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Boca Raton, FL July 16, 2015 - MovieTickets.com, the leading global provider of remote movie ticketing, announced that it has entered into a multi-year deal with the Cinema Buying Group (CBG), an independent theater consortium administered by the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), to offer its services across CBG's network of theatres. In doing so, MovieTickets.com will be the exclusive ticketing company to offer the CBG members a platform through which patrons can browse movie show times and purchase tickets in advance. The announcement was made today by Bill Campbell, NATO/CBG's Managing Director, and Joel Cohen, CEO of MovieTickets.com.

The Cinema Buying Group represents over 7,000 screens in the United States and Canada. A significant number of their independent theaters do not currently have online or mobile advance ticket solutions in place. Through the agreement, these exhibitors have made a key technological commitment to extend the MovieTickets.com service to their customers looking to take advantage of the convenience of buying tickets to movies in advance.

"Since our formation, MovieTickets.com has taken great pride in its ability to work well with large, medium and small theater chains," said Cohen. "We are committed to the ongoing success of independent theaters, and commend the CBG on its leadership in the adoption of new technologies. We have tailored a suite of programs and services for their members and look forward to widespread adoption amongst their vast membership."

CBG's Bill Campbell said, "CBG's mission is to ensure a thriving community of independent exhibitors in the digital age. This deal with MovieTickets.com takes us a critical step forward in that mission."

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Jonathan Papish @ChinaBoxOffice

If last weekend was the turning point for China's tepid summer box office where young fans lined up to see their idols in Tiny Times 4.0 and Forever Young and incredible word of mouth for The Monkey King: Hero Is Back pushed the weekend total to a record $110 million, then this weekend should be considered the height of the summer movie season. Six new titles enter cinemas, among them two homegrown films which have potential blockbuster status. 

First up this weekend is Monster Hunt (捉妖记), a family friendly film with the distinction of being the Mainland's first mixture of live-action and CGI generated characters, and is directed by Raman Hui, the supervising animator on Shrek as well as the co-director of Shrek The Third. Monster Hunt will open Thursday on about 50% of China's screens and should be a hit across the entire country, both in higher tier cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou that favor quality entertainment and lower tier cities that enjoy blockbuster films. Monster Hunt has the highest level of awareness according to EntGroup China's EFMT Index.

Aimed at a completely different demographic, Jianbing Man (煎饼侠) is China's first attempt to spoof the superhero genre and is directed by online personality Da Peng (大鹏). Western audiences may recall Da Peng and Conan O'Brien clashing when Conan discovered he had shot-for-shot ripped off his late night show's opening sequence. The two traded barbs from opposite sides of the world, but ended up on friendly terms. Da Peng then went on to create a massively popular online sketch show for Sohu.com called Diors Man (屌丝男士) and hopes to bring that following into theaters when Jianbing Man opens on Friday. In addition to Da Peng playing the title role, Jianbing Man (named after a delicious fried pancake from Northern China) also boasts a large contingent of both Mainland and International celebrity cameos with action star Jean-Claude Van Damme getting much of the spotlight in the marketing for the film. Jianbing Man should give Monster Hunt a run for its money this weekend, but its mainstream appeal could also be regionally limited by Da Peng's northeastern dialect and style of humor. Nonetheless, the comedy has the highest intent to purchase out of any new release this weekend according to EntGroup.

Also opening this weekend is Shaun The Sheep which somehow avoided the protection period's blackout on imported films. The stop motion film from Aardman Animations posted solid numbers in other international territories such as the UK ($20.3 million) and France ($5.3 million). Unfortunately, competing against Monster Hunt and Monkey King will not be an easy task.

Diexian Jinghun (碟仙惊魂) a Chinese version of Ouija, Magic Barber (爱情魔发师), and The Unforgettable Heroes (诺素之鹰) round out the rest of the local releases this weekend.

Interested Western audiences can also catch some of these films in local cinemas. Magnum Films will release Monster Hunt in Australia/New Zealand on July 23 and Jianbing Man in select US cities on July 24.

Weekend Predictions (Fri-Sun): Monster Hunt - $50M, Jianbing Man - $45M, Monkey King - $25M, Shaun The Sheep - $4M, Tiny Times 4 - $4M, Forever Young - $3M

 

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By Daniel Garris

Minions took in a strong $16.84 million on Tuesday to easily lead the daily box office for a fifth consecutive day. The blockbuster 3D computer animated spin-off from Universal and Illumination Entertainment increased an impressive 30 percent over Monday's performance. Minions continues to perform on the very high end of its lofty pre-release expectations with a five-day start of $145.50 million. That places the film 28 percent ahead of the recent $113.96 million five-day start of Inside Out. Minions is currently running 2 percent ahead of the $143.07 million five-day take of 2013's Despicable Me 2 (which opened on a Wednesday).

Fellow 3D computer animated film Inside Out held steady in second with $3.29 million. The blockbuster from Disney and Pixar was up a very strong 37.5 percent over Monday and down 49 percent from last Tuesday. Inside Out has grossed $289.89 million in 26 days, which leaves the film just $10.11 million away from reaching the $300 million domestic milestone. The film is running 20 percent ahead of the $241.22 million 26-day gross of 2013's Monsters University.

Universal's Jurassic World grossed $2.79 million to remain in third place. The 3D sci-fi adventure blockbuster sequel was up 30 percent over Monday and down a solid 42 percent from last Tuesday. Jurassic World has grossed a massive $595.64 million through 33 days of release. The film is now just $4.37 million away from becoming the fourth film to ever reach the unadjusted $600 million domestic mark and is set to pass the mark on either Thursday or Friday.

Paramount's Terminator Genisys continued to claim fourth with $2.11 million. The pricey Arnold Schwarzenegger led 3D sci-fi action sequel increased 32 percent over Monday and decreased 47 percent from last Tuesday. Terminator Genisys has grossed $72.55 million through two weeks. That is below the film's already scaled back expectations and places the film 24 percent behind the $95.89 million two-week haul of 2009's Terminator Salvation.

Warner's Magic Mike XXL rounded out the day's unchanged top five with $1.79 million. The Channing Tatum led sequel was up 39 percent from Monday and down 44 percent from last Tuesday. Magic Mike XXL surpassed the $50 million mark yesterday and has grossed $51.39 million in two weeks. The film is currently running a lackluster 38 percent behind the $82.82 million two-week gross of 2012's Magic Mike.

Warner's The Gallows and Focus' Self/Less took sixth and eighth place on Tuesday with respective daily grosses of $1.31 million and $0.894 million. The Gallows was up 17.5 percent over Monday, while Self/Less was up 39 percent. Respective five-day grosses stand at a modest $12.23 million for The Gallows and at an expectedly disappointing $6.94 million for Self/Less. Both films should fade away from theatres very quickly.

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ant-train.pngLOS ANGELES - July 15, 2015 - According to Fandango, the nation's leading digital destination for moviegoers and fans with more than 36 million unique visitors per month*, Marvel's "Ant-Man" (in its opening week) and "Minions" (in its second week) are running neck and neck in Fandango's weekend ticket sales and on the company's Fanticipation movie buzz indicator, scoring 90 and 89 out of 100 points, respectively. The new R-rated comedy, "Trainwreck," is also on a fast track with 81 points.

"Movie audiences of all ages have something to look forward to at the multiplexes this weekend," says Fandango Chief Correspondent Dave Karger. "Following its phenomenal debut, ‘Minions' will continue to draw a mass audience, while ‘Ant-Man' will appeal to super-hero loving fans. Then there's ‘Trainwreck,' which is clearly for adults only but works equally well as a raunchy comedy and a date movie."

According to a survey of more than 1,000 "Trainwreck" moviegoers:
92% are in the mood for a female-driven R-rated comedy;

81% are excited to see Amy Schumer as a female lead in a romantic comedy;

80% say they are big fans of director Judd Apatow's work;

72% are looking forward to see LeBron James in a supporting role;

57% plan to see the movie with a significant other or date.


To celebrate the release of "Ant-Man," Fandango Movieclips is launching "The Top 10 Paul Rudd Movie Moments," from "Clueless" to "Anchorman" to "Ant-Man" at http://www.fandango.com/movie-trailer/top10paulruddmoments-trailer/160348?autoplay=true&mpxId=2671460686, while Fandango is showcasing original fan art depicting Ant-Man vs. Yellowjacket at http://www.fandango.com/movie-news/exclusive-artwork-antman-vs-yellowjacket-749499.

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.

*According to comScore.

Press Contacts:
Dana Benson
dbenson@fandango.com
310-954-0465

Harry Medved
hmedved@fandango.com
310-954-0461

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Studio will Release All Titles Worldwide Using MACCS Theatrical Distribution Software

[Los Angeles, CA; July 15, 2015] -- MACCS International, the largest developer of theatrical distribution software for the global motion picture industry with over 100 distributors in 38 territories among its clientele and a subsidiary of Vista Group International, today announced that Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. has licensed MACCS Theatrical Distribution Software to run its domestic theatrical distribution. Warner Bros. Pictures domestic distribution operates in the United States and Canada and joins Warner Bros. Pictures International, which, for over a decade, has used the MACCS technology to distribute films across its international territories. This marks the first time the Studio has centralized its theatrical distribution operations under one technology platform.

"Warner Bros. has always been at the forefront of providing innovative solutions to drive our businesses forward. MACCS has been a long-time partner of Warner Bros. Pictures International and I am glad to be able to expand the MACCS technology to domestic distribution," said Tom Roach, Senior Vice President and Co-General Manager, Warner Bros. Technology Solutions. "As the leading provider of motion pictures to cinemas around the world, Warner Bros. puts confidence in technology providers like MACCS International who can quickly adapt to a changing and dynamic global business environment."

MACCS Theatrical Distribution Software manages all aspects of a motion picture theatrical release including sales planning, booking contracts, terms management, holdovers, digital print inventory, box office data, invoicing, and cash receivables. It interfaces with multiple general ledger systems and, through its MaccsBox API services, provides a single point of contact to third-party systems including those of exhibitors, post-production houses and shipping depots. Its design around automation provides efficiencies and improved business intelligence and is available in multiple languages and currencies.

"Over the past decade, we have developed a close relationship with Warner Bros. as we expanded our software across 38 territories," said Bert Huls, MACCS CEO and Jesse Chow, MACCS Senior Vice President and General Manager North America. "We're delighted that Warner Bros. has trusted us to bring MACCS' leading technology to domestic distribution and leverage benefits across Warner Bros.' entire worldwide operation."

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