By Alex Edghill

Wednesday Morning Update: The Maze Runner continued to lead the pack on Tuesday despite dropping 12% to 12,375 tweets. Facebook on the other hand had a very hefty increase of 25k+ to 837k likes. By comparison, The Hunger Games had 37,820 tweets and 3,054,892 likes its Tuesday before release, Divergent had 75,277 tweets and 1,060,953 likes, while The Giver had 6,777 tweets and 374,863 likes. While its Twitter numbers are nothing extraordinary its Facebook tallies are hard to ignore and really point to  a strong beginning.

A Walk Among The Tombstones had a strong increase on Tuesday of 230% to 2,366 tweets while Facebook also somewhat less encouraging with a sub 1% rise to 278,342 likes. By comparison, Non-Stop had 3,895 tweets and 384,224 likes its Tuesday before release, while Prisoners had 471 tweets and 98,890 likes. The film is lagging notably to recent Neeson thrillers and while I have it a ways above Prisoners its important to note that because of the latter's very common name a more restrictive search string had to be employed to weed out unrelated tweets and served as a limiter to its numbers (in fact Non-Stop also employed quite a restrictive string and still handily beat out Tombstones too). I see a decent opening here of low to mid double figures but nothing approaching $20 million given these signs.

This Is Where I Leave You had a 7% fall to 1,727 tweets on Tuesday, down from 1,857 tweets on Monday, while Facebook grew to 206,409 likes, up from 203,857 likes the day before. By comparison, The Other Woman had 9,149 tweets and 147,093 likes its Tuesday before release, while The Internship had 4,971 tweets and 247,638 likes. The dwindling tweet totals are somewhat of a worry as is the lag between its Facebook likes and director Shawn Levy's last film The Internship. Double digits still look to be assured but as of right now I'd say it looks to be bringing up the rear amongst the new openers once the weekend dollars are tallied.

Twitter Top 15 Movies for Tuesday September 16th

Rk Film Mon Tue Week Mon-Tue %
1 (-) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 160,028 33,344 193,372 -79.16%
2 (-) If I Stay 14,622 15,942 30,564 9.03%
3 (-) The Maze Runner 14,059 12,375 26,434 -11.98%
4 (+3) Avengers: Age of Ultron 4,837 11,638 16,475 140.60%
5 (+9) Into the Woods 1,588 9,582 11,170 503.40%
6 (-2) Guardians of the Galaxy 9,492 7,680 17,172 -19.09%
7 (-2) Annabelle 6,533 6,029 12,562 -7.71%
8 (+22) Interstellar 656 5,844 6,500 790.85%
9 (-3) No Good Deed (2014) 5,739 4,692 10,431 -18.24%
10 (-2) The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies 4,294 3,173 7,467 -26.11%
11 (-2) Before I Go to Sleep 3,336 2,967 6,303 -11.06%
12 (+15) A Walk Among the Tombstones 715 2,366 3,081 230.91%
13 (+4) Gone Girl 1,344 2,085 3,429 55.13%
14 (+2) The Equalizer 1,349 1,983 3,332 47.00%
15 (-3) Ouija 2,253 1,920 4,173 -14.78%
18 (-5) This Is Where I Leave You 1,857 1,727 3,584 -7.00%

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By Daniel Garris

Sony's No Good Deed took in $1.82 million on Tuesday to lead the daily box office for a fifth consecutive day. The low-budget thriller from Screen Gems starring Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson increased 13 percent over Monday. That represented one of the day's poorer daily holds among wide releases on Tuesday. In the bigger picture, No Good Deed continues to outpace expectations with a healthy five-day start of $27.68 million. That places the film 7 percent ahead of the $25.96 million five-day take of 2009's I Can Do Bad All By Myself.

Guardians of the Galaxy held steady in second place with $0.779 million. The blockbuster sci-fi superhero adaptation from Disney and Marvel was up 35 percent over Monday and down a very slim 17 percent from last Tuesday. Daily percentage increases over Monday were strong in general on Tuesday. Guardians of the Galaxy is the highest grossing release of 2014 thus far domestically with $307.34 million through 47 days.

Dolphin Tale 2 grossed $0.703 million to remain in third place. Like Guardians of the Galaxy, the family film sequel from Warner Bros. also increased 35 percent over Monday. Dolphin Tale 2 has grossed $17.10 million in five days. That is on the lower end of pre-release expectations and places the film 18 percent behind the $20.78 million five-day start of 2011's Dolphin Tale.

Fox Searchlight's The Drop stayed in fourth place with $0.492 million. The crime drama starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace and the late James Gandolfini was up 28 percent over Monday's performance. The Drop has grossed $4.98 million in four days, which represents a very solid start given that the film is only playing in 809 locations.

Let's Be Cops rounded out the day's unchanged top five with $0.457 million. Fox's low-budget action comedy increased 31 percent over Monday and was down only 21 percent from last Tuesday. Thanks in part to continued strong holding power; Let's Be Cops has grossed $73.86 million through 35 days of release.

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marcustheatres.pngMILWAUKEE--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Marcus Corporation (NYSE: MCS) today announced the promotion of Kim Lueck to chief information officer. Lueck will also continue to serve as vice president of technology for the Marcus Theatres division, and will join The Marcus Corporation's executive management committee.

Lueck, a 17-year veteran of Marcus Theatres, has served the company in a variety of information technology positions, most recently as chief information technology officer. In her new role, she will provide vision and leadership for the development and implementation of technology- focused initiatives for The Marcus Corporation, and will oversee the planning and implementation of enterprise information technology (IT) systems in support of divisional operations.

Lueck joined Marcus Theatres in 1997 as an IT project manager and was promoted to information technology manager in 1999. She joined The Marcus Corporation's corporate IT team in 2000. She moved back to Marcus Theatres in 2006 as director of technology and was promoted to her most recent role in 2008.

"We are pleased to welcome Kim to our executive management team in her new role. Her experience and familiarity with our organization, practices and teams have contributed to the success of our company. I know she will keep us on the leading edge of technology platforms to support our future growth," said Gregory S. Marcus, president and chief executive officer of The Marcus Corporation.

About The Marcus Corporation

Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, The Marcus Corporation is a leader in the lodging and entertainment industries, with significant company-owned real estate assets. The Marcus Corporation's theatre division, Marcus Theatres® , currently owns or manages 685 screens at 55 locations in Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and Ohio. The company's lodging division, Marcus® Hotels & Resorts , owns and/or manages 19 hotels, resorts and other properties in 10 states. For more information, please visit the company's website at www.marcuscorp.com .


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gdc.pngBeijing (September 17, 2014) - GDC Technology Limited ("GDC Technology"), a world leading digital cinema solutions provider, is pleased to announce that its QMS-1000 Quality Management System (QMS-1000) received the BIRTV Award for Outstanding Product in the "BIRTV 2014 Products, Techniques and Applications Projects" awards program. The award competition was organized by the Film Technology Committee of the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television with the purpose of honoring film technologies that have made outstanding contributions to the development of movie industry. QMS-1000 was highly praised by the judges for its positive contribution in improving cinema screening quality.

QMS-1000 is a tool designed to manage and track the quality of cinema screening. Through the measurement, automatic adjustment and data analysis on luminance, chromaticity and sound pressure levels, it helps exhibitors to maintain and improve cinema screening quality and provide exceptional movie experiences to audiences. Moreover, QMS-1000 can be integrated with GDC Technology's TMS-1000 Theatre Management System (TMS-1000) which provides test reports in various formats, providing detailed and reliable data for cinema screening quality monitoring and equipment maintenance.

QMS-1000 is widely used and installed in the screening rooms of major movie theatres. As of July 2014, 45 China Film Giant Screens in China are using QMS-1000 to improve the quality of cinema screening in order to provide an excellent movie experience to audiences.

"We are delighted and proud to win this year's BIRTV Award for Outstanding Product," said Dr. Man-Nang Chong, founder and CEO of GDC Technology. "This award not only demonstrates that GDC Technology leads the development of digital film technology, but also serves to prove its commitment to "Powering Your Digital Cinema Experience"."

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About GDC Technology Limited (www.gdc-tech.com)

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

Email: sylvia.lee@gdc-tech.com


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aimclogo.pngAustralian International Movie Convention will be held at Jupiters Hotel & Casino on The 69th Queensland's Gold Coast from October 12-16.

Executive Director of the AIMC, Michael Hawkins, says this annual event has become a must on the industry calendar for the Australian, New Zealand and Pacific region as it offers those in production, distribution, cinema exhibition and allied trades an unparalleled opportunity to come together as an industry.

"The AIMC always seeks to build a strong and diverse program which caters for all our delegates, whether they be independent or regional cinema operators, major circuits, distributors, producers looking to forge strategic alliances, or suppliers with innovative products and services to optimise the cinema-going experience", says Hawkins.

"This year I know we will see some very strong product, ahead of what many have forecast as a strong box office year in late 2014/2015. We will be off to a good start as the AIMC Opening Night hosts the Australian Premiere of the Universal-distributed Working Title film ‘The Theory of Everything'".

"Also, as a special supplementary initiative of the 2014 AIMC, we will present a Distribution Symposium at the end of the week to provide film students with the opportunity to hear about some of the challenges and opportunities relating to our industry, many of which they will need to consider as future industry participants".

Here is an overview of AIMC 2014:


The major Hollywood distribution companies of Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Releasing, Twentieth Century Fox, Universal Pictures, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures and Warner Bros. will present previews and footage from their product slated for late 2014 and 2015 release.

The Australian Independent Distributors Association (AIDA) will have product presentations and movie screenings throughout the four days of the convention, including Dan Gilroy's crime drama, Nightcrawler, about a young man who stumbles upon the underground world of L.A. freelance crime journalism, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, and Love is Strange, a drama starring John Lithgow, Alfred Molina and Marisa Tomei. AIDA member companies include Becker Film Group, Curious Film, Entertainment One Films, Icon Film Distributors, Madman Entertainment, Palace Films, Pinnacle Films, Potential Films, Sharmill Films, Studio Canal, Rialto Distribution and Umbrella Films.

Upcoming Australian movie, ‘Stalkher', will feature in a special presentation by director, producer & star John Jarratt.


A wide range of current industry issues addressed by local and international experts are on the agenda for this year's AIMC convention. AIMC Executive Director Michael Hawkins says he is delighted to welcome John Fithian, CEO of the National Association of Theater Owners (NATO) back to the convention this year to join a panel discussion titled ‘Future of Cinema' which will also feature panellists from Dolby Laboratories, Christie Digital and Village Cinemas Australia.

Hawkins says this year's program is full and diverse.

"There is something for everybody. Whether it is RealD presenting their recent research findings on 3D Trends in Australia or Christie Digital's sessions Tomorrow's Innovation Today and Future-Proofing the Sound Experience in your Theatre; or the IP Awareness Foundation sharing research on the way Australians watch movies, there will be much information to keep delegates abreast of current trends and future directions."

"I am delighted to announce that the Natalie Miller Fellowship will deliver a presentation on inspiring the future female leaders of the screen industry. Plus Fan-Force.com will introduce a revolutionary platform that guarantees packed sessions - I'm expecting that one to be popular."


The Trade Show will be at capacity, with several new suppliers exhibiting alongside regular suppliers for delegates interested in expanding, refurbishing, converting or upgrading equipment to view the latest products and trends.


Various Industry recognition awards will be given at AIMC 2014, ranging from independent distributors recognising excellence in cinema operation, to highest grossing box office results for movies distributed in the previous 12 months, to peer-assessed awards for Excellence in Film Craft and Lifetime Achievement.


AIMC delegates regularly provide feedback that the opportunity to network with colleagues, stakeholders and industry associates is an invaluable part of the convention experience. The Deluxe Network Bar will operate each evening after the close of the day's official program. The Gala Convention Wrap function will provide an exciting finale to a busy week, with entertainment, dancing, fun and the presentation of some major industry achievement awards.


AIMC Marketing and Sponsorships Manager, Christine Pitcher, says the support of many partner organisations makes the AIMC possible.

"Every contribution of funds, equipment and personnel contributes greatly to our ability to provide a world-class industry event that we are very proud to present", says Pitcher.

"The Queensland Government provides support through various funding bodies including our Presenting Partner, Tourism and Events Queensland as well as Screen Queensland and the City of Gold Coast."

"The conversion of the Jupiters Theatre is made possible through the support of the Hoyts Cinema Technology Group, Christie Digital, Deluxe Australia, RealD, Dolby Laboratories, Doremi, Dreamweavers, Harkness Screens and Jupiters Gold Coast. The quality presentations in the Jupiters Theatre are coordinated and managed by Event Technology Consulting".


Jupiters Hotel & Casino on Broadbeach Island, Gold Coast, provides a venue that allows delegates to easily move between the distributor screenings in the Jupiters Theatre, to the seminars and networking functions in the Pavilion Ballroom and the Trade Show and lunches in the Pavilion Marquee.


As a special initiative of AIMC 2014, we have teamed up with the Griffith Film School to present a Distribution Symposium on Friday 17 October. This will provide film students with the opportunity to participate in the event; learn first-hand of some of the strengths and weaknesses currently affecting the industry; and network with industry peers and executives.






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