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Directed by David Fincher
Produced by Leslie Dixon, Bruna Papandrea, Reese Witherspoon and Ceán Chaffin
Written by Gillian Flynn and based on her bestselling novel "Gone Girl"

WASHINGTON, DC - The production of Twentieth Century Fox's GONE GIRL in Cape Girardeau, Missouri spanned close to two months and contributed over $7 million dollars to the Missouri economy, according to new data released today by the studio. The production hired 116 Missourians, including over 30 off-duty law enforcement officials, and the cast and crew stayed over 7,000 hotel room nights. The movie also utilized over 1,400 extras. The movie opens nationwide tomorrow and local residents of Cape Girardeau will celebrate the production tonight with an advanced screening at the local Wehrenberg Cape West 14 Theater.

Beyond the immediate economic benefit from production, the film has also already begun to spark a boost in tourism. Cape Girardeau has already created a driving tour of GONE GIRL's most notable spots.

The latest state economic profile also reports that beyond just GONE GIRL, the film and television industry in Missouri supports over 8,700 direct jobs and $325 million in wages in the state.

Missouri State Representative Kathryn Swan said, "The filming of GONE GIRL, by 20th Century Fox, was an overwhelmingly positive economic experience for Cape Girardeau, both in the short-term and long-term. Not only was over $7 million dollars spent in our local community during the filming, but our area will benefit from tourism in the years to come. Yet, the benefits were not only monetary, as the city became fully-engaged in hosting the friendly cast and crew. Property improvements were made, university students benefited, extras experienced once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, and the air was electrified as celebrities were sighted on a regular basis. Cape Girardeau is a most congenial host and we look forward to the next opportunity!"

"The production of GONE GIRL is a great example of the enduring impact that the production of movies and television have on local communities throughout the nation." said Senator Chris Dodd, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America. "Movie and television productions provide a tremendous boost to the economy of hosting communities, first with the significant investments made during production and then often through increased tourism for years to come."

Key economic impact figures from the production of GONE GIRL in Missouri:

Contributed over $7 million dollars to the Missouri economy
Hired 116 Missourians and utilized 1,400 extras
Cast and crew stayed 7,000 hotel room nights
About the MPAA

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"Gone Girl" currently tops the list of the films trending now as published on MovieTickets.com homepage. According to MovieTickets.com, domestic box office advance ticket sales for the film account for 38% of all tickets sold by the company in the last 24 hours. "Annabelle" is next up at 11% of all tickets sold in the last 24 hours followed by "Interstellar," which does not come out until November, with 10%. Tickets for the Christopher Nolan film just went on sale and are already selling well.

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NEW YORK, NY - Mexico's Attorney General's Office's Specialized Investigations Unit Against Copyright and Industrial Property Crimes (UEIDDAPI), will be honored with the Anti-Piracy Latin American Government Leadership Award at ShowEast 2014 during the International Awards Program on Monday, October 27th at the Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood, Florida. The award will be accepted by Dr. Arturo Ancona, head of the unit.

"ShowEast is very pleased to honor Mexico's UEIDDAPI with this year's Anti-Piracy Latin American Government Award," stated Andrew Sunshine, Co-Managing Director of the annual convention. "Their tireless efforts to defend copyright and industrial property rights with their enforcement and punishment of offenders, continues to thwart piracy in Mexico."

Accepting this award on behalf of UEIDDAPI, is Dr. Arturo Ancona, the head of the unit; a position he has held since 2013.

In public service, Ancona has served as a Senior Consultant proposed by the United Nations (UN) for the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva. In this capacity, he participated in the design of public international policies aimed to assist in the development, strengthening, regulation, and distribution of intellectual property content, technological development, and cultural industries development programs. He also did the same for the national legal frameworks of the Member states of WIPO, as well as incorporating the WIPO Internet treaties (WCT and WPPT) into their national laws.

In Mexico he has served public office in the federal government as Director of the Public Registry of Copyright for the National Institute of Copyright (INDAUTOR), where he contributed to the implementation of the quality system ISO/9000 for the public registry of literary and artistic works.

In the private sector, Ancona has been a partner in various law firms, serving as a consultant and legal adviser on industrial property, copyright, and telecommunications contents of various non-governmental organizations including business, industrial cameras, and both domestic and foreign individuals.

In academia, he was the coordinator of the Intellectual Property Committee of the National Association of Doctors of Law. He has also participated in multiple forums specializing in intellectual property, including the III International Forum on Combating Illegal Market Health Products, and the Compliance Forum of Copyright in the Digital Environment, both organized by the Embassy of the United States in Mexico, and participation in the First International Seminar on Copyright, organized by the National Autonomous University of Mexico. In 2014 he also participated in various forums such as the Specialized Training and Border Measures Forum, organized by the International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition; Seminary, Superior Court of Fiscal and Administrative Justice; and the International Forum on Fighting the Notorious Markets, organized by the U.S. Embassy and the American Chamber of Commerce. Finally, he participated in the Binational Exchange Attorneys General of the United States-Mexico, organized by the Conference of Western Attorneys General.

He is author of the book El Derecho de Autor en la Obra Audiovisual (The Copyright in Audiovisual Work), published by Editorial Porrúa, and has participated as a columnist and writer in various specialized journals in industrial property, piracy, technology development, telecommunications content, and innovation issues, among others.

Award of Commendation

Manoel Rangel, CEO of Agência Nacional do Cinema (ANCINE), will be awarded the ShowEast 2014 Award of Commendation during the International Day Awards Program on Monday morning, October 27, 2014 at the Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood, Florida.

"It is with great honor that we bestow upon Manoel Rangel the Award of Commendation at this year's ShowEast," stated Andrew Sunshine, Co-Managing Director of the annual event. "Manoel has made great strides with ANCINE in the regulation and promotion of Brazilian films to ensure that all films shot and produced in Brazil are of the highest quality, resulting in tremendous financial and artistic success."

Since 2006, Rangel has been the president of the Brasil Film Agency, ANCINE. The agency's main attributions are the regulation, support, and monitoring of the national film. From 2001-2002, he was the head of São Paulo's State Commission for Cinema; and from 2004-2005, Special Advisor to the Minister of Culture, Gilberto Gil. As president of ANCINE, he was in charge of the formulation of Law 11.437/2006, which created the Audiovisual Sector Fund and other initiatives for this sector in Brasil. In 2011, he was elected Executive Secretary for the Conference of Ibero-American Cinematographic Authorities (CACI), being reelected in 2013 and holding this post until 2015.

About ANCINE

Founded in 2001 by Provisional Measure 2228-1, Agência Nacional do Cinema (ANCINE), is a regulatory agency whose responsibilities include promoting, regulating and supervising the cinema and audiovisual market in Brazil. Since 2003, it has been a special autarchy with the Ministry of Culture, with headquarters in the Federal District and Central Office in Rio de Janeiro.

ShowEast 2014 will take place October 27-30 at the Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood, Florida. It will feature screenings of major upcoming films, sponsored events, timely and informative seminars and the ShowEast Trade Show. An estimated 1,300 members of the motion picture industry are expected to attend. ShowEast, now in its 29th year, is produced by Prometheus Global Media, owner of leading entertainment publications and events including Film Journal International, Billboard, The Hollywood Reporter, Backstage, Adweek, Dick Clark Productions, the CLIO Awards, CineEurope, and CineAsia.

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By Alex Edghill

Thursday Morning Update: Annabelle has really taken Twitter and Facebook by storm in its release week with a whopping 155,801 tweets over the last three days and over 1.5 million Facebook likes. Horrors have had a light year at the box office, with none in the genre surpassing $20 million on opening weekend but that is all about to change as these numbers are indeed very strong, indicating that the film has done a great job at tapping into the horror demographic. By comparison, The Conjuring had just over 120,000 tweets over the same three days leading up to its release and just 250k Facebook likes. Now Annabelle is no doubt benefitting from the huge popularity of her predecessor which discounts some of its massive numbers but even with that in mind it looks destined to be the number one horror on the year so far. $27 million is our official prediction here at Box Office, and when you consider its production budget of just $5 million then this is going to be another massive win for James Wan and company.

Gone Girl has been tearing up the Twitter charts, accounting for 33,091 tweets over the last three days while its Facebook like total of 115k has been much more tempered. The film is appealing primarily to older audiences 35+ and as such the lofty heights of its Twitter numbers have been eye opening. By comparison, Argo had just under 8,000 tweets over the same period and just 55,598 likes on Facebook, This looks to be a massive success waiting to happen as Argo should be a very good marker for its potential. We are predicting $31 million for it on the weekend which (surprisingly enough) will be director David Fincher's top debut ever.

Last up is the Christian effort Left Behind which has also been turning heads online, especially on Facebook where it has amassed over 1.3 million likes. Its Twitter number is a much more muted 2,500 but with a pretty generic title it is a much more difficult film to narrow down relevant tweets for than either of the other new openers this week. 2014 has really been the year of the Christian film as there have been numerous big successes including Son Of God, Heaven Is For Real, and God's Not Dead as well as films which have been marketed hard directly to the Christian demographic and done well - Dolphin Tale 2 and When The Game Stands Tall. Nicolas Cage here obviously gives the film a much higher profile and is perhaps attracting others outside of its core demo which will only help its chances. The Facebook number here stands way above the rest I mentioned earlier but its Twitter numbers have lagged (Heaven Is For Real had 30k tweets over the same three day period and Son Of God had 11k). The film is a remake and based on a popular series of novels so it did a headstart on Facebook because of that I suppose. We are calling for $7 million for it on opening weekend.

Twitter Top 15 Movies for Wednesday October 1st

Rk Film Tue Wed Week Tue-Wed %
1 (-) Annabelle 45,835 65,070 155,801 41.97%
2 (-) Taken 3 20,296 21,775 42,888 7.29%
3 (+17) Interstellar 2,222 17,469 23,281 686.18%
4 (-) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 15,670 13,731 52,080 -12.37%
5 (+2) Gone Girl 10,808 13,152 33,091 21.69%
6 (-) The Maze Runner 12,566 12,648 36,861 0.65%
7 (-2) Ouija 13,018 10,994 31,118 -15.55%
8 (+3) The Judge 4,238 7,916 12,986 86.79%
9 (-1) The Equalizer 10,378 7,596 32,511 -26.81%
10 (+38) Exodus: Gods and Kings 345 6,892 7,419 1897.68%
11 (+5) Dracula Untold 3,222 5,299 9,211 64.46%
12 (-3) If I Stay 6,224 4,948 17,508 -20.50%
13 (+1) Men, Women & Children 3,375 4,210 8,632 24.74%
14 (-4) Guardians of the Galaxy 5,832 3,957 14,983 -32.15%
15 (-3) Magic Mike XXL 4,154 3,739 12,050 -9.99%

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

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By Daniel Garris

Sony's The Equalizer grossed $3.63 million on Tuesday to lead the daily box office for a fifth straight day. The action thriller starring Denzel Washington was up a very solid 22 percent over Monday's performance. The Equalizer surpassed the $40 million mark on Tuesday and has grossed $40.74 million in five days. That is in line with the film's lofty pre-release expectations and places the film nearly on par with the $40.93 million five-day start of 2010's The Book of Eli.

The Maze Runner held steady in second with $1.25 million. The young adult adaptation from Fox was up 29 percent from Monday and down a respectable 48 percent from last Tuesday. The Maze Runner surpassed the $60 million mark on Tuesday and has grossed $60.18 million through twelve days of release. The Maze Runner is already on the verge of reaching the $61.74 million final domestic gross of last year's Ender's Game.

The Boxtrolls took in $0.86 million to remain in third place. The latest 3D stop motion animated film from Focus and Laika increased 18 percent over Monday's performance. The Boxtrolls has grossed a stronger than expected $18.87 million in its first five days. That places the film 9 percent ahead of the $17.29 million five-day start of 2012's ParaNorman and 1 percent ahead of the $18.71 million five-day take of 2009's Coraline.

Warner's This Is Where I Leave You grossed $0.81 million to continue to claim fourth. The comedy starring Jason Bateman and Tina Fey was up a strong 41 percent over Monday and down just 33 percent from last Tuesday. This Is Where I Leave You has grossed $23.82 million in twelve days. While that is a bit below expectations, the film continues to display very solid holding power thus far.

Universal's A Walk Among the Tombstones rounded out the day's unchanged top five with $0.54 million. The action thriller starring Liam Neeson was up 38 percent from Monday, but still down a sharp 57 percent from last Tuesday. A Walk Among the Tombstones has grossed an underwhelming $21.76 million in twelve days and continues to display early signs of being significantly front-loaded.

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