PRESS RELEASE:

artsalliancemedia.png

London, 12th August 2015 -Leading cinema software company Arts Alliance Media (AAM) have announced a deal with China's Jackie Chan Cinema chain to deploy AAM's Screenwriter Theatre Management System across more than 200 screens. The deal was concluded in conjunction with Beijing CServ, a professional IT and cinema TMS provider and one of AAM's Chinese reseller partners.

Jackie Chan Cinema is one of China's fastest growing cinema chains. Founded by the Hong Kong martial arts actor and director Jackie Chan along with the Sparkle Roll Group Limited, one of China's largest luxury product retailers, the chain currently has 213 screens across the country.
Screenwriter, the world's most popular Theatre Management System (TMS) is installed on more than 25,000 cinema screens around the world, and manages all screens, content and playlists in a site. Users can see exactly what's happening on all screens in real time from one interface, and even from a mobile device. Screenwriter automates many time-consuming and error-prone processes, saving time and reducing the possibility of mistakes leading to missed shows. Playlists can be built, moved or repeated at the touch of a button, with content transferred automatically and schedules synchronised with the cinema's POS system. Screenwriter also proactively alerts users to any upcoming problems, such as missing content or KDMs, in time to fix them and avoid losing shows.

"We are very pleased to announce this deal to install AAM's Screenwriter Theatre Management System on all our screens" the Chief Technology Officer of Jackie Chan Cinema said. "We are looking forward to this partnership and cooperation with AAM and CServ enhancing our operations and making customer satisfaction in our cinemas even better."

Eric Stevens, Commercial Director of Arts Alliance Media added, "Jackie Chan Cinemas are a really pioneering group and so we're very happy to be announcing this partnership with them. Screenwriter, with its automation capabilities and new features such as a mobile app, will help Jackie Chan monitor and manage everything that's happening on their screens while saving time that can be spent on improving the customer experience even further."

AAM will work with CServ in China to manage the deployment of the software to Jackie Chan screens, upgrading each screen from its existing TMS to Screenwriter.

For more information, please contact:

Arts Alliance Media
Kate Pidgeon - kate.pidgeon@artsalliancemedia.com / +44 (0)20 7751 7512

About Arts Alliance Media
Arts Alliance Media (AAM) is a global leader in digital cinema software and services. We offer cutting-edge solutions in software as well as installation, maintenance and support across the cinema ecosystem.

AAM's software products include the SCREENWRITER Theatre Management System (TMS); PRODUCER - an enterprise TMS and content management system operating across the entire cinema circuit; LIFEGUARD - an enterprise system designed to monitor and manage hardware as well as power Network Operations Centres (NOCs); and ADFUSER - a campaign management tool to simplify cinema advertising and increase incremental revenues.
Our software touches over 25,000 screens worldwide across North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia Pacific while our NOC supports several thousand screens globally.

Read more

aug7wknd.png

By Daniel Garris

Paramount's Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation remained in first place at the daily box office on Monday with a daily take of $3.32 million. The fifth installment of the Tom Cruise led action franchise has now led the daily box office for ten of the past eleven days. Rogue Nation was down 61 percent from Sunday and down 51 percent from last Monday. The film continues to run in line with expectations with a solid eleven-day gross of $111.07 million. That places Rogue Nation 28 percent ahead of the $86.98 million eleven-day take of 2006's Mission: Impossible III and 2 percent ahead of the $108.76 million eleven-day total of 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

Fantastic Four continued its poor start with a second place take of $2.26 million. Fox's relaunch attempt of the Marvel superhero franchise continues to fall off quickly, as it was down 61 percent from Sunday's performance. Fantastic Four has grossed just $27.95 million in its first four days of release. The film is performing far below pre-release expectations and is very likely to continue to fall off quickly as a result of poor critical reviews, toxic word of mouth and built-in front-loading to begin with. Fantastic Four is running a disappointing 56 percent behind the $63.95 million four-day start of 2007's Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.

STX Entertainment's The Gift continued its healthy start with a third place take of $1.35 million. The Joel Edgerton directed thriller starring Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall and Edgerton fell 58 percent from Sunday. Thanks in part to strong critical reviews; The Gift is exceeding expectations with a four-day take of $13.21 million. The Gift is performing very similar to the $13.62 million four-day start of The Giver last August and will hope to duplicate the strong holding power of that film going forward.

Warner's Vacation took fourth with $1.121 million. The comedy franchise re-launch starring Ed Helms and Christina Applegate declined 56 percent from Sunday and a solid 39 percent from last Monday. While it is holding up well so far, Vacation is still running significantly below expectations with a thirteen-day start of $38.26 million. That places the film an underwhelming 17 percent behind the $46.09 million thirteen-day take of last year's Let's Be Cops.

Minions rounded out Monday's top five with $1.109 million. The blockbuster 3D computer animated prequel from Universal and Illumination Entertainment was down 50 percent from Sunday and down 45 percent from last Monday. Minions is the fifth highest grossing release of 2015 thus far with an impressive 32-day gross of $303.91 million.

Ant-Man followed very closely behind in sixth place with $1.093 million. The Paul Rudd led 3D superhero film from Disney and Marvel decreased 54 percent from Sunday and a solid 42 percent from last Monday. Ant-Man has grossed $148.61 million in 25 days and will surpass the $150 million mark either today or Wednesday.

Meanwhile, new wide releases Ricki and the Flash and Shaun the Sheep Movie respectively placed in ninth and eleventh with daily takes of $0.766 million and $0.606 million. Sony's Ricki and the Flash was down 57 percent from Sunday, while Lionsgate's Shaun the Sheep Movie was down 50 percent. Ricki and the Flash has grossed $7.38 million in four days and Shaun the Sheep Movie has grossed $6.22 million in six days, as both films are running a bit below their already modest expectations.

Read more

PRESS RELEASE:

Milwaukee, August 11, 2015...Marcus Theatres®, a division of The Marcus Corporation (NYSE:MCS), recently announced the promotions of three of its leaders. Clint Wisialowski has been promoted to vice president of sales, Rob Novak to vice president of concessions, and Matt Lee to vice president of operations. All three promotions are effective immediately.

Wisialowski will take on an expanded role in leading Marcus Theatres' sales structure and staff, cultivating new business opportunities and further enhancing relationships with key national accounts. A 26-year veteran of the company, Wisialowski joined Marcus Theatres in 1989 as an associate manager at Westown Cinema in Waukesha, Wisconsin. His career in the field later included general manager positions at both South Shore and Addison Cinemas, before being promoted to district director. He was promoted again in 2006 to the role of director of sales. In 2013, his role was expanded to his most recent position as assistant vice president of sales and R&D.

"We're thrilled to further tap Clint's extensive operational knowledge to maximize our customer and market offerings," said Rolando Rodriguez, president and chief executive officer of Marcus Theatres. "We're very fortunate to have talent of his caliber in a long-time Marcus Theatres veteran."

Novak will head the company's concessions business, driving operational improvements and financial results. He has been with Marcus Theatres since 1996, when he started as a floor associate at Addison Cinema in Addison, Illinois, before becoming the general manager of Elgin Cinema in Elgin, Illinois, in 2004, and then Orlando Park Cinema in Orland Park, Illinois, in 2008. Rob was then promoted to his most recent role as the director of concessions in 2013.

"We look forward to building upon Rob's expertise and knowledge of our company to offer new products and identify additional sources of vending revenue," said Rodriguez.

Lee will be responsible for the overall vision and leadership of Marcus Theatres' financial performance and customer satisfaction. With more than 25 years of operations experience, Lee came to the company in 2013 as a district director before being promoted to director of operations in spring 2014. Prior to joining Marcus Theatres, Lee held operations positions at both AMC Theatres and Rave Motion Pictures.

"Matt's strong background in cinema operations, combined with his knack for developing talent, have proven invaluable to Marcus Theatres," said Rodriguez. "We are excited to further leverage these leadership skills in his new position."

In addition to their roles at Marcus Theatres, Wisialowski, Novak and Lee are involved in several industry and community organizations. Wisialowski sits on the board for the Cinema Advertising Council, and is also active in The United Performing Arts Fund, United Way, Junior Achievement, Best Buddies of Racine, Focus on Racine, and Variety-The Children's Charity of Wisconsin. Novak is a regional vice president of the National Association of Concessionaires, the chair of The Marcus Corporation's employee giving campaign for the United Performing Arts Fund, and an officer on the Upsilon Housing Alumni Board for Delta Chi Fraternity at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Lee serves as co-chair of The Marcus Corporation's United Way fundraising efforts this year.

About Marcus Theatres
Marcus Theatres®, a division of The Marcus Corporation (NYSE:MCS), is the fifth largest theatre
circuit in the United States and currently owns or operates 681 screens at 55 locations in Wisconsin,
Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and Ohio. For more information, please visit
www.marcustheatres.com and follow the company on Facebook and Twitter (@Marcus_Theatres).

Read more

aug7wknd.png

By Daniel Garris

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation was able to hold off Fantastic Four this weekend to remain in first place at the box office. Paramount's Rogue Nation led the way with $28.50 million, which represented a very respectable 49 percent decline from last weekend's debut. In the process, the fifth installment of the Tom Cruise led action franchise surpassed the $100 million domestic mark this weekend. Rogue Nation has grossed $107.76 million in ten days, as the film continues to perform in line with pre-release expectations. The film is currently running 27 percent ahead of the $85.10 million ten-day take of 2006's Mission: Impossible III (which fell 48 percent in its second weekend to gross $25.01 million) and 2 percent ahead of the $105.21 million ten-day gross of 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes (which fell 49 percent in its second weekend to gross $27.83 million). Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation is likely to hold up well throughout the rest of August, thanks in part to strong word of mouth and in part to the limited amount of new competition it will be facing throughout the second half of the month.

Fantastic Four was off to a very weak second place start this weekend with $25.69 million. Fox's relaunch attempt of the Marvel superhero franchise didn't come anywhere close to expectations, which had tended to range from $40 million to $50 million heading into the weekend. Poor critical reviews and toxic early word of mouth that spread like wildfire as the weekend went on both clearly took a major toll on the film. In addition to the poor reception to the film, the decision to aim Fantastic Four heavily towards the young adult audience appears to have backfired as well. Fantastic Four opened a disappointing 56 percent below the $58.05 million debut of 2007's Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer and only outpaced the $22.00 million start of 2012's Chronicle (which was also directed by Josh Trank) by 17 percent.

Fantastic Four opened with $11.28 million on Friday (which included an estimated $2.7 million from Thursday evening shows), fell a troubling 24 percent on Saturday to gross $8.58 million and fell 32 percent on Sunday to gross $5.83 million. That gave the film an opening weekend to Friday ratio of only 2.28 to 1, which obviously isn't a good sign going forward. As further evidence of just how toxic word early word of mouth for the film is, Fantastic Four earned a poor C- rating on CinemaScore and has a current Flixster audience score of just 24 percent. Given the poor reaction to the film, a short theatrical life span for Fantastic Four already appears to be set in stone.

The news was far more promising for STX Entertainment's The Gift, as the new distributor's first release was off to a nice third place start of $11.85 million. The Joel Edgerton directed thriller starring Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall and Edgerton outpaced its modest expectations. The Gift was helped out by strong critical reviews and likely also received a bit of a bump from serving as an alternative choice to moviegoers who ultimately passed on Fantastic Four (especially as the weekend went on). The Gift opened nearly on par with the $12.31 million start of The Giver last August and will hope to duplicate the strong holding power of that film going forward.

The Gift took in $4.12 million on Friday (which included an estimated Thursday night start of just $0.59 million), increased an encouraging 10 percent on Saturday to gross $4.52 million and decreased 29 percent on Sunday to gross $3.21 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.88 to 1, which is a good sign going forward. The film's B rating on CinemaScore is also a positive early sign, especially for a thriller. Making this weekend's start even more impressive is that the reported production budget for The Gift was only $5 million.

Warner's Vacation took fourth place with $8.96 million. The comedy franchise re-launch starring Ed Helms and Christina Applegate was down a solid 39 percent from last weekend. Despite this weekend's hold, Vacation is still running significantly below expectations with a twelve-day start of $37.14 million. That places the film an underwhelming 18 percent behind the $45.06 million twelve-day take of last year's Let's Be Cops.

Ant-Man rounded out the weekend's top five with $7.91 million. The Paul Rudd led 3D superhero film from Disney and Marvel was down a very solid 38 percent, as it also benefited from serving as an alternative choice to Fantastic Four this weekend. Thanks in part to solid holding power thus far, Ant-Man has grossed $147.52 million in 24 days. Ant-Man is now running just 6 percent behind the $156.97 million 24-day gross of 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger.

In other box office news, Universal's Minions surpassed the $300 million domestic milestone this weekend after finishing in sixth place for the frame with $7.45 million. The blockbuster 3D computer animated prequel from Illumination Entertainment stabilized a bit this weekend, as it was down 40 percent from last weekend. Minions has grossed an impressive $302.80 million in 31 days.

Sony's Ricki and the Flash debuted in seventh with $6.61 million. The comedy drama starring Meryl Streep opened slightly below its already modest expectations and was off to a lackluster start by Streep's box office standards. However, the film's opening weekend performance was deflated a bit by the decision to launch the film in a modest 1,603 locations. In an attempt to help the film's holding power going forward, Ricki and the Flash will be receiving a significant expansion next weekend. Streep's films also have a history of displaying strong holding power. Ricki and the Flash received a solid B rating on CinemaScore. It should also be noted that the film's reported production budget was just $18 million.

The weekend's other new wide release, Shaun the Sheep Movie, opened softly with an eleventh place take of $4.04 million. Despite strong critical reviews, the stop-motion animated film from Lionsgate and Aardman Animations was unable to draw in family audiences this weekend. Since its debut on Wednesday Shaun the Sheep Movie has grossed $5.61 million in five days. That places the film 54 percent behind the $12.27 million five-day take of 2012's The Pirates: Band of Misfits (which opened on a Friday). Shaun the Sheep Movie will hope to receive a boost going forward from its strong reviews and from the lack of new family fare entering the marketplace in the near future. The film also received an encouraging B+ rating on CinemaScore.

Read more

Subscribe to Articles Feed