Friday Update #2: Based on early reports, here's how the weekend seems to be shaping up:

The Martian: $32.5 million-$33.5 million
Pan: $17.5 million-$19 million
The Walk: $5 million-$6 million

Check back tomorrow for updated projections and official studio numbers. 

Friday Update #1: Warner Bros. reports that Pan earned $650,000 from Thursday night's early shows. There aren't many strong comparisons at this point with the potentially family-friendly film's October release, although worth mentioning are titles like Cinderella ($2.3 million Thursday earnings) and Oz the Great and Powerful ($2 million). If Pan were to hold up throughout the weekend similar to those titles, it could have a shot at an opening weekend close to $20 million.

The Walk also expands into nationwide release this weekend as it hopes to build on momentum from strong reviews and generally positive word of mouth after a very modest IMAX launch.

Meanwhile, The Martian is fully expected to hold onto the top spot at the box office for its second frame, while Hotel Transylvania 2 will continue to hold strongly as well.

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By Daniel Garris

Fox's The Martian rounded out its first week of release with a first place take of $3.80 million on Thursday. In the process, the critically acclaimed Ridley Scott directed 3D sci-fi film starring Matt Damon surpassed the $70 million mark yesterday. The Martian was up a solid 2 percent over Wednesday's performance. The Martian was the week's top film with a healthy seven-day start of $71.71 million. The film is currently running 4.5 percent ahead of the $68.62 million last year's Interstellar had grossed after seven days of wide release and 9 percent behind the $79.13 million seven-day take of 2013's Gravity.

Sony's Hotel Transylvania 2 held steady in second place with $1.30 million. The Adam Sandler led 3D computer animated film from Sony Pictures Animation was up 5 percent over Wednesday and down just 27 percent from last Thursday. Hotel Transylvania 2 placed in second for the week with $38.98 million. That represented a 32 percent decline from the film's opening week performance and brings the film's two-week total to an impressive $96.52 million. Hotel Transylvania 2 is running 14 percent ahead of the $84.89 million two-week take of 2012's Hotel Transylvania.

The Intern took in $1.04 million to remain in third. The Warner Bros. comedy starring Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway was up a healthy 5 percent over Wednesday and down 33 percent from last Thursday. The Intern took fourth place for the week with $16.01 million. That represented a 36 percent fall from last week and places the film's two-week haul at $40.91 million. The Intern is running 7 percent ahead of the $38.09 million two-week take of 2013's Last Vegas.

Lionsgate's Sicario continued to claim fourth place with $0.917 million. The critically acclaimed crime thriller starring Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin was down a slim 1 percent from Wednesday. Sicario placed in third for the week with $16.35 million, which was in line with expectations.  With the addition of two weeks of platform release, the three-week total for Sicario stands at a promising $19.36 million.

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Opening in 2015, South African Site Marks First 4DX Cinema in Africa New Partnership with Nu Metro Cinemas (South Africa)

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - October 8, 2015 - 4DX - the world's first 4D cinema technology for feature films - has been expanding its reach into the global market, making partnerships with new powerful multiplex operators all over the world and opening new 4DX sites through the strong partnerships with existing partners. Following that pattern, 4DX has signed a partnership with Nu Metro Cinemas (South Africa), with the South African location being the first 4DX site in all of Africa. Nu Metro Cinemas, the fast-growing South African cinema operator will bring 4DX to African movie-goers for the first time. The first South African location to feature 4DX, scheduled to open before the end of 2015, will be at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town - Africa's largest and most popular tourist attraction. With this new agreement, 4DX has broadened its global market reach and will have screens on five of the six inhabitable continents.

In September, a number of existing partners opened 4DX theatres in UAE, Ukraine, and China. VOX Cinemas opened the new site in MOE (Mall of Emirates) of UAE, recently renovated to be the largest entertainment facility, equipped with the latest technology, in the Middle East. Planeta Kino Cinemas added a 4DX theatre in Livi, the second site to open in Ukraine. With four of its 38 total sites opening in September alone, China is now the biggest 4DX market in the world. Three of these screens came out of 4DX' strong partnership with Wanda, opening screens in Dalian Gaoxin, in the Beijing Central Business District, and in Taiyuan.The other 4DX theatre opened at a CGV site in XingXing Foshan Dongpingxincheng.

As of September 2015, 4DX reaches 204 auditoriums in 35 countries, with a goal to reach 300 auditoriums by the first half of 2016. 4DX continues to deliver the 4DX technology to around the world, by trying to having new partnerships with a number of global multiplex operators and maintaining reliable relationships with existing partners to expand 4DX all over the world.

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oct2wknd.pngFox reports The Martian added $3.74 million as it easily retained first place on Wednesday. That gives it a six-day domestic total of $67.9 million, putting it 8 percent behind where Gravity stood at the same point and 4 percent ahead of Interstellar.

In second place, Hotel Transylvania 2 eased 37 percent from last Wednesday to $1.24 million yesterday. With $95.2 million in the bank through 13 days of play, the sequel is pacing 14 percent ahead of its predecessor.

The Intern claimed third place yesterday with $0.99 million, down just 42 percent from last week. With $39.9 million earned through 13 days, the Nancy Meyers film continues to enjoy strong holding power thanks to positive word of mouth.

Sicario took fourth place on Wednesday with $0.92 million, up 373 percent from last week when the film was still in limited release. The strongly reviewed thriller has earned $18.4 million domestically thus far.

Filling out the top five, Black Mass was off 59 percent from last Wednesday to $0.46 million yesterday. The film's domestic total now stands at $54 million.

Meanwhile, The Walk added $165,371 million in IMAX release yesterday, down 31 percent from its first day last week. The well-reviewed Robert Zemeckis film has earned $2.54 million through eight days and expands nationwide on Friday.

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waltdisneystudios.pngTheir official press release:

On Wednesday, October 7, The Walt Disney Studios crossed the $4 billion mark at the global box office in Studio record time, surpassing its previous fastest set 11/14/14 by nearly six weeks. With $1.433 billion domestically and $2.575 billion internationally as of 10/7/15, this is the third consecutive year the Studio has reached this threshold. It comes as Disney•Pixar's Inside Out crosses the $800 million mark upon its debut in China this week.


"2015 has been a record-setting year both domestically and internationally thanks to a strong slate of films from all of our brands," said Dave Hollis, Executive Vice President, Theatrical Distribution, The Walt Disney Studios. "With an incredible pipeline of both original stories and anticipated sequels featuring our most beloved characters, we are set to deliver some fantastic movies well into the future."


Further solidifying its branded tentpole strategy, The Walt Disney Studios has set the following domestic release dates:

· CARS 3 now dated on 6/16/17 wide

· COCO is final title of previous "11/22/17 Untitled Pixar Animation" (previously announced 11/22/17 wide playdate is unchanged)

· 12/22/17 UNTITLED DISNEY FAIRY TALE (Live Action) now dated on 12/22/17 wide

· BLACK PANTHER moves to 2/16/18 wide (from 7/6/18 wide)

· GIGANTIC is final title of previous "3/9/18 Disney Animation" (previously announced 3/9/18 wide playdate is unchanged)

· TOY STORY 4 moves to 6/15/18 wide (from 6/16/17 wide)

· ANT-MAN AND THE WASP now dated on 7/6/18 wide

· 11/2/18 UNTITLED DISNEY FAIRY TALE (Live Action) now dated on 11/2/18 wide

· CAPTAIN MARVEL moves to 3/8/19 wide (from 11/2/18 wide)

· 3/29/19 UNTITLED DISNEY FAIRY TALE (Live Action) now dated on 3/29/19 wide

· UNTITLED DISNEYTOON STUDIOS now dated on 4/12/19 wide

· THE INCREDIBLES 2 now dated on 6/21/19 wide

· 11/8/19 UNTITLED DISNEY FAIRY TALE (Live Action) now dated on 11/8/19 wide

· 3/13/20 UNTITLED PIXAR ANIMATION now dated on 3/13/20 wide

· 5/1/20 UNTITLED MARVEL now dated on 5/1/20 wide

· 6/19/20 UNTITLED PIXAR ANIMATION now dated on 6/19/20 wide

· 7/10/20 UNTITLED MARVEL now dated on 7/10/20 wide

· 11/6/20 UNTITLED MARVEL now dated on 11/6/20 wide

· 11/25/20 UNTITLED DISNEY ANIMATION now dated on Wed 11/25/20 wide


2015 box office drivers and milestones:


· Disney•Pixar's Inside Out (6/19/15, still in release) debuted in China on 10/6/15 and has now crossed $800M worldwide, including $353.9M domestic and $450.3M international. It is the #3 film of the year domestically and the #5 film of the year globally, as well as Pixar's third highest grossing release worldwide.

· Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron (5/1/15) has earned $458.9M domestic and $946M international for a global total of $1,404.9M and is the #2 film of the year domestically and the #6 film of all time globally.

· Disney's live-action Cinderella (3/13/15) has earned $201.1M domestic and $341.4M international for a global total of $542.5M; it's the #6 film of the year domestically and the #8 film of the year globally.

· Marvel's Ant-Man (7/17/15, still in release) has earned $178.5M domestic and $231.5M international for a global total of $410M; it's the #9 film of the year domestically and opens in its final international market, China, on October 16.

· Disney reached several milestones in Studio record time this year, including $3B global on 6/30/15 (previous best 8/5/14), $2B international on 7/11/15 (previous best 8/3/14) and $1B domestic on 7/24/15 (174 days, previous best 188 days), and achieved its first billion-dollar summer.


Still ahead in 2015, Disney•Pixar's The Good Dinosaur debuts domestically on 11/25/15 and Star Wars: The Force Awakens debuts on 12/18/15. DreamWorks Studios' Bridge of Spies, which will be distributed domestically by Touchstone Pictures, opens on 10/16/15.


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