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NORTH AMERICA: 'Fury' Continues to Hold Up Well on Tuesday with $2.84M; 'Gone Girl' Remains Strong in Second with $1.79M on October 22, 2014

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By Daniel Garris

Sony's Fury grossed $2.84 million on Tuesday to lead the daily box office for a fifth consecutive day. The David Ayer directed World War II film starring Brad Pitt was up a healthy 20 percent over Monday. After being a bit front-loaded over the weekend, Fury has been holding up nicely so far during the midweek. Fury has grossed $28.89 million in five days. That is towards the lower end of expectations and places the film 12.5 percent ahead of the $25.67 million five-day start of Sony's The Monuments Men earlier this year.

Fox's Gone Girl held steady in second place with $1.79 million. The critically acclaimed David Fincher directed film starring Ben Affleck increased 23 percent over Monday and was down a very solid 36 percent from last Tuesday. Gone Girl has grossed a very impressive $110.02 million in 19 days. That places the film 75 percent ahead of the $62.89 million 19-day take of 2012's Argo.

Warner's The Judge was up two spots and a very strong 45 percent over Monday to take third on Tuesday with $0.995 million. It was a very tight race for places third through sixth on Tuesday, as only $93,996 separated third place from sixth place. The Judge was down 38 percent from last Tuesday and has grossed $28.50 million in twelve days, which is towards the lower end of expectations.

Dracula Untold followed closely behind in fourth with $0.985 million. Universal's action horror film starring Luke Evans was up 19 percent over Monday and down 50 percent from last Tuesday. Dracula Untold has grossed a stronger than expected $42.65 million in twelve days, but continues to display signs of being significantly front-loaded.

Fox's The Book of Life was down two spots from Monday to round out Tuesday's top five with $0.948 million. The modestly budgeted 3D computer animated film was up 13 percent over Monday, as family films in general didn't hold up as well as films aimed at adults on Tuesday. The Book of Life has grossed $18.79 million in five days. The film continues to perform in line with expectations and very similarly to The Boxtrolls out of the gate, which grossed $18.87 million during its first five days.

Relativity's The Best of Me took in $0.900 million to remain in sixth. The Nicholas Sparks adaptation starring Michelle Monaghan and James Marsden increased 33 percent over Monday's performance. The Best of Me continues to perform on the low end of its modest expectations (and softly for a Sparks adaptation) with a five-day start of $11.58 million.

On the platform front, Fox Searchlight's Birdman continued to impress with $51,664 from 4 locations. That represented a 5 percent decline from Monday and gave the critically acclaimed Alejandro González Iñárritu directed film starring Michael Keaton a massive per-location average of $12,916 for the day. Birdman has grossed $530,405 through five days of platform release and is set to open in additional locations on Friday.

Fandango: 'Ouija' Leads 'Carrie' Remake in Pre-Weekend Sales on October 22, 2014

ouija.pngLOS ANGELES - October 22, 2014 - According to Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, the new horror film "Ouija" is calling forth spirited weekend ticket sales, giving rise to a lively 77 out of 100 points on the company's Fanticipation movie buzz indicator. A co-production of Jason Blum's Blumhouse Productions and Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes, "Ouija" is currently outselling last year's Halloween release , "Carrie," at the same point in the sales cycle on Fandango.

According to a survey of more than 1,000 "Ouija" ticket-buyers:
* 79% identify it as their Halloween season movie of choice;
* 76% are fans of previous horror productions from Blumhouse and Platinum Dunes;
* 71% plan to see the movie with a group of friends;
* 55% have played the Ouija board game.

"It's surprising there's never been a Ouija movie until now," says Dave Karger, Chief Correspondent for Fandango. "The board game concept makes for a great storytelling device and it's now the top Halloween movie that fans want to see with a group of friends."

For horror movie fans, Fandango offers a special hub dedicated to the genre, called "House of Screams" at www.fandango.com/houseofscreams. Featured in the section are exclusive videos, the "Scare Off" sweepstakes, and original movie-inspired artwork including a retro travel poster for Camp Crystal Lake from "Friday the 13th"(http://www.fandango.com/movie-news/exclusive-camp-crystal-lake-art-748484) and a fun interactive quiz on "Which Horror Movie Character Best Suits You?" at http://www.fandango.com/movie-news/quiz-find-out-which-horror-movie-character-best-suits-you-748469.

About Fandango's Fanticipation
Known for having its finger on the pulse of moviegoers, Fandango's movie buzz indicator, Fanticipation, provides statistical insight into the movies fans are planning to see in a given weekend. Fanticipation scores (based on a 1 to 100-point scale) are calculated via an algorithm of Fandango's advance ticket sales, website and mobile traffic, and social media engagement. Fanticipation is not intended as a forecast of the weekend box office; it is a snapshot of movie fan sentiment.

Press Contacts:
Dana Benson
dbenson@fandango.com
310-954-0278, ext. 300

Harry Medved
hmedved@fandango.com
310-954-0461

NORTH AMERICA: 'Fury' Holds Up Well on Monday with $2.36M; 'Gone Girl' Takes Second with $1.45M on October 21, 2014

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By Daniel Garris

Sony's Fury took in $2.36 million on Monday to lead the daily box office for a fourth consecutive day. The David Ayer directed World War II film starring Brad Pitt was down 59 percent from Sunday's performance, which represented the day's strongest daily percentage hold among wide releases. Fury has grossed $26.06 million through four days of release. That is on the lower end of pre-release expectations and places the film 10 percent ahead of the $23.63 million four-day start of Sony's The Monuments Men earlier this year (which fell 70 percent on its first Monday to gross $1.62 million).

Fox's Gone Girl placed in second with $1.45 million. The critically acclaimed David Fincher directed film starring Ben Affleck was down 65 percent from Sunday and down 63 percent from last Monday's inflated Columbus Day performance. Gone Girl has grossed a very impressive $108.23 million in 18 days. That places the film 76 percent ahead of the $61.36 million 18-day take of 2012's Argo.

Fellow Fox release The Book of Life claimed third place with $0.840 million. The modestly budgeted 3D computer animated film fell 84 percent from Monday. The Book of Life has grossed $17.85 million in its first four days. The film continues to perform in line with expectations and very similarly to The Boxtrolls out of the gate, which grossed $18.01 million during its first four days.

Dracula Untold followed closely behind in fourth with $0.827 million. Universal's action horror film starring Luke Evans was down 69 percent from Sunday and also down 69 percent from last Monday. Dracula Untold has grossed a stronger than expected $41.66 million in eleven days, but is now displaying signs of significant front-loading.

Warner's The Judge rounded out Monday's top five with $0.686 million. The Robert Downey Jr. led drama fell 64 percent from Sunday and 63 percent from last Monday. The Judge continues to perform towards the lower end of its modest expectations with an eleven-day take of $27.51 million.

Relativity's The Best of Me followed closely behind in sixth with $0.677 million. The Nicholas Sparks adaptation starring Michelle Monaghan and James Marsden was down 67 percent from Sunday. The Best of Me is performing on the low end of its modest expectations with $10.68 million in four days and is also showing early signs of being front-loaded.

NORTH AMERICA: Weekend Actuals: 'Fury' Leads the Way with $23.7M Debut; 'Gone Girl' Passes $100M Mark after $17.5M Take; 'The Book of Life' Solid in Third with $17.0M on October 20, 2014

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By Daniel Garris

Sony's Fury debuted in first place this weekend with $23.70 million. The David Ayer directed war film starring Brad Pitt opened on the low end of pre-release expectations. Fury opened 8 percent ahead of the $22.00 million debut of Sony's The Monuments Men back in February and 21.5 percent ahead of the $19.50 million start of Sony's Moneyball back in September of 2011. Like both of those films were able to do, Fury will hope to hold up well going forward.

Fury opened with $8.82 million on Friday (which included a relatively large $1.2 million from Thursday night shows), increased 3 percent on Saturday to take in $9.12 million and fell 37 percent on Sunday to gross $5.76 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at a somewhat front-loaded 2.69 to 1. The audience breakdown for Fury skewed towards male moviegoers (60 percent) and slightly towards moviegoers over the age of 35 (51 percent). Fury received an encouraging A- rating on CinemaScore.

After leading the box office each of the past two weekends, Fox's Gone Girl placed in second this weekend with $17.51 million. The critically acclaimed David Fincher directed film starring Ben Affleck continued to hold up well, as it was down just 34 percent from last weekend. Gone Girl surpassed the $100 million mark this weekend and has now grossed $106.78 million through 17 days of release. Before much longer, Gone Girl will zoom past the $127.51 million final domestic gross of 2008's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button to become Fincher's highest grossing film to date (without adjusting for ticket price inflation).

Fellow Fox release The Book of Life followed closely behind in third with a $17.01 million debut. The modestly budgeted computer animated film opened in line with expectations and likely received an added boost from arriving a couple weeks before Halloween and Day of the Dead. The Book of Life opened nearly on par with the recent $17.28 million launch of The Boxtrolls. The Book of Life started out with $4.99 million on Friday, increased 39 percent on Saturday to take in $6.91 million and declined 26 percent on Sunday to gross $5.16 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 3.41 to 1. Like Fury, The Book of Life also received an encouraging A- rating on CinemaScore.

Fellow family film Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day claimed fourth place with $11.46 million. The Disney release starring Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner fell 38 percent from last weekend. That represented a very solid hold, especially given the added competition for family audiences from The Book of Life. Alexander has grossed $36.29 million through ten days of release, which is in line with expectations and represents a healthy performance with the film's modest price tag in mind.

Relativity's The Best of Me rounded out the weekend's top with $10.00 million. The Nicholas Sparks adaptation starring Michelle Monaghan and James Marsden opened on the low end of its modest expectations. The Best of Me opened softer than most Sparks adaptations, with the film's performance more closely representing the $13.42 million start of 2008's Nights in Rodanthe. The Best of Me opened with $4.13 million on Friday, fell 8 percent on Saturday to take in $3.79 million and fell 45 percent on Sunday to gross $2.08 million. That places the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at just 2.42 to 1. The Best of Me received a solid B+ rating on CinemaScore, which strongly suggests that the film is going over better with moviegoers than it has with critics.

In their second weekend of release, Universal's Dracula Untold and Warner's The Judge claimed sixth and seventh places respectively with $9.99 million and $7.92 million. Dracula Untold was down a sharp 58 percent from last weekend's stronger than expected start, while The Judge was down a solid 40 percent from last weekend's modest debut. Respective ten-day total grosses stand at $40.83 million for Dracula Untold and at $26.82 million for The Judge.

Warner's Annabelle placed in eighth with $7.88 million. The low-budget spin-off to The Conjuring was down a respectable 50 percent and has grossed a stronger than expected $74.08 million in 17 days. Annabelle will face new direct competition next weekend when Universal unleashes Ouija in theaters on Friday.

On the platform front, the critically acclaimed Birdman was off to a terrific start with $424,397 from 4 locations in New York and Los Angeles. The Alejandro González Iñárritu directed film starring Michael Keaton from Fox Searchlight and New Regency generated a massive per-location average of $106,099 for the frame. Birdman will receive a major expansion next weekend.

Facebook Watch - 'Dumb And Dumber To' Surges on October 20, 2014

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By Alex Edghill

Dumb And Dumber To had the biggest increase of likes over the last week for upcoming films tracked, more than 50% higher than the nearest film. It started the year with just over 2.5 million likes as it is reusing the page of the original film, but with it adding over 1 million new likes since makes it one of the most liked comedies on the year, second to only 22 Jump Street which is good company to be keeping. The sequel was always going to do well considering how beloved the first film was, but with these types of numbers flying around it could see a huge $40 million plus opening numbers which begs the question, why didn't they make it happen sooner? 

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water had the second best percentage increase on the week as it rose to 222,674 likes. With it just over three months away it has a lot of time to pad those numbers and should have no problem surpassing the magic 1 million like mark. SpongeBob is such a pop culture darling amongst younger audiences it should do very well on social media in general as its release nears. 

Exodus: Gods And Kings continues to see its Facebook star rise as it is jumped 74% to 65,000 likes, the biggest percentage increase on the week amongst the top 15 movers. The comparison I'm keenly watching is between this and Noah. The latter had a big spike this same week before release and jumped to ~140,000 likes. The day before its release, Noah had made it to 556,833 likes which could very well be a good yardstick for Exodus' opening potential.  

Lastly, Big Hero 6 had a healthy 13% bump to 215,476 likes on the week. With The Book Of Life translating 80k likes to $17 million box office this past weekend these numbers are pretty huge. The LEGO Movie had 416,641 likes on the day before its release while Mr. Peabody And Sherman had just over 1 million likes.

Facebook Top 15 Movies by Like Increase for the Week Ending Sunday October 19th

Rank Release Movie Likes Previous Change % Change
1 11/14/14 Dumb and Dumber To 3,749,711 3,604,931 144,780 4.02%
2 10/24/14 Ouija 1,126,838 1,037,779 89,059 8.58%
3 06/26/15 Ted 2 20,479,331 20,397,549 81,782 0.40%
4 11/21/14 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 20,535,800 20,455,165 80,635 0.39%
5 02/13/15 Fifty Shades of Grey 5,120,404 5,075,600 44,804 0.88%
6 02/06/15 The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water 222,674 187,844 34,830 18.54%
7 05/01/15 Avengers: Age of Ultron 12,139,579 12,107,118 32,461 0.27%
8 11/07/14 Interstellar 255,584 225,184 30,400 13.50%
9 12/12/14 Exodus: Gods and Kings 65,311 37,567 27,744 73.85%
10 10/24/14 Addicted 354,382 328,174 26,208 7.99%
11 04/03/15 Fast & Furious 7 51,471,277 51,445,325 25,952 0.05%
12 11/07/14 Big Hero 6 215,476 191,133 24,343 12.74%
13 11/26/14 Penguins of Madagascar 3,102,029 3,078,180 23,849 0.77%
14 12/17/14 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies 14,128,501 14,105,877 22,624 0.16%
15 06/12/15 Jurassic World 4,730,777 4,708,918 21,859 0.46%


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