Fandango's First International Acquisition Establishes a Leading Position for the Company in the Fast-Growing Latin American Film fandango.pngMarket

LOS ANGELES/RIO DE JANEIRO (September 25, 2015) - Fandango, the leading U.S. digital destination for moviegoers, announced today it has signed an agreement with Latin American e-commerce company, B2W Companhia Digital, to purchase its entertainment ticketing subsidiary,, based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

With more than six million registered customers, Ingresso is Brazil's largest online and mobile movie ticketing service. In addition to movies, the service also sells tickets to concerts, soccer games and cultural events including the world-famous Rock in Rio festival. The acquisition, subject to regulatory review and other customary closing conditions, is expected to close in the fourth quarter of this year.

Brazil has a leading moviegoing population, accounting for 40% of Latin American box office dollars in 2014, according to Rentrak. The country has seen nine continuous years of box office growth, representing the largest market in South America and the world's 11th largest theatrical market, according to the Motion Picture Association of America. The MPAA predicts that Brazil will constitute the world's fifth largest market by the end of 2020.

"As our ongoing commitment to the domestic business continues to produce record-breaking results, we see this as an opportune moment to expand outside of the United States," says Fandango President Paul Yanover. "We are thrilled to work with the talented Ingresso team and build upon their already successful organization. Latin America presents the next logical growth area for Fandango, and we look forward to extending our leading online and mobile ticketing capabilities to Brazil's entertainment fans."

Fandango will bring to its popular online and mobile entertainment products, branding and marketing expertise and fast-growing international position on YouTube with Fandango Movieclips content to build an even larger presence for in Brazil's entertainment ecosystem.

The Raine Group and G5 Evercore advised Fandango on the transaction.

About Fandango
Fandango, a unit of NBCUniversal, is the leading provider of online and mobile movie tickets in the U.S., reaching 42 million unique visitors per month, according to comScore, and selling tickets to 27,000 screens nationwide. Fandango entertains and informs consumers with reviews, commentary, celebrity interviews and trailers, and offers the ability to quickly select a film, plan where and when to see it, and conveniently buy tickets in advance. For many theaters, fans can print their tickets at home or receive them as a paperless Mobile Ticket on their smartphones. Fandango's top-ranking movie ticketing apps for Apple's iOS devices and Google's Android Platform have garnered 49 million downloads to date. The company also operates the #1 movie trailers and content channel on YouTube with Fandango Movieclips, which can be found at its dedicated website ( and its recently-launched mobile app for iOS and Android. Film fans can find Fandango on Facebook at and on Twitter @Fandango.

About B2W Digital
B2W Digital is the leading e-commerce company in Latin America and operates through a digital platform, with businesses that present a strong synergy and a unique model, multichannel, multibrand and multibusiness. The Company has a portfolio with the brands, Submarino, Shoptime, SouBarato, Digital Finance and Submarino Finance, that offer more than 40 categories of its products and services and products and services of third parties through the internet, telesales, catalogs, TV and kiosks distribution channels. B2W Digital further operates B2W Services, Latin America's largest and best services platform for virtual stores.

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sep18.pngWarner Bros. reports that Black Mass added $1.975 million on Wednesday to retain its hold on first place. That gives the well-received Johnny Depp-led film about notorious gangster Whitey Bulger a six-day domestic haul of $29.46 million, putting it 5 percent behind the pace of 2010's The Town.

In second place, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials took in $1.75 million yesterday in second place. The young adult adaptation sequel's six-day tally is now $36.2 million, putting it 6 percent behind the pace of its 2014 predecessor.

The Visit eased 33 percent from last Wednesday to $0.74 million yesterday, bringing its 13-day total to ?? million as the M. Night Shyamalan thriller continues to perform well.

Universal's Everest brought in another $0.69 million in its sixth day of play in IMAX 3D and PLF 3D theaters, giving it a total of $9.38 million so far. The true story drama continues to perform at an excellent level as it heads toward what should be a strong expansion into wide release on Friday.

Filling out the top five, War Room fell just 14 percent from last Wednesday to $0.615 million yesterday in sixth place. The faith-based drama's total now stands at a strong $51.1 million.

Meanwhile, The Perfect Guy pulled $0.58 million yesterday, down 51 percent from last Wednesday. The thriller's 13-day haul is now a solid $43.56 million.

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LOS ANGELES - September 24, 2015 - The highly-anticipated animated sequel, "Hotel Transylvania 2" is scaring up family audiences this weekend, topping Fandango's ticket sales and the company's Fanticipation movie buzz indicator with 86 out of 100 points. It's outselling the original 2012 comedy at the same point in the Fandango sales cycle.

"With no new animated films released in the past two months," says Fandango Chief Correspondent Dave Karger, "the family sequel, ‘Hotel Transylvania 2,' which features the combined star power of Selena Gomez and Adam Sandler, appeals strongly to kids and parents alike who are starving for fall-themed family entertainment."

Also opening this weekend is the Nancy Meyers comedy, "The Intern," starring Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro. According to a survey of more than 1,000 "The Intern" moviegoers on Fandango:

· 91% are Robert De Niro fans and 69% prefer to see him in comedic roles;
· 88% are Anne Hathaway fans;
· 75% are fans of director Nancy Meyers' work ("It's Complicated," "The Holiday");
· 51% had good experiences as interns.

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. Fandango is the nation's leading digital destination for moviegoers and fans with more than 42 million unique visitors per month.*

*According to comScore.

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By Daniel Garris

Warner's Black Mass took in $2.71 million on Tuesday to lead the daily box office for a second consecutive day. The Johnny Depp led crime drama was up 27 percent over Monday's performance. It should be noted that daily grosses in general received a boost on Tuesday from the beginning of Yom Kippur. Black Mass has grossed a solid $27.48 million through five days of release. The film is currently running just 4 percent behind the $28.71 million five-day start of 2010's The Town (which increased 14 percent on its first Tuesday to gross $2.62 million).

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials held steady in second place with $2.50 million. The young adult sequel from Fox increased a strong 49 percent over Monday and trailed Black Mass by only $208,358 for the day. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials has grossed $34.50 million in five days. That is below pre-release expectations and places the film 6 percent behind the $36.77 million five-day take of last year's The Maze Runner (which jumped 28 percent on its first Tuesday to gross $2.39 million).

It was a close four-way race for third place again on Tuesday, with Universal's The Visit leading the pack with $0.945 million for the day. The low-budget M. Night Shyamalan directed horror thriller from Blumhouse Productions was up 46.5 percent over Monday and down 49 percent from last Tuesday. The Visit continues to exceed expectations with a healthy twelve-day take of $44.16 million. The film is running 29 percent ahead of the $34.16 million twelve-day gross of 2006's Lady in the Water.

Sony's The Perfect Guy followed in fourth with $0.867 million. The low-budget thriller from Screen Gems starring Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy and Morris Chestnut increased 33 percent over Monday and decreased 54 percent from last Tuesday. The Perfect Guy continues to impress with a twelve-day gross of $42.98 million. That places the film 5 percent ahead of the $40.98 million twelve-day take of last year's No Good Deed.

Everest rounded out the day's top five with $0.851 million. Universal's 3D adventure drama was up a healthy 38 percent over Monday. Everest continues to play exclusively in 545 IMAX and PLF locations, which gave the film an impressive per-location average of $1,562 for the day. Everest has grossed $8.69 million through five days of moderate release. That represents a very promising start for the film as it prepares to go into traditional wide release on Friday.

Sony's War Room took in $0.832 million to remain in sixth place. In the process, the break-out Kendrick Brothers produced faith based film surpassed the $50 million domestic mark yesterday. War Room has grossed a significantly stronger than expected $50.50 million in 26 days. The film isn't showing any signs of slowing down any time soon thanks in part to continued strong word of mouth.

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Snagging a prime release date on the Friday before Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋节) which this year piggybacks onto the National Holiday Golden Week (国庆节), Lost in Hong Kong (港囧) will look to replicate the huge success of its predecessor Lost in Thailand ($208M) which held the title of highest-grossing Chinese language film from January 2013 up until this summer. 

Xu Zheng (徐峥) returns to the director's chair and also co-writes this third installment in the Lost... comedy series; following 2010's Planes, Trains, and Automobiles-esque Lost On Journey and 2012's Lost in Thailand which both starred Xu and actor Wang Baoqiang (王宝强) as comedic foils bumbling through absurd situations, Hong Kong introduces a new location, new story, and new cast in Vicky Zhao (Hollywood Adventures) and Bao Bei'er (So Young).

Whether or not Hong Kong can top Thailand will depend if it can recreate the social phenomenon that allowed Thailand to attract a wide range of demographics from elementary-school aged children in Beijing to dancing grannies in Jingzhou. We believe Hong Kong will surpass Tiny Times 4.0 with the highest percentage of opening-day screens ever for a Chinese language film, and it will top Jianbing Man for the highest-grossing opening day for a 2D film, but Hong Kong will run into pretty stiff competition on September 30 with Saving Mr. Wu (解教吾先生), Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe (九层妖塔) and Goodbye Mr. Loser (夏洛特烦恼) all opening. Therefore, we see a shorter run for Hong Kong, explosive in its first few days but losing ground over the National Holiday, and ending with close to $150M.

Western audiences curious to see what they're missing can thank Well Go USA which is releasing Lost In Hong Kong in select US and Canadian cities day-and-date with China. 

Among holdovers this weekend, look for Minions -- a strong weekend family film -- to hold better than Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation. However, the Hollywood trio that has dominated the past two weekends will lose many screens and Pixels' dismal run will come to an end shy of $16M. 

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