By Alex Edghill

Monday Evening Update: Minions crossed the 30 million like mark over the past week. To put that in perspective, this is now one of the top 10 most liked pages on the social media service ever. Yes ever. Add to the fact that it has led the weekly increase list for the last five and its pretty clear that this is primed for great things to put it mildly. I just couldn't bring myself to post yet another Minions picture for the fifth week in a row so I went with... 

Disney/Marvel are doing their best to push Ant-Man to success but Facebook users just aren't buying it as they have for other recent superhero tentpoles. Despite its biggest weekly increase to date (113,584) it is still lagging behind other notable first-time super-hero adaptations such as Captain America: The First Avenger (610,181), and Guardians Of The Galaxy (671,646 likes). I believe that the Marvel Cinematic Universe alone will ensure a solid run here, as to date only 1 of 12 films in the franchise have grossed less than $175 million domestically (2008's Hulk with $135 million). However, based on this early buzz it would appear that any breakout like Guardians Of The Galaxy might just be wishful thinking.

Paper Towns also crossed its own milestone over the past week as it cracked 1 million likes. Yes its still lagging greatly behind The Fault In Our Stars (which was at 2.4 million the same distance from release) but 1 million likes is a huge number in its own right that shows that it is drawing serious attention via social media.

Facebook Top 5 Movies by Like Increase for the last week Ending Sunday June 28th

Rank Release Movie Likes Previous Change % Change
1 07/10/15 Minions 30,227,053 29,909,533 317,520 1.06%
2 07/17/15 Ant-Man 382,267 268,683 113,584 42.27%
3 07/24/15 Paper Towns 1,034,078 939,787 94,291 10.03%
4 07/01/15 Terminator Genisys 1,238,668 1,168,592 70,076 6.00%
5 07/01/15 Magic Mike XXL 1,911,128 1,852,444 58,684 3.17%

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By Daniel Garris

In what turned out to be a very tight race for first place this weekend, Universal's Jurassic World was able to hold off Disney's Inside Out with a weekend take of $54.53 million. The two films were separated by only $2.21 million over the weekend frame. Jurassic World fell 49 percent from last weekend's performance (which was inflated by the Father's Day holiday). The film claimed the third largest third weekend performance of all-time without adjusting for ticket price inflation; behind only the $68.49 million third weekend take of 2009's Avatar and the $55.64 million third weekend take of 2012's Marvel's The Avengers.

Jurassic World surpassed the $500 million mark on Sunday and has grossed $500.37 million in 17 days. In reaching the $500 million domestic milestone in 17 days, Jurassic World easily shattered the previous record of 23 days held by The Avengers. Jurassic World is now the highest grossing release of 2015 to date domestically as it has zoomed past the $452.47 million total gross of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Without adjusting for ticket price inflation, Jurassic World is already the fifth highest grossing film of all-time domestically. The film is running an extremely impressive $42.70 million and 9 percent ahead of the $457.67 million 17-day take of The Avengers.

Inside Out held up very nicely this weekend with a second place take of $52.32 million. The critically acclaimed 3D computer animated blockbuster from Pixar declined 42 percent from last weekend's already stronger than expected debut. That represented a stronger second weekend percentage hold than those of both 2013's Monsters University (which fell 45 percent to gross $45.61 million) and 2010's Toy Story 3 (which fell 46 percent to gross $59.34 million). Extremely strong word of mouth and critical reviews, being a non-sequel and being more weekend heavy than other recent Pixar films all helped Inside Out this weekend. Inside Out continues to exceed its already lofty expectations in a big way with a ten-day take of $185.14 million. That places the film 9 percent ahead of the $170.43 million ten-day gross of Monsters University and 18 percent behind the $226.89 million ten-day take of Toy Story 3.

While Jurassic World and Inside Out continued to excel this weekend, Ted 2 was off to a very underwhelming third place start with $33.51 million. The Seth MacFarlane directed comedy sequel from Universal and MRC opened well below pre-release expectations, which had tended to range anywhere from $45 million to $60 million heading into the weekend. Ted 2 appears to have suffered significantly from being unable to stand out from its predecessor and mixed critical reviews didn't help matters either. There's also little doubt that potential for the film was ultimately limited by the breakout performances of both Jurassic World and Inside Out. Ted 2 opened 38 percent below the $54.42 million debut of 2012's Ted and as a sequel is highly likely to be more front-loaded than its predecessor was.

Ted 2 started out with $13.29 million on Friday (which included an estimated $2.6 million from Thursday evening shows), fell a lackluster 15 percent on Saturday to gross $11.32 million and declined 21 percent on Sunday to take in $8.90 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.52 to 1. The audience breakdown for Ted 2 skewed towards male moviegoers (59 percent) and slightly towards moviegoers 25 years and older (51 percent). Ted 2 received a solid B+ rating on CinemaScore and will hope to hold up well going forward with additional help from the upcoming Independence Day holiday frame.

Meanwhile, Max debuted in line with its far more modest expectations with a fourth place take of $12.16 million. The modestly budgeted family film from Warner Bros. and MGM was off to a solid start this weekend, especially given the competition it faced for family audiences from Inside Out. Max comfortably outpaced the $8.36 million opening weekend take of last year's Earth to Echo and nearly matched the $13.57 million five-day debut of that film (which opened on a Wednesday). There haven't been many dog themed wide releases in recent years, but Max opened just ahead of the $11.60 million start of 2010's Marmaduke.

Max opened with $4.37 million on Friday (which included an estimated $0.50 million from Thursday evening shows), increased a slim 3 percent on Saturday to gross $4.49 million and fell 26 percent on Sunday to take in $3.30 million. That gave the film an opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.78 to 1. The audience breakdown for Max skewed towards female moviegoers (55 percent) and moviegoers over the age of 25 (57 percent). Max received a strong A rating on CinemaScore. The film is likely to hold up well going forward, though it will also be facing further competition for family audiences from Universal's highly anticipated Minions beginning on July 10.

Fox's Spy rounded out the weekend's top five with $7.91 million. The Melissa McCarthy led comedy held up well again this weekend as it was down just 29.5 percent. After getting out of the gates slower than expected, Spy has stabilized nicely over the past two weeks thanks in part to strong word of mouth. Spy also likely received an added boost this weekend from the softer than expected start of Ted 2. The 24-day total for Spy stands at $88.46 million, which places the film 18 percent behind the $107.43 million 24-day take of 2013's Identity Thief.

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Graham Irwin leads Irwin Seating Company into the fourth generation

Grand Rapids, Mich., June 29, 2015 - Irwin Seating Company today announced that Graham Irwin has been named the President and CEO of the 107 year-old, family-owned business. Current CEO Earle S. (Win) Irwin will remain active with the company as Chairman of the Irwin Seating Company Board of Directors. The transition has been planned for several years and will be effective July 1, 2015.

Graham Irwin is the fourth generation of the Irwin family to lead the company. Current CEO Earle S. (Win) Irwin took over leadership of the company in 1984 from his father, William Irwin, who had led the company since the end of World War II. The first Irwin to lead the company was Earle S. Irwin, one of three Irwin brothers who helped found the company more than 100 years ago. Three of Win & Kyle Irwin's five sons currently work for Irwin Seating Company. Graham, Colin (Coke) Irwin as the company's Director of Sales and Andrew Irwin as the company's Continuous Improvement Manager.

In his new role, Graham Irwin will assume the day-to-day responsibilities of leading the company while also working with the Board of Directors and Executive Team to explore new opportunities for continued growth. Irwin Seating Company is headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where it manufactures public seating for movie theatres, auditoriums, arenas, schools, and stadiums. In Altamont, Illinois, the Company manufactures telescopic bleachers and platforms for schools, arenas, convention centers and multi-purpose facilities.

"After more than 30 years as President, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Irwin Seating Company, it is time to begin transitioning leadership to the next generation," said Win Irwin. "For a number of years, we have been working to ensure a smooth transition. Graham has the experience, energy and necessary skills to lead this company to continued success."

Graham Irwin has served in a variety of roles with Irwin Seating Company, beginning as an upholstery line worker in the summer of 1995. After earning an engineering degree from Vanderbilt University in 1998, Graham began his career working as a mechanical design engineer for EnviroDesign, Inc. Then as a manufacturing engineer and production manager with Spectra Logic Corporation before returning to Irwin Seating in 2006 as a product development engineer. Since then, his leadership responsibilities have steadily increased as he worked his way into his current role as Senior Vice President of Product and Business Development and a member of the Board of Directors.

"I've been fortunate to experience a diverse career that began on the manufacturing front lines and spanned a wide range of roles and responsibilities," said Graham Irwin. "I believe that this background, and the resulting familiarity that it provides with virtually every aspect of the manufacturing process and our customers, has prepared me to be an effective leader. I appreciate the trust of my family, the Board of Directors, the Executive Team and the Irwin employees. I look forward to working together with them towards a bright future for our company."

In addition to Graham's mechanical engineering degree from Vanderbilt University he has an MBA from the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. He is also member of the Family Business Alliance - an organization committed to helping West Michigan family businesses succeed from generation to generation.


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Move Reflects Synergy Created by VISTA Group Acquisition of US Cinema Software Company Ticketsoft Earlier This Year

[Dallas, TX, and Auckland, New Zealand; June 29, 2015] - Studio Movie Grill (SMG), an innovator in the in-theater dining experience among U.S. cinema exhibitors, has signed with Vista Group International (Vista) companies Vista Entertainment Solutions (VES) and Movio to enhance its service offerings. Based in Dallas, Texas, SMG has more than 200 screens in over 20 locations across 10 states, with more expansion on the way.
The announcement demonstrates the synergy created by Vista's acquisition of U.S. ticketing software company Ticketsoft in March of this year. For Ticketsoft customers, such as SMG, their integration into Vista's global, industry-leading cinema management software portfolio provides numerous immediate and long-term benefits.

"Providing an industry leader such as Studio Movie Grill with access to Vista's extended product range
is exactly the sort of development we hoped for when we acquired Ticketsoft," says Murray Holdaway, Vista's Chief Executive.
VES is the core business of Vista Group and the leading global supplier of software to the cinema industry's Large Circuit Market (cinema exhibitors operating more than 20 screens) with over 400 customers in over 60 countries, and software installed at more than 4,000 sites, servicing 30,000 cinema screens. Movio is the global leader in marketing data, analysis, insights, and campaign creation and management for theatrical exhibitors, studios and film distributors. Capturing the behavior of 30 million consumers in real-time, Movio provides authoritative market intelligence for many of the world's largest cinema chains.

"SMG is a premier cinema exhibitor in the U.S. and we're honored to welcome them to the VES family," says VES President Derek Forbes. "This is a great example of how we're able to build upon the Ticketsoft infrastructure to present SMG with a more expansive suite of state-of-the-art services and innovation."

"SMG's partnership with VES and Movio enables us to streamline and integrate operations," said Julia Landrum, SMG's Vice President, Revenue. "Our staff can now offer enhanced service and convenience to our customers. Additionally, Movio will allow us to provide our moviegoers with information on the films and offers that are of most interest to them."

Adopting these platforms enables SMG to optimize their business and sales processes. Through deployment of the entire VES platform, SMG can achieve superior functionality for food and beverage ordering, in-seat delivery, split billing, and tip management, enhancing their customers' end-to-end experience and providing visitors with the best cinema hospitality in the industry. Generating in-depth consumer insights based on market analytics, Movio will collaborate with SMG to develop its new and enhanced customer loyalty program.

"Movio is thrilled to support Studio Movie Grill in designing, developing, and launching its new loyalty program. Movio Cinema will help the company to understand and influence their guests in a way that will increase incremental revenue through visitation, spend and preference," says Will Palmer,
Chief Executive of Movio. "The ability to extend personalized offers to its most avid audience will revolutionize SMG's interaction with their customers."

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Universal’s Jurassic World dominated the overseas box office for the third consecutive weekend roaring to an additional $82.5 million (-49%) from 66 territories. The dinos of Jurassic World also stampeded past the overseas and global box office total of the original Jurassic Park ($640 million, $1.029 billion) to become the highest grossing film in the Jurassic franchise with $737.5 million and $1.238 billion worldwide (#8 all-time).


Top grossing territories are China ($202.5M), UK/Ireland ($76.1M), Mexico ($36.9M), Korea ($35.3M), Germany ($35.3M), Australia ($29.4M), France ($29M), Russia ($21.9M), Taiwan ($21.2M), Brazil ($21.1M), India ($18.8M), Spain ($17.8M), Venezuela ($15.3M), Italy ($13.7M), Philippines ($10.5M), Argentina ($10.5M), Malaysia ($10.4M), and the Middle East ($9.8M). Indominus rex finally stomps into Japan on August 5.


Minions is off to an early start in 10 territories, grossing an estimated $36 million this weekend for $51.7 million total. The film opened in first place in the UK/Ireland ($16.1 million on 573 screens), Brazil ($7.2 million on 550 screens), Poland ($2.2 million on 215 screens), Czech Republic ($1.4 million on 90 screens), New Zealand ($714K on 89 screens), and Slovakia ($566K on 40 screens). UK/Ireland opened 7% higher than Despicable Me 2, Brazil opened 35% higher, and Poland’s first weekend was more than two times higher. Among holdovers, Australia grossed $2.8 million for an 11-day total of $8.5 million and Malaysia took in $1.1 million for an 11-day total of $3.8 million. Universal plans to roll out Minions to 54 more territories in the next few months with Germany, Austria, Netherlands, Spain, Argentina and 10 smaller markets opening next weekend.


Hollywood Adventures beat Jurassic World at this weekend’s China box office, but underperformed with just $27 million. Many were expecting the Hollywood/US coproduction produced by Justin Lin and featuring three of the Mainland’s biggest stars to gross $50-60 million, but very poor word of mouth helped holdovers Jurassic World, SPL2, and San Andreas remain strong on a limited number of screens. 


Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out expanded into Belgium, Hungary, New Zealand, India and Trinidad this weekend and earned $26.4 million from 42 total territories. The critically acclaimed animated family film has grossed $81.5 million overseas and $266.4 million globally after two weeks of release.  Among new markets, India scored its second largest opening for a Disney-Pixar release. The film also stayed strong in holdover markets with Australia dropping 13% and France 20% with the La Fête du Cinéma and school holidays still to come. Inside Out also retained the top spot in Russia this weekend and is already the #3 Disney-Pixar release ever in the country. 


Top grossing territories are Mexico ($18.4 million), Russia ($13.9 million), France ($9.2 million), Argentina ($7.3 million), Australia ($6.8 million), Brazil ($5.9 million), Colombia ($2.8 million), and Panama ($2.8 million). Inside Out has opened in 42% of its final international footprint with Poland opening next weekend. Key future openings include South Korea (7/9), Spain (7/16), Japan (7/18), UK/Ireland (7/24), Italy (9/16), Germany (10/1). 


SPLII starring Tony Jaa and Jacky Wu punched and kicked its way to an additional $11.3 million (-65%) this weekend in China, bringing its 11-day total to $73.9 million.


San Andreas shook up $10.4 million from ~4,300 screens in 68 overseas territories this weekend, taking the international cume to $297.8 million and the global haul to $439.67 million. The disaster flick opened behind Jurassic World despite a strong heatwave in Spain this weekend with $1.0 million on 414 screens. The top 12 market totals are: China ($99.3 million), Mexico ($29.4 million), UK/Ireland ($17.1 million), South Korea ($17.1 million), Russia ($10.8 million), Brazil ($10.4 million), Taiwan ($8.5 million), France ($8.1 million), Australia ($6.8 million), Colombia ($6.8 million), Argentina ($6.6 million), and Germany ($5.9 million).


Terminator: Genisys opened to $8.3 million from 1,277 screens in 10 smaller territories ahead of its US debut. Paramount’s sequel opened at #1 in Singapore ($1.4 million on 28 screens), Colombia ($1.2 million on 162 screens), Peru ($881K on 85 screens), Vietnam ($694K on 69 screens), and Turkey ($578K on 309 screens). Genisys expands to 34 more territories next weekend including Australia, Brazil, France, Mexico, Russia, and the UK/Ireland.


Poltergeist frightened international moviegoers to $6.6 million this weekend from 4,481 screens in 28 markets including 8 new territories. The horror remake has grossed $39.4 million overseas and $83.37 million worldwide. Openings this weekend were: Mexico ($1.87 million on 1,165 screens), France ($879K on 258 screens), Philippines ($468K on 153 screens), Peru ($381K on 125 screens), Chile ($341K on 103 screens), Central America ($273K on 89 screens), and Ecuador ($216K on 60 screens). 


Spy netted another $6.4 million from 46 territories this weekend crossing the century mark overseas with $106.6 million and $194.9 million worldwide after six frames. Spain opened in 4th place with $668K on 308 screens. Strong holds include UK/Ireland (-30%/$995K/$13.3 million cume, France (-25%/$988K/$2.7 million cume), Venezuela (-20%/$231K/$2.8 million cume), Holland (-32%/$220K/$1.7 million cume), Belgium (+13%/$209K/$950K cume), Sweden (+15%/$138K/$1.2 million cume), UAE (-32%/$115K/$2.6 million cume), Israel (-32%/$110K/$911K cume), and Hungary (-28%/$101K/$807K cume).


Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F kept rolling in Latin America this weekend to $4.6 million with openings in Argentina ($1.45 million on 155 screens), Venezuela ($850K on 50 screens), Colombia ($258K), and Bolivia ($77K on 18 screens). The Japanese anime is up to $44.8 million overseas including its Japan total. 


Insidious: Chapter 3 grossed an estimated $4.0 million on 2,000 screens in 53 territories this weekend, bringing its overseas cume to $37.0 million and the global total to $84.8 million. Openings this weekend include Mexico’s $1.8 million from 1,138 screens, 87% bigger than Chapter 2’s opening, India’s $620K, 340% higher than the previous chapter’s opening, Venezuela ($280K on 34 screens), Netherlands ($250K on 55 screens), and Greece ($105K on 44 screens). 


Mad Max: Fury Road is still surviving abroad, grossing an estimated $3.0 million in its 7th weekend across 50 markets. Max’s international cume is $209.3 million and its global tally is $356.37 million. Japan had a great hold this weekend down just 21% for $1.65 million and $6.0 million total. 


The Divergent Series: Insurgent grabbed an estimated $2.0 million from the Middle Kingdom this weekend. Its $15.1 million total has already surpassed the first installment’s China run.


Films with less than $2 million overseas this weekend (Weekend Total/Overseas Total/Global Total)
Entourage - $1.9 million/$12.3 million/$43.7 million

Hot Pursuit - $1.5 million/$11.1 million/$45.14 million

Tomorrowland - $1.2 million/$111.9 million/$202.0 million

Far from the Madding Crowd - $730K/$12.88 million/$24.48 million

Pitch Perfect 2 - $500K/$95.8 million/$276.8 million

Avengers: Age of Ultron - $300K/$919.1 million/$1.3715 billion 

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