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.

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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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CinemaCon: ‘Spider-Man’, Singing Orphans And Sex Tapes Highlight Sony’s Show For Theatre Owners

By | Thursday March 27, 2014 @ 1:58am PDT
Pete Hammond

Wednesday afternoon it was Sony‘s turn at bat to strut its stuff at CinemaCon in a no-frills, slickly produced reel that ran the gamut of the kind CinemaCon2014_badgeof movies the studio is known for. There were no stars on … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′

By | Wednesday March 19, 2014 @ 8:03am PDT

The final trailer for Sony and Marvel’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 dropped today, setting up the battle between Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parker and bad guys Henry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) and Electro (Jamie Foxx). The 3D pic is due out May 2 and remember it will help set the baseline for … Read More »

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Super Bowl Ad: ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′ Trailer & Extended Sizzle Reel

By | Sunday February 2, 2014 @ 5:01pm PST

Sony used their Super Bowl ad-buy op to unveil not one but two new looks at their May 2 superhero sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2. First, Sony released a new 33-second Big Game spot that just aired on Fox. To accompany that tease, the studio also released a longer nearly 4-minute “Enemies Unite” sizzle reel with a closer look at Andrew Garfield’s wisecracking spandexed hero and Jamie Foxx as mild-mannered Oscorp employee Max Dillon, who becomes the villainous Electro after a shocking incident one night. Watch both sneak peeks below:

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Super Bowl Ad Teaser: ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′

By | Thursday January 30, 2014 @ 8:41pm PST

Among the plugs for beer, chips, cars, beer, GoDaddy, Cheerios and beer this Sunday, expect to get another glimpse at Sony‘s superhero sequel. Andrew Garfield is back as the Webbed One in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, doing battle against Electro, romancing Emma Stone, saving the world and … Read More »

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Hot Teaser: ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′

By | Wednesday January 1, 2014 @ 12:44pm PST

Sony Pictures launched this look at its summer’s tentpole The Amazing Spider-Man 2 for folks attending last night’s festivities in New York’s Times Square — which it turns out is pretty fitting given the clip’s subject matter. It’s the latest effort by the studio to reach a big … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′

By | Thursday December 5, 2013 @ 5:29am PST

amaSony Pictures has released its first teaser for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 today, and you can see the first stamp of Dwight Caines, the president of Theatrical Marketing for Sony Pictures. who hatched this campaign with his … Read More »

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Comic-Con: Andrew Garfield Wants Spider-Man To Join The Avengers – Gasp!

By | Friday July 19, 2013 @ 9:25pm PDT

Ross Lincoln contributes to Deadline’s Comic-Con coverage.

Andrew Garfield revealed today that the Spider-Man story he’d most like to see made into a film is one that is legally impossible, at least for the moment. “I’d love to see [Spider-Man] with The Avengers,” he said, to audible gasps, during the Sony Pictures panel discussion of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 at Comic-Con. “Wouldn’t that just be awesome? Just saying.”

Sadly for everyone drooling at the prospect of Spider-Man joining that Marvel superhero squad, it’s not going to happen as long as Sony retains the rights to the character. And judging by the presentation during tonight, the company expects to retain them for the foreseeable future. Sony clearly expects Amazing Spider-Man 2 to be a huge hit. During the first half of the discussion, the participants — co-stars Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan and, eventually, Garfield, along with director mark Webb and producers Ari Avad and Matt Tolmach — didn’t even attempt to sell the movie; instead, after a short film depicting him attempting to sneak into Hall H, Garfield appeared dressed and in character as Spider-Man, then spent 10 minutes wisecracking with the cast.

Related: Comic-Con: Jamie Foxx’s ‘Electro Arrives’ Clip

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Comic-Con: Jamie Foxx’s Electro Arrives In The ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′ Clip

By | Wednesday July 17, 2013 @ 9:50pm PDT

Comic-Con 2013 hasn’t officially launched, but the annual mega-gathering has spawned its first teaser clip. Sony plastered an Amazing Spider-Man 2 ad atop the Nobu restaurant in San Diego, but this … Read More »

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Comic-Con: Marvel Bringing ‘Thor 2,’ ‘Captain America 2′; Sony To Present ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2,’ ‘RoboCop,’ ‘Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2′

Get ready to see a whole lot of spandex in Hall H. Ahead of Comic-Con‘s official lineup announcement, Marvel and Sony have confirmed their plans for 2013′s edition. Marvel will … Read More »

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Paul Giamatti As Rhino In ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′: First Look

By | Saturday May 11, 2013 @ 1:41pm PDT

Spider-Man 2 Paul Giamatti Rhino Director Marc Webb’s Tweeting his way through production on Sony‘s Amazing Spider-Man 2. His latest reveal: A first look at Paul Giamatti as the … Read More »

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Mark Sony Down For A Killer 2014 Summer

Mike Fleming

Sony Pictures has added a title and shifted a few movies for the summer of 2014. Joining The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which opens May 2, Sony is betting heavily on raunchy comedies. The studio has dated 21 Read More »

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Emma Stone In Talks For Woody Allen’s Next

By | Tuesday April 23, 2013 @ 5:15pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Emma Stone

UPDATE: Here is a bit more information on Woody Allen’s next film. I’m told he will shoot in the South of France. That country certainly worked out for him in Midnight In Paris.

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NY Governor Touts ‘Spider-Man 2′ As State’s Biggest Film Production Ever

Hollywood studios rarely disclose lots of details about spending plans for their big-budget productions. But Sony is making an exception for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 to help New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo build his case for the production tax incentives that he wants to extend for five years. The movie should generate 3,500 jobs, cast 11,000 extras and occupy the biggest stage footprint ever seen in New York, the state says today. That’s “great news for our local communities and fans of the franchise,” Cuomo says. Long Island will benefit most. Spider-Man 2 will require “massive sets” at two facilities in Long Island (Grumman Studios and Gold Coast Studios) and one in Brooklyn (the Marcy Armory). About a third of the new jobs and extras will come from Long Island. In addition, the production will tap several local businesses to handle food and equipment. For example, it will pay Mobile on Demand Storage of NY $279,000 for container rentals, Pride Equipment Corporation $130,000 for crane rentals, U.S. Coffee $32,000 for beverages, Quick Auto Parts $19,000 for auto parts, and Bagelboss $16,000 for food. The production will need 3,000 hotel room nights in Bethpage and Plainview, and another 3,000 in Rochester. Sony expects the shoot to last 150 days, with 50 in Bethpage and as many as 15 in Rochester. On Friday, the producers will look for specific locations in Rochester, including one for a car chase. Read More »

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Chris Cooper Cast As Norman Osborne In ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′

By | Wednesday February 27, 2013 @ 1:00pm PST

Chris Cooper Spider-Man 2Columbia Pictures’ The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has set Chris Cooper to play Norman Osborn, Deadline has confirmed. Father to Peter Parker’s pal Harry, Norman Osborn is the alter ego of … Read More »

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