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‘Captain America’ Easily Conquers Video Sales

17 September 2014 5:02 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In a big week for new releases, five newcomers made it into the top 10 on Nielsen VideoScan’s weekly overall disc sales chart for the week ending Sept. 14.

Walt Disney Studios’ “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” the action sequel that grossed nearly $260 million in U.S. theaters, was an easy winner, debuting at No. 1.

Twentieth Century Fox’s “Brick Mansions,” a crime drama with a domestic box office gross of just $20.4 million, bowed at No. 2, although it only sold about 8.2% as many units as the “Captain America” followup.

Sony Pictures’ “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” slipped another notch to No. 3, while the previous week’s top seller, the Lionsgate sports drama “Draft Day,” fell to No. 4.

Rounding out the top five was another newcomer, “Supernatural: The Complete Ninth Season,” from Warner Bros.

The two other new releases that made it into the top 10 on the First Alert sales chart, which tracks overall disc sales, »

- Thomas K. Arnold

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The Originals' Nathan Parsons to Lead Amazon Pilot From Lost Boss

16 September 2014 7:00 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Nathan Parsons is going from warring werewolf clans to warring friends.

The Originals actor (and True Blood alum) will star in Amazon’s Civil War family drama pilot Point of Honor, our sister site Deadline reports.

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The project — written Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Randall Wallace (Heaven Is for Real, We Were Soldiers) — focuses on two best friends and brothers-in-law (Parsons and Ravenswood‘s Luke Benward) who find themselves on opposite sides of the war.

Parsons recurs as werewolf Jackson on The CW’s The Originals.

Related storiesReport: Longmire Being Shopped to Amazon, »

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Social Media Buzz: ‘No Good Deed’ Fights to Swim Past ‘Dolphin Tale 2′ at Box Office

12 September 2014 3:23 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Does digital data offer indicators that can be used to monitor marketing effectiveness and predict box office success even before awareness turns into intent? We analyzed this weekend’s new movies across Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Google (the methodology behind the numbers is laid out in the appendix below) over the seven days leading up to their release, when marketing campaigns should be at their peak.

No Good Deed,” Sony

After the worst weekend in almost two decades, this week’s releases are looking perkier at the box office, with both new movies set to open solidly. Yet it’s tough to call which will make it out on top, with none of the new releases opening over $20 million.

No Good Deed” is a psychological thriller with horror-esque home invasion elements and the campaign has focused on leading man Idris Elba – sure to send female hearts fluttering and men scuttling »

- Tobias Bauckhage

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T.D. Jakes Developing Two Shows for Syndication (Exclusive)

12 September 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

T.D. Jakes, pastor of the 30,000-member Dallas megachurch The Potter’s House, successfully moved into faith-based movies, most recently with the hit Heaven Is for Real, and can be seen giving sermons on religious TV networks almost every day of the week. Now he wants to expand into secular TV with two shows — one, a weekly program based on his latest book, Instinct: The Power to Unleash Your Inborn Drive, and the other, a daily talk show targeted for national syndication in 2015 or 2016. Jakes and his Tdj Enterprises are partnering with 44 Blue Productions

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- Alex Ben Block

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‘Draft Day’ Tackles the Top of the Home Video Sales Charts

10 September 2014 4:31 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lionsgate scored the No. 1 spot on all three charts the week ending Sept. 7 with “Draft Day,” a sports drama that stars Kevin Costner as the general manager of a football team faced with a difficult draft pick.

The film only earned $28.8 million in U.S. theaters, but it’s the highest-grossing new release to come out on disc last week. On the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart – which tracks overall disc sales, Blu-ray Disc and DVD combined – “Draft Day” knocked the previous week’s top seller, Warner’s “Blended,” a theatrical underperformer with Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, to the No. 3 spot.

Steady sales demand for Sony Pictures’ “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” kept the action sequel at No. 2 for the second consecutive week.

Anchor Bay’s “The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season” and 20th Century Fox’s “Sons of Anarchy: Season Six” slipped a notch from the prior week, »

- Thomas K. Arnold

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Toronto Spotlight: Relativity’s Tucker Tooley On Launching Faith-Based Label And Playing Niche Game

10 September 2014 8:57 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Ryan Kavanaugh and Tucker Tooley at Relativity Media have been through different manifestations through the years that involved grand enterprises like slate financing half of the movies in Hollywood at one time, and plotting an Ipo in the near future. The story of this festival has been the number of upstart companies that bought films as they re-brand themselves into indie distribution players. They include the soon-to-be-renamed Millennium buying Madame Bovary, EuropaCorp buying Big Game for its new domestic distribution pipeline Red, and Rlj/Image acquiring the Thomas McCarthy-directed Adam Sandler comedy The Cobbler.

Relativity has also been honing its own identity, and it made the first two deals of the festival, buying the completed picture The Woman in Black 2, and Kidnap, a thriller that Halle Berry will star in. Relativity chased the Chris Rock film Top Five and premiered two films here, Beyond The Lights and Hector And The Search For Happiness. »

- Mike Fleming Jr

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Guardians of the Galaxy stays atop Us box office on very slow weekend

8 September 2014 3:17 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

For the fourth time in it’s box office run, Guardians of the Galaxy was again a-top the Us box office in the slowest weekend for two years, Box Office Mojo reports.

The Top 12 earned an estimated $51.9 million, which if confirmed with official figures, would make this past weekend the worst for over two years. In fact, it wasn’t far off the worst weekend this decade, which was in September 2008 when the top 12 grossed just over $50million.

Joining the likes of The Dark Knight, Avatar and The Hunger Games, Guardians is only the fourth film this decade to stay in the No.1 position for four weeks. Down a modest 41% from last weekend, the Marvel film took an estimated $10.2million, with it’s total now standing at a year-best $294.6million

In second place again was the Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which was down 46% to $6.5million. Already exceeding many expectations, »

- Scott Davis

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​Box Office: What's Behind the Celestial Failure of 'The Identical'?

8 September 2014 2:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

"The Identical" was the only new wide release movie opening this weekend, so, in the absence of competition, why didn't it do better?

The faith-based film, which follows such recent Christian-marketed hits as "Son of God," "God's Not Dead," and "Heaven Is for Real," opened on 1,956 screens and featured such brand-name actors as Ray Liotta, Ashley Judd, and Seth Green. It featured a provocative premise, loosely inspired by the real-life fact that Elvis Presley had a stillborn twin brother: What if that boy had lived? And its marketplace competition consisted entirely of movies that have been out for a week or more already.

Yet "The Identical" didn't even open in the top 10. Debuting in 11th place, it earned an estimated $1.9 million (well below the $5 million that some pundits had predicted), for a weak per-screen average of just $977. Which means about eight people on average attended each screening. ("Guardians of the Galaxy, »

- Gary Susman

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Guardians tops box office for fourth weekend

7 September 2014 7:14 PM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Guardians of the Galaxy continues to rule the box office universe.

The cosmic Marvel adventure arrived in first place at the box office for a fourth weekend with $10.2 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. The domestic haul for Guardians, which features Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana as intergalactic do-gooders, now stands at $294.6 million after six weeks of release.

Guardians furthered cemented itself as the top grossing film of the year in North America, eclipsing the $259.8 million earned by fellow Marvel movie Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The sci-fi romp earned an additional $11.5 million internationally, bringing its worldwide total to $586.2 million.

Despite the continued success of Guardians, the weekend box office marked the slowest of the year with the total for all films released projected at $65 million, down 23 percent from a year ago, according to Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box-office tracker Rentrak.

Paramount's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sliced off »

- Cineplex.com and contributors

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Weekend Report: 'Guardians' Holds Top Spot on Slowest Weekend in Six Years

7 September 2014 11:45 AM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

On one of the worst weekends in years, Guardians of the Galaxy easily held on to first place for the third-straight frame. Meanwhile, The Identical*the week's only new nationwide release*bombed with less than $2 million.The Top 12 earned $51.5 million, which makes it the lowest-grossing weekend in six years. In the past decade, the worst weekend was September 5-7, 2008, when the Top 12 grossed $50.3 million.Guardians of the Galaxy eased 39 percent to $10.4 million. This is the movie's fourth weekend in first place; the only other movies to accomplish such a feat in the past decade are The Dark Knight, Avatar and The Hunger Games.On Saturday, Guardians passed last Summer's Man of Steel, which is noteworthy given the discrepancy in pre-existing fanbases for these two superhero movies. With $294.8 million, Guardians is now the highest-grossing movie ever from the month of August (ahead of The Sixth Sense), and it's on track to »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Wins Cold U.S. Box Office with $10.2 Million, ‘The Identical’ Tanks

7 September 2014 8:38 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Disney-Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” the summer’s biggest success story, ruled at the sleepy U.S. box office with an estimated $10.2 million at 3,221 locations in its sixth weekend.

“Guardians” provided the only heat at multiplexes after the major studios had eschewed opening any new releases — and moviegoers responded by staying away, leading to what’s likely to be the quietest weekend of the year as “Guardians” notched the lowest first-place finish of 2014. The top 10 took in a combined $48 million, or about half of what “Guardians” grossed in its opening weekend on Aug. 1-3.

The only new entry was Freestyle’s faith-based “The Identical,” which showed little traction with $1.9 million at 1,966 sites, counter to recent Christian-driven successes such as “Heaven Is for Real,” “God’s Not Dead” and “Son of God.” “The Identical” came in 11th behind Universal’s seventh weekend of  “Lucy.”

“Guardians” declined 41% in scoring its third »

- Dave McNary

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Box Office: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Wins Again, ‘The Identical’ Flops

6 September 2014 8:18 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Guardians of the Galaxy” is the Atlas of the movie world, holding the box office up on its sturdy shoulders during this post-Labor Day slump.

The Disney-Marvel tentpole came in first place for the third consecutive weekend while faith-based offering “The Identical” tanked. With the only new wide release misfiring, the weekend after Labor Day looks to be uglier than usual.

“Guardians,” which is in its sixth frame, made $2.7 million on Friday at the domestic box office and looks to earn an estimated $9.8 million by the end of the traditionally sluggish weekend. If estimates hold and “Guardians” doesn’t gross at least $10 million, it would mark the first time in two years that the box office leader has failed to reel in eight figures.

Other holdovers “If I Stay” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” came in second and third, respectively, while “The Identical” tied with “Lucy” at tenth. It »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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‘Guardians’ Leads Another Slow Weekend at Box Office

5 September 2014 4:03 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In an ice-cold weekend following a disappointing summer, Disney-Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” is the only source of heat with a projected $10 million.

“Guardians,” padding its lead as the year’s biggest title, was dominating moviegoing Friday with early estimates showing $2.7 million — nearly double the nearest rival, Fox’s comedy “Let’s Be Cops” with $1.55 million, and triple the opening day of Freestyle’s faith-based “The Identical” with $900,000.

The studios’ collective avoidance of opening any film during the post-Labor Day weekend turned out to be a self-fulfilling prophecy. It’s probable that the frame’s total take will come in below the $70 million gross of the 2014 Super Bowl weekend — the slowest so far of 2014.

Should “Guardians” not make it to $10 million by the end of the weekend, it would mark the first time that the box office leader has failed to hit eight figures in two years. During »

- Dave McNary

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Social Media Buzz: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Tests ‘The Identical’s’ Faith

5 September 2014 12:50 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Does digital data offer indicators that can be used to monitor marketing effectiveness and predict box office success even before awareness turns into intent? We analyzed this weekend’s new movies across Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Google (the methodology behind the numbers is laid out in the appendix below) over the seven days leading up to their release, when marketing campaigns should be at their peak.

“The Identical,” Freestyle Releasing

“The Identical” emerges into the wilderness of post-Labor Day theaters with nothing but Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” for company and competition. Laying on a dusty bed of rather uncomfortable social numbers, “The Identical” will draw solace from the success faith-based religious movies have enjoyed this year without truly enlightening the social landscape.

Faith-based movies look more for grassroots support than wide-reaching digital or social campaigns to provide momentum, so it’s no surprise that even for the higher-grossing movies, »

- Tobias Bauckhage

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Sony Confirms Josh Greenstein to Head Marketing

5 September 2014 11:21 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sony Pictures Entertainment has hired Josh Greenstein as the studio’s president of worldwide marketing and distribution.

Greenstein will assume the role previously held by Jeff Blake, who was forced out in late July, and oversee the day-to-day management. He will report to Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment and chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group.

Friday’s announcement came three days after Variety reported that Greenstein, the former Paramount Pictures chief marketing officer, was in final negotiations with Sony to succeed Blake.

Greenstein, who has been at Paramount since 2005 and previously served as co-president of marketing and executive vice president of creative advertising, had already informed his bosses at the Viacom Inc.-owned studio that he would not be renewing his contract when it expires at the end of this year.

Before joining Paramount, he served as head of marketing for Dimension Films.

“We seized the »

- Dave McNary

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Forecast: 'Guardians' Set to Three-peat Against 'The Identical'

4 September 2014 5:02 PM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

The weekend after Labor Day is notoriously one of the slowest of the year, which led the major studios to completely avoid the date this year. As a result, the only new nationwide release is The Identical, a faith-based movie from indie distributor Freestyle Releasing.Eli Roth's The Green Inferno was also supposed to open nationwide this weekend, but was pulled from the calendar last month due to a dispute between the financier and the distributor (Open Road Films). A new release date hasn't been set yet.Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy should wind up take first place on what will almost certainly be the lowest-grossing weekend of the year at the box office. The lowest-grossing weekend of the past decade occurred at this same time in 2008, when the Top 12 earned a combined $50.3 million; it's possible that this weekend's crop of movies fails to match that number.Opening at 1,956 theaters, »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Box office preview: 'The Identical' opens, but 'Guardians' will rule

4 September 2014 3:03 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

If you thought Labor Day weekend was slow at the box office, the weekend after Labor Day might as well be moving backwards.

“Historically, the post-Labor Day weekend is one of the slowest of the year,” says Rentrak’s Senior Media Analyst Paul Dergarabedian. “The studios really have been stepping up and living up to that idea of the 52-week release calendar, but on this particular weekend it seems all bets are off.”

The Identical, a faith-based musical melodrama movie about a preacher’s son who grows up to be a rock star, is the only new wide release »

- Lindsey Bahr

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‘Holy Ghost’ Uses Kickstarter, Korn Guitarist to Attract Christian Millennials

4 September 2014 11:55 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Heavy metal and Christianity don’t often mix, yet Brian “Head” Welch, lead guitarist of Korn, is front and center in the new faith-based film “Holy Ghost.”

Welch’s involvement isn’t the only iconoclastic element of the Kickstarter-funded project. The film debuts digitally on Sept. 6 for free to anyone in the world who wants it. In addition to the lack of the price tag, Wanderlust Productions, the company behind “Holy Ghost,” will sponsor a live-streaming concert with Welch and Christian band Jake Hamilton & The Sound at California’s Redding Civic Auditorium.

“Christians unfortunately have been given a bad rap,” said Welch. “I’m excited for real people to be able to talk about faith and not scare people away from it. It’s all about love and meeting God and having our eyes opened.”

Welch has been outspoken in the past about how faith helped him kick his addictions to drugs and alcohol, »

- Brent Lang

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‘Blended’ Takes ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2’s’ Top Spot on Home Video Sales Chart

3 September 2014 4:31 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Spidey lost his grip on the top of the national home video sales chart after just one week due to the newly released Adam Sandler comedy “Blended,” a theatrical underperformer distributed by Warner Bros.

The film, which costars Drew Barrymore, only grossed $46.3 million in theaters, but demand for the Blu-ray Disc and DVD was enough to vault it straight to No. 1 on Nielsen VideoScan’s overall disc sales chart for the week ending Aug. 31, sending Sony Pictures’ “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” to No. 2.

It was a narrow victory: Nielsen data shows “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” in its second week of release, sold 99.7% as many copies as “Blended” its first week out.

The Amazing Spider-Man” remained at No. 1 on Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart, where “Blended” debuted at No. 3.

Anchor Bay’s “The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season” debuted at No. 3 on Nielsen VideoScan’s First Alert sales chart, »

- Thomas K. Arnold

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Box Office: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ to Hold Off Faith-Based Musical ‘The Identical’

3 September 2014 1:50 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

At the box office, there’s horrible — and then there’s the weekend after Labor Day.

It’s hard to get audiences to hit up the multiplexes when they’re consumed with getting kids back to school and gearing up for football season. Eager to avoid the carnage, the major studios are steering clear, opting to stick with “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and a grab bag of lesser holdovers instead of launching new films.

“It seems like everybody took the weekend off here,” said Jeff Bock, a box office analyst with Exhibitor Relations. “This is as bad at it gets. This weekend, you expect the worst and hope for something a little better.”

The only new film entering this wasteland in a major way is “The Identical,” a musical drama from Freestyle Releasing about an Elvis-like character that is pitched at the faith-based community. Earlier this year, »

- Brent Lang

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