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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.

 

Wahlberg And Prime Continue Trucking For 'Transformers' on June 25, 2014

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By Alex Edghill

Wednesday Morning Update: Transformers: Age Of Extinction finished Tuesday with 37,577 tweets, up 32% from Monday's 28,545 tweets. By comparison, Transformers: Dark Of The Moon had just 8,730 tweets three days before its release (which was a Sunday). It also stacks up well to other recent blockbusters (Amazing Spider-Man 2 - 24,259, X-Men: Days OF Future Past - 30,575, and Godzilla - 34,782). In fact, it is tracking ahead of all $90 million+ openers this year except for Captain America: The Winter Soldier (55,561 tweets) and the latter opened in way more territories long before its US release which gave it a hefty social media boost. My money is on this being the biggest opener on the year thus far given these signs. 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles again ended up with just over 22,000 tweets on the day thanks to its viral campaign. Strong returns for their efforts in my books and while it might not have been on par with a few others in the past (Paranormal comes to mind) it was still good at stirring up interest for the second trailer. Word to the execs (yea they all read my column I'm 'sure' *eyeroll*), perhaps next time try centering the campaign around an element not as integral as a trailer, maybe to unlock original video not linked to the movie but that adds to the anticipation. Inception comes to mind when they released the comic before which was a precursor. Reason is that trailers are going to get a lot of hoopla anyway, yes this one got more than if there had been no campaign but if you tie it to a non-traditional pre-release elements (i.e not a trailer, poster or film clip) then its extra bang for your buck. My two cents about it at any rate.

Top 15 Movies for Tuesday June 24th

Rk Film Mon Tue Week Mon-Tue %
1 (+3) 22 Jump Street 36,320 240,010 276,330 560.82%
2 (-1) The Fault in Our Stars 63,295 60,185 123,480 -4.91%
3 (+2) Transformers: Age of Extinction 28,545 37,577 66,122 31.64%
4 (-1) Maleficent 39,532 27,344 66,876 -30.83%
5 (+1) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) 22,016 22,240 44,256 1.02%
6 (-4) Think Like a Man Too 41,370 22,100 63,470 -46.58%
7 (-) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 19,532 19,261 38,793 -1.39%
8 (-) How to Train Your Dragon 2 11,470 8,654 20,124 -24.55%
9 (+2) If I Stay 6,184 6,814 12,998 10.19%
10 (+2) Edge of Tomorrow 5,285 4,364 9,649 -17.43%
11 (-1) Humshakals 8,118 4,287 12,405 -47.19%
12 (+1) X-Men: Days of Future Past 5,223 4,088 9,311 -21.73%
13 (+1) The Purge: Anarchy 5,188 4,071 9,259 -21.53%
14 (-5) Guardians of the Galaxy 9,349 3,828 13,177 -59.05%
15 (+3) Avengers: Age of Ultron 2,158 2,780 4,938 28.82%

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

NORTH AMERICA: '22 Jump Street' Leads the way on Monday with $3.64M; 'The Fault in Our Stars' Surpasses $100M Mark on June 24, 2014

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By Daniel Garris

After placing in a very close second over the weekend, Sony's 22 Jump Street led the way on Monday with $3.64 million. The action comedy sequel starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum was down 50 percent from Sunday and down 47 percent from last Monday. With summer midweek grosses now kicking into full gear and Sunday's grosses being a bit deflated from the World Cup match between the United States and Portugal, daily holds were strong in general on Monday. 22 Jump Street has grossed an impressive $113.55 million through eleven days of release. That places the film 57 percent ahead of the $72.14 million eleven-day take of 2012's 21 Jump Street and 11 percent behind the $128.08 million eleven-day gross of last year's World War Z.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 claimed second with $3.12 million. The 3D computer animated sequel from Fox and DreamWorks Animation fell 55 percent from Sunday and a very respectable 38 percent from last Monday. How to Train Your Dragon 2 has grossed $97.72 million in eleven days and is set to surpass the $100 million domestic milestone today. The film is currently running nearly on par with the $97.42 million eleven-day take of 2010's How to Train Your Dragon.

Sony's Think Like a Man Too placed in third with $2.48 million. The Kevin Hart led ensemble comedy sequel fell 63 percent from Sunday, which easily represented the day's poorest daily hold among wide releases. That isn't a good early sign for the film going forward. With that said, Think Like a Man Too has grossed a solid $31.72 million in four days (especially with its modest price tag in mind). Think Like a Man Too is currently running 13 percent behind the $36.39 million four-day start of 2012's Think Like a Man.

Maleficent placed in fourth with $1.75 million. Disney's 3D fantasy blockbuster starring Angelina Jolie was down 52 percent from Sunday and down a very healthy 23 percent from last Monday. Thanks in part to continued strong holding power, Maleficent has grossed $187.63 million in 25 days and is now just $12.37 million away from reaching the $200 million domestic milestone.

Warner's Jersey Boys rounded out Monday's top five with $1.47 million. The Clint Eastwood directed musical was down 57 percent from Sunday's performance. Jersey Boys has grossed $14.79 million in four days, which is in line with the film's modest pre-release expectations. Jersey Boys is currently running 8 percent behind the $16.03 million four-day start of 2012's Rock of Ages.

Fox's The Fault in Our Stars followed closely behind in sixth with $1.43 million. In the process, the low-budget drama starring Shailene Woodley surpassed the $100 million domestic milestone on Monday. The 18-day total for The Fault in Our Stars stands at $100.13 million. The film continues to perform relatively stronger on weekdays, as it was down just 36 percent from Sunday and 38 percent from last Monday.


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