Hollywood's new holy grail: Non-Disney hits

(From far left) Stars of Terminator: Dark Fate Mackenzie Davis, Linda Hamilton, Natalia Reyes and Gabriel Luna at the CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards during CinemaCon in Las Vegas, Nevada, last week. Paramount Pictures is hoping the sequel to
(From far left) Stars of Terminator: Dark Fate Mackenzie Davis, Linda Hamilton, Natalia Reyes and Gabriel Luna at the CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards during CinemaCon in Las Vegas, Nevada, last week. Paramount Pictures is hoping the sequel to the the time-hopping series will be well taken up by theatres.PHOTO: REUTERS

LAS VEGAS • CinemaCon is the annual April convention where movie studios peddle their films to the people who control the United States' 40,000 movie screens.

Known as exhibitors, they gather in a cavernous casino theatre normally given to Celine Dion and James Taylor residencies to watch footage, endure studio-executive hype, take in star patter and make booking decisions for the next year, the movie-going future by way of the laminated-badge set.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 10, 2019, with the headline 'Hollywood's new holy grail: non-Disney hits'. Print Edition | Subscribe