By Daniel Garris
Fox's The Maze Runner took in $1.87 million on Monday to lead the daily box office for a fourth consecutive day. The modestly budgeted young adult adaptation was down 76 percent from Sunday, which is an early sign of the film having a significant family audience. The Maze Runner has grossed $34.38 million in four days, which represents a strong start, especially with the film's cost in mind. The film is running in line with expectations and 19 percent ahead of the $28.89 million four-day start of last year's Ender's Game. Fox has already scheduled The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials for release on September 18, 2015.
A Walk Among the Tombstones placed in second with $0.96 million. Universal's modestly budgeted action thriller starring Liam Neeson was down a solid 67 percent from Sunday's performance. However, in the bigger picture A Walk Among the Tombstones is still performing a bit below pre-release expectations (and soft by Neeson's recent box office standards) with a four-day start of $13.72 million. That places the film 35 percent behind the $21.12 million four-day take of 2012's The Grey.
Warner's This Is Where I Leave You placed in third with $0.86 million. The modestly budgeted comedy starring Jason Bateman and Tina Fey fell 69 percent from Sunday. This Is Where I Leave You has grossed $12.42 million in four days. That is towards the lower end of the film's modest expectations and places the film 18 percent behind the $15.16 million four-day start of 2011's The Change-Up.
Sony's No Good Deed took fourth place with $0.59 million. The low-budget thriller starring Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson was down 73 percent from Sunday and down a very sharp 63 percent from last Monday. No Good Deed surpassed the $40 million mark yesterday and has grossed a healthy $40.29 million in eleven days of release.
Guardians of the Galaxy rounded out Monday's top five with $0.36 million. Disney's blockbuster sci-fi superhero film fell 74 percent from Sunday and 37 percent from last Monday. Guardians of the Galaxy has grossed $314.09 million in 53 days and is now just $4.32 million away from reaching the $318.41 million final unadjusted domestic gross of 2008's Iron Man.
Dolphin Tale 2 followed in sixth with $0.31 million. Warner's family film sequel was down a steep 88 percent from Sunday and down 40 percent from last Monday. Dolphin Tale 2 has grossed $27.24 million in eleven days. That is on the low end of expectations and places the film 28 percent behind the $37.79 million eleven-day take of 2011's Dolphin Tale.
By Alex Edghill
Tuesday Morning Update: The Boxtrolls surprised me on Monday as it ended comfortably in the lead over The Equalizer with 4,636 tweets and 216,945 likes. Its target demographic is primarily families which tends to be under-represented on Twitter in general. However, if it misses the family audience and is left with only adult fans then its going to have a hard time doing much on opening weekend with these same Twitter numbers. By comparison, Mr. Peabody And Sherman had 4,081 tweets and 1,014,772 likes its Monday before release while Frankenweenie had 2,200 tweets and 634,074 likes. I'm a little weary that its Facebook numbers are so low as the only 2014 animated wide release film to have lower like totals at this distance from release was Legends Of Oz: Dorothy's Return with 129,068 likes (and 1,656 tweets) - leading to a tiny $3.75 million opening weekend. Early buzz has been strong from critics which should help its legs but I have a hard time seeing this getting anywhere close to The Equalizer on the weekend despite its early week tweet lead.
The Equalizer Monday had a seemingly uninspiring 2,659 tweets and 272,579 likes, no where near the top of either of the charts. Denzel Washington is one of the biggest draws at the box office, with 12 of his last 13 wide releases opening to over $20 million. He has created his own demographic of fans who will turn up to watch him no matter what the genre and this is part of the reason that he is so bankable. Recent comparisons include A Walk Among The Tombstones which had 715 tweets and 277,552 likes, and 2 Guns which had 2,880 tweets and 199,089 likes. The Facebook number is very strong for a Denzel film as it is actually one of the highest like totals he has ever had for a film at this distance before release. The Twitter number is somewhat underwhelming but considering that it was on par with 2 Guns that opened to $27 million is still a strong sign when paired with all the other signs. Expect a strong increase going forward for the film and it should have no problem mowing over the competition for the top spot.
Twitter Top 15 Movies for Monday September 22nd
|1 (+13)||Beyond the Lights||1,677||25,043||1393.32%|
|2 (-1)||The Maze Runner||25,941||17,027||-34.36%|
|3 (-1)||If I Stay||14,391||11,919||-17.18%|
|4 (-1)||The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1||12,914||11,901||-7.84%|
|6 (+16)||The Judge||885||6,706||657.74%|
|7 (-2)||Guardians of the Galaxy||4,643||4,989||7.45%|
|8 (-2)||The Boxtrolls||4,417||4,636||4.96%|
|9 (+4)||Gone Girl||1,886||4,217||123.59%|
|10 (+7)||The Equalizer||1,342||2,659||98.14%|
|12 (-4)||Before I Go to Sleep||2,667||2,192||-17.81%|
|14 (+14)||Star Wars: Episode VII||737||1,952||164.86%|
|15 (-6)||A Walk Among the Tombstones||2,599||1,788||-31.20%|
One of the longest-established cinema chains in the Netherlands, JT Cinemas has spent the last few years investing in new sites and upgrading its existing venues to offer Dutch audiences the best possible experience. Working closely with leading cinema solutions provider dcinex, JT has chosen Alcons Audio systems for the cutting edge Dolby Atmos® installation at its Kerkrade site.
JT distinguishes itself from its competitors by having the highest quality cinema technology in its venues. When Dolby approached dcinex to see if any of the company's clients were interested in Dolby Atmos, JT was the obvious choice. Once JT was on board, Alcons pro- ribbon loudspeakers were the ideal choice to help deliver the required audio quality.
"We believe that innovation drives cinema business and, of course, with digital technology there's been a lot more innovation than before," says Matthew Jones, dcinex General Manager BeNeLux. "One of JT's new build projects was a cinema in Kerkrade, where they wanted something really spectacular. They asked dcinex to find something that would be exceptional... not just good, not just high quality, but nearing absolute perfection.
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The venue presented a number of challenges, not least of which was its size; with 480 seats, this is one of the larger rooms fitted with the Dolby Atmos system.
"It's much larger than a typical cinema auditorium, which made it difficult to work with conventional speakers or amplifiers. There aren't really the surround loudspeakers available that could provide the amount and quality of sound we needed from a single speaker. So we asked Alcons if they could work with us in designing a custom system," says Matthew.Alcons took 36 of its standard four inch pro-ribbon drivers, plus 12 of its six inch pro-ribbon drivers and mounted them in bespoke, custom designed surrounds, creating the CRS12 and CRS12/60GT units. These were complemented with five three-way, tri-amped CR4 units and eight CB362 twin 18" subs to deliver a solution that was able to produce all of the required SPL, but from within normally-sized enclosures.
Driven by 14 Sentinel3 and 5 Sentinel10 four channel Amplified Loudspeaker Controllers, totalling 76 amp.channels, the result was a system that would suit both the quality and aesthetic demands of JT and the technical demands of Dolby.
"The experience for cinema goers is absolutely fantastic," Matthew adds. "At some of the first performances people got up and applauded the sound. Even if they don't understand exactly what they've heard, they know it's something special and that it's of a very high quality. It keeps bringing them back and so has had a very positive effect on audience numbers."
Such is the success of the installation, it is reported that the new cinema is attracting moviegoers from as far as 300km away.
"The Dolby Atmos system equipped with the Alcons pro-ribbon sound system is, without doubt, the single most qualitative audio system I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing in a cinema. And I can tell you, I have heard a lot of them," comments Albert Jan Vos, operational director of JT Cinemas. "This combination truly allows crystal-clear, high definition audio with perfect intelligibility and no distortion, even at high volume levels, and fully engages the cinema audience in its movie-going experience."
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Alcons background information;
Alcons Audio is a Dutch company, active in development and manufacturing of professional sound systems for quality-conscious clients in the cinema, installation and touring industry.
Alcons sound systems excel in HiFi sound quality at concert sound pressure levels; Basis for this quality is Alcons' proprietary high-power ribbon technology.
Recent Alcons cinema ambassadors include: Lucasfilm Singapore, Walt Disney Germany, Deluxe Digital UK, Lucas Theatre Georgia USA, Pathé Tuschinski Amsterdam, EIKON group UK, Cinemaxx cinema Mannheim Germany, Eye Filminstitute The Netherlands, JT cinemas The Netherlands, NBCUniversal Pictures UK, QFX cinemas Nepal a.o.
About JT Bioscopen
JT Bioscopen is the oldest and second largest cinema chain located in the Netherlands with no less than 22 cinemas. Following the opening of JT Hoorn and JT Hilversum, JT Eindhoven will open its doors end of this year. In 2015 JT Alkmaar, another new cinema, will also open its doors to the public. This makes JT Bioscopen the fastest growing cinema chain in Europe.
JT Bioscopen is located in Alkmaar, Alphen aan den Rijn, Amersfoort, Apeldoorn, Arnhem, Den Bosch, Deventer, Doetinchem, Gorinchem, Heerhugowaard, Hilversum, Hoogeveen, Hoogezand, Hoorn, Kerkrade, Meppel, Nijmegen, Purmerend, Steenwijk en Vlaardingen.About JT Bioscopen
dcinex is the leading Pan-European provider of fully integrated and best in class solutions for movie operations. The company operates three business lines: Exhibitor Services, Content Services and Consulting.
• dcinex Exhibitor Services provides end-to-end solutions, from equipment financing, sales, installation and maintenance to training and support services for movie theaters.
• dcinex Content Services offers a complete range of post-production, mastering and transcoding services, as well as Pan-European physical and electronic delivery and digital rights management.
• dcinex Consulting advises cinema operators, local authorities, real estate firms and corporate investors providing a.o. cinema design and lay-out, project management, feasibility studies as well as market research, expert witness and due diligence.
By Daniel Garris
As was widely expected, Fox's The Maze Runner debuted comfortably in first place this weekend with $32.51 million. The modestly budgeted young adult adaptation opened in line with expectations and performed well with its price tag in mind. Without adjusting for ticket price inflation, The Maze Runner delivered the sixth largest opening weekend performance of all time for the month of September. The Maze Runner opened 20 percent stronger than the $27.02 million start of last year's Ender's Game and going forward is likely to hold up better than Ender's Game did in part from facing relatively softer competition.
The Maze Runner debuted with $11.26 million on Friday (which included an estimated $1.1 million from late night shows on Thursday), increased 20 percent on Saturday to gross $13.47 million and fell 42 percent on Sunday to gross $7.78 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at an encouraging 2.89 to 1. The Maze Runner received an A- rating on CinemaScore, which is also an encouraging early sign.
The Maze Runner grossed $3.3 million from 351 IMAX locations this weekend. That represented 10.1 percent of this weekend's overall gross.
After this weekend's performance, Fox has scheduled The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials for release on September 18, 2015.
A Walk Among the Tombstones debuted in second place with $12.76 million. Universal's modestly budgeted action thriller starring Liam Neeson opened just below pre-release expectations. A Walk Among the Tombstones opened softer than Liam's recent vehicles; including 35 percent softer than the $19.67 million debut of 2012's The Grey. A Walk Among the Tombstones opened with $4.76 million on Friday (which included an estimated $0.43 million from late night shows on Thursday), increased a modest 7 percent on Saturday to take in $5.07 million and declined 42 percent on Sunday to gross $2.93 million. That gave the film an opening weekend to Friday ratio of just 2.68 to 1. The audience breakdown for the film was nearly evenly split between genders (51 percent female, 49 percent male) and skewed heavily towards moviegoers 25 years and older (77 percent). A Walk Among the Tombstones received a lackluster B- rating on CinemaScore and is likely to take a significant hit next weekend when Sony's anticipated The Equalizer arrives in the marketplace this coming Friday.
Warner's This Is Where I Leave You opened in third place with $11.56 million. The modestly budgeted comedy starring Jason Bateman and Tina Fey opened towards the lower end of its modest expectations. This Is Where I Leave You opened 15 percent below the $13.53 million start of 2011's The Change-Up. This Is Where I Leave You started with $3.87 million on Friday, increased a very solid 28 percent on Saturday to take in $4.94 million and declined 44 percent on Sunday to gross $2.75 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.99 to 1. The audience breakdown for the film skewed towards female moviegoers (63 percent) and heavily towards moviegoers over the age of 25 (86 percent). This Is Where I Leave You received a solid B+ rating on CinemaScore.
Sony's No Good Deed was down three spots and 60 percent from last weekend's first place debut to place in fourth with $9.79 million. While the low-budget thriller starring Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson experienced a sharp second weekend decline, in the bigger picture the film is still performing well with a ten-day take of $39.70 million. That places No Good Deed 5 percent ahead of the $37.75 million ten-day gross of 2009's I Can Do Bad All By Myself (which fell 58 percent in its second weekend to gross $9.88 million).
Dolphin Tale 2 rounded out the weekend's top five with $8.87 million. The family sequel from Warner Bros. was down 44 percent from last weekend, as it was unable to duplicate the second weekend strength of 2011's Dolphin Tale (which fell just 27 percent in its second weekend to gross $13.91 million). Dolphin Tale 2 has grossed a respectable $26.93 million in ten days, but is currently running 28 percent behind the $37.18 million ten-day take of Dolphin Tale.
Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy placed in sixth with $5.24 million. The blockbuster sci-fi superhero film from Marvel was down a very solid 35 percent from last weekend. With a massive 52-day take of $313.73 million, Guardians of the Galaxy is set to soon surpass the $318.41 million unadjusted final gross of 2008's Iron Man.
On the limited front, A24's Tusk was off to a very soft start with $0.85 million from 602 locations. That gave the low-budget Kevin Smith directed horror film a per-location average of just $1,407 for the frame.