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Behind the Friday Box Office: 4/18/14

  Seasonal Note:  Good Friday is traditionally a strong day for moviegoing, which explains the generally solid Friday-to-Friday holds below.  Easter Sunday, though, is less of a movie day, potentially bringing down weekend multiples. OPENINGS:  HEAVEN IS FOR REAL (TriStar/Sony) is impressively overperforming, its $7.9M Friday added to $7M from Wednesday and Thursday for a [...]

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  When no network show cracks a 1.8 rating in 18-49s, it must be Friday. ABC:  That 1.8 belonged to 20/20, up 0.3 from last week (helped by a rerun on CBS in the 10PM hour).  SHARK TANK was down 0.2 for the week to 1.6, and LAST MAN STANDING slipped 0.1 to 1.1.  (A [...]

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FRIDAY APRIL 18 Box Office Report

Based on Friday’s grosses, weekend #16 of 2014 looks like $122 million for the top 12 films Friday-Sunday, not as high as forecast but still up 9% from the typical total for this weekend.   Opening at 2,417 theaters Wednesday (with $7.0 million across Wednesday and Thursday), Heaven Is for Real from Sony grossed $7.8 million Friday, putting [...]

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EARLY FRIDAY BOX OFFICE: “Heaven Is For Real” Transcends “Transcendence”

  In an appropriately biblical development for this Easter weekend, it appears from preliminary numbers at Deadline that David will defeat Goliath, and the $12M-budgeted HEAVEN IS FOR REAL (TriStar/Sony) will handily outgross the $100M+ TRANSCENDENCE (Warners).  On Friday, Heaven pulled in a reported $8M (on top of $7M from Wednesday and Thursday), and although [...]

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  Some shows said farewell to their seasons more effectively than others. ABC:  SCANDAL had its biggest season finale to date, up 0.4 from last week to 3.4 and (with Big Bang Theory in reruns) easily the highest-rated show of the night.  It towered over lead-in GREY’S ANATOMY, which fell 0.1 to 2.5 after an [...]

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The Sked: THURSDAY Ratings

Thursday preliminary broadcast ratings: