sep3.pngBroad Green Pictures' A Walk In the Woods opened above expectations with $1.17 million in first place on Wednesday, slightly ahead of The Debt's $970,532 opening Wednesday before Labor Day four years ago. Despite middling reviews, the R-rated comedy looks to be attracting some of its target adult audience heading into Labor Day weekend. If it holds up similar to The Debt over the next four days, it could even lead the holiday box office weekend.

Universal reports Straight Outta Compton added $1.08 million on Wednesday, down 48.5 percent from the same day last week. That gives the biopic a domestic total of $137.9 million through 20 days of release.

In third place, War Room tacked on another $0.86 million, giving the faith-based pic a six-day total of $14.4 million. That puts it 79 percent ahead of the pace 2008's Fireproof and 34 percent ahead of 2011's Courageous.

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation eased 37 percent from last Wednesday to $0.69 million yesterday. The Tom Cruise franchise sequel has amassed an excellent $172.55 million domestically to date.

No Escape was off 49 percent from its first day last Wednesday to $0.603 million yesterday. With $12.45 million in the bank through eight days of play, it's pacing 5.5 percent behind The November Man.

Meanwhile, We Are Your Friends tallied $0.157 million yesterday, giving it a weak six-day haul of $2.37 million. Unfortunately, the Zac Efron pic is trailing That Awkward Moment by 78 percent.

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mj2.pngJohnny Depp ("Black Mass") and Julia Roberts ("Secret in Their Eyes") Named as the Fall Movie Stars Most Likely to Get Oscar Nods

LOS ANGELES - September 3, 2015 -- Fandango, the nation's leading digital destination for moviegoers and fans visited by 36 million unique visitors per month, today revealed the results of its Most Anticipated Fall Movie Survey, in which "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2" (opening November 20) was voted as the most anticipated fall movie. For a third consecutive year, a "Hunger Games" movie was voted by Fandango ticket-buyers as the top film in this autumn poll (previous winners were "Catching Fire" in 2013 and "Mockingjay - Part 1" in 2014).

Posted online during the last week of August, Fandango's Fall Movie Survey polled more than 1,000 moviegoers on the films they're most excited to see on the big screen in the months from September through November.

"Fall is the time of year when Hollywood brings out its more serious fare," says Fandango Chief Correspondent Dave Karger, "and this is one of the busiest fall seasons in memory. ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2' is the movie ticket-buyers are anticipating most, thanks to the overwhelming momentum and excitement the franchise has built up over the last three years. Fandango fans can't wait to see how Jennifer Lawrence and crew bring the end of the saga to life on the big screen."

"With additional big-screen star power, trailers for Johnny Depp's ‘Black Mass' and Julia Roberts' ‘Secret in Their Eyes' already reveal that the pair of Academy favorites delivers intense performances," continues Karger. "That's why Fandango fans deem them most likely to receive more Oscar love this year."

In other categories, Pixar's "The Good Dinosaur" was selected as the most anticipated family film of the season, while master of suspense M. Night Shyamalan's latest scare-fest, "The Visit," was picked as the most anticipated fall horror flick.

According to Fandango moviegoers, below are the top autumn picks:

Most Anticipated Fall Movie:
1. "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2" 36%
2. "Spectre" 21%
3. "The Martian" 11%
4. "Bridge of Spies" 10%
5. "Black Mass" 9%

Most Anticipated Family Film:
1. "The Good Dinosaur" 26%
2. "Pan" 22%
3. "Goosebumps" 19%
4. "Hotel Transylvania 2" 17%
5. "The Peanuts Movie" 14%

Most Anticipated Horror Flick:
1. "The Visit" 24%
2. "Victor Frankenstein" 23%
3. "Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension" 18%
4. "Goodnight Mommy" 10%
5. "Rings" 8%

Actor in a Fall Movie Most Likely to Get an Oscar Nod:
1. Johnny Depp, "Black Mass" 25%
2. Tom Hanks, "Bridge of Spies" 16%
3. Michael Fassbender, "Steve Jobs" 15%
4. Matt Damon, "The Martian" 8%
5. Idris Elba, "Beasts of No Nation" 7%

Actress in a Fall Movie Most Likely to Get an Oscar Nod:

1. Julia Roberts, "Secret in Their Eyes" 27%
2. Cate Blanchett, "Carol" 20%
3. Emily Blunt, "Sicario" 12%
4. Julianne Moore, "Freeheld" 8%
5. Carey Mulligan, "Suffragette" 8%

Fandango's Need-to-See Fall Movie Preview can be found at:

About Fandango
Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, sells tickets to more than 26,000 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 46 million downloads, are available on the iPhone and iPad, Android, and many other platforms. Fandango is enjoyed by more than 36 million online and mobile visitors each month, according to comScore. Film fans also find Fandango on Facebook at and on Twitter @Fandango.

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LOS ANGELES - September 3, 2015 - According to Fandango, the nation's leading digital destination for moviegoers and fans with more than 36 million unique visitors per month*, the new high-octane action thriller, "The Transporter Refueled" is revving up audience demand, while "Straight Outta Compton" is still looking strong for a fourth week in a row. "Transporter" scores 70 out of 100 points on the Fanticipation movie buzz indicator , while "Compton" follows close behind with 69 points.

"The combination of the popular ‘Transporter' franchise and rising star Ed Skrein adds up to big fan excitement for ‘The Transporter Refueled'," says Fandango Chief Correspondent Dave Karger. "The fast-paced action film is ruling this week's Fanticipation buzz indicator alongside the powerhouse smash, ‘Straight Outta Compton.'"

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.

*According to comScore.

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By Daniel Garris

Straight Outta Compton grossed $1.49 million on Tuesday to remain in first place at the daily box office. The successful F. Gary Gray directed N.W.A biopic from Universal has led the daily box office for 18 of the past 19 days. Straight Outta Compton was up 12 percent over Monday and down a sizable 51 percent from last Tuesday. The film continues to impress in a big way with a 19-day take of $136.85 million. That places Straight Outta Compton a strong 45 percent ahead of the $94.32 million 19-day gross of last year's Ride Along.

Sony's War Room held steady in second place with $1.22 million. The low-budget Kendrick Brothers produced faith based film from TriStar and AFFIRM Films was up a very solid 27 percent over Monday's performance. War Room is playing in a modest 1,135 locations, which gave the film a healthy per-location average of $1,078 for the day. War Room is outpacing expectations with a five-day start of $13.54 million and is running a strong 32 percent ahead of the $10.26 million five-day take of 2011's Courageous.

The Weinstein Company's No Escape was up one spot and a strong 42.5 percent over Monday to move into third on Tuesday with $0.982 million. The action thriller starring Owen Wilson, Pierce Brosnan and Lake Bell has grossed $11.84 million through its first week of release. That is in line with the film's modest expectations and places the film 6 percent behind the $12.63 million seven-day start of last year's The November Man (which had the added advantage of opening over Labor Day weekend).

Paramount's Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation was down one spot from Monday to place in fourth with $0.892 million. The fifth installment of the Tom Cruise led blockbuster franchise increased 23 percent over Monday and decreased 39 percent from last Tuesday. Thanks in part to strong holding power throughout its run, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation has grossed a very healthy $171.86 million in 33 days.

Meanwhile, We Are Your Friends continued to under-perform in a big way with a daily take of just $243,811. The low budget Zac Efron led drama from Warner Bros. was up 20 percent from Monday and placed in 14th for the day. We Are Your Friends has grossed an anemic $2.22 million in five days and will obviously fade away from theatres very quickly.

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Evanston, IL - D3D Cinema and Christie® are pleased to announce the completion of R&D testing on a laser-illuminated digital giant dome projection system. Client demonstrations will commence this fall, with the first installations on target for 2016.

"After a year of development, the final dome test phase was conducted last week alongside engineers from Christie, D3D, and selected third-party technology partners," said Derek Threinen, VP of Sales and Business Development at D3D Cinema. "This dome solution, at long last, will bring the economic and qualitative advantages of digital and laser to our dome partners - a contingent that was largely excluded from the digital revolution without laser projection capability. We listened all along to the priorities of dome representatives and worked closely with Christie to deliver an outstanding, ultra-bright single projector solution that takes advantage of existing theater and doghouse configurations, warrants no theater capacity loss, limits construction requirements, and assures regulatory approvals. Theaters have asked for a system that was simple and open: no multi-projector calibration issues, no real-time warping complications, no closed-system distribution source limitations."

"With an in-house team comprising multiple former museum dome operators, D3D was able to create a system design that met a number of qualitative and operational criteria," said Bryan Boehme, Director of Location Based Entertainment, Americas, Christie. "First and foremost, we needed to achieve a picture quality that D3D's dome clients and their customers deserved, taking advantage of the full dome real estate. Second, it was imperative that the system be future proof, allowing for modular, scalable upgrades as new cinema technologies and production trends come to market. These include high frame rate playback up to 120fps, Rec2020 support, and high dynamic range (HDR) - a powerful technology on the horizon that allows lasers to deliver on their promise. Christie offers a solution that checks off all the boxes and we are thrilled to introduce our laser dome solution to the market."

The Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa, Florida graciously provided D3D and Christie access to the theater to conduct the most recent technical tests. "I was able to peek in for a quick look," said Molly Demeulenaere, President and CEO of MOSI. "Honestly, it was stunning! Bright, sharp, beautiful!"

"As a former museum dome theater operator, I know firsthand how incredibly unique giant domes can be in their communities, providing a level of immersion unequalled in the home or multiplex," said Andy Wood, Senior VP at D3D Cinema. "In the interest of retaining an extraordinary experience but with an eye on the bottom line, our dome theater clients are wisely reevaluating their options--exploring the new economic possibilities and working out the long-term math. I'm proud that D3D can now offer these dome theaters a new morning, saving them hundreds of thousands of dollars per year in operating costs, eliminating, among other things, the high maintenance fees and brand licensing costs of the past. And with D3D's ability to provide upfront lease financing, we can offer a CFO-friendly business model. In short, we are doing our very best to make our dome theater partners prosperous again, allowing them to redeploy some of these valuable operational savings into marketing a theater experience that is truly extraordinary."

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