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'300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE' AND 'NEED FOR SPEED' DRIVE FANDANGO’S FANTICIPATION AND POWER THIS WEEKEND’S ADVANCE TICKET SALES on March 13, 2014

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LOS ANGELES - March 13, 2014 - According to Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, "300: Rise of an Empire" continues its reign at the top of Fandango's Fanticipation movie buzz indicator, scoring a heroic 77 out of 100 points and leading Fandango's weekend ticket sales, while "Need for Speed" is racing neck and neck with "300," ranking 76 out of 100 points.

"Fans of extreme action movies will be out in force at the theaters this weekend," says Fandango Chief Correspondent Dave Karger. "The visually stunning ‘300' sequel continues to hold its position at the top of the weekend's advance ticket sales, while ‘Need for Speed' is a non-stop racing movie that should satisfy fans of high-octane entertainment."

In limited release this weekend, the Kickstarter-funded big-screen adaptation of TV's "Veronica Mars" is also a solid performer on Fandango. On Fandango's movie recommendation show, "Weekend Ticket," Karger breaks down this weekend's new releases and interviews "Mars" star Kristen Bell. "There was an extra investment in making it the best because the fans trusted us and believed in us," says Bell. "I will consider this movie a success if the fans are happy. I don't care if it makes money; I care if our 91,585 backers like the story." The full episode can be found at http://www.fandango.com/WeekendTicket.

Dave Karger also grills Kristen Bell on "Veronica Mars" trivia in a new installment of "Celebrity Trivia Battle," which can be found at http://www.fandango.com/movie-trailer/exclusive:celebritytriviabattlewithkristenbell-trailer/166515/2440814652

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.

UPDATED GLOBAL: '300: Rise of an Empire' Surges to $132.8M Day-and-Date Debut; 'Mr. Peabody & Sherman' Expands; '12 Years a Slave' Breaks $100M Overseas After Oscar Win on March 09, 2014

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TUESDAY UPDATE:

The Hobbit: the Desolation of Smaug: $679.7M Overseas Total

Gravity: $440.2M Overseas Total

RoboCop: $166.8M Overseas Total

Top Markets:
China - $42M
Brazil - $11.8M
Russia - $9.7M

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2: $153.1M Overseas Total

Top Markets:
United Kingdom - $20.1M
Brazil - $12.8M
Russia - $11.6M
Australia - $11.5M
Germany - $10.8M

The LEGO Movie: $135.4M Overseas Total

Top Markets
United Kingdom - $47.5M
France - $10.1M
Mexico - $9.7M

12 Years a Slave: $104.5M Overseas Total

Top Markets
United Kingdom - $31.7M
France - $13.7M
Spain - $7.4M
Germany - $5.7M
Australia - $5.3M

300: Rise of an Empire: $88.8M Overseas Total

Top Markets
Russia - $8.8M
France - $6.9M
South Korea - $6.3M
Brazil - $5.8M
Mexico - $5.4M
Germany - $5.2M

Mr. Peabody & Sherman: $65.3M Overseas Total

Top Markets
United Kingdom - $19.9M
France - $7.9M
Mexico - $5M

Pompeii: $57.3M Overseas Total

Top Markets
Russia - $11.6M
South Korea - $9.2M
France - $5.7M

The Monuments Men: $45M Overseas Total

Top Markets
United Kingdom - $9.5M
Germany - $5.3M
Italy - $5M

August: Osage County: $28.5M Overseas Total

Top Markets
Spain - $4.3M
Australia - $4M
United Kingdom - $3.2M

The Grand Budapest Hotel: $9.9M Overseas Total

Top Markets:
France - $5.1M
United Kingdom - $2.5M
Germany - $1M

SUNDAY ESTIMATES: The 300 franchise enjoyed a great weekend overseas with the release of 300: Rise of an Empire in 58 markets. The film took a commanding $87.8 million debut since its initial mid-week roll-out with nearly 12.1 million admissions on 14,478 screens, tracking ahead of its predecessor by 10%.

The film posted a healthy haul from IMAX screens, setting a new March record with $5.2 million from 179 screens. The previous record holder in March was John Carter, with a figure under $4 million. Top overseas IMAX performers include the Netherlands ($63k per-screen average), France ($55k PSA), and South Korea ($43k). The film will finish the weekend with a $12 million IMAX global cume, the second best result for a March results behind Alice in Wonderland.

Russia leads new openers with a $9.2 million bow from 1,441 screens, finishing as the top film at the box office with a dominant 45% market share.

France enjoyed a $7.2 million debut with 681k admissions from 454 screens (including previews) and registered the top per-screen average in one of the world's most diverse and competitive markets.

Rise of an Empire claimed first place in South Korea with a $6.5 million debut from 720 screens.

The film opened to $5.8 million (including previews) from 795 screens in Brazil, becoming the industry's biggest March opening of all time in the country. It also marks the fourth highest 16-rated opener for Warner Bros. in Brazil.

Mexico took off with $5.5 million from 2,047 screens.

Germany enjoyed a $5.3 million debut from 582 screens (including previews), claiming 44% of the top 5 market share.

The United Kingdom posted a first place finish with $4.8 million from 955 screens, also taking 44% of the top 5 market share.

Spain responded with a #1 finish after grossing $3.7 million from 611 screens and capturing 54% of the top 5 market share.

Italy opened in first place with $3.4 million from 471 screens.

Rise of an Empire took a robust $3 million opening from 894 screens in India, the third biggest opener of all time for Warner Bros. in the market and the fourth biggest debut for an MPA film.

Australia brought in $2.8 million from 467 screens, finishing the weekend in first place.

The film posted the second biggest opening of all-time for an 18-rated Warner Bros. film in the United Arab Emirates after collecting $1.4 million from 61 screens, garnering 65% of the top 5 market share.

300: Rise of an Empire finished its day-and-date global debut with $132.8 million. The film will open in Japan on June 20.

Mr. Peabody & Sherman expanded to 36 new markets over the weekend, taking $21 million from 10,742 screens across a total of 52 markets.

Mr. Peabody & Sherman has grossed $66 million overseas and $98.5 million globally. The film posted a strong opening in Russia despite facing off head-to-head against the new 300 film. Mr. Peabody & Sherman claimed second place in Russia with a $4.4 million debut from 2,016 screens, 60% ahead of the opening figure for The LEGO Movie. Spain also posted a strong second place finish in the shadow of 300, earning $2.1 million from 539 screens.

Top hold-overs for the animated film include Mexico ($1.54M Weekend / 1,105 Screens / $4.9M Cume), Germany ($1.53M Weekend / 956 Screens / $4.6M Cume), France ($1.3M Weekend / 1,111 Screens / $8M Cume), and Brazil ($1.2M Weekend / 617 Screens / $4.8M Cume).

Warner Bros. continued its great weekend abroad with a $9.9 million haul from over 5,300 screens for The LEGO Movie. The animated film has now grossed a total of $135.6 million overseas and $360.5 million worldwide.

Top markets for The LEGO Movie include the United Kingdom ($47.7M), France ($10M), Mexico ($9.6M), Spain ($6.4M), Russia ($5.6M), and Brazil ($5.5M). The film will expand to Australia on April 3 and Germany on April 10.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is still thriving in China. The Desolation of Smaug reached a running total of $67.1 million in the market, surpassing the $50.7 million lifetime run of An Unexpected Journey by 29%. Japan is also tracking ahead of the film's predecessor with a $7.6 million total after its second weekend, 22% ahead of An Unexpected Journey over the same timeframe.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has grossed $680 million overseas and $937.7 million globally.

12 Years a Slave received an overseas box office boost after winning the Academy Award for Best Picture last weekend. The film brought in an additional $9.1 million over the weekend to lift its overseas cume above $100 million and reach a $105.5 million total outside of North America.

The historical drama claimed a $500k debut from 43 screens in Japan and saw a bump in business in Mexico ($1M Weekend / $3.5M Cume), the U.K. ($757k Weekend / $32.2M Cume), Germany ($513k Weekend / $5.7M Cume), Spain ($413k Weekend / $7.5M Cume). Italy also posted strong hold-over numbers with a $1.1 million weekend, bringing its local cume up to $4.9 million.

The Grand Budapest Hotel brought in $6.2 million from 772 screens in 9 markets, marking the biggest debut for a Wes Anderson film in the United Kingdom ($2.6M / 285 Screens), Germany ($1.1M / $163 Screens), Austria ($162k / 29 Screens), and Belgium ($155k / 12 Screens). France posted a strong hold in its second weekend, finishing in fourth place with $1.6 million from 192 screens and a $5.1 million cume.

The Grand Budapest Hotel has already broken the $10 million overseas mark after only two weekends and 9 markets. The film posted a strong opening in limited release in North America, grossing $800k from only four screens, to bring its worldwide total up to $10.8 million.

Pompeii added $6.1 million from 50 markets over the weekend to reach a $57.1 million overseas total. The film posted strong holds in Russia ($950k Weekend / $10.7M Cume), South Korea ($789k Weekend / $9.2M Cume), and France ($589k Weekend / $5.8M Cume). Pompeii has grossed $78.1 million worldwide.

The Monuments Men earned $3.7 million from 7,329 screens in 53 markets. Monuments Men has grossed $45.5 million overseas and $116.1 million worldwide. The film will expand to Australia, Belgium, and France next weekend.

Frozen collected $3.6 million in its sixteenth weekend overseas, boosting its overseas total to $616.4 million. The Academy Award winning animated film has grossed $1.009 billion worldwide, including key performances from South Korea ($76.3M), the United Kingdom ($63.8M), Germany ($47.9M), China ($46.1M), France ($42.6M), Russia ($33.3M), and Australia ($30.8M).

Ride Along rode its way to a $10 million overseas total after earning $1.8 million at 538 dates in 11 territories. The film opened in sixth place in the Netherlands with a $173k bow at 38 dates. The United Kingdom posted a strong hold in the United Kingdom, where it followed last weekend's opening with a $1.5 million mid-table finish at 385 dates to reach a 10-day total of $4.9 million. Ride Along has grossed $140 million worldwide. The film has six territories left on its agenda, including Australia and Hungary on March 20.

The Book Thief stole another $1.6 million from 1,094 screens in 16 markets. The film has grossed a total of $44.3 million overseas and $65.6 million globally.

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit added $1 million from approximately 1,230 cinemas in 28 markets over the weekend, bringing the film's overseas total to $83.7 million. Germany delivered $624k from 443 sites, a 45% slide from last weekend, to reach a $2.1 million market total. Japan earned $150k from 333 cinemas to reach a $4.7 million total. Jack Ryan has grossed $133.8 million worldwide.

Endless Love didn't have a lasting effect with international audiences. The film took $500k at 400 dates in territories over the weekend to reach a $7.6 million overseas total. Endless Love has grossed $30.7 million worldwide. The film opened in ninth place in Russia with $305k at 308 dates. Endless Love will be released in South Korea on March 13 and Bulgaria on March 14.

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OVERSEAS: '300: Rise of an Empire' Claims $87.8M Opening from Day-and-Date Release on March 07, 2014

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SUNDAYThe 300 franchise enjoyed a great weekend overseas with the release of 300: Rise of an Empire in 58 markets. The film took a commanding $87.8 million debut since its initial mid-week roll-out with nearly 12.1 million admissions on 14,478 screens, tracking ahead of its predecessor by 10%.

 

The film posted a healthy haul from IMAX screens, setting a new March record with $5.2 million from 179 screens. The previous record holder in March was John Carter, with a figure under $4 million. Top overseas IMAX performers include the Netherlands ($63k per-screen average), France ($55k PSA), and South Korea ($43k). The film will finish the weekend with a $12 million IMAX global cume, the second best result for a March results behind Alice in Wonderland.  

 

Russia leads new openers with a $9.2 million bow from 1,441 screens, finishing as the top film at the box office with a dominant 45% market share.

 

France enjoyed a $7.2 million debut with 681k admissions from 454 screens (including previews) and registered the top per-screen average in one of the world’s most diverse and competitive markets.

 

Rise of an Empire claimed first place in South Korea with a $6.5 million debut from 720 screens.

 

300 Rise of an Empire opened to $5.8 million (including previews) from 795 screens in Brazil, becoming the industry’s biggest March opening of all time in the country. It also marks the fourth highest 16-rated opener for Warner Bros. in Brazil.

 

Mexico took off with  $5.5 million from 2,047 screens. 

 

Germany enjoyed a $5.3 million debut from 582 screens (including previews), claiming 44% of the top 5 market share.

 

The United Kingdom posted a first place finish with $4.8 million from 955 screens, also taking 44% of the top 5 market share.

 

Spain responded with a #1 finish after grossing $3.7 million from 611 screens and capturing 54% of the top 5 market share.

 

Italy opened in first place with $3.4 million from 471 screens.

 

300 Rise of an Empire took a robust $3 million opening from 894 screens in India, the third biggest opener of all time for Warner Bros. in the market and the fourth biggest debut for an MPA film.

 

Australia brought in $2.8 million from 467 screens, finishing the weekend in first place.

 

The film posted the second biggest opening of all-time for an 18-rated Warner Bros. film in the United Arab Emirates after collecting $1.4 million from 61 screens, garnering 65% of the top 5 market share.

 

300: Rise of an Empire finished its day=and-date global debut with $132.8 million. The film will open in Japan on June 20.

 

SATURDAY UPDATE300: Rise of an Empire crossed the $50 million mark worldwide heading into Saturday. The franchise seems to be reignited with strong global interest after crossing the $30 million mark overseas from Wednesday-Friday grosses. The film enters Saturday with a $32.8 million cumulative overseas total and a $17.7 million cume from North America.

 

Friday was a great day for the film as it expanded to 25 overseas market. Friday overseas grosses amounted to $20.2 million from 14,400 screens across 58 markets.

 

Overseas Highlights - Friday:

 

United Kingdom: $1.6M / 955 Screens / 44% Top 5 market share

 

Russia: $1.5M / 1,441 Screens / $2.8M Market Cume

 

South Korea: $1.46M / 900 Screens / $2.1M Market Cume

 

Mexico: $1.4M / 1,780 Sceens / 63% Top 5 market share / 3rd biggest March opening of all-time

 

Brazil: $1.3M / 795 Screens / 56% Top 5 market share

 

Germany: $1.25M / 582 Screens / 46% Top 5 market share / $2.6M Market Cume

 

Spain: $1.1M / 611 Screens / 67% Top 5 market share

 

France: $1.07M / 454 Screens / $4M Market Cume

 

Australia: $626k / 467 Screens / $1.2M Market Cume 

 

Italy: $600k / 471 Screens / $1.1M Market Cume

 

Taiwan: $400k / 170 Screens 

 

Greece: $322k / 167 Screens / 92% Top 5 market share / $693k Market Cume

 

 

FRIDAY UPDATE: 300: Rise of an Empire hit the ground running overseas. The action film has grossed a total of $12.1 million from 32 markets after only two days in release, including a strong $9.5 million Thursday haul from a total of 1,083 screens. The film occupies the top spot in 29 of its current markets. 300: Rise of an Empire expanded to 25 additional markets on Friday, including the UK, Spain, Mexico, and Brazil.

 

Germany took a $1.4 million opening day from Thursday, claiming first place from 592 screens and 50% of the share among the market's top 5 releases despite an 18-rating.

 

Russia enjoyed a $1.3m bow on 1,441 screens, dominating the market with a first place finish and 73% share of the top 5 films.

 

France added $1.15 million in its second day, a 16% dip from its Wednesday debut, to reach a $3 million total in its first two days on the market. 

 

South Korea claimed the top spot with $918k from 651 screens.

 

Australia posted a $534k bow on 466 screens, taking #1 with 58% of the top 5 market share.

 

Italy opened to $508k on 471 screens, finishing first with 45% of the top 5 market share.

 

Greece took $371k from its opening in 166 screens, posting the biggest opening day in the market in nearly 3 years. 

 

Singapore posted the biggest opening day for a film with an M18 rating, grossing $203k in its debut. 

 

The UAE grossed  $486k from 40 screens, marking the second biggest WB opening of all-time and the biggest for an 18 film. 

 

The film became the biggest WB opening of all time in Lebanon with an $80k bow.

 

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