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NORTH AMERICA: 'The Other Woman' Remains #1 on Monday with $1.91M on April 29, 2014

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By Daniel Garris

Fox's The Other Woman easily remained in first place on Monday with $1.91 million. The comedy starring Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton was down 67 percent from Sunday, which represented one of the day's stronger daily holds among wide releases. The Other Woman continues to exceed expectations with a strong four-day start of $26.67 million. That places the film 22 percent ahead of the $21.83 million four-day take of 2008's What Happens in Vegas (which fell 70 percent on its first Monday to gross $1.66 million). The Other Woman has likely received an added boost from the relative lack of films aimed directly towards female moviegoers over the past two months.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier placed in second with $1.07 million. The blockbuster 3D superhero sequel from Disney and Marvel was down 76 percent from Sunday and down 59 percent from last Monday's post-Easter inflated gross. Captain America: The Winter Soldier has grossed $226.13 million in 25 days, which places the film an impressive 21 percent ahead of the $187.24 million 25-day take of last year's Thor: The Dark World. It will be interesting to see if the film's strong word of mouth softens the likely hit it will take from the arrival of Sony's The Amazing Spider-Man 2 on Friday.

Heaven is for Real claimed third place with $1.01 million. Sony's break-out faith-based drama was down 77 percent from Sunday and down 59 percent from last Monday. Heaven is for Real continues to distance itself from expectations with a 13-day take of $53.47 million. The film is likely to continue to hold up well going forward thanks to strong word of mouth and from serving as a potential alternative to May's heavy line-up of likely blockbusters.

Relativity's Brick Mansions took fourth with $0.637 million. The modestly budgeted action thriller starring the late Paul Walker was down 73 percent from Sunday. Brick Mansions has grossed a respectable $10.15 million through four days of release, but is also quite likely to be front-loaded towards is opening weekend performance.

Fox's Rio 2 rounded out Monday's top five with $0.573 million. The successful 3D computer animated sequel was down 87 percent from Sunday and down 79 percent from last Monday, as midweek grosses for family films have now come back down to Earth. With an 18-day take of $96.96 million, Rio 2 is $3.04 million away from reaching the $100 million domestic mark and is running 7 percent behind the $104.70 million 18-day take of 2011's Rio.

'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' Looking Rosy on April 29, 2014

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By Alex Edghill

Tuesday Morning Update:  The Amazing Spider-Man 2 had a strong start to its week with 16,690 tweets on the day, good enough for fourth spot amongst all tracked films. The most important comparison here will be the first film of the reboot franchise The Amazing Spider-Man which actually had just 3,322 tweets four days before its release. The first film had a much different release pattern as it was released on a Tuesday and managed to rack up $137 million through its first six days and over $750 million worldwide. Its is common for sequels to see a big bump in traffic over the original, but with significantly more traffic I believe it is in line for more box office riches. It should be able to top 9 digits and be the first film on the year to crack $100 million, while also securing the number 1 opening of 2014 (currently held by Captain America: The Winter Soldier's $95 million).

The Fault In Our Stars continues to do surprisingly well on Twitter, as it led all films on Monday thanks to a new trailer. Star Shailene Woodley has really exploded this year and this film plays very well to young girls and women who are one of the most vocal demographics on Twitter. The fact that the worst three tweet to box office dollar ratios this year came from films catering to this demo (Vampire Academy, Endless Love and Divergent) serve as timely reminders. Stars looks to be a Summer hit in the wings as it is handily trouncing Endless Love's numbers at the same distance out.

Top 15 Movies for Monday April 28th

Rk Film Sun Mon Sun-Mon %
1 (+3) The Fault in Our Stars 13,136 35,714 171.88%
2 (-) Divergent 27,536 19,421 -29.47%
3 (-2) Captain America: The Winter Soldier 35,622 16,707 -53.10%
4 (-1) The Amazing Spider-Man 2 15,076 16,690 10.71%
5 (-) Godzilla (2014) 7,852 12,924 64.60%
6 (+8) 22 Jump Street 2,674 7,709 188.29%
7 (-) The Other Woman (2014) 6,723 5,712 -15.04%
8 (-2) Heaven is for Real 7,811 4,662 -40.31%
9 (-) Avengers: Age of Ultron 4,010 3,824 -4.64%
10 (+3) Neighbors (2014) 2,868 3,731 30.09%
11 (-1) X-Men: Days of Future Past 3,157 3,357 6.34%
12 (+14) Addicted 760 3,156 315.26%
13 (-5) Brick Mansions 6,518 3,140 -51.83%
14 (+1) If I Stay 2,567 2,439 -4.99%
15 (+4) Rio 2 1,509 2,282 51.23%

Please check the methodology page for information about our Twitter project or here for historic data.

'Star Wars: Episode VII' Cast Announced! Are We Looking At The Next Member of the $2 Billion Global Club? on April 29, 2014

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By Phil Contrino

The wait is over.

Andy Serkis, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join Star Wars vets Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in Star Wars: Episode VII.

Now the pressure is on director J.J. Abrams to deliver a product that will meet the expectations of millions of fans around the world. 

Star Wars fans are an interesting breed. Remember how so many of them were disappointed after the release of Star Wars: Episode I in 1999? Well, that disappointment doesn't really register when you look at that film's $967.7 million global haul during its initial theatrical run. (Tack on another $103.5 million from the 3D re-release and that puts the flick over $1 billion globally.) George Lucas has built up a fanbase that isn't afraid to complain about the choices he makes, yet that doesn't stop them from supporting the products. It's an interesting position for a brand to be in. Apply this mentality to a different product, let's say a hamburger, and the value of it becomes even more astounding. Imagine if McDonald's added unremovable toppings to the Big Mac that people didn't really like but they still kept coming back simply because they liked the core of the sandwich. That's a dream scenario for any business creating a product designed for mass consumption. From a commercial standpoint, there really is no losing, but rather different levels of victory.

Back when this project was first announced, I wrote that Episode VII could feasibly hit $2 billion at the global box office. I stand by that. A strong domestic run combined with healthy grosses in booming overseas markets such as China, Brazil, Russia, South Korea, etc. could easily help the sci-fi flick reach that coveted plateau. It's also worth noting that Episode VII opens on December 18, the exact same day as Avatar did in 2009. Avatar was able to make a killing in January 2010 because the competition was sparse. It's not hard to imagine Episode VII following a similar path. Of course, this all depends on the results that Abrams & Co. deliver. Don't forget: we're talking about different levels of victory here. A so-so movie could still end up with $1 billion in global receipts, while a crowd-pleasing effort could chase after loftier goals. Abrams may feel artistic pressure, but commercially he really can't lose. 

 

NORTH AMERICA: Weekend Actuals: 'The Other Woman' Debuts in First Place with Strong $24.76M on April 28, 2014

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By Daniel Garris

Fox's The Other Woman easily led the way this weekend with a strong start of $24.76 million. The comedy starring Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton exceeded its pre-release expectations heading into the weekend. The film likely received an added boost from the relative lack of films aimed directly towards female moviegoers over the past two months. Diaz tends to be hit and miss at the box office when in starring roles, with The Other Woman clearly looking like a hit at this point, especially given its modest price tag. Diaz will be back in theatres before long, when Sony releases Sex Tape on July 25. The Other Woman debuted 23 percent stronger than the $20.17 million start of 2008's What Happens in Vegas, though it remains to be seen if it will be able to hold up nearly as well as that film did.

The Other Woman should provide a strong counter programming option to Sony's The Amazing Spider-Man 2 next weekend, but will face new direct competition the following weekend when Universal releases Neighbors on May 9. The Other Woman opened with $9.29 million on Friday, increased 4 percent on Saturday to take in $9.66 million and declined 40 percent on Sunday to gross $5.81 million. That placed the film's 3-day to Friday ratio at 2.67 to 1. The Other Woman received a solid B+ rating on CinemaScore.

The weekend's other high-profile new wide release, Relativity's Brick Mansions, debuted in fifth place with $9.52 million. The action thriller starring the late Paul Walker debuted towards the higher end of its modest expectations. The debut was a respectable one given the film's modest price tag and the fact that it was a relatively late addition to the release date calendar. Brick Mansions opened with $3.55 million on Friday, was up a slim 2 percent on Saturday to gross $3.62 million and fell 35 percent on Sunday to take in $2.35 million. That put the film's 3-day to Friday ratio at 2.68 to 1. Like The Other Woman, Brick Mansions also received a B+ rating on CinemaScore. Brick Mansions will likely take a significant hit from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 next weekend.

On the heels of last weekend's close three-way race for first, it was a fairly close three-way race for second this weekend between Disney's Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Sony's Heaven is for Real and Fox's Rio 2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier led that pack to claim second place with $16.22 million. While the 3D blockbuster superhero sequel saw its streak of three consecutive weekends at #1 come to an end this weekend, it still held up nicely by falling 37 percent from last weekend. The Winter Soldier likely received an additional boost this weekend from moviegoers who wanted to catch the film before The Amazing Spider-Man 2 enters the marketplace next weekend. Captain America: The Winter Soldier continues to exceed expectations with a 24-day take of $225.06 million. That places the film 20.5 percent ahead of the $186.71 million 24-day gross of last year's Thor: The Dark World.

Heaven is for Real also held up nicely this weekend with a third place take of $14.35 million. The break-out faith-based drama was down a healthy 36 percent from last weekend's Easter inflated debut. Heaven is for Real received a bit of additional help this weekend thanks to expanding into an additional 288 locations. With a strong twelve-day start of $52.46 million, Heaven is for Real is clearly continuing the recent trend of faith-based films that have exceeded expectations at the box office (joining Son of God and God's Not Dead). Heaven is for Real will hope to continue to hold up well going forward, thanks in part to strong word of mouth and from serving as a potential alternative to May's heavy line-up of likely blockbusters.

Rio 2 claimed fourth with $13.88 million for the frame. The 3D computer animated sequel was down 37 percent from last weekend. Rio 2 continues to have a very solid run overall with a 17-day take of $96.39 million. That leaves the film just $3.61 million away from reaching the $100 million milestone and places the film 7 percent behind the $104.01 million 17-day take of 2011's Rio.

Lionsgate's The Quiet Ones debuted in seventh place with $3.88 million. The lower profile PG-13 horror film debuted below its already low pre-release expectations. The Quiet Ones was unable to make much noise across social media platforms in the weeks leading up to its release, which is typically a very troubling sign for horror films. The film received a lackluster C+ rating on CinemaScore and should fade away from theatres very quickly.

Meanwhile, Warner's Transcendence continued to disappoint in a very big way a sixth place take of $4.23 million. The pricey sci-fi drama starring Johnny Depp was down 61 percent from last weekend's already poor start and has grossed just $18.59 million through ten days of release (which is below what most had been expecting the film to gross during its opening weekend).

In other box office news, Disney's Frozen surpassed the $400 million domestic mark this weekend after grossing $189,962 for the frame. Without adjusting for ticket price inflation, Frozen is the 19th film of all-time to have reached the $400 million milestone and is the sixth Disney release to have done so.

NORTH AMERICA: Studio Estimates: 'The Other Woman' Debuts in First with Strong $24.7M; 'Brick Mansions' #5 with Solid $9.6M on April 27, 2014

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Sunday Update: Fox's The Other Woman easily led the way this weekend with an estimated start of $24.7 million. The comedy starring Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton exceeded its pre-release expectations heading into the weekend. The film likely received an added boost from the relative lack of films aimed directly towards female moviegoers over the past two months. Diaz tends to be hit and miss at the box office when in starring roles, with The Other Woman clearly looking like a hit at this point, especially given its modest price tag. Diaz will be back in theatres before long, when Sony releases Sex Tape on July 25. The Other Woman debuted 22.5 percent stronger than the $20.17 million start of 2008's What Happens in Vegas, though it remains to be seen if it will be able to hold up nearly as well as that film did.

The Other Woman should provide a strong counter programming option to Sony's The Amazing Spider-Man 2 next weekend, but will face new direct competition the following weekend when Universal releases Neighbors on May 9. The Other Woman opened with $9.3 million on Friday, increased 4 percent on Saturday to take in $9.65 million and is estimated to decline 40 percent on Sunday to gross $5.75 million. That places the film's estimated 3-day to Friday ratio at 2.66 to 1. The film received a solid B+ rating on CinemaScore.

The weekend's other high-profile new wide release, Relativity's Brick Mansions, debuted in fifth place with an estimated $9.6 million. The action thriller starring the late Paul Walker debuted towards the higher end of its modest expectations. The debut was a respectable one given the film's modest price tag and the fact that it was a relatively late addition to the release date calendar. Brick Mansions opened with $3.59 million on Friday, was up a slim 1 percent on Saturday to gross $3.62 million and is estimated to fall 34 percent on Sunday to take in $2.39 million. That puts the film's estimated 3-day to Friday ratio at 2.67 to 1. Like The Other Woman, Brick Mansions also received a B+ rating on CinemaScore. Brick Mansions will likely take a significant hit from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 next weekend.

On the heels of last weekend's close three-way race for first, it was a fairly close three-way race for second this weekend between Disney's Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Sony's Heaven is for Real and Fox's Rio 2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier led that pack to claim second place with an estimated $16.05 million. While the 3D blockbuster superhero sequel saw its streak of three consecutive weekends at #1 come to an end this weekend, it still held up nicely by falling 37 percent from last weekend. The Winter Soldier likely received an additional boost this weekend from moviegoers who wanted to catch the film before The Amazing Spider-Man 2 enters the marketplace next weekend. Captain America: The Winter Soldier continues to exceed expectations with a 24-day take of $224.89 million. That places the film 20 percent ahead of the $186.71 million 24-day gross of last year's Thor: The Dark World.

Heaven is for Real also held up nicely this weekend with an estimated third place take of $13.8 million. The break-out faith-based drama was down a solid 38 percent from last weekend's Easter inflated debut. Heaven is for Real received a bit of additional help this weekend thanks to expanding into an additional 288 locations. With a strong twelve-day start of $51.91 million, Heaven is for Real is clearly continuing the recent trend of faith-based films that have exceeded expectations at the box office (joining Son of God and God's Not Dead). Heaven is for Real will hope to continue to hold up well going forward, thanks in part to strong word of mouth and from serving as a potential alternative to May's heavy line-up of likely blockbusters.

Rio 2 claimed fourth with an estimated $13.65 million. The 3D computer animated sequel was down 38 percent from last weekend. Rio 2 continues to have a very solid run overall with a 17-day take of $96.16 million. That leaves the film just $3.84 million away from reaching the $100 million milestone and places the film 7.5 percent behind the $104.01 million 17-day take of 2011's Rio.

Lionsgate's The Quiet Ones debuted in seventh place with an estimated $4.0 million. The lower profile PG-13 horror film debuted below its already low pre-release expectations. The Quiet Ones was unable to make much noise across social media platforms in the weeks leading up to its release, which is typically a very troubling sign for horror films. The film received a lackluster C+ rating on CinemaScore and should fade away from theatres quickly.

Meanwhile, Warner's Transcendence continued to disappoint in a very big way with an estimated sixth place take of $4.11 million. The pricey sci-fi drama starring Johnny Depp was down 62 percent from last weekend's already poor start and has grossed just $18.47 million through ten days of release (which is below what most had been expecting the film to gross during its opening weekend).

In other box office news, Disney's Frozen surpassed the $400 million domestic mark this weekend after grossing an estimated $152,000 for the frame. Without adjusting for ticket price inflation, Frozen is the 19th film to have reached the $400 million milestone and is the sixth Disney release to have done so.

Saturday Update: Fox reports that The Other Woman hauled in $9.3 million on Friday, putting the comedy on track for a very healthy $24 million opening weekend. The lineup of Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, and Kate Upton has proven to be a hit with the film's targeted female audience. Early word of mouth from the Flixster community is modest with a 69 percent score as of Saturday morning.

Brick Mansions, starring the late Paul Walker, posted $3.59 million in its opening day. BoxOffice projects the actor's second-to-last film will tally $10 million by the end of the weekend.

Rounding out this weekend's openers, Lionsgate's The Quiet Ones grossed a soft $1.52 mllion on Friday. The PG-13 horror flick should take in around $3.8 million for the weekend. Word of mouth appears to be struggling so far with a low 39 percent Flixster score.

Check BoxOffice on Sunday for official weekend estimates from the studios.

Friday Update #2: Sources report that The Other Woman is performing well so far today, with a chance at topping $20 million for the weekend.

Meanwhile, Brick Mansions is on pace to bring in between $8 million and $10 million for the weekend.

Lionsgate's The Quiet Ones is off to a sluggish start today. Early reports indicate the horror flick may fall below $7 million for the weekend.

More updates as they come.

Friday Update #1: Sources report that Brick Mansions earned an estimated $400,000 from early shows on Thursday evening. That's a healthy start for the action flick starring Paul Walker.

Check back throughout the day for further updates on Brick Mansions, as well as this weekend's other new releases (The Other Woman and The Quiet Ones).


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