By Alex Edghill

Monday Morning Update: Steve Jobs lead all upcoming films in new likes over the past week as it rose 66,323 likes to 286,502 overall. The main comparison that comes to mind here is that of jOBS, the Ashton Kutcher-led film which also tackled the life of Steve Jobs had less than half the likes going into its release where it was largely panned by critics and opened shy of $7 million last Summer. The Martian played to a similar older demographic this past weekend and had a massive opening of $54 million+ with just under 200k likes. One thing that's clear is that this is going to do much better than the previous Jobs film, both on opening weekend and over its entire run thanks to its great buzz and certain award-season accolades.  

Mockingjay - Part 2 took home second spot on the past week with a less than eye-popping 59k new likes. With its massive total of 21 million likes in tow, this jump hardly made a mark. The franchise's history ensures it will be a massive opener but with Part 1 being the weakest of the three previous films by far I have my doubts on if it can return to the glory-days of the first film and cross the $150 million mark on opening weekend.

The Last Witchhunter has started airing TV spots and as such it was the biggest percentage mover on the week, rising 56,584 likes to 185,593 overall. Diesel has been pretty quiet over the last 10 years compared to many a-listers, appearing in 8 movies with four of those being Fast & The Furious franchise alums. It remains to be seen if he will be able to tap into the Fast or Riddick crowd to help propel The Last Witchhunter. Perhaps the best comparison I can think of here would be John Wick, the smart, sleek actioner from last October which Keanu Reeves drove all the way to $80 million worldwide from a $20 million budget. Wick had less than 25,000 likes this same distance before its October 24th release where it opened to $14 million in North America.  

In a battle of the horrors, Crimson Peak barely pushed past Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension on the weekly chart. Paranormal has a storied past though it seems as though its glory days might be behind it with its last two films seeing a decline in opening weekend earnings, with Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones being the lowest grossing and opening film of the franchise. The fact that it has been delayed numerous times and has been sitting on shelves for over two years is also a bit of a red flag for potential. On the other hand Crimson Peak is from the mind of horror-royalty Guillermo del Toro and has been steadily climbing up the like charts in recent weeks. Paranormal has a strong shot at having a larger opening weekend but my money would be on Crimson Peak to win the overall box office race.

Facebook Top 5 Movies by Like Increase for the last week Ending Sunday October 4th

Rank Release Movie Likes Previous Change % Change
1 10/09/15 Steve Jobs 286,502 220,179 66,323 30.12%
2 11/20/15 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 21,994,761 21,935,740 59,021 0.27%
3 10/23/15 The Last Witch Hunter 185,593 129,009 56,584 43.86%
4 10/16/15 Crimson Peak 352,206 304,349 47,857 15.72%
5 10/23/15 Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension 19,354,334 19,309,829 44,505 0.23%

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industry Leaders from Film Marketing, Distribution, Exhibition and Technology Join FandangoLabs Advisory Board

LOS ANGELES - October 5, 2015 8:30 AM PT/11:30 AM ET -- Fandango, the nation's leading digital destination for moviegoers and fans, announced today the formation of FandangoLabs, the company's new research and development unit dedicated to innovating moviegoing products and services. FandangoLabs will explore bringing to market exciting new ways for consumers to experience movies on the big screen and share new audience conveniences to grow advanced ticketing and drive theater attendance.

"At Fandango, we're at the intersection of entertainment, technology and consumers and we are excited to help drive innovation for the industry," said Paul Yanover, Fandango President. "We've formed FandangoLabs so that the industry and consumers can benefit from our unique position in the movie ecosystem to foster the development of engaging new products and experiences for the millions of moviegoers and fans who use Fandango."

FandangoLabs will work with multiple facets of the film and technology industries, enlisting a diverse and experienced array of leaders as inaugural members to its advisory board, including Dave Hollis, Walt Disney Studios EVP, Theatrical Distribution; George Dewey, Head of Digital Marketing, 20th Century Fox; David Doyle, Chief Information Officer, SVP, Regal Entertainment Group; Alwyn Hight Kushner, President and COO, TCL Chinese Theatres; Jason Blum, Founder and CEO of Blumhouse Productions; and Jennifer Panasik, Portfolio Director, Media & Technology, IDEO. Global design firm IDEO will serve as a Fandango innovation partner in this new venture.

FandangoLabs will seek to accelerate moviegoing experiences that will delight fans, utilizing new technologies and business models. It will explore new possibilities across location-based services, social commerce, augmented and virtual reality, interactive video, and personalization, among others. FandangoLabs hopes to release its first moviegoing products in 2016.

Driven by a relentless desire to serve film audiences, Fandango has implemented a first-to-market strategy to deliver ticketing, trailers and other movie-related content on multiple emerging platforms on mobile, Web, TV and connected devices. The company has partnered with technology leaders like Apple, Google, Samsung, Amazon and others that share like-minded goals to super-serve its consumers.

Fandango has created market-leading apps for Apple's iOS devices, Passbook, Siri and Apple Watch and Google's Android platform, Google Plus and Google Now, and operates the #1 movie trailers and content channel on YouTube with Fandango Movieclips. The company powers a movie trailer service with embedded ticketing functionality on Samsung Smart TVs, phones and tablets, and has movie trailer and video channels on Hulu, AOL and Roku. Fandango also provides ticketing to movie content hubs including IMDb, Yahoo! Movies, Moviefone, MSN, and others.

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Enjoy Drinks, a Movie, or Both

LOS ANGELES (October 2015) - Landmark Theatres is proud to announce the opening of Washington DC's newest movie theatre and lounge, Atlantic Plumbing Cinema. The premiere film will be STEVE JOBS, starring Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet and Seth Rogen. It premieres Thursday, October 15 at 8 PM and will be featured on all 6 screens.

Located in Washington's historic U Street Corridor, the Atlantic Plumbing Cinema will be dedicated to offering its guests engaging and exciting film programming - all in a comfortable, luxurious, state-of-the-art theatrical environment. Atlantic Plumbing Cinema will be an exciting addition to a revitalized neighborhood.

Each of the auditoriums at Atlantic Plumbing Cinema will feature plush leather oversized seats in stadium settings, with large screens, digital projection and Dolby 7.1 surround sound. This will provide guests maximum comfort and also offer the latest in film presentation. The theatre will offer reserved seating so guests have the option to pre-purchase individual seats online or using an automated ticketing kiosk in the lobby.

"I want to thank Robin Mosle and her team at JBG who had the vision to rebuild this community with an entertainment component. We are excited to partner with them in this innovative bar and theatre," said Ted Mundorff, CEO Landmark Theatres.

Atlantic Plumbing Cinema features a contemporary bar and lounge area, making it a destination for food, drink, and entertainment. A full bar menu and craft beers will be available. The theatre will also feature classic concessions, along with edgier fare unique to Landmark Theatres.

Atlantic Plumbing Cinema is located at 807 V Street NW, Washington, DC 20001.

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The Martian claimed #1 in its launch both stateside and overseas this weekend with $45.2 million across 9,611 screens in 49 international markets. Combined with the NA release, Ridley Scott’s sci-fi film took in $100.2 million worldwide in its opening frame. The UK/Ireland topped the openings of Fox’s comps Gravity and Interstellar with $10.25 million on 1,378 screens. Australia was next with $4.2 million from just 489 screens also significantly outgrossing the comps. Mexico ($2.7M on 1,757 screens), Hong Kong ($2.65M on 124 screens), Italy ($2.61M on 532 screens), Brazil ($1.86M on 700 screens), Taiwan ($1.83M on 150 screens), India ($1.36M on 488 screens), Venezuela ($1.17M on 82 screens), and Thailand ($1.06M on 243 screens) complete the rest of the top ten markets. Next weekend sees Germany, Russia, and South Korea opening. Notably, China is on the docket for The Martian but with no confirmed release date.

Lost in Hong Kong continued its record run taking the top spot over China’s National Day Holiday weekend with $42.0 million. The long-awaited sequel to 2012’s buddy comedy Lost in Thailand passed its predecessor on Sunday to become the highest-grossing 2D Chinese language film of all-time with $209.4 million.


Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe, an FX driven action/adventure film from China scored a second place finish over the weekend with $35.0 million. Directed by Lu Chuan (Nanjing! Nanjing!), the poorly reviewed Chronicles played particularly well in 3rd and 4th tier Chinese cities where spectacle still reigns over substance for filmgoers and has made $69.4 million since debuting last Wednesday. 


China’s surprise hit over the National Day holidays was low-budget comedy Goodbye Mr. Loser which grossed $30.4 million this weekend for a 5-day $42.2 million total. Created by the comedic theater troupe Kaixin Mahua (lit. Happy Fried Dough), Mr. Loser is riding amazing word of mouth and has seen increases in its daily grosses since Wednesday, even overtaking Lost in Hong Kong on Sunday for the daily crown.


Hotel Transylvania 2 dropped just 33% from its opening weekend for $20.4 million from 50 overseas markets. After two weekends of release, Sony’s animated sequel has $59.8 million overseas and $150.34 million worldwide. Latin America is being a particularly friendly guest for Hotel contributing $41.8 million across the region and surpassing the entire lifetime box office of the original film there by 15%. Mexico ($4.6M/$14.8M cume) leads the way, followed by Venezuela ($6.2M cume), Brazil ($1.8M/$5.0M cume) and Argentina ($1.3M/$3.9M cume). The film has only opened in 1/3 of its final international footprint with France opening Oct 7, Italy on Oct 8, Germany on Oct 15, Russia on Oct 22, and Spain on Oct 23.


Everest swept up another $16.4 million from 65 overseas markets this weekend, lifting its total to $103.3 million at the international box office and $136.5 million worldwide. Everest is the 7th Universal title to cross $100 million overseas this year. The film opened #4 in Chile ($215K) and Greece ($250K). Among holdovers, Everest held onto the #1 spot for the second weekend in a row in both Russia ($1.7M/$8.3M cume) and France ($1.5M/$4.2M cume) while dropping to #3 in its third weekend in Italy ($1.4M/$3.7M cume) and UK/Ireland ($1.3M/$13.2M cume). Japan opens next on November 6.


The Intern held strong in its second weekend of release grossing $15.7 million from 57 overseas markets. Nancy Meyer’s film is up to $35.6 million at the international box office and $72.12 million worldwide. Among openers, Australia opened in 2nd place with $1.65 million from 305 screens, Mexico bowed to a 4-day $1.2 million debut across 615 screens, and the UK/Ireland premiered with $1.2 million from 433 screens. The strongest holdover market was South Korea, actually increasing 51% over opening weekend with $4.1 million and taking the 11-day total there to $9.8 million. Russia dropped just 17% for $1.1 million and $3.0 million total while Taiwan took 2nd place, falling 7% for $994K from 95 screens. The Intern has passed the lifetime cumes of all Nancy Meyer’s films on the island with a $3.3 million after two weekends of release.


Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials nears $150 million overseas this weekend after grabbing $13.7 million from 58 markets. South Korea is the film’s top market scoring $1.5 million in its third frame for a total of $17.0 million. Other top markets include UK/Ireland ($12.17M), Mexico ($9.13M), Australia ($8.85M), Venezuela ($7.67M), Russia ($7.59M), and Brazil ($6.3M). Scorch Trials has earned $211 million worldwide and opens in France next weekend.


Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out took $12.6 million from 25 total overseas markets this weekend including three new German language territories. The film placed first in Austria, German-speaking Switzerland, and Germany where it posted an estimated $7.1 million which is the 3rd biggest Pixar opening there behind Finding Nemo and Ratatouille. Inside Out edged past Monsters University this weekend to become the 4th highest-grossing Pixar release overseas with $438.4 million and its $792.3 million global total ranks 2nd for the studio behind Finding Nemo ($895.6M) and Toy Story 3 ($1.0632B). Inside Out opens on Tuesday in China where Pixar films have struggled to find a foothold in the past. Predictions are putting the film’s run between $30M and $50M.


Saving Mr. Wu, a crime thriller starring Hong Kong star Andy Lau, took in $7.9 million over the holiday weekend in China and has grossed $15.0 million after 5 days. The film is based on the real life kidnapping of a popular Hong Kong actor in 2004. 


Minions continued its climb up the all-time charts this weekend with $6 million from 44 territories. The animated hit now ranks as the 10th highest-grossing film and the 2nd highest grossing animated film of all-time both overseas with $811.4 million and worldwide with $1.145 billion. China held strong over the National Holiday weekend, dropping just 17% for $4.0 million and a 22-day total of $65.8 million. Minions has opened in all its international territories and is nearing the end of its run with 8 days left in China.


The Visit found $3.3 million in 30 overseas territories for a international total of $19.0 million. M. Night Shyamalan’s thriller has grossed $76.7 million overseas. Taiwan opened with $76K and Vietnam with $69K this frame. The Visit opens next weekend in France and French-speaking Switzerland.


Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation discovered $2.2 million this weekend from 38 overseas markets, lifting its international total to $485.0 million and the global total to $679.1 million. Rogue Nation grossed $1.4 million in its second weekend in China bringing the total there to $135.6 million. This fifth installment ranks just behind 2011’s Ghost Protocol ($694.7M) for the highest-grossing film worldwide in the Mission series.


Films grossing less than $2 million overseas this weekend + local language films (Weekend Total/Overseas Total/Global Total)

Pixels - $1.8M/$158.5M/$236.3M

Straight Outta Compton - $1.6M/$35.6M/$196.3M

Hitman: Agent 47 - $1.1M/$59.5M/$81.9M

Pan - $1.05M/$3.8M/$3.8M

Jurassic World - $400K/$1.013B/$1.664B

Ant-Man - N/A/$231.0M/$409.5M

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Sunday Update: Fox's The Martian arrived with a strong estimated first place debut of $55.0 million this weekend. The critically acclaimed Ridley Scott directed 3D sci-fi film starring Matt Damon lived up to its already lofty expectations and claimed the second largest opening weekend performance ever for the month of October. The Martian opened just 1 percent below the $55.79 million debut of October record holder Gravity back in 2013. The comparison is especially impressive given that The Martian didn't have the advantage of higher priced IMAX admissions that Gravity had. The Martian opened 16 percent ahead of the $47.51 million debut of last year's Interstellar (which also had the advantage of higher priced IMAX admissions). An effective advertising campaign, strong critical reviews, the combined drawing power of Scott and Damon and the pre-established fanbase for the novel the film is based on all contributed to the success of The Martian this weekend.

The Martian opened with $18.13 million on Friday (which included an estimated $2.5 million from Thursday evening shows), increased a strong 23 percent on Saturday to gross $22.28 million and is estimated to decline 34.5 percent on Sunday to take in $14.6 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at a very promising 3.03 to 1. The Martian received a strong A rating on CinemaScore, which suggests that the film is going over just as well with moviegoers as it has with critics. Given both its strong critical reviews and strong early word of mouth, it is highly likely that The Martian will hold up very well throughout the month of October.

Sony's Hotel Transylvania 2 continued to impress with an estimated second place take of $33.0 million. The Adam Sandler led 3D computer animated film from Sony Pictures Animation held up very nicely this weekend, as it was down just 32 percent from last weekend's already stronger than expected launch. In comparison, 2012's Hotel Transylvania fell 36 percent in its second weekend to gross $27.05 million. Hotel Transylvania 2 has grossed $90.54 million through ten days of release. That places the film an impressive 18 percent ahead of the $76.71 million ten-day start of Hotel Transylvania and represents a very nice rebound for both Sandler and Sony from the lackluster performance of Pixels this summer. While it will soon face new competition for family audiences from both Warner's Pan and fellow Sony release Goosebumps, Hotel Transylvania 2 still has a very good chance of continuing to hold up well throughout the month of October, especially with the aid of the approaching Halloween holiday and no new animated films entering the marketplace until Fox's The Peanuts Movie arrives on November 6th.

On the heels of its impressive two-week performance in platform release, Lionsgate's Sicario had a very solid expansion into wide release with an estimated third place take of $12.08 million. The critically acclaimed crime thriller starring Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin performed in line with expectations. Thanks in part to strong critical reviews and the buzz generated from the film's platform performance; Sicario was able to hold its own in the face of The Martian this weekend. This weekend's performance for Sicario was only 9 percent below the $13.24 million expansion performance of Universal's Everest last weekend. Going forward, Sicario is likely to hold up better than Everest has.

Sicario grossed $4.29 million on Friday, increased 9 percent on Saturday to take in $4.66 million and is estimated to decline 33 percent on Sunday to gross $3.13 million. That gives the film an estimated weekend to Friday ratio of 2.81 to 1. Sicario received a healthy A- rating on CinemaScore.

Warner's The Intern held up nicely in its second weekend with an estimated fourth place take of $11.62 million. The Nancy Meyers directed comedy starring Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway was down 34 percent from last weekend. In a fall moviegoing season filled with more serious fare thus far, The Intern is appealing to moviegoers in the mood for a comedy and has taken in $36.52 million in ten days. The film is running 9 percent ahead of the $33.47 million ten-day take of 2013's Last Vegas (which fell 32 percent in its second weekend to gross $11.04 million). Expect The Intern to continue to display healthy holding power going forward.

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials rounded out the weekend's top five with an estimated $7.65 million. The young adult sequel from Fox fell 46 percent, as the film continues to understandably display more front-loading than its predecessor did last year. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials has grossed $63.24 million in 17 days. That is below expectations and places the film 14 percent behind the $73.56 million 17-day gross of The Maze Runner.

Meanwhile, Sony's The Walk was off to a soft start this weekend in moderate release. The critically acclaimed 3D Robert Zemeckis directed film starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt only managed an estimated $1.55 million from 448 exclusive IMAX and PLF locations. That gave The Walk a per-location average of just $3,460 for the frame. The Walk has grossed $1.97 million through five days of release. Despite strong critical reviews, The Walk is clearly feeling the negative effects of facing very tough competition and not having the most mainstream friendly concept to begin with. The Walk will hope to build momentum off of its strong critical reviews when it goes into wide release next weekend, but that will be easier said than done after this weekend's performance.

Saturday Update: Fox reports that The Martian landed with a fantastic opening day of $18 million on Friday, including the adaptation's $2.5 million Thursday night haul. That gives it the best opening day of all-time for an October release, edging out Gravity's $17.5 million two years ago this weekend. That figure also tops Interstellar's $16.9 million first Friday (although it earned $2.15 million in limited release over the previous two days), while giving Matt Damon his best career opening day outside the Bourne franchise (The Bourne Ultimatum debuted to $24.7 million; Supremacy to $18.44 million. Last but not least, this is also director Ridley Scott's third best opening day after Prometheus ($21.5 million) and 2001's Hannibal ($19.3 million) -- in other words, making it his best first day gross among non-sequels and non-franchises.

Even better news for the adaptation of Andy Weir's best-selling novel is the fact that early word of mouth is lining up with critical reviews. Flixster users and Rotten Tomatoes critics each give it a high 94 percent score as of Saturday morning, both of which rank among the best scores by any wide release this year. Worth noting is that the film did earn a bit less on Friday "proper" ($15.5 million without Thursday grosses) than Gravity did ($16.1 million), and for that reason we're not quite pulling the trigger on calling an October opening weekend record (Gravity holds it at $55.8 million). Still, it should be pretty close even if it does fall short, and all of the aforementioned good signs point to a leggy run. BoxOffice's official projection as of Saturday morning is for a stellar $54 million debut frame.

Moving down to second place yesterday, Hotel Transylvania 2 eased 44 percent from its first day last Friday to $7.5 million. That gives the hit animated sequel an eight-day domestic take of $65.04 million -- putting it 16 percent ahead of its 2012 predecessor at the same point. BoxOffice projects a $31 million sophomore frame.

Expanding into wide release after two weeks of strong limited play, Denis Villeneuve's Sicario pulled an encouraging $4.28 million from 2,620 theaters on Friday in third place. That gives the strongly reviewed film a $7.28 million domestic total now, and early buzz is very positive with a 90 percent Flixster score alongside the well-documented 92 percent critical vote. BoxOffice is projecting a $13 million weekend.

In fourth place, The Intern eased 43 percent from opening day last week to $3.57 million yesterday. Writer/director Nancy Meyers' latest success has pulled $28.47 million through eight days of release, putting it 45 percent ahead of the pace of her 2006 film, The Holiday. BoxOffice is projecting a second weekend of $11.5 million.

In fifth, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials posted $2.1 million for a 49 percent week-to-week drop. With a sum of $57.7 million domestically so far, BoxOffice projects a $7.3 million weekend.

Meanwhile, The Walk is unfortunately not off to the kind of start in IMAX theaters that was hoped for. The strongly reviewed (86 percent on Rotten Tomatoes) film based on tight-rope walker Philippe Petit (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) earned just $390,000 from its 448 locations yesterday, giving it a three-day total of $0.81 million. That falls well short of the benchmark achieved by Everest's early IMAX release just a couple of weeks ago, however audience reception is trending upward as its Flixster score has increased from 77 percent to 84 percent since Wednesday evening. Given the amount of competition in the marketplace right now, the film's nationwide expansion could benefit from that positive word of mouth in the weeks ahead. For now, BoxOffice is projecting a $1.25 million three-day weekend.

Follow BoxOffice on Sunday for updated weekend estimates from the studios.

Update #2: According to early numbers, here's how the weekend looks to be shaping up:

The Martian: $52 million-$54 million
Hotel Transylvania 2: $27 million-$29 million
Sicario: $9.5 million-$11.5 million
The Walk: $3 million-$4 million (5 day) 

Check back tomorrow for updated projections and official studio numbers.  

Update #1: With $2.5 million from Thursday evening shows, The Martian is off to an excellent start. The tally compares favorably to the $1.4 million haul that Gravity posted from Thursday evening shows on its way to a $55.8 million debut back in October 2013. Gravity still holds the record for the best October opening of all time, and The Martian certainly has a shot at breaking it.

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