CINEMACON 2013: Fandango and Regal Entertainment Group Extend Pact for Another Five Years on April 15, 2013

LAS VEGAS/CINEMACON - April 15 2013 - Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, announced today it has extended its ticketing contract with Regal Entertainment Group, the largest movie theater circuit in the United States, for an additional five years, till 2018.

With this renewal Regal has expressed its continued confidence in Fandango as the leader in online and mobile ticketing, theater innovations such as print-at-home ticketing, reserved seating and its award-winning mobile and tablet apps. Regal has been rolling out Fandango's paperless Mobile Ticket service to more than 1,000 of the circuit's screens across the country, in cities such as Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York City, Philadelphia, San Diego , San Francisco, and Seattle.  

"Our partnership with Regal has helped provide the best moviegoing experience to film fans throughout the country," says Paul Yanover, President of Fandango. "We look forward to many more years of shared success, as we add more convenience and moviegoer innovations for Regal's guests."

"Fandango was founded in 2000 to make moviegoing easier, and together, we will continue to innovate for the convenience of Regal's patrons," says Amy Miles, CEO of Regal Entertainment Group. "Our partnership with Fandango has led to breakthroughs in the areas of online and mobile, adding value to Regal's guests with mobile ticketing and mobile barcode ticket scanning." 


GLOBAL: Tom Cruise Delivers $61.1M Opening for 'Oblivion' on April 14, 2013

obl.pngOblivion grossed an estimated $61.1 million overseas this weekend.

Any concern that Rock of Ages or Jack Reacher might have affected the star's global drawing power are now buried under $61 million. The film took the top spot in 48 of the 52 markets it opened in. The film did exceptionally well in Russia, posting $8.6 million over the weekend -the most successful opening weekend in Russia for Tom Cruise.

Oblivion's biggest numbers came from the UK & Ireland ($7.9M), Korea ($4.1M), France ($3.9M), Australia ($3.6), Spain ($3.1M), and Mexico ($2.8M). Universal is reporting the film has conquered the entire Eastern Europe, Latin American and Middle East markets. 

Oblivion's opening weekend overseas is 22% ahead of director Joseph Kosinski's previous film, TRON: Legacy, which reached a $228 overseas cume. It is a significant improvement above Tom Cruise's Jack Reacher; a 70% increase over that film's opening weekend will surely mean it will beat Reacher's $150 million overseas cume. The film is on par with the opening weekend for last year's Snow White and the Huntsman, which went on to gross $241 million overseas.

The Croods continues to hold-up remarkably overseas, posting $25.5 million this weekend and updating its overseas total to $244.8 million. The animated film opened slightly behind Oblivion in France with $3.7 million. It performed strongly after multiple weeks in the UK ($3M weekend, $34.4M cume), Australia ($2.9M weekend, $17M cume), Brazil ($1.5M weekend, $13.3M cume), Mexico ($1.4M weekend, $22.7M cume), and Germany ($1M weekend, $17.4M cume). The global total is $387.3 million.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation continues to outpace its predecessor at the box office. The action film added $15.6 million from 61 territories this weekend to reach a $168.3 million overseas gross. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra reached a lifetime $152.3 million overseas. Strong hold-over showings in its third week of release in Brazil ($1.2M weekend, $8M cume), Germany ($1.1M weekend, $9.4M cume), and Mexico ($1M weekend, $12.7M cume) led the pack. The global cume is currently $270.7 million. The film will be released in China tomorrow and can see continued growth over the next several weeks if it can find an audience there.

Jurassic Park 3D saw a rise in its overseas box office this weekend, posting a $5.8 million gross -nearly twice the business it made with last weekend's $3.3 million gross. The global cume is $37.7 million, solidifying Universal's $10 million investment to reconvert and re-release the film in 3D.  

Well into its release, Oz: The Great and Powerful racked up another $5.2 million to bring its overseas total to $251.6 million. The Disney film has now reached $471 million globally. 

Identity Thief is slowly ramping up its scaled overseas release. It added $3.2 million to reach a $30.3 million overseas total and a $152.3 global cume. 

Mama grossed $1.2 million this weekend and is now at $60.6 million overseas. The global cume is $132.2 million.

Check back with us throughout the day for live updates on the global box office.



GLOBAL UPDATE: 'Oblivion' Grabs $13.1 Million on Friday on April 12, 2013


Saturday Update: Universal reports that Oblivion grossed an estimated $13.1 million from 52 territories on Friday, giving the film a $23.1 million overseas total thus far. They project a weekend take of $60.5 million.

Key territories include Russia's $1.5 million (biggest opening day of the year for a non-3D release) and $1.6 million from the United Kingdom and Ireland. Oblivion also opened in first place in all of its Latin American markets.

Below are Universal's comparisons to recent blockbusters in the same territories:

+ 22% ahead of TRON: Legacy ($228M Lifetime)
+ 70% ahead of Jack Reacher ($150M Lifetime)
- 7% below OZ ($250M Lifetime)
- 7% below Rise of the Planet of the Apes ($305M Lifetime)
On par with Snow White and the Huntsman ($241M Lifetime)

Previously: Tom Cruise is one of the few global stars that can bring attention to any project. His track record at the global box office remains unblemished as long as he receives top billing; his only underwhelming films have been ensemble pieces: Rock of Ages, Lions for Lambsand Magnolia. Cruise's previous outing, Jack Reacher, stalled in the North American box office but was salvaged with a robust $137.5 million overseas total. Cruise is so marketable to audiences around the world that most of his recent titles regularly cross the $100 million mark abroad. Older titles from the 80's and the 90's, released in a smaller economy for the overseas market, still managed to regularly gross above $70 million. 

Universal is betting on Tom Cruise's streak to continue, opening Oblivion in 51 territories a week ahead of its North American premiere. Cruise and science-fiction movies have gone well together in the past.  Minority Report and War of the Worlds, both directed by Steven Spielberg, grossed $226.3 and $357.4 million respectively. Director Joseph Kosinski has experience in the genre; his previous film, Tron: Legacy, went on to gross $398.5 million overseas. 
Oblivion will face little competition this weekend. Scary Movie 5 is lined-up as a movie-going alternative in 9 territories, including the U.K. and Australia. The spoof has its sights set on overcoming strong overseas grosses in previous outings: $110.6 million for Scary Movie 3 and $87.5 million for Scary Movie 4. 
Other hold-overs to keep an eye on include G.I. Joe: Retaliation and The Croods, which have dominated the March box office around the world. Evil Dead had a stronger per-screen average than its modest numbers suggested last weekend, and the next couple of days will be important to see how much momentum it can gain in the coming weeks. 


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Fox Poised To Hit $1 Billion Overseas on April 12, 2013

20th Century Fox will hit $1 billion overseas on April 12. They are the first distributor to hit that mark in 2013. The official notes:

This marks the 4th time in the past 5 years when Fox International has been first to cross the $1 Billion GBO mark (2009, 2010, 2011, 2013), with the sole exception being 2012, when Fox International came from behind to win the calendar year in the final weeks of December. We are extremely proud of this accomplishment, as it shows the consistency by which Fox delivers box office results with varying release slates year after year.

This is the 10th year in a row that Fox International has surpassed the $1B GBO mark in a calendar year and 13th time in our storied history.

2013 is the 2nd fastest year in which Fox International reached the $1B GBO mark, the fastest being in 2010, when we reached $1B on Jan. 30 thanks to AVATAR and ALVIN 2. 2013 edged out our prior fastest year, which was 1998, when Fox International reached $1B on April 13, thanks to TITANIC.

The films that helped us reach this milestone include:

LIFE OF PI: $260m earned in 2013 ($485m lifetime)
LINCOLN: $82.5m
The balance of GBO came from numerous Fox and Fox Searchlight titles.

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