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Sydney -- Amalgamated Holdings Limited (AHL) and Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: DLB) today announced that AHL has committed to install Dolby Atmos® into some 20 new premium cinema screens that form part of its future expansion plans.

Dolby Atmos unleashes the potential of sound in storytelling by giving filmmakers the creative freedom to easily place or move sounds anywhere in the movie theatre, including overhead, with multidimensional sound to create the most engaging cinema experience ever.

"AHL believes in bringing audiences the latest in cinema technology, and we look forward to delivering to our customers this fully immersive sound experience in our planned premium cinema screens. By installing the Dolby Atmos sound technology into our theatres, we will ensure our customers enjoy the movies under optimum conditions," said David Seargeant, Group Managing Director, AHL.

"Dolby is excited that AHL has chosen Dolby Atmos to be deployed across 2o screens. This marks another significant milestone for Dolby, and we look forward to working with AHL to bring the ultimate cinematic experience to moviegoers in Australia," said Mahesh Sundaram, Regional Vice President, Asia Pacific, Dolby Laboratories. "With Dolby Atmos, you feel as if you are in the movie, not merely watching it. We are confident that moviegoers will go back again and again to the cinemas once they enjoy their first Dolby Atmos film."

Dolby Atmos has quickly become the preferred choice for next-generation sound in the cinema, with major studios, award-winning filmmakers, and exhibitors from around the world embracing its approach. Unlike traditional channel-based sound systems like 5.1, 7.1, and 11.1, which require filmmakers to think about the number and location of speakers, Dolby Atmos allows them to simply designate where in the cinema space each sound should be placed or moved to make audiences experience the film as if they were within its world.

 

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NEW YORK, NY -- Videocine, S.A. de C.V. (d/b/a Televisa Cine) will receive the 2014 International Distributor of the Year Award at ShowEast during the International Awards Program on Monday, October 27th at the Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood, Florida. Accepting the award for Televisa Cine will be Emilio Azcárraga, Chairman of the Board of Grupo Televisa, S.A.B. ("Grupo Televisa").

"It is a great honor for ShowEast to be able to single out Televisa Cine for bringing Latin-content films to movie-goers worldwide," noted Andrew Sunshine, Co-Managing Director for ShowEast. "Televisa Cine is a powerhouse in the Latin American distribution industry whose expansion into the worldwide arena has provided Mexican films the recognition and appreciation they deserve."

In 2010, Televisa Cine partnered up with Lionsgate to form Pantelion, LLC. in the US. which distributes Latin films and films with Latin content in the US across all windows. With this venture, Televisa Cine's objective is to increase Hispanic movie-going as well as revenues for Mexican films.

Mr. Azcárraga is responsible for having built up Grupo Televisa's distribution network, which today includes broadcast TV, pay TV, telephony, and digital platforms. Thanks to Azcárraga's vision, and perseverance, Grupo Televisa is now also an important player in Mexico's telecom industry. Under Azcárraga, innovation has become the company's keyword. He has furthered strong transmedia strategies and novel digital content to keep the attention of Mexico's younger audiences, and he has mentored a new generation of Mexican entrepreneurs through Endeavor Mexico, and now spearheads dialogue with the country's new creative minds through the crowd-funding project, ARCA.

ShowEast 2014 will take place October 27-30 at the Westin 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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By Alex Edghill

Ouija continued to open eyes over the last week on Facebook, increasing another 232k likes to just over 1 million. With just under two weeks from release it has become the current hot ticket on Facebook for the better part of the last two weeks. By comparison, Annabelle had ~1.3 million likes the same distance before its release. With Dracula Untold debuting with an estimated $23 million on the weekend to join Annabelle's $37 million opening earlier in October it would appear as though the month is indeed going to be one of the strongest ever as a whole for the genre. Given these numbers it would appear as though $20 million here is also a lock giving the scream-genre another much need win after a long drought in 2014.

Big franchise pages such as Ted, Fast & Furious, Avengers and Batman V Superman made up spots 2 through 5 but really given how massive those pages are already and that none of them increased more than 1% its nothing out of the ordinary.

The Book Of Life saw the biggest percentage increase on the day amongst all upcoming films on Facebook with a 54% hike to just under 60,000 likes. The film has struggled to generate much interest on Facebook and Twitter and considering that it is less than a week from release I have a sneaky suspicion that this is going to be a miss for Fox. Even The Legends Of Oz was double its Facebook numbers this close to release.

Lastly, the new trailer for Exodus: Gods And Kings was instrumental in building its Facebook base as it rose 43% to just under 37k likes. A low overall number yes but considering that it is two months from release and that is more than doubled its number since the end of September I'm liking its current trajectory. Noah was virtually identical at this same distance from release (38k likes), and seems to be a good marker for its potential come opening weekend.

Facebook Top 15 Movies by Like Increase for the Week Ending Sunday October 12th

Rank Release Movie Likes Previous Change % Change
1 10/24/14 Ouija 1,037,779 805,371 232,408 28.86%
2 06/26/15 Ted 2 20,397,549 20,300,444 97,105 0.48%
3 04/03/15 Fast & Furious 7 51,445,325 51,411,554 33,771 0.07%
4 10/24/14 Avengers: Age of Ultron 12,107,118 12,078,349 28,769 0.24%
5 03/25/16 Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice 3,464,489 3,441,639 22,850 0.66%
6 10/17/14 The Book of Life (2014) 58,906 38,333 20,573 53.67%
7 12/17/14 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies 14,105,877 14,085,814 20,063 0.14%
8 10/17/14 The Best of Me 411,784 392,420 19,364 4.93%
9 02/06/15 The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water 187,844 170,235 17,609 10.34%
10 10/17/14 Fury (2014) 325,188 309,731 15,457 4.99%
11 11/14/14 Beyond the Lights 219,736 204,896 14,840 7.24%
12 11/26/14 Penguins of Madagascar 3,078,180 3,066,121 12,059 0.39%
13 12/12/14 Exodus: Gods and Kings 37,567 26,390 11,177 42.35%
14 11/07/14 Big Hero 6 191,133 181,415 9,718 5.36%
15 10/24/14 John Wick 43,588 33,922 9,666 28.49%

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wd486ogb5sadn7rlahfh.jpgDracula Untold welcomed a total of $33.9 million from 42 territories, this weekend, becoming the highest grossing film of the weekend at the overseas box office. The film claimed the top spot in Russia with a big $9.6 million bow at 1,065 dates to become the biggest 2D opener of the year in the market. Mexico posted its second consecutive weekend in first place with a $3.4 million haul at 650 dates, allowing the film to reach an 11-day cume of $9.5 million in the market. South Korea took a strong $4.4 million debut from 284 dates and finished the weekend in second place. Dracula Untold has grossed $62.6 million overseas and $86.1 million worldwide. The film will expand to 17 additional territories next weekend.

Guardians of the Galaxy opened in China this weekend and generated Disney’s third best over debut in the market behind Iron Man 3 and Captain America 2. A $26.6 million Chinese debut for Guardians is already more than the market cumes of Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America. Guardians of the Galaxy finished the weekend with a $28 million haul from 22 territories. The film has grossed $361 million overseas and $687 worldwide.

Annabelle grossed $27 million this weekend, including more than 4.3 million admissions from nearly 5k screens across 44 markets. France and Brazil both posted #1 finishes, while the UK and India both finished the weekend at #2. The film has also enjoyed great success in Chile, where it is already the second biggest horror film of all time (behind The Conjuring after only two weekends in the market. Top markets for the film include South Korea ($5.5M), Russia ($4.8M), and Malaysia ($4.3M). Annabelle has earned a total of $60.3 million overseas and $122.4 million worldwide. It expands to Mexico on October 23.

Gone Girl earned $27 million from 6,253 screens across 52 markets. The thriller posted strong holds in the UK ($5M), Australia ($3.8M), and Germany ($2.1M). Gone Girl has grossed a total of $63 million overseas and $141.4 million worldwide.

The Maze Runner brought in $13.7 million from 4,744 screens across 62 markets. The film has already brought in a total of $140 million overseas and has grossed $224 million worldwide with top markets like China, Germany, France, and Japan remaining on the schedule.

The Equalizer registered an $11.5 million weekend from 86 markets to take its overseas haul to up $57.1 million. The highlight of the weekend came with Germany taking a #1 debut with a $2.5 million from 507 screens. The action flick has now grossed a total of $137 million worldwide.

Bollywood release Bang Bang stays hot after posting the second biggest weekend of the year in its home market. The Indian haul is now up to $29.5 million. Bang Bang grossed $7.6 million from a combined 7 overseas markets, bringing its total outside of North America up to $35.9 million.

The Boxtrolls added $3.6 million from 26 territories, bringing its overseas haul up to $31.8 million. The film has grossed a total of $72.8 million globally.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day opened day-and-date across 14 territories, netting a combined haul of $2.8 million. Top markets from the initial roll out include Mexico ($1.3M), Russia ($800k), and Argentina ($300k). The film will expand over the following months, with top markets Brazil and UK next on the schedule for late October.

Lucy is finishing up its overseas run, ending the weekend with a $2.6 million tally from 60 territories. The action flick has grossed a total of $286.2 million overseas and $412.3 million worldwide.

The Judge saw action in 7 small territories during its day-and-debut with North America. The film grossed a combined of $1.6 million from its overseas debut, including a $955k bow from Australia. The film has grossed a total of $14.9 million worldwide. The Judge expands to Germany, UK, Russia, and Brazil next weekend.

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Sunday Update: Fox's Gone Girl was able to successfully hold off four major newcomers this weekend to remain in first place with an estimated $26.8 million. The critically acclaimed David Fincher directed film starring Ben Affleck held up extremely well this weekend, as it was down just 29 percent from last weekend's already stronger than expected start. Gone Girl is benefiting from strong word of mouth, strong critical reviews and from skewing heavily towards older moviegoers. The film also received an added boost this weekend from expanding into an additional 270 locations. Gone Girl has grossed an impressive $78.28 million through ten days. The film is currently running 70 percent ahead of the $46.02 million ten-day take of 2010's The Social Network and 82 percent ahead of the $43.01 million ten-day gross of 2012's Argo.

Dracula Untold was the weekend's top new release with an estimated second place start of $23.46 million.  Universal's action horror film starring Luke Evans exceeded pre-release expectations and represented a rebound for action horror after the poor performance of I, Frankenstein back in January. The opening weekend performance of Dracula Untold was much more in line with the $25.31 million start of 2012's Underworld Awakening. Coming on the heels of last weekend's stronger than expected performance of Annabelle; audiences are clearly in the mood for horror themed fair at the moment. Universal will hope to ride that wave again later in the month when it releases Ouija on October 24.

Dracula Untold opened with $8.9 million on Friday (which included an estimated $1.3 million from late night shows on Thursday), fell a slim 2 percent on Saturday to gross $8.7 million and is estimated to decline 33 percent on Sunday to gross $5.86 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.64 to 1. The film received a very solid A- rating on CinemaScore.

While it had to settle for third place this weekend, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day was off to a very solid start of its own with an estimated $19.1 million. The family film from Disney starring Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner opened in line with expectations. Alexander opened 14 percent below the $22.13 million debut of 2010's Diary of a Wimpy Kid, but going forward could very well display stronger holding power in comparison to Wimpy Kid.

Alexander started out with $5.23 million on Friday, increased a healthy 52 percent on Saturday to take in $7.94 million and is estimated to decline 25 percent on Sunday to gross $5.92 million. That gives the film an estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio of 3.65 to 1. Like Dracula Untold, Alexander also received an encouraging A- rating on CinemaScore. The audience breakdown for the film skewed towards female moviegoers (54 percent) and towards moviegoers 25 years and under (57 percent). Family audiences made up 67 percent of the film's overall audience.

Fellow new release The Judge debuted in fifth place with an estimated $13.33 million. The Robert Downey Jr. led drama opened towards the lower end of expectations. Despite the drawing power of Downey, potential for The Judge was ultimately limited in part by lackluster critical reviews and in part by the break-out performance of Gone Girl with older moviegoers. On the bright side, The Judge did open 37 percent ahead of the $9.72 million launch of 2009's The Soloist and the film's A- rating on CinemaScore suggests that the film is going over significantly better with moviegoers than it is with critics.

The Judge opened with $4.43 million on Friday, increased 22 percent on Saturday to gross $5.39 million and is estimated to decline 35 percent on Sunday to gross $3.51 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at a solid 3.01 to 1. The audience breakdown for The Judge skewed towards female moviegoers (55 percent) and heavily towards moviegoers over the age of 25 (85 percent).

Fellow Warner Bros. release Annabelle claimed fourth place with an estimated $16.37 million. On the heels of last weekend's stronger than expected start, the low-budget spin-off to The Conjuring was down 56 percent from last weekend. While that was a sizable second weekend decline, it was also still a respectable decline given the film's genre, its strong start and the stronger than anticipated performance of Dracula Untold. Annabelle has grossed an impressive $62.16 million in ten days. That places the film a slim 3 percent ahead of the $60.16 million ten-day start of last year's Insidious Chapter 2 (which fell 66 percent in its second weekend to gross $13.80 million).

In its third weekend of release, Sony's The Equalizer placed in sixth with an estimated $9.73 million. The Denzel Washington led action thriller fell 48 percent from last weekend, as the film continues to be somewhat front-loaded thus far. With that said, The Equalizer is still performing in line with its lofty expectations with a 17-day take of $79.89 million and is still very likely to surpass the $100 million domestic milestone before the end of its run.

Addicted opened in seventh place with an estimated $7.6 million. The low-budget thriller from Lionsgate and Codeblack Films performed reasonably well, especially given that it was only playing in 846 locations this weekend. That gave Addicted a healthy per-location average of $8,983 for the frame. Addicted opened with $3.01 million on Friday, fell 5 percent on Saturday to gross $2.86 million and is estimated to decline 39 percent on Sunday to gross $1.74 million. That gives Addicted an estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.53 to 1. Lionsgate will expand the film into additional locations next weekend.

In other box office news, Meet the Mormons grossed $2.44 million from just 317 locations on Friday and Saturday. That gave the documentary an impressive two-day per-location average of $7,633. It should be noted that distributor Purdie Distribution is not releasing an official three-day estimate for the film today. All net proceeds from the film will be given to the American Red Cross.

Saturday Update: Universal reports that Dracula Untold won the Friday box office with an estimated $8.9 million. The first edition of their planned cinematic universe revolving around classic monsters and villains had been selling well in advance of release, blowing past many early expectations for the flick. By comparison, Dracula Untold's opening day alone amounted to more than I, Frankenstein's opening weekend ($8.6 million) earlier this year, as well as topping Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters' $6 million first day. Early word of mouth is fair enough at 62 percent on Flixster, while critics unfortunately haven't taken to the pic (26 percent Rotten Tomatoes). BoxOffice projects a strong $24.9 million opening frame.

Fox reports that Gone Girl nabbed another estimated $8.15 million on Friday, off just 38 percent from opening day one week prior. The David Fincher-Ben Affleck thriller has earned $59.6 million through eight days of release. BoxOffice projects a $26 million sophomore frame in first place.

WB/New Line's Annabelle slid 66 percent from last Friday to $5.24 million yesterday, bringing its eight-day total up to $51 million. BoxOffice projects the film will take in $15 million for its second weekend.

Disney's Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day brought in an estimated $5.23 million on opening day yesterday. The Steve Carell-led adaptation bested the opening days of Muppets Most Wanted ($4.7 million) and Blended ($4.4 million). Family fare has been somewhat lacking in the post-summer market, giving Alexander a great opportunity to capitalize. The early Flixster score is a respectable 75 percent, while critics have given it a fresh rating at 64 percent. BoxOffice projects an $18 million opening weekend.

The Judge posted $4.42 million on opening day, topping This Is Where I Leave You's recent $3.9 million first day bow, as well as The Ides of March's $3.4 million Friday three Octobers ago. The film's CinemaScore was an encouraging "A-", and with a 75 percent Flixster score, legs could still be in the film's future thanks to strong adult appeal and Robert Downey, Jr.'s increased star power in recent years. BoxOffice projects $13.2 million for opening weekend.

Meanwhile, Addicted took in $3.0 million on Friday from 846 locations. The pic's Flixster audience score stands at 73 percent this morning, while critics have given it a 20 percent score. BoxOffice projects $7.5 million this weekend.

Opening in platform release this weekend, The Weinstein Company's St. Vincent bagged $30,920 from 4 locations on Friday for a $7,730 per-theater average. BoxOffice projects a weekend close to $100,000.

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

Friday Update: Sources report that Gone Girl and newcomer Dracula Untold are in a tight race for first on Friday. Trending for about $7 million each today, that would give Gone Girl a likely second weekend victory with close to $23 million. The Friday figure for Dracula could land the pic about $19 million.

Meanwhile, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is eyeing a $6 million Friday and $20 million+ weekend.

The Judge is pulling modest business so far. A reported $4 million Friday would send it to approximately $15 million for the weekend. It looks to be in a close race with holdover Annabelle, eyeing $5 million today and $16 million for the weekend.

Addicted may take in around $3 million today for an $8 million frame.

Thursday Night Report: Sources report that Dracula Untold bagged an estimated $1.3 million from 2,133 locations on Thursday night.

By comparison, that more than doubles the $500,000 earned by Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters back in January 2013. That film went on to earn $19.7 million over opening weekend.

If Dracula Untold can hold up well outside the early bird genre fans who turned out last night, a weekend in the mid-to-high teen millions looks very likely at this point.

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