jan9.pngFox reports that Taken 3 grabbed $2.13 million in first place on Wednesday, giving it a six-day domestic haul of $47.04 million. The Liam Neeson franchise three-quel is currently pacing 24 percent behind its predecessor.

Fresh off its Best Picture Oscar nomination this morning, Paramount's Selma took in $0.997 million in second place yesterday. The Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic has earned $16.55 million domestically thus far and is expected to post a strong hold at the upcoming 4-day weekend box office.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies added $0.79 million yesterday, down 45 percent from the same day last week. The Middle-earth finale's domestic gross stands at $238.97 million through 29 days of play.

The Imitation Game posted $0.75 million in fourth place on Wednesday, giving it $42.78 million in all so far. The Alan Turing biopic scored eight Oscar nominations earlier this morning, including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Director. With a similar theatrical rollout since its late November debut, the film is pacing 23 percent ahead of The King's Speech at the same point in release.

Unbroken was off 42 percent from last Wednesday to $0.74 million yesterday. Its domestic total now stands at $103.7 million.

Just outside the top five, Into the Woods claimed $0.63 million on Wednesday for a 37 percent week-to-week drop. The Disney musical has accumulated $107.1 million to-date.


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With $173 million in the bank globally, The Grand Budapest Hotel is the strongest earner of the eight Best Picture nominees. Yet it's clear that with a promising nationwide expansion coming this weekend--BoxOffice.com predicts $57 million over four days--American Sniper has the most to gain commercially now that the nominations are out. BoxOffice projects that the eight nominees could earn more than $340 million domestically post nods. 

Selma is positioned well since its expansion only started last weekend. The Imitation Game is in the middle of its run, but it could end up doubling its current total thanks not only to the Best Picture nomination but also publicity from Benedict Cumberbatch's Best Actor nod. (The Theory of Everything will benefit in a similar way.) Boyhood and The Grand Budapest Hotel will gain the least theatrically since they are already available on home-viewing platforms.

The eight Best Picture nominees have grossed a combined $209.2 million as of Tuesday. In 2013, the Best Picture nominees had already earned $648.7 million domestic before nominations, and then posted a combined $164 million in domestic gains earned after nominations. 2012 delivered bigger gains with $376.5 million after nominations were announced. The 2012 crop of nominees had $625.6 million in the bank before nomination morning. 

Here are key stats for this year's Best Picture nominees:

American Sniper
Domestic Gross as of 1/12/15: $3.3 million
Projected Final Domestic Gross (by BoxOffice.com): $200 million
Global Gross as of 1/11/15: $14.6 million

Domestic Gross as of 1/12/15:
$26.5 million
Projected Final Domestic Gross: $45 million
Global Gross as of 1/11/15: $34.4 million

Domestic Gross as of 1/12/15:
$24.3 million
Projected Final Domestic Gross: $35 million
Global Gross as of 1/11/15: $45.2 million 

The Grand Budapest Hotel
Domestic Gross as of 1/12/15:
$59.1 million
Projected Final Domestic Gross: $65 million
Global Gross as of 1/11/15: $173.8 million

The Imitation Game
Domestic Gross as of 1/12/15:
$42.0 million
Projected Final Domestic Gross: $80 million
Global Gross as of 1/11/15: $73.1 million 

Domestic Gross as of 1/12/15:
$15.5 million
Projected Final Domestic Gross: $75 million
Global Gross as of 1/11/15: $15.5 million

The Theory of Everything
Domestic Gross as of 1/12/15:
$26.1 million
Projected Final Domestic Gross: $45 million
Global Gross as of 1/11/15: $46.4 million

Domestic Gross as of 1/12/15:
$6.0 million
Projected Final Domestic Gross: $15 million
Global Gross as of 1/11/15: $10.6 million 

Expected Combined Domestic Gains from all 8 films after nominations: $346.4 million


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By Daniel Garris

Fox's Taken 3 grossed $3.29 million on Tuesday to easily lead the daily box office for a fifth straight day. The third installment of the Liam Neeson led franchise was up 36 percent over Monday. Daily percentage increases were especially strong in general on Tuesday due in part to Monday's grosses being deflated a bit by the College Football Playoff National Championship game. Taken 3 has grossed a stronger than expected $44.91 million in five days. That places the film a reasonable 24 percent behind the $58.97 million five-day start of 2012's Taken 2.

Paramount's Selma held steady in second place with $1.16 million. The modestly budgeted Ava DuVernay directed awards season hopeful was up a healthy 46 percent over Monday. Selma has grossed a softer than expected $15.55 million after five days of wide release. The film will likely hold up very nicely over the next week, especially with aid from the upcoming Martin Luther King holiday weekend and strong word of mouth.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies took in $1.00 million to remain in third. The third installment of Warner's The Hobbit trilogy was up 39 percent over Monday and down a sharp 48 percent from last Tuesday. The Battle of the Five Armies has grossed $238.18 million in 28 days and is now running just 2 percent ahead of the $234.20 million 28-day gross of 2012's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

The Imitation Game was up one spot and an impressive 63 percent over Monday to take fourth on Tuesday with $0.987 million. The awards season hopeful from The Weinstein Company continues to display very strong holding power thanks in part to strong word of mouth and continued awards season buzz. The Imitation Game has grossed $42.02 million to date and should continue to hold up very well going forward.

Unbroken was down one spot from Monday to round out Tuesday's top five with $0.941 million. The Angelina Jolie directed war drama from Universal was up a strong 54 percent over Monday and down 43 percent from last Tuesday. Unbroken continues to exceed expectations with $102.96 million in 20 days.

Disney's Into the Woods took in $0.826 million to continue to claim sixth place. The Rob Marshall directed musical increased 39 percent over Monday and was down a very solid 37 percent from last Tuesday. Into the Woods has grossed a healthy $106.49 million through 20 days of release.

In other box office news, Fox's Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb surpassed the $100 million domestic mark yesterday after placing in seventh for the day with $0.447 million. The 26-day total for Secret of the Tomb stands at $100.31 million.

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imax.pngDate Change Allows For Expanded Roll-out in IMAX® Theatres Domestically Beginning at 10 p.m. on Thursday, January 29

SANTA MONICA, CA - Jan. 14, 2015 - Due to high levels of consumer demand, IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX; TSX:IMX) and HBO today announced that the first-ever presentation of a television program in IMAX® theatres, featuring two episodes from season four of Game of Thrones followed by the worldwide debut of the series' season five sneak-peek preview created exclusively for IMAX, will now launch one week later on Thursday, January 29 beginning at 10 p.m. and extend through February 5. The date change allows for an expanded roll-out of screens to upwards of 200 IMAX theatres.

Tickets will officially Go On sale on www.imax.com/gameofthrones starting Friday, January 16. To date, confirmed cities include Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Montreal, New York, San Antonio, Seattle, Toronto and Washington, D.C., to name a few. A full list of venues is available on the website and fans can check local listings in the coming days for more available IMAX locations.

The move from January 23, prompted by extraordinary consumer response that drove online mentions for IMAX to record heights, will allow for an expanded domestic roll-out from the originally planned 150 IMAX theatres.The episodes will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX® format and will be released for an exclusive one-week engagement.

Moreover, the first 300 IMAX ticket holders for the Thursday night opening show time at participating IMAX theatres will receive a commemorative Game of Thrones poster from well-known illustrator Robert Ball (www.beautifuldeath.com), who designed interpretive images of the most iconic deaths in each episode.

The IMAX® release of Game of Thrones will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX's customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.


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sonypictures.pngFour-Year Pact Keeps Original Film at the Studio Until 2019

CULVER CITY, Calif., January 14, 2015 - Neal H. Moritz, founder of Original Film and producer of such crowd-pleasing hits as the Jump Street and Fast and Furious franchises, has renewed his first-look development and production deal with Columbia Pictures until 2019, it was announced today by Amy Pascal, Co-Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment and Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group. Moritz has been based at Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) since he produced I Know What You Did Last Summer in 1997.

Commenting on the announcement, Pascal said, "Neal's productivity and his success are legendary. Simply put, he's the best there is at knowing what audiences want to see and delivering it, on time and on budget. Over the past 17 years, we have partnered on over 25 films, including, most recently, the hit Jump Street franchise. Neal is a tremendous collaborator, and I look forward to the great things that are ahead for our partnership."
Moritz added, "Renewing my deal with Sony Pictures was an easy decision. SPE has been my home, and the people at the studio have been my partners from nearly the beginning of my career. I believe this is the best possible place to make movies - from the production team to the marketing and distribution teams, SPE has shown creativity and dedication in delivering films to audiences and making a mark at the top of the box office. I couldn't be more excited to celebrate my 20th anniversary with SPE during the term of this deal."

Moritz is currently working with Columbia Pictures on Goosebumps, an adaptation of Scholastic's international bestselling book series. The film, which stars Jack Black, is slated for release on March 23, 2016. In addition, Moritz has several films in development with the studio, including: Passengers, Christian the Lion, 23 Jump Street, Cliffhanger, Rockets Red Glare, Bloodshot and A Prophet.

With over fifty films released, Moritz's worldwide box office gross exceeds $7 billion. His hits include: the Jump Street franchise, The Fast and The Furious franchise, I Am Legend, XXX, Click, Sweet Home Alabama, S.W.A.T., Battle: Los Angeles, and The Green Hornet.

Moritz' television credits include the HBO movie "The Rat Pack," which earned 11 Emmy nominations, the drama series "Prison Break," and Showtime's acclaimed series "The Big C," starring Laura Linney, who won two Golden Globes for her role as Cathy, as well as the upcoming series for AMC, The Preacher.
He graduated from UCLA with a degree in Economics, and also earned a degree from the Peter Stark Motion Picture Producing Program at the University of Southern California.
About Sony Pictures Entertainment
Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Entertainment Inc., a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE's global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition and distribution; television production, acquisition and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies. For additional information, go to http://www.sonypictures.com.

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