Disney has become the first film studio to take $7bn (£5.7bn) in global ticket sales in a year, with Star Wars spin-off Rogue One joining the hit factory production line alongside Marvel superheroes and animated children’s movies.
A biopic of Madonna, titled Blond Ambition, has been named the most admired unproduced film script currently in the Hollywood system.
Rupert Murdoch swooped in with an £11.2bn offer to take full control of the satellite broadcaster Sky, five years after he was forced to abandon a similar deal amid public revulsion over the phone-hacking scandal.
Warner Bros’ enormous investment in a new five-part franchise based on the wizarding world created by JK Rowling appears to have paid off.
Arrival was the only film released at the weekend in more than 100 prints, and it enjoyed plenty of attention from cinemagoers, pushing Doctor Strange off the top spot.
MGM’s expensive remake of Ben-Hur lost the company approximately $47.8m (£37.9m), investors have been told.
What do you get if you cross a handful of superheroes with the Death Star and a forgetful fish? Box office gold.
The weekend after Doctor Strange, and two weeks before Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the release calendar paused for breath.