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Facebook Watch - 'Minions' Fourpeats on June 23, 2015

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By Alex Edghill

Monday Evening Update: Minions can do no wrong and continued its serial-winning ways on Facebook this past week as it led for the 4th time in as many weeks. Rapidly approaching 30 million likes its success on social media and Facebook in particular has been nothing short of incredible. With Inside Out just opening to over $90 million I see no reason why this won't be following suit and with considerable upside as well.

Hotel Transylvania 2 rode the excitement over its recently released trailer to 150k+ new likes over the past week and second spot on the list. The first film managed to rake in $350 million+ worldwide with strong reviews and this no doubt is looking to expand on that. The film will once again have little competition in its September slot and at least on paper it appears to be destined for a $50 million+ opening. Long ways to go yet of course but so far the marketing team is going just about all you could ask for raising awareness.

Paper Towns has started to noticeably lag behind The Fault In Our Stars, and is now at less than half the likes of the latter film at the same distance from release. Not to say that if it made half the box office it wouldn't be a success but as a sophomore film adaptation from author John Green the comparison is inevitable. There is definitely a strong appeal for the film as 900,000+ likes is still a hefty figure. Other young-adult adaptations such as The Mortal Instruments (565k likes), The Host (305k likes), The DUFF (95k likes) and even Divergent (735k likes) were way behind it at the same distance before release so perhaps discussing far how into Fault's shadows it is doesn't do it justice. This appears to be another hit for Green and Co. and no doubt a potential springboard to greater stardom for its two young leads.

Facebook Top 5 Movies by Like Increase for the last week Ending Sunday June 21st

Rank Release Movie Likes Previous Change % Change
1 07/10/15 Minions 29,909,533 29,697,375 212,158 0.71%
2 09/25/15 Hotel Transylvania 2 8,982,461 8,829,201 153,260 1.74%
3 06/26/15 Ted 2 21,773,796 21,702,652 71,144 0.33%
4 07/01/15 Magic Mike XXL 1,852,444 1,811,752 40,692 2.25%
5 07/01/15 Terminator Genisys 1,168,592 1,129,940 38,652 3.42%

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Universal Pictures Has Highest-Grossing Year in Studio's 103-Year History on June 22, 2015

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Fueled by successful franchise hits such as Fifty Shades of Gray, Furious 7, Pitch Perfect 2, and Jurassic World, Universal Pictures announced today that it hit $3.819 billion in global box office grosses for the year, surpassing 2013's previously established record of $3.691 billion and making 2015 the highest grossing year in the studio's 103-year history. 

"This has been a fantastic year for our studio, as we've had the privilege of releasing some of the most highly- anticipated films of 2015," said Shell. "Together with my partners Ron Meyer and Donna Langley, I'm incredibly proud to lead a team of people at Universal who are the truly best in the business."

"We are fortunate to be in business with some of the most talented filmmakers in the industry today," said Langley. "Together with our Universal team, we're thrilled to celebrate a slate of fantastic films that audiences have embraced all over the globe. From production to marketing and publicity, music, and the front lines of distribution, it is that passion, commitment and hard work that makes an achievement like this possible."

Some of the worldwide highlights so far this year include:

Fastest a studio has ever reached $2 billion at the international box office and $3 billion at the worldwide box office.

Highest opening ever at the international ($316.8 million) and worldwide ($525.6 million) box offices with Jurassic World, marking the only time a film has ever opened to $500 million or more in history. 

The biggest second-weekend hold internationally ($163.4 million) for a day-and-date release with Jurassic World.

Furious 7 is the fourth-highest-grossing film of all time worldwide, ranking with Avatar, Titanic and Marvel's The Avengers. It is the third-highest-grossing film internationally, behind only Avatar and Titanic

Universal Pictures' films held the No. 1 position at the worldwide box office for eight weeks-more than any other studio in 2015.

Jurassic World had the quickest climb to $1 billion in history-reaching that milestone in 13 days.

What makes this record year even more remarkable is that the studio still has six months to go and a summer slate with more for audiences to look forward to, including Ted 2, the follow-up to the highest-grossing original "R"-rated comedy of all time, from writer, director and voice star Seth MacFarlane and Minions, Illumination Entertainment and Universal's comedy adventure that stars the voices of Sandra Bullock and Jon Hamm. In July, Universal will release Trainwreck, the latest film from director Judd Apatow, written by and starring breakout comedy star Amy Schumer, and Straight Outta Compton, the astonishing story of the meteoric rise and fall of N.W.A., which is directed by F. Gary Gray.

Later this year; Universal releases writer, director, producer M. Night Shyamalan's return to the genre that launched his career in a new original thriller, The Visit, produced by Jason Blum; Everest, an epic adventure from Universal, Cross Creek and Working Title, inspired by the incredible events surrounding an attempt to reach the summit of the world's highest mountain that is directed by Baltasar Kormákur; the drama Steve Jobs, from the brilliant minds of director Danny Boyle and writer Aaron Sorkin, produced by Mark Gordon, Guymon Casady, Scott Rudin and Christian Colson; the haunting gothic horror story from Legendary directed by Guillermo del Toro, Crimson Peak; the musical-adventure Jem and the Holograms, from director Jon M. Chu; the drama, By The Sea, the new film from writer/director Angelina Jolie Pitt, starring Brad Pitt and Jolie Pitt; Legendary's horror-comedy, Krampus; and the eagerly-awaited comedy Sisters, starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler and directed by Jason Moore.

NORTH AMERICA: Weekend Actuals: 'Jurassic World' Sets New All-Time Second Weekend Record with $106.6M; 'Inside Out' Takes Second with Far Stronger than Expected $90.4M Start on June 22, 2015

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By Daniel Garris

Jurassic World continued to roar at the box office this weekend with a first place take of $106.59 million. The Chris Pratt led 3D blockbuster sequel from Universal and Legendary was down 49 percent from last weekend's record-breaking opening weekend performance. That represented an exceptional second weekend hold for a film of this size; especially given the significantly stronger than expected start of Inside Out this weekend. Jurassic World set a new record for the largest second weekend gross of all-time, as it topped the $103.05 million take of 2012's Marvel's The Avengers by $3.54 million. The feat is made even more impressive given that Jurassic World was coming off of much stronger first-week midweek business than The Avengers did thanks in part to opening in June as opposed to May.

Jurassic World has grossed $402.80 million in just ten days of release, which represents the largest ten-day start of all time. Jurassic World is also the fastest film to ever hit the $400 million mark domestically, as it easily beat the previous mark of 14 days that had been set by The Avengers. Thanks in part to its stronger midweek business Jurassic World is running $29.73 million and 8 percent ahead of the $373.07 million ten-day take of The Avengers.

Without adjusting for ticket-price inflation Jurassic World is already the 18th highest grossing film of all-time domestically. The film has now surpassed the $402.45 million unadjusted domestic lifetime gross of 1993's Jurassic Park and in the coming days will zoom past the $449.45 million current gross of Avengers: Age of Ultron to become the highest grossing release of 2014 thus far domestically. At its current rate Jurassic World shouldn't have any problem becoming only the fourth film of all-time to reach the $600 million unadjusted domestic mark (the other three films being 2009's Avatar, 1997's Titanic and The Avengers).

In a stunning box office performance of its own, Disney's Inside Out was off to a very strong second place start of $90.44 million. The critically acclaimed 3D computer animated film from Pixar far exceeded expectations which had been held in check after the break-out performance of Jurassic World and tended to range anywhere from $60 million to $75 million heading into the weekend. Without adjusting for ticket price inflation, Inside Out delivered the largest opening weekend performance ever for a non-sequel from Pixar, as it easily topped the $70.47 million start of 2004's The Incredibles. Inside Out claimed the second largest opening weekend take ever for a Pixar film (including sequels); behind only the $110.31 million debut of 2010's Toy Story 3. The opening weekend for Inside Out was the seventh largest ever for the month of June without adjusting for ticket price inflation.

Inside Out was no doubt helped out by its nearly universal glowing reviews, by its unique concept in a summer especially driven by sequels, the relative lack of family and computer animated fare thus far in 2015 and by a strong marketing campaign. Inside Out opened with $34.27 million on Friday (which included an estimated $3.7 million from evening shows on Thursday), decreased 10 percent on Saturday to gross $30.94 million and declined 18.5 percent on Father's Day to gross $25.23 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.64 to 1. Inside Out received a strong A rating on CinemaScore and in all likelihood will hold up very well over the next few weeks until Universal's highly anticipated Minions enters the marketplace on July 10.

The audience breakdown for Inside Out skewed heavily towards moviegoers 25 years and under (60 percent) and towards female moviegoers (56 percent). Family audiences represented 71 percent of the film's overall audience.

Fox's Spy placed in a distant third with $11.23 million. The Melissa McCarthy led comedy stabilized nicely this weekend as it was down a healthy 28 percent from last weekend. Spy has grossed a respectable, but softer than expected $75.10 million through 17 days. That places the film an underwhelming 20 percent behind the $93.62 million 17-day gross of 2013's Identity Thief.

Warner's San Andreas also stabilized very nicely this weekend with a fourth place take of $8.71 million. The Dwayne Johnson led 3D disaster film was down just 19.5 percent, as the film was helped by the Father's Day holiday and by rebounding from the hit it took from the launch of Jurassic World last weekend. San Andreas continues to significantly exceed expectations with a 24-day take of $132.70 million.

Dope rounded out the weekend's top five with a $6.10 million start. The Rick Famuyiwa directed comedy drama from Open Road debuted just below its already modest expectations. Strong critical reviews and strong early buzz from Sundance earlier in the year were ultimately unable to transfer into any type of opening weekend break-out for Dope. The film's debut was very similar to the $6.20 million debut of Beyond the Lights last November.

Dope opened with $2.38 million on Friday (which included a significant $0.425 million from Thursday evening shows), fell 14 percent on Saturday to gross $2.04 million and decline 18 percent on Sunday to take in $1.60 million. That gave the film a fairly front-loaded opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.57 to 1. Dope received a promising A- rating on CinemaScore and will hope to build off of its strong initial word of mouth and critical reviews going forward.

'Jurassic World' Crosses $1B Worldwide in Record Time on June 22, 2015

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The official news release from Universal:

We are pleased to announce that Jurassic World will cross $1 billion at the worldwide box office today after 13 days-faster than any film in history.

With Sunday's reported actuals, Jurassic World has also secured the highest-grossing second week at the North American box office with $106.6 million. This brings the domestic cume to $402.8, which is also the fastest any film has reached $400 million at the domestic box office-after only 10 days. In addition, Jurassic World crossed $500 million internationally on Saturday, marking the quickest climb to that milestone-in only 11 days.

Jurassic World will be Universal's second film to achieve $1 billion this year following the April release of Furious 7. With current global grosses of $987.2 million, Jurassic World has earned $584.4 million overseas in 13 days and $402.8 million in North America after 11 days and will cross $1 billion with today's business.

 

South Korea: 'Jurassic World' Dominates; 'Ted 2' Has Limited Potential on June 22, 2015

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By The Real Movie (더리얼무비) & Phil Contrino

- After this past weekend, Jurassic World is up to an impressive $27.3 million in South Korea. That makes the market #4 on the list of top overseas territories for the latest member of the $1 billion global club. Jurassic World's success is another key win for the sci-fi genre in the growing market.

- Ted 2 is set to open in South Korea this week, but expectations are not high. The first Ted made only $1.8 million after opening in September 2012. Raunchy comedic sequels do not perform well in South Korea: 22 Jump Street and The Hangover: Part III were not even released theatrically, and The Hangover: Part II earned only $427K. 

 


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