By Daniel Garris
Fox's Gone Girl took in $3.28 million on Thursday to lead the daily box office of a sixth straight day. The critically acclaimed David Fincher directed film starring Ben Affleck was up a slim 1 percent over Wednesday's performance. Gone Girl surpassed the $50 million mark on Thursday and was the week's top film with a stronger than expected seven-day start of $51.48 million. The film has also displayed strong initial holding power throughout the week, which is a good sign for the film as it heads into its second weekend of release.
Annabelle rounded out its first week of release with a second place take of $1.89 million. Warner's low-budget spin-off to The Conjuring was up a very solid 6 percent over Wednesday. Like Gone Girl, Annabelle also exceeded expectations this week with a strong seven-day start of $45.79 million. Annabelle placed in second for the week and is currently running just 1 percent behind the $46.36 million seven-day take of last year's Insidious Chapter 2.
Sony's The Equalizer held steady in third with $1.24 million. The Denzel Washington led action thriller fell a sharp 10 percent from Wednesday, which represented one of the day's poorer daily percentage holds among wide releases. The Equalizer surpassed the $70 million mark yesterday and has grossed a healthy $70.16 million in two weeks. The film placed in third for the week with a weekly take of $24.67 million, which was down 46 percent from the film's opening week performance.
The Maze Runner claimed fourth for the day with $0.689 million. Fox's successful young adult adaptation increased a healthy 11 percent over Wednesday. The Maze Runner edged out The Boxtrolls for fourth place this week with a weekly take of $14.42 million. The film was down just 33 percent from the previous frame and has grossed a strong $76.34 million in three weeks of release.
The Boxtrolls rounded out the day's unchanged top five with $0.548 million. The stop motion animated film from Focus and Laika was up 8 percent over Wednesday. The Boxtrolls placed in fifth for the week with $14.24 million. That was down a slim 29 percent from last week and brings the film's two-week total to $34.36 million. Like 2009's Coraline and 2012's ParaNorman before it, The Boxtrolls is displaying strong holding power thus far.
Freestyle's Left Behind took sixth place with $0.376 million. The faith based thriller remake starring Nicolas Cage was up 1 percent over Wednesday. Left Behind placed in sixth for the week with a seven-day start of $8.01 million. The film continues to perform towards the lower end of its modest pre-release expectations.
Liberty, MO -- B&B Theatres is pleased to announce the acquisition of Dickinson Theatres, a Midwest theatre chain with fifteen locations and 169 screens across seven states. The combined company will retain the B&B Theatres name and brand and has now become the 9th largest theatre chain in America, with 50 locations and 408 screens across eight states.
Bob Bagby, President of B&B Theatres said "We are celebrating 90 years in business and are excited to have acquired these large properties. Many of these locations are in markets in which we are already prevalent. We are excited to grow our footprint, especially in our hometown of Kansas City where we now have eleven locations."
Upgrades and Remodels
Plans are underway to remodel several locations to upgraded luxury seating, B&B's signature full-service Marquee Bar, self-serve soda, butter, and candy, new point-of-sale software, and upgrades to the largest auditoriums to impressive Premium Large Format B&B Grand Screens®. The new locations will also soon afford patrons exclusive access to B&B's Backstage Pass loyalty program.
Dickinson Theatres is a Kansas City based company founded by Glen W. Dickinson in 1920. Ron Horton, President of the Company at the time of the sale, said "I am happy that a local Kansas City company purchased Dickinson as it ensures that several of my key employees will retain their jobs. Bob and I have discussed a possible deal for several years and I wish everyone at B&B much success." Elmer Bills, Chairman of B&B Theatres, said, "I worked with several members of the Dickinson family over the years on Show-A-Rama and other industry committees and they were always a well-respected family and company. My wife Amy and I are honored to have their theatres join our family of theatres."
B&B Theatres has been family owned and operated since 1924 when Elmer Bills Sr. opened a movie house in Salisbury, Missouri where the future Mrs. Bills played the piano for silent movies. During the company's 90 years, and four generations of family involvement, it has seen the coming of sound, color, Technicolor, stadium seating, multiplexes, digital cinema, dine-in theatres, and now luxury seating. With the additional Dickinson screens, B&B Theatres now operates 408 screens in Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas. B&B Theatres corporate office is in Liberty, Missouri, and the company has an additional marketing office in Los Angeles, California. B&B Theatres will continue to focus on growth and expansion with the construction of additional new theatres throughout the United States. In 2014 B&B purchased six KC drive-in
screens, added luxury recliners to Wildwood, MO, Harrisonville, MO and Junction City, KS. Plans for 2015 include a new 12-screen theatre in Wentzville, MO and a 9-screen theatre in McComb, MS. B&B Theatres also has plans to replace its Liberty Cinema 12 and office with a new flagship location and corporate offices.
Asserts Patents Replicate Pre-Existing Techniques
LOS ANGELES, CA - (October 9, 2014) - MasterImage 3D, a worldwide leader in 3D display technologies for digital cinema, challenged the validity of four of RealD's 3D polarization patents by filing five petitions for Inter Partes Review (IPR) with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. MasterImage 3D asserts that RealD's patents claim to have invented techniques that have been well-known for decades and should never have been granted.
MasterImage 3D pursued the IPR as a faster legal resolution than the patent lawsuit filed by RealD against MasterImage 3D. In the opinion of MasterImage 3D, RealD's improper patent protection stalls competition in the 3D business. A correction would encourage innovation in 3D technology to the benefit of both moviegoers and the exhibition industry.
"Per the expert guidance of Matthew Brennesholtz, an independent cinema technology consultant and holder of 23 patents, there is a broad history of prior art techniques to increase the output of digital projection," said Michael Karagosian, principal at MKPE Consulting. "Much of what RealD accomplishes and claims ownership to was previously documented in prior patents and technical literature. It seems clear this prior art invalidates many of their patent claims."
MasterImage 3D's Patent Office challenge diminishes RealD's patent infringement lawsuit filed against MasterImage 3D's new cinema system, HORIZON3D. The HORIZON3D inventive approach utilizes a three-beam, polarization-recovery technology. The HORIZON3D's optical configuration achieves industry-leading brightness (as high as 33% light efficiency), high contrast and clarity, and satisfies contemporary auditorium designs that have very wide-screens with immersive stadium seating (as low as 0.8 throw ratios).
MasterImage 3D has already successfully challenged the validity of RealD's utility model patents in China and Russia for lacking novelty and inventiveness. The company continues to compete with RealD for 3D cinema presentation in every market around the world.
MasterImage 3D, Inc: Leader in optical 3D solutions for cinema and mobile devices. With over 7,000 3D cinema systems in over 70 countries, their technology offers the brightest, sharpest 3D experience with a proven ownership pricing model. Commercializing 3D across multiple platforms, MasterImage 3D invented, patented and mass-produced leading solutions for auto-stereoscopic 3D on smartphones and tablets. Privately held; headquartered in Los Angeles with regional offices in the UK, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Brazil.
Fox reports that Gone Girl brought in $3.25 million on Wednesday, off 22 percent from Tuesday. The David Fincher adaptation has earned $48.2 million in its first six days as it paces 68 percent ahead of his 2010 film, The Social Network.
Warner Bros.' Annabelle added $1.8 million yesterday as it decreased 33 percent from Tuesday. The Conjuring prequel has tallied $43.9 million in its first six days, putting it 34 percent ahead of the pace of Paranormal Activity 4 and just 3 percent behind Insidious Chapter 2.
The Equalizer eased 46 percent from last Wednesday as it took in $1.38 million to boost its domestic cume up to $68.9 million--7 percent ahead The Book of Eli's 13-day pace.
The Maze Runner and The Boxtrolls grossed $0.6 million (off 32 percent from last week) and $0.5 million (down 20 percent) on Wednesday, respectively giving them $75.65 million and $33.8 million in the bank to-date. The latter film is running 10 percent ahead of ParaNorman through the same point in release.
Meanwhile, the Nicolas Cage-starring Left Behind remake took in $0.37 million on Wednesday for a 30 percent day-to-day slide. The pic has earned $7.64 million through six days of release.