nov26.pngLionsgate reports that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 added $1.39 million on Wednesday, off 40 percent from last week and bringing its domestic total up to $262.77 million through 20 days of release. The film currently trails Catching Fire by 23 percent at the same point.

Horrible Bosses 2 posted $0.725 million yesterday, down 33 percent from last Wednesday. The comedy sequel has taken in $38.3 million to-date, 48.5 percent off the pace of its predecessor.

Interstellar took third place on Wednesday with a $0.68 million gross, dropping 20 percent from the same day last week. The domestic tally stands at $160.6 million.

Penguins of Madagascar claimed fourth with a $0.51 million take, down 22 percent from last Wednesday. The animated spin-off has earned $51.03 million to-date.

Rounding out the top five, Big Hero 6 added $0.4 million for a 14 percent week-to-week drop. The Disney flick has summed $178.75 million domestically so far.

Meanwhile, The Theory of Everything grabbed another $246,957 from 826 locations for a $299 per-theater average. The film's total thus far is $14.36 million.

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MILWAUKEE--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Marcus Theatres®, a division of The Marcus Corporation (NYSE:MCS), is continuing its multi-million dollar investment in its circuit to bring consumers the ultimate movie-going experience. With a tradition as an industry leader and innovator, Marcus Theatres continues to outperform the industry as it announces significant renovations and new amenities at additional locations.

The renovations will add DreamLoungerSM recliner seating to all of the auditoriums at the South Shore and Menomonee Falls Cinemas in the Milwaukee market and the Elgin Cinema in Elgin, Illinois. Existing UltraScreen® auditoriums at the Elgin Cinema and the Pickerington Cinema in Ohio, and an additional auditorium at the Twin Creek Cinema in Nebraska, will be upgraded to the UltraScreen DLX® concept. A Take FiveSM Lounge will also be added at the Pickerington and South Shore Cinemas, and Zaffiro's® Express outlets will be added at the South Shore, Elgin and Pickerington locations. Additional renovations are planned for the Southgate Cinema in Milwaukee and the Majestic Cinema of Brookfield, Wisconsin. The investments in these locations respond to the ever-changing needs of customers.

"It is important to create options, comforts and conveniences for our guests," said Rolando Rodriguez, president and chief executive officer of Marcus Theatres. "Going to the movies is a social event that can be personalized based on preferences and occasions. Our DreamLounger recliner seating is perfect for all occasions; visiting the Take Five Lounge is great for those looking for a beverage or snack before or after a movie; our UltraScreen DLX auditoriums provide a premium experience to see the latest blockbuster film the way it was meant to be seen; and Zaffiro's Express and Big Screen Bistro offer a great way to combine dinner and a movie. By better meeting our customers' needs, we are able to provide choices they can appreciate."

Marcus Theatres' unique DreamLounger seating concept is one of the amenities that continues to garner rave reviews among consumers. DreamLounger electric recliners allow the moviegoer to go from seated upright to a full recline at the touch of the button and provide maximum comfort with seven feet of legroom between seats. There are currently eight theatres that offer DreamLounger seating in every auditorium and the latest investments will add recliner seating to three more theatres. When completed, approximately 25 percent of the total screens in the company's circuit will offer this amenity, one of the highest percentages in the industry.

Another popular amenity from Marcus Theatres is its premium large-screen format auditoriums, most notably the UltraScreen DLX (DreamLounger eXperience) which features a massive screen, DreamLounger recliners, and Dolby® Atmos® sound. Screens up to 70-feet wide and a fully immersive sound experience make guests feel part of the action. Circuit-wide, Marcus Theatres currently has 11 UltraScreen DLX auditoriums and an additional nine traditional UltraScreens. The latest investments will convert two of the traditional UltraScreen auditoriums to the new UltraScreen DLX concept and will update an additional auditorium, bringing the total count to 21.

Unique dining concepts at select Marcus Theatres are also broadening the traditional movie-going experience. From in-auditorium dining to pick-up and takeout, a variety of innovative food and beverage options helps to create a more comprehensive night out:

Take Five Lounges bring casual dining, appetizer and beverage options to Marcus Theatres. Guests can relax over food and a drink before and after a movie, adding to the ideal night out. At all locations, customers can bring beverages from the Take Five Lounge into the auditorium to enjoy during the movie. With the newest locations, the company will have 13 Take Five Lounges throughout the circuit.
Zaffiro's Pizzeria & Bar restaurants and Zaffiro's Express provide a variety of menu options that include appetizers, sandwiches, salads, desserts and the must-have Zaffiro's THINCREDIBLE® handmade thin-crust pizza. Zaffiro's Express venues allow guests to place their order at the counter and pick it up when it is ready. When the new Zaffiro's Express locations open, the company will have three full-service Zaffiro's restaurants and 14 Zaffiro's Express outlets.
The company's Big Screen Bistro concept offers full-service, in-theatre dining with a complete menu of entrees, appetizers, salads, sandwiches, desserts and drinks. Guests place their order with waitstaff and their food and beverages are delivered right to their seats. Five theatres currently offer Big Screen Bistro auditoriums.
The latest investments in the company's theatres also will include a new lobby, concessions area and updated seating in all auditoriums at the Southgate Cinema in Milwaukee, as well as additional food and beverage options and relocation and expansion of the current Take Five Lounge at the Majestic Cinema of Brookfield. Construction continues on the new Palace at Sun Prairie Cinema in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. This 12-screen entertainment destination will combine the company's latest innovations under one roof, including all-reserved DreamLounger recliner seating in every auditorium, two UltraScreen DLX auditoriums, four Big Screen Bistro auditoriums, a Zaffiro's Express and a Take Five Lounge, further adding to the amenity totals noted above when the theatre opens in late Spring 2015.

"As we consider renovations, we evaluate the needs of each theatre to better provide the amenities that best fit that particular location," said Rodriguez. "At Marcus Theatres, we are committed to creating a more comprehensive movie-going experience, and recognize the value of customizing that experience for our theatre communities. We'll continue to explore opportunities and investments that will grow our theatre circuit and create enhanced entertainment destinations for our customers."


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By Daniel Garris

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 grossed $1.44 million on Monday to lead the daily box office for an 18th consecutive day. The third installment of Lionsgate's blockbuster franchise was down 74 percent from Sunday and down 45 percent from last Monday. In comparison, last year's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire fell 70 percent on its third Monday to gross $1.94 million. Mockingjay - Part 1 has grossed $259.59 million in 18 days, which ranks the film as the third highest grossing release of 2014 thus far domestically. The film will surpass the $259.77 million final gross of Captain America: The Winter Solider today to move into second place for the year. Mockingjay - Part 1 is currently running 23 percent behind the $337.79 million 18-day take of Catching Fire.

Warner's Horrible Bosses 2 placed in second with $0.724 million. The R-rated comedy sequel fell 64 percent from Sunday and 34 percent from last Monday. While it continues to display respectable holding power thus far, in the bigger picture Horrible Bosses 2 is performing significantly below expectations with a 13-day take of $36.62 million. That places the film 46 percent behind the $68.17 million 13-day take of 2011's Horrible Bosses.

Paramount's Interstellar claimed third place with $0.650 million. The Christopher Nolan directed sci-fi film was down 69 percent from Sunday and down a healthy 23 percent from last Monday. Interstellar has grossed $159.09 million after 32 days of wide release and is set to surpass the $160 million domestic mark either today or Wednesday.

Penguins of Madagascar took fourth place with $0.470 million. The 3D computer animated film from Fox and DreamWorks Animation fell 85 percent from Sunday and 42 percent from last Monday. Penguins of Madagascar has grossed $49.87 million in 13 days and is set to surpass the $50 million mark today. The film continues to perform below expectations and is running 12 percent behind the $56.93 million 13-day take of 2011's The Muppets.

Fellow 3D computer animated film Big Hero 6 rounded out the day's top five with $0.380 million. The successful Disney release was down 83 percent form Sunday and down 38 percent from last Monday. Big Hero 6 has grossed $177.84 million in 32 days and should continue to hold up well throughout the rest of the holiday season.

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movieticketscom.pngTicket Sales Up 11%, Mobile Growth Up 26%, a leading global provider of remote movie ticketing, announced today that the number of tickets sold in the US by the company this year are up 11% over 2013. In addition to this growth, tickets sold in the US via mobile devices were up 26% over those purchased via mobile in 2013.

Some of the company's highlights this year include:
· added ticketing services for AMC Theaters.

· renewed its long-term arrangement to provide remote ticketing to Harkins Theatres.
· In October, and TouchTunes, the largest in-venue entertainment and engagement platform in over 60,000 bars and restaurants across North America, entered an exclusive partnership to provide film studios a new way to promote movie releases and ticket sales. For film and entertainment studios looking to directly promote upcoming releases, the partnership offers valuable awareness and amplified ticket sales. Through branded interactive content, powered by ticketing capabilities, moviegoers are able to learn about new releases and purchase tickets through TouchTunes' interactive jukebox displays and its mobile application.
· The company is about to deploy a modernized way for moviegoers to buy tickets and enter theaters with a re-imagined mobile movie ticket that turns a smartphone into a ticket. The ticket can be quickly and easily validated by movie theater employees without the use of costly scanners. For more information visit has 250 theater chains in its group and provides ticketing services in 22 countries including the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain, Argentina, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean. In the US, provides advance tickets to theater circuits and independent operators in all top 50 markets across 48 states.


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uslinc.pngUltra Stereo Labs, a leader in digital cinema and alternative content technology, has developed and is now shipping the new 6-Channel HDMI 1.4b HSW-602 Switch. The HSW-602 fills the need for a professional, complete processing unit for alternative content in cinemas. It features a program bus and preview bus allowing the user to preview the next event using a monitor on the preview output and then to switch that input to the projector using the program bus. It also includes a microphone and stereo line input that can overlay on any of the HDMI content. This feature allows a presenter to add live narration to a video presentation. In addition, all the HSW-602 devices may be remotely controlled via a wireless tablet using CEC (consumer electronics control). The switch will be on display in the USL booth at the CineAsia Convention located in the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre from December 9 through December 11.

The HSW-602 Switch features include 6 HDMI inputs and 2 HDMI outputs which all support 1080p 3D video. The audio input includes a live microphone, stereo line input, and an 8-channel AES/EBU input from the cinema server. The audio outputs include S/PDIF over optical and coax, and an 8-channel AES/EBU output to feed the cinema processor. An additional feature included is a browser interface for easy configuration. The HSW-602 Switch may be remotely controlled via Ethernet or contact closures from the digital cinema server or other devices such as tablets or PCs. All HDMI inputs and outputs maintain continuous HDCP security links to prevent attached devices from going into sleep mode.

USL, Inc. hardware engineer Troy Fredriks states, "The HSW-602 simplifies HDMI- based presentations by streamlining cumbersome operations into a single, straightforward interface." USL Engineer Jay Wyatt notes that "the HSW-602 is truly a Swiss-army knife for combinations of HDMI playback."

For more than thirty-three years, USL, Inc. has been a global leader for technical achievements in design, manufacturing, research, and development of cinema products and is the 2013 recipient of the International Cinema Technology Association's Manufacturer of the Year award.

[For further information and product specifications, visit USL booth #108 at CineAsia or contact USL, Inc.'s Clint Koch at]

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