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Fandango Announces Tickets On Sale for 'The Divergent Series: Insurgent' on February 25, 2015

insurgent.pngFANS CAN NOW BUY ADVANCE TICKETS TO THE MARCH 20 RELEASE AND RECEIVE A FREE DOWNLOAD OF THE FIRST "DIVERGENT"MOVIE

LOS ANGELES (February 25, 2015) - Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, announced that advance tickets can now be purchased for Lionsgate's highly-anticipated "The Divergent Series: Insurgent," one month before the film hits theaters nationwide on March 20. Also launching today is a brand-new "Insurgent" trailer featuring Shailene Woodley, Kate Winslet, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer and Miles Teller.

As an added bonus, today on Fandango each "Insurgent" ticket transaction will receive a free download of the blockbuster first installment of the "Divergent" franchise (offer ends tonight at 9pm PT or while supplies last). Lionsgate also has partnered with Fandango to offer more than 50,000 additional gifts with purchase for ticket transactions with 24-hour flash sales during each following week leading up to the film's release. Prizes include downloads from the "Divergent" book series, exclusive tracks from the film's soundtrack, and more.

In the brand-new trailer, Tris (Shailene Woodley) takes on the earth-shattering fear simulation. Subjected to a series of mental simulations by Jeanine (Kate Winslet), the leader of the power-hungry Erudite elite, Tris is the only one who can unlock the truth in order to save her civilization.

"The Divergent Series: Insurgent" hits theaters nationwide in 2D, RealD, Digital 3D, and IMAX® 3D on March 20, 2015. Please follow us on Twitter for updates @Divergent and @Fandango and use hashtag #InsurgentTickets.

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NORTH AMERICA: 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Leads Monday with $1.85M; 'Kingsman' Claims Second Place with $1.44M on February 24, 2015

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By Daniel Garris

Universal's Fifty Shades of Grey led the daily box office on Monday with $1.85 million. The successful erotic romantic drama was down 65 percent from Sunday and down 76 percent from last Monday. While it continues to be heavily front-loaded, Fifty Shades of Grey has grossed an impressive $131.01 million in eleven days. That places the film 49 percent ahead of the $87.87 million eleven-day take of 2010's Valentine's Day.

Fox's Kingsman: The Secret Service claimed second place with $1.44 million. The Matthew Vaughn directed graphic novel adaptation fell 72 percent from Sunday and 74 percent from last Monday. Kingsman continues to exceed expectations with $69.37 million in eleven days and is set to surpass the $70 million mark today. The film is running 55 percent ahead of the $44.64 million eleven-day take of 2010's Red.

Warner's American Sniper placed in third with $0.836 million. The blockbuster Clint Eastwood directed film starring Bradley Cooper was down 69 percent from Sunday and down 65 percent from last Monday. American Sniper has grossed a massive $320.85 million after 39 days of wide release, as it continues to move towards becoming the highest grossing release of 2014.

McFarland, USA finished in fourth with $0.719 million. Disney's well received sports drama starring Kevin Costner fell 75 percent from Sunday. The four-day total for McFarland, USA stands at $11.74 million. That is on the high end of pre-release expectations and places the film 10 percent ahead of the $10.66 million four-day start of last year's Draft Day.

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water rounded out Monday's top five with $0.717 million. The successful 3D animated film from Paramount was down 87 percent from Sunday and down a very sharp 92 percent from last Monday's Presidents' Day inflated performance. The 18-day total for The SpongeBob Movie stands at a stronger than expected $126.96 million.

Fellow Paramount release Hot Tub Time Machine 2 followed in sixth place with $0.501 million. The low-budget R-rated comedy sequel fell 66 percent from Sunday. Hot Tub Time Machine 2 has grossed a very disappointing $6.46 million in four days, which places the film 58.5 percent behind the $15.57 million four-day start of 2010's Hot Tub Time Machine.

The DUFF took seventh place with $0.485 million. The low-budget PG-13 rated comedy from CBS Film and Lionsgate was down a sharp 79 percent from Sunday, which is a sign of how heavily the film is skewing towards teens. The DUFF continues to exceed expectations with $11.29 million in four days and is running 21 percent ahead of the $9.35 million four-day take of last year's That Awkward Moment.

NORTH AMERICA: Weekend Actuals: 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Holds Off Newcomers to Remain #1 with $22.26M; 'McFarland, USA' Leads Openers with $11.02M; 'The DUFF' Surprises with $10.81M; 'Hot Tub Time Machine 2' Drowns with $5.96M on February 23, 2015

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By Daniel Garris

Universal's Fifty Shades of Grey held onto first place at the box office this weekend with $22.26 million. However, the successful romantic drama was down a massive 74 percent from last weekend's three-day debut. Initial front-loading driven by the film's pre-existing fanbase and Valentine's Day along with mixed word of mouth and poor critical reviews are all having an effect on the film. Fifty Shades of Grey held up well during the midweek, so it is likely the film will perform relatively stronger on weekdays than during the weekend going forward. In the bigger picture, Fifty Shades of Grey is still performing very well and continues to run towards the higher end of expectations with $129.16 million through ten days. That places the film a very impressive 49 percent ahead of the $86.93 million ten-day take of 2010's Valentine's Day (which fell 70 percent in its second weekend to gross $16.67 million).

Fox's Kingsman: The Secret Service took in $18.35 million to remain in second place. The Matthew Vaughn directed graphic novel adaptation starring Colin Firth was down 49 percent from last weekend. That represented a very respectable second weekend hold, especially with last weekend's debut having been inflated a bit by the dual-holiday weekend. Kingsman continues to exceed expectations with a healthy $67.93 million in its first ten days of release. The film is currently running 56 percent ahead of the $43.52 million ten-day gross of 2010's Red.

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water held steady in third with $16.57 million. That represented a 47 percent decline from the previous frame. While The SpongeBob Movie has been relatively front-loaded for a family film so far, the film continues to exceed expectations in a very big way with $126.25 million through 17 days. That places The SpongeBob Movie 37 percent ahead of the $92.34 million 17-day take of 2011's Rango. With no new family films entering the marketplace each of the next two weeks, The SpongeBob Movie could still stabilize going forward.

Disney's McFarland, USA led this weekend's openers with a fourth place debut of $11.02 million. The well received sports drama starring Kevin Costner opened on the high end of expectations. McFarland, USA opened 13 percent ahead of the $9.78 million start of last year's Draft Day.

McFarland, USA opened with $3.63 million on Friday, increased 25 percent on Saturday to gross $4.55 million and declined 38 percent on Sunday to take in $2.84 million. That gave the film a promising opening weekend to Friday ratio of 3.03 to 1. McFarland, USA also received a promising A rating on CinemaScore. The audience breakdown for the film was evenly split between genders and skewed heavily towards moviegoers over the age of 25 (70 percent).

The DUFF followed closely behind in fifth place with $10.81 million. The PG-13 comedy from CBS Films and Lionsgate exceeded pre-release expectations and was helped out this weekend by relatively high levels of online buzz. The DUFF opened 21 percent stronger than the $8.93 million start of last year's That Awkward Moment.

The DUFF opened with $4.29 million on Friday, was down 1 percent on Saturday with $4.26 million and declined 47 percent on Sunday to gross $2.27 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.52 to 1. The audience breakdown for the film skewed heavily towards female moviegoers (75 percent) and moviegoers under the age of 25 (68 percent). With an encouraging A- rating on CinemaScore and no real new direct competition until Cinderella and Insurgent open in March, The DUFF has a good chance of holding up nicely going forward.

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 stumbled out of the gates this weekend with a seventh place debut of $5.96 million. The R-rated comedy sequel from Paramount opened below pre-release expectations and 57.5 percent below the $14.02 million start of 2010's Hot Tub Time Machine. Clearly Hot Tub Time Machine 2 is a sequel that audiences weren't excited about.

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 opened with $2.30 million on Friday, decreased 5 percent on Saturday to take in $2.19 million and declined 33 percent on Sunday to gross $1.47 million. That gave the film an opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.59 to 1. Going forward Hot Tub Time Machine 2 is unlikely to hold up as well as its predecessor did, especially after receiving a lackluster C- rating on CinemaScore.

Warner's American Sniper continued to have a presence at the box office with a sixth place take of $10.05 million. The blockbuster Clint Eastwood directed Best Picture nominee starring Bradley Cooper was down a very solid 39 percent. American Sniper has grossed $320.01 million after 38 days of wide release and continues to march closer to becoming the highest grossing release of 2014 domestically (a mark which is currently held by The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 with $336.41 million).

Facebook Watch - 'Star Wars: The Forces Awakens' Tops on February 23, 2015

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By Alex Edghill

Monday Morning Update: Star Wars: The Force Returns rode much of the spoiler buzz surrounding its plot to the top spot on this past week with just over 60,000 new likes. Numerous stories have leaked online containing rumored plot details for the tightly guarded film, prompting J.J Abrams himself to come forward and say that many of the rumors were both false and true but that he appreciated the enthusiasm from its loyal fanbase. With one of the most fervent fanboys of any franchise Star Wars appears to be set to break all sorts of records on release which the only real question mark seeming to be whether it can topple Avengers: Age Of Ultron as the top grossing film of 2015.   

Furious 7, Minions and Cinderella all had about average churn on the week giving them modest bumps upwards. Furious and Minions are already forgone top 10 hits for 2015 in my head but Cinderella has a few more questions surrounding it. The cast are hardly box office draws, who are better known for their TV performances, but then you include the fact that Cinderella is one of the most beloved fairy tales of all time and that the last big production dealing with princesses was kind of a big deal, Frozen. Course this isn't animated, and it might have a tough time connecting with some younger children, but I believe there is still merit in the comparison. I'm still on the fence with whether it is $100 million material or $250 million material but the marketing push and social media response has been impressive and I think this could be one of the big breakout stories of the year. Looking specifically at Facebook it has seen a 1 million like increase since its first trailer in November of last year. That is a huge number, especially for a family friendly film. This is one to watch which may surprise people come opening weekend.

Chappie tacked on a few more likes, enough to get it into the top 5 for the first time. The film has largely flown under the radar of many but with its release looming and marketing kicking into high gear it is starting to turn more heads. Director Neil Blomkamp has proven himself to be a master of the whole mech-warrior / alien genre in District 9 and Elysium and Chappie looks like another solid entry into the sci-fi genre for the South African. Elysium had 364,618 likes by the day it was released which looks reachable for Chappie which should also enjoy a similar box office fortune if all goes well ($286 million worldwide gross).

Facebook Top 5 Movies by Like Increase for the last week Ending Sunday February 22nd

Release Movie Likes Previous Change % Change
12/18/15 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 13,466,416 13,406,311 60,105 0.45%
04/03/15 Furious 7 54,894,859 54,841,186 53,673 0.10%
07/10/15 Minions 29,038,509 28,988,780 49,729 0.17%
03/13/15 Cinderella (2015) 13,590,779 13,548,290 42,489 0.31%
03/06/15 Chappie 194,854 158,788 36,066 22.71%

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GLOBAL REPORT: 'Fifty Shades' Stays On Top, Crosses $400M; 'Spongebob' Hits $200M; 'American Sniper' Leads Academy Awards Contenders in Global Box Office on February 22, 2015

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Fifty Shades of Grey remained as the top film overseas for a second consecutive weekend after grossing $68.1 million at 10,794 dates in 58 territories. The weekend performance lifts the film past the $400 million worldwide in only its second weekend; Fifty Shades has already collected $280.5 million overseas and is up to $410.6 million globally with four more territories left on its schedule.

Kingsman: The Secret Service brought in $33 million from 5,964 screens in 54 markets. The film has now grossed $86.6 million overseas and $153.7 million worldwide.

The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water keeps earning big overseas. The film opened in 15 new territories this weekend and brought in $21.9 million from 6,562 locations in a total of 44 territories. Germany is the top new market with a $5.3 million bow at 503 sites, enough for second place in the market. France opened in fourth place with a $3 million debut from 634 locations. Spongebob has now grossed a total of $76 million overseas and crosses a major milestone with a $201.1 million global total.
 
American Sniper crossed the $100 million mark overseas this weekend thanks to a $20.5 million performance from 4,300 screens in 55 markets. The film registered the biggest opening weekend for director Clint Eastwood in France with a $6.1 million haul from 411 screens, the top film of the weekend in the market. Eastwood scored the same record in Spain, where American Sniper opened to $3.25 million from 380 screens. Other big opening weekends came from Japan ($2.8M) and Mexico ($2.57M) as the film finished the weekend with a $108.5 million overseas cume. American Sniper has grossed $428.1 million worldwide.

Big Hero 6 grossed $11 million in its latest frame overseas. The film has now brought in a total of $326 million outside of North America and $546.2 million worldwide. Japan continues to be the film's top overseas market with a $72.1 million haul. Big Hero 6 expands to China next weekend.

Jupiter Ascending grossed $8.9 million from 6,200 screens in 66 markets. The Wachowski sci-fi flick has grossed a total of $75 million overseas and $114.5 million worldwide.

Penguins of Madagascar grossed $5.2 million from 1,062 screens in 12 markets. The overseas total climbs up to $276.7 million, while the film has now grossed $359.1 million worldwide.
 
Taken 3
earned $5.1 million from 2,406 screens in 40 markets, hitting the $200 million mark overseas. The thriller has grossed $286.7 million globally.

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb added $4.4 million from 1,590 screens in 12 markets. The film has now grossed a total of $229.4 million overseas and $340.9 million globally.
 
The Theory of Everything crossed the $100 million mark worldwide this weekend thanks tot a$2.7 million haul from 46 territories. The biopic has now grossed $70 million overseas and $104.1 million globally.

Birdman added another $2.3 million from 1,163 screens in 24 markets ahead of Oscar weekend. The awards contender has grossed $38.9 million overseas and $76.6 million worldwide. 

 


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