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Monday Update #2: Universal is reporting that Jurassic World grossed $208.8 million this weekend, which sets a new all-time opening weekend record.

Monday Update #1: Early reports this morning have Jurassic World's final weekend tally hitting $209 million, which tops the $207 million haul of the first Avengers.

We're still waiting on an official number from Universal.

Sunday Update: In one of the most stunning and remarkable box office performances in memory, Universal and Legendary Pictures' Jurassic World absolutely demolished expectations this weekend with an estimated $204.6 million. The fourth installment of the long dormant blockbuster franchise delivered the second largest opening weekend performance of all-time, behind only the $207.44 million debut of 2012's Marvel's The Avengers. With an estimated separation of only $2.84 million between the two films, it is still possible that Jurassic World could ultimately break the all-time weekend record if it should exceed expectations on Sunday. Either way, Jurassic World will represent only the second film ever to open with more than $200 million and will outpace the recent $191.27 million start of Avengers: Age of Ultron by a comfortable margin.

Jurassic World shattered the previous opening weekend record for the month of June, which had been held by 2013's Man of Steel. Jurassic World opened a massive 75 percent stronger than the $116.62 million opening weekend performance of Man of Steel and did so without having the advantage of opening over Father's Day weekend that Man of Steel had. Jurassic World also easily topped the $147.19 million debut of Furious 7 earlier this year to become the largest opener ever for Universal. The Jurassic Park franchise has a history of record breaking performances, as both 1993's Jurassic Park and 1997's The Lost World: Jurassic Park broke the all-time opening weekend record at the time of their respective releases.

A number of factors helped contribute to the break out performance of Jurassic World this weekend. Thanks in part to the 14-year gap between the film and 2001's Jurassic Park III, Jurassic World was able to build off of the nostalgia and legacy of Jurassic Park without being weighed down by the less enthusiastic reactions to The Lost World and Jurassic Park III. The film was also helped out by being the first Jurassic Park film to be aided by higher priced 3D and IMAX admissions (an estimated 48 percent of the film's grosses were from 3D engagements), by the presence of Chris Pratt fresh off his success with last year's Guardians of the Galaxy, by a very strong marketing campaign and by being the only new action-adventure film for audiences throughout the entire month of June.

Jurassic World opened with $82.6 million on Friday (which included an estimated $18.5 million from Thursday evening shows), fell 16 percent on Saturday to gross $69.7 million and is estimated to decline 25 percent on Sunday to take in $52.3 million. That places the estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio for Jurassic World at 2.48 to 1, which is exceptional when dealing with grosses of this size and is a very strong early sign for the film going forward. Jurassic World received a strong A rating on CinemaScore. In addition to strong word of mouth, Jurassic World will also be aided going forward by the Father's Day holiday next weekend and by the lack of direct competition for action fans until Paramount's Terminator Genisys enters the marketplace on July 1.

The audience breakdown for Jurassic World was nearly evenly split between genders (52 percent male, 48 percent female) and skewed towards moviegoers 25 years and older (61 percent).

Jurassic World makes Universal's strong 2015 performance even stronger, as it now leads a slate that has already included Fifty Shades of Grey, Furious 7 and Pitch Perfect 2. The studio will look to continue its roll with the release of Ted 2 on June 26 and Minions on July 10.

In other box office news, Fox's Spy placed in a distant second with an estimated $16.0 million. The Melissa McCarthy led comedy was down one spot and 45 percent from last weekend. There is no doubt that the softer than anticipated performance of Spy thus far is at least in part due to the break-out performance of Jurassic World this weekend. Spy has grossed $56.94 million through ten days of release. That places the film an underwhelming 20 percent behind the $70.96 million ten-day start of 2013's Identity Thief.

Warner's San Andreas claimed third place with an estimated $11.01 million. The Dwayne Johnson led 3D disaster film was down an understandably sharp 57 percent, as the film clearly took a direct hit from the arrival of Jurassic World. Despite this weekend's hold, San Andreas continues to significantly outpace expectations with a strong 17-day take of $119.32 million. With the launch of Jurassic World now out of the way, San Andreas could stabilize going forward, especially with the aid of Father's Day next weekend.

Focus' Insidious: Chapter 3 landed in fourth place with an estimated $7.3 million. The third installment of the low-budget horror franchise from Gramercy and Blumhouse Productions was down one spot and a very sharp 68 percent from last weekend. The film's second weekend decline was quite expected given the added presence of Jurassic World and that 2013's Insidious: Chapter 2 fell 66 percent in its second weekend. Insidious: Chapter 3 continues to perform on the low end of expectations with a ten-day take of $37.37 million.

Universal's Pitch Perfect 2 rounded out the weekend's top five with an estimated $5.97 million. The successful musical comedy sequel starring Anna Kendrick was down a slim 21 percent from last weekend. Pitch Perfect 2 easily had the weekend's strongest percentage hold among wide releases and was aided from playing as a double feature with Jurassic World at many drive-in locations. Pitch Perfect 2 has grossed a significantly stronger than expected $170.69 million in 31 days.

Warner's Entourage followed in sixth place with an estimated $4.34 million. The theatrical version of the HBO comedy series continues to display significant front-loading, as it was down 58 percent from last weekend. Entourage has grossed a lackluster $25.87 million through twelve days of release.

Saturday Update #2: A wave of nostalgia, Chris Pratt's rapidly rising star power, and one of the best marketing campaigns in years have paid off for Universal and Legendary Pictures in an even bigger way than already expected. The studio reports this morning that Jurassic World rocked the box office with a stunning $82.8 million opening day, giving it the third highest first day gross in history behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 ($91.1 million) and Avengers: Age of Ultron ($84.4 million). Even more impressive is the fact that after its already-strong $18.5 million Thursday night gross, the film earned $64.3 million on Friday proper -- the highest single day gross of all-time when excluding any Thursday night or midnight grosses. That record previously belonged to Marvel's The Avengers with $62.1 million (removing its $18.7 million in midnight show earnings).

There are more than enough statistics to begin culling from World's shocking performance so far. Compared to its own franchise... there are no comparisons. Although the original Jurassic Park ($47 million) once claimed the opening weekend record in 1993, as did its 1997 follow-up, The Lost World ($72.1 million), those numbers still wouldn't reflect the massive attendance of Jurassic World when adjusted for inflation ($92.2 million adjusted weekend for the original and $128 million adjusted for the second pic). In fact, World is poised to exceed the entire domestic run of 2001's Jurassic Park III ($181.2 million) in just three days.

On the all-time weekend chart, Jurassic World will break up Marvel's dominance on the top three spots. Iron Man 3's third-best $174.1 million weekend will fall a spot, and Ultron's $191.3 million should go down as well given the strength of World's Friday business combined with the presumption that it will continue playing strongly on Saturday and Sunday thanks to very positive word of mouth. Unconfirmed reports from other outlets suggest it received an "A" CinemaScore, while Flixster users have given it a strong 87 percent approval.

No June release has ever approached Friday attendance levels this high (meaning comparisons aren't concrete right now) and schools being out this time of year means some front-loading to Friday is reasonably expected. That said, giving World the same weekend math as Man of Steel (the June record-holder entering the weekend) when adding in all of the latter's Thursday preview grosses would net $190 million -- and that 2013 film didn't have near the kind of post-preview business or healthy word of mouth as World seems to. Also worth noting are the NBA Finals on Sunday which could hamper evening grosses, although word of mouth may be able to compensate for that.

All told, we think momentum is unstoppable at this point and Jurassic World is on pace to become the second film ever to crack the $200 million threshold, with a realistic shot at breaking the first Avengers' all-time $207.44 million opening weekend record. Universal itself projects a $181.4 million weekend, but we're aiming higher in our official projection of $210 million.

In other news, Spy was off 54 percent from its opening day last week to $4.775 million in second place yesterday. The Melissa McCarthy-Paul Feig laugher has tallied $45.7 million in its first eight days of release. BoxOffice projects a $15.5 million sophomore frame.

In third, San Andreas added $3.13 million for a 59 percent Friday-to-Friday drop. The disaster flick's domestic haul now stands at $111.44 million as it heads for a third weekend around $10.5 million.

In fourth place yesterday, Insidious Chapter 3 was down 74 percent from its opening day last week to $2.675 million. The horror sequel's eight-day sum is $32.75 million as it heads for a weekend around $8 million.

Filling out the top five, Pitch Perfect 2 added $2 million on Friday -- down just 23 percent from last week. The sequel's domestic total is now $166.7 million. BoxOffice projects a $5.8 million weekend.

Meanwhile, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl posted $69,254 from 15 locations on Friday, giving it a $4,617 per-theater average. The well-reviewed Sundance performer is aiming to build buzz through word of mouth in limited release, and could tally around $215,000 this weekend.

Check BoxOffice on Sunday for official weekend estimates from the studios.

Saturday Update: Universal reports this morning that Jurassic World amassed an absolutely stunning $82.8 million on opening day Friday, putting it on course for the biggest opening weekend of 2015, and possibly even a chance at the all-time record held by Avengers.

More analysis to come...

Friday Update #3: Sources tell BoxOffice that Jurassic World continues to surge this evening. Projections are now rising to a possible $70 million opening day (including last night's previews). If that holds, opening weekend could total around $160 million.

Ordinarily, sequels are susceptible to massive front-loading on Fridays during summer, but in this case it's reasonable to still expect strong matinee business on Saturday (especially considering that early word of mouth is very positive).

We'll have more coverage tomorrow morning when the hard numbers roll in to offer a stronger weekend projection.

Friday Update #2: Sources report that Jurassic World is currently trending for an opening day close to $65 million based on matinee performance and the trend of evening show pre-sales. If that figure holds, it would likely net the highly anticipated sequel a huge opening weekend of $145-150 million+ -- more than enough to give it the June record, and possibly enough to top distributor Universal's earlier 2015 blockbuster Furious 7 ($147.2 million).

More updates as they come, and check BoxOffice on Saturday morning for more concrete projections based on official Friday estimates from the studios.

Friday Update #1: Sources report that Jurassic World bowed to an excellent $18.5 million from shows beginning at 7pm on Thursday night. That appears to put the film on a continued course for the June opening weekend record, currently held by 2013's Man of Steel ($116.6 million).

Last night's stellar performance for the dino sequel notably topped Furious 7's $15.8 million Thursday haul, that film having gone on to a $147.2 million weekend. However, with most schools now out of session and vacation season beginning, the comparison with Jurassic World isn't apples-to-apples.

We'll have more updates as they come...

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Christie 4K cinema projector screens Hong Kong director Derek Yee's I Am Somebody at the opening, and China-Russian co-production Ballet in the Flames of War at the closing

SHANGHAI - (June 15, 2015) - Christie®, a world leader in advanced cinema technologies and visual displays, is proud to serve as the exclusive digital projection partner for the 18th Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) for the seventh consecutive year.

The Christie Solaria CP4230 DLP® 4K Digital Cinema Projector is once again bestowed with the honor of screening the opening and closing films at this prestigious event, which takes place from June 13-21, 2015. Known as China's only non-specialized competitive international film festival accredited by the Paris-based Fédération Internationale des Associations de Producteurs de Films (FIAPF), the festival kicked off in style with the screening of veteran Hong Kong director Derek Yee's new film, I Am Somebody, while China-Russian co-production Ballet in the Flames of War will close the event.

Shot on location at Zhejiang Hengdian World Studios, I Am Somebody is a comedy about the lives of extras working at China's largest film studio. The film is self-financed by Yee and stars unknowns but has numerous star cameos, including renowned celebrities Daniel Wu and Anita Yuen. On the other hand, closing film Ballet in the Flames of War is a romance set during the Second World War. Directed by China's Yachun Dong and Russia's Nikita Mikhalkov, the film opened the Chinese Film Festival in Moscow last month.

Lin Yu, vice president, Christie Asia Pacific, said, "Christie is honored to present this premium movie-screening experience to all the guests at this year's SIFF. With over 85 years of experience in the movie industry, Christie's digital cinema projectors have achieved illustrious success in the entertainment industry. Every year, the best film professionals around the world gather in Shanghai for this dazzling event and we are delighted to be associated with the SIFF, which is one of the most prominent film festivals in the world."

Besides screening the spectacular opening and closing films, Christie completed the installation of Asia's first 6-Primary (6P) laser projection system in Hall 1 of the prestigious Shanghai Film Art Center for movie screenings during the film festival. Anchored by the Christie Freedom® laser illumination system, audiences are able to get the best 3D movie-viewing experience on the 23-meter Oriental Mega Screen with incredible brightness, wider color gamut and astounding contrast. Christie's 6P laser projectors provide industry-leading brightness of up to 60,000 lumens per projector head, and offer vastly improved 3D light levels, image uniformity, viewing comfort, and an enhanced sense of immersion.

Christie is also participating in the China (Shanghai) International Cinema Facilities and Technology Exhibition, which takes place at the Shanghai Convention & Exhibition Center of International Sourcing from June 17-19, 2015. During this event, visitors can check out the comprehensive range of Christie cinema projection and audio solutions, including a live demonstration of the Christie CP2215 DLP digital cinema projector and the cutting-edge Christie Vive AudioTM cinema audio solution, which utilizes ribbon driver speakers and Class D amplifiers.

The Christie Solaria Series is the only 4K DLP solution able to provide the world's most brilliant images, the highest level of content security, the easiest adaptability, operation and maintenance. Fully DCI compliant, and built on Christie's extensive cinema experience, the Christie Solaria Series is ready for the next evolution of digital cinema; capable of displaying premium 4K content or 2D/3D 2K High Frame Rate (HFR) feature films and alternative content in its original format.

A star-studded lineup of local and international movie celebrities is expected to attend this year's SIFF red carpet ceremonies, including Gong Li, Zhang Ziyi, Fan Bingbing, Yao Chen, Jackie Chan, Aaron Kwok, Leon Lai, Liu Ye and Eddie Peng.

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NEW YORK, NY - Marcus Theatres will be awarded the 2015 Show "E" Award at ShowEast during the Final Night Banquet & Awards Ceremony hosted by The Coca-Cola Company, on Thursday, October 15th at the Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood, Florida. Greg Marcus, president and CEO of The Marcus Corporation will accept the award on behalf of the company. The annual "Show "E" Award" is presented to an industry member or company whose achievements, accomplishments, and dedication to the industry are unequalled.

Andrew Sunshine, Co-Managing Director at ShowEast added, "We are extremely honored to be able to recognize Marcus Theatres with this award at the 2015 convention. Under the leadership of Greg, Steve Marcus and Rolando Rodriguez, president and CEO for Marcus Theatres, the company continues to innovate. For 80 years the continued dedication and commitment to advancing the movie going experience has been second to none. We congratulate Greg, Steve Marcus and the entire Marcus family on this award."

Ben Marcus founded Marcus Theatres in 1935 with the opening of a single movie theatre in Ripon, Wisconsin. This marked the start of what would become one of the nation's leading entertainment companies. Now in its 80th year, Marcus Theatres currently owns or manages 681 screens at 55 locations in seven states: Wisconsin, Ohio, Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota and Nebraska.

The company has always stood by its vision to create movie memories by exceeding guest expectations. Today, the vision continues to come to life inside state-of-the-art entertainment facilities that offer guests a complete night out that extends beyond the traditional moviegoing experience. In the last two years, the company will have invested nearly $90 million to continue its 80-year tradition of providing a memorable, comfortable and convenient experience with the best motion picture presentation and personal, fast, friendly service.

ShowEast 2015 will take place October 12-15 at the Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood, Florida. It will feature screenings of major upcoming films, sponsored events, timely and informative seminars and the ShowEast Trade Show. An estimated 1,300 members of the motion picture industry are expected to attend. ShowEast, now in its 29th year, is produced by Prometheus Global Media, owner of leading entertainment publications and events including Film Journal International, Billboard, The Hollywood Reporter, Adweek, Dick Clark Productions, the CLIO Awards, CineEurope, and CineAsia.

 

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Jonathan Papish @ChinaBoxOffice

UPDATED 6.15.15

Behind a global tsunami of nostalgia, strong marketing, and Chris Pratt's rising star power, the dinosaurs of Universal's Jurassic World devoured an incredible $315.61 million this weekend overseas - the highest international opening in history passing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 ($314 million). Combined with NA's record breaking opening weekend, Jurassic World ruled the Earth with $524.4 million worldwide - the highest global bow in history.

Jurassic has opened in 66 territories since Wednesday and is the top film everywhere, snaring an average 70% market share around the world. Top grossing territories are China ($97.1M), U.K. and Ireland ($30M), Mexico ($15.9M), South Korea ($14.4M), France ($13.8M), Australia ($12.4M), Germany ($11.4M), Russia ($10M), Taiwan ($8.2M), India ($7.6M), Spain ($7.4M), Brazil ($7.4M), Italy ($6.5M), Malaysia ($5.6M), and the Philippines ($5.5M).  

In just one weekend, the grosses for Jurassic World in Argentina, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Colombia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Middle East, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Romania, Russia, Serbia & Montenegro, Singapore, Slovakia, Trinidad, Turkey, Ukraine, Venezuela, and Vietnam outgrossed the lifetime totals of all other films in the Jurassic franchise.

Super-sized Indominus Rex was also a huge draw on international IMAX screens where Jurassic opened with a record-breaking weekend of $23.5 million from 443 screens - the previous best was $16.7 million for Transformers: Age of Extinction. 3D tickets also accounted for nearly half of the international haul.

Universal's Jurassic World co-financed by Legendary Pictures will open in its final territory Japan on August 5.

San Andreas shook up another $41.8 million this weekend from 14,250 screens in 68 markets, lifting its overseas cume to $253.5 million and its global haul to $372.62 million. The Dwayne Johnson disaster flick lost a lot of screens this weekend in China to JW and dropped 63% for $12.68 million, but has managed to gross a terrific $80.1 million after 13 days. The film took second behind JW in Mexico ($2.34M on 1,550 screens/$26.2M cume), South Korea ($2.4M on 633 screens/$11.2M cume), Brazil ($1.2M on 598 screens/$9.3M cume), and France ($1.1M on 496 screens/$6.8M cume). Other top market totals are UK/Ireland ($15.3 million), Russia ($10.4 million), Taiwan ($7.1 million), Australia ($6.1 million), Malaysia ($6.0 million), Argentina ($5.8 million), Colombia ($5.6 million), Germany ($4.7 million), Hong Kong ($3.8 million), and Italy ($2.6 million). Spain opens on June 26.

Spy netted $13.22 million from 6,837 screens in 69 territories this weekend giving the Paul Feig/Melissa McCarthy comedy $80.04 million after 4 overseas frames and $137 million globally. The top 10 territories this weekend were UK/Ireland ($2.37M on 538 screens/$8.51M cume), Russia ($1.49M on 1,374 screens/$6.03M cume), South Korea ($1.09M on 384 screens/$16.24M cume), Germany ($845K on 605 screens/$2.53M cume), Australia ($799K on 277 screens/$9.38M), Mexico ($643K on 654 screens/$3.11M cume), UAS ($505K on 32 screens/$1.95M cume), Venezuela ($467K on 32 screens/$1.61 cume), Brazil ($330K on 305 screens/$1.47M cume), and Holland ($321K on 97 screens/$898K cume). Spy has yet to open in 4 of the top 12 international territories.

Mad Max: Fury Road rolled to $5.5 million from 4,320 screens in 64 markets this weekend. George Miller's universally acclaimed action film has made $195.15 million and $333.71 million worldwide. It opens next Saturday in Japan.

Tomorrowland squeezed out an additional $4.6 million from 49 territories this weekend giving the big-budget Disney sci-fi/adventure flick helmed by Brad Bird and starring George Clooney only $102.9 million overseas and $186.51 million globally after one month of release. In Japan where it took first last weekend, Tomorrowland dropped into third (est $1.4M/$5.2 cume) behind two local pics Long Live! The School Idol Movie and Our Little Sister. Other key performing territories are China ($18.7M), Russia ($7.7M), UK/Ireland ($7.6M), Mexico ($5.7M), France ($5.3M), Spain ($3.3M), Italy ($3.3M), Australia ($3.0M), Germany ($2.9M), and the Philippines ($2.5M).

Stand By Me Doraemon continued its strong China run this weekend with an estimated $4.4 million. The Japanese animation has now grossed $81.36 million after 18 days of release and is closing in on Big Hero 6's $84.6 million for the #2 highest-grossing animated film in China's history.

Indian romantic drama Hamari Adhuri Kahani from Fox International Productions grossed $4.19 in its opening weekend on 1,313 screens across 7 markets. India bowed with $3.64 million from 1,200 screens taking second behind Jurassic World.

Pitch Perfect 2 tallied an addition $2.2 million from 46 territories this weekend bringing its overseas total to the tune of $92.43 million and it worldwide total to $263.3 million. The UK/Ireland brought in $637K for a 31-day total of $26.1 million, Australia earned $305K for a 38-day total of $21.6 million, and Germany held strong with $357K for a 32-day total of $10.6 million. The Barden Bellas next take their show to Chile on June 25.

Avengers: Age of Ultron scored $2 million from 41 territories in its eighth frame overseas. The Marvel/Disney blockbuster sequel has earned $917.2 million abroad and $1.361943 billion globally, and is now the 5th highest grossing film of all-time behind Furious 7 ($1.510 billion). China's run ended on Thursday with $235.5 million, the country's third highest total ever.

Films with less than $2 million overseas this weekend (Weekend Total/Overseas Total/Global Total)Entourage - $1.6 million/$5.8 million/$31.52 million

Poltergeist - $1.23 million/$26.29 million/$72.41 million
Home - $1.35 million/$204.72 million/$377.97 million
Aloha - $806K/$3.09 million/$22.08 million
Woman In Gold - $703K/$13.47 million/$45.72 million
Far From the Madding Crowd - $470K/$11.53 million/$22.28 million
The Longest Ride - $522K/$22.53 million/$59.88 million
Furious 7 - $300K/$1.160495 billion/$1.511 billion
Ex Machina - $175K/$11.25 million/$35.95 million
The Nut Job - $85K/$55.78 million/$120.05 million
Unfriended - $79K/$12.24 million/$44.72 million
Suite Francaise - $26K/$9.05 million/$9.05 million
Paddington - $7K/$183.32 million/$259.38 million

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By Alex Edghill

Friday Evening Update: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 debuted its teaser trailer this past Tuesday where it generated 96,687 tweets. The big comparison here that comes to mind is Mockingjay Part 1 which had 80,602 tweets after its teaser trailer was released last July. Looking a little closer though, if we look at the day before, of and after trailer release Part 1 had 170k tweets, Part 2 just 130k. The franchise is coming off of the weakest opening of its three films but with early buzz not overwhelming I dare say that the Hunger Games fever might be dissipating.

The Martian also debuted its first trailer this past week, with a 53,083 tweet performance on Monday. Based on the acclaimed book the film had a great start considering its Sci Fi genre and that it will likely skew 30+. To put its 53k debut number into perspective that is more than any Interstellar trailer managed. Provided the reviews and word of mouth are positive this could have a very strong run into the holiday season.

Twitter Top 10 Movies for the week of June 5th to June 11th

Date Movie Tweets Rank Change
11/20/15 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 163,630 1 (+3) 192.53%
11/25/15 The Martian 105,392 2 (+19) 1235.26%
12/18/15 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 99,383 3 (-1) -4.68%
11/06/15 Spectre 54,784 4 (+2) 22.90%
7/24/15 Paper Towns 43,750 5 (-2) -49.58%

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