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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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Box Office Final: ‘Heaven’ Is Real Deal Behind ‘Captain America’ Which Shoots Past $200M; ‘Rio 2′ Perches At No. 3; ‘Transcendence’ Short Circuited

OPENING: Heaven Is For Real (SONY) stellar at $22.5M (3-day) and $29.5M (5-day) for No. 2; Transcendence (WB) despondent at No. 4 with $10.8M; A Haunted House 2 (OPRD) $8.8M; Bears (DIS) hibernating with $4.7M.

Box Office Weekend Results5TH UPDATE, 2:45 PM: The final numbers are in for the box office Top 20, and Sony/TriStar has a lot to celebrate this weekend as peeps flocked to Heaven Is For Real this Easter holiday with a final tally of $22.5M (three-day) and $29.5M (five-day). Disney/Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier has a very good chance of being No. 1 for four weekends in a row as there is nothing in the hamper next weekend to stop it. captain-america-wallpaper-batman-vs-superman-avengers-2-captain-america-2-spider-man-2-is-this-the-golden-age-of-superhero-moviesNot since Lionsgate unleashed The Hunger Games in 2012 has that happened, and before that, the last time was in 2008 when Warner Bros introduced The Dark Knight. Rio 2 is No. 3 in its second weekend out, dropping 44%, and racking up $75M in two weeks. Transcendence, the Johnny Depp-starring sci-fi film, short-circuited this weekend and should have been retitled Despondence as it came in under $11M for Warner Bros. and Alcon. Uh, no peeps cared for that one. transcendence-trailer-johnny-deppSurprising coming from Oscar-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister who made his directing debut and delivered such a bomb. The trailer was confusing and hard to follow. Seemed like it was just a bunch of shots of Depp in different states of duress instead of selling futuristic sizzle. The one sheet was a headshot of Depp with digits on his head. And the production stills made him look like American Hustle‘s Bradley Cooper in perm rods. It’s like Lawnmower 2 for the YK2 generation. Yes, in fact, there is actually a Y2K joke in there … so 2000.

Leaving no question about Divine Intervention: Heaven Is For Real - Connor CorumNoah jumped up two notches yesterday over opener Bears and God’s Not Dead to round out the Top 10 … and … Draft Day (which dropped 42% this weekend) scored better in its sophomore frame and juked Divergent this weekend to get the No. 6 spot. A Haunted House 2 from Open Road creaked its way to No. 5 and $8.8M in its debut while Oculus dropped 57% in its second weekend. Opening next weekend: the Cameron Diaz-Kate Upton-Leslie Mann comedy The Other Woman (Fox), Brick Mansions (REL) which stars the late Paul Walker, and the horror film The Quiet Ones (LGF). Expanding from five theaters to 25 runs in LA and NY will be the John Turturo’s comedy Fading Gigolo (Millennium). Here are the final weekend box office numbers: Read More »

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Box Office: Lukewarm Thursday Bow For ‘Transcendence’, ‘Rio 2′ Might Get Its No. 1 Weekend Yet; ‘Heaven Is For Real’ May Surprise

transcendence-trailer-johnny-deppEven with taking over Captain America: The Winter Soldier‘s IMAX theaters this weekend, the fact that it is a new sci-fi thriller, Johnny Depp’s the lead and it’s the only real newcomer with a shot at No. 1, Transcendences debut near the top of the box office is doubtful this weekend based on Thursday night’s grosses. Bets are on that Fox’s Rio 2 may end up with around $26M, Disney/Marvel’s Captain America 2 next with $22M-$23M and Warner Bros.’ Transcendence at No. 3 with around $18M-$20M. Those predictions come as Transcendence grossed only $850K on Thursday.

HeavenisforrealtheaterposterA question mark is Sony’s Heaven Is For Real and how many infrequent moviegoers (i.e. faith-based crowd) may boost attendance numbers. Sony noted this morning that it seems to be crossing over to a faith-based crowd and word is spreading on social media. It certainly seems to be. The film has an overall CinemaScore of A and an A+ with the under-35 demo. Right now the Greg-Kinnear-starring film based on the bestselling book is tracking around $12M-$14M for the three-day, similar to Marlon Wayans’ Haunted House 2 from Open Road. Heaven Is For Real took in a stellar $3.7M — on a Wednesday — and last night took in another $1.37M for a two-day cume so far of $7M, which puts it in line for a 5-day gross of around $20M for the Randall Wallace-directed drama.

Tonight’s business should be strong because today is Good Friday, but come Easter Sunday, moviegoing traditionally slows on the Christian holy holiday. Easter is unlike strong holidays such as Thanksgiving or Christmas. Read More »

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‘Heaven Is For Real’ Bows With $3.7M Wednesday Estimate For Sony

By | Wednesday April 16, 2014 @ 10:30pm PDT

Heaven Is For RealHeaven Is For Real is headed towards at least $3.7mil on its opening day today for TriStar Pictures with estimates looking like $20M for the 5-day, according to Sony. The best news is that the film, based on the best-selling Christian book, got an A+ CinemaScore for those 35 and under and an A overall. The film is the latest in the faith-based genre to bow this year, following Son Of God and God’s Not Dead, however this one is right in time for Easter weekend. Son Of God from Fox debuted at the end of February with $25.6M its opening weekend, while God’s Not Dead garnered $9.2M and a very strong per screen average of almost $12,000 per screen when it opened on March 21. Heaven Is For Real has 2,417 runs.

Heaven Is For RealDirected by Randall Wallace and starring fan fav Greg Kinnear, the film is about a four-year-old boy who has a near-death experience and reveals to his parents that he visited Heaven. The film centers on his father’s decision to tell the world. The true-life story is about the Burpo family: Colton and his parents, Sonja and Todd (a pastor) who are from a small town in Nebraska. Colton almost died when he was in the hospital during emergency surgery. After he recovered, he began talking about the experience he had … Read More »

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Biblical and Faith-Based Movies: In Hollywood To Stay?

noahmovieAfter the strong staying power of this weekend’s God’s Not Dead and the stronger than expected opening of Paramount Pictures’ Noah following on the heels of the surprise opening of Fox’s Son of God earlier this year, is there any doubt anymore Hollywood that if you build it, they will come? That’s three for three … but wait, actually there’s more. Back in 2008, the Kirk Cameron-starring Fireproof from filmmaker and associate pastor of the Sherwood Church, Alex Kendrick, took a lot of people by surprise. On a $500,000 budget raised by the church, the faith-based picture ended up grossing $33.4M when it was released by Samuel Goldwyn. They did it again in 2011, when on a $2M budget, TriStar released Courageous that opened to $9.1M and went onto make $34.5M. Before that, in 2004, the Mel Gibson-directed The Passion of the Christ opened to $83.8M domestically and went on to gross $611M worldwide. Read More »

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