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'JURASSIC WORLD' Moves Into Third All-Time Globally on July 23, 2015

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Yesterday Jurassic World passed Marvel's The Avengers to become the 3rd highest-grossing film of all-time worldwide. Universal's global blockbuster has earned $614.33 million domestically through Tuesday and $907.16 million overseas for a worldwide cume of $1.52149 billion. It now only sits behind Titanic ($2.1868 billion) and Avatar ($2.788 billion). Jurassic opens in its final overseas territory Japan on August 5.

NORTH AMERICA: 'Minions' Returns to First Place on Tuesday with $8.02M; 'Ant-Man' Passes $70M Mark after $7.85M Second Place Take; 'Trainwreck' Solid in Third with $4.18M on July 22, 2015

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By Daniel Garris

Minions was up one spot and a very strong 39 percent over Monday to return to first place at the daily box office on Tuesday with $8.02 million. The blockbuster 3D computer animated spin-off from Universal and Illumination Entertainment was still down a sharp 52 percent from last Tuesday. Minions continues to perform extremely well in the bigger picture with a twelve-day take of $229.56 million. That places the film just ahead of the $228.38 million twelve-day gross of 2013's Despicable Me 2.

Disney's Ant-Man was down one spot to land in a very close second with $7.85 million. The Paul Rudd led superhero film from Marvel was up a very solid 23 percent over Monday's performance. Ant-Man surpassed the $70 million mark yesterday and has grossed $71.48 million in five days. The film continues to perform on the lower end of expectations. Ant-Man is currently running 8 percent ahead of the $66.23 million five-day start of 2008's The Incredible Hulk and 11 percent behind the $80.64 million five-day take of 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger.

Universal's Trainwreck held steady in third place with $4.18 million. The critically acclaimed Amy Schumer led comedy from director Judd Apatow increased 18 percent over Monday. Trainwreck has grossed a promising $37.82 million in five days, which is slightly above the high end of the film's wide ranging expectations. The film is currently running 46 percent ahead of the $25.86 million five-day start of 2009's Julie & Julia and 4 percent behind the $39.25 million five-day take of 2007's Knocked Up.

Inside Out grossed $2.11 million to remain in fourth. The blockbuster 3D computer animated film from Disney and Pixar was up 33.5 percent from Monday and down a very solid 36 percent from last Tuesday. Inside Out continues to impress with a 33-day take of $309.94 million. The film should continue to hold up well going forward thanks in part to strong word of mouth and the relative lack of other high-profile animated releases throughout the rest of the summer.

Universal's Jurassic World rounded out Tuesday's top five with $1.73 million. The 3D sci-fi adventure blockbuster sequel was up 26 percent over Monday and down a solid 38 percent from last Tuesday. Jurassic World has grossed a massive $614.44 million through 40 days. The film is currently the fourth highest grossing film of all-time domestically without adjusting for ticket price inflation and is now just $9.03 million away from surpassing the $623.36 million final gross of 2012's Marvel's The Avengers to move into third place on the list.

NORTH AMERICA: 'Ant-Man' Passes $60M Mark After Leading Monday with $6.40M; 'Minions' a Close Second with $5.78M; 'Trainwreck' Continues to Impress in Third with $3.54M on July 21, 2015

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By Daniel Garris

Disney's Ant-Man led the daily box office on Monday with $6.40 million. The Paul Rudd led superhero film from Marvel has claimed first place at the daily box office three of the past four days. The film was down 58 percent from Sunday, which was in line with the type of daily percentage holds wide releases experienced in general on Monday. Ant-Man surpassed the $60 million mark on Monday and has grossed $63.63 million in four days. That is on the very low end of pre-release expectations. Ant-Man is currently running 4 percent ahead of the $61.42 million four-day start of 2008's The Incredible Hulk and 13 percent behind the $72.81 million four-day take of 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger.

Minions placed in a close second with $5.78 million. The blockbuster 3D computer animated spin-off from Universal and Illumination Entertainment continues to show signs of significant front-loading as it was down 60 percent from Sunday and down a sharp 55 percent from last Monday. In the bigger picture, Minions is still performing extremely well, especially with its relatively modest cost for a computer animated film in mind. Minions has grossed $221.54 million in eleven days, which places the film 3 percent ahead of the $215.37 million eleven-day take of 2013's Despicable Me 2.

Fellow Universal release Trainwreck took third place with $3.54 million. The critically acclaimed Amy Schumer led comedy from director Judd Apatow decreased 57 percent from Sunday's performance. Trainwreck continues to perform just ahead of the high end of its wide ranging expectations with a promising four-day take of $33.63 million. That places the film 15 percent ahead of the $29.24 million four-day launch of 2011's Bridesmaids and 4 percent behind the $35.13 million four-day take of 2007's Knocked Up. Trainwreck is highly likely to hold up very well throughout the rest of the summer.

Inside Out claimed fourth with $1.58 million. The blockbuster 3D computer animated film from Disney and Pixar was down 53 percent from Sunday and down just 34 percent from last Monday. Inside Out continues to impress with a 32-day take of $307.83 million. The film should continue to hold up well going forward thanks in part to strong word of mouth and the relative lack of other high-profile animated releases throughout the rest of the summer.

Universal's Jurassic World rounded out Monday's top five with $1.37 million. The 3D sci-fi adventure blockbuster sequel fell 58 percent from Sunday and a solid 36 percent from last Monday. Jurassic World has grossed a massive $612.60 million in 39 days of release. The film is currently the fourth highest grossing film of all-time domestically without adjusting for ticket price inflation and is now just $10.76 million away from passing the $623.36 million final gross of 2012's Marvel's The Avengers to move into third place on the list.

Weekly Chinese Box Office Preview: Record Breaking Holdovers Poised to Stay Hot on July 21, 2015

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EntGroup Consulting & Jonathan Papish @ChinaBoxOffice

Last weekend's box office hit a record $183 million as the top three films (Monster Hunt, Jianbing Man, and Monkey King: Hero Is Back) accounted for $172 million. The three well-received and highly-praised local films have broken nearly every domestic record in the books and while this weekend's box office totals won't reach the same heights, with little in the way of competitive new releases, the holdovers are poised to dominate again.

This weekend's biggest release is Only You (命中注定), an adaptation of Norman Jewison's 1994 romantic comedy starring Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey, Jr. with Tang Wei (Lust, Caution) and Liao Fan (Black Coal, Thin Ice) taking on the roles in this version. While previews took in $250K and played to sold out houses last weekend, we don't see this movie breaking out of the pack of middling Chinese rom-coms.

Another new entry this weekend is Seer 5 (赛尔号5:雷神崛起), the fifth in a series of animated adventure films based on an online game. Installments have been released every consecutive summer since July 2011 and a solid fan base has contributed a total of $34.2 million. Unfortunately, Seer 5's release comes at a time when both Monkey King and Monster Hunt will steal away its core family audience.

Two imported films also enter cinemas this weekend - Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley's Academy Award winning The Imitation Game and the 2012 Italian thriller The Lithium Conspiracy directed by Davide Merengo. The Imitation Game has grossed $220 million worldwide since last November, but despite Cumberbatch's popularity on the Mainland, it won't get much more from Chinese audiences. Merengo's debut Night Bus was a surprise hit in China in 2010 and grossed $270K.

Other films opening this weekend are Aura Star: Attack of the Temple (奥拉星:进击圣殿), Dream Defender (守梦者), Psychic (通灵之六世古宅), and The Hero Chiyou (战神蚩尤).

Weekend Predictions (Fri-Sun): Monster Hunt - $55M, Jianbing Man - $40M, Monkey King: Hero Is Back: $25M, Only You - $20M, Shaun The Sheep - $4M, Seer 5 - $3M

NORTH AMERICA: Weekend Actuals: 'Ant-Man' Leads with Solid, but Uneventful $57.2M Debut; 'Minions' Falls to Second with $49.3M; 'Trainwreck' Takes Third with Promising $30.1M Start on July 20, 2015

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By Daniel Garris

Disney's Ant-Man debuted in first place this weekend with $57.23 million. The Paul Rudd led comic book film from Marvel opened on the low end of pre-release expectations, which had tended to range from $57 million to $65 million heading into the weekend. Ant-Man delivered the second smallest debut ever for a Marvel Cinematic Universe film, which had been largely expected given the lower profile status of Ant-Man in comparison to other superheroes in previous MCU films. Ant-Man did open 3 percent ahead of the $55.41 million debut of 2008's The Incredible Hulk and a reasonable 12 percent behind the $65.06 million start of 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger.

Ant-Man opened with $22.65 million on Friday (which included a sizable $6.4 million from Thursday evening shows), fell 14 percent on Saturday to gross $19.46 million and declined 22 percent on Sunday to take in $15.11 million. That gave the film an opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.53 to 1. The audience breakdown for the film skewed towards male moviegoers (58 percent) and towards moviegoers over the age of 25 (55 percent). Family audiences made up an estimated 28 percent of the film's overall audience (which was a bit higher than the 22 percent families represented for Avengers: Age of Ultron back in May). Ant-Man received a strong A rating on CinemaScore, which is a good early sign going forward. However, the film will also be facing tough direct competition over the next few weeks from the likes of Sony's Pixels, Paramount's Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation and Fox's Fantastic Four.

Minions was down one spot from last weekend to claim second with $49.27 million. The blockbuster 3D computer animated spin-off from Universal and Illumination Entertainment didn't hold up as well as had been expected, as it was down a sharp 57 percent in its second weekend. Minions likely took a larger hit among the non-family portion of its audience, which had been fairly large in size last weekend. While Minions is set to be significantly more front-loaded than both of the previous installments of the Despicable Me franchise, the film is still performing extremely well in the bigger picture, especially with its relatively modest cost for a computer animated film in mind.

Minions zoomed past the $200 million domestic mark this weekend and has grossed $215.77 million through ten days of release. That places the film 9 percent ahead of the $197.93 million ten-day take of Despicable Me 2, though Minions does have an advantage in the current comparison as a result of Despicable Me 2 being a Wednesday release. Whether or not Minions is able to stabilize next weekend will likely have a lot to do with just how much appeal Pixels ultimately has with family audiences.

Fellow Universal release Trainwreck was off to an impressive start this weekend with a third place take of $30.10 million. The Amy Schumer led comedy from director Judd Apatow opened just ahead of its wide ranging expectations, which were anywhere from $20 million to $30 million heading into the weekend. Strong critical reviews, high levels of pre-release hype (surrounding both the film and Schumer) and the built-in fanbases of Schumer and Apatow all helped lead to the film's successful launch. Trainwreck opened 15 percent ahead of the $26.25 million debut of 2011's Bridesmaids and only 2 percent below the $30.69 million debut of 2007's Knocked Up.

Trainwreck started out with $10.74 million on Friday, (which included an estimated $1.8 million from Thursday evening shows), increased 3 percent on Saturday to gross $11.07 million and decreased 25 percent on Sunday to take in $8.29 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.80 to 1, which is a strong figure for a romantic comedy, especially during the summer months. The audience breakdown for Trainwreck skewed heavily towards both female moviegoers (66 percent) and moviegoers 30 years and older (63 percent). Trainwreck received an A- rating on CinemaScore, which is likely a bit stronger than it sounds given that previous films from Apatow have a tendency of displaying stronger holding power than their ratings on CinemaScore would suggest. Trainwreck is extremely likely to hold up very well throughout the rest of the summer, though whether or not its holding power can reach the same levels of Knocked Up or Bridesmaids remains to be seen.

In other box office news, Inside Out surpassed the $300 million domestic mark after placing in fourth this weekend with $11.54 million. With the initial rush-out for Minions now out of the way, Inside Out stabilized nicely this weekend by decreasing just 35 percent from last weekend. The blockbuster 3D computer animated film from Disney and Pixar has grossed a very impressive $306.25 million in 31 days and is very likely to continue to hold up well going forward thanks in part to strong word of mouth and the relative lack of other high-profile animated releases throughout the rest of the summer.

Universal's Jurassic World rounded out the weekend's top five with $11.45 million. In the process, the 3D sci-fi adventure blockbuster sequel became just the fourth film ever to surpass the $600 million domestic mark without adjusting for ticket price inflation. Jurassic World reached the $600 million mark in just 36 days; easily making it the fastest film ever to do so (previous record holder 2009's Avatar reached the mark in 47 days). Jurassic World continues to display strong holding power in its own right (especially when considering the new direct competition it faced from Ant-Man), as it was down a very solid 37 percent. Jurassic World has grossed a massive $611.23 million in 38 days and is now just $12.13 million away from surpassing the $623.36 million final gross of 2012's Marvel's The Avengers to move into third place on the all-time unadjusted domestic list.

Meanwhile, Terminator Genisys and Magic Mike XXL didn't hold up anywhere near as well with respective sixth place and seventh place takes of $5.40 million and $4.45 million. Paramount's Terminator Genisys fell a troubling 61 percent from last weekend while Warner's Magic Mike XXL was down a sharp 54 percent. Terminator Genisys clearly took a direct hit from Ant-Man this weekend, while Magic Mike XXL was slowed further by the arrival of Trainwreck. Both films continue to under-perform with respective 19-day totals of $80.64 million for Terminator Genisys and $58.58 million for Magic Mike XXL.

In limited release, Eros' Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Roadside's Mr. Holmes were off to healthy respective starts of $2.62 million and $2.43 million. Bajrangi Bhaijaan averaged a strong $10,239 from 256 locations, while Mr. Holmes claimed an encouraging per-location average of $6,745 from 361 locations. Bajrangi Bhaijaan took ninth place among all films this weekend and Mr. Holmes placed in eleventh.


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