Fandango Pre-Sales: 'Interstellar' Pacing Ahead of 'Gravity' & 'Prometheus'; 'Big Hero 6' Leads 'Wreck-It Ralph' on November 05, 2014

interstellar.png"Interstellar" is Outperforming "Gravity," "Prometheus" and Christopher Nolan's "Inception,"
While "Big Hero 6" is Outselling "Wreck-It Ralph" and "Tangled" at Same Point in Fandango Sales Cycle

LOS ANGELES - November 5, 2014 - According to Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, two new releases, "Interstellar" and Disney's "Big Hero 6," are topping Fandango's weekend ticket sales and scoring a strong 92 and 91 out of 100 points, respectively, on the company's Fanticipation movie buzz indicator.

Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar" ranks as Fandango's top advance ticket-seller among all 2014 films based on original screenplays. It is outselling Nolan's 2010 thriller "Inception" and previous space-based adventures, "Gravity" and "Prometheus," at the same point in the sales cycle on Fandango. Disney's "Big Hero 6" is outselling previous Disney hits, "Tangled" and "Wreck-It Ralph," at the same point in the Fandango sales cycle.

Based on a survey of more than 1,000 "Interstellar" advance ticket-buyers on Fandango:
· 95% are attracted to epic, large-scale productions best seen on the big screen;

· 94% are science fiction fans;

· 82% will see "Interstellar" with a group of friends;

· 78% are Christopher Nolan fans.

"Two truly original films hit theaters this weekend: the epic and mind-bending ‘Interstellar' and the clever and action-packed ‘Big Hero 6,'" says Fandango Chief Correspondent Dave Karger. "Both movies arrive with great buzz, so it makes perfect sense that moviegoers are scooping up tickets for each film."

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.

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NORTH AMERICA: Weekend Actuals: 'Ouija' Holds onto First over Halloween Weekend with $10.74M; 'Nightcrawler' Debuts in a Close Second with $10.44M on November 03, 2014


By Daniel Garris

It turned out to be an extremely close race for first place this weekend between Universal's Ouija and Open Road's Nightcrawler. Ouija ultimately led the way with $10.74 million, while Nightcrawler followed in second with $10.44 million.

With the aid of Halloween, Universal's Ouija remained in first place this weekend and was down just 46 percent from last weekend. The low-budget PG-13 horror film from Platinum Dunes didn't hold up all that well during the midweek, but rebounded quite nicely on Halloween and maintained momentum throughout the rest of the weekend. Ouija has grossed a very solid $34.80 million through ten days of release. That is in line with expectations and places the film 33 percent ahead of the $26.11 million ten-day take of last year's Carrie.

Open Road's Nightcrawler trailed Ouija by just $299,380 for the frame. The critically acclaimed crime thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal appeared set to lead the weekend after a close second place finish on Friday, but Friday's $3.2 million performance ultimately wasn't affected by Halloween as much as anticipated. Nightcrawler was able to open in line with pre-release expectations, which were boosted a bit by the film's strong reviews and relatively strong online activity over the past few weeks. The film opened 21 percent below the $13.15 million start of Open Road's End of Watch back in September of 2012. Nightcrawler received a lackluster B- rating on CinemaScore, which suggests that the film isn't going over as well with audiences as it has with critics.

It was a tight race for places three through seven this weekend, as third place and seventh place were separated by just $1.59 million. Holdovers in general held up well this weekend, thanks in part to the limited amount of new competition in the marketplace.

Sony's Fury claimed third place with $8.82 million. The David Ayer directed World War II film starring Brad Pitt held up nicely this weekend, as it was down 34 percent from last weekend. Fury surpassed the $60 million mark this weekend and has grossed $60.16 million in 17 days. The film continues to perform in line with the lower end of expectations and is currently running 4 percent ahead of the $57.86 million 17-day take of Sony's The Monuments Men earlier this year.

Fox's Gone Girl placed in fourth with $8.48 million. The critically acclaimed David Fincher directed film starring Ben Affleck held up very well, as it was down just 23 percent from last weekend. This weekend's hold was especially impressive given the added competition the film faced from Nightcrawler. Gone Girl has grossed a very impressive $136.28 million in 31 days. The film is already the highest grossing film of Fincher's career and is now just $13.72 million away from reaching the $150 million mark.

The Book of Life rounded out the weekend's top five with $8.21 million. Fox's modestly budgeted computer animated film was down a slim 18 percent from last weekend. Like Ouija, The Book of Life received a boost from the holiday weekend (though its boost was on Saturday). The film also likely received an added boost from moviegoers who wanted to catch it before Disney's Big Hero 6 arrives in the marketplace next weekend. The Book of Life surpassed the $40 million mark this weekend and has grossed a solid $40.43 million in 17 days.

John Wick took sixth place with $7.99 million. The Keanu Reeves led action thriller from Lionsgate did lose a bit of momentum over the weekend, as it was down 45 percent from last weekend. With that said, John Wick is still performing on the high end of expectations with $27.53 million in ten days. John Wick has already out-grossed the $26.42 million final gross of 2008's Street Kings and is in good shape to surpass the $38.36 million final take of last year's 47 Ronin before the end of its run.

The Weinstein Company's St. Vincent placed in seventh with $7.23 million. The low-budget comedy starring Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy held up especially well this weekend, as it was down just 7 percent from last weekend. St. Vincent was helped out this weekend by strong word of mouth and from expanding into an additional 270 locations. The film has grossed $19.00 million to date and will hope to continue to hold up well going forward.

The weekend's other two new wide releases were both dead on arrival. Clarius' Before I Go to Sleep debuted on the very low end of its already low expectations with $1.84 million, while Lionsgate's Saw 10th Anniversary opened with a very disappointing $650,051. That gave Before I Go to Sleep and Saw 10th Anniversary respective per-location averages of just $953 and $315 for the frame.

On the limited front, Fox Searchlight's Birdman took in $2.39 million from 231 locations. That gave the critically acclaimed Alejandro G. Iñárritu directed film starring Michael Keaton a healthy, but not exceptional, per-location average of $10,348 for the frame. Birdman has grossed $4.88 million through 17 days of platform release.

Facebook Watch - 'Furious 7' Breaks Records With New Trailer on November 03, 2014


By Alex Edghill

Furious 7 released its first highly-anticipated trailer this past Saturday and it did not fail to disappoint, especially on Facebook. The Fast And The Furious franchise is the gold standard for Facebook buzz as its 52 million+ likes put it well ahead of notable franchises such as Twilight, Star Wars, or even James Bond. This past week it managed to tack on an additional 1.16 million likes, making it the largest week like increase I have seen for films not yet in release. Clearly this is going to be massive when it opens as the franchise has been trending up over the last 3 installments, but with the added (and tragically unfortunate) attention that Paul Walker's untimely death brings this should be the pinnacle of the success of the franchise, not unlike what Heath Ledger's death meant for The Dark Knight.

November continues to look strong as The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, Dumb And Dumber To and Interstellar all were inside the top 6. Interstellar's number in particular is looking promising as it is still a ways ahead of both Inception and Gravity at the same distance out. It has definitely not been a Facebook darling though as its 363k likes is just above average for 2014 from this distance out. This is more a testament to its older skewing target demographic. Young teen to twentysomethings who fuel much of social media in general are not firmly within its crosshairs, neither were they for my two comparisons, both of which opened north of $55 million. Look for a similar fate here for Nolan's latest film. 

Facebook Top 15 Movies by Like Increase for the Week Ending Sunday November 2nd

Rank Release Movie Likes Previous Change % Change
1 04/03/15 Furious 7 52,762,954 51,601,963 1,160,991 2.25%
2 11/21/14 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 20,855,380 20,671,069 184,311 0.89%
3 11/14/14 Dumb and Dumber To 4,026,647 3,884,110 142,537 3.67%
4 06/26/15 Ted 2 20,616,708 20,541,002 75,706 0.37%
5 05/01/15 Avengers: Age of Ultron 12,306,347 12,242,351 63,996 0.52%
6 11/07/14 Interstellar 343,359 294,540 48,819 16.57%
7 02/06/15 The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water 281,196 240,010 41,186 17.16%
8 11/26/14 Penguins of Madagascar 3,171,167 3,138,390 32,777 1.04%
9 11/07/14 Big Hero 6 267,319 241,848 25,471 10.53%
10 03/25/16 Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice 3,528,962 3,506,358 22,604 0.64%
11 01/16/15 Paddington 362,621 341,046 21,575 6.33%
12 03/20/15 The Divergent Series: Insurgent 3,704,823 3,683,748 21,075 0.57%
13 11/14/14 Beyond the Lights 261,347 242,590 18,757 7.73%
14 02/13/15 Fifty Shades of Grey 5,164,688 5,146,976 17,712 0.34%
15 12/17/14 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies 14,162,615 14,145,876 16,739 0.12%

BoxOffice Close-Up: The Cameo Cinema in St. Helena, CA on November 02, 2014

by Susan Uhrlass

Not too many movie theaters can say they've been around for over 100 years. The Cameo Cinema in St. Helena, CA is one of the country's oldest single screen cinemas, having been built and opened in 1913. The cinema acts as a cultural hub for its community of 16,000 -a relatively small population to support an independent cinema of their size. The engagement with its community has allowed the cinema to program a variety of films that range from the independent festival fare to studio blockbusters like Interstellar. The cinema's art house vibe has made it a frequent movie-going location for Hollywood royalty like the Coppola family.

The Cameo acts as one of the Napa Valley Film Festival's premier venues, which was recently held from November 11-15 across four locations in the region. Current Cameo owner Cathy Buck has championed the festival's positive impact on her business for years -going as far as encouraging her regular customers to sign up for passes ahead of time in order to be part of the experience. Hosting a film festival has brought many advantages to a single screen theater like the Cameo, allowing them to promote their business to a wider swath of the population that might not ordinarily be aware of it.

A big part of the cinema's success has been its attention to detail when it came time to transition to digital equipment. The cameo went digital in 2009 after writing and successfully receiving a grant from Barco to finance the transition. The upgrades didn't end there, as Buck carefully crafted the cinema's look to keep the feel of an authentic art house movie theatre while still offering the latest standards in technology and customer comfort. The Cameo features seating from Irwin Seating and is equipped with Dolby Atmos and Meyer Sound speakers. Depending on the film being shown, there are also wine nights when moviegoers can enjoy one of the local wines while watching a film. For the Cameo, opening its doors to a community film festival has been a great way to continue being a reference point in the arts scene of their area. As Buck states, thanks to festival it's not strange to walk around Napa Valley and hear locals end their conversations with "See you at the movies!"

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