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Head Film Buyer and Operations Leader Appointed to Crucial Roles for International Exhibition Company

NORWOOD, MA; April 16, 2015 - National Amusements, Inc., a world leader in the motion picture exhibition industry, today announced that Mark Walukevich, Senior Vice President Film, and Duncan Short, Vice President Operations, have been appointed to oversee both US and international booking and operations respectively. Mr. Walukevich and Mr. Short will be assuming their expanded roles as George Levitt, Senior Vice President Film and John Bilsborough, Senior Vice President Operations retire after more than 40 years of service for National Amusements.
Mr. Walukevich will continue to oversee all aspects of international film booking and event cinema; in addition, he will take on the role of overseeing all negotiations for US theatres. Mr. Short's new role will include full operational leadership for National Amusements' US and international estate. Mr. Walukevich has been with National Amusements for 36 years in both US and international roles, and Mr. Short for 26 years in various international capacities.

Mr. Walukevich began his career with National Amusements in 1980 in the marketing department, and quickly moved into film buying. In 1987, Mr. Walukevich was promoted to the position of Vice President International Film, coordinating film buying efforts in the United Kingdom, Russia, Chile, Argentina, and Brazil. He became Senior Vice-President of Film International and Event Cinema in 2012. Mr. Walukevich is also a founding board member of the ECA (Event Cinema Association).

Mr. Short opened the first Showcase Cinemas UK and quickly rose through the operational levels of management. In 1998, Mr. Short relocated to the United States as Director of International Operations, continuing operational oversight which extended through the acquisition of UCI cinemas in Brazil in 2005.


"In their tenures at National Amusements, both Mark and Duncan have been instrumental to our film buying and operations across the globe," said Shari Redstone, President of National Amusements. "We are very pleased to announce the well-deserved appointments of these two individuals that both carry a rich history with the company."

 

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Jonathan Papish

'Furious 7' sped past $800 million globally this weekend, shattering records in places as far flung as Poland, Vietnam, and the UAE. It even took 90% of the market share in China and topped the box office in 62 out of 63 international markets -- the one exception? Peru. Asu Mare 2, the sequel to Peru's highest-grossing film ever, opened on Thursday and grossed $3.38 million on 376 screens, while the high octane action flick fell 67% from last weekend, pulling in just $981K on 240 screens for a $5.53 cume. It also lost almost half of its screens. 

Asu Mare was released in 2013 and quickly became the most watched film in Peru's box office history with over 2.35 million tickets sold and ended its run with $10.7 million. The film follows Carlos Alcántara, one of Peru's most famous standup comics, and recreates his journey to fame.

Local media reports "thousands of people waited in lines miles long" to watch the sequel on opening day, and since its premiere on April 9, the comedy has been seen 1.14 million times. 

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By Daniel Garris

Universal's Furious 7 took in $4.36 million on Tuesday to lead the daily box office with ease for a twelfth consecutive day. The well-received seventh installment of the blockbuster franchise featuring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and the late Paul Walker was up 20 percent over Monday and down 67 percent from last Tuesday. Furious 7 has grossed a massive $259.52 million in twelve days. That already makes Furious 7 the highest grossing film of The Fast and The Furious franchise domestically. The film is running an extremely impressive 46 percent ahead of the $177.53 million twelve-day take of 2013's Fast & Furious 6 and just ahead of the $258.33 million twelve-day gross of 2012's The Hunger Games.

Fox's The Longest Ride held steady in second with $1.21 million. The Nicholas Sparks adaptation starring Britt Robertson and Scott Eastwood was up a strong 51 percent over Monday's performance. The Longest Ride has grossed $15.03 million in five days, which is on the low end of pre-release expectations. Compared to other Nicholas Sparks adaptations, The Longest Ride is running 30 percent ahead of the $11.58 million five-day start of last year's The Best of Me and 42 percent behind the $25.84 million five-day take of 2012's The Lucky One.

Fellow Fox release Home continued to claim third place with $1.05 million. The successful 3D computer animated film from DreamWorks Animation increased 43 percent over Monday and fell a sharp 76 percent from last Tuesday's post-Easter performance. Home continues to exceed expectations in a big way with $130.87 million in 19 days. That places the film 3 percent ahead of the $127.46 million 19-day gross of 2013's The Croods.

Warner's Get Hard took in $0.822 million to remain in fourth place. The R-rated comedy starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart was up 25 percent over Monday and down a respectable 52.5 percent from last Tuesday. Get Hard has grossed $72.26 million in 19 days, which is towards the lower end of pre-release expectations.

Woman In Gold rounded out the day's unchanged top five with $0.764 million. The drama from The Weinstein Company starring Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds was up an impressive 52 percent over Monday. That represented the day's strongest daily percentage hold among wide releases. The 14-day total for Woman In Gold stands at a solid $10.20 million.

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by Chris Aronson, President and CEO, 20th Century Fox

In any industry, the critical element to any company's success is maintaining its focus on the customer. As long as I have known the Marcus family, I have admired their ability to do just that-the moviegoer comes first!

I've had the pleasure of watching Marcus Theatres grow through the years, and it's clear to me that Steve and Greg Marcus have successfully maintained the family-oriented values that have made their theater chain successful over eight decades and three family generations. With a remarkable 80-year history, Marcus Theatres has been providing their customers with a quality moviegoing experience since opening its first theater in Ripon, Wisconsin, in 1935, and continues in the 55 theaters in the Marcus Theatres circuit today.

That same commitment to quality and service is evident in Marcus Theatres' relationship with its studio partners. During the 10 years I've been at 20th Century Fox, our two organizations have forged a strong bond. The Marcus family, along with Marcus Theatres' president and CEO, Rolando Rodriguez, understands the studio-exhibitor relationship is a truly symbiotic one. We rely on theater chains like Marcus Theatres to invest in new technologies and provide our customers with the ultimate moviegoing experience.

It's exciting to see exhibitors like Marcus Theatres investing in innovative technologies and reinventing what it means to take in a movie. For the film-goer, a trip to the movies is no longer limited to popcorn, a soda, and a two-hour escape into their favorite comedy, drama, or action-adventure. Today's concept of "going to the movies" has evolved for the better at Marcus Theatres with in-lobby restaurants and lounges, in-theater food service, premium large-format UltraScreens with Dolby Atmos sound, and comfortable DreamLounger recliners. Marcus Theatres understands that our customers can now go to their local cinema for a truly enjoyable and complete night out with family and friends.

As long as exhibitors like Marcus Theatres continue to provide first-rate technology, amenities, and unique food, beverage, and concession options, the motion picture exhibition industry will continue to thrive.

Here's to the next 80 years, Marcus Theatres! Thank you for your partnership and for your shared commitment to providing memorable moviegoing experiences for our customers.

 

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20TH CENTURY FOX TO RELEASE "FANTASTIC FOUR" ON AUGUST 7, 2015

WASHINGTON D.C. (April 15, 2015) - The cast of "Fantastic Four," Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara and Jamie Bell, will receive the "CinemaCon® Ensemble 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. The cast of "Fantastic Four" will be presented with this special honor at the "CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards" ceremony to take place on Thursday, April 23, in the evening at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. The Coca-Cola Company, the official presenting sponsor of CinemaCon, will host the final night gala awards program.

"It's not very often that we have the opportunity to award an entire cast for their stellar performances," noted Neuhauser. "CinemaCon is privileged to have Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara and Jamie Bell joining us this year at the Big Screen Achievement Awards. This group of young actors is sure to continue stunning audiences when they hit the big screen for their upcoming film ‘Fantastic Four.'"

"Fantastic Four" will be released via 20th Century Fox on August 7, 2015. A contemporary re-imagining of Marvel's original and longest-running superhero team, "Fantastic Four," centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy. The film is directed by Josh Trank from a screenplay by Jeremy Slater and Simon Kinberg & Josh Trank, based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. The producers are Simon Kinberg, Matthew Vaughn, Hutch Parker, Robert Kulzer, and Gregory Goodman.

Miles Teller first broke onto the screen with his standout performance opposite Nicole Kidman in "Rabbit Hole." Teller is also known for his roles in "The Spectacular Now," "Whiplash," "Divergent," and "Insurgent." He can also be seen in the upcoming films "Get A Job," and "Bleed for This."

Michael B. Jordan first drew the attention of moviegoing audiences with his breakout roles in "Red Tails," and "Fruitvale Station." On the small screen he has had reoccurring rolls on some of the most critically acclaimed shows on television including "The Wire," "Friday Night Lights," and "Parenthood." In addition to "Fantastic Four," Jordan can be seen later this year starring opposite Sylvester Stallone in "Creed."

Kate Mara made her feature film debut at age 15 when she appeared in "Random Hearts." Mara's list of film credits include "Brokeback Mountain," "We Are Marshall," "Shooter," "127 Hours," "The Martian," "Transcendence," "Transsiberian" and most recently she completed filming on the thriller "Man Down."

Jamie Bell rose to fame when he was still a teenager after staring Stephen Daldry's "Billy Elliot." Since then, Bell has appeared in films including "Nicholas Nickleby," "Snowpiercer," Filth," "Man on a Ledge," "The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn," "Flags of Our Fathers" and "Jumper," to name a few. Currently, Bell stars on AMC's "Turn."

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, 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.

Additional information on CinemaCon can be found at www.cinemacon.com.

 

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