The Walt Disney Company struck a deal in December to buy most of 21st Century Fox, but Comcast, which has pursued Fox in the past, thinks it has another opening.
The No. 1 arrival gave 20th Century Fox a much-needed blockbuster and provided further evidence that superheroes remain box office gold.
Being named chief executive and chairman cements Mr. Murdoch, 46, as the successor to his father, Rupert Murdoch. No mention was made of Lachlan’s brother, James, the current C.E.O. of 21st Century Fox.
A new study suggests that parents think 13 years old is too young to see intense gun violence in movies, which has been rising for some time.
Two associates said that Mr. Murdoch, the chief executive of 21st Century Fox, intends to start his own company if Disney’s deal to buy most of Fox’s assets goes through.
Driven by “Black Panther,” the company reported its best quarterly results in two years. But Comcast is weighing a hostile bid that could upend Disney’s deal to buy most of 21st Century Fox.
The troubled studio agreed to a deal with Lantern Capital Partners, a private equity firm, though plaintiffs suing the studio will oppose the plan.