Universal Studio's 2015 box office records continue to fall as the studio reached $5 billion worldwide faster than any other studio in history. It seems like every other month this year has brought another Universal release that has resonated with global audiences. February had Fifty Shades of Grey (Domestic -$166.2M, Overseas - $404.1M), April saw Furious 7 (Domestic - $351M, Overseas - $1.160B), Pitch Perfect 2 arrived in May (Domestic - $183.2M, Overseas - $96.8M), Jurassic World roared into cinemas in June (Domestic - $599.8M, Overseas - $890.6M), and now Minions is ruling the global box office in July (Domestic - $166.5M, Overseas - $346.4M).

Behind the strength of these five films, Universal is up to $1.709B domestically and $3.292B overseas and crossed $5 billion worldwide according to a report from Hollywood Reporter. We are still awaiting Universal's official press release and will publish it as soon as it comes through.

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By Daniel Garris

Minions took in $9.48 million on Thursday to lead the daily box office for a seventh consecutive day. The blockbuster 3D computer animated spin-off from Universal and Illumination Entertainment was down a sharp 18 percent from Wednesday. Wide releases in general experienced sizable daily percentage declines yesterday due in part to the new competition from the Thursday evening launches of Disney's Ant-Man and Universal's Trainwreck. Minions took in a very strong $166.49 million during its first week of release. That is on the high end of the film's lofty pre-release expectations and was just ahead of the $165.66 million seven-day start of 2013's Despicable Me 2 (which opened on a Wednesday).

Fellow 3D computer animated release Inside Out held steady in second with $2.23 million. The blockbuster film from Disney and Pixar declined 14 percent form Wednesday and 47 percent from last Thursday. Inside Out placed in a distant second for the week with $28.17 million. That represented a 44 percent decline from the previous week and brings the film's four-week total to a stronger than expected $294.70 million. Inside Out is now just $5.30 million away from reaching the $300 million domestic milestone and is set to surpass that mark over the weekend.

Universal's Jurassic World grossed $1.94 million to remain in third place. The 3D sci-fi adventure blockbuster sequel was down 12 percent from Wednesday and down a solid 40 percent from last Thursday. Jurassic World took third place for the week with $27.24 million. The film was down 40 percent from the previous frame and is now on the verge of surpassing the $600 million domestic mark with a massive five-week take of $599.77 million.

Warner's Magic Mike XXL was up one spot from Wednesday to place in fourth on Thursday with $1.27 million. The Channing Tatum led sequel fell 14 percent from Wednesday and 50 percent from last Thursday. Magic Mike XXL landed in fifth place for the week with $15.42 million. The film was down just 35 percent from the previous week, but in the bigger picture is still performing below expectations with a 16-day take of $54.14 million.

Paramount's Terminator Genisys was down one spot to round our Thursday's top five with $1.17 million. The Arnold Schwarzenegger led 3D sci-fi action sequel was down a very sharp 22.5 percent from Wednesday, as it took an especially hard hit from the Thursday evening launch of Ant-Man. Terminator Genisys was fourth for the week with $20.22 million. The film fell 49 from the previous frame and has grossed a softer than expected $75.24 million in 16 days.

Warner's The Gallows and Focus' Self/Less rounded out their first respective first weeks of release with daily grosses of $0.821 million and $0.483 million. The Gallows placed in sixth for the week with a modest seven-day start of $14.00 million, while Self/Less managed just $8.06 million in its first seven days. Both films should fade away from theatres very quickly.

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Featuring Ovation's Cinematic Dining Experience, State-of-the-art Projection System, Premium Seating and Special Concession Promotions

ATHENS, Georgia and COLUMBUS, Georgia - July 17, 2015 - Carmike Cinemas, Inc. (NASDAQ: CKEC), a leading entertainment, digital cinema and 3-D motion picture exhibitor, today announced the debut of its Ovation 12 featuring Carmike Cinemas' new Cinematic Dining Experience in Athens, GA (1575 Lexington Road, 30608). The Ovation 12's Grand Opening festivities will kick-off with Marvel's highly anticipated Ant-Man and Universal Pictures' Trainwreck. Attendees are encouraged to visit www.carmike.com for exact show times and to purchase their advance tickets.

The Ovation 12's innovative full-service dining experience presents a customized service that brings the convenience of cinematic dining to every oversized luxury seat. Carmike's newly developed Ovation also features an extensive menu with over 100 premium food and beverage selections to choose from allowing valued guests to enjoy the biggest Hollywood blockbusters like never before. Ovation also includes amenities such as a cocktail lounge with a full service bar available for guests to enjoy the comfort of community-style seating, accentuated by the staff's customized service of premium beer, wine and specialty drinks.

To celebrate Ovation 12's debut, guests who attend the opening weekend will also enjoy a FREE Bowl of Popcorn with their ticket purchase through close of business Sunday, July 19th. Additional promotions at this location include:

· 2014 Annual Bucket Trade In - Guests who bring their 2014 annual bucket to the Ovation 12 will receive a 2015 bucket at no additional charge.

· Super Bargain Matinee - $5.75 admission prices for all movies between 4:00 pm and 5:30 pm. Standard surcharges for 3-D and special showings apply.

· Saturday Breakfast - All-you-can-eat Pancakes or French Toast. Special is offered at all shows beginning before 10:30 am.

This exceptional luxury dine-in entertainment complex will also feature 12 large, wall-to-wall screens, luxury stadium seating accompanied by easily accessible service buttons, a cutting-edge projection system that delivers crystal-clear 2D and 3D images, as well as special services for visually and hearing-impaired guests. In addition, guests will now have the added convenience of reserved seating, which they may select through online services. Along with this additional convenience, the new Ovation 12 will also provide kiosks and guest services to allow cinemagoers an escape from the elements while experiencing fast moving lines located indoors.

Carmike Cinemas President and Chief Executive Officer David Passman stated, "Carmike continues to evolve the guest experience through bold innovation of our unique services, valued concession offers, and extraordinary technology. At each location, we present the very best our industry has to offer, and the intricately developed Ovation 12 is no exception. It thrills us to present the sleek aesthetic of our new entertainment complex to the community of Athens, Ga. Our guests will experience superior cinema-going entertainment featuring the finest in-theatre seating while ensuring a cutting-edge presentation at this hybrid in entertainment for definitive enjoyment each and every visit."

Among the other amenities of the new theatre is an exceptionally designed lobby featuring multiple concession areas providing the convenience of self-serve Coca-Cola Freestyle drink centers that pour more than 100 customized fountain drink varieties. One-stop ticketing will also be included in the lobby area so cinemagoers may escape the elements to purchase their tickets and favorite concessions at the same transaction point. In addition to the BigD auditorium, 11 auditoriums in the Carmike 12 are equipped with large, wall-to-wall screens, DLP DIGITAL projection and surround sound. This new complex will also provide special services for the visually and hearing impaired with Sony Closed Captioning glasses (CC) as well as descriptive and amplified audio (VI & HI).

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jul10wknd.pngUniversal reports that Minions tacked on another $11.505 million on Wednesday, giving the blockbuster prequel a six-day domestic total of $157.01 million. That puts the animated flick 2 percent ahead of where Despicable Me 2 stood at the same point in release two summers ago.

In second place, Inside Out was off 49 percent from last Wednesday to $2.58 million yesterday. Pixar's latest smash hit has tallied $292.5 million domestically through 27 days of play -- putting it 25 percent ahead of the pace of Up, whose final $293 million domestic gross will be surpassed by Inside Out on Thursday.

Jurassic World was off 41 percent from last week to $2.2 million on Wednesday. That gives the mega blockbuster a domestic take of $597.8 million, 7 percent more than Marvel's The Avengers earned through the same point in release.

Terminator Genisys slid 45 percent from last Wednesday to $1.51 million yesterday. Its 15-day domestic take is an underwhelming $74.1 million.

Filling out the top five, Magic Mike XXL took in $1.48 million yesterday, off 46 percent from last Wednesday. Its 15-day haul stands at $52.9 million.

Meanwhile, The Gallows took in $0.954 million on Wednesday for a six-day total of $13.18 million, while Self/Less earned $0.89 million for a six-day cume of $6.94 million.

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