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Saturday Update: Disney's Tomorrowland opened in first place yesterday with $9.737 million. The latest outing from respected filmmaker Brad Bird will likely concede to Pitch Perfect 2 for the weekend, though. Tomorrowland's opening day was notably lower than Disney's own Prince of Persia adaptation, which opened to a $10.21 million first day during Memorial Weekend back in 2010. Reviews are also in the disappointing category with a 49 percent score from critics, while word of mouth appears mixed thanks to a 64 percent audience score as of this morning. It remains to be seen whether Disney's core young/family audience turn out over the weekend, but for now, we're projecting a $30.9 million three-day weekend and $38 million four-day weekend for a second place opening overall.

Universal reports Pitch Perfect 2 was off 65 percent from its opening day last week to $9.7 million yesterday in second place on Friday. That gives the smash comedy sequel a domestic total of $97.2 million through eight days of play -- 31 percent ahead of the studio's Neighbors last year. Universal projects a $32.9 million three-day haul and $41.1 million four-day frame, which would impressively give it first place on both counts for a second straight week.

Fox and MGM's Poltergeist remake also fell below expectations yesterday with a $9.35 million bow in third place. That's lower than the Evil Dead remake's $11.9 million first day in 2013, and the outlook isn't encouraging with the film's 37 percent score among critics and 35 percent among audiences. BoxOffice projects a $23.8 million three-day frame and $29.2 million four-day for a fourth place finish.

Warner Bros.' Mad Max: Fury Road took in $6.745 million to begin its second frame, down 59 percent from opening day last week. That Friday-to-Friday drop compares favorably against the likes of Lucy (68 percent) and Prometheus (73 percent) and brings Max's total to $70.18 million thus far. The strongly received franchise revival pic looks to earn $24 million over the three-day and $29.9 million over the four-day frame.

Meanwhile, Avengers: Age of Ultron pulled $5.36 million yesterday for a 46 percent week-to-week decline. Marvel's latest blockbuster has tallied $388.53 million domestically through 22 days of play, keeping it on its previous pace between the first Avengers and Iron Man 3. BoxOffice projects $20.1 million for the three-day and $25.7 million for the four-day.

Expanding into semi-wide release in 865 locations, Far from the Madding Crowd brought in $0.61 million yesterday, giving it $3.77 million in the bank so far. BoxOffice projects a $2.2 million three-day and $2.9 million four-day.

Check BoxOffice on Sunday for official weekend estimates from the studios.

3-Day and 4-Day Projections

1. Pitch Perfect 2 ($32.9 million / $41.1 million)
2. Tomorrowland ($30.9 million / $38 million)
3. Mad Max: Fury Road ($24 million / $29.9 million)
4. Poltergeist ($23.8 million / $29.2 million)
5. Avengers: Age of Ultron ($20.1 million / $25.7 million)
6. Hot Pursuit ($3.2 million / $3.9 million)
7. Far from the Madding Crowd ($2.2 million / $2.9 million)
8. Furious 7 ($2.1 million / $2.6 million)
9. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 ($1.7 million / $2.3 million)
10. Home ($1.5 million / $2 million)
11. The Age of Adaline ($1.4 million / $1.8 million)

Friday Update #2: Sources tell BoxOffice that four-day hauls for this weekend are on pace:

Tomorrowland: $43 million-$44 million
Pitch Perfect 2: $37 million
Poltergeist: $36 million
Mad Max: $35 million

Check back tomorrow for updated projections and official studio numbers. 

Friday Update #1: Disney reports this morning that Tomorrowland brought in $725,000 from 701 locations last night with shows starting at 7pm. That gives the Brad Bird sci-fi adventure a per-theater average of $1,077. Given the limited number of theaters showing the film, and the fact that many of them were in premium screen formats, most comparisons for last night's performance won't be relevant. That said, the studio notes that with location averages projected out, this would line up with the likes of Interstellar ($2.7 million) or World War Z ($3.6 million).

Meanwhile, Fox and MGM's Poltergeist remake grossed a healthy $1.4 million from last night's shows beginning at 8pm in 2,500 theaters. That's essentially in between the most recent horror flicks to make any sort of mark on the box office, those being last year's Ouija ($0.91 million) and Annabelle ($2.1 million).

Overall, we continue to expect a competitive weekend ahead. In addition to the high profile new releases, Mad Max: Fury Road and Pitch Perfect 2 are each poised to carry over some of last weekend's success into Memorial Day weekend, while Avengers: Age of Ultron still remains a relatively strong presence in the market.

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By Daniel Garris

Universal's Pitch Perfect 2 moved back into first place on Thursday with $3.91 million. The successful musical comedy sequel starring Anna Kendrick increased a slim 1 percent over Wednesday. Pitch Perfect 2 has led the daily box office for five of the past seven days and was the week's top film with a stronger than expected seven-day start of $87.49 million. The film continues to rocket past the $65.00 million final domestic gross of 2012's Pitch Perfect and is currently running a very impressive 33.5 percent ahead of the $65.53 million seven-day take of last year's Neighbors.

Mad Max: Fury Road fell one spot to land in second with $3.71 million. The critically acclaimed action film starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron was down 6 percent from Wednesday. Mad Max: Fury Road placed in second for the week with a seven-day take of $63.43 million. That was on the high end of expectations and was 8 percent below the $68.66 million seven-day start of 2012's Prometheus. Thanks to stronger word of mouth and the Memorial Day holiday weekend, Mad Max: Fury Road is expected to have a much stronger second weekend hold than that of Prometheus.

Avengers: Age of Ultron held steady in third place with $2.35 million. The blockbuster superhero sequel from Disney and Marvel was up 1 percent over Wednesday and down 42 percent from last Thursday. Age of Ultron placed in third for the week with $49.999 million. That was down 49 percent from the previous frame and brings the film's three-week total to a massive $383.17 million. Avengers: Age of Ultron is running 20 percent behind the $476.68 million three-week take of 2012's Marvel's The Avengers and 10 percent ahead of the $348.08 million three-week gross of 2013's Iron Man 3.

Warner's Hot Pursuit took in $0.465 million to remain in fourth. The comedy from MGM and New Line starring Reese Witherspoon and Sofía Vergara was up 3 percent over Wednesday and down 32.5 percent from last Thursday. Hot Pursuit landed in fourth place for the week with $7.72 million. That was down 56 percent from the film's opening week performance and places the film's two-week total at a softer than expected $25.45 million.

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By Alex Edghill

Friday Morning Update: For the first time in a month and a half Star Wars: The Force Returns was knocked out of top spot. The culprit was Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials which debuted its first trailer on Tuesday where it took in 118.443 tweets, good enough for the 9th largest trailer debut on the year. The first trailer for the first film had just 21,801 tweets last year so its sequel is clearly way ahead of the curve so far.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens still managed a second place finish with just under 100k tweets. Its amazing that the film is still pulling in over 10,000 every day this far from its trailer debut. So far this has been the biggest draw on Twitter for the year by far and its still 6 months plus from release.

Jurassic World saw a ~50% uptick in traffic thanks largely to increased marketing and some TV spots popping up. Now three weeks from release it should see a nice bump in advertising spend which should translate to increased Twitter buzz.

Twitter Top 10 Movies for the week of May 15th to May 21st

Date Movie Tweets Rank Change
9/18/15 Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials 196,029 1 (+13) 1208.78%
12/18/15 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 98,699 2 (-1) -16.47%
6/12/15 Jurassic World 89,877 3 (-) 56.88%
6/05/15 Insidious: Chapter 3 45,588 4 (+2) 33.19%
11/06/15 Spectre 39,474 5 (+2) 21.95%

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terminatorgenisys.pngOne of Summer's Most Anticipated Blockbuster Movies Opens in Theaters on July 1

LOS ANGELES (May 22, 2015) - Fandango, the nation's leading digital destination for moviegoers and fans, announced that advance tickets are now on sale for "Terminator Genisys," one of the summer's most anticipated blockbusters from Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions, a full six weeks before the action-adventure's release date on July 1.

To celebrate the launch of advance tickets on sale, fans who purchase "Terminator Genysis" tickets on Fandango (between now and July 13) will be automatically entered into Fandango's Terminator Genisys 3D Printer Sweepstakes for a chance to win a MakerBot Desktop 3D Printer.

Three lucky Grand Prize winners will win the ground-breaking MakerBot® Replicator® Desktop 3D Printer and one MakerBot Filament Starter Pack. The MakerBot Replicator is perfect for creating your own Terminator (see enclosed photo), which is a popular sci-fi design on MakerBot's Thingiverse, the world's largest 3D printing community. See official rules on Fandango for prize details, approximate retail values and free alternate means of sweepstakes entry.

"The ‘Terminator' series has proven to be one of the most popular action franchises in film history," says Fandango Chief Correspondent Dave Karger. "With the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger in a leading role, ‘Terminator Genisys' has fans of all ages excited for what will surely be a thrilling film."



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 www.facebook.com/fandango and on Twitter @Fandango.

About MakerBot
MakerBot, a subsidiary of Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq:SSYS), is leading the Next Industrial Revolution by setting the standards in reliable and affordable desktop 3D printing. Founded in 2009, MakerBot has built the largest installed base of desktop 3D printers sold to innovative and industry-leading customers worldwide, including engineers, architects, designers, educators and consumers. To learn more about MakerBot, visit makerbot.com .

About "Terminator Genisys"

Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions present "TERMINATOR GENISYS." When John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline. Now, Sgt. Reese finds himself in a new and unfamiliar version of the past, where he is faced with unlikely allies, including the Guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger), dangerous new enemies, and an unexpected new mission: to reset the future. Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, J. K. Simmons, Dayo Okeniyi, Matthew Smith, Courtney B. Vance and Byung-Hun Lee.

Produced by David Ellison and Dana Goldberg. Written by Laeta Kalogridis & Patrick Lussier. Directed by Alan Taylor.

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may15.pngWarner Bros. reports that Mad Max: Fury Road grabbed $3.93 million yesterday as it moved back into first place after yielding to Pitch Perfect 2 on Tuesday. The action franchise revival continues to benefit from strong word of mouth and reviews, and has tallied $59.72 million through its first six days -- 6 percent ahead of 300: Rise of an Empire.

In second place, Pitch Perfect 2 added $3.87 million on Wednesday, giving the smash sequel a domestic total of $83.58 million through six days of release. The film is performing 35 percent ahead of the pace of last year's Neighbors.

Avengers: Age of Ultron claimed third yesterday with $2.33 million for a 46 percent week-to-week drop. The Marvel sequel's domestic haul stands at $380.8 million through 20 days of release, 10 percent ahead of Iron Man 3 and 19 percent behind the first Avengers.

In fourth, Hot Pursuit was off 47 percent from last Wednesday to $0.45 million yesterday. The comedy's total stands at $24.98 million.

Filling out the top five, The Age of Adaline eased 35 percent from last week to $0.33 million on Wednesday. Its total is now $38.07 million.

 

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