oct2wknd.pngFox reports The Martian added $3.74 million as it easily retained first place on Wednesday. That gives it a six-day domestic total of $67.9 million, putting it 8 percent behind where Gravity stood at the same point and 4 percent ahead of Interstellar.

In second place, Hotel Transylvania 2 eased 37 percent from last Wednesday to $1.24 million yesterday. With $95.2 million in the bank through 13 days of play, the sequel is pacing 14 percent ahead of its predecessor.

The Intern claimed third place yesterday with $0.99 million, down just 42 percent from last week. With $39.9 million earned through 13 days, the Nancy Meyers film continues to enjoy strong holding power thanks to positive word of mouth.

Sicario took fourth place on Wednesday with $0.92 million, up 373 percent from last week when the film was still in limited release. The strongly reviewed thriller has earned $18.4 million domestically thus far.

Filling out the top five, Black Mass was off 59 percent from last Wednesday to $0.46 million yesterday. The film's domestic total now stands at $54 million.

Meanwhile, The Walk added $165,371 million in IMAX release yesterday, down 31 percent from its first day last week. The well-reviewed Robert Zemeckis film has earned $2.54 million through eight days and expands nationwide on Friday.

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waltdisneystudios.pngTheir official press release:

On Wednesday, October 7, The Walt Disney Studios crossed the $4 billion mark at the global box office in Studio record time, surpassing its previous fastest set 11/14/14 by nearly six weeks. With $1.433 billion domestically and $2.575 billion internationally as of 10/7/15, this is the third consecutive year the Studio has reached this threshold. It comes as Disney•Pixar's Inside Out crosses the $800 million mark upon its debut in China this week.


"2015 has been a record-setting year both domestically and internationally thanks to a strong slate of films from all of our brands," said Dave Hollis, Executive Vice President, Theatrical Distribution, The Walt Disney Studios. "With an incredible pipeline of both original stories and anticipated sequels featuring our most beloved characters, we are set to deliver some fantastic movies well into the future."


Further solidifying its branded tentpole strategy, The Walt Disney Studios has set the following domestic release dates:

· CARS 3 now dated on 6/16/17 wide

· COCO is final title of previous "11/22/17 Untitled Pixar Animation" (previously announced 11/22/17 wide playdate is unchanged)

· 12/22/17 UNTITLED DISNEY FAIRY TALE (Live Action) now dated on 12/22/17 wide

· BLACK PANTHER moves to 2/16/18 wide (from 7/6/18 wide)

· GIGANTIC is final title of previous "3/9/18 Disney Animation" (previously announced 3/9/18 wide playdate is unchanged)

· TOY STORY 4 moves to 6/15/18 wide (from 6/16/17 wide)

· ANT-MAN AND THE WASP now dated on 7/6/18 wide

· 11/2/18 UNTITLED DISNEY FAIRY TALE (Live Action) now dated on 11/2/18 wide

· CAPTAIN MARVEL moves to 3/8/19 wide (from 11/2/18 wide)

· 3/29/19 UNTITLED DISNEY FAIRY TALE (Live Action) now dated on 3/29/19 wide

· UNTITLED DISNEYTOON STUDIOS now dated on 4/12/19 wide

· THE INCREDIBLES 2 now dated on 6/21/19 wide

· 11/8/19 UNTITLED DISNEY FAIRY TALE (Live Action) now dated on 11/8/19 wide

· 3/13/20 UNTITLED PIXAR ANIMATION now dated on 3/13/20 wide

· 5/1/20 UNTITLED MARVEL now dated on 5/1/20 wide

· 6/19/20 UNTITLED PIXAR ANIMATION now dated on 6/19/20 wide

· 7/10/20 UNTITLED MARVEL now dated on 7/10/20 wide

· 11/6/20 UNTITLED MARVEL now dated on 11/6/20 wide

· 11/25/20 UNTITLED DISNEY ANIMATION now dated on Wed 11/25/20 wide


2015 box office drivers and milestones:


· Disney•Pixar's Inside Out (6/19/15, still in release) debuted in China on 10/6/15 and has now crossed $800M worldwide, including $353.9M domestic and $450.3M international. It is the #3 film of the year domestically and the #5 film of the year globally, as well as Pixar's third highest grossing release worldwide.

· Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron (5/1/15) has earned $458.9M domestic and $946M international for a global total of $1,404.9M and is the #2 film of the year domestically and the #6 film of all time globally.

· Disney's live-action Cinderella (3/13/15) has earned $201.1M domestic and $341.4M international for a global total of $542.5M; it's the #6 film of the year domestically and the #8 film of the year globally.

· Marvel's Ant-Man (7/17/15, still in release) has earned $178.5M domestic and $231.5M international for a global total of $410M; it's the #9 film of the year domestically and opens in its final international market, China, on October 16.

· Disney reached several milestones in Studio record time this year, including $3B global on 6/30/15 (previous best 8/5/14), $2B international on 7/11/15 (previous best 8/3/14) and $1B domestic on 7/24/15 (174 days, previous best 188 days), and achieved its first billion-dollar summer.


Still ahead in 2015, Disney•Pixar's The Good Dinosaur debuts domestically on 11/25/15 and Star Wars: The Force Awakens debuts on 12/18/15. DreamWorks Studios' Bridge of Spies, which will be distributed domestically by Touchstone Pictures, opens on 10/16/15.


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By Daniel Garris

Fox's The Martian grossed $5.46 million on Tuesday to claim first place at the daily box office for a fifth straight day. The critically acclaimed Ridley Scott directed 3D sci-fi film starring Matt Damon was up a solid 24 percent over Monday. The Martian surpassed the $60 million mark yesterday and continues to perform towards the higher end of its lofty pre-release expectations with a five-day start of $64.17 million. The film is currently running 4 percent ahead of the $61.84 million last year's Interstellar had grossed after five days of wide release and 6 percent behind the $68.45 million five-day take of 2013's Gravity. Both comparisons are made even more impressive for The Martian when taking into account that unlike Interstellar and Gravity, The Martian hasn't received an added boost from higher priced IMAX admissions.

Sony's Hotel Transylvania 2 took in $1.85 million to remain in second. The Adam Sandler led 3D computer animated film from Sony Pictures Animation was up 32.5 percent over Monday and down 38 percent from last Tuesday. Hotel Transylvania 2 has grossed a stronger than expected $93.98 million through twelve days of release. That places the film an impressive 14 percent ahead of the $82.76 million twelve-day gross of 2012's Hotel Transylvania.

The Intern was up one spot and a strong 44 percent over Monday to claim third on Tuesday with $1.36 million. The Warner Bros. comedy starring Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway was down 44 percent from last Tuesday. The Intern has grossed $38.89 million in twelve days. That is on the high end of expectations and places the film 7.5 percent ahead of the $36.18 million twelve-day take of 2013's Last Vegas.

Lionsgate's Sicario fell one spot to land in fourth place with $1.31 million. The critically acclaimed crime thriller starring Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin was up 25 percent over Monday's performance. The 19-day total for Sicario stands at a promising $17.52 million. Sicario will have a very good chance of holding up well going forward thanks in part to strong critical reviews and strong early word of mouth.

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials rounded out the day's top five with $0.646 million. The young adult sequel from Fox was up 36 percent over Monday and down 47 percent from last Tuesday. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials has grossed a softer than expected $64.52 million in 19 days. That places the film 14 percent behind the $75.03 million 19-day gross of last year's The Maze Runner.

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"What Women Want: Unlocking Box Office Revenue" Suggests Studios Leave Money on the Table With Addiction to Tentpoles

Los Angeles, CA and Auckland, New Zealand; October 6, 2015 - Even with such chart-topping titles as "Jurassic World" and "The Avengers: Age of Ultron," 2015's unadjusted cumulative box office is up only 6% over 2014 and only 1% over 20131. Movio, the global leader in marketing data, analysis, insights and campaign creation for theatrical exhibitors, studios and film distributors, suggests that the film industry is "leaving money on the table" by not paying more attention to underserved sectors of the moviegoing audience.

Central to Movio's assertion is the fact that big-budget tentpole films are not sufficient for driving an increase in overall moviegoing. The audience for blockbusters is already well served throughout the year, so spreading that audience over a larger slate of big budget films may not be a sustainable strategy to increase annual box office. Movio Chief Executive and Co-Founder Will Palmer revealed the results of a research campaign initiated exclusively for TheGrill during his presentation on Tuesday, October 6, 2015.

In "What Women Want: Unlocking Box Office Revenue" Palmer presented compelling data to support Movio's premise that female moviegoers may hold the key to significantly increasing the annual box office haul, which suggests that some of the studios' marketing firepower could be redirected to non-tentpole films to increase box office heft.

Movio's data scientists profiled the audience that avoids blockbuster films, partitioning their sample of more than 1 million typical North American moviegoers by their tentpole preferences, concentrating on the group whose preference for these films was significantly less than average. The purpose of this research was to identify areas where there were opportunities to expand moviegoing numbers by attending to populations that are underserved by content or marketing. The analysis revealed two groups that formed the core of the research:

1. Millennial women, who preferred comedies and frequented the movies during the evening almost once a month.

2. Female baby-boomers who primarily like dramas and tend to visit the cinema during the day on a monthly basis as well.

According to Palmer, "It's well known that women are responsible for making many household financial decisions and across the cinema chains that participate in Movio Media, 60% of loyalty cardholders are women. In addition, they are primarily responsible for introducing children to the cinemas, as women make up 57% of the animated film audience."

Further analysis of the financial information that Movio has collected combined with the exclusive insights of the research, shows that of the 203 movies for which Movio could obtain financial data, 45 had an audience that was 60% men, while 40 had an audience that was greater than 60% women. Although the male-dominated films had an average worldwide gross twice as big as the female-dominated films, the average gross to budget ratio of female-dominated films is greater: 5.1 vs. 2.3. This trend is true even when Movio considered blockbusters, with the male-focused superhero films averaging a global gross to budget ratio of 2.9, while the female-focused action films (centered on the Hunger Games franchise) returned an average gross to budget ratio of 4.4.

Palmer adds, "This suggests that a shift in focus towards producing and marketing films to women could pay off not only in incremental box office, but in blockbuster returns as well."

For access to Movio's complete "What Women Want: Unlocking Box Office Revenue" research white paper, visit movio.co/thegrill.

1 Source: Box Office Pro


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Acquisition Includes 37 Screens Across Five Theaters

COLUMBUS, Ga. & LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Carmike Cinemas, Inc. (NASDAQ: CKEC) ("Carmike"), a leading digital cinema, alternative programming and 3-D motion picture presenter, today announced that it has entered into a definitive purchase agreement under which Carmike acquired all of Sundance Cinemas, LLC ("Sundance") for $36.0 million in cash, subject to customary working capital and other adjustments. The transaction simultaneously closed upon signing of the purchase agreement. Upon completion of this transaction, Carmike operates 274 theatres with 2,909 screens in 41 states.

The acquisition is expected to be immediately accretive (net of one-time transaction costs), on an EPS, EBITDA, and cash flow basis and is projected to add incremental revenue of $24 million and, after general and administrative synergies, pro forma EBITDA of $5.6 million to Carmike's financials for the trailing twelve month period ended June 30, 2015. A reconciliation of net income to pro forma EBITDA (a non-GAAP measure) is included below.

Sundance theatres acquired

Theatre Location Screens 3D Screens
Sundance Kabuki San Francisco, CA 8 2
Sundance Cinemas Houston Houston, TX 8 2
Sundance Cinemas Madison Madison, WI 6 0
Sundance Sunset West Hollywood, CA 5 0
Sundance Cinemas Seattle Seattle, WA 10 3

Carmike's President and Chief Executive Officer David Passman stated, "Sundance has been enormously successful in creating a compelling consumer experience and shares our mission and vision of offering a world class movie-going experience, including an impressive premium dining offering. Not only are these five theaters located in complementary locations with limited geographic overlap with our existing circuit, but they also offer tremendous opportunity to implement Carmike's proven and successful guest experience strategies and combine our resources to achieve greater innovation that will benefit consumers, theater operations and increase shareholder value. We expect that this acquisition will allow Carmike to capture proportionally higher attendance rates for non-blockbuster titles and provide additional luxury expansion opportunities and meaningful cost synergies as we increase scale to optimize film exhibition and other support costs."

Paul Richardson, Sundance Cinemas' Chief Executive Officer commented "We are excited to join Carmike which brings together two exceptional organizations with a common culture of innovation and customer focus. Sundance has worked hard to deliver the highest levels of customer service across our theaters and we look forward to working together to increase Carmike's leadership position in cinema dining and overall movie-going experience."


($ in thousands)

Twelve Months Ended
June 30,
Net income1 $ 2,580
Depreciation and amortization1 1,381
EBITDA1 $ 3,961
General and administrative2 1,606
Pro forma EBITDA $ 5,567

(1) Net income, interest expense, depreciation and amortization expense and EBITDA, as defined below, reflect the historical results for the twelve month period ended June 30, 2015.

(2) Represents estimated annual general and administrative synergies

EBITDA is defined as net income plus interest expense and depreciation and amortization. Pro forma EBITDA is defined as EBITDA, as defined above, plus general and administrative expense synergies.

The transaction does not provide for the expansion of the Sundance brand under Carmike's ownership, however Carmike will have the ability under a license with Sundance Enterprises Inc. to continue to operate Sundance's five theatres under the Sundance brand. King & Spalding LLP acted as legal counsel to Carmike Cinemas in this transaction. Salem Partners LLC acted as financial advisor and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP acted as legal counsel to Sundance Cinemas, LLC in this transaction.


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