gotg1.pngFollowing its record-setting debut last weekend in China, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy surpassed $700M yesterday, with $326.7M domestically and $378.4M internationally for a global total of $705.1M. This is the third Walt Disney Studios' release of 2014 to reach the $700M mark and the sixth in the last 18 months.

Guardians of the Galaxy is the fourth Marvel Cinematic Universe film to pass $700M, after Marvel's The Avengers, Iron Man 3, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. It's the first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to do so while also being the first in a series and without featuring major characters from previous Marvel films.

Released domestically on August 1, Guardians of the Galaxy marked Marvel's 10th consecutive #1 opening, setting an August record with $94.3M. It held the #1 spot for four of its first six weekends and ultimately became the biggest August release in industry history and the first film of the year to cross $300M at the domestic box office.

Internationally, Guardians of the Galaxy opened in China on October 10 with $29.8M, an October record for the territory and Disney's third biggest debut there, behind Iron Man 3 and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Top markets for Guardians of the Galaxy include the U.K. ($47.3M), China, ($43.4M), Russia ($37.5M), Australia ($24.4M), and Germany ($24M). The film opens in one remaining market, Italy, on October 22.

The film's American Music Awards-nominated soundtrack, Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol. 1, was recently certified Gold and is Disney's second chart-topping soundtrack of 2014, hitting #1 on the Billboard 200 in its second and third weeks of release. It peaked at #1 on iTunes in 60 territories.

Director James Gunn will return to write and direct Guardians of the Galaxy 2, due out July 28, 2017.

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By Daniel Garris

Fox's Gone Girl took in $2.81 million on Tuesday to continue to lead the daily box office. The critically acclaimed David Fincher directed film starring Ben Affleck has now led the daily box office for four straight days and for ten of the past twelve days. Gone Girl was down 29 percent from Monday's Columbus Day performance and down just 32 percent from last Tuesday. The twelve-day total for Gone Girl stands at a very impressive $84.65 million. That places the film 85 percent ahead of the $45.78 million twelve-day gross of 2012's Argo.

Universal's Dracula Untold was up one spot from Monday to claim second place on Tuesday with $1.96 million. The action horror film starring Luke Evans was down a solid 26 percent from Monday's Columbus Day take. Dracula Untold has grossed a stronger than expected $28.13 million in five days and is set to surpass the $30 million mark on Thursday. The film is currently running 5 percent behind the $29.55 million five-day start of 2012's Underworld Awakening.

Warner's The Judge was also up one spot from Monday to place in third with $1.59 million. The Robert Downey Jr. led drama was down a slim 13 percent from Monday. That represented the day's strongest daily percentage hold among wide releases and could be a good early sign for the film going forward. The Judge has grossed $16.54 million in five days. While that is on the low end of expectations, the film has been displaying strong early holding power thus far.

Fellow Warner Bros. release Annabelle was up one place from Monday to take fourth with $1.17 million. The low-budget spin-off to The Conjuring fell 26 percent from Monday and 56 percent from last Tuesday. Annabelle continues to exceed expectations with $64.39 million in twelve days. That places the film 4.5 percent ahead of the $61.61 million twelve-day gross of last year's Insidious Chapter 2.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day rounded out Tuesday's top five with $1.06 million. The family film from Disney starring Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner was down three spots and a sharp 71 percent from Monday's inflated Columbus Day performance. Alexander continues to perform in line with expectations with a solid five-day start of $23.09 million. That places the film 4 percent behind the $24.09 million five-day take of 2010's Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

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regalentertainmentgroup.pngKNOXVILLE, Tenn., Oct. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC), a leading motion picture exhibitor owning and operating the largest theatre circuit in the United States, announces that moviegoers can now get one step closer to meeting their favorite global superstar and seven-time GRAMMY Award winner, Taylor Swift. Regal Cinemas, America's No. 1 movie theatre chain and Diet Coke, America's No. 1 no-calorie soft drink, are partnering to offer Regal guests the chance to meet Taylor, whose highly anticipated, fifth studio album, 1989, is available for pre-buy at TaylorSwift.com now and in stores October 27.

"Regal moviegoers and Diet Coke fans love entertainment, and through this promotion with the purchase of a refreshing Diet Coke and popcorn, fans can enter for a chance to win tickets to a concert and the once-in-a-lifetime chance to meet Taylor," said John Curry, senior vice president of food service at Regal Entertainment Group.

At 530 theatres nationwide, Regal Entertainment Group, the leading motion picture exhibitor owning and operating the largest theatre circuit in the United States, is rolling out exclusive Diet Coke concession cups and popcorn bags featuring Taylor. When people purchase the exclusive cup and popcorn bag and use their Regal Crown Club loyalty card, they are entered into the Diet Coke & Regal Cinemas VIP Concert Experience Sweepstakes.
The sweepstakes' grand prize winner will receive the ultimate Taylor fan experience - a VIP trip for four to see Taylor in concert and meet her in-person. Moviegoers also will have the chance to win other prizes, including autographed albums, posters and guitars from Taylor.

The Diet Coke & Regal Cinemas VIP Concert Experience Sweepstakes runs now through January 1, 2015. For more information and official rules, visit www.DietCokeRegal.com. To find Regal Cinemas locations, visit REGmovies.com.

About Regal Entertainment Group:
Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) operates the largest and most geographically diverse theatre circuit in the United States, consisting of 7,347 screens in 573 theatres in 42 states along with Guam, Saipan, American Samoa and the District of Columbia as of September 25, 2014. The Company operates theatres in 46 of the top 50 U.S. designated market areas. We believe that the size, reach and quality of the Company's theatre circuit not only provide its patrons with a convenient and enjoyable movie-going experience, but is also an exceptional platform to realize economies of scale in theatre operations.

 

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furylongrange.pngLOS ANGELES - October 15, 2014 - According to Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, the new World War II drama "Fury" has scored a strong 77 out of 100 points on the company's Fanticipation movie buzz indicator, and is leading weekend ticket sales. Brad Pitt's "Fury" is currently outselling George Clooney's "Monuments Men" at the same point in the sales cycle on Fandango.

In its third weekend, "Gone Girl" is proving resilient with ticket-buyers, while the Guillermo del Toro-produced animated fantasy, "The Book of Life" is scaring up impressive sales in its opening weekend.

According to a survey of more than 1,000 "Fury" ticket-buyers:
* 92% are fans of previous World War II-themed films like "Saving Private Ryan;"
* 74% identify themselves as Brad Pitt fans;
* 68% also plan to see director Angelina Jolie's upcoming World War II era film, "Unbroken;"
* 66% saw Pitt's previous World War II-themed "Inglourious Basterds;"
* 64% are intrigued to see Shia LaBeouf in the supporting cast.

"World War II movies often pique audience interest, and ‘Fury' is reminiscent of classic war movies like ‘Saving Private Ryan' with its A-list cast and vivid battle scenes," says Dave Karger, Fandango's Chief Correspondent. "'The Book of Life' should also excite audiences with some of the most visually stunning scenes we've seen all year, while its sweet theme of remembrance will resonate strongly with families."

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.

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cineplex.pngCelebrate Community Day with $2.00 movie snacks and mini Rafiki friend chain bracelets

All proceeds benefit Free The Children

Toronto, ON, October 15, 2014 - On Saturday, October 18, Cineplex Entertainment invites Canadian families to join in a morning of free movies at their local Cineplex theatre.

As part of Cineplex's fourth annual National Community Day, families can enjoy a morning of free movies, as well as popcorn, soft drinks and select candy items for $2.00 each. Cineplex will also be offering an exclusive Community Day mini Rafiki friend chain bracelet for $2.00. All proceeds raised on Community Day benefit Free The Children.

"Community Day is an opportunity for Canadian families to come together and enjoy a morning at the movies in support of a great cause," said Pat Marshall, Vice President, Communications and Investor Relations, Cineplex Entertainment. "As one of Canada's largest employers of youth, we invite all Canadians to join us at their local Cineplex theatre, and to help Free The Children empower youth across Canada."

A complete listing of movies and showtimes for your local theatre can be found at Cineplex.com/CommunityDay.

Theatres will open their doors to guests at 8:30 a.m., with the first movies beginning at 9:00 a.m. Seating for each movie is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. All locations will return to regular programming on the afternoon of October 18.

"Free The Children is excited to be partnering with Cineplex to bring local communities together in support of young people right here in Canada," said Marc Kielburger, Co-Founder of Free The Children. "Community Day allows families to spend time together while helping to empower young people to reach their full potential as agents of change in their local and global communities."

Cineplex thanks Entertainment One (eOne) and Les Films Séville, Mars Canada and Technicolor for providing movies, product or services to make Community Day a reality.

About Cineplex:

Cineplex Inc. ("Cineplex") is one of Canada's leading entertainment companies and operates one of the most modern and fully digitized motion picture theatre circuits in the world. A top-tier Canadian brand, Cineplex operates numerous businesses including theatrical exhibition, food services, gaming, alternative programming (Front Row Centre Events), Cineplex Media, Cineplex Digital Solutions, Cineplex Digital Networks, and the online sale of home entertainment content through CineplexStore.com and on apps embedded in various electronic devices. Cineplex is also a joint venture partner in SCENE - Canada's largest entertainment loyalty program.

Cineplex is headquartered in Toronto, Canada, and operates 161 theatres with 1,639 screens from coast to coast, serving approximately 77 million guests annually through the following theatre brands: Cineplex Odeon, SilverCity, Galaxy Cinemas, Colossus, Coliseum, Scotiabank Theatres, Cineplex Cinemas, Cineplex VIP Cinemas, Famous Players and Cinema City. Cineplex also owns and operates the UltraAVX, Poptopia, and Outtakes brands. Cineplex trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol CGX. More information is available at Cineplex.com.

About Free The Children:
Free The Children is an international charity and educational partner. Founded in 1995 by international activist Craig Kielburger, Free The Children believes in a world where young people are free to achieve their fullest potential, and empowers youth to remove barriers that prevent them from being active local and global citizens. The organization's domestic programs - which include We Day, Free The Children's signature youth empowerment event - educate, engage and empower 2.3 million youth across North America and United Kingdom to become engaged global citizens. Its international projects are implemented through a holistic and sustainable development model called Adopt a Village. Currently, Adopt a Village supports community development in eight countries; Kenya, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Ecuador, Haiti, Nicaragua, rural China and India. Through its international programming, Free The Children has brought more than 650 schools and school rooms to youth and provided clean water, health care and sanitation to 1 million people around the world, freeing children and their families from the cycle of poverty.

The organization has received the World's Children's Prize for the Right of the Child, the Human Rights Award from the World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations, and has formed successful partnerships with leading school boards and Oprah's Angel Network. For more information, visit www.freethechildren.com.

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For information, interviews or photos please contact:

Pat Marshall, Vice President, Communications and Investor Relations, Cineplex Entertainment

416-323-6648, pat.marshall@cineplex.com


Mike Langdon, Director, Communications, Cineplex Entertainment

416-323-6648, mike.langdon@cineplex.com

Robyn Bluestein, Associate Director PR & Publicity, Free The Children

647.463.4434, robyn@freethechildren.com

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