maze2-mass.pngThe official press release:

LOS ANGELES - September 16, 2015 - This Friday's new releases, "Black Mass," starring Johnny Depp as notorious Boston gangster Whitey Bulger, and the highly-anticipated sci-fi action sequel, "Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials," are blazing to the top of Fandango's weekend ticket sales and the company's Fanticipation movie buzz indicator with 84 and 83 out of 100 points respectively.

"Black Mass" is Fandango's fastest-selling film featuring Johnny Depp in a leading role since 2011's "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides." Running neck and neck with "Black Mass" on Fandango, advance sales for "The Scorch Trials" are pacing ahead of the first "Maze Runner" film at the same point in the Fandango sales cycle.

According to a survey of more than 1,000 "Black Mass" moviegoers on Fandango:
· 88% are fans of gangster movies;

· 85% are Johnny Depp fans;

· 83% would like to see Johnny Depp win an Oscar for his role as Bulger.

"This Fall's movies are off to a great start with hearty advance sales for both ‘Black Mass' and ‘Scorch Trials,'" says Fandango Chief Correspondent Dave Karger. "Johnny Depp has completely transformed himself in an Oscar-worthy performance as Whitey Bulger in ‘Black Mass' and his adult fans are clearly excited about his much-lauded comeback role. At the same time, young adult fans of the first ‘Maze Runner' film and James Dashner's series of books are scooping up their tickets to the thrilling, thought-provoking sequel."

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.

Press Contacts:
Dana Benson

Harry Medved


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mj2.pngFans Who Buy "Mockingjay - Part 2" Tickets in the First 24 Hours on Fandango to Receive a Bonus Digital Download of "Mockingjay - Part 1"

LOS ANGELES (September 16, 2015) - Fandango, the nation's leading digital destination for moviegoers and fans, announced today that advance tickets for Lionsgate's "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2" will go on sale on October 1 at 12pm EST/9am PST, more than seven weeks before the film hits theaters nationwide on November 20. Customers who purchase "Mockingjay - Part 2" tickets in the first 24 hours will also receive a free digital download of "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1."

In a survey of more than one thousand fans on Fandango, "Mockingjay - Part 2" was voted the most anticipated film of the fall (September through November 2015).

"Excitement is building for the first day of sales for the final ‘Hunger Games' movie, as Tributes get ready to scoop up their advance tickets weeks before the film opens," says Fandango Chief Correspondent Dave Karger. "Fans can't wait to see the grand finale as Katniss Everdeen takes on President Snow and watch the culmination of the action-packed saga on the big screen."

To stay up to date on all things "Hunger Games," fans can check out Fandango's "Hunger Games" Guide at

About Fandango
Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, sells tickets to more than 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, with 49 million downloads, are available on the iPhone and iPad, Android, and many other platforms. Fandango is enjoyed by more than 42 million online and mobile visitors each month, according to comScore. Film fans also find Fandango on Facebook at and on Twitter @Fandango.

Press Contacts:
Dana Benson

Harry Medved

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10-Screen Cinema's Cutting Edge, Full Service In-Theater Dining Experience Offers the Latest in Immersive Movie-Viewing

CYPRESS, Calif. - (September 15, 2015) - Christie, a global leader in advanced cinema technologies, was selected as the exclusive provider of entertainment solutions to power all 10 screens at the recently opened Movie Tavern Citiplace in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The solutions comprise a range of Christie Solaria Series DLP Cinema® projectors for 2D and 3D entertainment, including the Christie CP2215, Christie CP2220, and Christie CP2230, all of which provide a fully immersive, affordable cinema experience for screens from 50 to 100 feet wide. Every auditorium is also powered by Christie Vive AudioTM systems, which feature the revolutionary single enclosure line array speaker design and ribbon driver technology purpose- built for cinema environments. The 10-screen installation will be backed by Christie's industry-leading Professional Services and technical expertise.

Following $6 million in renovations, the new, state-of-the-art entertainment center continues Movie Tavern's national expansion efforts dedicated to creating the premier full service in-theater dining destination across 21 theaters and 171 digital screens. Every theater offers a unique experience where patrons can enjoy the ultimate "dinner and a movie," with cocktails, meals, desserts and snacks served throughout the show. State-of-the-art amenities include all-reserved stadium seating, comfortable recliners with call-button service, a full bar and casual dining menu composed of entrees, appetizers and other popular food options.

"Selecting the suite of Christie entertainment solutions from their Solaria projectors and Vive Audio line is an integral part of our strategy," said Ron Krueger II, President and Chief Operating Officer, Southern Theatres, which owns Movie Tavern. "Complemented with their design, installation services, and monitoring through their Network Operations Center, Christie provides our circuit the reassurance that we're receiving the latest technology innovations and services. It's an invaluable peace of mind that allows us to focus on delivering to our guests a first-class, family friendly entertainment experience."

Southern Theatres was one ofthe first major exhibitors in the U.S. to power a multiplex exclusively with Christie Vive Audio and Christie Solaria Series projectors - the Grand 14 Esplanade in Kenner, Louisiana, which opened in 2013; and the Movie Tavern Northshore in Covington, Louisiana, which opened in 2014. In addition to the Movie Tavern in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Southern Theatres also plans the Christie Vive installation at the Movie Tavern in Flourtown, Pennsylvania.

"Throughout our 85-year history, Christie has strived to deliver complete entertainment solutions that meet the needs of filmmakers and exhibition partners," said George Scheckel, Sr. Director, Entertainment Solutions - Americas, Christie. "We are fortunate to have equally visionary exhibition partners like Southern Theatres' Movie Tavern that welcome the latest developments in cinema technology, and embraces innovative designs through their continued adoption of Christie Solaria and Vive Audio for all their auditoriums."

The new Movie Tavern Citiplace features the full range of Christie Vive Audio speakers, including screen channels (LA1, L3, LA4), surrounds (LS3S, LA3S), subwoofers (S218), and various Vive Class D amps.

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By Daniel Garris

Sony's The Perfect Guy claimed first place on Monday with $1.69 million. The low-budget thriller from Screen Gems starring Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy and Morris Chestnut was down 70 percent from Sunday. The Perfect Guy continues to exceed expectations and perform very nicely with its cost in mind with a four-day take of $27.58 million. That places the film an impressive 7 percent ahead of the $25.86 million four-day start of last year's No Good Deed.

Universal's The Visit followed very closely behind in second place with $1.61 million. The low-budget M. Night Shyamalan directed horror thriller from Blumhouse Productions trailed The Perfect Guy by just $79,588 for the day. The Visit fell 71 percent from Sunday's performance. The film has grossed a stronger than expected $27.04 million in four days. The Visit is currently running 35 percent ahead of the $20.08 million four-day take of 2006's Lady in the Water.

Sony's War Room claimed third on Monday with $0.781 million. The break-out Kendrick Brothers produced faith based film from TriStar and AFFIRM Films was down 68 percent from Sunday and down 80 percent from last Monday's Labor Day performance. War Room surpassed the $40 million mark yesterday and has grossed a strong $40.34 million in 18 days. That places the film 21.5 percent ahead of the $33.21 million 18-day gross of last year's God's Not Dead.

A Walk in the Woods placed in fourth with an estimated $0.46 million. The Robert Redford led comedy from Broad Green Pictures has grossed a stronger than expected $20.46 million through thirteen days of release. A Walk in the Woods is currently running 8 percent behind the $22.23 million thirteen-day take of 2011's The Debt.

Late summer blockbusters Straight Outta Compton and Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation claimed fifth and sixth place with respective daily takes of $0.352 million and $0.340 million. Respective total grosses stand at $188.46 million for Paramount's Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation through 46 days and at $155.90 million for Universal's Straight Outta Compton through 32 days.

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Jonathan Papish @ChinaBoxOffice


Rather than throwing every single film into a market they think will guarantee a return, Hollywood studios need to start reevaluating what kinds of films they release in China. This Tuesday's opener Pixels is a prime example of the thinking that pervades executive offices in Hollywood when it comes to the Chinese market. The fact is that the nostalgia Sony was banking on to carry Pixels, namely the love of 8-bit video games from the 80s, simply doesn't exist in the demographic that drives China's box office success - the post-90s generation in lower tier cities (those outside of Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen). This year's blockbusters Furious 7, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Jurassic World, as well as smaller successes such as San Andreas all captured the attention of this demographic. There weren't any elements to age them out of the films' large scale action scenes; it was all highly accessible, good old popcorn fun. However, can you imagine a group of 20 year-old kids from the middle of China going to their local cinema to watch a bunch of schlubby middle-aged American males they've never heard of take on old video game characters they've never heard of?


In emails leaked by hackers, Sony executives decided to amend a scene from Pixels' original script where aliens shot a hole through the Great Wall to avoid offending Chinese regulators and secure a China release. We think Sony should have shot a hole right through their "Pixels in China" strategy trapper keeper and stayed out of the country altogether to avoid offending moviegoers. Despite the fact it has the highest levels of awareness, intent to purchase, and word of mouth of this week's new releases according to EntGroup's EFMT Index, this one is destined for the garbage dump next to another ill-advised release, Disney's Tomorrowland, and will end up with less than $20 million.


UPDATE: As of this posting, Pixels earned a disappointing $2.1 million on its opening Tuesday.


Two other imported films enter Chinese cinemas this week: Assassination, the highest-grossing South Korean film this year with $84.8 million worldwide and Sean Penn's The Gunman which grossed just $10.6 million stateside in March. Neither film will gain much more from Chinese audiences.


Holdovers Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation and Minions will hold on to the top two spots again this weekend despite performing below pre-release expectations.

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