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By Daniel Garris

Captain America: The Winter Solider returned to the top of the daily box office on Thursday with $4.32 million. The blockbuster 3D superhero sequel from Disney and Marvel was up 23 percent over Wednesday and down a slim 6 percent from last Thursday. Midweek grosses continued to be stronger than usual in general on Thursday due in part to Holy Week. The Winter Soldier was the week's top film with $57.31 million. That was down 51 percent from the film's opening week performance and brings the two-week total for the film to a strong $174.91 million. Captain America: The Winter Soldier is currently running 14 percent ahead of the $153.72 million 14-day take of last year's Thor: The Dark World.

Fox's Rio 2 was up 18 percent and one spot over Wednesday to place in second on Thursday with an estimated $3.58 milion. The 3D computer animated sequel from Blue Sky Studios placed in second for the week with a seven-day start of $52.86 million. That was in line with pre-release expectations and places the film just 3 percent behind the $54.48 million seven-day start of 2011's Rio.

Heaven is for Real was down two spots and a healthy 10 percent from Wednesday's opening day performance to claim third with an estimated $3.33 million. Sony's faith-based drama has grossed a very solid $7.03 million in two days of release. That places the film 16 percent behind the $8.36 million two-day midweek start of Titanic 3D ahead of Easter weekend back in 2012. With the aid of an A rating on CinemaScore, Heaven is for Real is likely to hold up well going forward.

Oculus held steady in fourth place with $1.02 million. The low-budget R-rated horror film from Relativity was up 17 percent over Wednesday. Oculus placed in third for the week with a seven-day start of $15.99 million. That was in line with expectations and places the film 6 percent ahead of the $15.07 million seven-day take of 2012's House at the End of the Street.

Lionsgate's Divergent was up 23 percent and one spot from Wednesday to round out Thursday's top five with $0.955 million. The successful young adult adaptation starring Shailene Woodley was also up 23 percent from last Thursday. Divergent placed in sixth for the week with $10.79 million and has grossed $128.16 million in four weeks.

Fellow Lionsgate release Draft Day was down one spot from Wednesday to land in sixth with $0.913 million. The modestly budgeted sports drama starring Kevin Costner was up 10 percent over Wednesday. Draft Day placed in fourth for the week with a seven-day start of $13.65 million. That was a bit below pre-release expectations.

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wipo.pngThe U.S. Copyright Office will host a Copyright Matters program in connection with World Intellectual Property Day at 1:45 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23, in the Coolidge Auditorium of the Library of Congress, located on the ground floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street, SE, Washington, D.C. The event is free and open to the public; tickets are not required.

The theme of World Intellectual Property Day this year, as announced by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), is "Movies: A Global Passion." World Intellectual Property Day is celebrated around the globe annually to mark the date the convention establishing WIPO came into force.

Francis Gurry, director general of WIPO, headquartered in Geneva, will deliver special remarks, followed by director Matthew Harrison and actor Robert Newman, presented by the Copyright Alliance. The Copyright Alliance is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public interest and educational organization representing artists, creators and innovators across copyright industries.

Harrison, an award-winning feature film and television director, will discuss the creative process of filmmaking. Harrison's film "Rhythm Thief" was awarded special jury recognition for directing at the Sundance Film Festival. He also received the Mystic Fire Independent Film Award and directed episodes of "Sex and the City" for HBO.

Newman, nominated for two Daytime Emmy Awards, will discuss the creative components of film and other audiovisual works. Newman is vice president for actors and performers for the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, which represents more than 165,000 media professionals including actors, stunt performers and voiceover artists.

Film scholar Mike Mashon, head of the Library of Congress Moving Image Section, will discuss the historical and cultural importance of movies and the art and science of preserving them.

The Copyright Office launched the Copyright Matters lecture series in 2011 as a forum for discussion of the practical implications of copyright law in the 21st century. For details, go to www.copyright.gov/copyrightmatters.html.

Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution. The Library seeks to spark imagination and creativity and to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to knowledge through its magnificent collections, programs, publications and exhibitions. Many of the Library's rich resources can be accessed through its website at www.loc.gov.

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image.jpgThe Amazing Spider-Man 2 began spinning its web overseas after netting a total of $5.4 million from its first four territories.

Sony's Spidey sequel collected $2.73 million on Wednesday in the United Kingdom. The film also took in $190k from its Wednesday opening in Belgium.

Thursday openings for the superhero sequel included Australia with $1.44 million and a $1.11 million debut from Germany.

Spider-Man will have four clear weeks without competition from a comparable release overseas. The film will open in 15 additional territories this weekend.

 

 

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By Alex Edghill

Thursday Morning Update: Heaven Is For Real surged to 18,291 tweets on its opening day Wednesday, more than a 120% bump from its 8,249 tweets on Tuesday. By comparison, Son Of God had 14,135 tweets its day of release (a 117% increase from the day before) while Noah had 44,325 (128% bump). The average on the year for all films is under 90%. This has done really well this week with strong expansion throughout, and with the Easter weekend ahead it should continue to excel, especially with faith-based audiences. Look for it to hit an impressive $25 million by the end of the weekend, making for three overtly religious themed movies in the top 10. Year of God at the box office continues. 

A Haunted House 2 continued to have difficulty with generating buzz on Wednesday as it fell 22% to 3,496 tweets, down from 4,488 tweets on Tuesday. A Haunted House curiously fell an identical 22% on its Wednesday before release to 8,528 tweets. So the explosion I was looking for just never came and it appears to be destined to never make it out of the box office shadow of the first film. We are predicting $13.5 million for it by Sunday.

Transcendence had a 120% bump on Wednesday to 4,252 tweets, up from 1,936 tweets on Tuesday and landing it in the top 10 for the first time since its last trailer release months ago. By comparison, Oblivion had 3,797 tweets its Wednesday before release and Elysium had 3,862. After a very slow start to the week it has picked up a lot of steam headed into the weekend and should translate that into a solid $18.5 million opening and top spot amongst the new openers.

Bears saw a similarly hefty 101% increase to 1,083 tweets on Wednesday, up from 538 tweets on Tuesday. By comparison, Oceans had 774 tweets its Wednesday before release, African Cats had 2,312 and Chimpanzee had 1,381. This is stacking up well with other Disneynature films and with no massive raises in buzz I see no indication that it would exceed $6 million.

Top 15 Movies for Wednesday April 16th

Rk Film Tue Wed Week Tue-Wed %
1 (+1) Divergent 36,203 39,717 116,176 9.71%
2 (-1) Captain America: The Winter Soldier 38,294 28,915 103,062 -24.49%
3 (+2) X-Men: Days of Future Past 15,802 27,698 52,569 75.28%
4 (-1) If I Stay 30,923 21,436 55,242 -30.68%
5 (+3) Heaven is for Real 8,249 18,291 31,333 121.74%
6 (-) The Amazing Spider-Man 2 13,348 16,990 41,187 27.28%
7 (-3) The Fault in Our Stars 17,497 15,865 57,091 -9.33%
8 (+2) Godzilla (2014) 5,172 5,269 17,380 1.88%
9 (+4) Maleficent 4,163 4,689 13,501 12.64%
10 (+11) Transcendence 1,936 4,252 7,364 119.63%
11 (-2) Oculus 5,481 4,168 15,185 -23.96%
12 (+4) Noah 3,727 3,554 9,566 -4.64%
13 (+2) Rio 2 3,916 3,498 14,144 -10.67%
14 (-2) A Haunted House 2 4,488 3,496 12,385 -22.10%
15 (-1) Neighbors (2014) 3,942 3,066 9,775 -22.22%
28 (+8) Bears 538 1,083 2,262 101.30%

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

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