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By Daniel Garris

Disney's Ant-Man took in $4.27 million on Tuesday to lead the daily box office for a fourth consecutive day. The Paul Rudd led superhero film from Marvel was up 28 percent over Monday and down a respectable 46 percent from last Tuesday. Ant-Man continues to perform on the lower end of expectations with a solid $113.81 million twelve-day take. The film is currently running 11.5 percent ahead of the $102.04 million twelve-day gross of 2008's The Incredible Hulk and 9 percent behind the $124.48 million twelve-day total of 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger.

Minions remained in a close second with $4.01 million. The blockbuster 3D computer animated spin-off from Universal and Illumination Entertainment was up 30 percent over Monday, but was still down a sizable 50 percent from last Tuesday. While Minions has been significantly front-loaded thus far, in the bigger picture the film remains a very strong performer with a 19-day take of $269.55 million. That places Minions 2 percent behind the $276.01 million 19-day gross of 2013's Despicable Me 2.

Sony's Pixels held steady in third place with $3.71 million. The Adam Sandler led 3D action comedy increased 29.5 percent over Monday. Pixels surpassed the $30 million mark yesterday and has grossed a lackluster $30.58 million in its first five days. The film is currently running a disappointing 41 percent behind the $51.54 million five-day start of 2013's Grown Ups 2 and 15 percent ahead of the $26.50 million five-day take of Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 earlier this year (neither of which had the added advantage of higher priced 3D admissions that Pixels has).

Universal's Trainwreck continued to claim fourth with $2.51 million. The critically acclaimed Amy Schumer led comedy from director Judd Apatow was up 17 percent over Monday and down 40 percent from last Tuesday. Trainwreck has grossed a very promising $66.17 million through twelve days. That places the film an impressive 41 percent ahead of the $46.87 million twelve-day take of 2009's Julie & Julia and 7 percent behind the $71.11 million twelve-day gross of 2007's Knocked Up.

The Weinstein Company's Southpaw rounded out the day's unchanged top five with $2.24 million. The Antoine Fuqua directed sports drama starring Jake Gyllenhaal increased 12 percent over Monday's performance. Southpaw topped the $20 million mark yesterday and is running slightly ahead of expectations with a five-day start of $20.94 million. The film's haul is 32 percent stronger than the $15.91 million five-day gross of 2012's End of Watch.

Paper Towns grossed $2.01 million to remain in sixth place. Fox's modestly budgeted young adult adaptation starring Nat Wolff and Cara Delevingne was up 10.5 percent over Monday. Paper Towns continues to be relatively stronger on weekdays than on weekends. The film has grossed a significantly softer than expected $16.47 million in five days, which places it 11 percent behind the $18.48 million five-day start of last year's If I Stay.

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LOS ANGELES, CA, July 28, 2015 - Woodland Hills-based Hollywood Software announced today that it has signed a deal with independent entertainment company, Broad Green Pictures, to utilize its TDS Distributor product for upcoming theatrical releases. Broad Green, which was founded last year by brothers Gabriel and Daniel Hammond, is a film production, financing and distribution company.

"Broad Green conducted an intensive search for a distribution product that could support our current needs and grow with us as we release more films," said Travis Reid, President of Theatrical Distribution, Broad Green. "I was already familiar with Hollywood Software's systems, having worked with them when I was at Screenvision. After comparing their new TDS Distributor against similar products in the market, we quickly realized TDS is the most versatile, efficient and comprehensive system for our needs and we're excited about all the support it will offer us as we expand."

"Broad Green is just the kind of company we love to work with," said David Gajda, President, Hollywood Software. "They're a new era movie studio that provides artists with all of the tools they need to not only get films made, but to get them widely distributed. They were planning to release their first movie, Director Mia Hansen-Love's Eden, a week after we met. From the moment we signed with them it took only 24 hours to train their staff and enter their first booking-a remarkably fast turnaround. They were able to get up and running immediately, putting them in a great position to manage their first feature, and all future releases.

Broad Green's upcoming slate includes 99 Homes, starring Andrew Garfield; A Walk in the Woods, starring Robert Redford; I Smile Back, starring Sarah Silverman; and three Terrence Malick films: Knight of Cups, Voyage of Time and an untitled project starring Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara and Michael Fassbender.

The deal was negotiated on behalf of Broad Green Pictures by their CTO, Jeremy Fuchs.

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vacation.pngWednesday Update: Warner Bros. reports that Vacation grossed $1.2 million from last night's early shows. That's a solid start for the franchise sequel, although it falls short of the $1.7 million earned by We're the Millers in August 2013 with its mid-week release. The latter flick went on to tally $37.9 million over its five-day debut (including a $26.4 million three-day weekend). Considering poor reviews are plaguing the Vacation revival, the film won't hit that level of performance in the coming days. At its current pace, a five-day bow below $30 million is looking more likely.

More updates as they come throughout the week and weekend.

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By Daniel Garris

Disney's Ant-Man led the daily box office on Monday with $3.32 million. The Paul Rudd led superhero film from Marvel has topped the daily box office each of the past three days. Ant-Man was down 57 percent from Sunday and down a sizable 48 percent from last Monday. The film continues to perform on the lower end of expectations with a solid $109.54 million eleven-day take. Ant-Man is currently running 10 percent ahead of the $99.70 million eleven-day gross of 2008's The Incredible Hulk and 9 percent behind the $120.86 million eleven-day haul of 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger.

Minions placed in a fairly close second on Monday with $3.09 million. The blockbuster 3D computer animated spin-off from Universal and Illumination Entertainment fell 57 percent from Sunday and 46.5 percent from last Monday. While Minions has been significantly front-loaded thus far, in the bigger picture the film remains a very strong performer with an 18-day take of $265.54 million. That places Minions just behind the $268.60 million 18-day total of 2013's Despicable Me 2.

Sony's Pixels followed closely behind in third with $2.86 million. The Adam Sandler led 3D action comedy was down a solid 56 percent from Sunday's performance. Pixels has grossed a lackluster $26.87 million through four days of release. That places the film a disappointing 42 percent behind the $46.27 million four-day start of 2013's Grown Ups 2 and a modest 7 percent ahead of the $25.02 million four-day take of Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 earlier this year. Those comparisons are especially underwhelming given that Pixels has the added advantage of higher priced 3D and IMAX admissions.

Universal's Trainwreck claimed fourth place with $2.14 million. The critically acclaimed Amy Schumer led comedy from director Judd Apatow declined 58 percent from Sunday and a solid 39.5 percent from last Monday. Trainwreck has grossed a very promising $63.67 million in eleven days and is highly likely to hold up even better going forward thanks to strong word of mouth. The film is running an impressive 42 percent ahead of the $44.97 million eleven-day take of 2009's Julie & Julia and 7 percent behind the $68.56 million eleven-day gross of 2007's Knocked Up.

The Weinstein Company's Southpaw rounded out Monday's top five with $2.00 million. The Antoine Fuqua directed sports drama starring Jake Gyllenhaal fell 58 percent from Sunday. Southpaw is running slightly ahead of pre-release expectations with a healthy four-day start of $18.70 million. That places the film 30 percent ahead of the $14.42 million four-day gross of 2012's End of Watch. Southpaw may hold up well going forward thanks in part to the film going over better with moviegoers than it has with critics.

Paper Towns took sixth place with $1.81 million. On the heels of this weekend's significantly softer than expected start, Fox's young adult adaptation starring Nat Wolff and Cara Delevingne stabilized nicely on Monday by falling only 35 percent from Sunday. Yesterday's hold strongly suggests that Paper Towns will be relatively stronger on weekdays than on weekends. Paper Towns has grossed $14.46 million in four days, which places it 15 percent behind the $16.95 million four-day take of last year's If I Stay.

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Jonathan Papish @ChinaBoxOffice

Monster Hunt (捉妖记) will continue its improbable climb to ¥2 billion ($322 million) unimpeded by this week's crop of eight new local releases, and fellow summer blockbusters Jianbing Man (煎饼侠) and Monkey King: Hero Is Back (西游记之大圣归来) should also rest easy without much in the way of audience competition.

This weekend's biggest release in terms of awareness and intent to purchase according to EntGroup's EFMT Index is The Crossing: Part 2 (太平轮:彼岸), the concluding installment in director John Woo's (Face/Off, The Killer) retelling of the sinking of the "Chinese Titanic". Part 1 was released on the Mainland last December to mostly negative reviews calling the story muddled with too many character relationships, and grossed just $32 million on a reported $48 million budget. Even though Hong Kong master director Tsui Hark has been brought in to re-edit this chapter, we don't see many new converts showing up for this dud on opening weekend.

Another Hong Kong action director, Ringo Lam (City on Fire, Full Alert) returns after a 7-year hiatus with Wild City (谜城) opening on Thursday. The film tells the story of a cop-turned-bar owner who unwittingly becomes involved with triads after escorting home a drunken woman. Fans of Lam's previous work as well as stylish Hong Kong action thrillers and residents in the southern cities of Guangdong and Shenzhen may turn up for Wild City, but we don't see this gaining much mainstream traction. Well Go Entertainment will be releasing Wild City in select US and Canadian cities on Friday.

The epic period drama Lady of the Dynasty (王朝的女人-杨贵妃) with superstar Fan Bingbing (X-Men: Days of Future Past) and Leon Lai (Fallen Angels) finally opens Thursday after nearly six years of development and production hell in which the film went through several directors and co-financiers. Despite this, Lady boasts an impressive behind-the-scenes team. Acclaimed director Zhang Yimou (Raise The Red Lantern) was brought on in the latter stages to help director Shu Qi finish the epic Tang Dynasty love story; Emi Wada, Academy Award winning costume designer on Akira Kurosawa's Ran, is crafting the beautiful Tang Dynasty robes worn by the Emperor and his consorts; and Polish composer Zbigniew Preisner, best known for his work with director Krzysztof Kieslowski, is scoring Lady. Lovers of period costume dramas, imperial court intrigue, and fans of the main cast will show up this weekend, but again this film doesn't pose any risk to mainstream hits Monster Hunt, Jianbing Man, and Monkey King.

Other films opening this weekend are Paris Holiday (巴黎假期), Love Will Be Back (等爱归来),The Making of a Man (男人制造), The Little Mermaid: Attack of the Pirates (美人鱼之海盗来袭), and Who in the Pool? (恐怖游泳馆)

Weekend Predictions: Monster Hunt - $25M, The Crossing: Part 2 - $14M, Jianbing Man - $11M, Wild City - $11M, Monkey King - $10M, Paris Holiday - $8M, Lady of the Dynasty - $6M

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