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Friday Update: Warner Bros. reports that Transcendence earned $850K from Thursday evening shows.

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Thursday Update: Sony reports that Heaven Is for Real bowed to a strong $3.7 million on Wednesday, claiming first place in the process. That figure tops the $3.64 million Friday debut of April 2011's Soul Surfer, a fellow faith-based film also distributed by Sony. With Easter weekend still ahead and a strong push for pre-sales among church crowds, Heaven is set to post a very healthy 5-day opening.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier grabbed another $3.52 million yesterday as it slipped into second place. That figure was down 25 percent from Tuesday and just 27 percent from Wednesday of last week. Through 13 days of release, Winter Soldier's $170.6 million domestic take is 12 percent ahead of Thor: The Dark World at the same point.

Rio 2 dropped 29 percent from Tuesday to add $3.03 million yesterday. The animated sequel's 6-day take is $49.3 million, or about 2 percent behind the pace of the 2011 original film.

Kevin Costner's Draft Day earned $0.83 million on Wednesday, off 34 percent from Tuesday. The sports drama's 6-day gross is $12.7 million, about 15 percent behind Costner's 3 Days to Kill.

Rounding out the top five, Oculus posted a 24 percent decline from Tuesday as it took in $0.87 million yesterday. The horror flick's 6-day tally is $14.97 million--3 percent ahead of House at the End of the Street.

Previously: Sony reports that Heaven Is For Real snagged $3.7 million yesterday, putting it in first place ahead of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Rio 2. The faith-based flick boasts an A+ CinemaScore from viewers under 35 and an A overall.

"We believe through strong word of mouth and social media, Heaven is for Real will continue to play well throughout the holiday weekend and beyond," says Jean Geurin, Senior VP, Media Relations for Sony.

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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%

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