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EARLY WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: “Captain America” Still On Top

  Despite the arrivals of a quartet of newcomers, CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER (Disney/Marvel) appears in the preliminary numbers at Deadline to be having no trouble keeping its lead for a third consecutive weekend.  Its $10M Saturday was down only about 40% from last week, and should give it a $26M weekend, lifting its [...]

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THE SKED Season Premiere Review: “Orphan Black”

  ORPHAN BLACK:  Saturday 9PM on BBCAmerica In an era of non-stop TV drama overhype, last season’s arrival of ORPHAN BLACK was that extreme rarity:  the real thing.  Even its network didn’t seem to know initially what it had on its hands, as BBCAmerica promoted the show, but reserved the bulk of its marketing resources [...]

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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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THE SKED NETWORK SCORECARD – 4/18/14

  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 [...]