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Sunday Update: Only Three AMC Locations Still Closed Due To Superstorm Sandy on November 04, 2012

Sunday Update: Only three AMC theaters in New Jersey remain closed:

Freehold 14
Monmouth Mall 15
Seacourt 10

Friday Update #2: Deadline.com reports that less than 100 theaters remain closed on the East Coast. 

Friday Update: AMC has released a new list of theaters that are still closed because of Hurricane Sandy's impact:

Manhattan/Long Island

19th Street 6
Fantasy 5
Kips Bay 15
Shore 8
Village 7

New Jersey

Clifton Commons 16
East Hanover 12
Freehold 14
Jersey Gardens 20
Menlo Park 12
Monmouth Mall 15
New Brunswick 18
Newport Centre 11
Seacourt 10

Philadelphia

Hamilton 24

Thursday Update #2: Rentrak reports that more than 300 theaters on the East Coast are still closed.

Thursday Update: AMC's list of theaters that are still closed because of Hurricane Sandy decreases each day. Here's the latest:

Manhattan/Long Island

19th Street 6
Fantasy 5
Fresh Meadows 7
Kips Bay 15
Roosevelt Field 8
Shore 8
Stony Brook 17
Village 7

New Jersey

Aviation 12
Clifton Commons 16
East Hanover 12
Freehold 14
Jersey Gardens 20
Menlo Park 12
Monmouth Mall 15
New Brunswick 18
Newport Centre 11
Palisades Center 21
Seacourt 10
Wayne 14

Philadelphia

Hamilton 24

Boston

Liberty Tree Mall

Wednesday Update #3: MovieTickets.com reports via Twitter that Rave in Center Valley, PA will re-open at 1pm local time today. The Digiplex Destinations venue in Cranford, NJ is also now open.

The theater in Ambler, PA will remain closed tonight.

Wednesday Update #2: AMC has updated their full list of theaters still closed due to Sandy:

Manhattan/Long Island

19th Street 6
34th Street 14
84th Street 6
Bay Plaza 13
Bay Terrace 6
Fantasy 5
Fresh Meadows 7
Kips Bay 15
MJ Harlem 9
Orpheum 7
Roosevelt Field 8
Shore 8
Stony Brook 17
Village 7

New Jersey

Aviation 12
Bridgewater 7
Clifton Commons 16
East Hanover 12
Essex Green 9
Freehold 14
Garden State 16
Jersey Gardens 20
Menlo Park 12
Monmouth Mall 15
Mountainside 10
New Brunswick 18
Newport Centre 11
Palisades Center 21
Ridgefield Park 12
Seacourt 10
Wayne 14

Philadelphia

309 Cinema 9
Granite Run 8
Hamilton 24

Boston

Liberty Tree Mall

Wednesday Update: The Twitter feed for MovieTickets.com reports that the Ambler Theater in Ambler, PA is still without power. The County Theater in Doylesville, PA re-opens at 1pm local time today.

Tuesday Update #5: All AMC Theaters in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maryland and Virginia are now re-opened, according to the exhibitor via Twitter.

Tuesday Update #4: MovieTickets.com reports that the IFC Center in New York City will remain closed until power is restored.

Tuesday Update #3: MovieTickets.com reports that BAMcinematek will re-open theaters in Brooklyn today starting at 4pm.

In addition, the County Theater in Doylesville, PA and the Ambler Theater in Ambler, PA will remain closed today due to power outages. Both will re-open on Wednesday, according to MovieTickets.com

The Rave Movies cinema in Hazlet, NJ will remain closed on Tuesday. No planned re-open date has been announced yet.

Tuesday Update #2: AMC has updated the list of theaters that will remain closed on Tuesday due to Sandy, including all theaters in Manhattan/Long Island. The remaining list of theaters are assessing damage and could potentially re-open today.

Manhattan/Long Island (Closed Tues.)

19th Street 6
34th Street 14
84th Street 6
Bay Plaza 13
Bay Terrace 6
Fantasy 5
Fresh Meadows 7
Kips Bay 15
Lincoln Square 13
MJ Harlem 9
Nassau Metroplex 10
Orpheum 7
Port Chester 14
Raceway 10
Roosevelt Field 8
Shore 8
Stony Brook 17
Vestal Town Square 9
Village 7

New Jersey

Aviation 12
Brick Plaza 10
Bridgewater 7
Clifton Commons 16
East Hanover 12
Essex Green 9
Freehold 14
Garden State 16
Jersey Gardens 20
Menlo Park 12
Monmouth Mall 15
Mountainside 10
New Brunswick 18
Newport Centre 11
Palisades Center 21
Ridgefield Park 12
Rockaway 16
Seacourt 10
Wayne 14

Philadelphia

309 Cinema 9
Cherry Hill 24
Deptford 8
Deptford 6
Franklin Mills 14
Granite Run 8
Hamilton 24
Marlton 8
Marple 10
Neshaminy 24
Painters Crossing 9
Plymouth Meeting 12
Tilghman 8
Woodhaven 10

DC/Baltimore

Center Park 8
Columbia 14
Courthouse 8
Georgetown 14
Hoffman 22
Lexington Park 6
Mazza Gallerie 7
MJ Capital Center 12
Owings Mills 17
Rio 18
Security Square 8
Shirlington 7
St. Charles 9
Tysons Corner 16
Uptown 1
White Flint 5
White Marsh 16

Boston

Boston Common 19
Braintree 10
Chestnut Hill 5
Dartmouth Mall 12
Framingham 16
Liberty Tree 20
Methuen 20
Tyngsboro 12

Connecticut

Danbury 16
Plainville 20

 

Tuesday Update: Clearview Cinemas locations in NY, NJ & PA will be closed again today, according to a tweet from MovieTickets.com   

Monday Update #2:
AMC has an updated list of theaters that are closed because of Sandy:

Manhattan/Long Island

19th Street 6
34th Street 14
84th Street 6
Bay Plaza 13
Bay Terrace 6
Fantasy 5
Fresh Meadows 7
Kips Bay 15
Lincoln Square 13
MJ Harlem 9
Nassau Metroplex 10
Orpheum 7
Port Chester 14
Raceway 10
Roosevelt Field 8
Shore 8
Stony Brook 17
Village 7

New Jersey

Aviation 12
Brick Plaza 10
Bridgewater 7
Clifton Commons 16
East Hanover 12
Essex Green 9
Freehold 14
Galleria 16
Garden State 16
Jersey Gardens 20
Menlo Park 12
Monmouth Mall 15
Mountainside 10
New Brunswick 18
Newport Centre 11
Palisades Center 21
Ridgefield Park 12
Rockaway 16
Seacourt 10
Wayne 14

Philadelphia

309 Cinema 9
Cherry Hill 24
Deptford 8
Deptford 6
Franklin Mills 14
Granite Run 8
Hamilton 24
Marlton 8
Marple 10
Neshaminy 24
Painters Crossing 9
Plymouth Meeting 12
Tilghman 8
Woodhaven 10

DC/Baltimore

Center Park 8
Georgetown 14
MJ Capital Center 12
Uptown 1

Boston

Boston Common 19
Braintree 10
Burlington 10
Chestnut Hill 5
Dartmouth Mall 12
Framingham 16
Liberty Tree 20
Methuen 20
Plainville 20
Tyngsboro 12

 

Monday Update: Digiplex Destinations has announced that they are closing locations in New York, Pennsylvania and Connecticut on Monday because of Hurricane Sandy. The theater chain made the announcement on their Facebook page on Monday morning. 

Make sure to follow MovieTickets.com and Fandango on Twitter for updates about specific theaters. 

Sunday Update: AMC closed more than a dozen theaters in New York City and Long Island starting at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday in preparation for the impact of Hurricane Sandy. Regal, which has nine theaters in New York City, will close by 9 p.m. ET. Both chains will keep those locations closed on Monday. Clearview Cinemas, City Cinemas and Angelika Film Center also closed. Public transportation in New York City stopped as of 7 p.m. ET. 

The hurricane is likely to have a huge impact not only on box office grosses in New Yorkthe 2nd largest market in the country after Los Angelesbut also in other lucrative East Coast territories such as Washington D.C., New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut. This is not good news for a crop of newcomersCloud Atlas, Silent Hill: RevelationFun Size and Chasing Mavericksthat started off on a bad note during what turned out to be a very lackluster weekend. Argo, the weekend's #1 film, will rebound quickly once theaters open again. Ben Affleck's latest directorial effort is now a must-see that no hurricane can stop. 

The official announcement from AMC is below. Updates can be found here

Hurricane Sandy is slowly moving up the east coast. Meteorologists speculate that the storm will make landfall near the Delaware coast Monday night and then possibly combine with 2 other winter storms creating a hybrid "Superstorm." Theatres along coast are preparing for heavy rain, high winds, and potential snowfall. In advance of the storms, the New York Metro Transit Authority plans to suspend service after 7:00 pm tonight. In the interest of keeping both our guests and our crew members safe, several theatres will be closing early and planning to stay closed through Monday.

Affected AMC Theatres:

The theatres listed below will close after the last showtime before 3 pm to give associates and guests the proper amount of time to get home before the suspension of NYC MTA service. 

19th St East 6
34th Street 14
84th Street 6
Bay Plaza 13
Bay Terrace 6
Fantasy 5
Fresh Meadows 7
Kips Bay 15
MJ Harlem 9
Nassau Metroplex 10
Orpheum 7
Raceway 10
Roosevelt Field 8
Shore 8
Stony Brook 17
Village 7
Empire 25
Lincoln Square 13


'Paranormal Activity 4' Reaches $118.4 Million Worldwide on November 04, 2012

pa4intl.jpgSunday (11/4) Update: Paramount reports that Paramount Activity 4 added another $14.3 million from 4,506 locations in 51 territories. The international cume is now $68.8 million. The fright flick has taken in $118.4 million worldwide.

Sunday (10/28) Update: Paramount reports that Paranormal Activity 4 added another $14.1 million from 4,467 locations in 45 territories. The international cume is now $48.3 million.

Key stats from Paramount:

• The highest opening came from the Netherlands who opened at #2 making a muscular $538k from 45 locations. This is 22% ahead of Paranormal Activity 3 and 35% ahead of Paranormal Activity 2.
• Peru opened at #1 to a strong $528k from 61 locations. Violent riots in Lima have led to a lower estimate than their original of $655k. This result is 9% below Paranormal Activity 3 and 33% above Paranormal Activity 2.
• Singapore's debut made a strong $327k from 26 cinemas. The position in the market is #1. This is 14% higher than Paranormal Activity 3 and 28% higher than Paranormal Activity 2.
• Malaysia is estimated to have opened at #1 to an excellent $239k from 52 locations, 28% above Paranormal Activity 3 and 46% above Paranormal Activity 2.

'Wreck-It Ralph' Starts Strong Overseas on November 04, 2012

wreck-it-ralph_1.jpgDisney estimates that Wreck-It Ralph was able to grab $12 million from 6 territories representing 11% of the international market. Add that to the domestic estimate of $49.1 million and the animated flick has a worldwide total of $61.1 million right out of the gate. 

Brave, the last animated flick Disney distributed, was able to reach $79.8 million worldwide after its first weekend. The breakdown was $66.3 million domestic/$13.5 million international. Brave debuted in 10 territories representing 17% of the international market. 

How Big Will 'The Hobbit' Be? on November 04, 2012

hobbitnews.pngTickets for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will go on sale on Wednesday, November 7th. Let the hysteria begin.

Boxoffice.com is currently predicting a staggering $137 million debut for the prequel. Here's our breakdown of The Hobbit's strengths and weaknesses:

STRENGTHS:

- Fan and mainstream audience anticipation has been noticeably high over the past decade as demand for a Hobbit film kicked in immediately following the massive commercial and critical success of the beloved Rings trilogy. While perhaps not a strict apples-to-apples comparison, the closest historical reference may be Star Wars and the pent-up demand for the prequels entering 1999.
- When it comes to widely popular franchises, time gaps between new installments are generally a big advantage (see Star Wars and Indiana Jones).
- With each film in the previous trilogy increasing in both opening and total grosses, Rings was one of the first (and still few) series to maintain and/or build upon its audience with every installment. That kind of popularity will translate to huge interest in this film.
- Opening on a Friday will be a big three-day opening weekend advantage in comparison to the films of the original trilogy (which all opened on Wednesdays). Given the greater distance from Christmas Day this time around, this may indicate the studio's confidence in being able to attain a big opening. The current December opening weekend record belongs to I Am Legend ($77.2 million). The Hobbit should have no trouble re-claiming that record (once set by all three Rings movies during their time).
- Though being close to Christmas can potentially reduce the potential of a massive opening, The Return of the King posted the 7th best opening weekend in history during 2003 despite burning off demand with its Wednesday release. The current 7th best all-time opening is New Moon's $142.8 million.
- 3D and IMAX should prove to be strong draws for this kind of film.
- The lack of directly competing family films in the market gives The Hobbit a clear path toward box office success as other studios have generally steered clear of the film with their post-Thanksgiving release slates.
- Holiday releases, including blockbusters, typically enjoy strong legs with or without big opening weekends during the holiday season.
- Warner Bros.' decision to only release the high-frame rate 3D prints in select markets should allow it to find enough of a test bed audience without having much effect on the overall gross in case audiences don't go for it.
- Having a "lighter" tone than the Rings series may help to increase its already strong appeal with families, particularly parents and younger children.
- Adjusted for inflation, The Fellowship of the Ring's original $313.4 million domestic run would equal $437 million today. Adding in 3D and IMAX price premiums, that would be roughly equal to over $490 million.
- Other ticket sales comparisons adjusted for inflation and 3D (where applicable): Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull ($400 million), The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe ($409 million), Toy Story 3 ($418 million) and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone ($505 million). The Return of the King's $377 million gross in 2003 would adjust to roughly $550 million (including 3D) today.
- Like The Lord of the Rings, the original Hobbit novel is one of the best selling fictional books of the 20th century and is regarded highly among children's classics. In fact, the "prequel" term for the latter is a misnomer when considering The Hobbit was published 17 years before Rings.

WEAKNESSES:

- A gap of nine years between it and The Return of the King is considered as much of a disadvantage as an advantage by some, potentially having waited to long to capture the momentum from the first trilogy.
- Massive book sales aside, The Hobbit not having the same universal pedigree as The Lord of the Rings could equal a decrease in admissions. Could any added family appeal offset that?
- Jackson's decision to turn two films into three during the eleventh hour of production has caused an uproar in some online circles. Will that translate to forced story lines, or only serve to keep expectations very modest? In either case, it likely won't affect the upfront interest in the film but more so the legs and results of the second and third films in 2013/2014.
- The high-frame rate 3D was met with generally negative-to-mixed reactions at CinemaCon earlier this year. That said, the footage was incomplete and recent claims suggest the format may play better with extended scenes that have gone through post-production instead of fast-cut footage. In either case, the majority of audiences will only have access to standard 3D with this film anyway.
- Capturing lightning in a bottle with die-hard/online fans more than once can be tricky. Again, see the Star Wars prequels and the fourth Indiana Jones for evidence. Those, however, were still huge box office hits.
- Will it be able to bring in the same level of repeat admissions that The Lord of the Rings films (which enjoyed Oscar season bumps) did?


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