latejanmidweek2.jpgFox reports today that The Revenant retained first place on Wednesday with $1.58 million, down just 29 percent from last week. That brings the 12-time Oscar nominated epic to a domestic tally of $124.3 million thus far as it continues to playing strongly on the heels of awards circuit success and buzz around Leonardo DiCaprio's leading performance.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens added another $1.325 million yesterday, off just 27 percent from the same day last week. That brings the all-time domestic record holder's running total up to a staggering $883.3 million through 41 days of release.

Dirty Grandpa rounded out the top three on Wednesday with $0.96 million. That gives the comedy a six-day total of $14.3 million -- notably ahead of the pace of That Awkward Moment, but still a relatively modest tally thus far.

Falling just outside the top five yesterday, The Boy posted $0.606 million in sixth place. The film has earned $13.0 million through six days of release.

Meanwhile, The 5th Wave added $0.602 million yesterday for a new six-day total of $12.6 million. Unfortunately, the young adult adaptation continues to perform below expectations.

 

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PORTLAND, Ore., Jan. 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ - Rentrak (NASDAQ: RENT), the leader in precisely measuring movies and TV everywhere, today announced it has acquired Hollywood Software, Inc. (HSI), a Los Angeles-based company that develops enterprise software for managing key elements of the digital movie distribution and exhibition industries.

Rentrak's acquisition of HSI advances its mission to provide highly valuable, never-before-seen analytic tools to the motion picture industry. By combining Rentrak's movie and television intelligence-including Video on Demand viewing information-with Hollywood Software's studio and theater planning systems, this partnership will give movie studios an enhanced scope of a film's success and revenue streams by providing a more comprehensive understanding of a film's total viewership over its lifespan.

"Rentrak's acquisition of Hollywood Software advances our commitment to the movie industry by continuing to provide products that enable studios and theaters to drive movie attendance and provide an enhanced movie-going experience," said Ron Giambra, president of Rentrak's worldwide movie measurement business.

"I am excited to join the Rentrak team to help develop new systems that optimize the talents of both market-leading companies," said Hollywood Software's David Gajda.

Hollywood Software's Theatrical Distribution System (TDS) is installed in more than 30 studios in the US and Canada including 20th Century Fox, Universal Pictures and Lionsgate. Its Digital Cinema Theatre Management System (TCC) product is currently used to manage more than 15,000 screens worldwide.

Rentrak's global footprint in 64 countries across five continents will provide the optimal platform to expand Hollywood Software's products and services to the rest of the world.

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By Daniel Garris

Fox's The Revenant took in $2.00 million on Tuesday to continue to lead the daily box office. The Alejandro González Iñárritu directed western starring Leonardo DiCaprio was up 36 percent over Monday and down a solid 36 percent from last Tuesday. The Revenant has grossed an impressive $122.68 million through 19 days of wide release (and an additional two weeks of platform release). The film is currently running 25 percent ahead of the $97.86 million 19-day gross of 2010's Shutter Island.

Disney's Star Wars: The Force Awakens held steady in second place with $1.57 million. The seventh chapter of the Star Wars franchise increased 22 percent over Monday and decreased a very solid 34 percent from last Tuesday. Star Wars: The Force Awakens continues to pad its total as the highest grossing film of all-time domestically with $881.98 million through 40 days of release. That leaves the film just $18.02 million away from becoming the first ever the reach the $900 million domestic mark.

Dirty Grandpa was up one spot from Monday to move into third place on Tuesday with $1.31 million. The R-rated comedy from Lionsgate starring Robert De Niro and Zac Efron was up a healthy 42 percent over Monday. Dirty Grandpa has grossed $13.34 million in five days of release. That is towards the lower end of expectations and places the film 32 percent behind the $19.62 million five-day start of 2013's Last Vegas (which increased 41 percent on its first Tuesday to gross $1.92 million).

Ride Along 2 was down one spot from Monday to fall to fourth with $1.19 million. Universal's PG-13 rated comedy sequel starring Ice Cube and Kevin Hart was up 23 percent over Monday and down a sharp 48 percent from last Tuesday. Thanks in part to poor holding power thus far, Ride Along 2 is performing below expectations with a twelve-day take of $60.76 million. That places the film 22.5 percent behind the $78.44 million twelve-day gross of 2014's Ride Along.

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi rounded out Tuesday's top five with $1.15 million. The Michael Bay directed action thriller from Paramount increased 23 percent from Monday and decreased a solid 38 percent from last Tuesday. 13 Hours has grossed $34.81 million in twelve days, which is a bit below expectations and places the film 26 percent behind the $47.28 million twelve-day take of 2012's Act of Valor.

Sony's The 5th Wave and STX Entertainment's The Boy claimed sixth and seventh place with respective daily grosses of $0.937 million and $0.897 million. The two films were separated by a slim $39,941 for the day. The 5th Wave increased 29 percent over Monday, while The Boy was up by 25 percent. Respective five-day starts stand at $12.40 million for The Boy and at $11.99 million for The 5th Wave. Both films are performing towards the lower end of expectations and both films are likely limiting the potential of one another as a result of the overlap between their audiences.

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LOS ANGELES - January 27, 2016 - "Kung Fu Panda 3" is kicking its way to the top of Fandango's Fanticipation movie buzz indicator with a masterful 88 out of 100 points and boldly outpacing DreamWorks Animation's previous hits, "Home" and "Kung Fu Panda 2" at the same point in the Fandango sales cycle.

"With its dazzling animation, all-star voice cast and moving story," says Fandango Chief Correspondent Dave Karger, "some critics are calling ‘Kung Fu Panda 3' the best film of the hit franchise. It's no wonder the film is leading Fandango's weekend ticket sales this weekend, thanks to families starved for star-studded animated adventure."


To celebrate the release of "Kung Fu Panda 3," Hawaiian-born street artist Aaron "Woes" Martin -- best known for his angry pandas -- creates a giant spray-paint canvas as a colorful tribute to Po for Fandango Movieclips' live art video series, "TAG." You can watch the "Creating the Canvas" episode here and a behind-the-scenes "Artist's Profile" video here.

About 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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Torrance, CA . . . January 26, 2016 - Representatives from Disney, Lionsgate, Dolby, All Media Capital and other movie industry entities were among the crowd at the MediaMation (MMI) MX4D® VIP screening of Disney's mega-blockbuster, "STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS," January 20, 2016 at the Plaza Stadium Cinemas 14 in Oxnard, CA.

MX4D® is MediaMation's uniquely branded "4D" motion EFX system. This emerging technology, growing in popularity across the globe, allows theatre patrons to "feel" certain action sequences of a major Hollywood blockbuster, as well as those of locally produced feature films, via carefully programmed "pitch, roll, and heave" motion EFX, air/water blasts, leg/neck ticklers, fog, seat/back pokers, seat rumblers and other special effects that emanate from specially designed theatre seats, or from inside the theatre itself.

The highly successful, VIP "STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS" MX4D® screening served as a culmination of events associated with the International Cinema Technology Association (ICTA) conference running Jan. 18-20 in Los Angeles. Prior to the screening, attendees enjoyed a gourmet box meal and champagne aboard a chartered bus, courtesy of MMI, running from the ICTA conference at the Universal Hilton to the Oxnard venue. Once arriving at the theatre, ICTA members and select industry guests were treated to soft drinks and popcorn, compliments of Santa Rosa Entertainment Group, before settling into their seats to hear brief welcoming remarks from MMI CEO Alison Jamele, CTO Dan Jamele and Head of Cinema Sales, Heather Blair.
Reacting to "STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS" in the MX4D® format, Jeff Thomas, President, All Media Capital, remarked: "It totally immerses the viewer into the film. It's something that you cannot get at home. Absolutely incredible, awesome technology. Great experience."

Added Michael Archer, ICTA President and Vice President, WW Cinema Sales, Dolby Laboratories. "It was a lot of fun - my son really enjoyed it. I thought it [4D] definitely added to the experience."

Blair summed up the impact of the event: "We value the ICTA and look forward to the LA Seminar Series every year. We invited ICTA members for a special VIP screening of "STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS" to show them MX4D® at its finest. The overall reaction was extremely positive.

"We also invited ‘super fans' to attend and address the audience," Blair continued. "The super fans -- a group of locals who evangelize MX4D® -- explained how they discovered MX4D® and why they don't see a movie if it's not in this format. Their authentic enthusiasm was well received and duly noted. As we grow both domestically and internationally, knowing that fans of MX4D® forego seeing a movie in other formats is very interesting and important to both Distribution and Exhibition."

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