WASHINGTON D.C. (April 13, 2015) - Paul Rudd will receive the "CinemaCon® Male Star of the Year Award" it was announced today by Mitch Neuhauser, Managing Director of CinemaCon. CinemaCon, the official convention of The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), will be held April 20 - 23, 2015 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Rudd will be presented with this special honor at the "CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards" ceremony to take place on Thursday evening, April 23, in The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. The Coca-Cola Company, the official presenting sponsor of CinemaCon, will host the final night gala awards program.

"With an already proven track record of making audiences around the world laugh with his memorable roles in such films as ‘Knocked Up,' ‘Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" and ‘The 40 Year Old Virgin,' Rudd will thrill audiences this summer as he stars in his first action adventure film ‘Ant-Man," noted Neuhauser. "We could not be more excited to honor Rudd as he is sure to impress when he makes his debut as ‘Ant-Man' in what is sure to be another one of Marvel's most talked about movie franchises."

Rudd can be seen later this summer starring in the next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe "Ant-Man" releasing on July 17, 2015. From Marvel Studios' "Ant-Man" brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time when master thief Scott Lang (Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. "Ant-Man" also stars Evageline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Judy Greer, Tip "T.I". Harris, David Dastmalchian, Wood Harris and Jordi Mollà and was directed by Peyton Reed and produced by Kevin Feige,p.g.a.

Rudd recently finished filming "The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving, and was last seen starring in "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues," which grossed over $170 million worldwide. His other film credits include "Our Idiot Brother," "This Is 40," "Wanderlust," "I Love You, Man" "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," "Knocked Up," "Clueless," and "Cider House Rulesamong many others. Rudd has also seen success on the Broadway and West End stage starring in such productions as "Grace," "Three Days of Rain," and "Long Days Journey Into Night," to name just a few. On television, Rudd was the co-writer and co-creator of the critically acclaimed series "Party Down" on Starz and gained wide recognition with a recurring role on "Friends." Later this year he will reprise his role in "Wet Hot American Summer," along with the original cast for an 8-episode series to air on Netflix.

About CinemaCon

CinemaCon will attract upwards of 5,000 motion picture professionals from all facets of the industry -from exhibition and distribution, to the equipment and concession areas - all on hand to celebrate the movie-going experience and the cinema industry. From exclusive Hollywood product presentations highlighting a slate of upcoming films, to must-see premiere feature screenings, to the biggest stars, producers and directors, CinemaCon will help jumpstart the excitement and buzz that surrounds the summer season at the box office.

CinemaCon is delighted to have both the International Cinema Technology Association (ICTA) and National Association of Concessionaires (NAC) as its tradeshow partners. CinemaCon is also delighted to have as its official presenting sponsor, The Coca-Cola Company, one of the industry's greatest and highly regarded and respected partners in the world of the movies.

About NATO

The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) is the largest exhibition trade organization in the world, representing more than 32,000 movie screens in all 50 states, and additional cinemas in 81 countries worldwide. NATO's membership includes the largest cinema chains in the world and hundreds of independent theatre owners, too.

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alcons.pngDutch cinema sound system manufacturer returning to CinemaCon

Following the founding of Alcons Audio's factory-direct operations in the USA and the company's success in the cinema market around the world, Alcons Audio is returning to the coming CinemaCon convention in Las Vegas.

Taking place on April 20 - 23 at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas NV USA, CinemaCon is one of the world's most important cinema conventions, with attracting cinema owners and operators from over 80 countries. The 2015 edition sees CinemaCon celebrating its 5th anniversary.

Alcons Audio USA will be present with its range of evolutionary cinema loudspeaker solutions, based around proprietary multiple-patented pro-ribbon transducer technology, in which the company's R&D department has a 30-year background.

On display will be the CinemarrayTM series, the cinema industry's first dedicated cinema sound system utilizing line-source technology throughout. Specifically aimed at medium to large applications, the modular systems feature adjustable coverage to offer the entire audience the best possible cinema sound experience; A flat-SPL throughout the room, reduced influence of room acoustics and superb, non-compressed 1:1 digital sound reproduction.

Also on show will be the matching CRS pro-ribbon surrounds, that feature the exact same pro-ribbon transducer components as the screen systems; This same voicing enables a homogeneous sound stage for a seamless transition between front and surround systems; This perfect blend is particularly striking in immersive surround systems.

A further selection of Alcons' C-series will be on display, including the space-saving CR1 ultra-compact screen system with 8-in system depth and the CR3 medium-sized 3-way screen system, for rooms around 300 seats.


David Rahn, Alcons Audio USA national sales manager: "with the incredible success of Alcons C-series cinema systems around the world, among which one of Europe's largest Dolby Atmos installs at Berlinale Palast, as well as Lucasfilm Singapore, Walt Disney Germany, but also NBC Universal screening rooms in UK and China, it was time for us to return to CinemaCon. It's a great opportunity to get the right people in front of Alcons' unique premium cinema sound experience and to demonstrate why Alcons is currently seen as cinema market's most-innovative loudspeaker brand ."

As well as the company's stand, Alcons is hosting private off-site demonstrations of its systems.

Alcons Audio can be found on booth nr. 2823 (Augustus Ballroom); For more information, please visit or

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By Alex Edghill

Monday Morning Update: Straight Outta Compton led all films this past week on Facebook with 95,414 new likes, bringing its total to just over 750,000 overall. Universal decided to attach its trailer ahead of the monster that is Furious 7 and it immediately paid big dividends, gaining over 200k new likes since the beginning of April. Social media in general has responded very well to trailers and marketing for the film and given the level of notoriety to this day for NWA and its founding members (especially Dr. Dre and Ice Cube) I don't think its a far stretch to think this could be the next 8 Mile and simply dominate the box office in mid August.

Unfriended did make the magic 1 million like mark before release like I had predicted many moons ago. This is significant because it is the first original horror I have ever tracked that has crossed that mark before release. That list includes Paranormal Activity, Sinister, Insidious, and The Conjuring to name a few. Its hard to gauge just how this will translate to box office dollars since its target demographic lines up very well with social media power users but its difficult to ignore the sheer level of interest here from its first trailer through to release. We are currently predicting $21 million for its opening frame which will afford it a very profitable run and perhaps even sequel considerations.

After its first trailer went largely unnoticed on social media, the second trailer for Hot Pursuit finally put it on the map for the first time on Facebook. It rose 75k tweets this past week thanks to the trailer, more than a 400% rise from the sub 20k total it had languished at for months. The film will likely skew female and with a majority of patrons being over 30 which is slightly outside of the social media sweet-spot so I'm not too worried about the lack of chatter so far.

Facebook Top 5 Movies by Like Increase for the last week Ending Sunday April 12th

Rank Release Movie Likes Previous Change % Change
1 08/14/15 Straight Outta Compton 751,026 655,612 95,414 14.55%
2 04/17/15 Unfriended 1,041,795 965,474 76,321 7.91%
3 05/08/15 Hot Pursuit (2015) 94,117 18,537 75,580 407.73%
4 12/18/15 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 13,150,590 13,080,211 70,379 0.54%
5 04/24/15 The Age of Adaline 228,327 160,334 67,993 42.41%

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UPDATED 4.13.15

by Jonathan Papish

Furious 7 topped worldwide box office charts again this weekend racking up an additional $195 million in 66 territories for an overseas total of $550.47 million and a global total of $801.5 million. It retained the top spot in all 63 territories where it was released last week and broke records in each of the three new territories it opened this weekend, Russia, Poland, and China. Furious 7 dominated the Russian box office with 85% market share, grossing $15.9 million to become the widest release and highest grossing four-day opening weekend film. Poland saw its highest grossing weekend ever for the Fast and Furious franchise with a $2.1 million opening. The action film also opened on Sunday in China and shattered box office records by scoring $8 million in midnight screenings and $62.69 million in total for the highest grossing single day ever in China. more than double Transformers: Age of Extinction’s $35.94 million last summer. In addition, after two weeks of international IMAX release, Furious 7 has amassed $41.5 million including Sunday estimates in China of $5 million far exceeding the previous best opening day, Transformers 4’s $3.382 million. The film will open in Japan next Friday, April 17.

Home flew past the $100 million mark overseas on Friday to reach $113.4 million and $242.49 million globally. It grosses $15.74 million in 67 markets this weekend including a great $2.34 million opening in Brazil, and strong holds in the UK ($2.34 million/$27.92 million cume), Australia ($2.14 million/$10.27 million cume), Mexico ($1.13 million/$9.39 million cume), Germany ($531k/$3.89 million cume), and Spain ($535k/$5.91million cume). Home will open France next weekend.

Cinderella swept up another $12.8 million overseas this weekend in 54 territories raising its total to an even $256 million and $436.773 million globally. Both Australia (-10%) and New Zealand (+31%) held very well, retaining the #2 spots in their respective markets for a second consecutive weekend. China’s box office take crossed $70 million this weekend and accounts for more than a quarter of Cinderella’s overseas total. Director Kenneth Branagh and actress Lily James were in Tokyo this week ahead promoting the Disney fantasy’s final international opening on April 25th.


Kingsman: The Secret Service reined in $8.96 million in 17 markets this weekend, raising its overseas cume to $267.53 million and its global total to $392.12 million. Like Cinderella, Kingsman’s China box office take also crossed $70 million, with a weekend total of $7.83 million coming in at #3 behind Furious 7 and domestic war pic Wolf Warriors. South Korea reached a cume of $44.83 million it its ninth weekend of release. The action film will open in Venezuela next Friday, April 17.


The Divergent Series: Insurgent generated $7.9 million from 83 markets this weekend and pushed the international tally to $135.3 million and the global haul to $250.15 million. The second installment opened in Finland at #2 with $190k from 95 screens.


Absorbing $3.2 million this weekend, The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water has grossed $142.3 million overseas and $303.6 million globally. Paramount’s live action/animated family film increased 9% in Australia in its second weekend, adding $1.1 million for a $3.9 million total.  Future releases will be in Thailand (April 16), India (May 8), and Japan (May 16).


The Longest Ride roped in $2.88 million from 21 overseas markets raising its global total to $15.9 million after one weekend. Australia led all territories with $1.13 million from 213 screens, followed by Mexico with $488k from 253 screens.


Warner Brothers’ Focus found an estimated $2.1 million this weekend on 1,800 screens in 51 markets. Its overseas cume is now $94.8 million and its global tally is $147.84 million. The film will open in Japan on May 1.

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Furious 7 enjoyed a record-breaking opening weekend in Russia. The latest entry in Universal's Fast & Furious franchise claimed 90% of the market share in its first place finish over the weekend. The film earned a total of $15 million over 1,182 dates, becoming the widest release of all time in Russia and the highest grossing four-day opening in the market's history. Furious 7 continues to race toward the $1 billion global mark; the film has grossed $800.5 million worldwide after only 12 days in release. 

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