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By Alex Edghill

Friday Morning Update: Jurassic World and Star Wars: The Force Awakens had a close battle this past week on Twitter, with the former pulling out a narrow victory. Only a few weeks from release now Jurassic World is really stepping up its game and looks poised to at least best the $50 million opening weekend take of the last Jurassic Park film. The record in the franchise is held by The Lost World which had $72 million on opening back in 1997, at the time breaking the opening weekend record. Much has changed since then, with 69 films grossing more than that on opening weekend to date. World might be a shoe in to take the unadjusted franchise opening record but it will fall far short of the opening weekend record this time. Still, with its massive global appeal it should be able to secure $1 billion globally, more than enough to justify future sequels.

For the second weekend in a row Star Wars: The Force Awakens was a close second. I have been waiting for it to wane and fall out of the top 10 like virtually all others films do after a trailer this far from release but its simply not happening. Case in point is Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, which fell to fourth after leading last week as its trailer buzz waned. Chances are it will be outside of the top 10 in the next two weeks where it will stay until a second trailer surfaces. Star Wars is now on its seventh straight week inside the top 5 after its second trailer. The power is strong with the fanboys.

That brings me to Point Break, popping up for the first time inside the top five after its first trailer. The film is 'inspired by' the cult classic of the same name from 1991 starring Keanu Reeves, the late Patrick Swayze and directed by future Oscar winner Kathryn Bigelow. The trailer is action-packed and has many hat-tips to the original film even if the story has changed dramatically. But with a cast of unknowns for the most part the film wasn't able to generate more than 22k tweets despite having a great clean search string of simply "point break". Somewhat mediocre to underwhelming considering how popular the first film was to 20, 30 and 40 something pop culture fans. The first film opened to $8.5 million, fourth on the weekend despite its strong cast and director, and while the years have helped to build a brand a following these numbers don't suggest a massive resurgence for its namesake. Perhaps what was even more of a red flag than the overall tweets was the sentiment of those tweets which hovered between 2 positive to 1 negative down to as low as 1 positive per negative. Clearly Twitter users weren't that happy with what they saw.

Twitter Top 10 Movies for the week of May 22nd to May 28th

Date Movie Tweets Rank Change
6/12/15 Jurassic World 110,002 1 (+2) 22.39%
12/18/15 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 106,053 2 (-) 7.45%
6/05/15 Insidious: Chapter 3 61,898 3 (+1) 35.78%
9/18/15 Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials 58,988 4 (-3) -69.91%
12/25/15 Point Break (2015) 48,222 5 (+38) 2822.55%

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may29.pngFriday Update #1: Warner Bros. reports that San Andreas got off to a strong start on Thursday night with an estimated $3.1 million. That figure handily tops fellow Dwayne Johnson starrer Hercules, which pulled $2.1 million from Thursday shows in mid-July last year. San Andreas also wasn't too far behind the $3.7 million Thursday bow of Mad Max: Fury Road. It's pretty clear that Johnson's star power is the driving force behind the disaster pic's potential this weekend.

Meanwhile, Aloha also debuts in theaters today, although no Thursday figures were available at the time of publishing.

Check back for more updates throughout the day and weekend.

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may22wknd.pngWarner Bros. reports Mad Max: Fury Road held the top spot again on Wednesday with $2.32 million, off just 41 percent from the same day last week. In the process, the strongly received action flick crossed the $100 million domestic barrier as it now sits at $100.08 million, which is nearly 4 percent ahead of where Prometheus stood at the same point in its release cycle.

In the runner-up spot, Pitch Perfect 2 added $2.06 million yesterday for a 47 percent week-to-week drop. The hit comedy sequel has tallied $130.7 million domestically through 13 days of release, 34 percent ahead of Neighbors.

Disney's Tomorrowland claimed third place on Wednesday with $1.97 million. The Brad Bird-helmed adventure film has earned $47.56 million through its first six days, which is essentially on par with the $48.05 million six-day take of J.J. Abrams' Super 8 in 2011.

Avengers: Age of Ultron landed in fourth place yesterday, off 39 percent from last Wednesday. Its domestic take is now $414.75 million.

Filling out the top five, Poltergeist grossed $1.25 million yesterday. The horror remake's six-day tally is $29.36 million, about 4 percent less than 2013's Evil Dead remake through the same point.

 

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sanandreaslongrange.pngLOS ANGELES - May 28, 2015 - According to Fandango, the nation's leading digital destination for moviegoers and fans with more than 36 million unique visitors per month*, "San Andreas" is ready to give audiences a jolt as the weekend's #1 ticket-seller, shaking up 84 out of 100 points on Fanticipation, Fandango's movie buzz indicator. "San Andreas" is outselling Dwayne Johnson's action-adventure vehicle, "Hercules," and director Brad Peyton's previous film with Johnson, "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island," at the same point in the Fandango sales cycle.

"It's been a while since Hollywood has delivered a top-flight disaster movie," says Fandango Chief Correspondent Dave Karger, "and with Dwayne Johnson leading the cast, ‘San Andreas' is giving a summer jolt to moviegoers, delivering on star power and jaw-dropping special effects."

According to a survey of more than 1,000 "San Andreas" ticket-buyers on Fandango:
* 77% are fans of The Rock's action-adventure movies;
* 76% are looking forward to the film's spectacular CGI effects;
* 73% are fans of disaster movies like "Armageddon" and "The Day After Tomorrow;"
* 65% are interested in the film's focus on a family's struggle to survive and reunite.

On Fandango's movie recommendation show, "Weekend Ticket," Karger interviews "San Andreas" star Dwayne Johnson. "If you're easily spooked by natural disasters, then you're perfect for this movie," teases Johnson. "It allows you to experience it on a grand scale and you get to walk out. If you have those fears, go for it." The full episode can be found at http://www.fandango.com/WeekendTicket.

With "San Andreas" opening this week, Fandango Movieclips is hosting The Ultimate The Rock Mashup, while Fandango is unveiling an exclusive infographic of "Iconic Landmarks Destroyed in the Movies," from the Statue of Liberty in "Cloverfield" to the shifting Golden Gate Bridge in "X-Men: The Last Stand."

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.

*According to comScore

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The presence of Meyer Sound in French film post-production continues to grow with Film Factory, which has added an Acheron®-based loudspeaker system for its newest mixing stage in the Paris suburb of Clichy. This is the second Meyer Sound system for Film Factory, one of France's leading providers of film post-production services, and the 16th French post-production room to have adopted Meyer Sound as the new monitoring standard.
"Compared to the ‘established standard' loudspeakers, Meyer Sound cinema monitors are much more stable," says Antoine Faure, audio director at Film Factory. "Their frequency and phase responses are more linear because the crossovers, phase alignment, and amplifiers are all inside the loudspeaker. The difference is remarkable."

The newest 7.1 mixing stage at Film Factory offers monitoring from three Acheron® Studio screen channel loudspeakers, 10 HMS-10 surround loudspeakers, and three X-800 high-power cinema subwoofers. The system is wired for easy upgrade to the Dolby Atmos immersive surround format. System design was handled by Paul Henri-Wagner of Paris-based 44.1, which served as integrator for both the Meyer Sound system and a Euphonix System 5 mixing console.

"The linear response at very high levels is outstanding," reports Faure. "The precise time response is clearly audible in the smallest details, particularly with Foley and music. Some re-recording mixers have told me that they have discovered new details when mixing with the systems."
With the addition of the new Film Factory room, a total of 16 rooms at nine prestigious French post-production facilities now offer Meyer Sound cinema systems. Installations in Paris include Dubbing Brothers, INK Production, Piste Rouge, and Film Factory's first Meyer Sound-equipped mixing stage. Other French installations include Digimage in Joinville and Montrouge; Technicolor in Boulogne; and École Louis-Lumière and Digital Factory in St. Denis.

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