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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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Jonathan Papish @ChinaBoxOffice

 

Universal’s Jurassic World dominated the overseas box office for the third consecutive weekend roaring to an additional $82.5 million (-49%) from 66 territories. The dinos of Jurassic World also stampeded past the overseas and global box office total of the original Jurassic Park ($640 million, $1.029 billion) to become the highest grossing film in the Jurassic franchise with $737.5 million and $1.238 billion worldwide (#8 all-time).

 

Top grossing territories are China ($202.5M), UK/Ireland ($76.1M), Mexico ($36.9M), Korea ($35.3M), Germany ($35.3M), Australia ($29.4M), France ($29M), Russia ($21.9M), Taiwan ($21.2M), Brazil ($21.1M), India ($18.8M), Spain ($17.8M), Venezuela ($15.3M), Italy ($13.7M), Philippines ($10.5M), Argentina ($10.5M), Malaysia ($10.4M), and the Middle East ($9.8M). Indominus rex finally stomps into Japan on August 5.

 

Minions is off to an early start in 10 territories, grossing an estimated $36 million this weekend for $51.7 million total. The film opened in first place in the UK/Ireland ($16.1 million on 573 screens), Brazil ($7.2 million on 550 screens), Poland ($2.2 million on 215 screens), Czech Republic ($1.4 million on 90 screens), New Zealand ($714K on 89 screens), and Slovakia ($566K on 40 screens). UK/Ireland opened 7% higher than Despicable Me 2, Brazil opened 35% higher, and Poland’s first weekend was more than two times higher. Among holdovers, Australia grossed $2.8 million for an 11-day total of $8.5 million and Malaysia took in $1.1 million for an 11-day total of $3.8 million. Universal plans to roll out Minions to 54 more territories in the next few months with Germany, Austria, Netherlands, Spain, Argentina and 10 smaller markets opening next weekend.

 

Hollywood Adventures beat Jurassic World at this weekend’s China box office, but underperformed with just $27 million. Many were expecting the Hollywood/US coproduction produced by Justin Lin and featuring three of the Mainland’s biggest stars to gross $50-60 million, but very poor word of mouth helped holdovers Jurassic World, SPL2, and San Andreas remain strong on a limited number of screens. 

 

Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out expanded into Belgium, Hungary, New Zealand, India and Trinidad this weekend and earned $26.4 million from 42 total territories. The critically acclaimed animated family film has grossed $81.5 million overseas and $266.4 million globally after two weeks of release.  Among new markets, India scored its second largest opening for a Disney-Pixar release. The film also stayed strong in holdover markets with Australia dropping 13% and France 20% with the La Fête du Cinéma and school holidays still to come. Inside Out also retained the top spot in Russia this weekend and is already the #3 Disney-Pixar release ever in the country. 

 

Top grossing territories are Mexico ($18.4 million), Russia ($13.9 million), France ($9.2 million), Argentina ($7.3 million), Australia ($6.8 million), Brazil ($5.9 million), Colombia ($2.8 million), and Panama ($2.8 million). Inside Out has opened in 42% of its final international footprint with Poland opening next weekend. Key future openings include South Korea (7/9), Spain (7/16), Japan (7/18), UK/Ireland (7/24), Italy (9/16), Germany (10/1). 

 

SPLII starring Tony Jaa and Jacky Wu punched and kicked its way to an additional $11.3 million (-65%) this weekend in China, bringing its 11-day total to $73.9 million.

 

San Andreas shook up $10.4 million from ~4,300 screens in 68 overseas territories this weekend, taking the international cume to $297.8 million and the global haul to $439.67 million. The disaster flick opened behind Jurassic World despite a strong heatwave in Spain this weekend with $1.0 million on 414 screens. The top 12 market totals are: China ($99.3 million), Mexico ($29.4 million), UK/Ireland ($17.1 million), South Korea ($17.1 million), Russia ($10.8 million), Brazil ($10.4 million), Taiwan ($8.5 million), France ($8.1 million), Australia ($6.8 million), Colombia ($6.8 million), Argentina ($6.6 million), and Germany ($5.9 million).

 

Terminator: Genisys opened to $8.3 million from 1,277 screens in 10 smaller territories ahead of its US debut. Paramount’s sequel opened at #1 in Singapore ($1.4 million on 28 screens), Colombia ($1.2 million on 162 screens), Peru ($881K on 85 screens), Vietnam ($694K on 69 screens), and Turkey ($578K on 309 screens). Genisys expands to 34 more territories next weekend including Australia, Brazil, France, Mexico, Russia, and the UK/Ireland.

 

Poltergeist frightened international moviegoers to $6.6 million this weekend from 4,481 screens in 28 markets including 8 new territories. The horror remake has grossed $39.4 million overseas and $83.37 million worldwide. Openings this weekend were: Mexico ($1.87 million on 1,165 screens), France ($879K on 258 screens), Philippines ($468K on 153 screens), Peru ($381K on 125 screens), Chile ($341K on 103 screens), Central America ($273K on 89 screens), and Ecuador ($216K on 60 screens). 

 

Spy netted another $6.4 million from 46 territories this weekend crossing the century mark overseas with $106.6 million and $194.9 million worldwide after six frames. Spain opened in 4th place with $668K on 308 screens. Strong holds include UK/Ireland (-30%/$995K/$13.3 million cume, France (-25%/$988K/$2.7 million cume), Venezuela (-20%/$231K/$2.8 million cume), Holland (-32%/$220K/$1.7 million cume), Belgium (+13%/$209K/$950K cume), Sweden (+15%/$138K/$1.2 million cume), UAE (-32%/$115K/$2.6 million cume), Israel (-32%/$110K/$911K cume), and Hungary (-28%/$101K/$807K cume).

 

Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F kept rolling in Latin America this weekend to $4.6 million with openings in Argentina ($1.45 million on 155 screens), Venezuela ($850K on 50 screens), Colombia ($258K), and Bolivia ($77K on 18 screens). The Japanese anime is up to $44.8 million overseas including its Japan total. 

 

Insidious: Chapter 3 grossed an estimated $4.0 million on 2,000 screens in 53 territories this weekend, bringing its overseas cume to $37.0 million and the global total to $84.8 million. Openings this weekend include Mexico’s $1.8 million from 1,138 screens, 87% bigger than Chapter 2’s opening, India’s $620K, 340% higher than the previous chapter’s opening, Venezuela ($280K on 34 screens), Netherlands ($250K on 55 screens), and Greece ($105K on 44 screens). 

 

Mad Max: Fury Road is still surviving abroad, grossing an estimated $3.0 million in its 7th weekend across 50 markets. Max’s international cume is $209.3 million and its global tally is $356.37 million. Japan had a great hold this weekend down just 21% for $1.65 million and $6.0 million total. 

 

The Divergent Series: Insurgent grabbed an estimated $2.0 million from the Middle Kingdom this weekend. Its $15.1 million total has already surpassed the first installment’s China run.

 

Films with less than $2 million overseas this weekend (Weekend Total/Overseas Total/Global Total)
Entourage - $1.9 million/$12.3 million/$43.7 million

Hot Pursuit - $1.5 million/$11.1 million/$45.14 million

Tomorrowland - $1.2 million/$111.9 million/$202.0 million

Far from the Madding Crowd - $730K/$12.88 million/$24.48 million

Pitch Perfect 2 - $500K/$95.8 million/$276.8 million

Avengers: Age of Ultron - $300K/$919.1 million/$1.3715 billion 

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Sunday Update: 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 an estimated weekend take of $54.22 million. The two films were separated by only $2.09 million over the weekend frame. Jurassic World 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 is estimated to surpass the $500 million mark on Sunday and has grossed $500.06 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 $452.43 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 $42.39 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 an estimated second place take of $52.13 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 $184.95 million. That places the film 8.5 percent ahead of the $170.43 million ten-day gross of Monsters University and 18.5 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 an estimated $33.0 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 39 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 $13.3 million on Friday (which included an estimated $2.6 million from Thursday evening shows), fell a lackluster 16 percent on Saturday to gross $11.2 million and is estimated to decline 24 percent on Sunday to take in $8.5 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.48 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 an estimated fourth place take of $12.21 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 $4.36 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 is estimated to fall 25 percent on Sunday to take in $3.37 million. That gives the film an estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.80 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 an estimated $7.8 million. The Melissa McCarthy led comedy held up well again this weekend as it was down just 30.5 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 $88.35 million, which places the film 18 percent behind the $107.43 million 24-day take of 2013's Identity Thief.

Saturday Update #2: Disney reports that Pixar's Inside Out held onto first place Friday with an estimated $14.99 million, down 56 percent from its opening day last weekend. That brings the strongly received animated pic's domestic total up to $147.81 million through just eight days of release, putting it 39 percent ahead of the pace of Up and 20 percent behind the pace of Toy Story 3. BoxOffice projects a close race for the top spot with Jurassic World this weekend, giving Inside Out the slight advantage for now with a $50 million weekend.

Speaking of Jurassic World, Universal reports a $14.7 million Friday estimate for the mega blockbuster, putting it down 49.5 percent from last Friday and increasing its domestic haul to $460.5 million. The film is the fastest in history to eclipse the $450 million domestic threshold, doing so in 15 days (besting the first Avengers' 17 days). That also pushes it past Avengers: Age of Ultron to become 2015's top domestic grosser so far, while leap-frogging both that pic and The Dark Knight Rises ($448 million) on the all-time domestic chart where Jurassic World now ranks #7. The franchise revival will next overtake the original Star Wars: A New Hope ($461 million) and Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace ($474.5 million) on Saturday. Overall, Jurassic World is pacing more than 10 percent ahead of where the first Avengers stood at the same point. BoxOffice projects a $49.5 million third weekend, although Universal itself is projecting $50.5 million. Either way, the race between it and Inside Out is too close to confidently call at this point.

Debuting in third place yesterday, Ted 2 pulled $13.2 million -- including Thursday night's $2.6 million start. Unfortunately, that's 36 percent off the opening day of 2012's first flick, and according to Universal will translate to an opening weekend around $34 million (the original debuted to $54.4 million). Early word of mouth also appears to be hindering things: the sequel's Flixster score stands at 75 percent this morning (compared to 22 Jump Street's 91 percent one year ago) while critics have given it a disappointing 46 percent.

Warner Bros. and MGM's Max put up a respectable debut yesterday with $4.35 million. That bests the $2.65 million Wednesday opening of last year's Earth to Echo, a film which similarly targeted families and audiences in more rural areas of the country with its counter-programming to the bigger titles in the market. Max's 76 percent Flixster score is reasonably solid for its genre, although critics haven't taken to it (39 percent). BoxOffice is projecting a $13 million opening frame.

Filling out the top five, Spy added $2.12 million yesterday for a 32 percent Friday-to-Friday drop. Its domestic total is now $82.67 million. BoxOffice projects a $6.9 million weekend.

Meanwhile, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl expanded into 354 locations this weekend, generating $292,000 on Friday for an $825 per-theater average. Its domestic tally stands at $1.156 million so far as the well-reviewed indie flick looks to net around $890,000 this weekend. Its theatrical expansion will continue next week.

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

Saturday Update #1: While Jurassic World and Inside Out are still chasing the $50 million mark this weekend, Ted 2 is falling short with an estimated haul of $30 million or so.

Check back later this morning for more updates. 

Friday Update #2: Based on early reports, it's going to be a close race for first place this weekend. Both Jurassic World and Inside Out look to be on pace for a sum in the $50 million-$53 million range. Meanwhile, Ted 2 should land $47 million-$49 million. Max is on pace for $13.5 million.

Check tomorrow for updated projections.

Friday Update #1: Sources report that Ted 2 grabbed an estimated $2.6 million from 8pm shows in 2,647 theaters last night. That's an overall positive start for the Seth MacFarlane/Mark Wahlberg sequel, and exactly matches the $2.6 million earned from the first film's early shows in late June 2012. However, that flick opened at midnight and in less than half as many theaters (1,090) against Magic Mike (which earned $2.1 million at midnight). With somewhat softer tracking for Ted 2 versus its predecessor entering the weekend, it remains to be seen whether or not the sequel can match the original's $54.4 million opening weekend.

Also opening this weekend is Max from Warner Bros. and MGM as it hopes to catch some of the family crowd. That will prove challenging as well with both Jurassic World and Inside Out poised to continue holding very well as we close out June. Max debuted to $500,000 last night, slightly ahead of the $430,000 taken in by When the Game Stands Tall last August (on its way to an $8.4 million frame). 

More updates as they come.

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By Daniel Garris

Inside Out moved into first place on Thursday with $9.48 million. Yesterday represented the second time Inside Out has led the daily box office (last Friday being the first). The critically acclaimed 3D computer animated film from Disney and Pixar was up an encouraging 1 percent over Wednesday's performance, which represented the day's strongest daily percentage hold among wide releases. Inside Out placed in second for the week with a much stronger than expected seven-day start of $132.82 million. That is 6 percent ahead of the $124.83 million seven-day take of 2013's Monsters University and 21 percent behind the $167.55 million seven-day gross of 2010's Toy Story 3.

Jurassic World was down one spot from Wednesday to place in a close second with $8.90 million. The Chris Pratt led 3D blockbuster sequel from Universal and Legendary was down 6 percent from Wednesday and down 50 percent from last Thursday. Jurassic World was the week's top film with a weekly take of $149.63 million. That was down 49.5 percent from the film's opening weekend performance and brings the film's two-week total to a massive $445.84 million. Yesterday saw Jurassic World surpass the $441.23 million total gross of 2004's Shrek 2 to move into ninth place on the all-time unadjusted domestic list and by the end of the weekend the film is set to zoom into fifth place on the list.

Given how close Inside Out and Jurassic World were on Thursday (and throughout the rest of the midweek), it is likely that the two films will remain close to one another over the weekend.

Fox's Spy held steady in third place with $1.21 million. The Melissa McCarthy led comedy fell 7 percent from Wednesday and a healthy 28 percent from last Thursday. Spy surpassed the $80 million mark yesterday and has grossed $80.55 million in three weeks. The film placed in third this week with $16.68 million, which represented a 27 percent decline from the previous week.

Warner's San Andreas took in $0.826 million to remain in fourth. The Dwayne Johnson led 3D disaster film was down 9 percent from Wednesday and down 27 percent from last Thursday. San Andreas took fourth place this week with $12.61 million. That was down a slim 20 percent from the previous week and brings the film's four-week total to a stronger than expected $136.60 million.

Open Road's Dope rounded out Thursday's top five with $0.536 million. The critically acclaimed Rick Famuyiwa directed comedy drama was down a concerning 16 percent from Wednesday. Dope placed in fifth for the week with $8.91 million. Despite strong critical reviews, Dope is performing slightly below expectations and has been fairly front-loaded throughout the week. The film is running 19 percent ahead of the $7.49 million seven-day start of last year's Beyond the Lights.

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