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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By Daniel Garris

Inside Out grossed $8.78 million on Tuesday to lead the daily box office for a second straight day. In the process, the critically acclaimed 3D computer animated blockbuster from Disney and Pixar surpassed the $200 million domestic milestone yesterday. Inside Out was up a healthy 27 percent over Monday and down 33 percent from last Tuesday. With a stronger than expected $200.84 million twelve-day take, Inside Out is currently running 8 percent ahead of the $185.91 million twelve-day gross of 2013's Monsters University and 18 percent behind the $244.03 million twelve-day take of 2010's Toy Story 3.

Jurassic World held steady in second with $7.47 million. The 3D blockbuster sequel from Universal and Legendary increased 14.5 percent over Monday and decreased 43 percent from last Tuesday. Jurassic World has grossed a massive $514.37 million through 19 days of release. The film is already the fifth highest grossing film of all-time without adjusting for ticket price inflation and before much longer will move past the $534.86 million final gross of 2008's The Dark Knight to move into fourth place. Jurassic World is running 10 percent ahead of the $468.27 million 19-day take of 2012's Marvel's The Avengers.

Ted 2 took in $3.84 million to remain in third place. The Seth MacFarlane directed comedy sequel from Universal and MRC was up a modest 4 percent over Monday. Ted 2 was clearly affected by Warner's Magic Mike XXL and Paramount's Terminator Genisys both entering the marketplace on Tuesday evening. Ted 2 surpassed the $40 million mark yesterday and has grossed a significantly softer than expected $41.03 million in five days. That places the film a very disappointing 43 percent behind the $71.60 million five-day start of 2012's Ted.

Max continued to claim fourth place with $1.94 million. The modestly budgeted family film from Warner Bros. and MGM was up a very promising 31 percent over Monday's performance. Max has grossed $15.58 million in its first five days. That is in line with expectations and places the film 15 percent ahead of the $13.57 million five-day launch of last year's Earth to Echo (which opened on a Wednesday).

Fox's Spy rounded out the day's unchanged top five with $1.07 million. The Melissa McCarthy led comedy was up 13 percent over Monday and down a solid 37 percent from last Tuesday. Spy surpassed the $90 million mark yesterday and has grossed $90.48 million in 26 days, thanks in part to displaying strong holding power over the past two weeks.

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