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NORTH AMERICA: 'Furious 7' Continues to Easily Lead on Monday with $3.64M; 'The Longest Ride' Takes Second with $0.80M on April 14, 2015

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By Daniel Garris

Universal's Furious 7 took in $3.64 million on Monday to lead the daily box office with ease for an eleventh straight day. The well-received seventh installment of the blockbuster franchise featuring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and the late Paul Walker was down 76 percent from Sunday and down 74 percent from last Monday. With spring break and Easter now both behind us, midweek grosses in general came back down to Earth on Monday. Furious 7 has grossed a massive $255.16 million in eleven days. That already makes Furious 7 the highest grossing film of The Fast and The Furious franchise domestically. The film is running an extremely impressive 47 percent ahead of the $173.97 million eleven-day take of 2013's Fast & Furious 6 and 1 percent ahead of the $253.01 million eleven-day gross of 2012's The Hunger Games.

Fox's The Longest Ride placed in second with $0.804 million. The Nicholas Sparks adaptation starring Britt Robertson and Scott Eastwood fell 69 percent from Sunday's performance. The Longest Ride has grossed $13.82 million in four days, which is on the low end of expectations. Compared to other Nicholas Sparks adaptations, The Longest Ride is running 29 percent ahead of the $10.68 million four-day start of last year's The Best of Me and 42 percent below the $23.97 million four-day take of 2012's The Lucky One.

Fellow Fox release Home claimed third place with $0.735 million. The successful 3D computer animated film from DreamWorks Animation fell 85 percent from Sunday and a very sharp 84 percent from last Monday. Home continues to exceed expectations in a big way with $129.82 million in 18 days. That places the film 3 percent ahead of the $126.32 million 18-day gross of 2013's The Croods.

Warner's Get Hard took fourth place with $0.658 million. The R-rated comedy starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart was down 67 percent from Sunday and down a very respectable 52.5 percent from last Monday. Get Hard has grossed $71.44 million in 18 days, which is towards the lower end of pre-release expectations.

Woman In Gold rounded out Monday's top five with $0.502 million. The drama from The Weinstein Company starring Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds was down 61 percent from Sunday. That represented one of the day's stronger daily percentage holds among wide releases. The 13-day total for Woman In Gold stands at a solid $9.44 million.

BoxOffice Exhibitor Spotlight: The Sebastiani Theatre on April 14, 2015

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The Sonoma International Film Festival might have only just celebrated its 18th edition, but its screening sites infuse the event with the charm of cinema's golden age. The Sebastiani Theatre, one of the festival's most popular screening sites, was constructed in 1933 and opened its doors to local cinephiles on April 7 of 1934, when people lined up to pay 30 cents a head for a ticket to the Robert Montgomery vehicle, Fugitive Lovers.

The Sebastiani uses its downtown Sonoma location to its advantage, drawing in toursists and locals alike with eclectic programming that includes repertory, art house, and mainstream films. The Festival, according to current owner Roger Rhoten, has helped new audiences through the theater doors in the last 18 years that it has served as a venue for the event. 

The historical theater remains in operaion as a cinema today, but not without a technological facelift to offer patrons the latest offerings in digital cinema. Equipped with Christie projectors, Dolby surround sound, and modern seating --the theater offers the comforts of a modern cinema with the quirks of a vintage moviehouse. The concession stand is also up to date, featuring stalwarts like popcorn and soda but also bringing in premium candies for patrons looking for something a little different on their trip to the movies.

'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Selected as Summer's Most Anticipated Movie in Fandango Survey on April 14, 2015

ultron.png"Minions" Captures Families' Top Pick, While Comedy Fans Eagerly Await "Pitch Perfect 2"

LOS ANGELES -- April 14, 2015 -- Fandango, the nation's leading digital destination for moviegoers and fans visited by 36 million unique visitors per month, today revealed the results of its Most Anticipated Summer Movie Survey, in which Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron," was voted by thousands of movie fans as the most anticipated summer blockbuster. Releasing on May 1, the upcoming sci-fi adventure is currently outselling the first "Avengers" movie and all other Marvel movies at the same point in the sales cycle on Fandango.

"Minions" was selected as the most anticipated family film, with Disney Pixar's "Inside Out" and Disney's "Tomorrowland" coming in a close second and third, while "Pitch Perfect 2" was picked as the most anticipated summer comedy. Complete results of Fandango's Summer Movie Survey can be found below.

"The most exciting summer movie season in years is getting off to rousing start with ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron'" on May 1, and the advance ticket sales are already through the roof," says Fandango Chief Correspondent Dave Karger. "However, there's clearly room for more, as ‘Minions' and ‘Pitch Perfect 2' offer laughs and thrills for families and comedy fans alike. With so many stellar choices each weekend, we expect to see summer moviegoers spending more time at the theaters than ever before."

According to Fandango moviegoers, below are the top picks for the summer:

Most Anticipated Summer Blockbuster:
1. "Avengers: Age of Ultron" 54%
2. "Jurassic World" 14%
3. "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" 10%
4. "Terminator: Genysis" 6%
5. "Mad Max: Fury Road" 5%

Most Anticipated Family Film for the Summer:
1. "Minions" 33%
2. "Pixar's Inside Out" 23%
3. "Tomorrowland" 22%
4. "Pan" 8%
5. "Max" 7%

Most Anticipated Summer Comedy:
1. "Pitch Perfect 2" 34%

2. "Ted 2" 22%

3. "Entourage" 16%

4. "Magic Mike XXL" 11%

5. "Spy" 7%


Fandango's Need-to-See Summer Movie Preview can be found at http://www.fandango.com/movie-photos/summer-2015-movie-preview-24-movies-you-need-to-see-1147.


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 46 million downloads, are available on the iPhone and iPad, Android, and many other platforms. Fandango is enjoyed by more than 36 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: Weekend Actuals: 'Furious 7' Speeds Past the $250M Mark After $59.6M Weekend; 'Home' Claims Second with $18.5M; 'The Longest Ride' Debuts in Third with $13.0M on April 13, 2015

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By Daniel Garris

Universal's Furious 7 easily led the weekend box office for a second straight frame with a weekend take of $59.59 million. That represented the twelfth largest second weekend performance of all-time (without adjusting for ticket price inflation). The well-received seventh installment of the blockbuster franchise featuring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and the late Paul Walker was down 59.5 percent from last weekend. While that was obviously a sizable second weekend decline, it nonetheless represented an impressive hold given the size of the film's grosses and that the previous three installments of The Fast and The Furious franchise all experienced second weekend declines in the range of 61 percent to 64 percent. Furious 7 was aided by strong word of mouth, strong critical reviews and the lack of any new direct competition this weekend. And as massive as last weekend's debut was; it was likely still deflated slightly by Easter weekend.

Furious 7 has grossed $251.52 million through ten days of release, which ranks as the ninth largest ten-day start of all-time. The film is running an extremely impressive 47 percent ahead of the $171.00 million ten-day gross of 2013's Fast & Furious 6 and 1 percent ahead of the $248.48 million ten-day gross of 2012's The Hunger Games. Furious 7 is now the highest grossing film of The Fast and The Furious franchise domestically, as it has already surpassed the $238.68 million final gross of Fast & Furious 6. Furious 7 will zoom past the $300 million domestic milestone before long and is in excellent shape to eventually surpass the $350 million mark.

Home held steady in second place with $18.53 million. The 3D computer animated film from Fox and DreamWorks Animation was down 31 percent from last weekend. On the heels of last weekend's sizable second weekend decline, Home stabilized nicely this weekend. Home continues to exceed expectations in a very big way with a 17-day take of $129.09 million. That places the film 3 percent ahead of the $125.35 million 17-day gross of 2013's The Croods. Home will have a good chance of holding up well going forward, especially with no new animated films entering the marketplace between now and the June 19th launch of Disney's Inside Out.

Fellow Fox release The Longest Ride debuted in third place with $13.02 million. The Nicholas Sparks adaptation starring Britt Robertson and Scott Eastwood opened on the low end of pre-release expectations. Compared to other Nicholas Sparks adaptations, The Longest Ride debuted 30 percent ahead of the $10.00 million start of last year's The Best of Me and 42 percent below the $22.52 million launch of 2012's The Lucky One.

The Longest Ride opened with $5.51 million on Friday (which included an estimated $625,000 from Thursday evening shows), fell 11 percent on Saturday to gross $4.93 million and declined 48 percent on Sunday to take in $2.58 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at just 2.36 to 1. That isn't the greatest early sign for the film going forward. However, The Longest Ride did receive a very encouraging A rating on CinemaScore.

Warner's Get Hard placed in fourth with $8.22 million. The R-rated comedy starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart was down one spot and 37 percent from last weekend. Much like Home, Get Hard also stabilized very nicely this weekend after experiencing a sharp decline last weekend. Get Hard has grossed $70.78 million through 17 days of release. That is towards the lower end of expectations and places the film 20 percent behind the $88.25 million 17-day take of 2010's The Other Guys.

Cinderella rounded out the weekend's top five with $7.14 million. Disney's blockbuster fairy tale adaptation was down one spot and a healthy 30 percent from last weekend. Cinderella has grossed $180.69 million in 31 days, which leaves the film $19.31 million away from reaching the $200 million domestic milestone. Cinderella is running 11 percent behind the $202.01 million 31-day gross of last year's Maleficent.

The Divergent Series: Insurgent placed in sixth with $6.71 million. The second installment of Lionsgate's young adult franchise was down one spot and a solid 34 percent from last weekend. Insurgent has grossed $114.71 million in 24 days. That places the film 8 percent behind the $124.76 million 24-day take of last year's Divergent.

The Weinstein Company's Woman In Gold followed in seventh with $5.48 million in its first weekend of wide release. The drama starring Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds generated a respectable per-location average of $3,646 from 1,504 locations. Woman In Gold was up 162 percent over last weekend's limited launch and has grossed a solid $8.93 million in twelve days.

On the platform front, A24's Ex Machina was off to a strong start with an estimated $237,264 from 4 locations in New York and Los Angeles. That gave the critically acclaimed Alex Garland directed sci-fi film a promising per-location average of $59,316 for the frame. Ex Machina will expand into additional locations going forward.

Facebook Watch - 'Straight Outta Compton' Leads Once Again on April 13, 2015

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By Alex Edghill

Monday Morning Update: Straight Outta Compton led all films this past week on Facebook with 95,414 new likes, bringing its total to just over 750,000 overall. Universal decided to attach its trailer ahead of the monster that is Furious 7 and it immediately paid big dividends, gaining over 200k new likes since the beginning of April. Social media in general has responded very well to trailers and marketing for the film and given the level of notoriety to this day for NWA and its founding members (especially Dr. Dre and Ice Cube) I don't think its a far stretch to think this could be the next 8 Mile and simply dominate the box office in mid August.

Unfriended did make the magic 1 million like mark before release like I had predicted many moons ago. This is significant because it is the first original horror I have ever tracked that has crossed that mark before release. That list includes Paranormal Activity, Sinister, Insidious, and The Conjuring to name a few. Its hard to gauge just how this will translate to box office dollars since its target demographic lines up very well with social media power users but its difficult to ignore the sheer level of interest here from its first trailer through to release. We are currently predicting $21 million for its opening frame which will afford it a very profitable run and perhaps even sequel considerations.

After its first trailer went largely unnoticed on social media, the second trailer for Hot Pursuit finally put it on the map for the first time on Facebook. It rose 75k tweets this past week thanks to the trailer, more than a 400% rise from the sub 20k total it had languished at for months. The film will likely skew female and with a majority of patrons being over 30 which is slightly outside of the social media sweet-spot so I'm not too worried about the lack of chatter so far.

Facebook Top 5 Movies by Like Increase for the last week Ending Sunday April 12th

Rank Release Movie Likes Previous Change % Change
1 08/14/15 Straight Outta Compton 751,026 655,612 95,414 14.55%
2 04/17/15 Unfriended 1,041,795 965,474 76,321 7.91%
3 05/08/15 Hot Pursuit (2015) 94,117 18,537 75,580 407.73%
4 12/18/15 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 13,150,590 13,080,211 70,379 0.54%
5 04/24/15 The Age of Adaline 228,327 160,334 67,993 42.41%

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