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by Daniel Loria 

Hot off an event at the Cannes Film Festival and an impressive 99% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Mad Max: Fury Road drove off with a $10.4M opening day Thursday from 12,000 screens across 48 overseas territories. European territories didn't get a full day of screenings, however, with start times set at 2pm in order to accommodate the film's event at Cannes. 

France impressed with a $2.25 million opening day from 802 screens and 618 sites nationwide. According to Paramount, "Even with partial day grosses, the 76,000 admissions in Paris represent the #1 opening day for the greater Paris area so far this year."

Australia brought in approximately A$1 million, around 65% higher than the #2 film in the market.  

Russia dominated 79% of the Top 5 market share with $835k on 2,434 screens.

Germany opened to $768k from 784 screens, generating 92% of the box office from 3D screens.  

South Korea grossed $756k on 765 screens and Brazil enjoyed a $664k debut on 1,008 screens.

Italy claimed the best per-screen average in the market with $145k, while Scandinavia contributed $590k from its four territories, and Eastern Europe brought in a collective $233k. 

Mad Max: Fury Road expands to 20 additional overseas markets on Friday, including the UK, Spain and Mexico.

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By Alex Edghill

Friday Morning Update: For an unprecedented 5th week in a row Star Wars: The Force Awakens led all upcoming films on Twitter. I can't recall a film have a longer streak over the last six years. Generally films will repeat in the 3-6 week before release window when the marketing really heats up but at 6+ months from release Star Wars is clearly showing that it is a heavyweight contender for the highest grossing film on the year.

Deadpool continues to impress as well, coming in with over 60,000 tweets on the week. For a film which hasn't even released its first trailer it amazes me just how strong the draw is for the red-costumed wise-cracker. The hopes are sky-high here for not only this film but potential sequels down the line and for it to be in the top 10 every week for the last 6 weeks+ this far from release really shows that its future is indeed exceedingly bright.

Upcoming releases Jurassic World, Tomorrowland and Poltergeist round out the top 5. I will say that it is someone surprising that the Summer films are being so handily trounced week after week by Star Wars and even Deadpool as well. Lots of massive budgeted Summer films are languishing down the list including Ant-Man, Fantastic Four, Terminator and San Andreas. Not necessarily saying any of these are in trouble of underperforming based on this fact alone but its certainly not what I would have predicted to be seeing in mid-May for weekly Twitter numbers.

Twitter Top 10 Movies for the week of May 8th to May 14th

Date Movie Tweets Rank Change
12/18/15 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 118,158 1 (-) -70.43%
2/12/16 Deadpool 62,497 2 (+4) 108.59%
6/12/15 Jurassic World 57,290 3 (-) 27.31%
5/22/15 Tomorrowland 39,978 4 (-2) -41.92%
5/22/15 Poltergeist (2015) 35,597 5 (+4) 57.39%

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by Daniel Loria 

Avengers: Age of Ultron is the latest entry in the Billion Dollar club, hitting the mark after 24 days of release. Ultron joins Marvel's The Avengers and Iron Man 3 as Marvel Studios' third billion-dollar earner and becomes Disney's eight release to hit the milestone.  

The latest Avengers film entered the weekend at $990 million with top overseas results coming from South Korea ($76M), China ($69M), UK ($63M), Mexico ($41M), Brazil ($39M), and Russia ($32M). The film holds the record for the biggest opening weekend of all time in Brazil, Mexico, Hong Kong, Philippines, Ecuador, and Bolivia. China's $34 million opening day on May 12 is Disney/Marvel's biggest opening day ever in the market and the highest non-weekend opening day of all time. 

Avengers: Age of Ultron will open in Japan on July 4.

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may8wknd.pngDisney reports that Avengers: Age of Ultron was off 54 percent from last Wednesday to $4.34 million in first place yesterday. That brings the blockbuster sequel's total up to $329.1 million domestically, 17 percent behind the pace of the first Avengers and 10 percent ahead of Iron Man 3.

Hot Pursuit claimed second place in its sixth day of release, taking in $0.85 million. That gives the comedy $17.04 million thus far, 3 percent behind where Something Borrowed stood with a similar release in 2011.

The Age of Adaline landed in third place yesterday, off just 16 percent from last Wednesday to $0.51 million. The romantic period drama's domestic tally is now $33.44 million.

In fourth place, Ex Machina was up 26 percent from last week to $0.42 million on Wednesday. The indie sci-fi sleeper's total now stands at an impressive $17.14 million.

Filling out the top five, Furious 7 added $0.375 million yesterday for a soft 22 percent week-to-week drop. Its domestic haul is now $339.8 million.

 

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JAKARTA, Indonesia - (May 13, 2015) - Christie®, the global leader in visual displays and audio technologies, is proud to announce that Cinema 21, the largest movie theater chain in Indonesia, has installed the first Christie Vive AudioTM cinema sound system in its state-of-the-art Auditorium 2 at Epicentrum XXI complex located in Central Jakarta to provide the best possible cinematic experience for its movie-goers.

The 302-seat auditorium, which features a 14-meter screen and plush seating for maximum comfort, is the preferred venue for premieres and gala screenings in the Indonesian capital. The Vive Audio system installed has been configured to meet the requirements of the Dolby® AtmosTM sound technology system. Cinema 21 becomes the first movie theater chain in Southeast Asia to be equipped with Christie's cutting-edge cinema audio solution which utilizes ribbon driver speakers and Class D amplifiers.

Besides offering truly rich, dynamic and detailed sound, the innovative Christie Vive Audio system unlocks the full potential of the DCI digital cinema audio format and is compatible with the leading immersive and surround audio formats in the market. It consists of wall and ceiling surround speakers that use unique ribbon driver technology in a line array design, purpose-built for cinema environments.

The installation in Auditorium 2 was undertaken by Christie's Indonesian partner, PT Megatech Engineering, and comprises close to 50 Christie Vive Audio speakers of varying combinations. These include LA3 screen channel speakers, LA3C speakers for ceiling surrounds, LA4S speakers for wall surround effects, S215 subwoofers (for full range frequency response), as well as S218 for Low Frequency Effects (subwoofers) channels. The end result is highly immersive cinema sound known for delivering exceptional power and performance.

"We've been working with Christie for almost a decade and have always been very impressed with the company's constant technological and groundbreaking advancements in digital cinema. We have benefited much working with Christie's technical team from the Vive Audio installation and are very pleased to once again bring the latest cinema technologies to the audiences in Indonesia," commented Rudy Susanto, president,
PT Megatech Engineering.

Besides the immersive aural experience brought about by Christie Vive Audio, audiences can enjoy the most brilliant and high resolution visuals offered by the Christie CP4230 4K DLP® Digital Cinema Projector that is already deployed in the auditorium. With twice as many pixels in horizontal and vertical directions than 2K, the CP4230 is ready for the next evolution of digital cinema - capable of displaying premium 4K content or 2D/3D 2K High Frame Rate (HFR) feature films and alternative content in its original format. Combined with the newly installed Vive Audio, Auditorium 2 has joined a league of "all Christie" cinema halls offering Christie's complete cinema solutions that sets new standards, and deliver superior movie-viewing and cinema sound experience.

"When we first heard the sound from Christie Vive Audio, we were so impressed by its clarity and how it delivered the audio details in the movies. This is exactly what we're looking for to provide our patrons with the best movie listening experience ever," said Suryo Suherman, president, Cinema 21. "We're proud to be the first cinema chain in Southeast Asia to install Christie Vive Audio and are confident that it is the best audio system available today for accurate reproduction of immersive cinema audio formats."

Lin Yu, vice president, Christie Asia Pacific, added, "We are delighted and honored that Cinema 21 has chosen Christie Vive Audio to be installed in one of its most well-known cinema complexes in Indonesia. This is a clear testimony that besides offering advanced visual solutions, we have also set the bar in immersive cinema sound that cinema-goers appreciate. With the sustained growth of the cinema industry in Indonesia, we will continue to devote our commitment and dedication to cinema operators like Cinema 21."

An increasing number of cinema chains around the world have embraced the Christie Vive Audio, with close to 150 installations worldwide to date. Besides Cinema 21, China's largest movie theater operator, Wanda Cinema Line, has also deployed Vive Audio in Hall 9 of its flagship cinema complex in Beijing. The audio quality is widely acclaimed by industry players and the venue has been used for a number of gala screenings, including the China premiere of the Hollywood blockbuster film Transformers: Age of Extinction in June last year.

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