apes-wknd.pngLOS ANGELES - July 10, 2014 - According to Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" has scored 93 out of 100 points on the company's Fanticipation movie buzz indicator and is currently outselling its predecessor, "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" on Fandango at the same point in the sales cycle. "Dawn" is pacing similarly to last summer's apocalyptic epic, "World War Z" and currently represents more than 70% of Fandango's weekend ticket sales.

According to a survey of more than 1,000 "Apes" ticket-buyers on Fandango:
87% viewed at least one of the original series of five "Apes" films (1968-1973);

82% have seen 2011's "Rise of the Planet of the Apes;"

81% are fans of the film's top-billed star, Andy Serkis;

73% claim Serkis deserves an Oscar for his motion capture performances.

"Andy Serkis delivers a towering performance," says Fandango Chief Correspondent Dave Karger. "Not only does ‘Dawn' feature his spectacular achievement and some of the most jaw-dropping special effects ever put on screen, but it also is the rare summer blockbuster that truly makes you think and feel. It could end up as the best-reviewed big-studio film of the season."

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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By Alex Edghill

Thursday Morning Update: Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes saw one of the biggest jumps on the eve of its release that I have ever seen as it rose almost 400% to 29,993 tweets, up from 6,114 tweets on Tuesday. My first wonder was why the massive increase? Sure enough much of it was tied to one of its trailers being aired in the UK during the FIFA World Cup Argentina versus Netherlands semi-final game. A particular scene in the trailer that depicted an ape befriending two humans and then stealing a gun from them and killing them received a lot of attention, drawing both praise and criticism from viewers. The response created a snowball online which generated in excess of 5,000 tweets alone in my estimation. Add to that the slew of reviews being linked online and you have an interesting buzz storm being created. All news is good news, and while I don't think this late surge will affect much of its core demographic of older males but it should help to draw in more younger people who might have given it a pass before. We are predicting $67 million for the film this weekend, a solid bump from the $55 million the last one opened to which should make $500 million worldwide a virtual lock which will ensure a profitable run and the continuation of the franchise.

Perhaps the biggest news item on Wednesday though was the second teaser trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 which had a massive 60,445 tweets. The first teaser had 38,020 tweets so this is a notable step up which is golden for Lionsgate. There is little doubting that the film is going to be a huge success given the pedigree of the first two, but I'm curious to see just how huge the first full trailer will be here and if it can break the trailer buzz record that Fault In Our Stars set earlier this year of 145,810 tweets. At the very least I don't see any drop off in earnings here, and when you start at a basement of $158 million you are in excellent shape.

I had projected that Exodus: Gods And Kings was going to come in with over 20,000 tweets yesterday after seeing the early buzz (it was at 7,000 by 10AM) but traffic really fell off after that and it only ended up with 8,706 tweets. This actually was right in line with Noah's first trailer and given its Holiday season run I still believe that it has the potential to be a strong earner.

Top 15 Movies for Wednesday July 9th

Rk Film Tue Wed Week Tue-Wed %
1 (+4) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 10,977 60,445 79,170 450.65%
2 (+5) Dawn of The Planet of The Apes 6,114 29,993 39,378 390.56%
3 (-2) The Fault in Our Stars 33,912 28,406 97,994 -16.24%
4 (-2) Transformers: Age of Extinction 23,157 19,459 72,409 -15.97%
5 (-1) 22 Jump Street 14,781 13,320 42,579 -9.88%
6 (-3) Guardians of the Galaxy 17,961 10,024 41,825 -44.19%
7 (+6) Exodus: Gods and Kings 4,005 8,706 12,913 117.38%
8 (-2) Maleficent 8,048 7,977 25,336 -0.88%
9 (-) If I Stay 5,254 4,243 14,963 -19.24%
10 (+9) Before I Go to Sleep 2,805 4,238 10,483 51.09%
11 (-) How to Train Your Dragon 2 4,519 4,139 13,526 -8.41%
12 (-4) Deliver Us from Evil (2014) 5,608 3,760 15,060 -32.95%
13 (+2) Star Wars: Episode VII 3,346 3,710 16,845 10.88%
14 (-4) The Purge: Anarchy 4,758 3,452 11,032 -27.45%
15 (+11) The Giver 1,339 3,336 5,060 149.14%

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

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By Daniel Garris

Transformers: Age of Extinction took in $5.23 million on Tuesday to lead the daily box office for a twelfth consecutive day. The fourth installment of Paramount's blockbuster sci-fi action franchise was up 10 percent over Monday and down a reasonable 50 percent from last Tuesday. Transformers: Age of Extinction has grossed $185.39 million through twelve days of release. That is in line with the film's lofty pre-release expectations, but also places the film 29 percent behind the $261.08 million twelve-day gross of 2011's Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

Warner's Tammy held steady in second place with $3.36 million. The Melissa McCarthy comedy vehicle was up a solid 21 percent over Monday. While it continues to run a bit below expectations, Tammy has still grossed a very solid $39.45 million in its first seven days (especially with its modest price tag in mind). Tammy is currently running 36 percent behind the $61.49 million seven-day start of last year's The Heat (which opened on a Friday).

It continued to be a very tight race for places third through sixth on Tuesday, with only $314,757 separating third place from sixth place. How to Train Your Dragon 2 was up one spot from Monday to claim third with $1.83 million. The 3D computer animated sequel from Fox and DreamWorks Animation was up a healthy 27 percent over Monday and down 30 percent from last Tuesday. The 26-day total for How to Train Your Dragon 2 stands at an underwhelming $143.49 million.

Sony's 22 Jump Street was down one spot to land in fourth with $1.75 million. The successful action comedy sequel starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum was up 13 percent over Monday and down only 24 percent from last Tuesday. 22 Jump Street has grossed an impressive $162.57 million in 26 days.

Earth to Echo was up one spot over Monday to round out Tuesday's top five with $1.68 million. The adventure family film from Relativity held up nicely for the day, as it was up 30 percent over Monday. Each to Echo has grossed $16.54 million in its first week of release, as it continues to perform slightly below its already modest expectations.

Sony's Deliver Us from Evil was down one spot to land in sixth with $1.51 million. The crime horror film starring Eric Bana increased just 6 percent over Monday, which represented the day's poorest daily hold among wide releases. The seven-day total for Deliver Us from Evil stands at softer than expected $18.19 million.

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By Alex Edghill

Wednesday Morning Update: Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes impressed again on Tuesday with 6,114 tweets, up over 86% from Monday's 3,271 tweets. This was still miles above Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes which had 1,987 tweets its Tuesday before release. While the numbers aren't huge the fact that it is still so far ahead of the first film is very promising to me. Yes its behind other recent older male skewing films such as Edge Of Tomorrow (12,222 tweets its Tuesday before release) but remember that there are no big name A-list stars involved here and that generates a lot of buzz in and of itself. In addition, its important to remember Planet Of The Apes is not the second film in the franchise but the 8th after the five films from 1968 to 1973, Mark Wahlberg's 2001 remake and then the 2011 reboot from which Dawn picks up after. That is a lot of heritage and built in audiences, many of whom might be older and not huge proponents of social media usage. I like its chances at surpassing the last installment and it should have a clear shot at becoming the highest grossing Apes movie of all time.

The first trailer for Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods And Kings dropped and generated 4,005 tweets, pulling it up from relative obscurity. The trailer was released relatively late yesterday because today already it is at over 4,000 and on this pace it would surpass 20,000 tweets easily. Considering that Noah had just 8k+ tweets for its first trailer this is a very strong debut for the Christian Bale film. This could do great things over the Holiday season this year after seeing this type of early reception.

Top 15 Movies for Tuesday July 8th

Rk Film Mon Tue Week Mon-Tue %
1 (-) The Fault in Our Stars 35,676 33,912 69,588 -4.94%
2 (-) Transformers: Age of Extinction 29,793 23,157 52,950 -22.27%
3 (+1) Guardians of the Galaxy 13,840 17,961 31,801 29.78%
4 (-1) 22 Jump Street 14,478 14,781 29,259 2.09%
5 (+3) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 7,748 10,977 18,725 41.68%
6 (+1) Maleficent 9,311 8,048 17,359 -13.56%
7 (+9) Dawn of The Planet of The Apes 3,271 6,114 9,385 86.92%
8 (+2) Deliver Us from Evil (2014) 5,692 5,608 11,300 -1.48%
9 (+3) If I Stay 5,466 5,254 10,720 -3.88%
10 (+8) The Purge: Anarchy 2,822 4,758 7,580 68.60%
11 (+2) How to Train Your Dragon 2 4,868 4,519 9,387 -7.17%
12 (-7) Gone Girl 12,760 4,039 16,799 -68.35%
13 (+40) Exodus: Gods and Kings 202 4,005 4,207 1882.67%
14 (-5) Tammy 6,629 3,896 10,525 -41.23%
15 (-9) Star Wars: Episode VII 9,789 3,346 13,135 -65.82%

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showeast.pngNEW YORK, NY - Jody Reynolds, Secretary of the Board for Reynolds & Reynolds Inc., and Stanley J. Reynolds, President/CEO of Reynolds & Reynolds Inc. will receive the 2014 Al Shapiro Distinguished Service Award at ShowEast during the Final Night Awards Ceremony on October 30, 2014 at the Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood, Florida, hosted by The Coca-Cola Company.

Each year, the Al Shapiro Distinguished Service Award honors those who best represent the ideals and standards that the late Al Shapiro set during his distinguished career. It epitomizes his dedication, care and concern for the betterment of people within the motion picture industry.

"Jody and Stan have selflessly dedicated themselves to making a difference in the lives of children through their many charitable endeavors," stated Andrew Sunshine, Co-Managing Director of ShowEast. "They are well-known throughout the theatrical exhibition industry in the US for creating a unique insurance program for motion picture theatres. I cannot think of two people more deserving of receiving this year's Al Shapiro Distinguished Service Award."

Jody and Stanley J. Reynolds are the Secretary of the Board, and President/CEO, respectively, of Reynolds & Reynolds, Inc., Insurance Agents & Brokers. Stan founded the company in 1976 and it has grown from two people to one of the largest independent insurance agencies in Iowa. Reynolds & Reynolds is a full service insurance agency for property, casualty, employee benefits, bonds, life, and personal lines, and it has a special nationwide program for movie theatres. Iowa special programs include The Iowa School Board Association (ISEBA); The Iowa Bar Association; and The Iowa Home Builders Association. Special departments include transportation, construction, energy, and manufacturing.

Jody Reynolds has spent much of her time working for charitable endeavors, most notably Variety- the Children's Charity of Iowa, becoming the first woman president after serving in various capacities. She has been instrumental in the success of the Variety Telethon in Iowa for 40 years. It has grown from $151,000 in 1975 to $4,101,023 in 2014.

Jody has been an International Officer of Variety- the Children's Charity since 1987, serving as International Ambassador; International Fund Raising Chair; and Vice President. She was elected Sr. Vice President in London in 2000 and she was the first woman elected International President in April 2001 in Barbados.

She has been very involved with the International Red Cross, serving in Vietnam during the war, and she has remained active as a volunteer. She has also served on the boards of Blank Children's Hospital; Convalescent Home for Children; Orchard Place; and the Roosevelt Foundation.

Stanley J. Reynolds has worked hard for charitable endeavors, most notably the Variety Club. He served as President of Variety- The Children's Charity of Iowa in 1976-1977 after having served in most capacities in that organization. He is one of the four founders and is the producer of the Variety of Iowa Telethon to help the children of Iowa. In 2014 the Telethon raised over $4,100,000 for kids in need. The telethon has raised more than $99,000,000 since its inception in 1975. Mr. Reynolds was International President of Variety in 1990 and 1991 and served as Chairman of the Board, 1992-1993.

Stan has received numerous honors in recognition of his many contributions to the local and international community including the Variety Club Humanitarian Award; Socially Responsible Entrepreneur of the Year; Boys Scout of America "Distinguished Iowa Citizen Award"; the B.V. Student Award from movie industry; Community Involvement Award from the Des Moines Chamber of Commerce; and he and his wife Jody were recipients of the Des Moines Register's Iowa Star Award in 2006. He was inducted into the Iowa Insurance Hall of Fame in 2011.

He has appeared on telethons in Buffalo, St. Louis, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Winnipeg, and Des Moines. He has also emceed dinners for March of Dimes; American Cancer Society; Blank Zoo; Boys' & Girls' Club; Iowa Society of Fund Raising Executives; Blank Children's Hospital; Mercy Medical Center; and Cystic Fibrosis. He is a member of the Bankers Trust Company Advisory Board; Variety- the Children's Charity of Iowa Board; and Variety International Board.

Past recipients of the Al Shapiro Distinguished Service Award include: Mike Polydoros, Zach Beebee, John C. Hall, Branden d. Miller, Kelly O'Connor, Nancy Kleuter, Scott Forman, Patricia Gonzalez, Bud Stone, John Lundin, and Steve Bunnell.

ShowEast 2014 will take place October 27-30 at the Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood, Florida. It will feature screenings of major upcoming films, sponsored events, timely and informative seminars and the ShowEast Trade Show. An estimated 1,300 members of the motion picture industry are expected to attend. ShowEast, now in its 29th year, is produced by Prometheus Global Media, owner of leading entertainment publications and events including Film Journal International, Billboard, The Hollywood Reporter, Backstage, Adweek, Dick Clark Productions, the CLIO Awards, CineEurope, and CineAsia.

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