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NORTH AMERICA: 'How to Train Your Dragon 2' Holds onto First Place on Thursday with $3.13M on June 27, 2014

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By Daniel Garris

How to Train Your Dragon 2 took in $3.13 million on Thursday to lead the daily box office for a second straight day. The 3D computer animated sequel from Fox and DreamWorks Animation fell 11 percent from Wednesday and 33 percent from last Thursday. With Paramount's Transformers: Age of Extinction entering the marketplace on Thursday night, holdovers experienced significant daily declines in general on Thursday. How to Train Your Dragon 2 placed in a close second for the week with $38.84 million. That was down a respectable 44 percent from the film's opening week performance. The film continues to perform below its massive expectations with a two-week take of $108.71 million, which places it essentially on par with the $108.54 million two-week gross of 2010's How to Train Your Dragon.

Sony's 22 Jump Street placed in a close second with $2.93 million. The action comedy sequel starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum was down 16 percent from Wednesday and down 46 percent from last Thursday. 22 Jump Street led the weekly box office with $41.99 million for the frame. That was down 49 percent from the film's opening week performance and brings the film's two-week total to a very impressive $124.44 million. 22 Jump Street is currently running 59 percent ahead of the $78.05 million 14-day take of 2012's 21 Jump Street.

Maleficent took in $1.75 million to remain in third place. Disney's 3D fantasy blockbuster starring Angelina Jolie was down 10 percent from Wednesday and down a healthy 28 percent from last Thursday. Maleficent placed in fourth this week with $20.66 million, which represented a decline of just 27 percent from the previous frame. With a four-week total of $193.63 million, Maleficent is set to surpass the $200 million domestic milestone by the end of the weekend.

Sony's Think Like a Man Too held steady in fourth with $1.63 million. The Kevin Hart led ensemble comedy sequel was down 13 percent from Wednesday, as the film continues to display significant initial front-loading. Think Like a Man Too placed in a close third for the week with a seven-day start of $37.77 million. That was just under pre-release expectations and places the film 12 percent behind the $42.87 million seven-day take of 2012's Think Like a Man.

Warner's Jersey Boys rounded out Thursday's unchanged top five with $1.40 million. The Clint Eastwood directed musical fell 13 percent from Wednesday. Jersey Boys took fifth place this week with a seven-day start of $19.73 million. The film is performing in line with its modest expectations and is currently running 5 percent behind the $20.76 million seven-day gross of 2012's Rock of Ages.

'Transformers' Set To Break 2014 Opening Record on June 26, 2014

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By Alex Edghill

Thursday Morning Update: Transformers: Age Of Extinction rose 54% to 57,946 tweets on Wednesday, up from Tuesday's 37,577 tweets. By comparison, Transformers: Dark Of The Moon had 17,200 tweets two days before its release, Amazing Spider-Man 2 had 28,734, X-Men: Days Of Future Past had 49,523, while Godzilla was at 48,112. It has racked up a mammoth 124,068 tweets over the last three days which puts it behind only Captain America: The Winter Soldier's 168,286 tweets amongst its genre on the year (Endless Love, Divergent, Maleficent and Fault In Our Stars all had more tweets but appeal largely to the teen/twenty-something female demo which is a firestarter group on Twitter). 

Cap 2 opened in many more important territories before its North American release which super-charged its tweets and discount its effectiveness here as a marker. We are predicting $99 million for the film this weekend which will easily give it the crown for the frame and the biggest opening on the year to date, beating out the aforementioned Cap 2's $95 million. With $710 million, 836 million and $1,124 million for the last three Transformers films respectively Michael Bay and company are no doubt hoping this has the steam to continue the trends and top $1 billion yet again.

 

Top 15 Movies for Wednesday June 25th

Rk Film Tue Wed Week Tue-Wed %
1 (-) 22 Jump Street 240,010 81,294 357,624 -66.13%
2 (-) The Fault in Our Stars 60,185 67,133 190,613 11.54%
3 (-) Transformers: Age of Extinction 37,577 57,946 124,068 54.21%
4 (+3) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 19,261 38,020 76,813 97.39%
5 (-1) Maleficent 27,344 20,699 87,575 -24.30%
6 (-) Think Like a Man Too 22,100 13,295 76,765 -39.84%
7 (+1) How to Train Your Dragon 2 8,654 6,787 26,911 -21.57%
8 (-3) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) 22,240 6,563 50,819 -70.49%
9 (+1) Edge of Tomorrow 4,364 6,026 15,675 38.08%
10 (-1) If I Stay 6,814 4,507 17,505 -33.86%
11 (+1) X-Men: Days of Future Past 4,088 4,467 13,778 9.27%
12 (+2) Guardians of the Galaxy 3,828 3,623 16,800 -5.36%
13 (+7) Star Wars: Episode VII 1,581 3,331 5,965 110.69%
14 (+10) Dawn of The Planet of The Apes 1,136 2,458 5,297 116.37%
15 (+1) Godzilla (2014) 2,326 2,436 7,063 4.73%

Please check the methodology page for information about our Twitter project or here for historic data.

NORTH AMERICA: 'How to Train Your Dragon 2' Returns to First Place on Wednesday; '22 Jump Street' Clears $120 Million in 13 Days on June 26, 2014

jun20.pngFor the first time since Father's Day (and second overall), Fox/DreamWorks' How to Train Your Dragon 2 claimed first place as it posted $3.52 million yesterday for a strong 26 percent week-to-week decline. The animated sequel's tally is now $105.6 million, on par with the first film's $104.7 million haul through the same point.

Sony reports that 22 Jump Street grabbed $3.49 million on Wednesday, off just 39.5 percent from the same day last week. The comedy sequel's domestic tally now stands at $121.5 million--60 percent ahead of the pace of its predecessor and 9 percent behind Ted.

Maleficent eased 19 percent from last Wednesday to $1.94 million yesterday. The film's total now stands at $191.9 million as it catches up to the pace of Oz the Great and Powerful, trailing it by just 5.5 percent.

Think Like a Man Too took in $1.86 million on Wednesday, giving it a healthy 6-day cume of $36.1 million. That's 12 percent off the pace of the original Think Like a Man.

Rounding out the top five, Jersey Boys grossed $1.6 million on Wednesday to give it an $18.3 million 6-day start. It's currently running 5 percent behind Rock of Ages at the same point.

 

NORTH AMERICA: '22 Jump Street' #1 on Tuesday with $4.47M; 'How to Train Your Dragon 2' Surpasses $100M Mark on June 25, 2014

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By Daniel Garris

Sony's 22 Jump Street led the way on Tuesday with $4.47 million. The action comedy sequel starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum was up 23 percent over Monday and down 39 percent from last Tuesday, as summer midweek grosses continue to gain momentum in general. 22 Jump Street topped How to Train Your Dragon 2 by $129,421 for the day. With an impressive twelve-day gross of $118.02 million, 22 Jump Street is running 59 percent ahead of the $74.34 million twelve-day take of 2012's 21 Jump Street and 11 percent behind the $132.19 million twelve-day gross of last year's World War Z.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 placed in a very close second with $4.34 million. The 3D computer animated sequel from Fox and DreamWorks Animation was up a very healthy 39 percent over Monday and down 27 percent from last Tuesday. How to Train Your Dragon 2 surpassed the $100 million domestic mark yesterday and has grossed $102.06 million in twelve days. The film is currently running nearly on par with the $101.25 million twelve-day take of 2010's How to Train Your Dragon.

Sony's Think Like a Man Too held steady in third place with $2.56 million. The Kevin Hart led ensemble comedy sequel was up only 3 percent over Monday, which easily represented the day's poorest daily hold among wide releases for the second straight day. Think Like a Man Too has grossed a solid $34.28 million in five days, but continues to show signs of significant front-loading thus far. The film is currently running 12 percent behind the $39.02 million five-day start of 2012's Think Like a Man.

Maleficent took in $2.32 million to continue to claim fourth. Disney's 3D fantasy blockbuster starring Angelina Jolie was up 32 percent over Monday and down an impressive 19 percent from last Tuesday. Thanks in part to continued strong holding power, Maleficent has grossed $189.94 million in 26 days and is now just $10.06 million away from reaching the $200 million domestic milestone.

Warner's Jersey Boys rounded out Tuesday's unchanged top five with $1.93 million. The Clint Eastwood directed musical was up an encouraging 31 percent over Monday's performance. Jersey Boys has grossed $16.73 million in five days, which is in line with the film's modest pre-release expectations. The film is currently running 6 percent behind the $17.82 million five-day start of 2012's Rock of Ages.

Fandango: 'Transformers: Age of Extinction' Powering Up 96 Percent of Weekend Ticket Sales on June 25, 2014

tf4.pngLOS ANGELES - June 25, 2014 - According to Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, "Transformers: Age of Extinction," has scored 95 out of 100 points on the company's Fanticipation movie buzz indicator, the year's highest score to date. Michael Bay's latest sci-fi action adventure is outselling all previous "Transformers" movies at the same point in the Fandango sales cycle, and is pacing similarly to "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," "Godzilla" and "X-Men: Days of Future Past."

Currently, the film represents 96% of Fandango's weekend ticket sales and is poised for the year's top opening at the box office to date.

According to a survey of more than 1,000 "Transformers" ticket-buyers on Fandango:
92% have seen previous "Transformers" movies on the big screen;

83% are fans of director Michael Bay;

76% say the addition of Mark Wahlberg increased their interest in the movie;

75% claim the Dinobots made them more excited to see it;

66% picked Grimlock as the Dinobot they most wanted to see;

54% picked Optimus Prime as their favorite Autobot, while 41% picked Bumblebee.


On Fandango's weekly movie recommendation show, "Weekend Ticket," guest host Tiffany Smith catches up with "Transformers" star Mark Wahlberg. "It came with a great script, but Michael Bay encouraged me to come up with stuff during the rehearsal process," recalls Wahlberg. "He said, what would you say here, what would you say there, and the digs and insults flowed pretty naturally from me!" The full episode can be found at http://www.fandango.com/WeekendTicket.

Fandango has launched an inside peek at what makes a giant robot tick in "The Anatomy of a Transformer." Kansas City-based graphic artist Rachel Ignotofsky deconstructs the Autobot design for Fandango - revealing all the details from its intergalactic helmet to its fuzzy dice at http://www.fandango.com/movie-news/infographic-the-anatomy-of-a-transformer-748062.

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.

 


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