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Sunday Update: Paramount's Transformers: Age of Extinction debuted with an estimated $100.0 million this weekend. The fourth installment of the popular sci-fi action franchise performed in line with its massive pre-release expectations and delivered the largest opening weekend performance of 2014 to date (just topping the $95.02 million start of Captain America: The Winter Soldier). Without adjusting for ticket price inflation, Transformers: Age of Extinction delivered the fourth largest June opening weekend of all-time (behind only last year's Man of Steel, 2010's Toy Story 3 and 2009's Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen). The opening weekend performance of Transformers: Age of Extinction was in the same neighborhood as the $97.85 million opening weekend of 2011's Transformers: Dark of the Moon, though the opening weekend of Dark of the Moon was obviously deflated from that film opening on a Wednesday.

Transformers: Age of Extinction opened with $41.6 million on Friday (which included an estimated $8.75 million from late night shows on Thursday), fell 23 percent on Saturday to gross $32.15 million and is estimated to decline 18 percent on Sunday to take in $26.25 million. That places the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.40 to 1. While that ratio indicates significant initial front-loading, Transformers: Age of Extinction will hope to be helped out next weekend by what appears to be a relatively soft slate of releases by Independence Day weekend standards. The film's A- rating on CinemaScore is also an early encouraging sign going forward, though it should also be noted that early audience reaction to the film on Flixster has been far less impressive.

IMAX grosses were responsible for $10.7 million (10.7 percent) of this weekend's overall gross for Transformers: Age of Extinction.

Sony's 22 Jump Street placed in a distant second with an estimated $15.4 million. The successful action comedy sequel starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum fell 44 percent from last weekend, which represented a solid hold, especially given the new direct competition the film faced from Transformers: Age of Extinction. 22 Jump Street has grossed an impressive $139.84 million in 17 days, which means it has already surpassed the $138.45 million final domestic gross of 2012's 21 Jump Street. 22 Jump Street is currently running 51 percent ahead of the $92.88 million 17-day take of 21 Jump Street.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 placed in third with an estimated $13.1 million. The 3D computer animated sequel from Fox and DreamWorks Animation was down 47 percent from last weekend. How to Train Your Dragon 2 has yet to really stabilize for a family film and continues to perform below its massive expectations with a 17-day gross of $121.81 million. How to Train Your Dragon 2 is now running a disappointing 9 percent behind the $133.40 million 17-day gross of 2010's How to Train Your Dragon.

On the heels of last weekend's first place debut, Sony's Think Like a Man Too fell three spots and a sharp 64 percent to land in fourth with an estimated $10.4 million. The Kevin Hart led ensemble comedy sequel was off to a very solid start last weekend (especially with its modest price tag in mind), but has displayed poor holding power since then. With a ten-day gross of $48.17 million, Think Like a Man Too is now running 20 percent behind the $60.47 million ten-day take of 2012's Think Like a Man.

Holding up far better this weekend was Disney's Maleficent, which was down just 36 percent to round out this weekend's top five with an estimated $8.24 million. In the process the 3D fantasy blockbuster starring Angelina Jolie surpassed the $200 million domestic milestone this weekend. Maleficent has grossed $201.87 million in 31 days and is very likely to continue holding up well going forward.

Sony's The Amazing Spider-Man 2 also surpassed the $200 million domestic mark this weekend. The 3D superhero sequel took in an estimated $320,000 for the frame and has grossed $200.18 million through 59 days of release.

In its second weekend, Warner's Jersey Boys placed in sixth with an estimated $7.61 million. The Clint Eastwood directed musical was down a solid 43 percent. Jersey Boys has grossed $27.34 million in ten days. That is in line with the film's modest expectations and places the film a slim 4 percent behind the $28.42 million ten-day take of 2012's Rock of Ages.

Saturday Update: Transformers: Age of Extinction brought in an official estimate of $41.6 million on Friday, including Thursday night's $8.8 million start. BoxOffice projects that Paramount's global tentpole could net a $102 million domestic opening weekend from there.

Unfortunately, early word of mouth won't be doing the sequel many favors. Extinction's Flixster audience score is hovering at 66 percent as of Saturday morning--one of the lowest post-opening day results of the year for a high profile release and 10 percent behind The Amazing Spider-Man 2. On the plus side, though, this is a flick made almost primarily for international audiences, which means Paramount will be very happy with the global results.

Check back tomorrow for official weekend estimates from the studios.

Friday Update #2: Sources tell BoxOffice that Transformers: Age of Extinction is trending for an opening day close to $38 million based on matinee business. If that holds, the sequel could be on track for a $93-95 million opening weekend.

More as it comes.

Friday Update: Sources report that Michael Bay's Transformers: Age of Extinction posted $8.8 million in its Thursday night bow at 9pm. That represents the third best Thursday launch of 2014 so far behind Captain America: The Winter Soldier's $10.2 million and Godzilla's $9.3 million, while edging out The Amazing Spider-Man 2's $8.7 million and X-Men: Days of Future Past's $8.1 million.

Will the four-quel reach $100 million for the weekend? Anything's possible at this point, but the franchise's history of drawing in a larger share of general audiences than the aforementioned comparisons will need to kick in starting Friday for that to happen. For now, an opening in the expected $90 million+ range looks likely. Stay tuned.

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By Daniel Garris

How to Train Your Dragon 2 took in $3.13 million on Thursday to lead the daily box office for a second straight day. The 3D computer animated sequel from Fox and DreamWorks Animation fell 11 percent from Wednesday and 33 percent from last Thursday. With Paramount's Transformers: Age of Extinction entering the marketplace on Thursday night, holdovers experienced significant daily declines in general on Thursday. How to Train Your Dragon 2 placed in a close second for the week with $38.84 million. That was down a respectable 44 percent from the film's opening week performance. The film continues to perform below its massive expectations with a two-week take of $108.71 million, which places it essentially on par with the $108.54 million two-week gross of 2010's How to Train Your Dragon.

Sony's 22 Jump Street placed in a close second with $2.93 million. The action comedy sequel starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum was down 16 percent from Wednesday and down 46 percent from last Thursday. 22 Jump Street led the weekly box office with $41.99 million for the frame. That was down 49 percent from the film's opening week performance and brings the film's two-week total to a very impressive $124.44 million. 22 Jump Street is currently running 59 percent ahead of the $78.05 million 14-day take of 2012's 21 Jump Street.

Maleficent took in $1.75 million to remain in third place. Disney's 3D fantasy blockbuster starring Angelina Jolie was down 10 percent from Wednesday and down a healthy 28 percent from last Thursday. Maleficent placed in fourth this week with $20.66 million, which represented a decline of just 27 percent from the previous frame. With a four-week total of $193.63 million, Maleficent is set to surpass the $200 million domestic milestone by the end of the weekend.

Sony's Think Like a Man Too held steady in fourth with $1.63 million. The Kevin Hart led ensemble comedy sequel was down 13 percent from Wednesday, as the film continues to display significant initial front-loading. Think Like a Man Too placed in a close third for the week with a seven-day start of $37.77 million. That was just under pre-release expectations and places the film 12 percent behind the $42.87 million seven-day take of 2012's Think Like a Man.

Warner's Jersey Boys rounded out Thursday's unchanged top five with $1.40 million. The Clint Eastwood directed musical fell 13 percent from Wednesday. Jersey Boys took fifth place this week with a seven-day start of $19.73 million. The film is performing in line with its modest expectations and is currently running 5 percent behind the $20.76 million seven-day gross of 2012's Rock of Ages.

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By Alex Edghill

Thursday Morning Update: Transformers: Age Of Extinction rose 54% to 57,946 tweets on Wednesday, up from Tuesday's 37,577 tweets. By comparison, Transformers: Dark Of The Moon had 17,200 tweets two days before its release, Amazing Spider-Man 2 had 28,734, X-Men: Days Of Future Past had 49,523, while Godzilla was at 48,112. It has racked up a mammoth 124,068 tweets over the last three days which puts it behind only Captain America: The Winter Soldier's 168,286 tweets amongst its genre on the year (Endless Love, Divergent, Maleficent and Fault In Our Stars all had more tweets but appeal largely to the teen/twenty-something female demo which is a firestarter group on Twitter). 

Cap 2 opened in many more important territories before its North American release which super-charged its tweets and discount its effectiveness here as a marker. We are predicting $99 million for the film this weekend which will easily give it the crown for the frame and the biggest opening on the year to date, beating out the aforementioned Cap 2's $95 million. With $710 million, 836 million and $1,124 million for the last three Transformers films respectively Michael Bay and company are no doubt hoping this has the steam to continue the trends and top $1 billion yet again.

 

Top 15 Movies for Wednesday June 25th

Rk Film Tue Wed Week Tue-Wed %
1 (-) 22 Jump Street 240,010 81,294 357,624 -66.13%
2 (-) The Fault in Our Stars 60,185 67,133 190,613 11.54%
3 (-) Transformers: Age of Extinction 37,577 57,946 124,068 54.21%
4 (+3) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 19,261 38,020 76,813 97.39%
5 (-1) Maleficent 27,344 20,699 87,575 -24.30%
6 (-) Think Like a Man Too 22,100 13,295 76,765 -39.84%
7 (+1) How to Train Your Dragon 2 8,654 6,787 26,911 -21.57%
8 (-3) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) 22,240 6,563 50,819 -70.49%
9 (+1) Edge of Tomorrow 4,364 6,026 15,675 38.08%
10 (-1) If I Stay 6,814 4,507 17,505 -33.86%
11 (+1) X-Men: Days of Future Past 4,088 4,467 13,778 9.27%
12 (+2) Guardians of the Galaxy 3,828 3,623 16,800 -5.36%
13 (+7) Star Wars: Episode VII 1,581 3,331 5,965 110.69%
14 (+10) Dawn of The Planet of The Apes 1,136 2,458 5,297 116.37%
15 (+1) Godzilla (2014) 2,326 2,436 7,063 4.73%

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

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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.

 

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Basingstoke, 26 June, 2014: Sony and Vue Entertainment have today announced a new milestone in live sports entertainment, as two of the 2014 FIFA World CupTM matches will be streamed live to a UK cinema in stunning 4K[1]. In a world first, Sony and Vue Cinemas will be working with technical partners Eutelsat, DSAT Cinema and IDC to deliver a FIFA World CupTM quarter final match and the final in captivating Ultra High Definition on 4th and 13th July, at Vue's state-of-the-art multiplex at Westfield, London.

Coinciding with rapidly growing consumer interest in 4K, the first ever 4K FIFA World CupTM brings an entirely new viewing experience to the world of football and this screening is set to bring the action on the pitch to life like never before. The two matches will be streamed live via satellite from the iconic Estadio Jornalista Mario Filho (Maracana) stadium direct to the cinema, and are set to be the most visually spectacular live sports broadcasts to date.

Sony has partnered with IDC, Eutelsat and DSAT Cinema to deliver the live 4K screenings, with the companies working together to provide the satellite feed, signal decoding and 4K projection. DSAT Cinema will support with the commissioning and integration of the equipment, including network and receiver configuration. IDC will be providing the 4K UHD HEVC video decoder and professional satellite receiver that will be installed in the cinema, receiving the 4K satellite feed and delivering the video and audio signal to the Sony theatre projector and audio system respectively. Eutelsat will receive the signal from Brazil at its teleport near Paris, re-encode it in Ultra HD HEVC at 60 fps and retransmit it to the EUTELSAT 5 West A satellite for direct distribution to the cinema.

The footage at the screenings will be shown using Sony's SRX-R320 4K digital cinema projection system. The system was designed to screen 2K, 4K and 3D images in the highest possible quality and ensure the best viewing experience available for cinema-goers. Vue cinemas across the UK are equipped with Sony's 4K digital cinema projection technology.

"These live 4K screenings mean we're able to bring an entirely new viewing experience to the world of football," said David Bush, Head of Marketing and Business Development, Sony Professional Solutions Europe. "Sony is excited to be working with FIFA to capture three 2014 FIFA World CupTM matches in 4K, making this one of the most significant milestones in sports production in recent years. Sony is providing all 4K cameras and other production technology for the FIFA World CupTM broadcast production. We are also in the unique position of being able to offer not only production equipment but also 4K BRAVIA TVs in consumers' homes and 4K projectors in cinemas. The confirmation of these live transmissions to cinema represent another trail-blazing example of Sony's end-to-end leadership in 4K."

Bush continued: "These events build on Sony's experience in 4K live production for other application areas. Earlier this year we collaborated with several technical partners to deliver the world's first live 4K stream from a theatre into a cinema, working with the National Theatre to show War Horse live in ultra high definition at the Curzon cinema in Chelsea, London."

Steve Knibbs, COO of Vue Entertainment commented: "At Vue we strive to embrace technological innovation in order to deliver the greatest possible experience for our customers. Having installed Sony's 4K projectors across our UK cinemas, we're absolutely thrilled that we're able to underpin the next chapter in live sports entertainment by playing host to ultra high definition screenings of the greatest sporting competition in the world."

FIFA TV is also producing the Official 2014 FIFA World CupTM Film in 4K, which will include match footage from each of the three games captured in 4K, and is due to be distributed online by FIFA via 4K content distribution services after the 2014 FIFA World CupTM.

Though tickets will be limited, plans are currently being finalised by the companies involved to offer a few lucky fans the opportunity to attend one of the 4K cinema screenings. For fans not able to enjoy the screenings in the cinema, we're also showing 2014 FIFA World CupTM highlights in selected stores across Europe, giving you the chance to experience the thrill of football with match-winning 4K detail and sound on the BRAVIA X95 and X9.

As part of the FIFA TV broadcast production of the 2014 FIFA World CupTM tournament, Sony is working with select firms to deliver three matches in 4K - including the quarter final match and the final itself. Sony is also responsible for the provision of all HD venue facilities in each of the 12 venues across Brazil, including systems integration (SI), equipment and staff.

Sony's FIFA World CupTM involvement
Sony is responsible for the provision of all venue services for the 2014 FIFA World Cup tournament, including systems integration (SI) services, equipment and staff. Together with its carefully selected strategic partners it will be dedicated to and responsible for providing every single minute of live match footage in full HD as the theatre of football unfolds over 64 days, 32 matches and 2 time zones. Over 2,500 hours' worth of live match content will be delivered live from the tournament to consumers worldwide in High Definition, in addition to the three matches being captured in stunning 4K.

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