By Daniel Garris

Inside Out moved into first place on Monday with $6.92 million. Yesterday marked the fourth time Inside Out has led the daily box office thus far. The critically acclaimed 3D computer animated blockbuster from Disney and Pixar declined 57 percent from Sunday and a healthy 34 percent from last Monday. Inside Out has grossed a stronger than expected $192.06 million in eleven days and is set to surpass the $200 million domestic mark either today or Wednesday. The film is currently running 8 percent ahead of the $178.33 million eleven-day gross of 2013's Monsters University and 19 percent behind the $235.81 million eleven-day take of 2010's Toy Story 3.

Jurassic World placed in a close second with $6.53 million. The 3D blockbuster sequel from Universal and Legendary fell 62 percent from Sunday and 44 percent from last Monday. Jurassic World has grossed a massive $506.90 million through 18 days of release. The film is already the fifth highest grossing film of all-time without adjusting for ticket price inflation and before much longer will move past the $534.86 million final gross of 2008's The Dark Knight to move into fourth place. Jurassic World is running 9 percent ahead of the $463.35 million 18-day take of 2012's Marvel's The Avengers.

Ted 2 continued to underwhelm on Monday with a third place take of $3.68 million. The Seth MacFarlane directed comedy sequel from Universal and MRC was down 59 percent from Sunday. The four-day total for Ted 2 stands at $37.19 million. The film is performing well below pre-release expectations and is running a disappointing 41 percent behind the $63.14 million four-day start of 2012's Ted.

Max followed in fourth place for the day with $1.48 million. The modestly budgeted family film from Warner Bros. and MGM was down a promising 55 percent from Sunday. Max has grossed $13.64 million in its first four days. That is in line with expectations and places the film 24 percent ahead of the $11.01 million four-day start of last year's Earth to Echo (which opened on a Wednesday).

Fox's Spy rounded out Monday's top five with $0.947 million. The Melissa McCarthy led comedy was down 61 percent from Sunday and down just 25 percent from last Monday. Thanks in part to strong holding power over the past two weeks, Spy has grossed $89.41 million in 25 days. The film is set to surpass the $90 million mark today.

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Jonathan Papish @ChinaBoxOffice

Bowing to an underwhelming $27 million last weekend, Hollywood Adventures (横冲直撞好莱坞) failed to live up to its lofty expectations and couldn't attract Chinese moviegoers unimpressed with its premise and humor. This weekend seven new domestic and one new imported film will try to heat up what has been a tepid start to the summer movie season, with two in particular capable of breaking out.

Fifth Generation director Chen Kaige (陈凯歌), best known to Western audiences for his Academy Award nominated Farewell My Concubine, brings an adaptation of the best-selling martial arts novel Monk Comes Down the Mountain (道士下山) to cinemas on Friday. Monk follows innocent Daoist priest He Anxia (played by comedic actor Wang Baoqiang) as he heads down the mountain to escape a famine that has struck his temple. The film boasts an impressive cast in Aaron Kwok (The Detective), Chang Chen (Helios), Lin Chi-ling (Red Cliff), and Fan Wei (If You Are The One), and should play well to wuxia fans and middle-aged crowds.

Monk was originally set to be released during February's Chinese New Year period, but was sidelined due to SARFT's ban on films and tv shows featuring actors who had used drugs or solicited prostitution. Actor Jaycee Chan, son of martial arts star Jackie Chan, was arrested last August on possession of marijuana, but director Chen petitioned the government for months saying it would be impossible to edit out Chan from the movie or reshoot his scenes with another actor.

According to EntGroup's EFMT Index, Monk Comes Down the Mountain has the highest levels of awareness and intent to purchase out of this week's new releases. Barring a complete disaster, we see Monk easily surpassing Chen Kaige's previous best Sacrifice which earned $28.6 million in December 2010.

The second film this weekend with breakout potential is director Derek Yee's I Am Somebody (我是路人甲). Yee takes viewers to the booming eastern city of Hengdian -- "China's Hollywood" and home to the largest outdoor film studio in the world. Young aspiring actors and actresses migrate to Hengdian by the thousands and I Am Somebody follows one such actor Wan Guopeng as he tries to catch his big break. Yee recruited actual Hengdian extras for the main roles and adjusted the screenplay as he shot allowing the amateurs to ad-lib for more natural dialogue.

I Am Somebody could also benefit from several high-profile celebrity endorsements. After seeing a preview screening in Hong Kong, Tony Leung praised the film's realism and saw similarities between Wan Guopeng's dreams and his own aspirations to become an actor thirty years prior. Actress Shu Qi (If You Are The One) also wrote a glowing review and was reminded of her own experiences leaving Taiwan for Hong Kong with nothing but $500 and the desire to act. In a country where the slogan "The Chinese Dream" is plastered across cities nationwide, we think the theme of "following your dreams" will find a receptive audience especially among younger crowds. 

Weekend predictions: Monk Comes Down The Mountain - $27M, Jurassic World - $12M, Hollywood Adventures - $8M, I Am Somebody - $7M

Other films opening this weekend are: Good People (USA), Love Simply 简单爱 (China), Chang Chen Ghost Stories 张震讲故事之鬼迷心窍 (China), Silently Love 默守那份情 (China), The Autobots 汽车人总动员 (China), and New Journey to the West: Truth or Dare 西游新专2-真心话大冒险 (China).

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By Alex Edghill

Monday Evening Update: Minions crossed the 30 million like mark over the past week. To put that in perspective, this is now one of the top 10 most liked pages on the social media service ever. Yes ever. Add to the fact that it has led the weekly increase list for the last five and its pretty clear that this is primed for great things to put it mildly. I just couldn't bring myself to post yet another Minions picture for the fifth week in a row so I went with... 

Disney/Marvel are doing their best to push Ant-Man to success but Facebook users just aren't buying it as they have for other recent superhero tentpoles. Despite its biggest weekly increase to date (113,584) it is still lagging behind other notable first-time super-hero adaptations such as Captain America: The First Avenger (610,181), and Guardians Of The Galaxy (671,646 likes). I believe that the Marvel Cinematic Universe alone will ensure a solid run here, as to date only 1 of 12 films in the franchise have grossed less than $175 million domestically (2008's Hulk with $135 million). However, based on this early buzz it would appear that any breakout like Guardians Of The Galaxy might just be wishful thinking.

Paper Towns also crossed its own milestone over the past week as it cracked 1 million likes. Yes its still lagging greatly behind The Fault In Our Stars (which was at 2.4 million the same distance from release) but 1 million likes is a huge number in its own right that shows that it is drawing serious attention via social media.

Facebook Top 5 Movies by Like Increase for the last week Ending Sunday June 28th

Rank Release Movie Likes Previous Change % Change
1 07/10/15 Minions 30,227,053 29,909,533 317,520 1.06%
2 07/17/15 Ant-Man 382,267 268,683 113,584 42.27%
3 07/24/15 Paper Towns 1,034,078 939,787 94,291 10.03%
4 07/01/15 Terminator Genisys 1,238,668 1,168,592 70,076 6.00%
5 07/01/15 Magic Mike XXL 1,911,128 1,852,444 58,684 3.17%

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By Daniel Garris

In what turned out to be a very tight race for first place this weekend, Universal's Jurassic World was able to hold off Disney's Inside Out with a weekend take of $54.53 million. The two films were separated by only $2.21 million over the weekend frame. Jurassic World fell 49 percent from last weekend's performance (which was inflated by the Father's Day holiday). The film claimed the third largest third weekend performance of all-time without adjusting for ticket price inflation; behind only the $68.49 million third weekend take of 2009's Avatar and the $55.64 million third weekend take of 2012's Marvel's The Avengers.

Jurassic World surpassed the $500 million mark on Sunday and has grossed $500.37 million in 17 days. In reaching the $500 million domestic milestone in 17 days, Jurassic World easily shattered the previous record of 23 days held by The Avengers. Jurassic World is now the highest grossing release of 2015 to date domestically as it has zoomed past the $452.47 million total gross of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Without adjusting for ticket price inflation, Jurassic World is already the fifth highest grossing film of all-time domestically. The film is running an extremely impressive $42.70 million and 9 percent ahead of the $457.67 million 17-day take of The Avengers.

Inside Out held up very nicely this weekend with a second place take of $52.32 million. The critically acclaimed 3D computer animated blockbuster from Pixar declined 42 percent from last weekend's already stronger than expected debut. That represented a stronger second weekend percentage hold than those of both 2013's Monsters University (which fell 45 percent to gross $45.61 million) and 2010's Toy Story 3 (which fell 46 percent to gross $59.34 million). Extremely strong word of mouth and critical reviews, being a non-sequel and being more weekend heavy than other recent Pixar films all helped Inside Out this weekend. Inside Out continues to exceed its already lofty expectations in a big way with a ten-day take of $185.14 million. That places the film 9 percent ahead of the $170.43 million ten-day gross of Monsters University and 18 percent behind the $226.89 million ten-day take of Toy Story 3.

While Jurassic World and Inside Out continued to excel this weekend, Ted 2 was off to a very underwhelming third place start with $33.51 million. The Seth MacFarlane directed comedy sequel from Universal and MRC opened well below pre-release expectations, which had tended to range anywhere from $45 million to $60 million heading into the weekend. Ted 2 appears to have suffered significantly from being unable to stand out from its predecessor and mixed critical reviews didn't help matters either. There's also little doubt that potential for the film was ultimately limited by the breakout performances of both Jurassic World and Inside Out. Ted 2 opened 38 percent below the $54.42 million debut of 2012's Ted and as a sequel is highly likely to be more front-loaded than its predecessor was.

Ted 2 started out with $13.29 million on Friday (which included an estimated $2.6 million from Thursday evening shows), fell a lackluster 15 percent on Saturday to gross $11.32 million and declined 21 percent on Sunday to take in $8.90 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.52 to 1. The audience breakdown for Ted 2 skewed towards male moviegoers (59 percent) and slightly towards moviegoers 25 years and older (51 percent). Ted 2 received a solid B+ rating on CinemaScore and will hope to hold up well going forward with additional help from the upcoming Independence Day holiday frame.

Meanwhile, Max debuted in line with its far more modest expectations with a fourth place take of $12.16 million. The modestly budgeted family film from Warner Bros. and MGM was off to a solid start this weekend, especially given the competition it faced for family audiences from Inside Out. Max comfortably outpaced the $8.36 million opening weekend take of last year's Earth to Echo and nearly matched the $13.57 million five-day debut of that film (which opened on a Wednesday). There haven't been many dog themed wide releases in recent years, but Max opened just ahead of the $11.60 million start of 2010's Marmaduke.

Max opened with $4.37 million on Friday (which included an estimated $0.50 million from Thursday evening shows), increased a slim 3 percent on Saturday to gross $4.49 million and fell 26 percent on Sunday to take in $3.30 million. That gave the film an opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.78 to 1. The audience breakdown for Max skewed towards female moviegoers (55 percent) and moviegoers over the age of 25 (57 percent). Max received a strong A rating on CinemaScore. The film is likely to hold up well going forward, though it will also be facing further competition for family audiences from Universal's highly anticipated Minions beginning on July 10.

Fox's Spy rounded out the weekend's top five with $7.91 million. The Melissa McCarthy led comedy held up well again this weekend as it was down just 29.5 percent. After getting out of the gates slower than expected, Spy has stabilized nicely over the past two weeks thanks in part to strong word of mouth. Spy also likely received an added boost this weekend from the softer than expected start of Ted 2. The 24-day total for Spy stands at $88.46 million, which places the film 18 percent behind the $107.43 million 24-day take of 2013's Identity Thief.

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Graham Irwin leads Irwin Seating Company into the fourth generation

Grand Rapids, Mich., June 29, 2015 - Irwin Seating Company today announced that Graham Irwin has been named the President and CEO of the 107 year-old, family-owned business. Current CEO Earle S. (Win) Irwin will remain active with the company as Chairman of the Irwin Seating Company Board of Directors. The transition has been planned for several years and will be effective July 1, 2015.

Graham Irwin is the fourth generation of the Irwin family to lead the company. Current CEO Earle S. (Win) Irwin took over leadership of the company in 1984 from his father, William Irwin, who had led the company since the end of World War II. The first Irwin to lead the company was Earle S. Irwin, one of three Irwin brothers who helped found the company more than 100 years ago. Three of Win & Kyle Irwin's five sons currently work for Irwin Seating Company. Graham, Colin (Coke) Irwin as the company's Director of Sales and Andrew Irwin as the company's Continuous Improvement Manager.

In his new role, Graham Irwin will assume the day-to-day responsibilities of leading the company while also working with the Board of Directors and Executive Team to explore new opportunities for continued growth. Irwin Seating Company is headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where it manufactures public seating for movie theatres, auditoriums, arenas, schools, and stadiums. In Altamont, Illinois, the Company manufactures telescopic bleachers and platforms for schools, arenas, convention centers and multi-purpose facilities.

"After more than 30 years as President, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Irwin Seating Company, it is time to begin transitioning leadership to the next generation," said Win Irwin. "For a number of years, we have been working to ensure a smooth transition. Graham has the experience, energy and necessary skills to lead this company to continued success."

Graham Irwin has served in a variety of roles with Irwin Seating Company, beginning as an upholstery line worker in the summer of 1995. After earning an engineering degree from Vanderbilt University in 1998, Graham began his career working as a mechanical design engineer for EnviroDesign, Inc. Then as a manufacturing engineer and production manager with Spectra Logic Corporation before returning to Irwin Seating in 2006 as a product development engineer. Since then, his leadership responsibilities have steadily increased as he worked his way into his current role as Senior Vice President of Product and Business Development and a member of the Board of Directors.

"I've been fortunate to experience a diverse career that began on the manufacturing front lines and spanned a wide range of roles and responsibilities," said Graham Irwin. "I believe that this background, and the resulting familiarity that it provides with virtually every aspect of the manufacturing process and our customers, has prepared me to be an effective leader. I appreciate the trust of my family, the Board of Directors, the Executive Team and the Irwin employees. I look forward to working together with them towards a bright future for our company."

In addition to Graham's mechanical engineering degree from Vanderbilt University he has an MBA from the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. He is also member of the Family Business Alliance - an organization committed to helping West Michigan family businesses succeed from generation to generation.


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