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Terminator: Genisys is back in the top spot at the international box office again thanks to China where the 5th installment in the Terminator series grossed $23.4 million (-12%) in its first full weekend of release. Paramount Pictures’ sci-fi film has grossed $82.8 million in the Middle Kingdom, helping lift the overseas total to $320.1 million and the global haul to $409.484 million. Genisys still has the three-day Victory day holiday next week before fellow Paramount Pictures blockbuster Mission: Impossible opens in China.


China also has the 2nd highest-grossing film overseas this weekend with the war movie The Hundred Regiments Offensive which earned a solid $21.75 million on its opening weekend including 3 days of previews. The state-sponsored film is intended to coincide with the 70th Anniversary of the Allied victory over Japan in World War II. A government directive was leaked early in the week ordering movie theater chains to hit box office revenue quotas for the film and as motivation the theaters can keep 100% of the profits. The directive runs through next week's Victory Day Holiday after which normal revenue sharing will return. 


Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation grossed $15.3 million (-39%) from 64 overseas markets. The Tom Cruise-led action film is at $309.0 million overseas and $479.387 million worldwide. Greece opened this frame on top with $279K from 65 locations. Holdovers include Japan ($2.3M/$31.9M cume), France ($2.4M/$16.5M cume), Brazil ($1.2M/$7.9M cume), Italy ($885K/$4.0M cume), UK/Ireland ($1.2M/$29.0M cume), Germany ($920K/$11.1M cume), South Korea ($544K/$41.1M cume). China releases on September 8.


Now just the third animated film to join the billion dollar club, Minions continued its global dominance with the highest opening weekend ever for an animated film in Italy ($8.5M) and grossed $14.9 million (+70%) total from 60 overseas territories. The Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment animation has earned $694.1 million overseas and $1.01891 billion worldwide. Minions is currently the third highest-grossing animated film both internationally and globally with China still to open on September 13.


Hitman: Agent 47 targeted $13.1 million from 60 overseas markets this frame, lifting the early international cume to $25.0 million and the worldwide total to $40.3 million. The film opened across 38 new markets this weekend including France ($1.9M), UK/Ireland ($1.4M), UAE ($880K), Germany ($788K), and Brazil ($437K). The film is doing particularly well in Southeast Asia; Malaysia ($617K/$2.24M cume), Thailand ($356K/$1.3M cume), Singapore ($294K/$1.08M cume), and the Philippines ($273K/$1.13M cume). Hitman opens in South Korea, Russia, India, Argentina, and the Netherlands next weekend. 


Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out continues to chug along overseas, posting $10.9 million (+2%) this frame from 35 territories. The original animation is up to $371.1 million at the international box office and $715.625 million worldwide. Inside Out posted solid openings in Denmark (best opening for a non-sequel Pixar release), Finland, Sweden, and Singapore (2nd best opening for a Disney/Pixar release) but Disney didn’t provide concrete numbers. This film has opened in 84% of its final international marketplace with Greece opening next weekend, Italy on September 16 and Germany on October 1. China’s release date is still not confirmed.


Ted 2 crossed the century mark at the international box office yesterday with $9.3 million (+310%) from 45 territories giving the Universal sequel $109 million total from overseas markets. The film opened in 2nd place in Japan with $4.7 million and in 1st place in Mexico with $1.8 million. Ted 2 has grossed $190.2 million worldwide in an underwhelming effort compared to its predecessor’s $550 million total. Its final territory Indonesia bows September 9.


20th Century Fox’s bomb Fantastic Four generated only $6.8 million from 65 overseas markets this frame. The superhero film has grossed $93.5 million overseas and just $146.2 million worldwide. It opens in Italy on September 10 and in Japan on October 9. 


Vacation drove away with $6.65 million (-4%) from 5,023 screens in 49 markets this frame, lifting the international cume to $26.5 million and the global tally to $81.52 million. Warner Bros’ comedy took the top spot in Russia with $1.8 million on 1,266 screens and the opening was 14% above We’re The Millers and 162% above Horrible Bosses. Holdovers include Australia ($806K/$2.35 cume), France ($472K/$1.4M cume), UK/Ireland ($409K/$2.1M cume), Spain ($350K/$1.4M cume), Germany ($345K/$1.2M cume), and Mexico ($406K/$4.0M cume).


Straight Outta Compton had its first major overseas openings this weekend and grossed $6.5 million from 8 territories. Its early international total is $6.8 million for a worldwide cume of $140.9 million. The NWA biopic opened #1 in the UK/Ireland with $3.9 million, Germany with $2.2 million, Germany/Switzerland with $290K and Iceland with $46K. Austria opened #3 with $87K. Next weekend, Compton comes to Australia, Israel, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and Poland.


Warner Bros’ The Man From U.N.C.L.E. found $5.56 million (-30%) in 46 overseas markets this weekend, bringing its international total to $36.6 million and its worldwide total to $70.72 million after 3 frames. Argentina opened to $191K from 101 screens surpassing the opening weekend total of Oceans 11 (+101%) and The Bourne Legacy (+23%). Italy, Brazil, and Mexico open next weekend with South Korea slotted for October 29 and Japan on November 14. 


Jurassic World is inching closer to $1 billion overseas, roaring to another $3.9 million (-32%) from 35 territories this frame. Universal’s global blockbuster has earned $993.6 million overseas and a staggering $1.637 billion worldwide. Jurassic took the top spot again in Japan this weekend with $3.4 million and a 23-day total of $57 million.


Trainwreck grossed $2.4 million (-33%) from 37 overseas territories, bringing its international cume to $23.8 million and the worldwide total to $128.9 million. Openings include Netherlands ($221K), Finland ($74K), and Peru ($81K). Judd Apatow’s comedy starring Amy Schumer rolls into Colombia, Cyprus, Denmark, and Russia next weekend.


Films grossing less than $2 million overseas this weekend + local language films (Weekend Total/Overseas Total/Global Total)

The Dead End (China) - $15.3M/$19.9M/$19.9M

Veteran (South Korea) - $7.4M/$72.0M/$72.0

Monster Hunt (China) - $5.1M/$373.4M/$373.4M

The Beauty Inside (South Korea) - $2.75M/$9.3M/$9.3M

Assassination (South Korea) - $2.3M/$80.3M/$81.7M

The 33 (Chile/Mexico) - $2.1M/$6.5M/$6.5M

El Clan (Argentina) - $1.9M/$11.5M/$11.5M

Paper Towns  - $1.9M/$46.8M/$78.3M

Ant-Man - $1.5M/$199.8M/$368.986M

Capture The Flag (Spain) - $1.4M/$1.4M/$1.4M

The Little Prince (France) - $927K/$10.1M/$10.1M

A Perfect Day (Spain) - $478K/$478K/$478K

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Sunday Update: Straight Outta Compton was able to hold off a strong challenge from War Room to remain in first place this weekend with an estimated $13.24 million. The modestly budgeted F. Gary Gray directed N.W.A biopic from Universal has led the weekend box office for three consecutive frames. Straight Outta Compton is the fourth film to lead the box office for at least three consecutive weekends in 2015, as it joins Warner's American Sniper and fellow Universal releases Furious 7 and Jurassic World. Straight Outta Compton continued to show signs of being front-loaded, as the film was down 50 percent from last weekend. In the bigger picture, Straight Outta Compton continues to impress with a 17-day gross of $134.13 million. That is 45 percent ahead of the $92.70 million 17-day take of last year's Ride Along.

Sony's War Room was off to a very nice start this weekend with an estimated second place debut of $11.0 million. The low-budget Kendrick Brothers produced faith based film from TriStar and AFFIRM Films exceeded its modest expectations heading into the weekend. War Room opened 61 percent stronger than the $6.84 million debut of 2008's Fireproof and 21 percent ahead of the $9.11 million start of 2011's Courageous. Making the film's performance even more impressive was that it was only playing in 1,135 locations this weekend. That gave War Room a strong per-location average of $9,692 for the frame. War Room was aided by an effective grass-roots marketing campaign and by the pre-established fanbase for the Kendrick Brothers. Previous Kendrick Brothers films Fireproof and Courageous both displayed strong holding power during their respective runs. War Room will likely display strong holding power of its own going forward, especially given its A+ rating on CinemaScore.

War Room opened with $4.05 million on Friday (which included an estimated $600,000 from evening shows on Thursday), declined a slim 4 percent on Saturday to gross $3.89 million and is estimated to fall 21 percent on Sunday to take in $3.07 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.72 to 1. The audience breakdown for War Room skewed towards female moviegoers (60 percent) and heavily towards moviegoers over the age of 25 (85 percent).

It's a very close race for third place this weekend as Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation and No Escape are essentially tied based on studio estimates. With only $12,000 separating the weekend estimates of the two films, either could claim third place when actuals are released tomorrow.

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation continued to hold up well with an estimated $8.30 million. The fifth installment of the Tom Cruise led blockbuster franchise from Paramount was down just 27.5 percent from last weekend. Thanks in part to strong holding power throughout its run, Rogue Nation has grossed a very healthy $170.39 million through 31 days of release. That places Rogue Nation 6 percent ahead of the $160.14 million 31-day take of 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Expect Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation to hold up very well over the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend frame.

The Weinstein Company's No Escape debuted with an estimated $8.29 million. The action thriller starring Owen Wilson, Pierce Brosnan and Lake Bell opened in line with its modest pre-release expectations. Since its debut on Wednesday, No Escape has grossed $10.35 million in its first five days of release. That gives the film an estimated five-day to three-day weekend ratio of 1.25 to 1 and places the film 8 percent ahead of the $9.60 million five-day start of last year's Pierce Brosnan led The November Man. While No Escape received mixed reviews from critics, the film appears to be going over better with moviegoers as it received a solid B+ rating on CinemaScore. No Escape will hope to hold up well next weekend with the aid of both good word of mouth and the Labor Day holiday.

Upon receiving a re-expansion this weekend that included a return to IMAX locations, Jurassic World took ninth place with an estimated $3.12 million. The 3D blockbuster sequel from Universal expanded into an additional 665 locations this weekend and was up 229 percent over last weekend. Without taking into account ticket price inflation, Jurassic World remains the third highest grossing film of all-time domestically with a current total gross of $643.09 million.

Meanwhile, Warner's We Are Your Friends was off to an anemic start with an estimated $1.80 million. That placed the low-budget Zac Efron led drama all the way down in thirteenth place this weekend. We Are Your Friends obviously opened below expectations and potential for the film was ultimately limited by the film's low-profile advertising push. The film registered a weak per-location average of $772 from 2,333 locations and on top of everything else received a soft C+ rating on CinemaScore. We Are Your Friends debuted 79 percent below the $8.74 million start of last year's That Awkward Moment. We Are Your Friends certainly marks a poor first post-Neighbors performance for Efron, but the actor is likely to rebound in a big way next year with Dirty Grandpa, Neighbors 2 and Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates all scheduled to open in 2016.

Saturday Update: Making a strong debut in first place yesterday was Sony's faith-based film War Room with a healthy $3.875 million opening day from just 1,135 theaters. That easily bests Do You Believe's $1.2 million opening day earlier this year and marks the best debut for a faith-based film so far this year. War Room's first day also bested the $3.1 million opening of 2011's Courageous as well as the $2.3 million first day of 2008's Fireproof, both pics from War Room filmmakers Alex and Stephen Kendrick. The strong grassroots marketing campaign -- focused largely on churches throughout the U.S. -- has certainly paid off for Sony and the modestly $3.5 million budgeted film. Early word of mouth among the target audience is very positive with an 88 percent Flixster score and an "A+" CinemaScore. BoxOffice projects an opening weekend around $10.5 million, which would give the Kendricks their best debut yet.

Universal reports that Straight Outta Compton slipped to second place after a 14-day reign in first with another $3.83 million on Friday -- down 54 percent from the same day last week. The biopic has now tallied an impressive $124.7 million domestically as strong word of mouth continues to propel it here at the end of summer. BoxOffice is projecting a $12.3 million third weekend atop the market.

No Escape claimed third place yesterday with $2.44 million. That gives the Weinstein release a three-day tally of $4.5 million, putting it 15 percent ahead of the pace of last year's The November Man. For the weekend, BoxOffice is projecting a $7.2 million frame, which would give it an overall five-day opening of $9.26 million.

In fourth place, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation added another $2.18 million on Friday, down just 35 percent from the same day last week. The fifth installment in the venerable Tom Cruise action series has amassed $164.3 million domestically through 29 days of release as it continues to exceed the pace of 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes. BoxOffice projects a $7.5 million weekend.

Sinister 2 filled out the top five on Friday, falling 70 percent from its opening day last week to $1.39 million yesterday. That gives the supernatural horror sequel an eight-day domestic sum of $15.25 million as it continues to sharply trail the pace of its predecessor. BoxOffice is projecting a $4.3 million sophomore frame.

Meanwhile, Jurassic World added $787,000 yesterday as part of its re-expansion back into 1,239 theaters (including IMAX and other premium formats). That brings the mega-blockbuster's domestic take up to $640.75 million through Friday. Look for a weekend figure around $2.8 million.

Lastly, We Are Your Friends posted a weak $725,000 opening day. Unfortunately, that's a whopping 82 percent lower than the first day take of fellow Zac Efron pic That Awkward Moment in January 2014. Warner Bros. reports the movie landed a concerning "C+" CinemaScore, while online word of mouth (50 percent on Flixster) and critics (42 percent on Rotten Tomatoes) are likewise heading south. BoxOffice is projecting a $1.9 million opening weekend.

Check BoxOffice on Sunday for updated weekend estimates from the studios.

Friday Update #2: According to sources, this is how the weekend is likely to play out:

Straight Outta Compton: $13.5 million
War Room: $10.5 million
No Escape: $7.5 million
We Are Your Friends: $3 million

Check back tomorrow for updated projections and official studio figures.  

Friday Update #1: Warner Bros. reports that We Are Your Friends got started with an underwhelming $175,000 in Thursday night pre-shows. Unfortunately, that falls short of fellow Zac Efron-led That Awkward Moment, which pulled $250,000 in early shows back in January 2014. The latter flick went on to tally $8.7 million for the weekend, a figure which looks unattainable at this rate given WAYF should have still been able to benefit from not all schools being off summer vacation just yet.

Meanwhile, War Room took in a solid $600,000 from early shows last night. The faith-based film is hoping to ride a strong grassroots marketing campaign in the vein of the filmmakers' past successes Fireproof and Courageous.

No Escape also continues its debut frame after opening Wednesday, while Straight Outta Compton is expected to easily win its third straight weekend.

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By Daniel Garris

Universal's Straight Outta Compton took in $1.94 million on Thursday to lead the daily box office for a 14th straight day. The successful F. Gary Gray directed N.W.A biopic fell 8 percent from Wednesday and 57 percent from last Thursday. Straight Outta Compton was the week's top film with a weekly take of $36.16 million. The film was down 57 percent from its opening week performance and has grossed a very impressive $120.89 million in two weeks. That places Straight Outta Compton 50 percent ahead of the $80.66 million two-week take of last year's Ride Along.

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation was up one spot from Wednesday to take second on Thursday with $1.02 million. The fifth installment of the Tom Cruise led blockbuster franchise from Paramount was down a very slim 1 percent from Wednesday and down a solid 40 percent from last Thursday. Rogue Nation placed in second for the week with $16.02 million. The film was down 36 percent from the previous week and has grossed a healthy $162.09 million in four weeks.

The Weinstein Company's No Escape was down one spot to land in third with $0.882 million. The action thriller starring Owen Wilson, Pierce Brosnan and Lake Bell fell 25 percent from its opening day take on Wednesday. No Escape has grossed $2.06 million during its first two days of release. That places the film 22 percent ahead of the $1.69 million two-day midweek start of last year's The November Man (which fell just 4 percent on its first Thursday to gross $0.830 million).

Warner's The Man from U.N.C.L.E. held steady in fourth place with $0.683 million. The Guy Ritchie directed spy comedy declined just 2 percent from Wednesday and a respectable 42 percent from last Thursday. The film took fifth place for the week with $10.49 million. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. was down 45 percent from its opening week performance and has grossed a soft $29.71 million in two weeks.

Focus' Sinister 2 grossed $0.658 million to remain in fifth. The low-budget horror sequel from Gramercy and Blumhouse Productions was down 4 percent from Wednesday. Sinister 2 was off to a softer than expected seven-day start of $13.20 million this week. That placed the film in third for the frame and was a lackluster 42 percent softer than the $22.92 million one-week take of 2012's Sinister.

Hitman: Agent 47 followed in sixth place with $0.614 million. The video game based action film from Fox also declined 4 percent from Wednesday. Hitman: Agent 47 took fourth place for the week with a seven-day start of $11.42 million. That was on the very low end of the film's modest expectations and places the film a disappointing 50 percent behind the $22.96 million seven-day take of 2007's Hitman.

Lionsgate's American Ultra landed in seventh with $0.452 million. The action comedy starring Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg fell 3 percent from the previous day. American Ultra finished in sixth place for the week with a seven-day start of just $7.69 million. That was below the film's already modest expectations and was 4 percent below the $8.02 million first week take of 2009's Adventureland.

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Illumination Entertainment's Minions crossed the $1 billion mark worldwide following last night's grosses, with $321.9 million of that figure coming from North America and $682 million pouring in from overseas. The milestone makes Minions the third-highest-grossing animated film of all time and is the third Universal release to hit $1 billion in 2015, joining Jurassic World ($1.628B) and Furious 7 ($1.512B).

Minions ranks 23rd on the all-time list for all films and is the highest-grossing animated film of all time in 11 territories: Hungary, Indonesia, Latvia, Lithuania, Philippines, Russia, Slovakia, Thailand, Ukraine, U.A.E. and Vietnam. It is also Universal's highest-grossing film of all time in seven territories: France, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia and Slovakia. Minions is the highest-grossing animated film of all time in Latin America with more than $200 million from the region. 

Minions opens in Italy today and will expand to its final three markets throughout September: Turkey (Sept. 4), China (Sept. 13), and (Greece Sept. 24).

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Global Leader in Cinema Software Partners with One of Japan's Largest IT Companies to Herald New Age of Innovation and Best Practices for Japan's Cinema Exhibition Sector. Japan Is Fifth Largest Global Market by Total Screens (Large Cinema Circuit Market)

[Auckland, New Zealand and Osaka, Japan; August 26, 2015] -- Vista Entertainment Solutions (VES), a company of Vista Group International (NZX: VGL; ASX: VGI) and the leading cinema management software supplier with 40% global share, has signed a distribution agreement with VINX Corporation (VINX3784), a leading software services provider in Japan to enable the sale and distribution of VES software to the Japanese cinema marketplace for the first time. The announcement was made jointly today by VES Chief Executive Mr. Kimbal Riley and Mr. Minoru Yoshida, President and CEO of VINX.

Based in Osaka, Japan, VINX is an integrated information technology company well-versed in solution businesses that provides retail and service companies such as major supermarkets, convenience stores and other retail operations with POS, Merchandise and CRM systems as well as one-stop IT support. VINX has substantial operations throughout the Pacific region and counts cinema exhibition companies among its customer roster.

VES is the core business of Vista Group and the leading global supplier of software to the cinema industry's Large Circuit Market (cinema exhibitors operating more than 20 screens) with software installed at more than 4,000 sites in over 60 countries, and selling an estimated 1billion tickets every year. VES is the global leader in its field: it has 37% market share in North America; 8% in China (a territory entered relatively recently); 95% in Mexico and 53% in the United Kingdom. Following these four countries, Japan has the fifth largest screen count in the world with 2356. Effective immediately, VINX will introduce VES to cinema exhibitors with the first VES customers in Japan anticipated in 2016.

The parties were introduced through the auspices of New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE), a government-funded global organization, which helps to grow the New Zealand export economy.

"It is an honor to align our company with the leader in the global cinema software market," said Mr. Yoshida. "Japan's cinema exhibition sector is positioned for potential growth and with VES products and expertise, we can inject state-of-the-art systems and best practices to bring that growth to reality. The global influence of VES and its parent company Vista Group is exploding. VINX will benefit from that strength and together we can move the Japanese cinema exhibition industry forward."

"This relationship with VINX reflects our global aspirations," said Mr. Riley. "We are very excited about the possibilities flowing from the combination of our global experience and software expertise married with the capabilities of VINX, which in addition to its technical prowess is an organization focused on exemplary customer response and support. That's just one of several core beliefs our organizations share and it will form a strong foundation for our two companies as we move forward in this exciting venture."

"This partnership would not have come to fruition as quickly and smoothly as it did without the tremendous support and guidance of New Zealand Trade & Enterprise," said Mr. Bruce Wighton, VES Regional Manager, Japan and one of the founders of Vista Group. "We're looking forward to today's official ceremony that will confirm the partnership at the New Zealand Embassy in Tokyo. That event marks the culmination of the efforts of many committed professionals on both sides as well as an auspicious beginning of a truly important business alliance for Vista. We couldn't be more pleased."

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