The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 scored $17 million from Thursday evening shows. While that trails the $25.3 million haul of Catching Fire last year, it's still comfortably ahead of the $11.2 million Thursday evening tally of Guardians of the Galaxy

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aimc_australianinternationalmovieconvention.pngThe Australian International Movie Convention (AIMC) 2015 will take place from October 11-15, with a supplementary symposium program on October 16.

2015 marks the 70th movie industry convention to be held in Queensland, with the event's early roots back in the old Chevron Hotel on the Gold Coast.

Fittingly, the 70th birthday celebrations will take place on the Gold Coast, with AIMC 2015 to be held at the transformed, new-look Jupiters Hotel & Casino.

Jupiters is currently undertaking a $345 million transformation which, when complete, will deliver a new six-star hotel tower, a range of contemporary restaurants and bars and a transformation of all existing facilities, including a new poolside experience.

The AIMC is hosted annually by NACO (National Association of Cinema Operators-Australasia) and has become a valuable annual industry event for the Australian, NZ and Pacific region, as it offers those in production, distribution, cinema exhibition and allied trades an unparalleled opportunity to come together once a year.

NACO Executive Director, Michael Hawkins says: "We were delighted to welcome a record 985 delegates to AIMC 2014, 10% of whom were from overseas. I would hope to equal or better that when we celebrate the 70th convention in 2015, for which planning is already underway."

Michael Hawkins added that any organisation or individual interested in loaning or donating AIMC memorabilia from the past 69 years should contact Freya Tienan -

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About the Australian International Movie Convention (AIMC)
Continually attracting record numbers of delegates from Australia, New Zealand, Asia, the US and Europe, the Australian International Movie Convention (AIMC) remains the premier event to showcase the Australian film industry and provide opportunities for industry stakeholders to reflect upon and shape the issues that affect the business of motion pictures, and to network with local and international colleagues. The Australian International Movie Convention is held annually on the Gold Coast, Queensland and hosted by NACO, the National Association of Cinema Operators - Australasia.

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midnovember.jpgParamount reports that Interstellar retained the top spot on Wednesday with a gross of $2.02 million. That represents a healthy 41 percent drop from the same day last week, while giving the Christopher Nolan space epic a domestic total of $103.8 million thus far.

Universal's Dumb and Dumber To added $1.64 million yesterday, giving it $42.2 million through 6 days of release. That puts the Jim Carrey-Jeff Daniels comedy sequel 6 percent ahead of the pace of last year's Jackass Presents Bad Grandpa.

Disney's Big Hero 6 was off 38 percent from last Wednesday to $1.16 million yesterday. The animated hit's total now stands at a strong $114.5 million.

Gone Girl eased 27 percent from last Wednesday to $0.34 million yesterday. The dramatic thriller has earned an excellent $153.7 million domestically up to this point.

Fury rounded out the top five with $0.34 million, down 30 percent from the same day last week. The war drama's total now stands at $77 million.

Meanwhile, Beyond the Lights posted $0.28 million in its sixth day of release as it slipped down to seventh place. That gives the music drama a total of $7.2 million so far, 20 percent off the pace of Addicted.


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malcotheatres.png(MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE) November 19, 2014 - After 15 years of transforming film into collectible movie bows for the popular Wrapped with Love program Malco Theatres is debuting a new keepsake just in time for the holidays!

The limited edition Malco Memories Photo Magnets will offer a unique opportunity to see oneself at the movies this holiday season - the ultimate "selfie" souvenir! Available for $1.00 each from Thanksgiving Day (November 27) through Christmas Day (December 25) at all Malco Theatres locations in Tennessee, Arkansas, Missouri, Kentucky, Louisiana and Mississippi, 100% of the monies raised will be donated to Memphis' own St. Jude Children's Research Hospital for the continued research of childhood diseases.

This new drive coincides with Malco's Century of Cinema celebration, highlighting the company's 100th anniversary. Started in 1915 by M.A. Lightman, Sr., what began as one theatre in a rented storefront in Sheffield, Alabama, has become one of the most popular movie theatre chains in the Southern United States. Since then, Malco has continued to serve the community and give back, raising millions of dollars various charities and organizations, including the ongoing partnership with ALSAC/St Jude that has netted over $865,000 for the veritable Memphis institution.

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About Malco Theatres:

Memphis, TN-based Malco Theatres is a fourth-generation family owned and operated business celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2015. Malco Theatres operates over 345 screens at 33 locations across the Mid-South, as well as bowling and family entertainment centers in Louisiana. Malco recently opened the Gonzales Cinema in Gonzales, LA and completed renovations of the Ridgeway Cinema Grill (formerly the Ridgeway Four Cinema) in Memphis, the Forest Hill Cinema in Germantown, Tennessee and the newly acquired Winchester Cinema in Winchester, KY. Upcoming projects include Lakeland, TN; Millington, TN; Sikeston, MO; and Jackson, TN, along with several unannounced locations.

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mj1.pngLOS ANGELES - November 19, 2014 - According to Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" represents more than 90% of Fandango's weekend sales and scores a stirring 97 out of 100 points on the company's Fanticipation movie buzz indicator, the highest score for any film this year. Already Fandango fans' most anticipated film of 2014, "Mockingjay" is also on target to become Fandango's top advance ticket-seller of the year.

According to a survey of more than 1,000 "Mockingjay" ticket-buyers on Fandango:
· 95% had seen the previous "Hunger Games" films on the big screen;

· 93% are already looking forward to seeing "Mockingjay - Part 2;"

· 66% say Lorde's "Mockingjay" soundtrack increased their interest in the movie;

· 52% picked Julianne Moore (as President Alma Coin) as the new-to-the-franchise actor they're most excited to see; 33% picked Natalie Dormer (as Cressida).

"'Mockingjay' takes the franchise to new heights, as there's a lot of raw emotion in this film, and it shatters your expectations," says Fandango Chief Correspondent Dave Karger, "As the positive buzz builds, fans will continue to scoop up tickets on Fandango and theater owners will keep adding new showtimes to meet fan demand."

About Fandango's Fanticipation
Known for having its finger on the pulse of moviegoers, Fandango's movie buzz indicator, Fanticipation, provides statistical insight into the movies fans are planning to see in a given weekend. Fanticipation scores (based on a 1 to 100-point scale) are calculated via an algorithm of Fandango's advance ticket sales, website and mobile traffic, and social media engagement. Fanticipation is not intended as a forecast of the weekend box office; it is a snapshot of movie fan sentiment.

Press Contacts:
Dana Benson
310-954-0278, ext. 300

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