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Europe Remains Key To Intl Box Office, Despite Big Growth In Emerging Markets

Reporting from Barcelona…

european unionStudio executives and international exhibitors are gathered this week in Barcelona for the annual CineEurope conference. Akin to CinemaCon, the event is an occasion for studios to tubthump their upcoming slates through the rest of 2014 and into 2015. On the ground are reps from DreamWorks, Warner Bros, Universal, Fox, Paramount, Disney, Sony, Mister Smith, Studiocanal and eOne. There are also representatives of some Chinese, and other non-European, companies on the trade show floor as international box office increasingly expands. Year-on-year, the overseas box office is up about 5% from January to May. The top market increases are estimated to be China (+17%), France (+17%), Brazil (+16%), Mexico (+8%), Russia (+5%) and Italy (+3%). Still, with seemingly every week a new record broken in China, and the growing impact of markets like Brazil, Russia and Korea, folks say Europe nevertheless continues to be the major overseas driver for Hollywood.

“The UK, Germany and France remain a critical part of our business,” says a studio exec. Like the U.S., they are mature and not growing in the same way as the emerging markets, but are “hugely important to our overall international business, if not more important.” Because emerging markets will eventually mature as well, I’m told the studios can’t “afford to rely” on them alone. “We need to focus on making our movies work in these mature markets, so they remain strong consumers of our movies.”

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‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′ Crosses $500M Overseas

amazing-spider-man-2-posterSony‘s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has become the first studio film released in 2014 to cross the $500M mark internationally. As of this morning, the sequel to the reboot has an overseas cume of $500.1M. At the weekend, it added $4.7M to reach $497.3M which already surpassed the lifetime gross of the first film’s $495.9M. The Marc Webb-directed follow-up is still playing in 81 markets. Thus far this year, it’s been the No. 1 release in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, Kenya, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates. In China, it’s crossed $94M, making it the No. 2 Hollywood movie of the year there behind Captain America: The Winter Soldier. In the U.S., the cume is $193.1M. TASM2 opened overseas in late April, rolling out in an inital 14 markets for what was at the time the biggest international debut of the year at $47M. The webslinger has traditionally done particularly well overseas in his various incarnations; the only previous take to pass $500M overseas was the Sam Raimi-directed Spider-Man 3 in 2007.

Related: Int’l Box Office: ‘Maleficent’ Awakens $106.1M Overseas; ‘X-Men’ Adds $95.6M; ‘Edge Of Tomorrow’ Cruises To $20.1M In Select Markets

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UPDATED INT’L BOX OFFICE: Fan-Tastic ‘X-Men’ Bows To Biggest Fox Opener Ever And No. 1 In Every Market; ‘Godzilla’ Second Weekend Pushes WB To $1B 2014; ‘Blended’ Rolls Out Slowly; ‘Neighbors’ Still Partying, More

OPENING: X-Men: Days of Future Past (FOX), bows spectacularly in 118 markets at $172M and No. 1 in every market; is now at $193.7M thru Monday; Blended (WB) opening in 6 markets, including the UK/Ireland and Germany; Godzilla grabs another $35M in its second weekend. Grace Of Monaco opens in Russia and Her rolls out in Korea; The Grand Budapest Hotel crosses $100M with a worldwide total of about $157M; Frozen skates into the record books again.

xmen_days_of_future_past4th UPDATE, TUESDAY, 2:33 PM: Final and updated weekend numbers are in. Neighbors and Godzilla both did better than expected. The freshest number for Fox’s X-Men: Days of Future Past is $193.7M through yesterday, which brings its worldwide total up to $304M. It’s on 24,378 screens and in 118 territories. Included in this write-thru are updates on X-Men, Godzilla, Grace of Monaco, Spanish Affairs — which is back in its No. 1 slot in Spain (13 weeks!) — Her and Million Dollar Arm. Just added The Other Woman, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Rio 2 to bring all numbers up to date. More updates to come throughout the evening, like Divergent Transcendence which just arrived late from Lionsgate. My colleague, Nancy Tartaglione, will be back next weekend and will do territory-by-territory breakdowns instead of picture by picture.

Related: BOX OFFICE: ‘X-Men’ $111 Opening is Top Five Best Ever Memorial Day Debuts; ‘Blended’ Softer Than Expected; ‘Godzilla’ Takes 67% Hit; ‘Neighbors’ Nears $117M

Opening Next Weekend: The Angelina Jolie-starring Disney title Maleficent day-and-date with the U.S. in 50 markets; Seth MacFarlane’s Western spoof A Million Ways To Die In The West in 22 territories, including the UK/Ireland, Germany and Australia. His previous pic, 2012′s Ted, did well in those three territories (and Japan), so it’s no wonder Uni is releasing in the same markets to kick off its international release.

3rd UPDATE, MONDAY, 12:19 PM: Warner Bros/Legendary Pictures’ Godzilla did better than expected overall, and its weekend international cume in 64 markets is now $35M. 20th Century Fox’s X-Men: Days of Future Past is now up to $302M worldwide with a four-day U.S. Memorial Day holiday estimated gross of $111M. The seventh film in the franchise had a three-day take of $91.4M which includes Thursday late night grosses (started at 7 p.m.) of $8.1M.

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FINAL INT’L BOX OFFICE: ‘Godzilla’ Biggest Opening Of Year; ‘Spidey’ Passes ‘Captain America’s Int’l Cume; ‘Frozen’ Nearing Another Record As Disney Enjoys A $700M ‘Captain’ Ride

By | Monday May 19, 2014 @ 1:31pm PDT

Godzilla swishes tail to demolish competition with an updated $103.4M to mark biggest opening so far of 2014; Neighbors holding strong No. 2 behind lizard in most markets; Spanish Affairs knocked to No. 2 by lizard after record run, Amazing Spider-Man 2 adds $32.9M more and pushes to $635.5M worldwide and passes Captain America‘s international cume. Rio 2 now over $440M worldwide. Captain America: The Winter Soldier crosses over $700M.

cinemaworld7th UPDATE: Monday, AM: Updated numbers for Godzilla are below and came in just a bit higher to tally $103.4M on 17,045 screens in 64 markets with final numbers below from big markets coming from Rentrak. Biggest opener of the year. Also updated are final grosses from Sony on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Heaven is For Real . Universal for Neighbors, Spanish Affairs, and Ride Along, from Fox for The Other Woman, Rio 2, and The Grand Budapest Hotel and from Disney on its stateside opener Million Dollar Argodzilla_2014_teaserm which opened in India, Frozen, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Opener A Haunted House 2 estimates also come from Rentrak. Transcendence and Divergent are from Lionsgate. Pardon, the lack of territory by territory breakdown this week and next, but that will return when my colleague Nancy Tartaglione recoups from Cannes.

Related: FINAL BOX OFFICE: ‘Godzilla’ Monster Hit at $93.1M

One big note besides the obvious monster: Frozen is now at $1.208 billion worldwide. Given the strength of Japan (see below), it is quite possible that it could pass Iron Man 3 next weekend to become the No. 5 highest grossing movie in history. Iron Man 3 grossed $1.215M. It’s only $7M away and grossed $7.8M this past weekend.

Next weekend, the next installment of the popular Fox franchise X-Men: Days Of Future Past bows day and date in 100 countries — with the exception of Japan where it will open on the 30th and in Spain and Venezuela where it bows in subsequent weeks. And Thailand is under martial law which will halt moviegoing in that country.

6th UPDATE, Sunday 3:45 PM: Weighing in with Disney’s line-up overseas, including Captain America: The Winter Soldier, this weekend’s domestic opener Million Dollar Arm and the impossible-to-stop Frozen. It’s the Disney animated film, not Godzilla, that is the monstrous movie in Japan (see below for its incredible gross in the country where it is still No. 1). Speaking of the land of the rising sun, it’s worth noting that Warner Bros. holds the rights to Godzilla everywhere but in Japan, where it remains to be seen how the film’s tsunami and scene of a nuclear reactors crumbling will be received. Will that be entertaining to a country who has lost so much? We’ll find out when the Toho-created Gojira monster arrives in Japan on July 25th. As reported below, Godzilla became the biggest international opener of the year so far in 2014 with an updated final number of $103.4M. Read More »

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Intl Box Office: ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′ Snares $54M In 1st China Week; ‘Neighbors’ Parties With $33.7M Open; ‘Rio 2′ Flies Past $300M; Auds Faithful To ‘The Other Woman’; ‘Spanish Affairs’ Sets New Record; More

Highlights: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (SONY) outperforms 1st film in China with $54M 8-day take; Neighbors (UNI) taps into kegful of No 1 bows to take $33.7M weekend; Rio 2 feathers its nest with added $14.4M; The Other Woman (FOX) rings up $13.3M more; Frozen (DIS) passes Avatar to become No. 5 western release in Japan; Captain America: The Winter Soldier (DIS) nearing $700M; Spanish Affairs (UNI) breaks Avatar, Titanic records for most consecutive days at No. 1…

cinemaworld4th UPDATE: WEDNESDAY, 9:14 PM: Lionsgate just reported last weekend’s box office for Transcendence. In 47 markets, the Johnny Depp picture grossed $2.8M to push its cume to $47.6M It’s only made $69.7M ww to date, having bombed at the domestic box office. It’s top grossing market continues to be China with $22M. It bows in South Korea tomorrow. 

3rd UPDATE: MONDAY, 7:03 PM: New and updated numbers below for Neighbors, Heaven Is For Real, The Other Woman, Divergent, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Rio 2, Devil’s Due, Spanish Affairs, Babysitting, 12 Years a Slave and others.

2ND UPDATE, SUNDAY 4:43 PM PT: The ongoing runs of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Rio 2, The Other Woman and Frozen, along with the additionGodzilla 2014 logo of Neighbors this week, kept the box office churning, but the weekend was down across the Top 10 studio titles by 41% compared to last week, and 16% compared to last year. In the similar frame of 2013, Iron Man 3 was still rocketing its way around the globe, passing the $650M mark in its 3rd weekend, and Star Trek Into Darkness bowed in a handful of markets to just over $30M. Read More »

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Bart & Fleming: Are Feature Films Losing Their Prestige Mojo To Television?

FlemingBartColumn_badgePeter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this occasional column, two old friends get together and grind their axes on the movie business.

Fleming: Working on the Deadline/Awardsline Emmy issues prompted me to binge my way through cable series like True Detective and House Of Cards. It really got me depressed about the movie business.

Bart: Why?

trueFleming: Because those series and 10 more like them are better than anything I see on a movie screen. For the 25 years I’ve covered it, film has always been the sexiest, most prestigious part of the business. Sure, TV packages drove the bottom line, but agencies and studios were measured by the feature stars and directors in their stables. TV, particularly pay and basic cable, has gradually overtaken movies and become the trendsetting cool place to work. Why leave the house for the theater when so many movies regurgitate past success, especially at studios? Look at the projects put in development last week. Revamps of Power Rangers, The Flintstones, Private Benjamin. Uninspiring. The most successful major studio right now, Disney, has a success formula based on recycling old movies like Star Wars and Indiana Jones, sequelizing Marvel superheroes, and refashioning fairy tales. The definition of excellence in studio summer movies these days is putting a smart spin on an old concept, as happened on Rise Of The Planet Of Read More »

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BOX OFFICE: ‘Neighbors’ A Raucous No. 1 For Around $49M As ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′ Drops 61%; ‘The Other Woman’ On Strong Legs; ‘Heaven’ Surprises … Again

OPENING: Neighbors (UNI) trashes Spider-Man 2 with around $49M weekend; Uni said $51M+ but ends at around $49M; Legends Of Oz: Dorothy Returns (FREE) earns an impressive A CinemaScore, but gross doesn’t show it; Moms’ Night Out (Sony/TriStar) lights out in lackluster performance; Chef (OPRD) on six screens for a stellar $34K per screen.

Box Office Neighbors6TH UPDATE, 2:20 PM: Final box office numbers are in and the numbers are pretty much as we said this early AM. Certainly, Universal had to know on Sunday morning that the likelihood of a $51M weekend for Neighbors was a bit of a stretch. But even retailers know that $2 sounds more expensive than $1.99 … and $48.8M doesn’t sound as good as $49M or even $50M. So, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 ended with only $35.5M and Fox’s The Other Woman really kicked it with $9.6M for the three-day as did Sony’s other film Heaven Is For Real which dropped only 13% from last weekend to pulled in another strong $7.4M; the lower-budgeted pic from director-writer Randy Wallace has grossed $75.7M. NeighborsThe two newcomers — Moms’ Night Out and Legends Of Oz: Dorothy Returns — didn’t open well, and this despite an A CinemaScore for the latter animated film.

Opening next week: Godzilla from Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures which is going to take more of Spidey’s breath away; Million Dollar Arm (Disney) which had sneaks on Saturday in 416 theaters; Chef, which had a great start this past weekend on six theaters from Open Road, will expand; and, finally, The Immigrant (The Weinstein Company) the Jeremy Renner, Joaquin Phoenix and Marion Cotillard starrer.

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Box Office: ‘Neighbors’ Grosses $2.5M In Late Nights And Strong Matinees; Frat-Pack Kegger Looks Like It’s Gonna Crash Spidey’s Party

NeighborsUPDATE, 1 PM: Based on matinees, Neighbors looks like it’s gonna whoop The Amazing Spider-Man 2 — with estimates right now $40M+ range for Universal’s frat comedy … it’s playing incredibly strong and it could even get up to $45M, according to some distribs … if so, can’t see Spidey holding onto the No. 1 spot. Looks like Spidey will perform in the high $30M’s. Like I said before, it will depend on Friday’s numbers. And there you go … Fox’s The Other Woman is playing well for a third spot … at the moment. Very early estimates. Very. One thing of note, is a survey that Fandango conducted of the Neighbors ticket buyers … 93% of them would like to see more adult comedies this summer. Stay tuned as the ticker-tape that has become box office reporting continues.

PREVIOUSLY, 8:20 AM: Universal’s comedy Neighbors had a nice Jell-O shot of $2.5M in late nights last night, starting at 8 PM. With that total on 2,225 screens (it will be released on 3,279 screens today), Neighbors‘ per-screen average is $1,123. In comparison, Jackass: Bad Grandpa opened at 9 PM in October to a $1.4M early take and ended up opening at $32M, while The Heat opened at 10PM at the end of June to $1M and went onto gross $39.1M. Ted, based only on midnights, grossed $2.6M in and went onto nab $54.4M.

Looking at the comps above, the late-night number for Neighbors is not truly indicative; what will be is watching the Friday night numbers. and the film needs a big number to pass The Amazing Spider-Man 2 tonight …  which will be interesting since the midweek numbers for Spidey have not been that impressive. Neighbors will likely hold steady on Saturday and then Spidey will likely have a better hold on Sunday … so it will all come down to this Friday night number. Can the frat boys beat the superhero? Yes, it could happen. Stay tuned. Read More »

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‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′ Crosses $100M Domestically; Over $400M Worldwide

By | Wednesday May 7, 2014 @ 7:53am PDT

peter_parker_amazing_spider_man-wideAdding another 5.2M on Monday and $6.2M on Tuesday, Sony/Marvel‘s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 crossed the $100M mark six and a half days after its initial release (I’m counting the $8.7M it got from 7 PM screenings on Thursday as a half day). Specifically, ASM2 is at roughly $103M after the first two days of mid-week grosses. This comes after a $91.6M gross Sunday. The film has so far made $420M+ worldwide now since releasing overseas two weeks before its domestic release.

The international distribution strategy was wise, given that the pic needed time before Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures’ Godzilla stomps into markets. The lizard is being released pretty much day and date with its May 16th domestic bow … except for the all-important market of China where it doesn’t release until June 16th so that gives Spidey a long while to play there with no major U.S. release coming in to elbow it out. To give readers an idea of what the build out has been in China and why the country is so important to the entertainment industry: The Chinese market alone provided 11,002 runs for Spidey vs. a wide 4,324 theaters domestically.

Related: ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′ Snares $116M In Overseas Web To Raise Overall Cume To $277M+, Growing In China After Record Bow
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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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Deadline’s Best Film Stories Of The Week

Star Wars VII Cast‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Cast Finalized: John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson & Max Von Sydow
By Patrick Hipes
The cast of Star Wars: Episode VII is now official, announced by the team on, complete with a photo of a read-through.

Related: Final ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Cast: Photos

R.I.P. Efrem Zimbalist Jr
By Erik Pederson
The star of TV’s The F.B.I. and 77 Sunset Strip had scores of big- and small-screen credits in a career that spanned more than 60 years. Efrem Zimbalist Jr died today at his ranch in Solvang, CA. He was 95.

bob hoskinsR.I.P. Bob Hoskins
By Nancy Tartaglione
Oscar-nominated, and BAFTA- and Golden Globe-winning English actor Bob Hoskins has died. The star of such films as The Long Good Friday, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Mona Lisa passed away Tuesday night following a bout of pneumonia. He was 71.

BOX OFFICE: ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′ Casts $92M Web; ‘The Other Woman’ Holding Strong; ‘Rio 2′ Passes $100M
By Anita Busch
Sony just weighed in with its estimate of $92M, with an expected $23.4M today for its Spider-Man franchise pic. With an international cume of $277M the franchise after this weekend will have grossed around $369M+ worldwide. Read More »

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SNL: Andrew Garfield Riffs On ‘Spider-Man’ And Justin Timberlake

Saturday Night Live‘s writers returned to familiar turf for last night’s routines featuring guest host Andrew Garfield. His co-star in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Emma Stone, joined for an opportunity to goof on the movie without parodying it. There was an extended one-joke filmed routine involving singer Beyonce. The monologue had Stone make a faux surprise cameo. And no SNL would be complete without a game show that gives the ensemble opportunities to impersonate pop culture icons, in this case with Garfield mimicking Justin Timberlake.  Here you go:
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‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′ Opens With Late Night $8.7M On Track to $85M to $90M Opening

By | Friday May 2, 2014 @ 8:07am PDT

The_Amazing_Spider-Man_2_(film)_poster_001Jumping in with both feet, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 made a splash but not the tidal wave that was hoped for in late nights Thursday, with an estimated $8.7M to start the weekend off for Sony. The thinking from industry trackers was that the late night gross would be much more, but it could still pull in a solid $85M to $90M on opening as this movie traditionally plays well across the board demo-wise. The studio will be waiting and watching for the Saturday attendance bump that families typically bring. The 353 IMAX screens played well, pulling in $1.4M or about 16% of the $8.7M estimate. If it does 10% more today, the gross could get to $90M+.

On 4,324 screens, the film is still on track to a higher opening than the first installment for the three-day weekend. That one opened to $62M in 2012 on 4,318 runs and then ended up with a domestic cume of $262M+. The big difference was that the first opened on a Tuesday ahead of a July 4th holiday on Wednesday. The first Amazing Spider-Man (as well as Spider-Man 3) had a $7.5M opening night; that was based only on midnight screenings. This one started at 7 p.m. More screenings.

In late-night comparisons, Thor: The Dark World had a $7.1M Thursday opening (starting at 8 p.m.) and ended up with an $85.7M 3-day weekend. It was driven in large part by young males, … Read More »

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Global Showbiz Watch 36: The ‘Good Wife’-Bad Censor Podcast

Global Showbiz Watch ep 36In this week’s podcast, Deadline International Editor Nancy Tartaglione and host David Bloom run through still more news out of Cannes, as the film festival officially selects more official selections, fills out its competition jury and adds Sophia Loren and restored films from Hitchcock, De Sica and other greats to its Classics section. Nancy and David also discuss China’s mysterious crackdown on the online streaming of The Good Wife and three other U.S. shows even as China and the UK signs a long-in-coming co-production treaty, and also look at new distribution methods that are bringing the final Monty Python performance and indie vet Jeff Lipsky’s newest projects to screens around the world. Read More »

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BOX OFFICE PREVIEW: ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′ Expected To Swing Past First Installment Domestically By Healthy Margin

By | Thursday May 1, 2014 @ 10:42am PDT

Amazing Spider-Man 2 Box Office PreviewHoping to carry the momentum from its overseas debut, where it has already racked up $155M in two weeks, Sony‘s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 bow domestically tonight on 4,324 screens (including 353 IMAX) and is expected to open about 30% higher than the first installment for the three-day weekend. The picture has always played well across all demos, but this time around, ticket sales are outpacing the first Amazing Spider-Man in 2012 and currently represents 90% of Fandango’s weekend ticket sales.

Fandango chief correspondent Dave Karger said that this one is outpacing the buzz of the first one, which is good news for the studio: “We’re selling more tickets for the sequel than we did for the first film.” As it should be.

Related: Hot Trailer: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

There is one notable difference: The first Amazing Spider-Man opened during the July 4th holiday, which landed on a Wednesday, so its opening was on a Tuesday and it grossed $35M. It went onto make $62M on its first weekend (post-Fourth of July). The sequel is opening minus a holiday weekend, so if this one grosses maybe $15M tonight, and then another $30M-$35M on Friday, it looks on track for a $90M+ weekend. If estimates come in lower after Friday night attendance, all eyes will be on the Saturday bump.

sonypicInternationally, the film is still rolling out with France and Brazil bowing tonight and then China on Sunday. By then, Spidey will be in around 40 markets. With an international opening of $47M, the Sony tentpole marked the biggest opening of 2014 when it bowed two weeks ago in 14 markets. In the UK/Ireland, Spidey grabbed $15M and marked a 49% bigger opening than Captain America: The Winter Soldier in the territory. But in 2012, the first installment has a UK opening-weekend tally of $17.1M. The same group of markets, Sony says, opened comparably to the first, and watching its rollout, that is very true: some markets are higher and some have been lower. Spider-Man has done particularly well overseas traditionally, although it has yet to top the $1B mark like other Marvel titles have done. China should be a great box office catch for this film as the first installment did exceptionally well, grossing a total of $48.8M in 2012. Latin America is also usually very strong for Spider-Man as is Japan, Korea and Russia — which together brought in $96.8M in 2012.

The performance of Amazing Spider-Man 2 is crucial for the studio. The production budget is said to be around $255M, with about $185M-$190M spent on marketing. That means all in it needs to make more than $752.2M worldwide (which is what the first installment grossed). About 65% of the first installment’s gross came from international markets. The domestic audience has declined slightly for Spider-Man so if it does not perform strongly stateside, it will need to make up the difference internationally or vice versa. Read More »

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Weekend B.O.: ‘The Other Woman’ Rules And Sets Up Nicely As Counterprogramming For ‘Spidey 2′ Onslaught

Mike Fleming

theotherwoman4TH UPDATE, SUNDAY 9 AM PST: So now we have a good grasp of a weekend that resulted in nearly $100 million in box office, which is up around 19% from comparable weekend last year. It is still the calm before the storm, when The Amazing Spider-Man 2 takes the stage and better do three times what The Other Woman did, or else. The story this weekend though is how Fox found a perfect slot for The Other Woman and it hit nicely. It was clearly the most attractive choice among the new films, a comedy revolving around comedienne screen stalwarts Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann and newcomer Kate Upton, and it more than hit the spot. The studio’s tracking put this film with an expected weekend gross in the high teens, and it shot right past that. With a 75% female audience, it is also positioned to be strong counter-programming next weekend when the multiplexes will be all about The Amazing Spider-Man 2. In an era where films open and close so quickly, this one seems well suited to its slot. amazingspiderman2Insiders at the studio tell me that it played well to an audience over 25, but also shows signs of potential growth with 18-34 audiences, and with males. There really hasn’t been a female-driven edgy comedy since last summer’s The Heat and maybe We’re The Millers, and clearly there is an audience here that will show up. The Heat was also Fox, and that studio has that film’s director Paul Feig creating new comedies in that mold. Fox might well have company if this film continues to overachieve.

As for the incoming Spidey, I saw its New York premiere at the Ziegfeld the other night, and Sony Pictures and returning director Marc Webb have thrown a lot of VFX at the screen as they continue the 3D love relationship between Andrew Garfield‘s Peter Parker and Emma Stone‘s Gwen Stacy. She is a star, plain and simple. We’ll have to wait and see where Garfield goes in his career (he’s in the Martin Scorsese-directed Silence which probably explains the varsity wrestler haircut he sported at the premiere), but I don’t think I have seen an actor his age display more empathy and draw more sympathy onscreen. He puts those traits to good use as he battles Parker’s signature existential crisis issues along with not one but three villains in the Rhino (Paul Giamatti), Green Goblin (Dane DeHaan) and Electro. Read More »

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INTL BO: ‘Spider-Man 2′ Spins $47M Web For Biggest Opening Of 2014; ‘Captain America’ Passes $500M; ‘Frozen’ Highest Animated Grosser Ever; ‘Rio 2′ passes $200M Overseas

Highlights: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (SONY) opens in 14 markets with $47M; Captain America: The Winter Soldier (DIS) passes $500M; Transcendence (WB) opens to $17.1M, mostly from China; Rio 2 (FOX) flies past $200M and is burning it up in Latin America. Noah (PAR) at $197.4M; Divergent (LGF/SUM/var) at $18M  for $74.7M cume; The Other Woman (FOX) bows with $5.3M in four markets; Spanish Affairs (UNI) phenom as Spain’s top local-lingo pic ever, still No. 1 … twice the marketshare of Spider-Man 2′s bow.

Related: Box Office: ‘Heaven Is For Real’ Rises High; ‘Transcendence’ Descends Into Hell

cinemaworld__1404061439493rd UPDATE, Monday, 10:50 PM PDT: Final numbers in for Transcendence, Divergent, Rio 2, The Other Woman, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Lego Movie, and Mr. Peabody & Sherman. All grosses for the movies have changed.

2nd UPDATE, Sunday, 6:50 PM. PDT: More estimates have been added for Rio 2, Divergent, and further analysis on The Amazing Spider-Man 2. There will be another update tomorrow, but no territory by territory breakdown this week. It’s always interesting to see a snapshot of the top international pictures so far in 2014. Disney’s has the two lead spots right now with  Frozen $462M) and Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($385.1M), followed by The Wolf of Wall Street ($262.5M), which is being handled by Universal and many other distribs. The difference between the No. 2 and No. 3 pictures is a substantial $122.6M so far. Surprising, no? Rounding out the top five is Warner Bros.’  duo The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug ($244.5M) and 300: The Rise of an Empire ($223M).

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Amazing Spider-Man 2PREVIOUSLY, 10:27 AM, Sunday, PDT: Marking the biggest opening internationally of 2014, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has taken the markets by storm, grossing an estimated $47M as it bows in such major territories as the U.K., Spain, Germany and Belgium, Mexico and Australia. All told, 14 markets. It was a big box office weekend internationally with several major pics playing well throughout the world. But all eyes are on Spider-Man, which opened strong in territories earlier in the week. The top market for the Sony franchise is 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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‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′ Swinging Strong In International Debut As It Casts Global Web

By | Thursday April 17, 2014 @ 5:25pm PDT

Nancy Tartaglione contributed to this report.

the-amazing-spider-man-2-new-details-on-spideys-suitThere’s absolutely no arachnophobia in international markets for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Sony Pictures Entertainment’s latest film in its mega-franchise opened in 15 territories — including across Europe in the U.K. Spain, Germany and Belgium and in other top markets of Mexico and Australia — and numbers are just now rolling in … and they are very strong and off to a great start.

In four markets — the U.K., Germany, Australia and Belgium — the movie already has logged the biggest opening days of the year. In the U.K., Spidey grossed $2.73M, which is not surprising since it’s a top school holiday and kids are flooding into the market now. Back in 2012, The Amazing Spider-Man made $40.3M in the U.K. all in, so this is one of the most important markets for the studio. The film grabbed $1.44M Down Under in Australia, a big $1.3M in Germany and in Belgium $190K for its opening day. Other markets where Spidey opened are Austria, Denmark, Israel, New Zealand, Portugal, Switzerland, Uraguay, Bulgaria, and Sweden. Read More »

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