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By Daniel Garris

Fox's Taken 3 grossed $3.29 million on Tuesday to easily lead the daily box office for a fifth straight day. The third installment of the Liam Neeson led franchise was up 36 percent over Monday. Daily percentage increases were especially strong in general on Tuesday due in part to Monday's grosses being deflated a bit by the College Football Playoff National Championship game. Taken 3 has grossed a stronger than expected $44.91 million in five days. That places the film a reasonable 24 percent behind the $58.97 million five-day start of 2012's Taken 2.

Paramount's Selma held steady in second place with $1.16 million. The modestly budgeted Ava DuVernay directed awards season hopeful was up a healthy 46 percent over Monday. Selma has grossed a softer than expected $15.55 million after five days of wide release. The film will likely hold up very nicely over the next week, especially with aid from the upcoming Martin Luther King holiday weekend and strong word of mouth.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies took in $1.00 million to remain in third. The third installment of Warner's The Hobbit trilogy was up 39 percent over Monday and down a sharp 48 percent from last Tuesday. The Battle of the Five Armies has grossed $238.18 million in 28 days and is now running just 2 percent ahead of the $234.20 million 28-day gross of 2012's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

The Imitation Game was up one spot and an impressive 63 percent over Monday to take fourth on Tuesday with $0.987 million. The awards season hopeful from The Weinstein Company continues to display very strong holding power thanks in part to strong word of mouth and continued awards season buzz. The Imitation Game has grossed $42.02 million to date and should continue to hold up very well going forward.

Unbroken was down one spot from Monday to round out Tuesday's top five with $0.941 million. The Angelina Jolie directed war drama from Universal was up a strong 54 percent over Monday and down 43 percent from last Tuesday. Unbroken continues to exceed expectations with $102.96 million in 20 days.

Disney's Into the Woods took in $0.826 million to continue to claim sixth place. The Rob Marshall directed musical increased 39 percent over Monday and was down a very solid 37 percent from last Tuesday. Into the Woods has grossed a healthy $106.49 million through 20 days of release.

In other box office news, Fox's Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb surpassed the $100 million domestic mark yesterday after placing in seventh for the day with $0.447 million. The 26-day total for Secret of the Tomb stands at $100.31 million.

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SANTA MONICA, CA - Jan. 14, 2015 - Due to high levels of consumer demand, IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX; TSX:IMX) and HBO today announced that the first-ever presentation of a television program in IMAX® theatres, featuring two episodes from season four of Game of Thrones followed by the worldwide debut of the series' season five sneak-peek preview created exclusively for IMAX, will now launch one week later on Thursday, January 29 beginning at 10 p.m. and extend through February 5. The date change allows for an expanded roll-out of screens to upwards of 200 IMAX theatres.

Tickets will officially Go On sale on www.imax.com/gameofthrones starting Friday, January 16. To date, confirmed cities include Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Montreal, New York, San Antonio, Seattle, Toronto and Washington, D.C., to name a few. A full list of venues is available on the website and fans can check local listings in the coming days for more available IMAX locations.

The move from January 23, prompted by extraordinary consumer response that drove online mentions for IMAX to record heights, will allow for an expanded domestic roll-out from the originally planned 150 IMAX theatres.The episodes will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX® format and will be released for an exclusive one-week engagement.

Moreover, the first 300 IMAX ticket holders for the Thursday night opening show time at participating IMAX theatres will receive a commemorative Game of Thrones poster from well-known illustrator Robert Ball (www.beautifuldeath.com), who designed interpretive images of the most iconic deaths in each episode.

The IMAX® release of Game of Thrones will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX's customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

 

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sonypictures.pngFour-Year Pact Keeps Original Film at the Studio Until 2019

CULVER CITY, Calif., January 14, 2015 - Neal H. Moritz, founder of Original Film and producer of such crowd-pleasing hits as the Jump Street and Fast and Furious franchises, has renewed his first-look development and production deal with Columbia Pictures until 2019, it was announced today by Amy Pascal, Co-Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment and Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group. Moritz has been based at Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) since he produced I Know What You Did Last Summer in 1997.

Commenting on the announcement, Pascal said, "Neal's productivity and his success are legendary. Simply put, he's the best there is at knowing what audiences want to see and delivering it, on time and on budget. Over the past 17 years, we have partnered on over 25 films, including, most recently, the hit Jump Street franchise. Neal is a tremendous collaborator, and I look forward to the great things that are ahead for our partnership."
Moritz added, "Renewing my deal with Sony Pictures was an easy decision. SPE has been my home, and the people at the studio have been my partners from nearly the beginning of my career. I believe this is the best possible place to make movies - from the production team to the marketing and distribution teams, SPE has shown creativity and dedication in delivering films to audiences and making a mark at the top of the box office. I couldn't be more excited to celebrate my 20th anniversary with SPE during the term of this deal."

Moritz is currently working with Columbia Pictures on Goosebumps, an adaptation of Scholastic's international bestselling book series. The film, which stars Jack Black, is slated for release on March 23, 2016. In addition, Moritz has several films in development with the studio, including: Passengers, Christian the Lion, 23 Jump Street, Cliffhanger, Rockets Red Glare, Bloodshot and A Prophet.

With over fifty films released, Moritz's worldwide box office gross exceeds $7 billion. His hits include: the Jump Street franchise, The Fast and The Furious franchise, I Am Legend, XXX, Click, Sweet Home Alabama, S.W.A.T., Battle: Los Angeles, and The Green Hornet.

Moritz' television credits include the HBO movie "The Rat Pack," which earned 11 Emmy nominations, the drama series "Prison Break," and Showtime's acclaimed series "The Big C," starring Laura Linney, who won two Golden Globes for her role as Cathy, as well as the upcoming series for AMC, The Preacher.
He graduated from UCLA with a degree in Economics, and also earned a degree from the Peter Stark Motion Picture Producing Program at the University of Southern California.
About Sony Pictures Entertainment
Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Entertainment Inc., a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE's global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition and distribution; television production, acquisition and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies. For additional information, go to http://www.sonypictures.com.

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By Daniel Garris

Fox's Taken 3 took in $2.42 million on Monday to easily lead the daily box office for a fourth consecutive day. The third installment of the Liam Neeson led franchise was down 72 percent from Sunday. Taken 3 surpassed the $40 million mark on Monday and continues to outpace pre-release expectations with a strong $41.62 million in four days. Taken 3 is currently running a reasonable 24 percent behind the $55.02 million four-day start of 2012's Taken 2.

Paramount's Selma placed in a distant second with $0.796 million. Like Taken 3, the Ava DuVernay directed awards season hopeful was also down 72 percent from Sunday. Selma has grossed a softer than expected $14.39 million after four days of wide release, but is still performing respectably with its modest price tag in mind. The film will hope to hold up well in the coming days, especially with aid from the upcoming Martin Luther King holiday weekend.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies followed closely behind in third with $0.721 million. The third installment of Warner's The Hobbit trilogy fell 73 percent from Sunday and a sharp 60 percent from last Monday. The Battle of the Five Armies has grossed $237.18 million in 27 days and is now running just 2 percent ahead of the $233.10 million 27-day gross of 2012's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

Unbroken took fourth place with $0.612 million. The Angelina Jolie directed war drama from Universal was down 68 percent from Sunday and down 57 percent from last Monday. Unbroken continues to exceed expectations with $102.02 million in 19 days. The film is running 8 percent ahead of the $94.82 million 19-day gross of 2008's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

The Imitation Game rounded out Monday's top five with $0.607 million. The awards season hopeful from The Weinstein Company decreased 65 percent from Sunday and only 4 percent from last Monday. The Imitation Game has grossed $41.04 million to date and should continue to hold up very nicely throughout the rest of the awards season.

Disney's Into the Woods claimed sixth place with $0.595 million. The Rob Marshall directed musical was down 77 percent from Sunday and down 55 percent from last Monday. Into the Woods has grossed a healthy $105.67 million in 19 days. That places the film 9 percent behind the $116.16 million 19-day take of 2012's Les Misérables.

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