By Alex Edghill

Friday Morning Update: Over the past few columns I have given Star Wars: The Force Awakens a bit of a hard time for finishing so far behind Jurassic World on both Twitter and Facebook in its debut trailer (224k versus 143k on Twitter and 700k versus 100k new likes on Facebook). However, in the past week I have been very impressed by its staying power as yesterday marked the 7th straight day that it was above 15k tweets on Twitter, Jurassic World only made it 4 days before it went below 15k after its trailer even though it started at a much higher number. I believe this is just a testament to the fervent fanbase who continue to debate about the new trailer. So while Jurassic World might have won the initial rounds of this head to head I believe Star Wars has come out on top in the long run.

Another big franchise debuted their first trailer yesterday: Terminator: Genesys. The film attracted almost 36,000 tweets yesterday which was enough to bump it up to the third slot on the week overall. No this isn't close to the aforementioned films Star Wars and Jurassic World but the expectations here are not nearly as high as the last couple films debuted at $44 and $43 million in 2003 and 2009 respectively. The best comparison I can think of is the trailer for Robocop which had just over 25,000 tweets back on September of last year. Considering the lack of a-listers here (nope Arnie no longer counts), this is a pretty strong start.

Bringing up the rear in spots 4 and 5 were two of December's brightest: The Hobbit: Battle Of Five Armies and Into The Woods. They have struggled in general in the weeks leading up to release and been way outside of the top 10 for much of the last month but they are now peaking at the right time and will hopefully light the box office on fire in the coming weeks, heavens knows it needs it.

Twitter Top 15 Movies for the week of November 28th to December 4th

Date Movie Tweets Rank Peak Change
12/18/15 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 358,899 1 (+2) 1 301.84%
6/12/15 Jurassic World 60,422 2 (-1) 1 -85.88%
7/01/15 Terminator Genisys 44,952 3 (+42) 3 6629.34%
12/17/14 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies 40,417 4 (+7) 4 112.01%
12/25/14 Into The Woods 30,613 5 (+2) 5 -13.08%

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nov26.pngBy Shawn Robbins

Lionsgate reports that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 added $2.33 million on Wednesday, bringing the film's total domestic gross to $233.8 million through 13 days of release. That puts the penultimate series chapter 24 percent off the pace of last year's Catching Fire. On its current trajectory, Mockingjay - Part 1 will end up grossing between $310 million and $320 million by the end of its domestic run.

Horrible Bosses 2 took in $1.08 million in second place yesterday. WB's comedy sequel has pulled $26.4 million since bowing on Wednesday of last week, placing it 45 percent behind its predecessor's gross at the same point.

Christopher Nolan's Interstellar added $0.85 million in third place on Wednesday, giving the space epic an overall domestic haul of $149.8 million to-date.

Fox reports that Penguins of Madagascar grossed $0.65 million in fourth place yesterday. The Madagascar spin-off has earned $37.84 million through its first eight days. That puts the toon 9 percent ahead of the pace of Rise of the Guardians, 15 percent behind The Muppets, and 25 percent behind Puss in Boots.

Rounding out the top five, Disney's Big Hero 6 posted $0.47 million yesterday. Its domestic tally now stands at $168.9 million--12 percent ahead of the pace of Wreck-It Ralph. The film is poised to ultimately end its run north of $200 million domestically.

Meanwhile, The Theory of Everything took in $0.34 million from 802 locations, giving it a solid $430 per-theater average. Its domestic take thus far is $10.62 million.

On the platform front, The Imitation Game pulled a strong $31,567 from 4 locations yesterday. That represents a per-screen average of $7,892. The film's six-day total stands at $579,249.


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gdc.pngCineAsia, Hong Kong (December 4, 2014) - GDC Technology Limited ("GDC Technology"), a world leading digital cinema solutions provider, will launch its next-generation TMS-2000 Theatre Management System ("TMS-2000"), in Hong Kong next week. The TMS-2000 will be showcased at the CineAsia 2014, at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, from December 9th to 11th.

GDC's TMS-2000 is the ultimate next-generation theatre management solution, giving exhibitors centralized control over their entire cineplex. The newly released system offers over 50 new features and improvements to the existing functionality of the TMS-1000, which is currently used in the operation of over 13,000 screens, across 2,000 theatres.

The TMS-2000's robust capabilities include integrated screen monitoring, with playback and equipment status displayed from a single access point; an enhanced Content Manager, which enables centralized management of content and KDM; a smarter Show Scheduler, which gives alerts regarding missing CPL or invalid KDM; and Smart Restore, a function that makes server replacement easy and instant. Meanwhile, Quality Manager is an optional module that brings users excellent value in ensuring the right level of projector brightness, crisp color and crystal-clear audio. In addition, a newly developed mobile app extends theatre management to mobile platforms for complete ease of use.

"We are delighted to unveil our latest theatre management system, the TMS-2000, at CineAsia," said Dr. Man-Nang Chong, founder and CEO of GDC Technology. "With exhibitors facing rising operational costs, we understand a theatre management system that can automate and streamline all theatre operations is the key for success. With its new features and enhancements, together with the new mobile app, the TMS-2000 offers excellent user experience."

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Booth No. 313, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, December 9-11.

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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.


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By Daniel Garris

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 grossed $3.16 million on Tuesday to lead the daily box office for a twelfth consecutive day. The third installment of Lionsgate's blockbuster franchise starring Jennifer Lawrence increased 20 percent over Monday and was down 74 percent from last Tuesday's inflated pre-Thanksgiving performance. Mockingjay - Part 1 has grossed $231.48 million in twelve days, which places the film 24 percent behind the massive $303.71 million twelve-day take of Catching Fire.

Horrible Bosses 2 held steady in second place with $1.46 million. The R-rated comedy sequel from Warner Bros. was up a healthy 33 percent over Monday. While Horrible Bosses 2 has displayed very solid midweek holding power the past two days, the film is still off to a soft seven-day start of just $25.34 million. That places the film 40 percent behind the $42.37 million seven-day start of 2011's Horrible Bosses (which opened on a Friday).

Paramount's Interstellar took in $1.05 million to remain in third place. The Christopher Nolan directed sci-fi film was up 23 percent over Monday and down 57 percent from last Tuesday. Interstellar has grossed $148.93 million through 26 days and is set to surpass the $150 million domestic mark on Thursday.

Penguins of Madagascar grossed $0.939 million to continue to claim fourth. The 3D computer animated spin-off from Fox and DreamWorks Animation was up a solid 16 percent over Monday. Penguins of Madagascar continues to perform below pre-release expectations with a seven-day start of $37.19 million. That places the film 9 percent ahead of the $34.08 million seven-day take of 2012's Rise of the Guardians and 15 percent below the $43.63 million seven-day start of 2011's The Muppets.

Disney's Big Hero 6 rounded out the day's unchanged top five with $0.633 million. The 3D computer animated film from Walt Disney Animation Studios was up a slim 3 percent over Monday and down a sharp 81 percent from last Tuesday. Big Hero 6 has grossed $168.47 million in 26 days, which places the film 12 percent ahead of the $150.38 million 26-day take of 2012's Wreck-It Ralph.

The Theory of Everything placed in seventh with $0.427 million. In the process, the awards season hopeful from Focus surpassed the $10 million mark yesterday. For the day, The Theory of Everything earned a healthy per-location average of $533 from 802 locations.

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volfoni.pngVolfoni is excited to exhibit at CineAsia, held in Hong Kong: December 9-11, 2014.

Volfoni, an International 3D technology leader, will showcase their high end 3D system the SmartCrystalTM Diamond - along with the successful SmartCrystalTM Cinema suite of products already installed in over 2500 locations worldwide.

Designed in Europe and powered by Volfoni's unique triple beam technology, the SmartCrystalTM Diamond is the most elegant, portable, and brightest passive 3D-system on the market (LEF 30%). Volfoni's team of 3D experts continue to develop the most cost-effective high-end 3D polarizers for even the largest silver screens. SmartCrystalTM Diamond is a truly standout product, earning high marks for its quality and affordability.

"We can't wait to present our game-changing 3D cinema equipment on the occasion of CineAsia. Whether the concern is financial or technical, we are excited to present the best technology across the board!" says Fabien Gattault, Deputy CEO, Volfoni Group.

See Volfoni's innovations at CineAsia: Booth 401

About Volfoni

Since its founding in 2007, Volfoni has grown to become one of the premier companies in 3D cinema, and recently has released on the international market the SmartCrystalTM Diamond 3D cinema projection system, which is powered by its newly engineered Triple Beam technology, that gives 3D movies an extremely bright and clear picture with a light efficiency close to 30%. Volfoni has offices in France, Spain, Germany, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, India, and Los Angeles, California. For more information, please visit our website at


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