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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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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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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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Deadline Awards Watch 71: The L.A.-Francais Fest Podcast

By and | Thursday April 24, 2014 @ 6:07pm PDT

Deadline Awards Watch ep 71In this week’s podcast, Deadline Awards Columnist Pete Hammond and host David Bloom look at highlights from that other big French film festival, City of Lights – City of Angels, which opened this week in Los Angeles. They also discuss the potential business impact of sexual-abuse allegations against Woody Allen and Bryan Singer on Fading Gigolo and the new X-Men sequel and catch up on next year’s Oscar producers and this year’s possible Emmy host(s). Pete also gives his take on the weekend’s notable movie debuts, which include the three-woman comedy The Other Woman, the one-man suspense film Locke with Tom Hardy and the WWII drama Walking With The Enemy, starring Ben Kingsley in another fine supporting role.   

Listen to the podcast in your choice of formats here:
Deadline Awards Watch podcast 71 (.MP3 version)
Deadline Awards Watch podcast 71 (.M4A version)

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‘American Idol’ Judge Nicki Minaj Joining Fox’s ‘The Other Woman’

By | Thursday April 25, 2013 @ 12:01pm PDT
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Nicki Minaj, whose clever and sassy commentary makes American Idol bearable, has signed on to star with Cameron Diaz in The Other Woman, the pic that Nick Cassavetes is directing for Fox. Diaz plays a woman who realizes she is not her boyfriend’s primary lover, and teams up with the man’s wife to plot revenge. Game Of Thrones‘ Nikolaj Coster-Waldau plays the cad, and Leslie Mann, Kate Upton and Chicago Fire‘s Taylor Kinney also star. Minaj makes her screen-starring debut, playing the larger-than-life assistant to Diaz’s lawyer character. The assistant is opinionated and sharp and brutally honest, and we know Minaj can handle that. The film shoots in New York in May. She was repped on the deal by Gee Roberson, Brian Sher and attorney Kenny Meiselas. 

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‘Chicago Fire’ Hunk Taylor Kinney In Talks To Star In Fox’s ‘The Other Woman’

By | Monday April 15, 2013 @ 5:00pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Taylor Kinney is in talks to join the cast of The Other Woman, the film that Nick Cassavetes will direct for Fox. While talks are underway and they have to work around his schedule on his series Chicago Fire, I’m told that Kinney plans to join Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Game Of Thrones‘ Nikolaj Coster Waldau and Kate Upton in the film. Julie Yorn is producing and Melissa Stack wrote the script, about two women in bed with the same guy who get mad he’s even more prolific and plot revenge. Kinney, an up and comer who was last seen playing one of the SEAL Team shooters in Zero Dark Thirty, is repped by Gersh and Principal Entertainment LA.

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