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By Daniel Garris

Fox's Gone Girl was able to successfully hold off four major newcomers this weekend to remain in first place with $26.41 million. The critically acclaimed David Fincher directed film starring Ben Affleck held up extremely well this weekend, as it was down just 30 percent from last weekend's already stronger than expected start. Gone Girl is benefiting from strong word of mouth, strong critical reviews and from skewing heavily towards older moviegoers. The film also received an added boost this weekend from expanding into an additional 270 locations. Gone Girl has grossed an impressive $77.89 million through ten days. The film is currently running 69 percent ahead of the $46.02 million ten-day take of 2010's The Social Network and 81 percent ahead of the $43.01 million ten-day gross of 2012's Argo.

Dracula Untold was the weekend's top new release with a second place start of $23.51 million. Universal's action horror film starring Luke Evans exceeded pre-release expectations and represented a rebound for action horror after the poor performance of I, Frankenstein back in January. The opening weekend performance of Dracula Untold was much more in line with the $25.31 million start of 2012's Underworld Awakening. Coming on the heels of last weekend's stronger than expected performance of Annabelle; audiences are clearly in the mood for horror themed fair at the moment. Universal will hope to ride that wave again later in the month when it releases Ouija on October 24.

Dracula Untold opened with $8.92 million on Friday (which included an estimated $1.3 million from late night shows on Thursday), fell a slim 2 percent on Saturday to gross $8.76 million and declined 33 percent on Sunday to gross $5.83 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.64 to 1. The film received a very solid A- rating on CinemaScore.

While it had to settle for third place this weekend, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day was off to a very solid start of its own, especially with its modest cost in mind, with $18.36 million. The family film from Disney starring Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner opened in line with expectations. Alexander opened 17 percent below the $22.13 million debut of 2010's Diary of a Wimpy Kid, but going forward could very well display stronger holding power in comparison to Wimpy Kid.

Alexander started out with $5.30 million on Friday, increased a healthy 50 percent on Saturday to take in $7.97 million and declined 36 percent on Sunday to gross $5.09 million. That gave the film an opening weekend to Friday ratio of 3.46 to 1. Like Dracula Untold, Alexander also received an encouraging A- rating on CinemaScore. The audience breakdown for the film skewed towards female moviegoers (54 percent) and towards moviegoers 25 years and under (57 percent). Family audiences made up 67 percent of the film's overall audience.

Fellow new release The Judge debuted in fifth place with $13.12 million. The Robert Downey Jr. led drama opened on the low end of expectations. Despite the drawing power of Downey, potential for The Judge was ultimately limited in part by lackluster critical reviews and in part by the break-out performance of Gone Girl with older moviegoers. On the bright side, The Judge did open 35 percent ahead of the $9.72 million launch of 2009's The Soloist and the film's A- rating on CinemaScore suggests that the film is going over significantly better with moviegoers than it is with critics.

The Judge opened with $4.43 million on Friday, increased 22 percent on Saturday to gross $5.39 million and fell 39 percent on Sunday to gross $3.30 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.96 to 1. The audience breakdown for The Judge skewed towards female moviegoers (55 percent) and heavily towards moviegoers over the age of 25 (85 percent).

Fellow Warner Bros. release Annabelle claimed fourth place with $15.86 million. On the heels of last weekend's stronger than expected start; the low-budget spin-off to The Conjuring was down 57 percent from last weekend. While that was a sizable second weekend decline, it was also still a respectable decline given the film's genre, its strong start and the stronger than anticipated performance of Dracula Untold. Annabelle has grossed an impressive $61.65 million in ten days. That places the film a slim 2.5 percent ahead of the $60.16 million ten-day start of last year's Insidious Chapter 2 (which fell 66 percent in its second weekend to gross $13.80 million).

In its third weekend of release, Sony's The Equalizer placed in sixth with $9.70 million. The Denzel Washington led action thriller fell 48 percent from last weekend, as the film continues to be somewhat front-loaded thus far. With that said, The Equalizer is still performing in line with its lofty expectations with a 17-day take of $79.86 million and is still very likely to surpass the $100 million domestic milestone before the end of its run.

Addicted opened in seventh place with $7.49 million. The low-budget thriller from Lionsgate and Codeblack Films performed reasonably well, especially given that it was only playing in 846 locations this weekend. That gave Addicted a healthy per-location average of $8,848 for the frame. Addicted opened with $2.998 million on Friday, fell 5 percent on Saturday to gross $2.86 million and declined 43 percent on Sunday to gross $1.63 million. That gave Addicted an opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.50 to 1. Lionsgate will expand the film into additional locations next weekend.

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Sydney -- Amalgamated Holdings Limited (AHL) and Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: DLB) today announced that AHL has committed to install Dolby Atmos® into some 20 new premium cinema screens that form part of its future expansion plans.

Dolby Atmos unleashes the potential of sound in storytelling by giving filmmakers the creative freedom to easily place or move sounds anywhere in the movie theatre, including overhead, with multidimensional sound to create the most engaging cinema experience ever.

"AHL believes in bringing audiences the latest in cinema technology, and we look forward to delivering to our customers this fully immersive sound experience in our planned premium cinema screens. By installing the Dolby Atmos sound technology into our theatres, we will ensure our customers enjoy the movies under optimum conditions," said David Seargeant, Group Managing Director, AHL.

"Dolby is excited that AHL has chosen Dolby Atmos to be deployed across 2o screens. This marks another significant milestone for Dolby, and we look forward to working with AHL to bring the ultimate cinematic experience to moviegoers in Australia," said Mahesh Sundaram, Regional Vice President, Asia Pacific, Dolby Laboratories. "With Dolby Atmos, you feel as if you are in the movie, not merely watching it. We are confident that moviegoers will go back again and again to the cinemas once they enjoy their first Dolby Atmos film."

Dolby Atmos has quickly become the preferred choice for next-generation sound in the cinema, with major studios, award-winning filmmakers, and exhibitors from around the world embracing its approach. Unlike traditional channel-based sound systems like 5.1, 7.1, and 11.1, which require filmmakers to think about the number and location of speakers, Dolby Atmos allows them to simply designate where in the cinema space each sound should be placed or moved to make audiences experience the film as if they were within its world.

 

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NEW YORK, NY -- Videocine, S.A. de C.V. (d/b/a Televisa Cine) will receive the 2014 International Distributor of the Year Award at ShowEast during the International Awards Program on Monday, October 27th at the Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood, Florida. Accepting the award for Televisa Cine will be Emilio Azcárraga, Chairman of the Board of Grupo Televisa, S.A.B. ("Grupo Televisa").

"It is a great honor for ShowEast to be able to single out Televisa Cine for bringing Latin-content films to movie-goers worldwide," noted Andrew Sunshine, Co-Managing Director for ShowEast. "Televisa Cine is a powerhouse in the Latin American distribution industry whose expansion into the worldwide arena has provided Mexican films the recognition and appreciation they deserve."

In 2010, Televisa Cine partnered up with Lionsgate to form Pantelion, LLC. in the US. which distributes Latin films and films with Latin content in the US across all windows. With this venture, Televisa Cine's objective is to increase Hispanic movie-going as well as revenues for Mexican films.

Mr. Azcárraga is responsible for having built up Grupo Televisa's distribution network, which today includes broadcast TV, pay TV, telephony, and digital platforms. Thanks to Azcárraga's vision, and perseverance, Grupo Televisa is now also an important player in Mexico's telecom industry. Under Azcárraga, innovation has become the company's keyword. He has furthered strong transmedia strategies and novel digital content to keep the attention of Mexico's younger audiences, and he has mentored a new generation of Mexican entrepreneurs through Endeavor Mexico, and now spearheads dialogue with the country's new creative minds through the crowd-funding project, ARCA.

ShowEast 2014 will take place October 27-30 at the Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood, Florida. It will feature screenings of major upcoming films, sponsored events, timely and informative seminars and the ShowEast Trade Show. An estimated 1,300 members of the motion picture industry are expected to attend. ShowEast, now in its 29th year, is produced by Prometheus Global Media, owner of leading entertainment publications and events including Film Journal International, Billboard, The Hollywood Reporter, Adweek, Dick Clark Productions, the CLIO Awards, CineEurope, and CineAsia.

 

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By Alex Edghill

Ouija continued to open eyes over the last week on Facebook, increasing another 232k likes to just over 1 million. With just under two weeks from release it has become the current hot ticket on Facebook for the better part of the last two weeks. By comparison, Annabelle had ~1.3 million likes the same distance before its release. With Dracula Untold debuting with an estimated $23 million on the weekend to join Annabelle's $37 million opening earlier in October it would appear as though the month is indeed going to be one of the strongest ever as a whole for the genre. Given these numbers it would appear as though $20 million here is also a lock giving the scream-genre another much need win after a long drought in 2014.

Big franchise pages such as Ted, Fast & Furious, Avengers and Batman V Superman made up spots 2 through 5 but really given how massive those pages are already and that none of them increased more than 1% its nothing out of the ordinary.

The Book Of Life saw the biggest percentage increase on the day amongst all upcoming films on Facebook with a 54% hike to just under 60,000 likes. The film has struggled to generate much interest on Facebook and Twitter and considering that it is less than a week from release I have a sneaky suspicion that this is going to be a miss for Fox. Even The Legends Of Oz was double its Facebook numbers this close to release.

Lastly, the new trailer for Exodus: Gods And Kings was instrumental in building its Facebook base as it rose 43% to just under 37k likes. A low overall number yes but considering that it is two months from release and that is more than doubled its number since the end of September I'm liking its current trajectory. Noah was virtually identical at this same distance from release (38k likes), and seems to be a good marker for its potential come opening weekend.

Facebook Top 15 Movies by Like Increase for the Week Ending Sunday October 12th

Rank Release Movie Likes Previous Change % Change
1 10/24/14 Ouija 1,037,779 805,371 232,408 28.86%
2 06/26/15 Ted 2 20,397,549 20,300,444 97,105 0.48%
3 04/03/15 Fast & Furious 7 51,445,325 51,411,554 33,771 0.07%
4 10/24/14 Avengers: Age of Ultron 12,107,118 12,078,349 28,769 0.24%
5 03/25/16 Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice 3,464,489 3,441,639 22,850 0.66%
6 10/17/14 The Book of Life (2014) 58,906 38,333 20,573 53.67%
7 12/17/14 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies 14,105,877 14,085,814 20,063 0.14%
8 10/17/14 The Best of Me 411,784 392,420 19,364 4.93%
9 02/06/15 The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water 187,844 170,235 17,609 10.34%
10 10/17/14 Fury (2014) 325,188 309,731 15,457 4.99%
11 11/14/14 Beyond the Lights 219,736 204,896 14,840 7.24%
12 11/26/14 Penguins of Madagascar 3,078,180 3,066,121 12,059 0.39%
13 12/12/14 Exodus: Gods and Kings 37,567 26,390 11,177 42.35%
14 11/07/14 Big Hero 6 191,133 181,415 9,718 5.36%
15 10/24/14 John Wick 43,588 33,922 9,666 28.49%

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