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‘Spider-Man’ Opens Foreign With $50.2M: Bigger Than ‘Avengers’ In Some Markets

EXCLUSIVE… UPDATE: Sources are telling me that Sony PicturesThe Amazing Spider-Man swept the Asian box office this weekend as the much-anticipated actioner opened early in a handful of international territories. The reboot of Marvel‘s most popular character will be released July 3rd in the U.S./Canada where rival studios report the tracking has been flat. ”It’s off to a fantastic start overseas,” an insider gushes to me. Here are the updated numbers from Sony Pictures:

In its first weekend of release, The Amazing Spider-Man grossed an estimated $50.2 million in 13 overseas markets in Asia while Europe remains under the influence of the Euro Cup football championships until tonight, with school vacations in full effect starting tomorrow.

KOREA earned $13.4M on 1,213 screens, capturing a 71% market share. The KW15.8B total for Thursday to Sunday is the 3rd biggest of all time for a Hollywood film, behind only the 2nd and 3rd Transformers films. This is 24% bigger than Spider-Man 3 and 10% more than Avengers.

JAPAN opened with $11.4M on 1,092 screens, pulling in an estimated 84% of the country’s Saturday-Sunday weekend box office.

INDIA grossed $6.0M on 1,236 screens, the biggest opening ever for a Hollywood film, 74% bigger than Spider-Man 3, 73% more than Avengers, and more than double the lifetime box office of The Dark Knight.

The PHILIPPINES bowed with $3.2M on 529 screens, capturing the entire market in its opening weekend. This is the 4th biggest Friday-Sunday opening ever … Read More »

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R.I.P. J. Michael Riva

By | Thursday June 7, 2012 @ 9:09pm PDT


Production designer J. Michael Riva, whose most recent work includes Quentin Tarantino’s currently filming Django Unchained and Sony’s franchise reboot The Amazing Spider-Man, has died. Riva was 63. A Sony spokesman said Riva was in New Orleans on location and suffered a severe stroke while preparing to head to the studio. Very highly regarded in the industry, he was the son of actress-author Maria Riva and art director William Riva and the grandson of Marlene Dietrich and film editor Rudolph Sieber. Raised in New York City, he eventually found his way to Los Angeles. Dropping out of UCLA to pursue a career in production design, Riva apprenticed with Jackson DeGoiva and his first major movie was uncredited work with Toby Rafelson on I Never Promised You a Rose Garden (1977). That led to Brubaker (1980) with Robert Redford and subsequently Redford hired him for Ordinary People (1980). Other work included the 1984 cult fave The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension plus Bad Boys, The Goonies, The Golden Child and The Color Purple, which earned him an Oscar nomination, among numerous others. In addition to Django Unchained and the upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man, Riva also worked on Iron Man and its first sequel, Spider-Man 3, both Charlie’s Angels movies, the four Lethal Weapon pictures as well as Scrooged, Congo, Dave and A Few Good Men. He received an Emmy for his … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’

By | Thursday May 3, 2012 @ 4:05pm PDT

Sony just released a new trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man. Here you go:

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Sony Presents Slick Product Reel: CinemaCon

By | Thursday April 26, 2012 @ 9:42am PDT
Pete Hammond

Wednesday night was Sony‘s night to shine at CinemaCon in Las Vegas as they became the first major studio to simply present a straight and slickly produced product reel rather than a more elaborate dog and pony show in which stars, directors and producers are trotted out to briefly plug their movies in front of the assembled exhibitors. For Sony  though it was strictly business beginnning with a dry plug for their digital efforts ready to play in top notch and newly equipped theatres. Get the hint, theatre owners? President of World Wide Distribution Rory Bruer led the charge for Sony’s 2012 slate. He mentioned the studio had a record five films slated for IMAX presentations this year and a “kick-ass product reel” that rivals anything he has previously seen in his quarter century at the studio. As for the nuts and bolts of the slickly produced reel, it is clear Sony is largely playing it safe with titles that will be easily recognized by consumers with The Amazing Spider-Man reboot, another James Bond, Men In Black 3, Total Recall and an 11th Adam Sandler comedy. This is the kind of slate that doesn’t keep studio execs up at night wondering if their job will be on the line. It is full of sure things and Sony topper Amy Pascal has shrewdly created a mixture … Read More »

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Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci Re-Writing Sequel To ‘Amazing Spider-Man’

By | Tuesday April 24, 2012 @ 11:24am PDT
Mike Fleming

Amazing Spider-Man Roberto Orci Alex KurtzmanBREAKING: Star Trek scribes Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci have been tapped by Sony Pictures to rewrite the script for the sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man, the 3D Marc Webb-directed film that introduces Andrew Garfield as the webslinger and Emma Stone as his love interest Gwen Stacy. Sony releases the franchise relaunch July 3. The first draft was done by Amazing Spider-Man scribe James Vanderbilt. Sony has tentatively scheduled production for the first quarter of 2013.

Alex Kurtzman Roberto Orci Spider-ManKurtzman & Orci are no strangers to event-sized movies. Aside from Star Trek and the upcoming sequel, which they wrote along with Damon Lindelof, their credits include two Transformers films and Mission: Impossible III. They are repped by CAA and attorney Michael Gendler. The duo will receive exec producer credits on the Spider-Man sequel, which is produced by Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach and the late Laura Ziskin. Read More »

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International Trailer: ‘Amazing Spider-Man’

By | Sunday April 15, 2012 @ 11:43am PDT

A slightly longer international (Japan) version of Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man has surfaced, and it reveals a little more than versions that preceded it.

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HOT TRAILER: ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ 3D

By | Tuesday February 7, 2012 @ 12:10am PST

‘Spider-Man’ Sneaks Include New Trailer To Debut Online Tonight

Sony Pictures just launched The Amazing Spider-Man 3D trailer online after an entire day of sneaks in theaters around the world. The new eight minutes of raw Spider-Man footage attracted big crowds in the 13 cities where it debuted (NYC, LA, Berlin, London, Madrid, Paris, Mexico City, Moscow, Rio, Rome, Seoul, Sydney, and Tokyo.) The Marc Webb-directed reboot opens in Japan on June 30th and in the U.S. and other major markets on July 3:

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UPDATE: ‘Spider-Man’ Sneaks Include New Trailer To Debut Online Tonight

By | Monday February 6, 2012 @ 12:30pm PST

HOT TRAILER: ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ 3D
New ‘Spider-Man’ Footage To Screen In Global Sneak Peeks Feb. 6

PHOTOS: Fans in Madrid (above), New York (bottom left) and Los Angeles

UPDATE, 1:30 PM: Sony showed off a new trailer to crowds today that will be released online tonight at midnight PT. In addition, about eight new minutes of footage was screened in each of the 13 cities where the sneak peeks took place.

PREVIOUS, 11:35 AM: Sony’s coordinated effort to offer sneak peeks of new footage of its The Amazing Spider-Man is already attracting fans for today’s noon PT kickoff. Tickets to the events — at New York’s Regal Union Square, Los Angeles’ AMC Century City as well as in Berlin, London, Madrid, Paris, Mexico City, Moscow, Rio, Rome, Seoul, Sydney and Tokyo. Fans began lining up today around 7 AM on both coasts, according to the studio (the Madrid crowd is pictured left, with the New Yorkers at right). The Marc Webb-directed reboot opens in Japan on June 30 and in the U.S. and other major markets on July 3.

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New ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ Footage To Screen In Global Sneak Peeks Feb. 6

The international press conference roll out for Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man began in Japan earlier this month. Then last week, an official synopsis hit the internet. Now, Sony is pulling Peter Parker fans further into its web with sneak peeks of never-before-seen footage in a global event slated for February 6. Viral promotional billboard displays have been going up this weekend in various cities directing folks to where tickets can be reserved. Sneaks will take place in New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, London, Madrid, Paris, Mexico City, Moscow, Rio, Rome, Seoul, Sydney and Tokyo. Along with the new footage, I hear there will be other surprises associated with the event next week and, according to the sign-up sites, tickets are going fast (in some cities they’re already gone). The Amazing Spider-Man opens in Japan on June 30 with the US and several other countries getting it on July 3.

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‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ And ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Release New Movie Posters

By | Saturday December 10, 2011 @ 8:20pm PST

New posters for The Amazing Spider-Man and The Dark Knight Rises appeared within 24 hours of each other Friday and Saturday. With the clock running out on 2011 Sony and Warner Bros aren’t wasting time looking back. It’s all about what’s next. Marc Webb’s reboot of the Spider-Man franchise with Andrew Garfield as the webslinger makes it to theaters July 3, followed by the third installment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman triptych with Christian Bale on July 20.

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Emma Stone & Andrew Garfield Hype Spidey

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Andrew Garfield’s Touching Comic-Con Spidey-Speech

By | Monday July 25, 2011 @ 1:10pm PDT
Mike Fleming

‘Spider-Man’ Villain Revealed At The Con! New Clips, Plus Andrew Garfield Surprise
There’s footage circulating online of Andrew Garfield’s surprise Comic-Con appearance to introduce The Amazing Spider-Man. Even though Garfield is going to be 28 in August, doesn’t he look like every young kid who’s ever knocked on your door on Halloween in their Spider-Man costume, after deciding it was too hot to leave the hood on and that you’d give them candy anyway?

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2011 Comic-Con: Which Film Will Deliver?

Deadline Comic-Con film correspondent Luke Y Thompson files:

If Comic-Cons can be said to have a theme, this year’s which began Wednesday is “free-for-all.” Usually, there is one property that is expected to dominate (IRON MAN and TRON LEGACY have been there, done that) and one that upsets (300, SIN CITY). This year, with AVENGERS unexpectedly not doing a presentation – though they have a giant set in the main hall with the logo for photo ops – it’s a wide-open field. TWILIGHT will of course be huge with a very particular segment of the audience, and Universal’s new SNOW WHITE may persuade those fans to stick around. REAL STEEL dominates the banners that hang from lamp-posts, and while that’s not doing a formal presentation either, Comic-Con attendees just might want to follow @realsteelmovie on Twitter. And maybe @RealHughJackman too.

GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE has the potential to be something truly nuts, but THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN is a question mark. With a high-quality trailer already leaked, some of the wind is out of its sails. The trailer looks fine, and surprisingly Fincher-esque coming from the director of (500) DAYS OF SUMMER. But it feels redundant: that same origin tale again, and so soon that there’s a disconnect – my eyes expect Emma Stone’s face to be Bryce Dallas Howard’s each time Gwen Stacy shows up.

Steven Spielberg is more of a draw than the movie he’s representing; ditto Patrick Stewart, but if we … Read More »

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Sony’s Columbia Skeds Summer 2012 Slate: ‘I Hate You, Dad’ 6/22; ‘Here Comes The Boom’ 7/27; ‘Total Recall’ Reboot 8/3

Mike Fleming has already scooped extensively on all these movies. Here’s the Sony news release with Summer 2012 dates:

CULVER CITY, Calif., February 25, 2011 – Summer 2012 is heating up for moviegoers as Columbia Pictures adds three highly anticipated films to its summer slate, it was announced today by Jeff Blake, chairman, Worldwide Marketing and Distribution for Sony Pictures.  Joining the strong summer line-up that already includes Men in Black™ 3 in 3D (May 25) and The Amazing Spider-Man™ in 3D (July 3), the studio will release I Hate You, Dad, starring Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg, on June 22, Here Comes the Boom, starring Kevin James, on July 27, and a re-imagining of Total Recall, starring Colin Farrell, on August 3.

Commenting on the announcement, Blake said, “Not only do we have two of our most exciting franchises back in theaters with Men in Black 3 and The Amazing Spider-Man, but the three movies we added to the slate today round out a fantastic schedule.  We love comedy in the summer and you can’t ask for better stars than Adam Sandler and Kevin James. Total Recall has us excited not only because of its incredible pedigree – we love the original story and the first film – but we think this new project will really hit home with a new generation of moviegoers.”

I Hate You, Dad centers on a father (Sandler) who moves in on the eve of his son’s (Samberg) wedding

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Sony Titles Pic ‘The Amazing Spider-Man,’ Issues First Shot Of Andrew Garfield As Webslinger

Mike Fleming

CULVER CITY, Calif., February 14, 2011 – Columbia Pictures announced today that the title of the next Spider-Man film will be The Amazing Spider-Man.The studio simultaneously released a photo of Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man, the first shot of Garfield in the famous full mask and suit.

The film, which is now in production and is being shot entirely in 3D, will be released on July 3, 2012. The film stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott, Irrfan Khan, Martin Sheen, and Sally Field. The film is directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay by James Vanderbilt and Alvin Sargent and Steve Kloves based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Laura Ziskin, Avi Arad, and Matt Tolmach are producing the Marvel Entertainment production for Columbia Pictures. The executive producers are Stan Lee, Kevin Feige, and Michael Grillo.

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