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2014 Summary: Key Stats for a Year Full of Surprise Hits, Disappointments and Huge Global Successes on December 31, 2014

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Domestic Total: $10.35 billion (estimated as of 12/31/14)

Year/Year Domestic Decline vs. 2013: -5.2% (estimated as of 12/31/14)

Top 10 Global Earners:

1. Transformers: Age of Extinction (Paramount): $1,081,139,076
2. Guardians of the Galaxy (Disney): $772,962,030
3. Maleficent (Disney): $758,210,378
4. X-Men: Days of Future Past (Fox): $748,348,506
5. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Disney): $714,666,572
6. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (Fox): $710,487,433
7. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Sony): $708,995,815
8. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (Lionsgate)
: $671,939,828
9. Interstellar (Paramount/Warner Bros.): $642,280,502
10. How to Train Your Dragon 2 (Fox/DreamWorks Animation): $621,748,078

Top 10 Domestic Earners (as of 12/30/14):

1. Guardians of the Galaxy (Disney) $332,862,030 
2. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (Lionsgate) $308,939,828 
3. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Disney) $259,766,572 
4. The LEGO Movie (Warner Bros.) $257,760,692 
5. Transformers: Age of Extinction (Paramount) $245,439,076 
6. Maleficent (Disney) $241,410,378 
7. X-Men: Days of Future Past (Fox) $233,921,534 
8. Dawn of The Planet of The Apes (Fox) $208,545,589 
9. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Sony / Columbia) $202,853,933 
10. Big Hero 6 (Disney) $201,498,903 

Top 10 Domestic Opening Weekends (3-day, Friday-Sunday)

1. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1: $121.9 million
2. Transformers: Age of Extinction: $100.0 million
3. Captain America: The Winter Soldier: $95.0 million
4. Guardians of the Galaxy: $94.3 million
5. Godzilla: $93.2 million
6. The Amazing Spider-man 2: $91.6 million
7. X-Men: Days of Future Past: $90.8 million
8. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: $72.6 million
9. Maleficent: $69.4 million
10. The LEGO Movie: $69.1 million 

More to come...

 

NORTH AMERICA: 'The Battle of the Five Armies' Continues to Lead on Tuesday with $7.96M; 'Into the Woods' Claims Second with $6.51M; 'Unbroken' Takes Third with $5.39M on December 31, 2014

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By Daniel Garris

Warner's The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies grossed an estimated $7.96 million on Tuesday to remain in first place at the daily box office. The third and final installment of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy has led the daily box office for 13 of the past 14 days. The Battle of the Five Armies was up 5.5 percent over Monday and down a healthy 19 percent from last Tuesday. The two-week total for The Battle of the Five Armies stands at $183.53 million, which leaves the film just $16.47 million away from reaching the $200 million domestic milestone. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is running 16 percent ahead of the $160.47 million two-week take of last year's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and 3 percent behind the $189.70 million two-week gross of 2012's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Disney's Into the Woods held steady in second with $6.51 million. The Rob Marshall directed musical featuring Meryl Streep increased 6 percent over Monday's performance. Into the Woods has grossed $58.77 million in six days of release. That represents a very good start, especially when taking into the account the film's relatively modest location count and production cost. Into the Woods is running 15 percent ahead of the $51.01 million six-day take of 2008's Bedtime Stories and 12 percent behind the $66.72 million six-day gross of 2012's Les Misérables.

Unbroken took in $5.39 million to remain in third. The Angelina Jolie directed war drama from Universal was up 4 percent over Monday, which represented one of the day's smaller daily percentage increases among wide releases. Unbroken continues to exceed expectations in a big way with a strong six-day start of $56.61 million. That places the film an impressive 17 percent ahead of the $48.38 million six-day start of 2008's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and 11 percent behind the $63.44 million six-day take of 2012's Django Unchained.

Fox's Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb continued to display strong holiday holding power with a fourth place take of $5.28 million. The third installment of the Ben Stiller led franchise was up 18.5 percent over Monday and up 27.5 percent over last Tuesday. Family films in general experienced especially strong daily holds on Tuesday. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb has grossed $64.48 million in twelve days. That already gives the film a current total gross to opening weekend ratio of 3.77 to 1.

Annie also held up nicely on Tuesday to round out the day's unchanged top five with an estimated $4.40 million. Sony's musical remake starring Quvenzhané Wallis, Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz was up 15 percent over Monday and up 24 percent over last Tuesday. Annie surpassed the $50 million mark yesterday and has grossed $53.96 million in twelve days. The total gross to opening weekend ratio for Annie currently stands at 3.40 to 1.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 placed in sixth with $2.39 million. The third installment of Lionsgate's blockbuster franchise was up 8 percent over Monday and up 25 percent over last Tuesday. Mockingjay - Part 1 is currently the second highest grossing release of 2014 domestically with a 40-day take of $311.33 million.

Walt Disney Studios Posts Its Second Highest Year Domestically, Internationally, and Globally in 2014 on December 30, 2014

waltdisneystudios.pngThe official press release from Disney:

Happy New Year from The Walt Disney Studios!

In 2014, The Walt Disney Studios posted its second highest year on record domestically, internationally and globally, thanks to an incredible slate that includes three of the biggest films of 2014 as well as the #1 release of 2013. As of December 29, 2014, the Studio's box office grosses are as follows:

Domestic: $1.58 billion (17 films, including 13 new releases, #2 market share)

International: $2.77 billion

Global: $4.35 billion

Final updated numbers will be provided on January 2.

This is the second year in a row and the second time in its history that Disney has surpassed $4B globally, following 2013's record gross of $4.73B. Domestically, this is the third consecutive and fourth year overall that Disney has surpassed $1.5B. Internationally, Disney surpassed $2B in company record time (8/4/14) and for the fifth consecutive year.

For the second year in a row, three of the Studio's new releases - Guardians of the Galaxy, Maleficent, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier - surpassed $700M globally.

Four of the Studio's releases - Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Maleficent, and Big Hero 6 - have surpassed $200M domestically and rank among the top 10 domestic titles of 2014. This is the second year in a row at least four Disney titles have reached the $200M threshold.

2014 Highlights

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy (8/1/14) has earned $772.9M worldwide, including $332.9M domestically and $440M internationally. It is currently the #1 film of the year domestically and the #2 film of the year globally. It set an August box office record with a $94.3M debut and was the first film of the year to cross $300M domestically.

Disney's Maleficent (5/30/14) has earned $758.2 million worldwide, including $241.4M domestically and $516.8M internationally. It is currently the #2 film of the year internationally and the #3 film of the year globally.

Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier (4/4/14) has earned $713.3M worldwide, including $259.8M domestically and $453.5M internationally. It is currently the #3 film of the year domestically and the #5 film of the year globally. It set an April box office record with a $95M debut and is the highest grossing April release of all time domestically.

Walt Disney Animation Studios' Big Hero 6 (11/7/14, still in release) has earned $330.2M globally, including $201.5M domestically. Internationally, it has debuted in about 57% of the market and has taken in $128.7M.

Most recently, Disney's Into the Woods debuted domestically on Christmas Day with $46.1M over the four-day holiday weekend. The film's $15M opening-day gross is the fourth biggest Christmas Day debut ever. Current domestic total is $52.2M.

Walt Disney Animation Studios' Frozen (11/27/13 wide) earned $733.1M globally in 2014. It is the #1 animated title and the #5 film of all time with over $1.27 billion globally.

 

Fandango Fans Pick 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' as 2015's Most Anticipated Movie on December 30, 2014

fandango.pngFANDANGO REVEALS ITS 2015 HOT LIST OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED MOVIES AND ACTORS, LED BY "STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS," JENNIFER LAWRENCE & ROBERT DOWNEY, JR.

Fandango Film Fans Pick "Star Wars" Newcomer Daisy Ridley & "Fifty Shades" Star Jamie Dornan as Biggest Breakouts of the New Year


LOS ANGELES - December 30, 2014 - Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, surveyed more than a thousand fans in the last week of December, asking them about the films and stars they are most anticipating in the new year.

"Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens" was selected by the fans as their most anticipated movie, while Jennifer Lawrence and Robert Downey, Jr., were picked as "Fan Favorites" among actors and actresses starring in 2015 movies.

Commenting on "Star Wars"' top ranking, Fandango Chief Correspondent Dave Karger points out, "It's been a decade since the last installment of the most beloved sci-fi fantasy franchise of all time, and kids of all ages are eagerly anticipating the revitalization of the series next December."

For the second year in a row, Jennifer Lawrence ranked as Fandango fans' top pick among female stars. "Moviegoers can't wait for the ‘Mockingjay' finale of her phenomenally successful ‘Hunger Games' franchise," says Karger, "but we're also excited to see Jennifer in a new film - ‘Joy' - from David O. Russell, who previously directed her to Oscar nods for ‘Silver Linings Playbook' and ‘American Hustle.'"

Robert Downey, Jr., returning as Tony Stark/Iron Man in "Avengers: Age of Ultron," has consistently ranked as a top pick on the Fandango Hot List over the past five years. "For the sequel to the biggest Marvel movie ever," Karger says, "fans can't get enough of Downey as the man in the iron suit."

For the top male and female rising stars, fans picked Irish actor Jamie Dornan (as Christian Grey in "Fifty Shades of Grey") and "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" newcomer Daisy Ridley. "As the mysterious leading man in the most highly-anticipated literary adaptation of 2015, Jamie Dornan has what a big-screen movie star demands - looks, charming reputation and charisma to spare," says Karger. "Daisy Ridley also has a scent of mystery about her, since no one knows anything about her part, and fans are breathlessly waiting to find out what role she will play in the ‘Star Wars' universe."

"Minions" rounds out the 2015 Hot List as the top family pick. "Parents and kids alike are looking forward to the third outing of the ‘Despicable Me' franchise to discover the origin of everyone's favorite little yellow creatures," says Karger.

Fandango Chief Correspondent Karger also weighed in with his own personal picks for 2015's Most Anticipated Movies, which are, in descending order, "Tomorrowland," "Ant-Man," "Fifty Shades of Grey," "Mission Impossible 5," and "Kingsman: The Secret Service." 'Tomorrowland' is the 2015 movie I'm most looking forward to seeing," says Karger. "The smashing teaser trailer and the unbeatable combination of George Clooney and director Brad Bird (‘The Incredibles,' ‘Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol') promises a smart, grand scale sci-fi fantasy adventure."


FANDANGO FAN PICKS FOR 2015

Most Anticipated 2015 Movie:
1. "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"
2. "Avengers: Age of Ultron"
3. "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2"
4. "Fifty Shades of Grey"
5. "Jurassic World"

Fan Favorite Actress in 2015 Movies:

1. Jennifer Lawrence ("The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2," "Joy" )
2. Scarlett Johansson ("Avengers: Age of Ultron")
3. Angelina Jolie ("By the Sea")
4. Melissa McCarthy ("Spy")

5. Halle Berry ("Kidnap")

Fan Favorite Actor in 2015 Movies:
1. Robert Downey, Jr. ("Avengers: Age of Ultron")
2. Chris Hemsworth ("Avengers: Age of Ultron," "Blackhat," and "In the Heart of the Sea")
3. Daniel Craig ("Spectre")
4. Chris Pratt ("Jurassic World")
5. Tom Cruise ("Mission Impossible 5")


Biggest Male Breakout Movie Star, 2015:
1. Jamie Dornan ("Fifty Shades of Grey")
2. John Boyega ("Star Wars: The Force Awakens")
3. Levi Miller ("Pan")
4. Neel Sethi ("The Jungle Book")
5. Tony Jaa ("Furious 7")

Biggest Female Breakout Movie Star, 2015:
1. Daisy Ridley ("Star Wars: The Force Awakens")
2. Lily James ("Cinderella," "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies")
3. Dakota Johnson ("Fifty Shades of Grey," "A Bigger Splash")
4. Kate Mara ("The Fantastic Four," "The Martian")
5. Sofia Boutella ("Kingsman: The Secret Service")

Most Anticipated Family Film of 2015:
1."Minions"
2. "Cinderella"
3. "Pixar's Inside Out"
4. "Peanuts"
5. "Pan"

About Fandango
Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, sells tickets to more than 25,000 screens nationwide. Fandango entertains and informs consumers with reviews, commentary, celebrity interviews and trailers, and offers the ability to quickly select a film, plan where and when to see it, and conveniently buy tickets in advance. For many theaters, fans can print their tickets at home or receive them as a paperless Mobile Ticket on their smartphones. Fandango's top-ranking movie ticketing apps, with more than 44 million downloads, are available on the iPhone and iPad, Android, and many other platforms. Fandango is enjoyed by more than 30 million online and mobile visitors each month, according to comScore. Film fans also find Fandango on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fandango and on Twitter @Fandango.

NORTH AMERICA: 'The Battle of the Five Armies' Continues to Lead on Monday with $7.55M; 'Into the Woods' and 'Unbroken' Both Surpass the $50M Mark on December 30, 2014

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By Daniel Garris

Warner's The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies took in an estimated $7.55 million on Monday to remain in first place at the daily box office. The third and final installment of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy has led the daily box office for twelve of the past thirteen days. The Battle of the Five Armies was down 31.5 percent from Sunday and down a healthy 16 percent from last Monday. The 13-day total for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies stands at $175.57 million. That places the film 17 percent ahead of the $149.95 million thirteen-day take of last year's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and 2 percent behind the $179.57 million thirteen-day gross of 2012's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Disney's Into the Woods placed in second with $6.12 million. The Rob Marshall directed musical featuring Meryl Streep was down 26 percent from Sunday. Into the Woods surpassed the $50 million mark on Monday and has grossed an impressive $52.26 million in five days, especially when taking in its relatively modest location count into account. The film is currently running 18 percent ahead of the $44.42 million five-day start of 2008's Bedtime Stories and 11 percent behind the $58.50 million five-day gross of 2012's Les Misérables.

Unbroken claimed third place for the day with $5.16 million. The Angelina Jolie directed war drama from Universal fell 31 percent from Sunday. Like Into the Woods, Unbroken also surpassed the $50 million mark on Monday (the two films are separated by just $1.039 million thus far). Unbroken has grossed a significantly stronger than expected $51.22 million in five days. That places the film an impressive 17 percent ahead of the $43.73 million five-day start of 2008's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and 6 percent behind the $54.38 million five-day take of 2012's Django Unchained.

Fox's Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb continued to hold up nicely with a fourth place take of $4.46 million. The third installment of the Ben Stiller led franchise was down just 18 percent from Sunday and up an impressive 31 percent over last Monday. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb has grossed $59.19 million in eleven days, which places the film 5 percent ahead of the $56.47 million eleven-day take of 2011's Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked.

Annie rounded out Monday's top five with an estimated $3.83 million. Sony's musical remake starring Quvenzhané Wallis, Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz was down a slim 14 percent from Sunday and up 19 percent over last Monday. Annie has grossed $49.56 million in eleven days and is set to surpass the $50 million mark today. The film is running 12 percent behind the mentioned eleven-day gross of Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 placed in sixth with $2.22 million. The third installment of Lionsgate's blockbuster franchise was down 23 percent from Sunday and up 29 percent over last Monday. Mockingjay - Part 1 is currently the second highest grossing release of 2014 domestically with a 39-day take of $308.94 million.

The Weinstein Company's The Imitation Game and Paramount's The Gambler claimed seventh and eighth place respectively with $1.56 million and $1.54 million. The Imitation Game was down 28 percent from Sunday and has grossed a promising $16.19 million to date. The Gambler fell 34.5 percent from Sunday and has grossed a solid $15.67 million in five days.


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