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Move Reflects Synergy Created by VISTA Group Acquisition of US Cinema Software Company Ticketsoft Earlier This Year

[Dallas, TX, and Auckland, New Zealand; June 29, 2015] - Studio Movie Grill (SMG), an innovator in the in-theater dining experience among U.S. cinema exhibitors, has signed with Vista Group International (Vista) companies Vista Entertainment Solutions (VES) and Movio to enhance its service offerings. Based in Dallas, Texas, SMG has more than 200 screens in over 20 locations across 10 states, with more expansion on the way.

The announcement demonstrates the synergy created by Vista's acquisition of U.S. ticketing software company Ticketsoft in March of this year. For Ticketsoft customers, such as SMG, their integration into Vista's global, industry-leading cinema management software portfolio provides numerous immediate and long-term benefits.

"Providing an industry leader such as Studio Movie Grill with access to Vista's extended product range
is exactly the sort of development we hoped for when we acquired Ticketsoft," says Murray Holdaway, Vista's Chief Executive.

VES is the core business of Vista Group and the leading global supplier of software to the cinema industry's Large Circuit Market (cinema exhibitors operating more than 20 screens) with over 400 customers in over 60 countries, and software installed at more than 4,000 sites, servicing 30,000 cinema screens. Movio is the global leader in marketing data, analysis, insights, and campaign creation and management for theatrical exhibitors, studios and film distributors. Capturing the behavior of 30 million consumers in real-time, Movio provides authoritative market intelligence for many of the world's largest cinema chains.
"SMG is a premier cinema exhibitor in the U.S. and we're honored to welcome them to the VES family," says VES President Derek Forbes.

"This is a great example of how we're able to build upon the Ticketsoft infrastructure to present SMG with a more expansive suite of state-of-the-art services and innovation."

"SMG's partnership with VES and Movio enables us to streamline and integrate operations," said Julia Landrum, SMG's Vice President, Revenue. "Our staff can now offer enhanced service and convenience to our customers. Additionally, Movio will allow us to provide our moviegoers with information on the films and offers that are of most interest to them."

Adopting these platforms enables SMG to optimize their business and sales processes. Through deployment of the entire VES platform, SMG can achieve superior functionality for food and beverage ordering, in-seat delivery, split billing, and tip management, enhancing their customers' end-to-end experience and providing visitors with the best cinema hospitality in the industry. Generating in-depth consumer insights based on market analytics, Movio will collaborate with SMG to develop its new and enhanced customer loyalty program.

"Movio is thrilled to support Studio Movie Grill in designing, developing, and launching its new loyalty program. Movio Cinema will help the company to understand and influence their guests in a way that will increase incremental revenue through visitation, spend and preference," says Will Palmer, Chief Executive of Movio. "The ability to extend personalized offers to its most avid audience will revolutionize SMG's interaction with their customers."

 

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By Daniel Garris

Inside Out grossed $8.78 million on Tuesday to lead the daily box office for a second straight day. In the process, the critically acclaimed 3D computer animated blockbuster from Disney and Pixar surpassed the $200 million domestic milestone yesterday. Inside Out was up a healthy 27 percent over Monday and down 33 percent from last Tuesday. With a stronger than expected $200.84 million twelve-day take, Inside Out is currently running 8 percent ahead of the $185.91 million twelve-day gross of 2013's Monsters University and 18 percent behind the $244.03 million twelve-day take of 2010's Toy Story 3.

Jurassic World held steady in second with $7.47 million. The 3D blockbuster sequel from Universal and Legendary increased 14.5 percent over Monday and decreased 43 percent from last Tuesday. Jurassic World has grossed a massive $514.37 million through 19 days of release. The film is already the fifth highest grossing film of all-time without adjusting for ticket price inflation and before much longer will move past the $534.86 million final gross of 2008's The Dark Knight to move into fourth place. Jurassic World is running 10 percent ahead of the $468.27 million 19-day take of 2012's Marvel's The Avengers.

Ted 2 took in $3.84 million to remain in third place. The Seth MacFarlane directed comedy sequel from Universal and MRC was up a modest 4 percent over Monday. Ted 2 was clearly affected by Warner's Magic Mike XXL and Paramount's Terminator Genisys both entering the marketplace on Tuesday evening. Ted 2 surpassed the $40 million mark yesterday and has grossed a significantly softer than expected $41.03 million in five days. That places the film a very disappointing 43 percent behind the $71.60 million five-day start of 2012's Ted.

Max continued to claim fourth place with $1.94 million. The modestly budgeted family film from Warner Bros. and MGM was up a very promising 31 percent over Monday's performance. Max has grossed $15.58 million in its first five days. That is in line with expectations and places the film 15 percent ahead of the $13.57 million five-day launch of last year's Earth to Echo (which opened on a Wednesday).

Fox's Spy rounded out the day's unchanged top five with $1.07 million. The Melissa McCarthy led comedy was up 13 percent over Monday and down a solid 37 percent from last Tuesday. Spy surpassed the $90 million mark yesterday and has grossed $90.48 million in 26 days, thanks in part to displaying strong holding power over the past two weeks.

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Fandango's official press release:

LOS ANGELES - July 1, 2015 - According to Fandango, the nation's leading digital destination for moviegoers and fans with more than 36 million unique visitors per month*, "Terminator Genisys" and "Magic Mike XXL," in their opening holiday weekend, are battling for the top position on Fandango's Fanticipation movie buzz indicator, scoring 90 and 88 out of 100 points, respectively. "Jurassic World" and "Inside Out" in their fourth and third weekends, follow closely behind with scores of 84 and 83 points, respectively.

The "Terminator" reboot is generating more advance tickets than seen for the summer action thriller, "San Andreas," at the same point in the sales cycle. Concurrently, "Mike" is also working its magic on moviegoers, outstripping the recent R-rated comedy, "Spy," in advance ticket sales on Fandango at the same point in the film's sales cycle.

"Two high-energy sequels are targeting very different audiences over the long holiday weekend," says Fandango Chief Correspondent Dave Karger. "'Terminator Genisys' will appeal to action fans of all generations, while ‘Magic Mike XXL' is a fun romp that's tailor-made for a girls' night out."

According to a survey of more than 1,000 "Magic Mike XXL" moviegoers on Fandango:
· 93% are Channing Tatum fans;

· 86% will see the movie as part of a girls' night out;

· 81% saw the original "Magic Mike" in the theater;

· 51% would like to see the movie in a dine-in theater that serves alcohol;

· 71% selected Tatum as the returning "Mike" star with the most appeal;

· Former NFL star and current talk show host, Michael Strahan, was voted as the "XXL" newcomer that fans were most excited to see on the big screen.


On Fandango's movie recommendation show, "Weekend Ticket," Karger interviews "Magic Mike XXL" stars Channing Tatum and Stephen "tWitch" Boss. "If you think about all the different choreographed positions we were in, that's hard, " reveals Boss. Tatum adds, "That's ‘Magic Mike' - it was like geometry or strip-ometry." The full episode can be found at http://www.fandango.com/WeekendTicket.

To celebrate the release of "Terminator Genisys," Fandango Movieclips is rolling out a helpful primer for the uninitiated at Things to Know Before You See Terminator Genisys. Fandango has also unveiled a colorful infographic about classic cinematic automatons at Robots, Androids and Cyborgs from the Movies.

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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jul1.pngWarner Bros. reports this morning that Magic Mike XXL posted $2.4 million on Tuesday night ahead of its full opening day today. Comparisons at this point are few given the sequel's mid-week release, but that figure does top the $2.1 million earned by the original pic with its Thursday midnight bow in late June 2012. Among recent mid-summer Tuesday night openers, it also bests the $2.0 million of last month's Entourage and This Is the End's $2.2 million in 2013.

Meanwhile, Paramount reports that Terminator: Genisys bowed to an estimated $2.3 million from 2,527 locations with shows starting at 7pm. The studio notes the evening show performance was in line with that of San Andreas ($2.7 million) and Hercules ($2.1 million), both of which opened on Thursday evenings. The studio also confirms the sequel/reboot's production budget to be $155 million.

For further comparison, 2013's Fourth of July weekend opener The Lone Ranger opened to a similar $2.0 million on Tuesday evening (July 2).

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By Daniel Garris

Inside Out moved into first place on Monday with $6.92 million. Yesterday marked the fourth time Inside Out has led the daily box office thus far. The critically acclaimed 3D computer animated blockbuster from Disney and Pixar declined 57 percent from Sunday and a healthy 34 percent from last Monday. Inside Out has grossed a stronger than expected $192.06 million in eleven days and is set to surpass the $200 million domestic mark either today or Wednesday. The film is currently running 8 percent ahead of the $178.33 million eleven-day gross of 2013's Monsters University and 19 percent behind the $235.81 million eleven-day take of 2010's Toy Story 3.

Jurassic World placed in a close second with $6.53 million. The 3D blockbuster sequel from Universal and Legendary fell 62 percent from Sunday and 44 percent from last Monday. Jurassic World has grossed a massive $506.90 million through 18 days of release. The film is already the fifth highest grossing film of all-time without adjusting for ticket price inflation and before much longer will move past the $534.86 million final gross of 2008's The Dark Knight to move into fourth place. Jurassic World is running 9 percent ahead of the $463.35 million 18-day take of 2012's Marvel's The Avengers.

Ted 2 continued to underwhelm on Monday with a third place take of $3.68 million. The Seth MacFarlane directed comedy sequel from Universal and MRC was down 59 percent from Sunday. The four-day total for Ted 2 stands at $37.19 million. The film is performing well below pre-release expectations and is running a disappointing 41 percent behind the $63.14 million four-day start of 2012's Ted.

Max followed in fourth place for the day with $1.48 million. The modestly budgeted family film from Warner Bros. and MGM was down a promising 55 percent from Sunday. Max has grossed $13.64 million in its first four days. That is in line with expectations and places the film 24 percent ahead of the $11.01 million four-day start of last year's Earth to Echo (which opened on a Wednesday).

Fox's Spy rounded out Monday's top five with $0.947 million. The Melissa McCarthy led comedy was down 61 percent from Sunday and down just 25 percent from last Monday. Thanks in part to strong holding power over the past two weeks, Spy has grossed $89.41 million in 25 days. The film is set to surpass the $90 million mark today.

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