WASHINGTON D.C. -- Eddy Duquenne, Chief Executive Officer of Kinepolis Group, will receive the "Global Achievement Award in Exhibition" as part of the convention's International Day, it was announced today by Mitch Neuhauser, Managing Director of CinemaCon. CinemaCon, the official convention of The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), will be held March 24 - 27, 2014 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Duquenne is set to receive his achievement award during the convention's International Day festivities, taking place on Monday, March 24, 2014.

Incorporated in 1997, Kinepolis offers film and culture fans "the ultimate movie experience," Kinepolis operates 23 multiplexes and 317 screens throughout Belgium, Frances, Spain, Switzerland and Poland. The Kinepolis concept has always been characterized by a constant drive to innovate and focus on customers. Kinepolis is a trendsetter. In terms of technology, this has led to high-tempo digitalization, the rollout of 3D cinema and mobile ticketing. As a leading film-exhibition company in Europe, Kinepolis welcomes over 21 million moviegoers annually and employs over 1,800 employees. Additionally, Kinepolis is active in film distribution, event organization, screen advertising and cinema property management.

"Eddy Duquenne is a principle example for displaying commitment towards creating innovative concepts and concentrating on establishing Kinepolis' as the leading film exhibition for the ultimate film and culture fans ," said Neuhauser. "His time spent at Kinepolis has made a tremendous impact on the film-exhibition industry and movie-goer experience and we couldn't be more thrilled to honor Eddy Duquenne as this year's CinemaCon ‘Global Achievement Award in Exhibition'."

As CEO of Kinepolis Group, Duquenne stands six years as a pioneer for Kinepolis' strategic framework for the future. Combining his gained expertise in the financial circuit, tourism industry and real-estate management, Duquenne aims to become the best marketer for the film-exhibition industry. Since his arrival in 2008, Duquenne has devoted time for continuous improvement in operating processes and diversification of turnover through the sale of food, beverages and retail, expanding B2B activities, film distribution and on-screen advertising. Additionally, Duquenne played a significant role in the success of maintaining the increase in the turnover and profits for Kinepolis Group. Currently, he is working on expanding the Kinepolis group beyond Europe.


GLOBAL: 'Frozen' Continues to Dominate, Passes $500M Overseas on February 02, 2014

frozen.jpgFrozen is in contention to reach a billion dollars at the global box office. The Disney film saw a 20% boost in overseas sales over the weekend, collecting $24 million from 45 territories in its tenth week outside of North America. Frozen had seen a natural dip in form over the last three weekends, going from a $52.5 million tally in its sixth frame to a $20 million tally last weekend. The rise in sales lifts the animated film's overseas cume past the $500 million milestone to a $504 million total.

Frozen posted the highest opening weekend of all time for an animated film in Sweden with a $2.2 million debut. It is the highest grossing animated film of all time in South Korea ($44.7M) and Denmark ($7M). Frozen is currently the eighth highest grossing animated release of all time overseas (based on original runs and not including re-releases) and second highest grossing original IP (non-sequel) animated release of all-time, behind only Finding Nemo.

Top markets for Frozen include: the United Kingdom ($59.5M), Germany ($45.7M), France ($41.8M), Russia ($33.1M), Australia ($29.2M), Italy ($27M), Mexico ($25.1M), and Spain ($20.8M). The animated film will be released during China's New Year celebrations next weekend and in Japan on March 15. Frozen has grossed a total of $864.4 million worldwide. 

The Wolf of Wall Street became the highest grossing Martin Scorsese film in Germany and the United Kingdom after holding on to yet another #1 weekend finish in both markets. after holding on to the #1 spot Germany registered a $4.7 million hold from 623 dates for an 18-day cume of $20.1 million. The U.K. posted a $4.2 million hold from 502 dates for a 17-day total of $24.7 million.

The Wolf of Wall Street finished as the #2 film on the market over its third weekend in Spain, falling short of surpassing the opening weekend of American Hustle with a $2.4 million hold from 280 dates. The Wolf of Wall Street has grossed a total of $11.4 million in Spain after 17 days in release.  

New releases for The Wolf of Wall Street include a $1.5 million bow from 115 screens in Japan and a $940k debut at 72 dates in Norway.

VIY, a 3D Russian fantasty-adventure film, broke the opening weekend record for a domestic film with a $17.1 million debut after opening in Russia on Thursday. 3D continues to thrive in the market as the film dominated the box office with an estimated 71% marketshare. VIY is the fourth biggest opener of all time in Russia behind Pirates of the Caribbean 4, Iron Man 3, and Twilight 4.

12 Years a Slave kept the top spot in France in its second weekend in the market with a $2.9 million take from 443 screens. The historical drama has also held well in the United Kingdom, where it earned an additional $2.4 million for a second place finish, and Germany, where it added $802k from 205 screens. Oscar buzz has helped the film attract audiences outside of North America. The drama opened in second place in Australia this weekend with a $1.3 million tally from 122 screens. The film collected $9.7 million from 40 overseas markets to reach a $50.6 million cume outside of North America, nearly $5 million more than the film's domestic gross.

12 Years a Slave will reach the $100 million global mark by next weekend. The film has currently grossed a total of $96.4 million worldwide.

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit hit the $100 million global mark this weekend. The spy film earned $9.1 million from 55 territories in a weekend that saw the thriller expand to 16 new markets.

Jack Ryan took a $1.9 million debut from 394 screens in France, an $897k bow from 67 locations in Taiwan, a $725k opening from 306 sites in Spain, and a $349k premiere for 39 locales in Belgium.

The spy film took a 45% dip in the United Kingdom to add $1.2 million from 460 locations to its $4.1 million cume. Australia added $485k from 232 sites to reach a $4.5 million total and China pulled in $300k from 2,800 screens to reach a $24.3 million cume. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit has grossed a total of $61.1 million overseas.

47 Ronin dethroned I, Frankenstein for the top spot at the Mexican box office with a $2.2 million bow from 575 screens. The action flick took a #3 debut in Germany with $1.9 million from 452 dates and finished its opening weekend in Brazil in second place with $1 million from 205 dates. The new markets helped the film add $7.4 million to its overseas tally this weekend. 47 Ronin has grossed a total of $92 million overseas from 44 territories and will expand to seven additional territories over the next couple of months. 47 Ronin has grossed a total of $130.2 million worldwide.

The Book Thief earned $4.1 million from 1,850 screens in 28 markets. The film took a surprising #1 opening in Brazil, defeating 47 Ronin in an opening weekend box office face-off with a $1.3 million bow. The Book Thief has grossed $23.6 million overseas. The Book Thief will expand to France, Switzerland, Hong Kong, and Singapore next weekend.

Walking with Dinosaurs brought in $3 million from 2,286 screens in 21 markets. The animated film opened in first place in Venezuela with $794k. The film has grossed $84.2 million overseas.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty took a $2.1 million haul from 2,121 screens in 39 markets. The Ben Stiller film has earned a total of $117 million overseas as it prepares to expand to Japan and Venezuela in March.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug reached the $600 million milestone overseas after adding $2.7 million from 1,714 screens across 50 territories. Top markets for Smaug include: Germany ($87M), the United Kingdom ($70M), France ($50.5M), Russia ($45M), Australia ($33.4M), Spain ($23.4M), and Sweden ($20.2M). Smaug is reporting an $854.2 million global cume.

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones added $2.3 million from 45 territories after opening in five new territories this weekend. Italy opened to $337k from 170 screens and New Zealand enjoyed a $122k debut from 45 locations. The Marked Ones also opened in the Philippines, where it grossed $111k from 80 locations. The horror film has now collected $53.9 million overseas and $86.1 million worldwide.

Lone Survivor battled opened in fourth place in the United Kingdom with a $1.3 million bow from 389 dates.

Devil's Due took a $1.1 million opening from 675 screens in Mexico and added a total of $3 million from 2,196 screens in 20 markets to its overseas tally. The horror film has now grossed $9.5 million overseas and $24.2 million worldwide.

Anchorman 2 fell below the million dollar mark overseas this weekend, as the film added $967k from 760 locations in 8 territories. Anchorman 2 has grossed a total of $43.4 million overseas and $167.8 million worldwide.

Despicable Me 2 is finishing out its overseas run. The animated film added $450k from 600 dates in its two remaining territories, raising its cume outside of North America to $602 million. Despicable Me 2 is only the fourth film to have crossed the $600 million mark overseas, a figure it was able to reach after adding $48.5 million from 24 days in China.

Despicable Me 2 is the fourth highest grossing animated film overseas, behind Ice Age: Continental Drift ($718.3M), Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs ($690.1M), and Toy Story 3 ($648.2M). It ranks #3 in terms of all time global box office for an animated film with a $970 million worldwide cume, behind Toy Story 3 ($1.1B), and The Lion King ($987.8M).

Saving Mr. Banks improved to a $17.9 million overseas cume. The Disney-approved biopic will reach the $100 million global mark in the coming days after finishing the weekend with a $98.9 million worldwide cume.


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