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LIONSGATE'S "THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY - PART 1" BREAKS 2014 FIRST DAY OF PRESALES RECORD ON FANDANGO

Starting Today, Fandango Fans Buying Advance "Mockingjay" Tickets Will Have the Chance to Win a 2015 Mazda3


LOS ANGELES (Oct. 30, 2014) - Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, announced that Lionsgate's "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" " on October 29 set a new record, selling more first day advance tickets than any other movie in 2014 so far.
Three weeks before its November 21 release date, "Mockingjay" surpassed the first day of advance ticket sales for Lionsgate/Summit's "Divergent," Fandango's previous 2014 record-holder, set on March 3. During its record-setting first day, "Mockingjay" accounted for nearly 80% of Fandango's daily ticket sales.
Starting today at www.Fandango.com/HungerGames, fans who buy tickets to "Mockingjay will be automatically entered for a chance to win a four-door 2015 Mazda3. The sweepstakes ends on December 12 at 8:59 am PT. See official rules on Fandango for prize details, approximate retail values and free alternate means of sweepstakes entry at www.fandangomockingjaysweeps.com .

Also on Fandango, fans with an artistic streak can enter Fandango's "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" Fan Art Contest. The winning artist will win one thousand dollars' worth of Fandango movie tickets and the winning art will be featured on a Fandango "Hunger Games" gift card. The contest can be found on Fandango's Tumblr page (fandango.tumblr.com ) and ends November 4 at 12 noon PT. Lionsgate and Fandango will select the winning artwork, which will be announced on November 14.

"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" was voted by Fandango fans as the most anticipated movie of 2014. To celebrate the advance-tickets-on-sale window, Fandango is launching "'The Hunger Games' Guide" destination at www.Fandango.com/HungerGames, featuring exclusive "Mockingjay" movie trailers and clips with Jennifer Lawrence, plus fun film facts, movie trailers, fan polls, new "Mockingjay" gift cards, the Ultimate Katniss Mash-Up, and "The Hunger Games" Character Guide for the uninitiated.

About Fandango
Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, sells tickets to more than 25,000 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 more than 44 million downloads, are available on the iPhone and iPad, Android, and many other platforms. Fandango is enjoyed by more than 30 million online and mobile visitors each month, according to comScore. Film fans also find Fandango on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fandango and on Twitter @Fandango.

About "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1"
The worldwide phenomenon of The Hunger Games continues to set the world on fire with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, which finds Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in District 13 after she literally shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin (Julianne Moore) and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and a nation moved by her courage. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 is directed by Francis Lawrence from a screenplay by Danny Strong and Peter Craig and produced by Nina Jacobson's Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. The novel on which the film is based is the third in a trilogy written by Suzanne Collins that has over 65 million copies in print in the U.S. alone.

About Mazda North American Operations and the 2015 Mazda3
Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, Calif. and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States and Mexico through more than 700 dealers. Operations in Mexico are managed by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City.

The 2015 Mazda3 is built from the ground up with the award-winning SKYACTIV® technologies and wrapped in a stunning cloak of KODO design. The overall package touts best-in-class fuel economy with 41 highway mpg and keeps its occupants safe through the available i-ACTIVSENSE suite of safety technology. The 2015 Mazda3, available in four-door and five-door models, is offered in four trim levels - SV (sedan only), Sport, Touring and Grand Touring. On sale now, pricing starts at less than$17,000 MSRP for sedans and less than $19,000 MSRP for five-door configurations.

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By Daniel Garris

John Wick took in $1.62 million on Tuesday to lead the daily box office for a second consecutive day. The Keanu Reeves led action thriller from Lionsgate was up a solid 25 percent over Monday's performance. John Wick has grossed $17.34 million in five days, which is on the high end of pre-release expectations. The film is currently running 20.5 percent ahead of the $14.39 million five-day start of 2008's Street Kings.

Sony's Fury finished in a very close second with $1.52 million. The World War II film starring Brad Pitt trailed John Wick by $101,800 for the day. Fury was up 28 percent over Monday and down 46 percent from last Tuesday. Fury has grossed $49.11 million in twelve days and is set to surpass the $50 million mark today. The film is currently running 2.5 percent ahead of the $47.89 million twelve-day take of The Monuments Men earlier this year.

Universal's Ouija held steady in third place with $1.33 million. The low-budget PG-13 horror film from Platinum Dunes was up 27 percent from Monday. Ouija has grossed $22.25 million in five days. That is on the lower end of expectations and places the film 21 percent ahead of the $18.41 million four-day start of last year's Carrie.

Fox's Gone Girl grossed $1.10 million to remain in fourth. The critically acclaimed David Fincher directed film starring Ben Affleck was up 26 percent over Monday and down 38 percent from last Tuesday. With a 26-day take of $126.02 million, Gone Girl is on the verge of surpassing the $127.51 million final domestic gross of 2008's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button to become the highest grossing film of Fincher's career.

The Weinstein Company's St. Vincent rounded out the day's unchanged top five with $0.91 million. The low-budget comedy starring Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy was up an impressive 46 percent over Monday. Yesterday's percentage hold could be a good sign for the film going forward. St. Vincent surpassed the $10 million mark yesterday and has grossed $10.41 million to date.

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gdclogo.pngSHOWEAST, Hollywood (October 29, 2014) - GDC Technology Limited ("GDC Technology"), a world leading digital cinema solutions provider, is pleased to announce that Cinemagic - a Mexican cinema chain that takes the modern, high-tech movie theatre experience into smaller communities in Mexico - has committed to install 180 units of the company's SX-3000 Standalone Integrated Media Block® (SX-3000 IMB) over the next three years. With the deployment of the industry-leading IMB, moviegoers can enjoy the highest quality of movie screening.

Cinemagic, the second largest independent exhibitor in Mexico, has an aggressive expansion plan. Founded in 2005, it currently manages a total of 77 screens at 15 movie complexes throughout Mexico and has confirmed it will expand its footprint into the United States and Guatemala. The newly purchased IMBs will be installed at Cinemagic's new complexes in Mexico, Guatemala and the United States in three phases: they will be fitted in 60 individual theatres, across 10 locations, in each of the next three years. Cinemagic's expansion will contribute significantly to its goal of delivering affordable, high-quality entertainment options for all moviegoers.

Roberto Quintero, CEO of Cinemagic, commented that: "GDC Technology has been a strategic partner for Cinemagic. After considering all the options in the market, we selected GDC Technology based on the server's quality, in-country tech support, and competitive offer."

Dr. Man-Nang Chong, founder and CEO of GDC Technology, said: "We are delighted to be selected by Cinemagic, demonstrating once again our superior technology, product quality, reliable local support and commitment to bringing the best in digital cinema to all moviegoers. In partnering with Cinemagic, we are committed to providing high quality cinema solutions to help grow its business in the years to come."

As the industry's first standalone IMB, the SX-3000 IMB sets the standard for simple and hassle-free digital cinema solutions. The SX-3000 IMB significantly lowers operation, maintenance and installation costs by eliminating the need for an attached server - while offering High Frame Rate capability in both 2D and 3D, live 3D support, digital connectivity for alternative content such as 3G HD-SDI and HDMI input with image-scaling.

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About GDC Technology Limited (www.gdc-tech.com)
GDC Technology Limited ("GDC Technology") is a digital cinema solutions provider. GDC Technology develops, manufactures and sells digital cinema servers, content storage systems, theater management systems and network operations center software for digital cinema. GDC Technology also provides a suite of digital cinema products and services, including integrated projection systems, 3D products, projector lamps and silver screens. GDC Technology's subsidiary, GDC Digital Cinema Network Limited, manages VPF for approximately 5,000 theater screens and 250 motion picture distributors worldwide.

GDC Technology Media Contact
Sylvia Lee
E-mail: sylvia.lee@gdc-tech.com


About Cinemagic (www. cinemagic.com.mx)
Cinemagic movie theater chain is aimed at small communities without entertainment options, bringing the cinema experience with an attractive and modern complex of five digital stadium-style rooms, with movie premieres on the national release date and a plan of social responsibility to the community.

Cinemagic Media Contact
Mariana Zamudio
E-mail: mariana.zamudio@cinemagic.com.mx

 

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LEAWOOD, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. ("AMC" or "the Company"), one of the world's leading theatrical exhibition companies and an industry leader in innovation and operational excellence, today reported results for the third quarter, which ended September 30, 2014.

Highlights for the quarter include the following:

Total revenues were $633.9 million compared to total revenues of $696.0 million for the three months ended September 30, 2013.
Admissions revenues were $417.4 million compared to $467.0 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2013. Average ticket price increased 5.3% to $9.48.

Food and beverage revenues were $189.1 million, compared to $201.6 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2013. Food and beverage revenues per patron increased 10.3% to $4.29, representing the highest in the history of the Company.

Earnings from continuing operations were $7.4 million compared to $33.9 million for the three months ended September 30, 2013, and diluted earnings per share from continuing operations was $0.08 compared to $0.45 for the three months ended September 30, 2013.

Adjusted EBITDA(1) was $90.1 million compared to $118.3 million for the three months ended September 30, 2013.

Net earnings were $7.4 million compared to $33.5 million for the three months ended September 30, 2013 and diluted earnings per share was $0.08 compared to $0.44 for the three months ended September 30, 2013.

"We are pleased to see continued positive results from the ongoing execution of our five strategic action fronts, even as we effectively navigate through a challenging film year," said Gerry Lopez, AMC president and chief executive officer. "Our initiatives are delivering innovation, additional revenue opportunities, improved profit flow-through and better-than-industry results. There is no better evidence than the 10.3% increase in food and beverage revenues per patron during the quarter. In addition, we are energized by the continued year-over-year increases in our reseated theatres. This portion of our fleet, now 48 theatres strong, experienced an impressive 14.3% year-on-year improvement in admissions revenues per screen during the September quarter of 2014, compared to an industry decline of 12.6%."

Mr. Lopez concluded, "As we head into the last quarter of the year and look out to 2015, we believe that our industry leading innovations will continue to contribute to our results, along with an expected stronger slate of movies in the months ahead."

(1) (Reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures are provided in the financial schedules accompanying this press release.)

About AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc.

AMC (NYSE:AMC) is the guest experience leader with 344 locations and 4,959 screens located primarily in the United States. AMC has propelled innovation in the theatrical exhibition industry and continues today by delivering more comfort and convenience, enhanced food & beverage, greater engagement and loyalty, premium sight & sound, and targeted programming. AMC operates the most productive theatres in the country's top markets, including No. 1 market share in the top three markets (NY, LA, Chicago).

 

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By Daniel Garris

John Wick took in $1.30 million on Monday to lead the daily box office for the first time. The Keanu Reeves led action thriller from Lionsgate was down 64 percent from Sunday. That represented the day's strongest daily percentage hold among wide releases. John Wick continues to perform on the high end of expectations with a four-day start of $15.72 million. That places the film 17 percent ahead of the $13.47 million four-day take of 2008's Street Kings. John Wick has received a nice boost from strong IMAX sales.

Sony's Fury finished in a close second place with $1.19 million. The David Ayer directed World War II film starring Brad Pitt fell 67 percent from Sunday and a sharp 50 percent from last Monday. Fury has grossed $47.59 million in eleven days and is on course to surpass the $50 million domestic mark on Wednesday. The film is currently running 2 percent ahead of the $46.58 million eleven-day take of Sony's The Monuments Men earlier this year.

Universal's Ouija was down 73 percent and two spots from Sunday to place in third on Monday with $1.04 million. In the process, low-budget PG-13 horror film from Platinum Dunes surpassed the $20 million mark yesterday. Ouija has grossed a solid $20.92 million in four days. That is on the lower end of pre-release expectations and places the film 22 percent ahead of the $17.17 million four-day start of last year's Carrie.

Fox's Gone Girl claimed fourth place with $0.88 million. The critically acclaimed David Fincher directed film starring Ben Affleck was down 67 percent from Sunday and down 40 percent from last Monday. With a 25-day take of $124.91 million, Gone Girl is now on the verge of surpassing the $127.51 million final domestic gross of 2008's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button to become the highest grossing film of Fincher's career (without adjusting for ticket price inflation).

The Weinstein Company's St. Vincent rounded out Monday's top five with $0.62 million. The low-budget comedy starring Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy fell 66 percent from Sunday. St. Vincent has grossed $9.499 million to date and is set to surpass the $10 million mark today.

The Book of Life followed in sixth place with $0.51 million. The modestly budgeted 3D computer animated film from Fox was down 84 percent from Sunday and down 39 percent from last Monday. The eleven-day total for The Book of Life stands at $30.67 million, which is towards the lower end of expectations.

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