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By Daniel Garris

Minions took in a strong $16.84 million on Tuesday to easily lead the daily box office for a fifth consecutive day. The blockbuster 3D computer animated spin-off from Universal and Illumination Entertainment increased an impressive 30 percent over Monday's performance. Minions continues to perform on the very high end of its lofty pre-release expectations with a five-day start of $145.50 million. That places the film 28 percent ahead of the recent $113.96 million five-day start of Inside Out. Minions is currently running 2 percent ahead of the $143.07 million five-day take of 2013's Despicable Me 2 (which opened on a Wednesday).

Fellow 3D computer animated film Inside Out held steady in second with $3.29 million. The blockbuster from Disney and Pixar was up a very strong 37.5 percent over Monday and down 49 percent from last Tuesday. Inside Out has grossed $289.89 million in 26 days, which leaves the film just $10.11 million away from reaching the $300 million domestic milestone. The film is running 20 percent ahead of the $241.22 million 26-day gross of 2013's Monsters University.

Universal's Jurassic World grossed $2.79 million to remain in third place. The 3D sci-fi adventure blockbuster sequel was up 30 percent over Monday and down a solid 42 percent from last Tuesday. Jurassic World has grossed a massive $595.64 million through 33 days of release. The film is now just $4.37 million away from becoming the fourth film to ever reach the unadjusted $600 million domestic mark and is set to pass the mark on either Thursday or Friday.

Paramount's Terminator Genisys continued to claim fourth with $2.11 million. The pricey Arnold Schwarzenegger led 3D sci-fi action sequel increased 32 percent over Monday and decreased 47 percent from last Tuesday. Terminator Genisys has grossed $72.55 million through two weeks. That is below the film's already scaled back expectations and places the film 24 percent behind the $95.89 million two-week haul of 2009's Terminator Salvation.

Warner's Magic Mike XXL rounded out the day's unchanged top five with $1.79 million. The Channing Tatum led sequel was up 39 percent from Monday and down 44 percent from last Tuesday. Magic Mike XXL surpassed the $50 million mark yesterday and has grossed $51.39 million in two weeks. The film is currently running a lackluster 38 percent behind the $82.82 million two-week gross of 2012's Magic Mike.

Warner's The Gallows and Focus' Self/Less took sixth and eighth place on Tuesday with respective daily grosses of $1.31 million and $0.894 million. The Gallows was up 17.5 percent over Monday, while Self/Less was up 39 percent. Respective five-day grosses stand at a modest $12.23 million for The Gallows and at an expectedly disappointing $6.94 million for Self/Less. Both films should fade away from theatres very quickly.

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ant-train.pngLOS ANGELES - July 15, 2015 - According to Fandango, the nation's leading digital destination for moviegoers and fans with more than 36 million unique visitors per month*, Marvel's "Ant-Man" (in its opening week) and "Minions" (in its second week) are running neck and neck in Fandango's weekend ticket sales and on the company's Fanticipation movie buzz indicator, scoring 90 and 89 out of 100 points, respectively. The new R-rated comedy, "Trainwreck," is also on a fast track with 81 points.

"Movie audiences of all ages have something to look forward to at the multiplexes this weekend," says Fandango Chief Correspondent Dave Karger. "Following its phenomenal debut, ‘Minions' will continue to draw a mass audience, while ‘Ant-Man' will appeal to super-hero loving fans. Then there's ‘Trainwreck,' which is clearly for adults only but works equally well as a raunchy comedy and a date movie."

According to a survey of more than 1,000 "Trainwreck" moviegoers:
92% are in the mood for a female-driven R-rated comedy;

81% are excited to see Amy Schumer as a female lead in a romantic comedy;

80% say they are big fans of director Judd Apatow's work;

72% are looking forward to see LeBron James in a supporting role;

57% plan to see the movie with a significant other or date.


To celebrate the release of "Ant-Man," Fandango Movieclips is launching "The Top 10 Paul Rudd Movie Moments," from "Clueless" to "Anchorman" to "Ant-Man" at http://www.fandango.com/movie-trailer/top10paulruddmoments-trailer/160348?autoplay=true&mpxId=2671460686, while Fandango is showcasing original fan art depicting Ant-Man vs. Yellowjacket at http://www.fandango.com/movie-news/exclusive-artwork-antman-vs-yellowjacket-749499.

About Fandango's 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.

*According to comScore.

Press Contacts:
Dana Benson
dbenson@fandango.com
310-954-0465

Harry Medved
hmedved@fandango.com
310-954-0461

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Studio will Release All Titles Worldwide Using MACCS Theatrical Distribution Software

[Los Angeles, CA; July 15, 2015] -- MACCS International, the largest developer of theatrical distribution software for the global motion picture industry with over 100 distributors in 38 territories among its clientele and a subsidiary of Vista Group International, today announced that Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. has licensed MACCS Theatrical Distribution Software to run its domestic theatrical distribution. Warner Bros. Pictures domestic distribution operates in the United States and Canada and joins Warner Bros. Pictures International, which, for over a decade, has used the MACCS technology to distribute films across its international territories. This marks the first time the Studio has centralized its theatrical distribution operations under one technology platform.

"Warner Bros. has always been at the forefront of providing innovative solutions to drive our businesses forward. MACCS has been a long-time partner of Warner Bros. Pictures International and I am glad to be able to expand the MACCS technology to domestic distribution," said Tom Roach, Senior Vice President and Co-General Manager, Warner Bros. Technology Solutions. "As the leading provider of motion pictures to cinemas around the world, Warner Bros. puts confidence in technology providers like MACCS International who can quickly adapt to a changing and dynamic global business environment."

MACCS Theatrical Distribution Software manages all aspects of a motion picture theatrical release including sales planning, booking contracts, terms management, holdovers, digital print inventory, box office data, invoicing, and cash receivables. It interfaces with multiple general ledger systems and, through its MaccsBox API services, provides a single point of contact to third-party systems including those of exhibitors, post-production houses and shipping depots. Its design around automation provides efficiencies and improved business intelligence and is available in multiple languages and currencies.

"Over the past decade, we have developed a close relationship with Warner Bros. as we expanded our software across 38 territories," said Bert Huls, MACCS CEO and Jesse Chow, MACCS Senior Vice President and General Manager North America. "We're delighted that Warner Bros. has trusted us to bring MACCS' leading technology to domestic distribution and leverage benefits across Warner Bros.' entire worldwide operation."

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by Daniel Loria

For more than two decades, MACCS International's software has served as a vital link between distribution and exhibition outside North America. Now part of the Vista Group, MACCS continues to expand around the world. BoxOffice spoke with Jesse Chow, senior vice president and general manager of MACCS International in North America about the company's current and future projects.

MACCS has been able to establish a great presence in the European market over the years. Would you say your European presence serves as a sort of blueprint for your international strategy?

It's where we started 20 years ago, and our services are able to automate and connect data flow between distributors and exhibitors in the region-release schedule information, box office data, attendance, and industry norms and local laws from each territory. We sit in the middle of it, where everyone needs to look at the same set of data in order to effectively run their businesses and communicate back and forth on a weekly basis from bookings to operations and shipping. It won't necessarily work in every single territory; we're not saying it's a one-size-fits-all solution, but on a case-by-case basis where you have the right competitive environment and the right statutory structure that allows distributors and exhibitors to work together, we're happy to look at that and see what kinds of benefits we can roll out. It gets to the whole Vista Group story and their interest in investing in MACCS; they own 50.1 percent of us. We're now able to connect our customers' systems and data together in a manner that suits everyone involved and drives the business forward. There's a lot of opportunity for exhibition and distribution to work together, and our experience in Europe is a model of that.

Your track record in Europe has opened doors in Asia and Latin America as well.

We have been very fortunate to have big customers like Warner Bros., Paramount, and Entertainment One that have exposure in different regions and territories around the world. They effectively establish standards, best practices, and efficiencies in the way they do business in the regions they're present in. Through them we were able to realize that our software does well anywhere you put it; we're in 38 territories right now, and we certainly think there's space for more growth. We look at every place on a case-by-case basis as to what really makes sense for the potential customers in the region and our company. At the end of the day, you're in the business of film licenses and rights, establishing contracts with exhibition, shipping and sending out invoices for film rentals; that whole process has now been standardized since the studios' distribution network was expanded internationally. To have software built from the ground up like MACCS's, from financials and accounting, to go and cover the flexibilities around planning and booking, we feel that model has proven to work time and time again regardless of the region.

Has that flexibility made it easier to tackle emerging markets? I understand you've just introduced MACCS to African distributors.

We just signed two new customers in the region over the past year, and they are both quite different from each other. You're talking about a land mass that is larger than any other in the world, hundreds of millions of people across the continent. One of our recent customers is M-Net, one of the largest pay-TV companies in South Africa that also have satellite distribution and terrestrial broadcast and have developed a theatrical distribution business as well. We also signed with Crimson Multimedia, based out of Kenya, and they are the predominant distribution company in East and West Africa-you have incredible opportunity for growth out there. We're present in countries there that predominantly speak English and have Western values, and most of the film that is distributed in those territories is Hollywood and Bollywood content. They project continued screen growth in the region-it's healthy, but it's by no means China. With clients like ours in the region who are actively investing in new screens in the region, combined with software like ours, we are trying to build part of the infrastructure to grow the region.

 

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By Daniel Garris

Minions continued to comfortably lead the daily box office on Monday with $12.95 million. The blockbuster 3D computer animated spin-off from Universal and Illumination Entertainment fell 58 percent from Sunday's performance. Minions has grossed a very strong $128.66 million in four days. That is on the very high end of the film's lofty pre-release expectations and places the film 27.5 percent ahead of the recent $100.93 million four-day start of Inside Out. Minions is running 8 percent ahead of the $119.41 million four-day take of 2013's Despicable Me 2, though it should be noted that Despicable Me 2 opened on a Wednesday (which will lead to Minions losing most of its current percentage lead by the end of today). Minions marks yet another blockbuster level performer for Universal in 2015, as it joins the likes of Jurassic World, Furious 7, Pitch Perfect 2 and Fifty Shades of Grey.

Fellow 3D computer animated film Inside Out placed in a distant second with $2.40 million. Inside Out was down 54 percent from Sunday and down 52 percent from last Monday. The blockbuster film from Disney and Pixar has held up respectably since Minions entered the marketplace on Friday. The 25-day total for Inside Out Stands at $286.59 million. That leaves the film just $13.41 million away from reaching the $300 million domestic milestone and places the film an impressive 20 percent ahead of the $239.29 million 25-day gross of 2013's Monsters University.

Universal's Jurassic World took third place for the day with $2.15 million. The 3D sci-fi adventure blockbuster sequel declined 59 percent from Sunday and 48 percent from last Monday. Jurassic World has grossed a massive $592.84 million through 32 days of release. The film is now just $7.16 million away from becoming the fourth film to ever reach the unadjusted $600 million domestic mark. Jurassic World is running 7 percent ahead of the $554.99 million 32-day take of 2012's Marvel's The Avengers.

Paramount's Terminator Genisys placed in fourth with $1.60 million. The pricey Arnold Schwarzenegger led 3D sci-fi action sequel fell a sharp 62 percent from Sunday and 53 percent from last Monday. Terminator Genisys passed the $70 million mark yesterday and has grossed $70.45 million in thirteen days. That is below the film's already scaled back expectations and places the film 24.5 percent behind the $93.34 million thirteen-day take of 2009's Terminator Salvation.

Warner's Magic Mike XXL rounded out Monday's top five with $1.29 million. The Channing Tatum led sequel was down just 47 percent from Sunday and down 45 percent from last Monday. Magic Mike XXL has grossed $49.59 million in thirteen days and is set to surpass the $50 million mark today. While it has rebounded nicely over the past week, Magic Mike XXL is still performing significantly below expectations and is running 38 percent behind the $80.37 million thirteen-day gross of 2012's Magic Mike.

Warner's The Gallows and Focus' Self/Less took sixth and eighth place on Monday with respective daily grosses of $1.11 million and $0.644 million. The Gallows was down 49 percent from Sunday, while Self/Less was down 57 percent. Respective four-day grosses stand at a modest $10.92 million for The Gallows and at an expectedly disappointing $6.05 million for Self/Less. Both films should fade away from theatres very quickly.

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