twitter120514.jpg

By Alex Edghill

Friday Morning Update: For the second week in a row the impressive Star Wars The Force Awakens led all upcoming films on Twitter in terms of overall buzz. Now two weeks removed from its first trailer the film is still going very strong online and its fervent fanbase are eating up any and all morsels of information about the production.

While this is a very positive sign for Star Wars I can't help but feeling worried about the rest of the December slate and why they aren't generating more interest. Yes the new Hobbit installment and Into The Woods are in the top five but I would have thought they would have been out front, especially The Hobbit: The Battle Of Five Armies which has had a hugely success beginning Internationally with a $115 million+ start. By comparison, The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug had over 85k tweets the same distance from release. Other high profile December releases such as Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb, Unbroken, Annie and The Interview are all no where to be found. Looks like the down box office year is going to continue through December.

If I had to pick a winner for the season it would be Into The Woods without a doubt. For it to be doing so well despite having a large family appeal is a promising sign which I'm willing to bet will translate into a $150 million+ domestic run.

San Andreas debuted its first trailer last week which saw it nab the fourth spot. The disaster movie drummed up 11,579 tweets on this past Thursday which was a little underwhelming when you consider that the much lower budgeted film Into The Storm had over 7,500 tweets for its first trailer. Still, I'm not betting against The Rock as he has proven his worth time and time again in recent years and is as about as a-list as you can get for blockbusters today.

Twitter Top 5 Movies for the week of December 5th to December 11th

Date Movie Tweets Rank Peak Change
12/18/15 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 86,316 1 (-) 1 -75.95%
12/25/14 Into The Woods 45,285 2 (+4) 2 47.93%
12/17/14 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies 44,802 3 (+1) 3 10.85%
5/29/15 San Andreas 43,694 4 (+1) 4 22.89%
7/01/15 Terminator Genisys 29,966 5 (-2) 5 -33.34%

Subscribe to Box Office for more social media insights/coverage.

Please check the methodology page for information about our Twitter project or here for historic data.

Read more

hobbit3.pngThe Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies scored the biggest opening day of the year across 8 of its first 11 markets on Wednesday. The final part in the Hobbit trilogy capped of its overseas premiere with $11.3 million.

IMAX contributed $289k from 21 runs for a per-screen average of $14,185. Top performing IMAX sites include the Pathe Spuimarkt in The Hague (Netherlands) with $27,268; Cineplexx IMAX Donauplex 13 in Vienna (Austria) with $22,388; and the Potsdamer Platz in Berlin (Germany) with $20,019.

Germany has always been a loyal market for the franchise and its opening days numbers did not disappoint this time around after securing the biggest opening day of the year. The latest Hobbit film grossed $2.6 million with 245k admissions across 1,442 screens, including €550k in Tuesday midnight showings. The premiere figures outgross the latest Transformers film by 47% and the most recent Hunger Games title by 86% in the market. Five Armies captured 81% of the top 5 market share and is already outperforming An Unexpected Journey by 66% and is 4% ahead of Desolation of Smaug. The previous two installments of the franchise opened on a Thursday.

France reported a $2.7 million opening haul with 277.5k admissions across 914 screens, capturing 63% of the top 5 market share. Preview screenings put the film up to $2.8 million with 282k tickets sold.

Five Armies also fared well as it opened in Sweden ($1.5M on 443 screens), Norway ($1.03M on 311 screens), the Netherlands ($638k on approximately 220 screens), and Finland ($499k on 195 screens). Thursday previews in New Zealand sold out across 105 screens over 55 locations, taking in $141k.

The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies will roll out on more than 14,000 screens in 37 territories this weekend. The film opens in 17 territories on Thursday, including Russia, Brazil, Mexico and New Zealand. Friday sees an expansion to 8 more territories, including the United Kingdom. The film will be released in Japan on Saturday.

South Korea, Italy, and Spain will debut on December 17. China is slated to premiere the film on January 23, 2015.

 

Read more

gdclogo.pngHong Kong (December 11, 2014) - GDC Technology Limited ("GDC Technology"), a world leading digital cinema solutions provider, is pleased to announce that it has secured a fresh agreement for the sale of its digital cinema servers, along with its Theatre Management System ("TMS"), from Evergrande Cinema Circuit Management Co., Ltd (恒大院线管理有限公司) ("Evergrande Cinema Circuit"). Under the agreement, GDC's SX-3000 Standalone Integrated Media BlockTM ("SX-3000 IMB") and TMS will be installed in the circuit's 30 new cineplexes in 2015.

GDC's products are used in all of China's top cinema chains, and this is the company's second order from Evergrande within the short timespan of one year. The agreement further consolidates GDC's collaboration with Evergrande, currently one of the largest cinema circuits in China, after some 300 SX-3000 IMBs and 30 TMS units were deployed in 2014.

"After the installation of the first order this year, we are very impressed by the exceptional reliability of SX-3000 IMB," said Guangwei Li, General Manager of Evergrande Cinema Circuit. "Further contributing to the repeat order is the professional service provided by GDC and the fact that we have an excellent collaboration with the GDC team."

Dr. Man-Nang Chong, founder, chairman and CEO of GDC Technology, added: "A second order, within a year of the first, is a significant vote of confidence in the operational advantages delivered by GDC's products and services and it proves that the SX-3000 IMB is a reliable choice for exhibitors. As with the first order, we take great pride in being part of the expansion of Evergrande Cinema Circuit".


* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

About GDC Technology Limited (www.gdc-tech.com)

GDC Technology Limited ("GDC Technology") is a digital cinema solutions provider. GDC Technology develops, manufactures and sells digital cinema servers, content storage systems, theater management systems and network operations center software for digital cinema. GDC Technology also provides a suite of digital cinema products and services, including integrated projection systems, 3D products, projector lamps and silver screens. GDC Technology's subsidiary, GDC Digital Cinema Network Limited, manages VPF for approximately 5,000 theater screens and 250 motion picture distributors worldwide.

GDC Technology Media Contact:
Sylvia Lee
Email: sylvia.lee@gdc-tech.com

 

Read more

gdclogo.pngHong Kong (December 11, 2014) - GDC Technology Limited ("GDC Technology"), a world leading digital cinema solutions provider, is pleased to announce that its SX-3000 Standalone Integrated Media BlockTM ("SX-3000 IMB") has established itself as the preferred IMB for laser projection deployment. To date, there are more than 90 units of DCI compliant, NEC laser projectors used in tandem with GDC's SX-3000 IMB. NEC laser projector, NC1100L is the world's first DCI compliant, DLP Cinema® projector using laser light source.

As the industry's first standalone IMB, the SX-3000 IMB which was introduced in 2012, sets the standard for simple, hassle-free digital cinema solutions by significantly lowering installation and maintenance costs while eliminating the need for an attached server. The SX-3000 IMB - now the most widely installed standalone IMB in the market, offers High Frame Rate ("HFR") capability in both 2D and 3D, live 3D support, digital connectivity for alternative content such as 3G HD-SDI and HDMI, as well as image up-scaling. While maintaining support for DLP Cinema® projectors, the SX-3000 IMB allows exhibitors to easily switch between lamp and laser projector without the need for a new IMB, demonstrating that it is a future-proof solution that can meet exhibitors' needs both today and tomorrow.

"GDC Technology is committed to protecting its customers' investments and creating a superior ownership experience," said Dr. Man-Nang Chong, founder, chairman and CEO of GDC Technology. "With today's ever-changing technology, we understand how important it is for exhibitors to safeguard their long-term technology investments. SX-3000 IMB provides unparalleled flexibility for exhibitors - offering them the ultimate freedom to choose from the widest range of digital cinema projectors"

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
About GDC Technology Limited (www.gdc-tech.com)

GDC Technology Limited ("GDC Technology") is a digital cinema solutions provider. GDC Technology develops, manufactures and sells digital cinema servers, content storage systems, theatre management systems and network operations center software for digital cinema. GDC Technology also provides a suite of digital cinema products and services, including integrated projection systems, 3D products, projector lamps and silver screens. GDC Technology's subsidiary, GDC Digital Cinema Network Limited, manages VPF for approximately 5,000 theatre screens and 250 motion picture distributors worldwide.

GDC Technology Media Contact
Sylvia Lee
E-mail: sylvia.lee@gdc-tech.com

 

Read more

nov26.pngLionsgate reports that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 added $1.39 million on Wednesday, off 40 percent from last week and bringing its domestic total up to $262.77 million through 20 days of release. The film currently trails Catching Fire by 23 percent at the same point.

Horrible Bosses 2 posted $0.725 million yesterday, down 33 percent from last Wednesday. The comedy sequel has taken in $38.3 million to-date, 48.5 percent off the pace of its predecessor.

Interstellar took third place on Wednesday with a $0.68 million gross, dropping 20 percent from the same day last week. The domestic tally stands at $160.6 million.

Penguins of Madagascar claimed fourth with a $0.51 million take, down 22 percent from last Wednesday. The animated spin-off has earned $51.03 million to-date.

Rounding out the top five, Big Hero 6 added $0.4 million for a 14 percent week-to-week drop. The Disney flick has summed $178.75 million domestically so far.

Meanwhile, The Theory of Everything grabbed another $246,957 from 826 locations for a $299 per-theater average. The film's total thus far is $14.36 million.

Read more

Subscribe to Articles Feed