gotg1.pngFollowing its record-setting debut last weekend in China, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy surpassed $700M yesterday, with $326.7M domestically and $378.4M internationally for a global total of $705.1M. This is the third Walt Disney Studios' release of 2014 to reach the $700M mark and the sixth in the last 18 months.

Guardians of the Galaxy is the fourth Marvel Cinematic Universe film to pass $700M, after Marvel's The Avengers, Iron Man 3, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. It's the first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to do so while also being the first in a series and without featuring major characters from previous Marvel films.

Released domestically on August 1, Guardians of the Galaxy marked Marvel's 10th consecutive #1 opening, setting an August record with $94.3M. It held the #1 spot for four of its first six weekends and ultimately became the biggest August release in industry history and the first film of the year to cross $300M at the domestic box office.

Internationally, Guardians of the Galaxy opened in China on October 10 with $29.8M, an October record for the territory and Disney's third biggest debut there, behind Iron Man 3 and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Top markets for Guardians of the Galaxy include the U.K. ($47.3M), China, ($43.4M), Russia ($37.5M), Australia ($24.4M), and Germany ($24M). The film opens in one remaining market, Italy, on October 22.

The film's American Music Awards-nominated soundtrack, Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol. 1, was recently certified Gold and is Disney's second chart-topping soundtrack of 2014, hitting #1 on the Billboard 200 in its second and third weeks of release. It peaked at #1 on iTunes in 60 territories.

Director James Gunn will return to write and direct Guardians of the Galaxy 2, due out July 28, 2017.

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By Daniel Garris

Fox's Gone Girl took in $2.81 million on Tuesday to continue to lead the daily box office. The critically acclaimed David Fincher directed film starring Ben Affleck has now led the daily box office for four straight days and for ten of the past twelve days. Gone Girl was down 29 percent from Monday's Columbus Day performance and down just 32 percent from last Tuesday. The twelve-day total for Gone Girl stands at a very impressive $84.65 million. That places the film 85 percent ahead of the $45.78 million twelve-day gross of 2012's Argo.

Universal's Dracula Untold was up one spot from Monday to claim second place on Tuesday with $1.96 million. The action horror film starring Luke Evans was down a solid 26 percent from Monday's Columbus Day take. Dracula Untold has grossed a stronger than expected $28.13 million in five days and is set to surpass the $30 million mark on Thursday. The film is currently running 5 percent behind the $29.55 million five-day start of 2012's Underworld Awakening.

Warner's The Judge was also up one spot from Monday to place in third with $1.59 million. The Robert Downey Jr. led drama was down a slim 13 percent from Monday. That represented the day's strongest daily percentage hold among wide releases and could be a good early sign for the film going forward. The Judge has grossed $16.54 million in five days. While that is on the low end of expectations, the film has been displaying strong early holding power thus far.

Fellow Warner Bros. release Annabelle was up one place from Monday to take fourth with $1.17 million. The low-budget spin-off to The Conjuring fell 26 percent from Monday and 56 percent from last Tuesday. Annabelle continues to exceed expectations with $64.39 million in twelve days. That places the film 4.5 percent ahead of the $61.61 million twelve-day gross of last year's Insidious Chapter 2.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day rounded out Tuesday's top five with $1.06 million. The family film from Disney starring Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner was down three spots and a sharp 71 percent from Monday's inflated Columbus Day performance. Alexander continues to perform in line with expectations with a solid five-day start of $23.09 million. That places the film 4 percent behind the $24.09 million five-day take of 2010's Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

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regalentertainmentgroup.pngKNOXVILLE, Tenn., Oct. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC), a leading motion picture exhibitor owning and operating the largest theatre circuit in the United States, announces that moviegoers can now get one step closer to meeting their favorite global superstar and seven-time GRAMMY Award winner, Taylor Swift. Regal Cinemas, America's No. 1 movie theatre chain and Diet Coke, America's No. 1 no-calorie soft drink, are partnering to offer Regal guests the chance to meet Taylor, whose highly anticipated, fifth studio album, 1989, is available for pre-buy at TaylorSwift.com now and in stores October 27.

"Regal moviegoers and Diet Coke fans love entertainment, and through this promotion with the purchase of a refreshing Diet Coke and popcorn, fans can enter for a chance to win tickets to a concert and the once-in-a-lifetime chance to meet Taylor," said John Curry, senior vice president of food service at Regal Entertainment Group.

At 530 theatres nationwide, Regal Entertainment Group, the leading motion picture exhibitor owning and operating the largest theatre circuit in the United States, is rolling out exclusive Diet Coke concession cups and popcorn bags featuring Taylor. When people purchase the exclusive cup and popcorn bag and use their Regal Crown Club loyalty card, they are entered into the Diet Coke & Regal Cinemas VIP Concert Experience Sweepstakes.
The sweepstakes' grand prize winner will receive the ultimate Taylor fan experience - a VIP trip for four to see Taylor in concert and meet her in-person. Moviegoers also will have the chance to win other prizes, including autographed albums, posters and guitars from Taylor.

The Diet Coke & Regal Cinemas VIP Concert Experience Sweepstakes runs now through January 1, 2015. For more information and official rules, visit www.DietCokeRegal.com. To find Regal Cinemas locations, visit REGmovies.com.

About Regal Entertainment Group:
Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) operates the largest and most geographically diverse theatre circuit in the United States, consisting of 7,347 screens in 573 theatres in 42 states along with Guam, Saipan, American Samoa and the District of Columbia as of September 25, 2014. The Company operates theatres in 46 of the top 50 U.S. designated market areas. We believe that the size, reach and quality of the Company's theatre circuit not only provide its patrons with a convenient and enjoyable movie-going experience, but is also an exceptional platform to realize economies of scale in theatre operations.

 

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furylongrange.pngLOS ANGELES - October 15, 2014 - According to Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, the new World War II drama "Fury" has scored a strong 77 out of 100 points on the company's Fanticipation movie buzz indicator, and is leading weekend ticket sales. Brad Pitt's "Fury" is currently outselling George Clooney's "Monuments Men" at the same point in the sales cycle on Fandango.

In its third weekend, "Gone Girl" is proving resilient with ticket-buyers, while the Guillermo del Toro-produced animated fantasy, "The Book of Life" is scaring up impressive sales in its opening weekend.

According to a survey of more than 1,000 "Fury" ticket-buyers:
* 92% are fans of previous World War II-themed films like "Saving Private Ryan;"
* 74% identify themselves as Brad Pitt fans;
* 68% also plan to see director Angelina Jolie's upcoming World War II era film, "Unbroken;"
* 66% saw Pitt's previous World War II-themed "Inglourious Basterds;"
* 64% are intrigued to see Shia LaBeouf in the supporting cast.

"World War II movies often pique audience interest, and ‘Fury' is reminiscent of classic war movies like ‘Saving Private Ryan' with its A-list cast and vivid battle scenes," says Dave Karger, Fandango's Chief Correspondent. "'The Book of Life' should also excite audiences with some of the most visually stunning scenes we've seen all year, while its sweet theme of remembrance will resonate strongly with families."

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.

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christie.pngSEOUL, Korea - (October 15, 2014) - Christie®, a global leader in digital cinema technologies, is proud to announce that its state-of-the-art cinema solutions have been installed in the newly opened Lotte Cinema World Tower in Seoul to provide the ultimate movie-going experience for its patrons.

Located in the highest landmark in Korea, Lotte World Mall, the Lotte Cinema World Tower is the largest multiplex in Asia with 21 theater auditoriums and over 4,600 plush seats for maximum comfort. Each theater, housed on separate floors, will have its own unique concept and interior design based on an "art movie city" theme. The screen in its 21st auditorium currently holds the Guinness World Record for the largest permanently installed 35mm cinema screen in the world, measuring an enormous 34 meters by 13.8 meters.

Lotte Cinema World Tower is also home to the largest 4D theater in Korea, equipped with dynamic motion seats and other special effects.

All auditoriums are complete with Christie digital cinema solutions, including the flagship Christie SolariaTM Series projectors, Christie Vive AudioTM surround sound systems, Christie ACT Digital Cinema Theatre Control and Christie Integrated Media Block (IMB). The installation of this extensive range of cinema solutions by Christie and its Korean partner Eugenetek Corporation is one of the biggest entertainment solutions projects undertaken by both teams in Korea.

Audiences can expect nothing but the best visuals from the Christie Solaria CP2215, CP2220, CP2230 and CP4230, which utilize the latest generation DLP® Cinema electronics platform. Among the seven auditoriums fitted with Christie Vive Audio, five are specially configured to meet Dolby® AtmosTM sound technology requirements. Filmmakers use Dolby Atmos to place and move sounds anywhere in the movie theatre, including overhead, to make film audiences feel as if they are inside the movie and not merely watching it. Rounding out the impressive list of installed products are the Christie ACT and Christie IMB solutions designed to provide the best performance and reliability in terms of theater automation control and content delivery.

Lin Yu, vice president, Christie Asia Pacific, said, "Christie is honored to work with Lotte Cinemas to have our most advanced and comprehensive range of cinema solutions installed in all auditoriums of Asia's largest multiplex. The audience can look forward to be wowed by our brilliant projection and audio systems that offer truly immersive and memorable experiences. Lotte Cinema World Tower is certainly one of the world's premier cinema destinations and we are proud to be a major part of this project."

"We're very excited to install an extensive range of Christie digital cinema solutions, including the Solaria Series projectors and Vive Audio cinema sound systems in our latest multiplex which ranks among the best in the world," said Gwan Ro Lee, executive director, Lotte Cinema. "Christie's visual and audio solutions are well known for their high quality and reliability that is backed by industry-leading service and support. We have utilized a number of Christie products at various locations and are confident that the complete cinema solutions fitted at our Lotte Cinema World Tower will offer the best and the most lifelike visual and sensory cinematic experience for all movie patrons in Korea."

Joon-Ho Lee, president, Eugenetek Corporation, commented, "Lotte Cinema World Tower is one of the biggest projects that we have ever embarked on and we are thankful to be given this opportunity to be involved in this major installation. We have worked closely with the team from Christie throughout this project and are proud to present the best-quality picture and sound to the audience with Christie's cutting edge cinema solutions."

The Solaria Series offers precise vivid color with superior contrast ratios and the light output necessary to light up even the largest auditoriums. The clear choice for any cinema exhibition environment, it is fully capable of providing the world's most brilliant images, the highest level of content security, the easiest adaptability, operation and maintenance. Fully DCI compliant, and built on Christie's extensive cinema experience, the Solaria Series is ready for the next evolution of digital cinema - displaying premium 4K content or 2D/3D 2K High Frame Rate (HFR) feature films and alternative content in its original format.

Complementing the stunning visuals is the innovative Christie Vive Audio, which offers rich, dynamic and detailed sound that unlocks the full potential of the DCI digital cinema audio format and supports leading formats such as Dolby Atmos, 7.1 and 5.1 surround sound. It consists of wall and ceiling surround speakers that use unique ribbon driver technology in a line array design, purpose-built for cinema environments. From the thundering roar of an airplane flying overhead to the delicate hums of insects in flight, the Christie Vive Audio system envelopes audiences with dynamic, detailed and captivating sound.

About Lotte Cinema
Founded in 1999, Korea's Lotte Cinema has grown to become a leading cinema chain with over 100 movie theaters and 674 projector screens throughout the country. In recent years, it has expanded its operations to China and Vietnam to further spread the joy and fun of movie viewing to more people in the region. For more information, go to www.lottecinema.co.kr

About Dolby® AtmosTM
Dolby Atmos makes it easy for filmmakers to place or move specific sounds anywhere in the movie theatre, including overhead. As a result of this multi-dimensional sound, audiences feel as if they are inside the film, not merely watching it. Introduced in April 2012, Dolby Atmos has been embraced by all the major Hollywood studios, seven Academy Award® winning directors, and 16 Academy Award winning sound mixers, among others. More than 650 Dolby Atmos screens have been installed or committed to in more than 40 countries with more than 150 exhibitor partners. More than 120 films from 12 different countries have been or are scheduled to be released with Dolby Atmos sound since the first film debuted in June 2012.

Dolby Atmos has received technical achievement awards from both the Hollywood Post Alliance and the Cinema Audio Society. As the inventors of the only object-based audio format used in the cinema today, Dolby is working closely with the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers in driving adoption of standards for object-based audio.

For the latest list of Dolby Atmos titles, visit dolby.com/atmosmovies. To learn more about Dolby Atmos, visit dolby.com/Atmos.

About Christie®
Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc. is a global visual technologies company and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ushio, Inc., Japan, (JP:6925). Consistently setting the standards by being the first to market some of the world's most advanced projectors and complete system displays, Christie is recognized as one of the most innovative visual technology companies in the world. From retail displays to Hollywood, mission critical command centers to classrooms and training simulators, Christie display solutions and projectors capture the attention of audiences around the world with dynamic and stunning images. Visit www.christiedigital.com.
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