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FINAL BOX OFFICE: ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′ – $91.6M; ‘The Other Woman’ Holding Strong; ‘Rio 2′ Passes $100M

OPENING: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (SONY), $91.6M; Belle (FSL) limited release in 4 runs with a nice per screen average of $26,664.

BoxOffice_logo__131122164403-275x2068th UPDATE, Monday, PM: Final numbers show The Amazing Spider-Man 2 gross at $91.6M.

Key to what the long-term performance will be of ASM2 will be how well it holds in its second weekend. Since Sony has been using the Disney/Marvel Captain America: The Winter Soldier comp, let’s look at that. In its second weekend, the Cap dropped 51% in its second weekend out. However, it had a full four weeks before Spidey swung into theaters. There was some question whether Transcendence would make a dent in its box office, but that bombed so had little effect. amazing_spiderman_2_game04So Captain America really had some room to play. ASM2 has only one more weekend before the Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures’ Godzilla tsunami. The second thing we need to look at is historically at what the percentages drops have been for the last Spider-Man pics in their second weekends’ out. ASM, which made most of its gross before it hit Friday because it opened on a Tuesday prior to the July 4th holiday, had a 3-day weekend to weekend drop of 44%. Spider-Man 3 had a 61% decline; Spider-Man 2 dropped 49% and Spider-Man dropped only 41%. So, if tradition holds to a mid-40% drop in its sophomore frame, ASM2 could make anywhere around $260M to  $270M domestically … so maybe $800M all in … we’ll see how international rolls in … and it’s rolling in from China daily since Sunday. Read Nancy Tartaglione’s international box office report here.

Avi Arad, who was there from the very beginnings of the original Spider-Man film, said: “It was a spectacular opening for what I call Spider-Man 5. I am incredibly happy with the franchise. It will continue. Marvel is a huge universe, and the most interesting villians are in the Spider-Man universe. If James Bond can go on and on …  I think sequels can go on forever. Marvel started with licensing out the name. It was Mike DeLuca who took the first one, Blade. He and I came from the same neighborhood and he understood the value of the comics.”

Arad credits certain people at Sony for embracing Spider-Man. “Spider-Man was not an easy sell initially,” he said. “The major personality who pushed this back in the day was (Sony co-chair) Amy Pascal. She fell in love with the boy. It was (the late) John Calley, Amy and (producer) Matt Tolmach and (former Sony vice chair) Yair Landau.”

Next weekend openers: The frat-boy prank comedy Neighbors (UNI) which is playing predominantly with young males but delivers; Moms’ Night Out (Sony/TriStar) which should do well with the faith-based crowd, Chef (OPRD) with Jon Favreau and Sofia Vergara, and the animated Legends of Oz: Dorothy Returns (Clarius). Final Top 20 chart follows: Read More »

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Specialty Box Office: ‘Belle’ Is A Potent Lady; ‘Ida’ Shows Traction; ‘Walk Of Shame’ Tiptoes Into Limited Release

By | Sunday May 4, 2014 @ 10:21am PDT

Specialty Box OfficeFox Searchlight had another solid debut this weekend with its initial limited opening of Belle in four New York and L.A. theaters, while foreign-language feature Ida showed some traction in a trio of locations despite the Spider-Man 2 juggernaut. While certainly nowhere near the stratospheric numbers of its fellow Searchlight roll out The Grand Budapest Hotel earlier this year, British-set period drama Belle nevertheless managed a regal bow, grossing over $104K, giving the film a $26,123 theater average. Searchlight said the feature outgrossed Spidey at the Landmark in West LA and was the second highest grosser at the Arclight in Hollywood. In New York, it also had strong numbers at Lincoln Plaza and Sunshine theaters.

Related: BOX OFFICE: ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′ Casts $92M Web; ‘The Other Woman’ Holding Strong; ‘Rio2′ Passes $100M

belle“We’re pretty happy with how it opened. It’s an interesting thing with a film that’s very sophisticated like this and you’re hoping to get the cinephile crowd out,” Searchlight’s EVP of Distribution Frank Rodriguez told me Sunday morning. “The secret of this film is to keep it in theaters and see if it can get some traction. We know we have a great art film and we know we’re going to do well with it. The real goal here is to see if it can go a little mainstream. To do that with Spider-Man and the like will be interesting. Perhaps it’s a bit of counter-programming, but if we had had a $15 – 25K [PTA this weekend] I would have been happy, so we’re at the high end of that. In this business anything can happen, but we’re going into the right theaters and targeting a sophisticated audience.” Read More »

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Specialty B.O. Preview: ‘Belle’, ‘Ida’, ‘More Than The Rainbow’, ‘Bad Johnson’

By | Thursday May 1, 2014 @ 8:07pm PDT

boxoffice-specialty__111212022432-200x150 (1)This weekend’s slate of new specialty films runs the gamut. Among the newcomers are examples of classical art house fare that have picked up accolades ahead of their release, while others are less traditional. Searchlight will open Belle, about a mixed-race woman who grew up amidst Britain’s aristocracy. Music Box Films is releasing Ida, a winner in Toronto and London about a woman who discovers her roots. First Run Features is bowing the documentary More Than The Rainbow, which hopes to capitalize on positive box office for docus about photography, while Gravitas is opening Bad Johnson, about a good-looking lad who is a hit with the ladies but gets into trouble when his appendage takes on human form no less.

Director: Amma Asante
Writer: Misan Sagay
Cast: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Matthew Goode, Emily Watson, James Norton, Miranda Richardson, Sarah Gadon
Distributor: Fox Searchlight

The roots of Belle begin around 2005 after producer Damian Jones came across a story that eventually would be at the center of Belle. Set in 18th century England, the film was inspired by a painting commissioned by the Earl of Mansfield. The story centers on an illegitimate mixed-race daughter of a Royal Navy admiral who is raised by her aristocratic great-uncle. Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: ‘The Inbetweeners 2′ Gets UK-Ireland Release Date; Amma Asante Set For ‘Brits To Watch’ Screenings; More

By | Tuesday March 11, 2014 @ 10:00pm PDT

‘The Inbetweeners 2′ Coming To The UK & Ireland On August 6
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Entertainment Film Distributors said Tuesday that The Inbetweeners 2 will hit theaters in the UK and Ireland on August 6. Simon Bird, James Buckley, Blake Harrison and Joe Thomas are returning for the comedy sequel written and directed by Damon Beesley and Iain Morris — who created the series on which the films are based — and produced by Spencer Millman. The film, which sees the lads descend on Australia, also stars Emily Berrington, Freddie Stroma and David Field. The Inbetweeners Movie took in nearly £45 million at the UK box office in 2011.

Amma Asante Set For ‘Brits to Watch: The Screenings’ In U.S.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced Tuesday that it will profile director Amma Asante (A Way of Life, Belle) next month at the first of Amma Asantethis year’s “Brits to Watch: The Screenings,” a series of showcase events in New York and Los Angeles that introduce outstanding British film talent to the US film industry. On April 1 in New York and April 3 in Los Angeles, Asante will be introduced at a screening of her second feature film Belle, which premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, and opened this year’s Palm Springs International Film Festival. Belle is inspired by the true story of a mixed-race girl raised … Read More »

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Fox Searchlight Takes ‘Belle’ In Most Of The World; Spring 2014 Release Planned

By | Monday July 1, 2013 @ 7:32am PDT

LOS ANGELES, CA July 1, 2013 – Fox Searchlight Pictures Presidents Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula announced today that the company has acquired most worldwide rights including North America and the United Kingdom to BELLE, inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle. Directed by BAFTA Award winner Amma Asante and written by Misan Sagay, BELLE features Gugu Mbatha-Raw in her first starring role along with Academy Award nominee Tom Wilkinson, Academy Award nominee Emily Watson, Sarah Gadon, Penelope Wilton, Academy Award nominee Miranda Richardson, Tom Felton and Matthew Goode. The film was produced by Damian Jones. The film is scheduled to be released in Spring 2014.

“Gugu Mbatha-Raw is a revelation as Belle, she gives a brave and powerful performance joined by an outstanding ensemble cast and we look forward to introducing her to film audiences everywhere. We were entranced by this inspiring story of love and perseverance during a time of significant social and legal changes,” said Gilula and Utley.

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Sam Reid To Star In Aussie Thriller ‘The Second Coming’

By | Friday October 5, 2012 @ 6:01am PDT

Don Groves is a Deadline contributor based in Sydney

Busy Hatfields & McCoys star Sam Reid is in negotiations to play a rebellious prophet who becomes the prime suspect in a murder investigation in writer-director David Barker’s The Second Coming. Sarah Snook (Jessabelle) will play a friend of Reid’s character Joe Panther. Due to shoot in Australia in early 2013, the film is based on a novel by Andrew Masterson. Aussie Reid recently completed filming Jonathan Teplitzky’s The Railway Man opposite Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Stellan Skarsgård and Jeremy Irvine and he co-stars with Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence in Susanne Bier’s Serena. He’s now in the UK playing the lead in Amma Assanteʼs Belle with Tom Wilkinson, Miranda Richardson, Matthew Goode and Emily Watson. He’ll segue to The Second Coming when Belle wraps. The Second Coming is produced by Aquarius Films’ Angie Fielder (Wish You Were Here). Co-producer Polly Staniford tells Deadline the film will be funded partly by Screen Australia, with LevelK handling foreign sales and Greenlight as the Australian distributor. The producers also aim to raise $A75,000 in gap financing from crowd-funding site Pozible. Reid is repped by UK agency The Rights House, Australia-based RGM Artists Group and Luber Roklin.

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Pinewood To Manage $40M Isle Of Man Film Fund, Add New Sound Stage

By | Monday October 1, 2012 @ 5:00am PDT

Pinewood Sheppperton has entered an agreement with the Isle of Man Treasury to source projects and advise on film investment opportunities for a £25M ($40M) fund established by the Irish Sea island. The initial deal term is five years. Along with taking a management fee, the studio facilities operator will recoup a portion of revenues generated by the sale of UK distribution rights to films in which the fund invests. In turn, the Treasury will buy just under 5M shares in Pinewood for £12.2M ($19.7M). The Treasury expects to offer equity finance, UK distribution and gap financing with no fixed caps.

The new deal gives Pinewood a larger footprint in film financing. In 2011, the company said it would invest up to a 20% stake in about four indie films per year. Its most recent project is Belle with Gugu Mbatha Raw, Matthew Goode, Tom Felton, Tom Wilkinson and Miranda Richardson which started shooting on Sept 24. Read More »

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After Sam Claflin Exits For ‘Hunger Games,’ ‘Belle’ Tolls For Sam Reid

By | Friday September 7, 2012 @ 5:45am PDT
Mike Fleming

When Sam Claflin had to drop out of Belle due to a date clash with The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, it created an opportunity for another young actor. Sam Reid has taken over to play the lead role of John Daviner in Amma Assante’s Belle. The film tells the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle Lindsay (played by Gugu Mbatha-Raw), a mixed race girl raised as an aristocratic lady in 18th Century and who fell in love with a man of high social standing (Reid). All of this happens in the backdrop of a legal case that helped end slavery in England. The film stars Tom Wilkinson, Miranda Richardson, Matthew Goode, Emily Watson, Sarah Gadon, Penelope Wilton, Tom Felton and James Norton. Shooting begins September 24 with Damian Jones producing and funding from the BFI Film Fund.

There is precedent for Reid following Claflin. The latter graduated as the star student of the prestigious LAMDA in 2009 and Reid did the same thing the following year. He was cast in Anonymous while still a student in his final year. Reid just finished filming The Railway Man, opposite Sellan Skarsgard, Jeremy Irvine, Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman. He also is in the Susanne Bier-directed Serena opposite Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence (sellers showed a promo reel yesterday here at Toronto) and he was in Hatfields & McCoys. Reid is repped by Luber Roklin, UK-based The Rights House and Australia-based RGM Artists … Read More »

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