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‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′, ‘22 Jump Street’ Help Sony Swing To Surprise Q1 Profit

‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′, ‘22 Jump Street’ Help Sony Swing To Surprise Q1 ProfitWith films like The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and 22 Jump Street leading a recovery in its entertaiment division, Sony posted a surprise profit in revealing its first-quarter results this morning in Tokyo. For the whole of the company, net income rose to $260M or 26.8B yen versus 3.1B yen in the comparable 2013 quarter. Operating income hit 69.8B yen ($679M) up 96.7% from last year. As it struggles with a decrease in appetite for traditional consumer electronics, the company has ramped up its games business. Overall sales for the quarter were up 5.8% with the games segment making a large contribution via the PlayStation 4 which was launched in November 2013. The results today beat analyst expectations, but Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai maintained a previous full-year forecast for a net loss of 50B yen and an operating profit of 140B yen.

Sales and revenue in the games division jumped 95.7% to $2.5B and went from negative operating income to +$41.8M. In home entertainment which makes televisions and audio and video devices, sales increased 3.8% to $2.8B. The hike came from significant sales of LCD televisions, mainly in Europe and Asia Pacific — and were likely impacted by the World Cup. But there was also a decrease in the sale of Blu-ray disc players. The movie division, however posted a profit of about $76M, up 109.3% from last year. Sales and operating revenue were $1.9B. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has grossed about $706M worldwide, $504M of that from … Read More »

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INT’L BOX OFFICE: Russians Give Warm Welcome To ‘22 Jump Street’

By | Friday July 4, 2014 @ 8:50am PDT

INT’L BOX OFFICE: Russians Give Warm Welcome To ‘22 Jump Street’Sony/MGM’s 22 Jump Street, which has done well during the height of the World Cup and has proven to be a good comedy option and counter-programming, had a $1M opening in Russia. The number is significant because in one day it surpassed 21 Jump Street‘s full weekend gross in the territory. That puts the sequel on track to pull in almost $4.5M during the weekend which would also best the lifetime projection in the market of Neighbors, another R-rated comedy. Of course, two kids with badges can’t beat the monster: Transformers: Age Of Extinction is No. 1 and is crushing everything in sight as it dominated China and now is boldly going (er, wait, wrong Par movie franchise) … as it plows into Europe. Read More »

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DeadlineNow: Weekend Box Office Wrap-Up; ‘Transformers’ Sequel Poised To Be A Juggernaut (Video)

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Assessing the Numbers and Looking Ahead

It was a weekend that saw sequels dominating the top 5 movies at the domestic box office list. Deadline's Anita Busch and Dominic Patten discuss 'Think Like a Man's' success, inflated studios numbers, Disney's 'Maleficent' passing $500M globally and next week's return of Optimus Prime and the Transformers.

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FINAL BOX OFFICE: First Half Of 2014 No Growth From Year Earlier As ‘Think Like A Man Too’ Debuts With $29M+; ‘Jersey Boys’ With $13.3M

FINAL BOX OFFICE: First Half Of 2014 No Growth From Year Earlier As ‘Think Like A Man Too’ Debuts With $29M+; ‘Jersey Boys’ With $13.3M

OPENING: Think Like A Man Too (SONY/SCREEN GEMS) to come in at No. 1 and around $29.2M as first predicted; Jersey Boys (WB) at No. 4 at $13.3M.

Image (8) box_office_weekend_3202008-12-22-1229966765__111124053707-150x150.jpg for post 7355586th UPDATE, MONDAY 3:16 PM:  The first half of 2014 is flat so far — as in no growth year from last year — up only .5% in terms of box office revenue. The summer box office so far is actually down around 15% this year as well so Transformers: Age of Extinction will be a welcome offering this weekend. One note is that last summer and last year both were revenue records, driven by such top hits as Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Iron Man 3, Despicable Me 2, and Man of Steel to name a few. This year is kind of seen as a transition year before sequelmania hits in 2015.
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DeadlineNow: ‘22 Jump Street’ Tops Weekend Box Office (Video)

By | Monday June 16, 2014 @ 2:38pm PDT

Deadline’s Anita Busch and Dominic Patten look back at last weekend’s box office winners and look ahead at this weekend’s openers, Jersey Boys and Think Like A Man Too, and beyond.

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'22 Jump Street' Slays 'Dragon' For Top Spot At Weekend Box Office

Deadline's Anita Busch and Dominic Patten analyze the weekend box office winners and look ahead to next weekend's openers 'Jersey Boys' and 'Think Like A Man Too'.

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FINAL BOX OFFICE: ’22 Jump Street’ Ends Weekend With $57M, ‘How To Train Your Dragon 2′ No. 2 With $49.4M

FINAL BOX OFFICE: ’22 Jump Street’ Ends Weekend With $57M, ‘How To Train Your Dragon 2′ No. 2 With $49.4M

OPENING: 22 Jump Street (SONY) looks like it may be $60M or a little under; How to Train Your Dragon 2 (FOX) should come in around $50M.

Box office still-22-jump-street03_FotorFINAL UPDATE, MONDAY, 1:11 PM: It’s the morning after and the harsh reality has set in. 22 Jump Street came in below $60M at $57M (still pretty darn good) while How to Train Your Dragon 2 tallied $49.5M when dust cleared this morning. What happened? Father’s Day, good weather, NBA Finals, and Stanley Cup finals in the top two TV markets (take your pick) all suppressed Sunday moviegoing a bit. 22 Jump Street mid-week numbers will be interesting to watch as there is a great possibility that it’s already been there-done that with its core fans, but this weekend only sees the opening of the older demo Jersey Boys from Clint Eastwood and the Kevin Hart-Tim Story re-teaming with Think Like A Man 2.

Dragon 2, although it  didn’t open to higher numbers as expected,still is well-executed and the distribution date was well chosen. Expect it to keep playing straight through to mid-July when Planes: Fire & Rescue bows from Disney as families will be looking to it and to Maleficent until then. (Earth to Echo comes out in between). Edge of Tomorrow edged out Fox’s The Fault in Our Stars this weekend as the latter took a bad tumble, down 69% in its second weekend. Edge is actually holding fairly steady (-43%) but this is a big-budget bummer for Warner Bros. at the domestic box office. Here’s final chart for Father’s Day weekend:
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DeadlineNow Morning Report: Box Office, DreamWorks Animation Stock, Sports TV Ratings

DeadlineNow Morning Report: Box Office, DreamWorks Animation Stock, Sports TV RatingsIn DeadlineNow’s Morning Report, Dominic Patten says 22 Jump Street tops the weekend box office, leaping past How To Train Your Dragon 2; DreamWorks Animation stock price is down by almost 12% following Dragon‘s lower-than-expect take; final Finals games for the NBA and NHL and opening matches for soccer’s World Cup all spurred weekend TV ratings, as did the Game of Thrones season finale.

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Morning Report, Monday June 16

'22 Jump Street' Leaped Past 'How To Train Your Dragon 2' at the weekend box office; DreamWorks Animation stock price is draggin' by almost 12% after 'Dragon' failed to soar; final Finals games for the NBA and NHL and opening matches for soccer's World Cup all spurred weekend TV ratings, as did the <em>Game of Thrones </em>season finale, Dominic Patten reports.

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BOX OFFICE: ’22 Jump Street’, No. 1, ‘How To Train Your Dragon 2′ No. 2 Around $50M In Big Sequel Weekend

OPENING: 22 Jump Street (SONY) looks like it may be $60M or a little under; How to Train Your Dragon 2 (FOX) should come in around $50M.

Box office9th UPDATE, SUNDAY 7:15 AM: A softer-than-expected Saturday for moviegoing now has 22 Jump Street just a smidgen over or under $60M and How to Train Your Dragon 2 hovering around $50M+, yet those are still two good openings and account for a significant 60% of the Top Ten box office marketshare this AM. Jonah-Hill-Ice-Cube-and-Channing-Tatum-in-22-Jump-Street-2014-Movie-Image_Fotor_Fotor22 Jump Street started out strong Friday, front-loaded with the teens and 2o-somethings who had long anticipated this sequel. By yesterday’s matinees, it was clear that it was softening and looks like it dropped 26% from Friday (that includes that $5.5M late night Thursday). It becomes the second-biggest R-rated comedy behind Hangover II and grossed 65% higher than the first installment.

RELATED: International Box Office – ‘Godzilla’ thrashes again with $38 million weekend led by China

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DeadlineNow: Strong Box Office Start Means Big Weekend (Video)

By | Friday June 13, 2014 @ 4:09pm PDT
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'22 Jump Street' & 'How To Train Your Dragon 2' Take Off

Deadline's Anita Busch predicts that the R-rated Channing Tatum-Jonah Hill pic will top the frame, but with both movies opening strong in Thursday late-nights it's clear there is something for everyone at theaters this weekend.

Related: Strong Matinees For ’22 Jump Street’, ‘How To Train Your Dragon 2′ Push 3-Day Estimates High

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Deadline Now Morning Report: Thursday Box Office Numbers, World Cup Ratings, Univision Sale Rumors (Video)

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Morning Report, Friday June 13

'22 Jump Street' and 'How To Train Your Dragon 2' both had strong Thursday late-night grosses, which bodes well for both to have big debuts; Brazil-Croatia kickoff to World Cup scored in TV ratings; Univision is looking around for potential buyers, according to reports. Dominic Patten reports.

BOX OFFICE: ’22 Jump Street’ Late Night Nabs $5.5M; ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2′ Solid $2M
World Cup Opener Scores Record Rating For ESPN
Univision In Deal Talks With CBS And Time Warner: Report

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DeadlineNow: Box Office Weekend Preview (Video)

By | Thursday June 12, 2014 @ 4:09pm PDT
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Sequels Go Head To Head

'How To Train Your Dragon 2' and '22 Jump Street' will battle for the top spot this weekend, with both positioned for great starts. Deadline's Anita Busch and Dominic Patten discuss.

Related: ’22 Jump Street’ & ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2′ Both Could Gross $50M+

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Will Jonah Hill’s Anti-Gay Slur Slow ’22 Jump Street’?

By | Sunday June 8, 2014 @ 12:17pm PDT

22 Jump Street posterWill 22 Jump Street,which has been building toward one of the summer’s bigger hits, take any damage at the box office after star Jonah Hill cursed out a paparazzo with an anti-gay slur last weekend, then delivered an apology widely criticized online as inadequate? The tide now appears to be turning positive after a challenging week that saw Hill, a social-media heavyweight, drop off his big Twitter feed, and go on an apology blitz. A couple of suddenly downward social-media trends suggested some modest spillover on what had been tracking for a big debut, but Sony execs say they continue to be headed toward a big debut beginning Tuesday at the Los Angeles Film Festival. The film opens wide in the United States next weekend, but is already opening in some overseas markets and doing extremely well. Hill stars in and has a story credit for the action-comedy sequel to 21 Jump Street, which grossed $138.4 million domestically in 2012. To be clear, traditional tracking methods, though less reliable than they once were, still say the film will open very strongly in the United States.The sequel’s overseas debuts are running at about three times the original, though that figure comes with two asterisks: 1) it’s likely that Hill’s controversy has been largely confined to the United States and 2) the first film had a very modest international rollout, but as is common these days, helped build a beachhead for a big overseas rollout this time around. This may all be a tempest in a not very big (if definitely bubbling hot) social-media pot. Regardless, it has been a week’s distraction in the domestic market so soon before the film’s debut, over an issue that doesn’t play well with at least part of the film’s target audience.

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INT’L Box Office: ’22 Jump Street’ Opens Overseas In UK Far Outpacing First Installment

By | Friday June 6, 2014 @ 9:38pm PDT

22 Jump StreetSony‘s 22 Jump Street is getting a head start overseas prior to its domestic launch and its opening night in the UK is impressive. The film, which stars Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, is on its way to a $2.6M to $2.8M opening night, which would put it in the category of one of the top comedies ever to open in this territory and certainly up there with such big openers as Universal’s Ted.

It’s also outpacing the first installment, 21 Jump Street, by over three times right now and it’s on track to take about 50% of the Top Ten market share in this territory which is no small feat given that Edge of Tomorrow, Maleficent, X-Men: Days of Future Past and Godzilla are still playing.

The first installment, 21 Jump Street, bowed in 2012 and did best in English-speaking countries where the humor translated well. In fact, the UK was its biggest market with a $15.9M gross, and with Australia grabbing another $15.6M, those two English-speaking territories accounted for about 50% of the total international cume of $63.5M. It opened in March; this one is opening only a week before the World Cup starts and Sony is betting it will play right through the matches.

22 also opened in the Netherlands and took the No. 1 spot there, doubling the opening of the first installment and playing about 85% above the second film in the marketplace, … Read More »

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Jonah Hill Apologizes On ‘Tonight Show’ For Slur: Video

Jonah Hill, making the rounds to plug 22 Jump Street, opened his Tonight Show visit last night with an apology for the homophobic slur he hurled at a paparazzo over the weekend. “Unfortunately, this isn’t a joke,” Hill began as the audience revved up, expecting some funny business, sobering them up quick. ”I didn’t mean it in a homophobic way,” he said of the slur he’d used, which was caught on tape. “That doesn’t matter… words have weight and meaning.” Watch here:

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Hot Trailer: ’22 Jump Street’ Red Band

By | Thursday April 10, 2014 @ 10:55am PDT

Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill undergo couples counseling as they go undercover at a local college to crack a drug ring in the sequel to Sony‘s successful reboot last year that topped $200 million worldwide. 22 Jump Street hits theaters on June 13. Check out the new red band trailer:

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Hot Trailer: ‘22 Jump Street’ Red Band

By | Monday December 16, 2013 @ 10:01am PST

Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill go from undercover high schoolers to undercover college students in the sequel to Sony‘s successful reboot last year that topped $200 million worldwide. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller return to direct 22 Jump Street, which is set for a June 13 release. Here’s the trailer that just dropped — looks like they’re closely following the formula of the first one, which is either a great idea or too Hangover Part II-similar. You decide:

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Channing Tatum Attempts Jean-Claude Van Damme’s Volvo Splits: Video

By | Wednesday November 20, 2013 @ 11:18am PST

The spectacle of Jean-Claude Van Damme doing the splits atop two speeding Volvo semis has gotten over 33M YouTube views in a week. Here’s Channing Tatum going for a little viral Van Dammage on the set of 22 Jump Street with a nice bit of free promo for Sony’s 2014 sequel (and its craft service carts):

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Delroy Lindo Cast In ‘Cymbeline’; Kennedi Clements Is Little Girl In ‘Poltergeist’ Remake; Jimmy Tatro Joins ’22 Jump Street’

By | Thursday September 12, 2013 @ 8:22pm PDT

Delroy Lindo has joined the cast of Cymbeline, writer-director Michael Almereyda’s biker-gang-and-bad-cops take on the Shakespeare play. Lindo will portray Belarius, a manly, battered and paranoid noble. Ed Harris, Dakota Johnson, Penn Badgely, Milla Jovovich, Ethan Hawke, Boyd Holbrook and Anton Yelchin also star in the film produced by Anthony Katagas. Lindo (The Chicago Code, Kidnapped) next stars in NBC’s new drama Believe. He is repped by APA.

Kennedi Clements has joined director Gil Kenan’s Poltergeistremake playing Madison, the little girl (named Carol Ann in the 1982 original) who meets up with nasty ghosts in her TV. Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt and Jared Harris star in the redo scripted by David Lindsay-Abaire. The 6-year-old’s credits include TV’s A Family Thanksgiving, Home for Christmas and a recurring role on the Canadian series Rogue. She is repped by Coast to Coast Talent Group, Premiere Talent Management and attorney Howard Fishman.

Jimmy Tatro will make his feature debut in 22 Jump Street. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are directing the sequel starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill, who go undercover at a local college. Michael Bacall and Oren Uziel wrote the script. Tatro’s YouTube channel Life According To Jimmy has more than 1.7 million subscribers. He’s repped by UTA and manager Sarah Penna.

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