Yesterday Jurassic World passed Marvel's The Avengers to become the 3rd highest-grossing film of all-time worldwide. Universal's global blockbuster has earned $614.33 million domestically through Tuesday and $907.16 million overseas for a worldwide cume of $1.52149 billion. It now only sits behind Titanic ($2.1868 billion) and Avatar ($2.788 billion). Jurassic opens in its final overseas territory Japan on August 5.

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By Daniel Garris

Minions was up one spot and a very strong 39 percent over Monday to return to first place at the daily box office on Tuesday with $8.02 million. The blockbuster 3D computer animated spin-off from Universal and Illumination Entertainment was still down a sharp 52 percent from last Tuesday. Minions continues to perform extremely well in the bigger picture with a twelve-day take of $229.56 million. That places the film just ahead of the $228.38 million twelve-day gross of 2013's Despicable Me 2.

Disney's Ant-Man was down one spot to land in a very close second with $7.85 million. The Paul Rudd led superhero film from Marvel was up a very solid 23 percent over Monday's performance. Ant-Man surpassed the $70 million mark yesterday and has grossed $71.48 million in five days. The film continues to perform on the lower end of expectations. Ant-Man is currently running 8 percent ahead of the $66.23 million five-day start of 2008's The Incredible Hulk and 11 percent behind the $80.64 million five-day take of 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger.

Universal's Trainwreck held steady in third place with $4.18 million. The critically acclaimed Amy Schumer led comedy from director Judd Apatow increased 18 percent over Monday. Trainwreck has grossed a promising $37.82 million in five days, which is slightly above the high end of the film's wide ranging expectations. The film is currently running 46 percent ahead of the $25.86 million five-day start of 2009's Julie & Julia and 4 percent behind the $39.25 million five-day take of 2007's Knocked Up.

Inside Out grossed $2.11 million to remain in fourth. The blockbuster 3D computer animated film from Disney and Pixar was up 33.5 percent from Monday and down a very solid 36 percent from last Tuesday. Inside Out continues to impress with a 33-day take of $309.94 million. The film should continue to hold up well going forward thanks in part to strong word of mouth and the relative lack of other high-profile animated releases throughout the rest of the summer.

Universal's Jurassic World rounded out Tuesday's top five with $1.73 million. The 3D sci-fi adventure blockbuster sequel was up 26 percent over Monday and down a solid 38 percent from last Tuesday. Jurassic World has grossed a massive $614.44 million through 40 days. The film is currently the fourth highest grossing film of all-time domestically without adjusting for ticket price inflation and is now just $9.03 million away from surpassing the $623.36 million final gross of 2012's Marvel's The Avengers to move into third place on the list.

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Newly Signed Renewals Build on Eight Exhibitor Announcements Earlier this Year

Continues to Strengthen Cinema Advertising Network

New York, N.Y., July 15, 2015 - Screenvision, a national cinema advertising leader, today announced the renewals of long-term agreements totaling 328 screens with five exhibitor partners: Flagship Cinemas, Paragon Theaters, UltraStar Cinemas, Empire Cinemas and The Birmingham Theatre. These deals, averaging eight years of term, include the top DMAs of New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Washington DC, Phoenix and Detroit. These exhibitor deals follow the recently announced signed exhibitor contracts with Marcus Theatres, Reading International, Allen Theatres, B&B Theatres, Bow Tie Cinemas, Classic Cinemas, Malco Theatres and Regency Theatres earlier this year.

"Screenvision continues to strengthen its network and offer advertisers a stable and secure platform that has a truly national footprint," said Darryl Schaffer, Executive Vice President, Operations and Exhibitor Relations, Screenvision. "We're very pleased that our exhibitor partners continue to demonstrate their confidence in cinema advertising, and Screenvision in particular, especially following the excitement that our upfront event generated."

Michael Whalen, CEO of Paragon Theaters commented, "We are excited to continue our fruitful, long-term partnership with Screenvision. Their preshow, customer service and expertise are unrivaled."

Following are facts on the new exhibitor deals:

Flagship Cinemas - Based outside of Boston, MA, Flagship has thirteen theatres representing 105 screens in Florida, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Vermont. Flagship prides itself on being known as the neighborhood theatre that offers quality entertainment for families and businesses within the communities they serve.

Paragon Theaters - Based in Deerfield, FL, Paragon has eight theatres representing 87 screens. The company has high theatre concentrations along the East Coast from Virginia down to Florida, as well as two theatres in Minnesota. Paragon produces one of a kind entertainment destinations by utilizing the latest technology and providing superior amenities.

UltraStar Cinemas - Based in Vista, CA, UltraStar has seven theatres representing 69 screens throughout Southern California and Arizona. Recognized for pioneering the digital age of cinema, UltraStar was the first theater group in the world to be fully equipped with Pure Digital Cinema® powered by DLP Cinema® technology in all of its locations.

Empire Cinemas - Based in New York, NY, Empire has seven theatres representing 59 screens. Empire has theatres in New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island.

The Birmingham Theatre - Based in Birmingham, MI, The Birmingham Theatre has eight screens. The Birmingham 8, with its classic elegance, warmth and charm is a historical landmark nestled in the heart of downtown Birmingham, Michigan.


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Lionsgate, Paramount, Sony, Twentieth Century Fox, and Universal to Bring Audiences Heart-Pounding, Eye-Popping Action to the Total Cinema Experience

San Francisco, July 22, 2015-Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: DLB) today announced that Hollywood blockbusters are kicking into high gear with Sony Pictures' Pixels, in theatres July 24, and Paramount Pictures' Mission: Impossible-Rogue Nation, in theatres July 31, coming to Dolby CinemaTM. Universal Pictures' Everest, in theatres this September, and Lionsgate Entertainment's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 2, in theatres this November, will deliver the total cinema experience to moviegoers this fall, along with titles soon to be announced by Twentieth Century Fox.

Dolby Cinema, featuring Dolby VisionTM and Dolby Atmos®, is a premium cinema offering for exhibitors and moviegoers that combines spectacular image and sound technologies with inspired design to make every visit a completely captivating cinematic event.

Following the first installment of titles to be shown at Dolby Cinema, including Disney's Tomorrowland, Disney•Pixar's Inside Out, and Warner Bros.' San Andreas, the Chris Columbus-directed Pixels (starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Peter Dinklage, and Josh Gad), will be the first Sony Pictures title scheduled to be presented in Dolby Vision. In Pixels, aliens misinterpret video feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war and attack the Earth in the form of the video games.

"Pixels is one of the most visual effects-rich movies I've ever been involved with-the video game elements pixelate and glow with energy, making the stunning visuals an ideal movie for the Dolby Cinema experience," said Michael Barnathan, producer of Pixels. "Our team was incredibly excited to collaborate with Dolby on color grading and sound mixing the movie with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos. The combination of amazing sound and vibrant imagery-bright, clear, and full of color-makes Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, and the rest of the arcade game characters larger than life on the big screen."

Dolby Cinema begins with the filmmaker's vision-using the full storytelling capabilities that Dolby offers in image and sound production to transform the way movies are made. Combined with state-of-the-art image, sound, and acoustic capabilities, the movie comes alive to deliver cinema in its purest form.

In Paramount Pictures' Mission: Impossible-Rogue Nation, audiences go deep undercover as Ethan Hunt and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate-an international rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF.

Universal Pictures' Everest takes moviegoers on a thrill ride that is inspired by the incredible events surrounding an attempt to reach the summit of the world's highest mountain. Everest documents the awe-inspiring journey of two different expeditions challenged beyond their limits by one of the fiercest snowstorms ever encountered by mankind.

In the fourth installment of Lionsgate's global blockbuster The Hunger Games franchise, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 2, audiences will see Katniss Everdeen and District 13 engage in an all-out revolution against the autocratic Capitol.

"Dolby Cinema delivers the ultimate experience to any movie, and we are excited to see major studios like Lionsgate, Paramount, Sony, Fox, and Universal release their first Dolby Vision titles," said Doug Darrow, Senior Vice President, Cinema, Dolby Laboratories. "From action-adventure thrillers to science-fiction and retro arcade games, these Hollywood blockbusters will deliver unprecedented imagery and unparalleled sound that will transport audiences into these movies in a unique and powerful way when experienced at Dolby Cinema locations."

In addition, Twentieth Century Fox plans to bring its first slate of Dolby Vision titles to Dolby Cinema. "We are excited for our films to be shown in Dolby Cinemas across the globe and look forward to announcing our upcoming slate to be graded in Dolby Vision," said Chris Aronson, President of Domestic Distribution, Twentieth Century Fox. "Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos will allow our audiences to further enjoy their cinematic experiences, propelling moviemaking to the next level."

Dolby Cinema enables richer and more detailed storytelling through Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos. The Dolby Vision projection system, which uses state-of-the-art optics and image processing, delivers high dynamic range with enhanced color technology and a contrast ratio that far exceeds that of any other image technology on the market today. The result is a dramatically different viewing experience that delivers strikingly vivid and realistic images that make viewers feel like they are in the movie's world. Dolby Cinema also includes the award-winning Dolby® sound technology, Dolby Atmos, which moves audio around the theatre, even overhead, with amazing richness and depth.

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Yeva Mousiadis Promoted to Director of Sales, Southern California Region

July 22, 2015, New York, NY - Spotlight Cinema Networks announced today that Patrick Ferris has been named Senior Manager of Advertising Operations. He will report to Ronnie Ycong, Senior Vice President, Exhibitor Relations and Operations.

Prior to joining Spotlight, Ferris worked for ten years at Screenvision, most recently as Scheduling Manager where he was responsible for the execution and delivery of advertising screen inventory in the company's network of theatres across the United States. Other positions he held at the company include Assistant Manager, Digital Planning, and Senior Digital Coordinator.

Spotlight Cinema Networks also announced the promotion of Yeva Mousiadis from Account Director to Director of Sales, Southern California Region. She will continue to report to Michael Sakin, President, Spotlight Cinema Networks. Mousiadis is a five-year veteran of Spotlight Cinema Networks and previously worked at several other companies including the Arthouse Marketing Group from 2008 to 2010.

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