, as the current film and TV contract with studios expires on May 1.

The guild, Variety reports, is asking for raises in minimums and script fees. According to the Hollywood Reporter, though, the WGA proposal is a $535 million, 3-year contract while the studio is coming in at about $180 million.

The WGA, THR reports, has notified some that a potential May strike could disrupt the fall broadcast season.

The WGA previously went on strike for 100 days in 2007-2008.

Outside the world of contract negotiations, Hollywood kept moving along at the weekend box office with two animated features finishing in the top three.

The full top five from the weekend was:
1. The Boss Baby – $26,300,000
2. Beauty and the Beast – $25,022,000
3. Smurfs: The Lost Village – $14,015,000
4. Going in Style – $12,500,000
5. Ghost in the Shell – $7,350,000

The box office will likely have a much bigger income next weekend when the next movie in the “Fast and the Furious” franchise is released. Along with the Fate of the Furious, the animated feature “Spark” is hitting theaters.

On home video, meanwhile, the following are getting released.

  • Lion, ATMR Rating: 4.3 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 86%, ATMR 2016 Honorable Mention
  • Hidden Figures, ATMR Rating: 3.7 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 93%
  • Monster Trucks, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 32%
  • The Bye Bye Man, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 23%