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By Daniel Garris

Please note that because of the holiday weekend most of today's reported grosses are studio estimates.

After falling to third place on Wednesday, Inside Out returned to first place on Thursday with an estimated $7.72 million. The critically acclaimed 3D computer animated blockbuster from Disney and Pixar was up a slim 3 percent over Wednesday and down only 21 percent from last Thursday. Inside Out was the week's top film with a weekly take of $83.24 million. That represented a 37 percent decline from the film's opening week performance. Inside Out continues to exceed expectations in a big way with a two week total of $216.06 million. The film is currently running 10 percent ahead of the $196.54 million two-week take of 2013's Monsters University and 16.5 percent behind the $258.83 million two-week gross of 2010's Toy Story 3.

Jurassic World was up 15 percent and two spots over Wednesday to move into third with an estimated $6.9 million. The 3D blockbuster sequel from Universal and Legendary decreased 22.5 percent from last Thursday. Jurassic World placed in a close second for the week with $81.42 million. The film was down 46 percent from the previous frame and has grossed a massive $527.26 million through three weeks of release. Jurassic World is currently the fifth highest grossing film of all-time without adjusting for ticket price inflation and is now on the verge of passing the $534.86 million final gross of 2008's The Dark Knight to move into fourth place.

Paramount's Terminator Genisys fell one spot and 27 percent from its opening day performance to land in third with an estimated $6.5 million. The fifth installment of the Arnold Schwarzenegger led sci-fi action franchise has grossed $15.43 million in its first two days. That is below the film's already scaled back expectations and is soft with the film's price tag in mind. The film's two-day start is 46 percent below the $28.35 million two-day take of Terminator 3 way back in 2003 and 4 percent ahead of the $14.87 million two-day launch of 2009's Public Enemies. At its current pace, Terminator Genisys looks to be on pace for a five-day start just below $40 million.

Warner's Magic Mike XXL held up even softer yesterday as it was down three spots and a sharp 38.5 percent from Wednesday to fall to fourth with an estimated $5.73 million. Magic Mike XXL has grossed $15.03 million in two days. While the Channing Tatum led sequel is performing well with its modest cost in mind, yesterday's daily percentage hold was a troubling early sign going forward. Magic Mike XXL is running 8 percent behind the $16.29 million two-day start of 2003's Legally Blonde 2 and 28 percent ahead of the $11.73 million two-day take of last year's Tammy. Unless it is able to build up momentum today, Magic Mike XXL appears headed for a five-day start in the area of $35 million.

Ted 2 held steady in fifth place with an estimated $3.25 million. The Seth MacFarlane directed comedy sequel from Universal and MRC was up a modest 6 percent over Wednesday. Ted 2 placed in third for the week with a much softer than expected seven-day start of $47.31 million. The film is running a very disappointing 46 percent behind the $87.65 million seven-day take of 2012's Ted and will likely continue to fall further and further behind in the comparison due to its nature as a sequel.

Max rounded out its first week of release with an estimated sixth place take of $1.67 million. The modestly budgeted family film from Warner Bros. and MGM was up 11 percent over Wednesday. Max placed in fourth for the week with a seven-day gross of $18.75 million. That was in line with expectations and was 13 percent ahead of the $16.54 million seven-day start of last year's Earth to Echo (which opened on a Wednesday).

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jul1-2.pngWarner Bros. reports Magic Mike XXL posted a healthy $9.31 million opening day in first place yesterday, which includes $2.4 million from early shows on Tuesday night. By comparison, that figure is 52 percent off its predecessor's first day back in June 2012 (a Friday), but the modest $15 million production budget voids any cause for alarm at the (mostly expected) drop-off by the sequel. Magic Mike XXL's first day was also 73 percent ahead of Entourage's opening day, 50 percent stronger than fellow July 4 weekend release Tammy's last year, and 19 percent ahead of This Is the End (all three were Wednesday openers). While critics haven't been as thrilled with the sequel (59 percent on Rotten Tomatoes), the film has a modest 75 percent Flixster score and received an encouraging "A-" CinemaScore, according to the studio.

Paramount reports that Terminator Genisys opened to $8.93 million in second place on Wednesday, including Tuesday night's $2.3 million start. Unfortunately, this falls considerably short (more than 33 percent) of the previous film in the franchise, Terminator Salvation, which pulled a $13.4 million opening day on the Thursday before Memorial Day in 2009. Considering more schools are out of session for Genisys' debut, the reboot needed to pull a much stronger launch than this. The first-day take was also just 9 percent stronger than Public Enemies, which released on the same exact Wednesday in 2009 ahead of Independence Day. With critics' reviews in the cellar (25 percent on Rotten Tomatoes) and early word of mouth heading south very fast (a 70 percent Flixster score just one day after release is alarming), the reboot will have to rely on overseas markets going forward as the chances of reaching $100 million domestically by the end of its run appear very slim.

Moving down to third place (for now), Disney/Pixar's Inside Out added $7.5 million yesterday, down just 20 percent from last Wednesday. With $208.34 million in the bank through 13 days of release, the strongly-received animated pic is pacing 37.5 percent ahead of Up and 17 percent behind Toy Story 3.

Jurassic World took in another $5.99 million on Wednesday for a 36.5 percent decline from last week. The mega-blockbuster's domestic tally now stands at $520.36 million, putting it 10 percent ahead of where Marvel's The Avengers was at the same point in release.

Filling out the top five, Ted 2 grossed $3.03 million yesterday, giving it a six-day domestic haul of $44.06 million. The comedy sequel is pacing 45 percent behind its predecessor.

Meanwhile, Max added $1.5 million yesterday, giving it $17.08 million through six days of play. That's a respectable 15 percent stronger performance than last summer's Earth to Echo through the same point.

Please note: grosses for Faith of Our Fathers were not reported in time for publishing.

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Milwaukee, July 2, 2015... The Marcus Corporation (NYSE:MCS), has announced the promotion of Katie Falvey to vice president of real estate. In her newly expanded role, Falvey oversees all real estate functions for the company, including both operating divisions, Marcus Theatres and Marcus Hotels & Resorts, and the organization's various corporate entities.

Effective July 1, Falvey is responsible for supporting organic growth initiatives, including market analysis, site selection and transaction negotiation. This includes the asset management of a 1.5 million-square-foot portfolio of income-producing, non-operational properties. She reports to Rolando Rodriguez, president and CEO of Marcus Theatres and executive vice president of The Marcus Corporation.

"As an 18-year veteran of the company, Katie has had a direct impact on the strength of the company's real estate portfolio, and we're fortunate to be able to further leverage her talents," said Rodriguez. "We are confident her industry expertise and familiarity with our organization's real estate strategies will continue to contribute to the overall success and growth of The Marcus Corporation."

Falvey joined The Marcus Corporation in April 1997 as director of real estate marketing and property management, before assuming the role of director of real estate in 2005. Throughout her tenure, she has implemented national real estate, location and asset strategies across all of the company's hospitality and entertainment divisions. Her most recent contributions include leading the initial pre-development of The Corners of Brookfield, a 750,000-square-foot, mixed-use, open-air shopping center, currently under construction by a joint venture in the Town of Brookfield, Wisconsin.

In addition to her role at The Marcus Corporation, Falvey is a board member for Milwaukee Downtown, Business Improvement District #21, and also serves on the organization's Economic Development committee.

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New controller platform powers and controls Alcons pro-ribbon systems

The remarkable audio quality of Alcons' pro-ribbon technology is making significant inroads in the professional sound reinforcement market. But in order to get the very best from their systems, every component of the signal chain has to consistently deliver. It is with this in mind that Alcons has developed Sentinel, a range of amplified loudspeaker controllers that precisely match the requirements of its loudspeakers.

The genesis of Sentinel came from Alcons engineers doing thorough, calibrated 1:1 listening tests between the company's current ALC series amplified loudspeaker controllers and the products from various leading amplifier brands.

"We compared sound quality on stereo imaging, depth, width and resolution," says Alcons co-founder Tom Back. "Most people in the pro audio world would think that each amplifier of a given rating is the same, but we found that there are large differences between each model and the various technologies used."

"Of course, we did further testing on output, thermal behaviour, user interface, integrated processing platforms and serviceability, which also revealed lot of differences. Overall, with such high-resolution transducer technology as Alcons pro-ribbon, the differences were too big for us to ignore."

The company could have made an OEM agreement with an existing amplifier manufacturer, but to achieve a unit that would allow its systems to deliver everything modern audio professionals demand with absolutely no loss of audio quality, Alcons decided to develop its own, proprietary platform.

The Sentinel features 4-in/4-out input matrix routing, with internal 96kHz sampling rate.
Due to the custom-designed sample-rate conversion, Sentinel accepts any signal between 44.1 up to 192kHz digital AES3 format.

The future-upgradable powerful DSP engine enables minimal latency during processing of even the most complex (IIR, FIR) algorithms.

DSP features include parametric equaliser (incl. shelf, notch, high/low-pass) and delay per channel, factory presets for all Alcons systems and configurations a.o.
The "linear" preset enables the Sentinel to be used with third-party speakers, while maintaining full DSP functionality.

The 4 independent, patent-pending Class D amplifier stages and 2 redundant switch-mode power supplies all feature a microcontroller, allowing all parameters to be monitored and guided via the internal communication network. This means maximum operating efficiency (even with one power supply shut down) and extensive status/application logging can be maintained at all times.

The modular construction not only facilitates future hardware upgrades for i.e. more powerful processors (if future needs be), but also offers easy "in-the-field" servicing, bringing potential downtime to an absolute minimum.

The Signal Integrity SensingTM (SIS) circuit dynamically compensates impedance effects in long speaker cables and connectors, resulting in a tight sub and bass response, matching the fast-transient response of the pro-ribbon mid-high frequency reproduction. This circuit doesn't require any manual presetting, but operates dynamically, on SISTM pre-wired systems.

The Sentinel is operated by a Linux-based main controller, through a large, intuitive colour 480 x 272 pixel TFT touch screen and RGD-LED rotary encoder.

Remote control requirements are served by ALControlTM, Alcons-proprietary ALC control software protocol, to control individual or clusters of Sentinels, to be operated from both Mac and PC platforms; Also control from mobile devices is possible through a VNC app.
Spare module slots and two RJ45 connectors enable optional audio-over-network control.

Sentinel comes in a 2u rack mount package in two formats: 4x 750W (Sentinel3) and 4x 2500W (Sentinel10) output, weighing just 8,8kg/19.4lb and 11,6kg/25.5lb respectively.

"The main focus in the development of the Sentinel range was to obtain an ‘audiophile-grade' signal path and a surplus of headroom under any circumstance, to get the maximum performance out of Alcons sound systems," says Back. "It is designed to offer the highest possible sound quality and most realistic sound experience, at any sound pressure level, in any application.

"It has meant that our R&D path took longer than the ‘short cut' of an OEM agreement, but it has definitely paid off. We can truly say that the combination of Alcons sound systems and the Sentinel platform raises the bar for maximum obtainable sound quality in sound reinforcement. It sets new standards of Hi-Fi sound at concert SPLs. And, most importantly, it's a future-proof investment !"

 

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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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