by John Fithian, President & CEO, NATO

Few families have had a greater impact on the world of motion picture exhibition than the Marcus family. Ben Marcus based his company on brains, savvy, integrity, compassion, and grit. His son, Steve Marcus, took over for his father and expanded the reach and reputation of The Marcus Corporation. Given Steve's remarkable career in exhibition, and his generous philanthropic spirit, BoxOffice Pro could not have selected a more appropriate candidate for its inaugural Hall of Fame.

In more than 50 years with the company, Steve worked his way up the ranks to serve as president beginning in 1980 and then CEO beginning in 1998. I have had the pleasure of working with Steve since 1992 and, like many others, have learned so much from him. Steve is a brilliant businessman who never needs to raise his voice to have an impact. He cares deeply about the people who work for him and the moviegoers (and hotel guests) who frequent his businesses. He has also consistently supported many charities, including Variety the Children's Charity. It is wonderful to see that Variety International will honor Steve this May.

Steve's tireless commitment extends beyond his own company and the charities he loves to the industry at large. I can't think of any other member of the National Association of Theatre Owners who has worked harder for his fellow exhibitors, or effectively held more voluntary positions within the organization. Steve has served as NATO's board chairman, vice-chairman, and treasurer; as the association's Finance Committee chair; as the head of our Strategic Planning Committee; and in many other capacities. Similarly, Steve has long held a leading role in the very successful local unit, NATO of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. Steve has simply had a leading hand in growing NATO to the modern and effective association it is today. And Steve never forgets about the "little guy," as he has remained a fierce advocate of independent cinema operators even as The Marcus Corporation has grown into the fifth largest company in the country.

On behalf of the NATO staff and our 630 members who operate in every state and 81 countries around the world, all hats are off for a true industry icon-Steve Marcus.


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may22wknd.pngWarner Bros. reports Mad Max: Fury Road held the top spot again on Wednesday with $2.32 million, off just 41 percent from the same day last week. In the process, the strongly received action flick crossed the $100 million domestic barrier as it now sits at $100.08 million, which is nearly 4 percent ahead of where Prometheus stood at the same point in its release cycle.

In the runner-up spot, Pitch Perfect 2 added $2.06 million yesterday for a 47 percent week-to-week drop. The hit comedy sequel has tallied $130.7 million domestically through 13 days of release, 34 percent ahead of Neighbors.

Disney's Tomorrowland claimed third place on Wednesday with $1.97 million. The Brad Bird-helmed adventure film has earned $47.56 million through its first six days, which is essentially on par with the $48.05 million six-day take of J.J. Abrams' Super 8 in 2011.

Avengers: Age of Ultron landed in fourth place yesterday, off 39 percent from last Wednesday. Its domestic take is now $414.75 million.

Filling out the top five, Poltergeist grossed $1.25 million yesterday. The horror remake's six-day tally is $29.36 million, about 4 percent less than 2013's Evil Dead remake through the same point.


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sanandreaslongrange.pngLOS ANGELES - May 28, 2015 - According to Fandango, the nation's leading digital destination for moviegoers and fans with more than 36 million unique visitors per month*, "San Andreas" is ready to give audiences a jolt as the weekend's #1 ticket-seller, shaking up 84 out of 100 points on Fanticipation, Fandango's movie buzz indicator. "San Andreas" is outselling Dwayne Johnson's action-adventure vehicle, "Hercules," and director Brad Peyton's previous film with Johnson, "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island," at the same point in the Fandango sales cycle.

"It's been a while since Hollywood has delivered a top-flight disaster movie," says Fandango Chief Correspondent Dave Karger, "and with Dwayne Johnson leading the cast, ‘San Andreas' is giving a summer jolt to moviegoers, delivering on star power and jaw-dropping special effects."

According to a survey of more than 1,000 "San Andreas" ticket-buyers on Fandango:
* 77% are fans of The Rock's action-adventure movies;
* 76% are looking forward to the film's spectacular CGI effects;
* 73% are fans of disaster movies like "Armageddon" and "The Day After Tomorrow;"
* 65% are interested in the film's focus on a family's struggle to survive and reunite.

On Fandango's movie recommendation show, "Weekend Ticket," Karger interviews "San Andreas" star Dwayne Johnson. "If you're easily spooked by natural disasters, then you're perfect for this movie," teases Johnson. "It allows you to experience it on a grand scale and you get to walk out. If you have those fears, go for it." The full episode can be found at

With "San Andreas" opening this week, Fandango Movieclips is hosting The Ultimate The Rock Mashup, while Fandango is unveiling an exclusive infographic of "Iconic Landmarks Destroyed in the Movies," from the Statue of Liberty in "Cloverfield" to the shifting Golden Gate Bridge in "X-Men: The Last Stand."

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.

*According to comScore

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The presence of Meyer Sound in French film post-production continues to grow with Film Factory, which has added an Acheron®-based loudspeaker system for its newest mixing stage in the Paris suburb of Clichy. This is the second Meyer Sound system for Film Factory, one of France's leading providers of film post-production services, and the 16th French post-production room to have adopted Meyer Sound as the new monitoring standard.
"Compared to the ‘established standard' loudspeakers, Meyer Sound cinema monitors are much more stable," says Antoine Faure, audio director at Film Factory. "Their frequency and phase responses are more linear because the crossovers, phase alignment, and amplifiers are all inside the loudspeaker. The difference is remarkable."

The newest 7.1 mixing stage at Film Factory offers monitoring from three Acheron® Studio screen channel loudspeakers, 10 HMS-10 surround loudspeakers, and three X-800 high-power cinema subwoofers. The system is wired for easy upgrade to the Dolby Atmos immersive surround format. System design was handled by Paul Henri-Wagner of Paris-based 44.1, which served as integrator for both the Meyer Sound system and a Euphonix System 5 mixing console.

"The linear response at very high levels is outstanding," reports Faure. "The precise time response is clearly audible in the smallest details, particularly with Foley and music. Some re-recording mixers have told me that they have discovered new details when mixing with the systems."
With the addition of the new Film Factory room, a total of 16 rooms at nine prestigious French post-production facilities now offer Meyer Sound cinema systems. Installations in Paris include Dubbing Brothers, INK Production, Piste Rouge, and Film Factory's first Meyer Sound-equipped mixing stage. Other French installations include Digimage in Joinville and Montrouge; Technicolor in Boulogne; and École Louis-Lumière and Digital Factory in St. Denis.

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By Daniel Garris

Warner's Mad Max: Fury Road was up two spots from Monday to move into first place on Tuesday with $3.05 million. The critically acclaimed action film starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron was down 54 percent from Monday and down a solid 39.5 percent from last Tuesday. Mad Max: Fury Road has grossed $97.76 million in twelve days and is set to surpass the $100 million domestic mark either today or Thursday. The film is currently running 3.5 percent ahead of the $94.43 million twelve-day take of 2012's Prometheus.

Disney's Tomorrowland was down one spot and 70 percent from Monday to land in second with $2.91 million. Tuesday's sizable percentage decline is further evidence of the film's appeal with family audiences, as Memorial Day grosses are typically inflated for family films. The Brad Bird directed sci-fi film starring George Clooney and Britt Robertson has grossed $45.59 million in five days. While that is on the lower end of expectations, the film is still off to an underwhelming start with its large price tag in mind. Tomorrowland is running a slim 2 percent ahead of the $44.68 million five-day start of 2011's Super 8.

Pitch Perfect 2 was also down one spot from Monday to take third place with $2.87 million. Universal's successful musical comedy sequel starring Anna Kendrick fell 61 percent from Monday and 46 percent from last Tuesday. Pitch Perfect 2 continues to exceed expectations in a big way with a twelve-day take of $128.61 million. That places the film an impressive 34 percent ahead of the $95.66 million twelve-day gross of last year's Neighbors.

Avengers: Age of Ultron held steady in fourth place with $1.95 million. The blockbuster superhero sequel from Disney and Marvel was down 70 percent from Monday and down a very solid 35.5 percent from last Tuesday. Avengers: Age of Ultron has grossed $413.32 million in 26 days. Without adjusting for ticket price inflation, Avengers: Age of Ultron is now the 14th highest grossing film of all time domestically and will soon surpass the $415.00 million final gross of 2010's Toy Story 3 to move into 13th place.

Poltergeist grossed $1.77 million to remain in fifth place on Tuesday. The PG-13 rated horror remake from Fox and MGM was down 52 percent from Monday. That represented the day's strongest daily percentage hold among wide releases, which is some welcome news after the film's initial front-loading over the weekend. Poltergeist has grossed $28.12 million in five days. That is in line with the film's wide ranging expectations and is 4 percent behind the $29.33 million five-day start of 2013's Evil Dead.

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