fandango.pngLOS ANGELES - October 8, 2014 - According to Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, the new action thriller "Dracula Untold" has tapped a vein, generating solid ticket sales and scoring an impressive 79 out of 100 points on Fandango's Fanticipation movie buzz indicator. "Dracula" bests the weekend's new box office blood, and is currently outselling 2012's horror-action thriller "Underworld: Awakening" at the same point in the sales cycle on Fandango.

Concurrently, "Gone Girl" is still going strong in its second weekend at the box office, scoring 77 points, while Disney's family comedy, "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" is bringing home an inspiring 74 points on Fandango's Fanticipation, and is the top pick for families this weekend.

To help celebrate the Halloween season, Fandango has launched an exclusive time-lapse video featuring Cleveland-based artist George Vlosich recreating an iconic image from the classic 1931 "Dracula" as a dramatic Etch-a-Sketch portrait. Fandango is also running a "Scare-Off" contest, offering one lucky fan a walk-on role in an upcoming movie from Blumhouse Productions, who will judge the best fan-made Instagram video inspired by a scary movie scene. Contest details can be found at
According to a survey of more than 1,000 "Dracula Untold" ticket-buyers:
*81% are excited by this new reimagining of the Dracula legend, instead of a traditional retelling;
*67% identify themselves as Luke Evans fans;
*59% are fans of other vampire franchises;
*54% were attracted by the trailer's haunting horror visuals, while 46% picked the spectacular action scenes.

"This weekend's new movie choices really serve every audience," says Fandango Chief Correspondent Dave Karger. "'Dracula Untold' is a darker action film for the guys, while the sexy thriller "Addicted" is the girls' night out choice. At the same time, adult audiences will be moved by the generational courtroom drama "The Judge," while the sweet Disney live-action comedy, "Alexander" is the clear family choice."

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.

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sonydigitalcinema4k.pngBasingstoke, 8 October, 2014 - Sony Europe is delighted to confirm the appointment of Omega Cinema Systems as an official dealer for Sony Digital Cinema 4K projection systems in Turkey.

The new appointment has already been marked by Omega's first market success as a Sony Digital Cinema official Turkish dealer. Omega is supplying 14 of Sony's acclaimed SRX-R510P and SRX-R515P 4K projection systems and Sony TMS Theatre Management Systems into A'City and Park Vera, two new shopping malls in the capital Ankara. Installation begins in mid-October, with completion scheduled by the beginning of November this year.

Izmit-based Omega has provided a wide range of technology, installation and support services to the Turkish cinema industry for over 16 years.

"It's wonderful to welcome a new partner with the calibre, experience and excellent reputation that Omega enjoys in the region", comments David McIntosh, Vice President of Sony Digital Cinema 4K Solutions for Europe and the Americas. "Turkey has been a leader in embracing digitisation, and through our new relationship with Omega we look forward to bringing the best possible cinema image quality and experience to millions more cinemagoers."

Annual revenues for Turkey's box office are worth over €180 million annually, and the total number of screens - currently around 2,000 countrywide - is growing at around 10% year on year. Much of this growth is being generated by explosive demand for brand-new screens in Turkey's urban regions, including retail and leisure centres in Ankara, Istanbul and their environs.

"2015 marks the end of movie distribution on 35mm celluloid in Turkey", notes McIntosh. "With time almost up for 35mm film, Turkish operators are leading Europe in their total switchover to the benefits of digital distribution and projection. Sony 4K puts cinemas in the best possible position to offer their own customers premium picture quality, while enjoying world-class support and affordable running costs - today and tomorrow."

"Omega are delighted to be working with Sony's industry leading 4K digital cinema technology, providing future-proofed and low total cost of ownership projection systems to all exhibitors here in Turkey", comments Fikret Gursoy, General Manager, Omega Cinema Systems Limited.

About Sony 4K Digital Technology

With over 18,000 systems in the market, Sony Digital Cinema 4K technology lets moviegoers experience exceptional picture quality from every seat in the cinema - with spectacular detail, contrast and colour on any size of screen. Sony Digital Cinema 4K projection systems give audiences a more immersive, emotionally engaging visual experience you simply can't get at home - in 2D or with a choice of smooth, easy on the eye 3D solutions. Sony 4K offers four times the resolution of an HD TV or previous-generation 2K digital cinema projectors.

4K is the choice of audiences and industry alike, winning Hollywood's commitment with releases from Paramount, Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox and Sony Pictures. It's won the support of Hollywood heavyweights like Martin Scorsese ("The Wolf of Wall Street"), Christopher Nolan ("Dark Knight Rises", "Inception"), M. Night Shyamalan ("After Earth"), David Fincher ("The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo"), Paul Greengrass ("Captain Phillips") and Harald Zwart ("Karate Kid"), who have all released blockbusters in 4K. It's also the choice of award-winning director Nuri Bilge Ceylan who won the coveted Palme d'Or at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival for "Winter Sleep" that was shot in 4K using Sony's F65 CineAlta camera for cinematic release.

The only manufacturer currently deploying 4K projection systems in volume, Sony serves many of the world's biggest and most prestigious cinema chains, as well as small independent screens and art house cinemas.





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By Daniel Garris

Fox's Gone Girl led the daily box office on Monday with $3.28 million. The critically acclaimed David Fincher directed film starring Ben Affleck has led the daily box office for the past three days. Gone Girl was down 64 percent from Sunday, which is a good early sign for the film and also a sign of the film skewing heavily towards older moviegoers. Gone Girl cleared the $40 million mark on Monday and has grossed a stronger than expected $40.79 million in four days. That places the film a very impressive 66.5 percent ahead of the $24.50 million four-day start of 2010's The Social Network.

Annabelle claimed second place for the day with $2.31 million. Warner's low-budget spin-off to The Conjuring fell 70 percent from Sunday's performance. Annabelle continues to exceed expectations in a very big way with a strong four-day start of $39.44 million. The film is set to surpass the $40 million mark today and is running just 6 percent behind the $42.04 million four-day start of last year's Insidious Chapter 2.

Sony's The Equalizer placed in third with $1.47 million. The Denzel Washington led action thriller was down 69 percent from Sunday and down a sizable 50 percent from last Monday. The Equalizer continues to perform in line with the higher end of its lofty pre-release expectations with an eleven-day start of $65.71 million. That places the film 6 percent ahead of the $62.04 million eleven-day take of 2010's The Book of Eli.

The Maze Runner took fourth place with $0.641 million. Fox's successful young adult adaptation fell 76 percent from Sunday and a healthy 34 percent from last Monday. Thanks in part to continued strong holding power, especially for a young adult adaptation, The Maze Runner has grossed a stronger than expected $74.19 million through 18 days of release.

The Boxtrolls rounded out Monday's top five with $0.539 million. The latest stop motion animated film from Focus and Laika was down 84 percent from Sunday and down a slim 26.5 percent from last Monday. Like 2009's Coraline and 2012's ParaNorman before it, The Boxtrolls is displaying strong holding power thus far. The film continues to exceed expectations with an eleven-day take of $32.63 million.

Freestyle's Left Behind landed in sixth place with $0.427 million. The faith based thriller remake starring Nicolas Cage fell 71 percent from Sunday. Left Behind has grossed $6.73 million in four days, which is towards the lower end of the film's modest pre-release expectations.

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variety-thechildrenscharity.pngVariety of Wisconsin reports:

We are thrilled to welcome Bob Menefee to our Variety staff!

Bob recently retired as the Vice President of Marcus Theatres and has now joined Variety of Wisconsin as the Development Director. Bob has been involved with Variety since 1986 and most recently served as the President of Variety's Board of Directors. He is enthusiastic about raising awareness about Variety's good work and creating a development program which will sustain future growth of the organization.

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