SHOWEAST, Hollywood -- In order to serve its growing customer base in Central and South America, GDC Digital Cinema Network USA ("GDC DCN"), a subsidiary of GDC Technology Limited ("GDC Technology"), is pleased to announce the opening of new offices in São Paulo, Brazil and Lima, Peru. Focused mainly on providing VPF administration and technical services to clients in Brazil and the rest of Central and South America, respectively, these new offices - being the 10th and 11th international outposts - reaffirm the group's commitment to markets in both regions.
To date, 50 exhibitors in the region are committed to GDC's VPF program - 19 under the management of GDC's Brazil office and 31 under that of GDC's Peru office. The new teams are comprised of 13 professionals with great local knowledge across operations, legal, finance and technical services, and are fully operational as of August 2014. These markets are of growing importance to the company, and GDC's six staff in São Paulo, and seven in Lima, are primarily focused on providing the most accurate and efficient VPF administration, while at the same time offering local customers quality support on products and spare parts.
"These openings are an important move, to ensure that top of the line service and support are continuously provided to customers in Central and South America," said Dr. Man-Nang Chong, founder and CEO of GDC Technology. "We are confident that both of these offices will enhance our ability to deliver quality products and effective local support, especially on VPF administration, thus helping our customers to succeed in a fast changing and competitive market."
"Over the years, our customers in the region have rapidly grown their businesses. They need, more than ever, a reliable partner who can provide an efficient and sophisticated level of sales and support coverage. I believe this was the right time to launch these offices in São Paulo and Lima." Dr. Man-Nang Chong added.
Nick Conti, Vice President of Business Development at GDC DCN, said: "Together our offices in the region will allow the company to better serve existing and future VPF customers. Local knowledge and same-language support will be invaluable. We're excited to bring our business model - an efficient and practical local VPF service - to this market."
By Daniel Garris
Universal's Ouija led the way this weekend with a first place debut of $19.88 million. The low-budget PG-13 horror film debuted on the low end of pre-release expectations. While it didn't reach the opening weekend heights of other Platinum Dunes horror films, Ouija still marks another solid performer for the production company. Ouija was no doubt helped out a bit by opening in close proximity to Halloween, but was also likely hurt a bit by arriving so soon in the marketplace after the breakout success of Warner's Annabelle. The film opened 23.5 percent ahead of the $16.10 million start of last year's Carrie and 33 percent below the $29.82 million debut of The Purge: Anarchy earlier this year.
Ouija debuted with $8.30 million on Friday (which included an estimated $0.91 million from late night Thursday shows), fell a respectable 8 percent on Saturday to take in $7.64 million and declined 49 percent on Sunday to gross $3.93 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.39 to 1, which is respectable for a horror film and was likely boosted a bit by the film's appeal with younger moviegoers. The audience breakdown for the film skewed heavily towards moviegoers under the age of 25 (75 percent) and towards female moviegoers (61 percent). Ouija received a C rating on CinemaScore, which while lackluster, isn't necessarily a troubling score for a horror film.
John Wick debuted in second place with $14.42 million. The Keanu Reeves led action thriller from Lionsgate opened towards the higher end of expectations, which had risen in recent weeks due in part to surging online activity for the film. John Wick represented just the second wide release for Reeves since 2008's The Day the Earth Stood Still (the other being last year's 47 Ronin) and showcases that Reeves still has some drawing power after being out of the spotlight in recent years. The film debuted 16 percent ahead of the $12.47 million start of 2008's Street Kings and will hope to hold up better than that film did, thanks in part to strong critical reviews.
John Wick opened with $5.45 million on Friday (which included an estimated $0.87 million from late night Thursday shows), fell a slim 1 percent on Saturday to gross $5.38 million and fell 33 percent on Sunday to take in $3.59 million. That places the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.65 to 1. The audience breakdown for John Wick skewed towards male moviegoers (60 percent) and heavily towards moviegoers over the age of 25 (77 percent). The film received a respectable B rating on CinemaScore.
Sony's Fury was down two spots and a sizable 44 percent from last weekend's first place debut to claim third with $13.36 million. The David Ayer directed World War II film starring Brad Pitt had held up nicely during the midweek, but likely took a bit of a hit over the weekend from the added presence of John Wick in the marketplace. Fury may also be relatively weekday heavy in general based on its performance thus far. The film has grossed a solid $46.41 million in ten days. That is on the lower end of expectations and is 5 percent ahead of the $44.14 million ten-day start of Sony's The Monuments Men earlier this year (which fell 30 percent in its second weekend to gross $15.48 million).
Fox's Gone Girl continued its impressive run with a fourth place take of $11.04 million. The critically acclaimed David Fincher directed film starring Ben Affleck was down a solid 37 percent from last weekend. Gone Girl continues to distance itself from pre-release expectations with a 24-day take of $124.04 million. The film is now on the verge of surpassing the $127.51 million final domestic gross of 2008's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button to become the highest grossing film of Fincher's career (without adjusting for ticket price inflation).
Fellow Fox release The Book of Life rounded out the weekend's top five with $10.05 million. The modestly budgeted 3D computer animated film was down a noteworthy 41 percent from last weekend's debut. The Book of Life may have taken a bit of a hit from the PG-13 rated Ouija this weekend and producer Guillermo del Toro's involvement may have also led to some additional front-loading. The Book of Life has grossed a solid $30.16 million in ten days. That is towards the lower end of expectations and is 6 percent below the recent $32.09 million ten-day take of The Boxtrolls.
In its first weekend of wide release, The Weinstein Company's St. Vincent was off to a promising sixth place performance with $7.75 million. The low-budget comedy starring Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy received a larger expansion this weekend than was initially expected. The move paid off, as St. Vincent opened towards the higher end of expectations and took in a respectable per-location average of $3,395 for the frame. St. Vincent grossed $2.55 million on Friday, increased a healthy 31 percent on Saturday to take in $3.34 million and declined 44 percent on Sunday to gross $1.86 million. That placed the film's weekend to Friday ratio at an encouraging 3.04 to 1. The film's A- rating on CinemaScore is also a promising early sign going forward.
SHOWEAST/HOLLYWOOD, FLA -- Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, announced at ShowEast today that it has added Bow Tie Cinemas, the eighth largest U.S. theater circuit, plus leading exhibitors Classic Cinemas, Megaplex Theatres, UltraStar Cinemas, Dipson Theaters, Cinepolis and Hollywood's iconic TCL Chinese Theatres, to its massive digital ticketing network.
The seven recently-signed exhibitor deals added hundreds of new-to-Fandango screens in thirteen states across the country, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Utah and Virginia, lifting the company's total U.S. screen count to more than 25,000. Fandango now provides online and mobile ticketing services to the vast majority of the nation's theaters with online ticketing capabilities.
"This is a real milestone for Fandango, as these seven new partnerships will significantly expand our ticketing reach and consumer conveniences to some of the greatest cinemas across the country," said Fandango President, Paul Yanover. "We look forward to working closely with our distinguished partners, as they leverage our latest online and mobile technologies to attract even more moviegoers to their theaters."
Founded in 1900, Bow Tie Cinemas is the oldest theater circuit in North America and the eighth largest in the U.S., operating 420 screens at 59 locations in five states. In New York State alone, the company operates 113 screens at 22 locations, including New York City's Chelsea Cinemas and the world-famous Ziegfeld Theater, a popular home for world premieres. "We share Fandango's passion for adding value to the moviegoing experience," said Joseph Masher, Chief Operating Officer for Bow Tie Cinemas. "We are excited to work together to increase exposure and easy access to all of our theaters."
Helping to expand Fandango's footprint across the West and Southwest, independent movie theater chain, Megaplex Theatres, operates theaters throughout Utah and Nevada with a total nearing 200 screens in 17 locations. Megaplex venues are among the top-grossing in the nation, featuring regular and large-format screens, dinner and a movie gift options, and an industry-leading guest services team.
Classic Cinemas, the largest Illinois-based theater circuit, operates 104 screens at 13 locations in the Chicago area. Well known for its meticulously renovated historic theatres combined with state-of-the-art presentation technology, Classic Cinemas has won numerous awards and claims many distinctions including its status as the first 100% Enhanced 4K DLP exhibitor. Its classic screens include its flagship movie house, the celebrated 1928 Tivoli Theatre in the nearby Chicago suburb Downers Grove, plus such historic venues as the Woodstock, Lake, York, Lindo and the 1931 Paramount Theatre in Kankakee, Illinois. "We look forward to working with Fandango not only to expand our ticketing availability," says Classic Cinemas CEO Chris Johnson, "but also to participate in their extensive promotional programs."
UltraStar Cinemas, headquartered in San Diego County, operates 69 screens at 7 locations throughout Southern California and Arizona. UltraStar stakes its claim as the first theater group in the world to be fully equipped with Pure Digital Cinema® powered by DLP Cinema® technology in all of its locations, and also the first to offer D-BOX motion seats, which use motion effects specifically programmed for each film to create an immersive experience for moviegoers.
Dipson Theatres opened its first theater in 1939 in Batavia, New York and over the years, has expanded its circuit throughout New York, Pennsylvania and Michigan. Dipson Theatres operates and manages 44 screens in 8 locations, screening first-run commercial films, along with art and independent films. Dipson Theatres is extremely proud to be celebrating its 75th anniversary this year.
Mexico-headquartered Cinépolis operates 35 screens in 5 venues in the U.S. In 2011, the circuit made its debut in the domestic market with its modern movie theater concepts with fully-reclining leather seats, in-theater dining and waiter service, gourmet menu, full bar, elegant lobby spaces and cutting-edge sound and projection technology. Cinépolis has some of the top performing screens in the country with a dedicated audience of passionate moviegoers throughout Southern California, with new theaters to arrive in Central and Southern Florida in 2015. "We look forward to our new partnership with Fandango," says April Mendoza of Cinépolis. "This collaboration will extend our reach and give more guests a chance to experience Cinépolis' unique premium movie theaters."
The TCL Chinese Theatres in Hollywood is one of the world's most famous movie theater venues, visited by millions of people every year. The historic 7-screen complex is home to the world's largest IMAX theater, celebrated hand & footprint forecourt of the stars, themed film festivals and its tradition of world premieres dating back to its opening by Sid Grauman in 1927. "We are thrilled to partner with Fandango, as we are continually looking for new ways to please our moviegoers and expand our business with the addition of our spectacular IMAX Theatre," says Alwyn Hight Kushner, president and COO of the TCL Chinese Theatres.
Over the past year, Fandango has greatly expanded its theater coverage, adding more than 2,000 screens across the country to its network. In May, the company signed Harkins Theatres, the nation's largest independently-owned theater chain and top circuit in key Southwestern states, plus leading exhibitors, Digiplex Destinations and Premiere Cinemas.
Fandango continues to innovate across its online and mobile moviegoer destinations. Earlier this year, the company redesigned its website and mobile apps, featuring an improved, streamlined ticketing experience and a sleek interface for showcasing high-res movie art, celebrity photos, HD video and trailers. The company also acquired MovieClips, the largest movie trailer and content network on YouTube, with more than 9 million subscribers, averaging 230 million video views per month.
Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, sells tickets to more than 25,000 screens nationwide. Fandango entertains and informs consumers with reviews, commentary, celebrity interviews and trailers, and offers the ability to quickly select a film, plan where and when to see it, and conveniently buy tickets in advance. For many theaters, fans can print their tickets at home or receive them as a paperless Mobile Ticket on their smartphones. Fandango's top-ranking movie ticketing apps, with more than 44 million downloads, are available on the iPhone and iPad, Android, and many other platforms. Fandango is enjoyed by more than 30 million online and mobile visitors each month, according to comScore. Film fans also find Fandango on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fandango and on Twitter @Fandango.
Los Angeles, CA and Hollywood, FL -- MACCS International, the largest developer of distribution software for the global motion picture industry with over 100 distributors in 37 territories among its clientele, has announced that Cine Colombia has licensed MACCS Theatrical Distribution Software to run its distribution. Senior Vice President Jesse Chow made the announcement today at the ShowEast convention in Hollywood, Florida.
MACCS Theatrical Distribution Software manages all aspects of a motion picture theatrical release including planning, booking contracts, inventory, box office data, invoicing, and cash receivables. It interfaces with multiple general ledger systems and, through its MaccsBox API services, provides a single point of contact to third-party systems including those of exhibitors, post-production houses and shipping depots. Its design around automation provides efficiencies and improved business intelligence and is available in multiple languages and currencies.
"I am so pleased that Cine Colombia has chosen MACCS to drive distribution," said Chow. "I have been impressed with the breadth of their operation, and am excited they chose our leading software as we focus on further growth in Latin America."
"We are always looking for ways to improve our businesses," said Munir Falah, CEO of Cine Colombia S.A. "MACCS was an easy decision because of their industry leadership, experience, and ability to scale with us."
MACCS Theatrical Distribution Software is currently available in Colombia, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, and in 33 other territories including the USA.
About MACCS International:
MACCS International is the largest developer of software for the motion picture industry. MACCS International's leading technology is used to distribute films in 37 territories around the world by over 100 distributors. This includes smaller independent distributors as well as major studios. MACCS operates out of Los Angeles, The Netherlands, Germany, and Australia. MACCS International's software includes:
· MACCS - an integrated enterprise resource planning system developed specifically for motion picture distributors.
· MaccsBox - a universal platform that automates digital content ordering, delivery, box office reporting and invoicing between distributors and exhibitors.
· Rights & Royalties - a complete and robust module for managing content licensing rights purchases, sublicensing rights sales, and royalties reporting.
· Prints & Advertising - a full accounts payable system for all content-related expenses managing budgeting, ordering, payment and inventories.
About Cine Colombia S.A.:
CINE COLOMBIA was founded in 1927 in Colombia. Since then, it has evolved into one of the largest and most important motion picture distribution and exhibition companies in Latin America. Cine Colombia represents Twentieth Century Fox, Warner Bros. and most Latin American consortiums in the country, with a 46% market share, and is the only film distributor that is also a leading exhibitor. With over 40 theaters and 260 movie screens and over 100 additional screens in development, the company today stands as the largest movie circuit in Colombia and serves over 20 million guests annually in 12 cities around the country.