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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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New Delhi, July 28, 2015-PVR Ltd., the largest multiplex chain in India, today announced plans to install Dolby Atmos® in 50 of its cinema screens across the country over the next two years. When completed, this will be one of the largest rollouts of Dolby Atmos screens by any multiplex chain in India until now.

PVR's two existing properties equipped with Dolby Atmos technology have garnered tremendous response from patrons. PVR is leaving no stone unturned to ensure this experience is also available in more PVR screens across the country in its endeavor to provide the best cinematic experience to its patrons.

"At PVR, we believe in bringing the most revolutionary and state-of-the-art technologies to its patrons to deliver the highest-quality movie experience," said Mr. Ajay Bijli, Chairman and Managing Director, PVR Ltd. "Our collaboration with Dolby goes a long way. Dolby is amongst one of the most celebrated brands in the market for premium sound quality, and it perfectly fits with PVR's mission to offer its audience the ultimate in moviegoing experiences. Feeling extremely optimistic about the association, we together as brands will go an extra mile to woo our audience."

Dolby Atmos, the award-winning Dolby® sound technology, moves audio around the theatre, even overhead, with astonishing clarity, richness, and depth. The lifelike sounds of music, people, and things flow all around the theatre in sync with the action to create a more immersive and moving experience. Dolby Atmos has quickly become the preferred choice for next-generation sound in the cinema, with major studios, directors, and exhibitors from around the world adopting the solution.

Mr. Gautam Dutta, CEO, PVR Ltd., added, "I believe Dolby Atmos is indeed the best sound technology available in the market. For our brand, PVR, we want nothing but the best. We want to make movie watching a real-time experience for our patrons. And with the premium sound technology that Dolby Atmos offers, we are very confident about the results."

"Dolby looks forward to working with PVR to bring the Dolby Atmos experience to many more moviegoers in India," said Mr. Bob Borchers, Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President, Dolby Laboratories. "With Dolby Atmos, the audience is no longer just watching a movie; they are experiencing it. We are confident that moviegoers will go back again and again for the extraordinary experience that only Dolby Atmos can deliver."

The deal encompasses properties across India and has a huge catchment across geographies vis-à-vis North, South, East, and West. PVR plans to install Dolby Atmos in significant properties, including PVR Sangam (Delhi), PVR Market City (Bangalore), Lulu Mall (Kochi), Ambience Mall (Gurgaon), PVR Phoenix (Mumbai), among many more places.

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By Daniel Garris

Disney's Ant-Man took in $24.91 million this weekend, which was good enough to lead the weekend box office for a second consecutive frame. The Paul Rudd led superhero film from Marvel was down a sharp 56.5 percent from last weekend, but was able to remain in first place this weekend thanks in part to the disappointing debut of Pixels and the soft third weekend hold of Minions. Ant-Man surpassed the $100 million mark this weekend and has grossed a solid $106.22 million in ten days. The film continues to perform in line with the lower end of pre-release expectations. Ant-Man is currently running 9 percent ahead of the $97.06 million ten-day take of 2008's The Incredible Hulk (which fell 57 percent in its second weekend to gross $22.14 million) and 9.5 percent behind the $117.42 million ten-day gross of 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger (which declined 61 percent to gross $25.55 million).

Sony's Pixels debuted in a very close second place with $24.01 million. The Adam Sandler led 3D action comedy was off to a disappointing start and even with scaled back expectations had been widely expected to lead the box office heading into the weekend. Ultimately the film's high-profile retro video game concept and the high levels of buzz generated by its initial trailer weren't enough to overcome poor critical reviews and Sandler's declining popularity. Pixels opened a lackluster 42 percent below the $41.51 million debut of 2013's Grown Ups 2. The film performed much more in line with the $23.76 million debut of the Kevin James led Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 earlier this year (James also stars in Pixels). That comparison is especially underwhelming given the added presence of Sandler, the film's retro video game characters (including PAC-MAN and Donkey Kong) and its advantage of higher priced 3D and IMAX admissions.

Pixels opened with $9.11 million on Friday (which included an estimated $1.5 million from Thursday evening shows), declined 8 percent on Saturday to gross $8.42 million and fell 23 percent on Sunday to gross $6.48 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.63 to 1. Pixels received a respectable B rating on CinemaScore, which isn't a great sign, but does suggest that audiences are responding to the film better than critics have. On the brighter side of things the production budget for Pixels was fairly modest by high-profile summer release standards and the film was off to a relatively stronger start overseas this weekend.

Minions wasn't far behind with a third place take of $22.93 million. The blockbuster 3D computer animated spin-off from Universal and Illumination Entertainment was down a sizable 53.5 percent from last weekend. After a terrific opening weekend performance, Minions has displayed lackluster holding power due in part to mixed word of mouth (especially among adults) and to the massive initial rush out of the film's fanbase during the film's first week of release. With that said, Minions has already grossed $262.45 million in 17 days. That places the film just ahead of the $258.57 million 17-day take of 2013's Despicable Me 2, though it should be reminded that Minions does have an advantage in the comparison as a result of Despicable Me 2 opening on a Wednesday.

Fellow Universal release Trainwreck followed in fourth with $17.28 million. The critically acclaimed Amy Schumer led comedy from director Judd Apatow was down a solid 43 percent from last weekend. The film's hold this weekend does indicate that the rush out of Schumer's fanbase has led to relatively more initial front-loading than usual for a film from Apatow; but the film is still highly likely to hold up much better going forward thanks to its strong word of mouth and critical reviews. Trainwreck has grossed a very promising $61.53 million in ten days. The film is currently running an impressive 42 percent ahead of the $43.34 million ten-day take of 2009's Julie & Julia (which fell 40 percent in its second weekend to gross $12.06 million) and 7 percent behind the $65.87 million ten-day gross of 2007's Knocked Up (which declined 36 percent to take in $19.64 million).

The Weinstein Company's Southpaw rounded out the weekend's top five with a $16.70 million debut. The Antoine Fuqua directed sports drama starring Jake Gyllenhaal opened slightly ahead of expectations and surprisingly ahead of Paper Towns in this weekend's rankings. Despite mixed critical reviews, Southpaw was off to a nice start this weekend thanks in part to an effective marketing campaign that was aided by the film's soundtrack and by focusing on Gyllenhaal's buzzed about performance. Southpaw opened 27 percent ahead of the $13.15 million debut of 2012's End of Watch and 9 percent behind the $18.32 million start of 2005's Cinderella Man.

Southpaw started out with $6.20 million on Friday (which included an estimated $1.2 million from Thursday evening shows), fell 8 percent on Saturday to gross $5.70 million decreased a slim 16 percent on Sunday to gross $4.79 million. That gave the film an opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.69 to 1. Southpaw received a strong A rating on CinemaScore, which is a strong early sign for the film going forward.

Meanwhile, Fox's Paper Towns was off to a disappointing sixth place start with $12.65 million. The young adult adaptation starring Nat Wolff and Cara Delevingne opened well below expectations. The goodwill from the success of last year's The Fault in Our Stars (which like Paper Towns, was also adapted from a John Green novel) helped generate high levels of online buzz for Paper Towns in the weeks leading up to its release, but that buzz ultimately failed to transfer over to the box office. In addition to opening 74 percent below the $48.00 million debut of The Fault in Our Stars, Paper Towns opened 19 percent below the $15.68 million start of last year's If I Stay.

On top of the soft opening, Paper Towns was extremely front-loaded this weekend. The film was off to a respectable $6.33 million start on Friday (which included a significant $2.0 million from Thursday night shows), but fell a massive 44 percent on Saturday to gross $3.52 million and declined 20 percent on Sunday to take in $2.80 million. That gave the film an opening weekend to Friday ratio of only 2.00 to 1, which obviously isn't a good sign going forward. Paper Towns did receive a solid B+ rating on CinemaScore and carried a reported produced budget of just $12 million.

In other box office news, Universal's Jurassic World moved into third place on the all-time unadjusted domestic list after a $7.18 million eighth place take this weekend. Jurassic World has grossed a massive $624.08 million in 45 days, which places it just ahead of the $623.36 million final domestic gross of 2012's Marvel's The Avengers. 1997's Titanic (with aid from its 2012 re-issue) claims second place on the all-time domestic list with a lifetime unadjusted gross of $658.67 million.

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Jonathan Papish @ChinaBoxOffice

 

Updated 7.28.15 w/ studio actuals

 

The #1 film overseas for the second consecutive weekend was China’s Monster Hunt which grossed an additional $51.78 million (-37%) to become the highest-grossing local film of all-time in China with $221.13 million. The previous record holder was buddy comedy Lost In Thailand which earned $201 million in 2012. The live action/CGI hybrid from Shrek’s animation supervisor Raman Hui now sits at #5 on China’s all-time list inching closer to Jurassic World ($228.7 million) and Avengers: Age of Ultron ($235.8 million). 

 

Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s global hit Minions grossed $45.3 million (-32%) from 59 overseas markets this weekend, lifting its international total to $499.4 million and its worldwide total to $761.8 million. Minions opened at #1 in Peru with $1.9 million which is 72% bigger than Despicable Me 2 and at #1 in Portugal with $1.2 million which is the biggest opening weekend ever for an animated film there. Minions has held onto the top spot for three consecutive weeks in France, Venezuela, Belgium, Croatia, Hungary, Latvia, and Romania and for four consecutive weeks in Germany, Austria, Argentina, Chile, Estonia, Finland, Norway, and the Netherlands. The film has 7 more territories to release over the next two months: South Korea (July 29), Japan (July 31), Slovenia (August 13), Italy (August 27), Turkey (September 4), China (September 13), and Greece (September 24). 

 

Ant-Man burrowed into 11 additional overseas markets this weekend and hauled off $35.4 million (-37%) from 49 total territories, bringing its international total to $120.4 million and its global tally to $226.47 million after two weeks of release. Among new territories, Germany and Spain opened poorly with the Marvel/Disney flick taking third place in both markets behind Inside Out and newcomer Pixels in Spain and trailing Minions and Magic Mike XXL in Germany. Strong holdovers include the UK/Ireland — down 42% with an estimated $14.7 million total, Taiwan — down just 17% for $8.1 million total, and Hong Kong — off 31% for $5.1 million. Ant-Man has outgrossed Guardians of the Galaxy in both Taiwan and Hong Kong in just 11 days of release. 

 

Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man has opened in ~61% of its total international footprint and will open in Lebanon and South Africa next weekend.

 

Inside Out posted an estimated $28.3 million (+33%) in its sixth weekend of release from 51 overseas territories.  It has now earned $229.8 million overseas and $550.135 million worldwide with 28% of its international marketplace still to open. The film had the widest release in history in the UK/Ireland, opening in 608 locations and grossing $10.9 million for the top spot in the market which is 36% ahead of Monsters University and 4% ahead of Brave. Other top grossing markets include Mexico ($30.0M), Australia ($22.0M), South Korea ($21.8) where Inside Out is the second biggest Disney release ever behind Frozen, France ($20.0M), Russia ($18.8M), Argentina ($16.8M), Brazil ($12.6M), and Japan ($10.4M). Additionally, the Latin American and Middle East regions had strong holds of -35% and -28% respectively. 

 

China’s superhero spoof Jianbing Man (Pancake Man) grossed an additional $27.16 million (-60%) this weekend in the Middle Kingdom, bringing its 10-day total to $139.35 million

 

Pixels began its global rollout along with its North American release this weekend and took in $21 million from 56 international territories on 7,100 screens. The early international cume is up to $25.14 million (South Korea opened last weekend with $4 million) and the worldwide total is $49.1 million. Pixels’ international opening is 39% ahead of The Lego Movie across the same markets. In Latin America, the film opened at #1 in Brazil ($3.1 million), Mexico ($3.7 million), Argentina ($2.3 million), Bolivia, Colombia, and Uruguay. Pixels also opened at #1 ahead of Ant-Man and Minions in Russia ($2.7 million) and ahead of Ant-Man in Spain ($1.3 million). Key future releases are Italy (July 29), Germany (July 30), the UK/Ireland (August 12), Australia (September 10), Japan (September 12), and China (September 15).

 

Monkey King: Hero Is Back earned $15.57 million (-40%) in China this weekend. After 17 days of release, the 3D animated family film has grossed $108 million and is the highest-grossing animated film of all-time in China.

 

Paramount Pictures’ reboot Terminator: Genisys earned $10.7 million (-50%) this weekend from 64 overseas territories, lifting its international total to $219.3 million and its global haul to $305.3 million. Top territories this week were Japan ($1.7M/$16.6M cume), Germany ($1.1M/$7.7M cume), UK/Ireland ($761K/$16.1 cume), France ($665K/$9.8M cume), and Argentina ($609K/$5.2M cume). The struggling fifth chapter in the Terminator franchise will try to win over Chinese audiences when it opens on the Mainland August 23.

 

Jurassic World took in $8.3 million (-35%) from 63 territories this weekend. Its global record-breaking run continues with a total of $918.5 million overseas and $1.543 billion worldwide. Universal’s dino blockbuster now sits at #3 all-time worldwide behind Titanic and Avatar. Jurassic releases in its final territory Japan on August 5.

 

Paper Towns opened to $7.5 million from 35 new markets this weekend in addition to Australia, Brazil, and Argentina and New Zealand. Its early international cume is $15.6 million and after this weekend’s NA release, Paper Towns has earned $30.0 million worldwide. Top openings were Mexico ($1.54 million on 880 screens, #4 in market), Venezuela ($624K on 36 screens, #6 in market), the Philippines ($566K on 137 screens, #2 in market), and Russia ($504K on 685 screens, #6 in market). Paper Towns comes to 18 additional territories next weekend including Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands. 

 

Magic Mike XXL danced to an excellent $2.8 million on its opening weekend in Germany to take #2 ahead of fellow opener Ant-Man. The sequel grossed $6.2 million (+16%) from 42 total overseas markets, bringing its international cume to $39.9 million and its global total to $103.3 million. Mike undresses next in Brazil on July 30. 

 

Southpaw stepped into the ring in 11 territories this weekend and scored $4.4 million from 230K admissions. Top grossing territories were the UK/Ireland ($2.6 million on 401 screens) and France ($1.3 million on 199 screens). Combined with the film's solid NA opening, Southpaw earned $21.1 million worldwide on opening weekend. Southpaw opens in India next weekend.

 

Foul-mouthed teddy Ted 2 grossed just $3.8 million (-47%) from 43 overseas territories this weekend. Seth McFarlane’s underwhelming sequel has grossed $73.8 million internationally and $153.5 million globally. It still has 20 territories to release, but will end up with far less than Ted’s overseas take of $330.94 million. 

 

The Gallows scared up $3.65 million (+68%) from 31 markets and has grossed $9.8 million overseas and $31.3 million worldwide. Russia opened in fourth place with $859K on 777 screens and Brazil opened to $346K from 155 screens.

 

Films with $2 million or less overseas this weekend (Weekend Total/Overseas Total/Global Total)

Unfriended - $1.8 million/$21.58 million/$54.06 million

Insidious: Chapter 3 - $1.44 million/$63.92 million/$115.86 million

Pitch Perfect 2 - $1.2 million/$98.2 million/$282 million

Avengers: Age of Ultron - $1.2 million/$939.3 million/$1.39593 billion

Spy - $1.2M/$122.5 million/$230.7 million

Woman in Gold - $659K/$20.2 million/$53.47 million

Poltergeist - $300K/$48.4 million/$95.83 million

Now or Never - $250K/$8.1 million/$8.1 million

Trainwreck - $223K/$223K/$63.91 million

Love & Mercy - $47K/$1.89 million/$13.81 million

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 - $36K/$36.1 million/$107 million

Annie - $6K/$53.93 million/$139.84 million

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