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By Alex Edghill

Friday Morning Update: Furious 7 led all upcoming films in Twitter mentions over the last week, eclipsing the 300,000 mark thanks in large part to its 172k last Saturday after its first trailer was unveiled. The franchise has a licence to print money worldwide at this point and these types of huge numbers only cement that fact into place. 

The Minions first trailer was enough to zoom it past 100k and have it land in third place on the week. The spin-off has started incredibly well, even better than its parent films Despicable Me 1 and 2. The Minions have become somewhat of a pop culture phenomenon and as such their first solo film looks primed to be a huge success.

Both Interstellar and Big Hero 6 have really turned on the gas this week, especially Big Hero 6 where the big marketing campaign has no doubt been paying dividends. With a top 5 finish and strong steady increases leading up to their release today all signs point to strong openings.

Chappie's first trailer proved to be a solid win a couple days ago, bringing the film from obscurity to the top 15. Director Neill Blomkamp is once again back in his element of tech-heavy robot-infused future alterverses, and with a 10,000 tweet first day this was definitely a good sign. His last film Elysium has just under 18k tweets for its first trailer but I'm not too worried here for Chappie as yet since its name does make getting hold of relevant tweets more challenging.

Twitter Top 15 Movies for the week of October 24th to October 31st

Date Movie Tweets Rank Peak Change
4/03/15 Furious 7 302,601 1 (+5) 1 1372.51%
11/21/14 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 184,719 2 (-) 1 14.46%
7/10/15 Minions 117,588 3 (+19) 3 3400.68%
11/07/14 Interstellar 109,924 4 (-1) 3 87.06%
11/07/14 Big Hero 6 74,124 5 (+8) 5 1102.53%
5/01/15 Avengers: Age of Ultron 72,464 6 (-5) 1 -68.56%
12/17/14 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies 53,066 7 (+4) 7 375.93%
11/14/14 Beyond The Lights 38,511 8 (-3) 3 54.92%
12/25/14 Into The Woods 37,239 9 (-2) 6 87.37%
2/13/15 Fifty Shades Of Grey 21,893 10 (+15) 10 602.83%
5/29/15 San Andreas 20,982 11 (-1) 10 41.94%
3/06/15 Chappie 20,452 12 (+51) 12 41638.78%
11/14/14 Dumb And Dumber To 18,032 13 (-1) 12 98.92%
11/26/14 Horrible Bosses 2 10,993 14 (+7) 14 202.09%
2/06/15 The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water 9,667 15 (+2) 15 80.59%

Please check the methodology page for information about our Twitter project or here for historic data.

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int.pngInterstellar is hitting screens across 62 countries this weekend in a day-and-date debut that spans most of the overseas market. Major territories that will be left out from the initial roll out include China (November 12) and Jpan (November 22). Warner Bros is planning a release that will reach more than 13,000 screens outside of North America and over 200 IMAX locations. 

The studio released the initial overseas numbers for the film in a press release on Thursday:

Interstellar dominated the French speaking markets on Wednesday, taking over 50% of the marketshare of the top 5 films in France and Belgium. France grossed a terrific €594k ($743k) with 91k admissions on 750 screens. An outstanding 4.7/5 rating on the Allocine website, coupled with the extensive and positive media coverage on the film, positions the film extremely well to play into the Nov 11 Armistice Day holiday weekend, which is traditionally one of the strongest weekends of the year.

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interstellar.pngBy Shawn Robbins

Paramount reports that Christopher Nolan's Interstellar picked up a solid $1.35 million start from its 249 locations in a first place victory on Wednesday, including Tuesday night's first screenings. The per-theater average was $5,423. The film is playing exclusively in IMAX, 35mm, and 70mm film formats ahead of its nationwide release on Friday. Direct comparisons for this sort of release are nil, but the closest comparison may be that of Skyfall--it earned $2.2 million from 463 IMAX and large format screen locations ($4,752 per location) one day before its wide release this same weekend two years ago.

Nightcrawler added $0.87 million to its first-week haul, giving the thriller a $13.5 million 6-day start. That puts the film 8 percent off the pace of 2011's Drive, a similarly niche film that garnered strong reviews with a fall release.

Fury eased 25 percent from last Wednesday to $0.85 million yesterday. The war drama has earned $2.95 million through 20 days of release.

John Wick tallied $0.74 million yesterday, down 35 percent from the same day last week. Keanu Reeves' actioner has now tallied $30 million through 13 days.

Rounding out the top five, Gone Girl added $0.724 million on Wednesday for an 18.5 percent week-to-week drop. The hit adaptation has taken in $138.6 million domestically in all.

 

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cinemark.pngPLANO, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 6, 2014-- Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK), one of the largest motion picture exhibitors in the world, today reported results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2014.

Cinemark Holdings, Inc.'s revenues for the three months ended September 30, 2014 were $646.9 million compared to $757.6 million for the three months ended September 30, 2013. For the three months ended September 30, 2014, admissions revenues were $402.9 million and concession revenues were $211.1 million. Attendance decreased to 66.2 million patrons, average ticket price increased 2.9% to $6.09 and concession revenues per patron increased 6.7% to $3.19 during the three months ended September 30, 2014.

Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended September 30, 2014 was $141.7 million compared to $190.2 million for the three months ended September 30, 2013. Reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures are provided in the financial schedules accompanying this press release.

Net income attributable to Cinemark Holdings, Inc. for the three months ended September 30, 2014 was approximately $38.1 million compared to $80.0 million for the three months ended September 30, 2013. Diluted earnings per share for the three months ended September 30, 2014 was $0.33 compared to $0.69 for the three months ended September 30, 2013.

"We are pleased with our results considering we faced a much higher hurdle than our peers with a 650 basis point domestic industry outperformance in Q3 of 2013 and the headwinds of the World Cup in Brazil," stated Tim Warner, Cinemark's Chief Executive Officer. "We continue to benefit from our strategic, diverse global platform and attribute our strong performance to our sustained emphasis on attendance growth."

Cinemark Holdings, Inc.'s revenues for the nine months ended September 30, 2014 were $1,967.1 million compared to $2,031.0 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2013. During the nine months ended September 30, 2014, admissions revenues were $1,239.5 million and concession revenues were $630.6 million. Average ticket price increased 2.3% to $6.25 and concession revenues per patron increased 4.6% to $3.18 during the nine months ended September 30, 2014, while attendance declined approximately 6.4% to 198.2 million patrons.

Adjusted EBITDA for the nine months ended September 30, 2014 was $439.6 million compared to $484.5 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2013. Reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures are provided in the financial schedules accompanying this press release.

Net income attributable to Cinemark Holdings, Inc. for the nine months ended September 30, 2014 was $145.3 million compared to $132.9 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2013. Diluted earnings per share for the nine months ended September 30, 2014 was $1.25 compared to $1.15 for the nine months ended September 30, 2013. Net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 included a loss on early retirement of debt of approximately $72.3 million, before income taxes.

On September 30, 2014, the Company's aggregate screen count was 5,629. As of September 30, 2014, the Company had signed commitments to open five new theatres and 51 screens during the remainder of 2014 and 22 new theatres with 187 screens subsequent to 2014.

Conference Call/Webcast - Today at 8:30 AM ET

Telephone: via 888-755-8910 or 706-679-3149 (for international callers).

Live Webcast/Replay: Available live at investors.cinemark.com. A replay will be available following the call and archived for a limited time.

About Cinemark Holdings, Inc.

Cinemark is a leading domestic and international motion picture exhibitor, operating 490 theatres with 5,629 screens in 40 U.S. states, Brazil, Argentina and 11 other Latin American countries as of September 30, 2014. For more information go to investors.cinemark.com.

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This press release includes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. The "forward-looking statements" include our current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections about our business and our industry. They include statements relating to future revenues, expenses and profitability, the future development and expected growth of our business, projected capital expenditures, attendance at movies generally or in any of the markets in which we operate, the number or diversity of popular movies released and our ability to successfully license and exhibit popular films, national and international growth in our industry, competition from other exhibitors and alternative forms of entertainment and determinations in lawsuits in which we are defendants. You can identify forward-looking statements by the use of words such as "may," "should," "could," "estimates," "predicts," "potential," "continue," "anticipates," "believes," "plans," "expects," "future" and "intends" and similar expressions which are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, some of which are beyond our control and difficult to predict and could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or forecasted in the forward-looking statements. In evaluating forward-looking statements, you should carefully consider the risks and uncertainties described in the "Risk Factors" section or other sections in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed February 28, 2014 and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. All forward-looking statements attributable to us or persons acting on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by these cautionary statements and risk factors. Forward-looking statements contained in this press release reflect our view only as of the date of this press release. We undertake no obligation, other than as required by law, to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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By Daniel Garris

Open Road's Nightcrawler led the daily box office on Tuesday with $1.24 million. The critically acclaimed crime thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal has now topped the daily box office for two consecutive days. Nightcrawler was up a healthy 30 percent over Monday, as holdovers in general saw significant daily increases on Tuesday thanks in part to Election Day. Nightcrawler has grossed $12.63 million in five days. That is in line with pre-release expectations and places the film 21 percent behind the $15.91 million five-day start of Open Road's End of Watch back in September of 2012.

Sony's Fury took in $1.10 million to remain in second. The David Ayer directed World War II film starring Brad Pitt was up 32 percent from Monday's performance and down a healthy 27 percent from last Tuesday. Fury has grossed $62.09 million in 19 days. That is towards the lower end of expectations and is 5 percent stronger than the $59.27 million 19-day take of Sony's The Monuments Men earlier this year.

John Wick held steady in third place with $0.997 million. The Keanu Reeves led action thriller from Lionsgate increased 30 percent over Monday and was down 39 percent from last Tuesday. John Wick continues to perform on the high end of expectations with $29.29 million in twelve days. That leaves the film just $9.07 million away from the $38.36 million final gross of last year's 47 Ronin.

Disney's Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day surged 121 percent and 4 spots over Monday's performance to move into fourth place on Tuesday with $0.944 million. Election Day is traditionally a strong day for family films and that was certainly the case yesterday for Alexander. The 26-day total for Alexander stands at a very solid $55.09 million.

Fox's Gone Girl held steady in fifth with $0.893 million. The critically acclaimed David Fincher directed film starring Ben Affleck was up 28 percent over Monday and down a slim 19 percent from last Tuesday. Gone Girl has grossed a very impressive $137.87 million in 33 days, which leaves the film $12.13 million away from reaching the $150 million domestic mark.

Universal's Ouija, Fox's The Book of Life and The Weinstein Company's St. Vincent followed closely behind in places sixth through eighth with respective daily grosses of $0.871 million, $0.865 million and $0.851 million. Fifth place and eighth place were separated by just $41,984 yesterday, as daily grosses among the top 8 were very much bunched together. Respective total grosses stand at $36.44 million for Ouija in twelve days, at $41.76 million for The Book of Life in 19 days and at $20.42 million for St. Vincent in 26 days.

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