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By Daniel Garris

Warner's American Sniper took in $3.67 million on Thursday to lead the daily box office for a fourteenth straight day. The blockbuster Clint Eastwood directed film starring Bradley Cooper was down 4 percent from Wednesday and down a significant 52 percent from last Thursday. American Sniper easily led the weekly box office with $81.32 million for the frame. That was down a healthy 39 percent from the previous week and places the film's domestic total at $217.09 million after two weeks of wide release. American Sniper is running an extremely impressive 56 percent ahead of the $139.54 million two-week take of 2013's Gravity.

The Boy Next Door held steady in second place with $0.792 million. The Jennifer Lopez led thriller from Universal fell 6 percent from Wednesday's performance. The Boy Next Door placed in second for the week with $18.59 million. The film was off to a very solid start this week, especially with its low production budget in mind. The Boy Next Door is running 18 percent ahead of the $15.71 million seven-day take of 2010's The Back-Up Plan.

Sony's The Wedding Ringer took in $0.685 million to remain in third. The modestly budgeted comedy starring Kevin Hart and Josh Gad was down 4 percent from Wednesday and down 42 percent from last Thursday. The Wedding Ringer placed in third for the week with $14.367 million. That was down 49 percent from the previous week and brings the film's two-week total to a solid $42.44 million.

The Weinstein Company's The Imitation Game continued to claim fourth with $0.542 million for the day. The Best Picture nominee starring Benedict Cumberbatch fell a slim 2 percent from Wednesday and just 13 percent from last Thursday. The Imitation Game placed in fifth for the week with $9.28 million and has grossed a healthy $62.78 million to date.

Fellow Best Picture nominee Selma was up two spots and 14 percent over Wednesday to round out Thursday's top five with $0.480 million. The critically acclaimed film from Paramount finished in seventh this week with $7.19 million. That was down 55 percent from the previous frame and places the film's total gross at $40.91 million after three weeks of wide release.

Paddington was down one spot and 2 percent from Wednesday to land in sixth with $0.447 million. The well received family film from The Weinstein Company placed in fourth for the week with $14.364 million. Paddington was down 48 percent from last week and has grossed $42.04 million in its first two weeks.

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By Alex Edghill

Fantastic Four debuted its first trailer on January 27th where it generated a hefty 89,991 tweets and has seen more than 100,000 new tweets this week so far.

Disney's Marvel Universe has dominated super-hero films (and indeed social media) in recent times with titles such as Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, The Avengers and the upcoming Ant-Man all being/projected to be massive successes.Fox is trying to build their own mini-empire out of comic heroes it has rights to, namely the X-Men and Fantastic Four. Their reboot of X-Men has been largely successful, and now their sights get turned to Fantastic Four. While the first two films in the Fantastic Four franchise did generate over $600 million worldwide in sales, the critics were never kind, and with an aging core cast (not to mention that one of the four went on to become Captain America) Fox chose to rebuild the franchise, just like they had done with X-Men: First Class a few years ago. They chose to go with talented up-and-coming young actors which they could build a potential franchise around provided the reaction from fans and critics warranted it.

So far the film is getting two thumbs way up from Twitter and Facebook. By comparison, the recent Ant-Man trailer had 55,356 tweets with its first trailer and less than a 100k new likes on Facebook since its release over three weeks ago. Avengers: Age Of Ultron predictably dwarfed it though, with its 205,739 more than doubling it. This is a largely positive start for Fantastic Four and Fox should be very happy with the buzz so far. With the relative unknown Guardians Of The Galaxy opening to $94 million a similar time last year the precedent is clearly set for this to have a great run this late Summer if it has the story and visual to back up its impressive trailer.

Recent Trailer Comparisons

Date Title Release Tweets
11/25/2014 Jurassic World 06/12/2015 224,111
10/22/2014 Avengers: Age of Ultron 05/01/2015 205,739
11/01/2014 Furious 7 04/03/2015 172,059
11/28/2014 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 12/18/2015 142,698
01/27/2015 The Fantastic Four 08/07/2015 89,991
01/06/2015 Ant-Man 07/17/2015 55,356

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COLUMBUS, Georgia-January 30, 2015 - Carmike Cinemas, Inc. (NASDAQ: CKEC), a leading entertainment, digital cinema and 3-D motion picture exhibitor, unveils a big weekend at the movies with an incredible concession special for all of their guests. Carmike Cinemas is offering their Super Popcorn Sunday Promotion, which provides a FREE SMALL POPCORN to all ticketed patrons beginning at 4:00 pm (local time) on February 1. This offer is good for movie presentations at all 273 Carmike entertainment complexes across their U.S. circuit. This special is only valid through close of business Sunday, February 1, 2015.

Carmike is proud to continue their efforts to further enhance the guests' experience each and every visit with exceptional offers like their Super Popcorn Sunday promotion. This Sunday is no exception, with Carmike's guests enjoying their favorite movie with a free small popcorn as they settle in for the best presentation in their area. With the release of Paramount's Project Almanac, Relativity's Black or White, and Open Road Films' The Loft, this weekend will be an extraordinary opportunity to enjoy the company of friends and family at Carmike Cinemas.

Carmike President and CEO David Passman stated, "Carmike is very pleased to offer the Super Popcorn Sunday promotion to our loyal guests. We are excited to bring this special to those enjoying the latest and greatest Hollywood entertainment at their favorite Carmike theatre. As a growing circuit, we are delighted to continue bringing exceptional presentations to cinemagoers while providing our guests with the best quality in concession items. This Sunday, we are confident that our audiences will enjoy Super Popcorn Sunday and look forward to providing continued value to our guests through our exceptional specials," concluded Mr. Passman.

About Carmike Cinemas
Carmike Cinemas, Inc. is a U.S. leader in digital cinema, 3-D cinema deployments and one of the nation's largest motion picture exhibitors. Carmike has 273 theatres with 2,892 screens in 41 states. The circuit includes 45 premium large format (PLF) auditoriums featuring state-of-the-art technology and luxurious seating, including 28 "BigDs," 15 IMAX auditoriums and two MuviXL screens. As "America's Hometown Theatre Chain" Carmike's primary focus is mid-sized communities. Visit www.carmike.com for exact show- times and to purchase tickets.

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jan30.pngSources report that Project Almanac bowed to $375K from Thursday evening shows. That's noticeably behind Into the Storm's $800K early show take last August, although that film had the advantage of opening during late summer when schools were out.

Also opening this weekend are Black or White (which earned $115K from Thursday shows) and The Loft, though none of the three newcomers will be able to unseat American Sniper from the top spot over Super Bowl weekend.

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