TOP MONTH FUELED BY NEW PRODUCTS AND INNOVATIONS, PLUS HOT-SELLING NOVEMBER FILMS, "THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE," "THOR: THE DARK WORLD," "FROZEN," AND "THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY"
Mobile Tickets Sales Increased 30% Year-over-Year and Accounted for 42% of Total Ticket Sales in November
LOS ANGELES (November 29, 2013) -- Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, announced that it has set a new record in November for the most tickets sold in a single month.
Enhanced products and services like paperless mobile ticket scanning, reserved seating expansion and new platforms apps, plus new exhibitor partnerships and distribution deals, have generated significant momentum for the company. Together with hits like The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Thor: The Dark World, Frozen, and The Best Man Holiday, Fandango has delivered a record-breaking month, more than 12% above the previous record. Fandango also experienced a 13% increase in monthly visits to its site and mobile apps year over year.
"Millions of fans are turning to Fandango's site and mobile apps to enhance their moviegoing experiences and guarantee their seats in advance, particularly with movies in hot demand," says Fandango President Paul Yanover. "Our best-selling month is a significant milestone for our company, and we anticipate the holiday season will keep the momentum going with such highly-anticipated films as The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, American Hustle and many other titles."
The company continues to be a leader in the mobile space, with more than 42% of Fandango's ticket sales deriving from its mobile site and apps in November, and a 30% increase in mobile ticket sales year-over-year.
Fandango's previous top-selling month, November 2012, saw the opening of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2, Wreck-It Ralph, Skyfall, Lincoln, and Life of Pi, along with other hits playing at that time.
Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, sells tickets to more than 22,000 screens nationwide. Fandango entertains and informs consumers with reviews, commentary, celebrity interviews and trailers, and offers the ability to quickly select a film, plan where and when to see it, and conveniently buy tickets in advance. For many theaters, fans can print their tickets at home or receive them as a paperless Mobile Ticket on their smartphones. Fandango's top-ranking movie ticketing apps, with 39 million downloads, are available on the iPhone and iPad, Android, and many other platforms. Fandango is enjoyed by more than 30 million online and mobile visitors each month, according to comScore. Film fans also find Fandango on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fandango and on Twitter @Fandango.
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TOP MONTH FUELED BY NEW PRODUCTS AND INNOVATIONS, PLUS HOT-SELLING NOVEMBER FILMS, "THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE," "THOR: THE DARK WORLD," "FROZEN," AND "THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY"
Sunday Update: Lionsgate reports that The Hunger Games: Catching Fire grossed an estimated $74.5 million over the weekend and $110.2 million over the five-day Thanksgiving holiday frame. The blockbuster action-adventure sequel starring Jennifer Lawrence established new unadjusted Thanksgiving weekend records in a big way, as it easily outpaced the respective $57.49 million and $82.39 million three-day and five-day grosses of previous record holder Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone way back in 2001. Catching Fire also generated the fourth largest unadjusted second weekend performance of all-time (behind only last year's Marvel's The Avenges, 2009's Avatar, and 2008's The Dark Knight). For the three-day frame, Catching Fire was down 53 percent from last weekend's debut.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has grossed a massive $296.56 million in its first ten days of release. That places the film an impressive 19 percent ahead of the $248.48 million ten-day take of last year's The Hunger Games (which fell 62 percent in its second weekend to gross $58.55 million).
Disney's Frozen was also especially impressive over the holiday frame with estimated respective three-day and five-day grosses of $66.71 million and $93.01 million. The latest 3D computer animated film from Walt Disney Animation set new records for the largest three-day and five-day unadjusted Thanksgiving openings of all-time, which had been previously held by 1999's Toy Story 2 with respective three-day and five-day takes of $57.39 million and $80.12 million. Frozen exceeded its already lofty pre-release expectations in a big way and outpaced the $68.71 million five-day start of 2010's Tangled by a very healthy 35 percent. With the addition of a five-day exclusive run in Los Angeles before opening wide on Wednesday, Frozen has grossed $93.36 million to date.
The five-day start for Frozen was especially impressive when considering that there isn't much competition for family audiences scheduled this December, which along with strong word of mouth (the film received an A+ rating on CinemaScore) and critical reviews could help lead to a very lengthy run for the film. The audience breakdown for Frozen skewed towards female moviegoers (57 percent) and moviegoers 25 and under (58 percent). Family moviegoers made up 81 percent of the film's total audience.
Fellow Disney release Thor: The Dark World placed in a distant third with an estimated three-day take of $11.11 million, which represented a 22 percent decline from last weekend. Marvel's blockbuster superhero sequel grossed $15.49 million over the five-day frame. Thor: The Dark World has grossed $186.71 million through 24 days of release. That places Thor: The Dark World 17 percent ahead of the $159.89 million 24-day take of 2011's Thor and leaves the film $13.29 million away from reaching the $200 million domestic milestone.
The weekend's other new major releases not named Frozen left much to be desired. Open Road's Homefront led the pack with respective three-day and five-day debuts of $6.97 million and $9.796 million, though it should be noted that it opened in significantly more locations than The Book Thief, Black Nativity and Philomena did. The action thriller starring Jason Statham and James Franco debuted 17 percent below the $12.00 million five-day Thanksgiving weekend start of 2010's Faster. Homefront received a respectable B rating on CinemaScore.
Over the three-day frame, Fox's The Book Thief grossed $4.85 million (from 1,234 locations), Fox Searchlight's Black Nativity grossed $3.88 million (from 1,516 locations) and The Weinstein Company's Philomena took in $3.79 million (from 835 locations). Respective five-day grosses were $6.40 million for The Book Thief, $5.00 million for Black Nativity and $4.60 million for Philomena. Black Nativity had the most disappointing performance of the trio, given that it had the highest opening weekend expectations of the three and is also likely to be the most front-loaded. Black Nativity did receive a promising A- rating on CinemaScore.
Off to an even softer start was FilmDistrict's Oldboy. The Spike Lee directed remake managed respective three-day and five-day debuts of only $0.85 million and $1.25 million from 583 locations. Obviously, Oldboy won't be in theatres for long after its poor performance this weekend.
Saturday Update: Lionsgate reports this morning that The Hunger Games: Catching Fire earned another $31.25 million on Black Friday, up 110 percent from its Thanksgiving Day haul. That brings the sequel up to a $253.2 million domestic haul through 8 days of release, 33 percent ahead of the pace of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I. BoxOffice projects Catching Fire will bring in $74 million for its sophomore weekend as part of a record $109.7 million five-day Thanksgiving window (topping 2001's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone which grossed $82.39 million).
Disney's Frozen increased 142 percent from Thanksgiving Day to $26.86 million on Friday, keeping it significantly ahead of the opening performance of any recent Walt Disney Animation film with $53.5 million bagged in just three days. By comparison, Tangled earned $39.5 million over the same Wednesday-Friday holiday frame in 2010.
Frozen is successfully capturing an audience that has been underserved in recent weeks: families, once again proving that female-leaning films can succeed even in a competitive marketplace. Stellar reviews have been driving buzz for the film, and early word of mouth appears quite strong with 91 percent Flixster users approving of or still anticipating seeing the film. BoxOffice is projecting a $67 million 3-day weekend gross for Frozen, making for a stellar 5-day debut of $93.3 million.
Open Road Films reports that Homefront accounted for $2.632 million on Friday, marking an 88 percent jump from its second day of release on Thanksgiving. The Jason Statham-James Franco thriller has brought in $5.46 million through its first three days (19 percent less than 2010's pre-Thanksgiving opener from CBS Films, Faster) and is on pace for a $6.6 million 3-day weekend and $9.4 million 5-day start. Word of mouth appears to be on the low end of modest with 70 percent of Flixster users giving their approving vote.
Looking at this weekend's lower profile releases: The Book Thief swiped $1.9 million yesterday, giving it a projected $4.8 million 3-day weekend and $6.4 million 5-day start. Meanwhile, Black Nativity added $1.57 million on Friday as it remains on track for disappointing $3.9 million 3-day and $5.0 million 5-day frames.
Friday Update: Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Disney's Frozen both continued to impress on Thanksgiving Day. Both films held up relatively well on Thursday for films of their size on Thanksgiving and both films are still on pace to top the current all-time unadjusted five-day Thanksgiving weekend record of $82.39 million set way back in 2001 by Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was down 28 percent from Wednesday to gross an estimated $14.9 million on Thursday. That represented the largest unadjusted Thanksgiving Day gross of all-time (topping the $13.14 million take of 1999's Toy Story 2) and places the film's Wednesday and Thursday total at $35.7 million (Wednesday's estimate has been revised slightly upwards to $20.8 million). Catching Fire has grossed a massive $225.06 million in its first week of release. That represents the sixth largest seven-day total of all time and was 17 percent stronger than the $189.93 million seven-day start of last year's The Hunger Games. Based on grosses for Wednesday and Thursday, BoxOffice is currently projecting respective three-day (Friday through Sunday) and five-day grosses of $70.3 million and $106.0 million for Catching Fire.
Frozen was down a similar 27 percent from Wednesday to gross an estimated $11.09 million on Thursday. The latest computer animated film from Walt Disney Animation has grossed a stronger than expected $26.3 million on Wednesday and Thursday. That is 32 percent stronger than the $19.94 million two-day start of 2010's Tangled (which fell 32 percent on Thanksgiving Day to gross $8.07 million). BoxOffice is currently projecting respective three-day and five-day takes of $63.7 million and $90.0 million for Frozen.
Fellow Disney release Thor: The Dark World held steady in a distant third place with an estimated $2.04 million. That represented a 13 percent decline from Wednesday's performance. Thor: The Dark World has grossed $175.60 million through three weeks of release. The superhero sequel from Marvel is currently on pace for respective three-day and five-day holiday grosses of $11.0 million and $15.4 million.
Grosses for the weekend's lower profile major releases remained soft on Thanksgiving Day. Open Road's Homefront was up 2 percent over Wednesday to gross an estimated $1.43 million, Fox's The Book Thief was up 14 percent to gross $0.825 million and The Weinstein Company's Philomena was up 15 percent to gross $0.434 million. Meanwhile, Fox Seachlight's Black Nativity was up a sizable 55 percent over Wednesday, but the film's Thursday take of $0.680 million was still quite disappointing.
Based on grosses for Wednesday and Thursday, BoxOffice is currently projecting respective five-day hauls of $9.1 million for Homefront, $5.8 million for The Book Thief, $4.0 million for Black Nativity and $3.3 million for Philomena.
Thursday Update: Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Disney's Frozen were both simply massive on Wednesday. While it is still early, both films appear set to top the current all-time unadjusted five-day Thanksgiving weekend record of $82.39 million set way back in 2001 by Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Before yesterday, Catching Fire had been widely expected to top that record, but Frozen had not.
Catching Fire took first place on Wednesday with an estimated $20.7 million. That represented a strong 30 percent jump over Tuesday's already impressive performance. Catching Fire surpassed the $200 million domestic milestone on Wednesday and has grossed $207.06 million in its first six days of release. That places Catching Fire 14 percent ahead of the $181.76 million six-day start of last year's The Hunger Games. Based on Wednesday's performance, BoxOffice is currently projecting respective 3-day (Friday through Sunday) and 5-day Thanksgiving weekend takes of $68.0 million and $103.0 million. That would place The Hunger Games: Catching Fire within shouting distance of the $300 million domestic milestone by the end of the weekend.
Frozen was also impressive on Wednesday with an estimated opening day performance of $15.21 million. The latest 3D computer animated film from Walt Disney Animation is on track to exceed expectations after it opened 28 percent stronger than the $11.87 million opening day performance of 2010's Tangled. With the addition of a five-day exclusive run in Los Angeles, Frozen has grossed $15.56 million to date. The film's opening day performance was especially impressive when considering that there isn't much competition for family audiences scheduled this December, which along with strong word of mouth and largely positive critical reviews could help lead to a very lengthy run for the film. BoxOffice is currently projecting respective 3-Day and 5-Day Thanksgiving weekend grosses of $60.5 million and $86.0 million for Frozen.
After a decade of largely lackluster grosses, Walt Disney Animation has certainly rebounded in the last few years with the performances of Tangled, last year's Wreck-It Ralph and now Frozen. The next film from Walt Disney Animation, Big Hero 6, is scheduled to be released in theatres on November 7, 2014.
Fellow Disney release Thor: The Dark World finished in a distant third on Wednesday with an estimated $2.34 million. Marvel's blockbuster superhero sequel was up 21 percent over Tuesday. Thor: The Dark World has grossed $173.56 million through 20 days, which places the film 16 percent ahead of the $149.41 million 20-day take of 2011's Thor. BoxOffice is currently projecting respective 3-day and 5-day holiday grosses of $11.5 million and $16.3 million for Thor: The Dark World.
The weekend's new major releases not named Frozen were all off to rough starts on Wednesday. Open Road's Homefront led the pack with an estimated $1.4 million. That places the action thriller starring Jason Statham and James Franco on pace for respective three-day and five-day starts of $6.1 million and $9.0 million.
Fox's The Book Thief grossed just $725,000 on its first day of wide release. That brings the early total for the drama to $2.18 million through Wednesday. Look for The Book Thief to earn respective three-day and five-day takes of $4.2 million and $5.7 million.
The news was worse for Fox Searchlight release Black Nativity, which managed only $440,000 on Wednesday. Despite a noteworthy cast that includes Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett and Jennifer Hudson, at the end of the day there simply wasn't room for Black Nativity in the marketplace after the stronger than expected performance of The Best Man Holiday earlier this month. Black Nativity is on pace for disappointing respective three-day and five-day starts of $2.6 million and $3.5 million.
The Weinstein Company's Philomena finished just behind Black Nativity (albeit in roughly half as many theatres), with $377,000 on Wednesday. The drama starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan is on track for three-day and five-day grosses of $2.5 million and $3.3 million.
Check back throughout the weekend for further updates on the Thanksgiving weekend box office.
Yesterday, The Walt Disney Studios broke the $4 billion mark at the global box office for the first time in its history.
The Studio previously announced it had reached a record high on November 12, when it surpassed the $3.791 billion set in 2010. In July, Disney was the first studio to reach the $1 billion domestic box office milestone for the year, a threshold it has achieved for eight consecutive years. In August, in record time, Disney reached the $2 billion international box office threshold for the fourth year in a row, and in early November the studio surpassed its previous all-time international box office record of $2.302 billion, also set in 2010.
Disney's Frozen opens in theaters nationwide today. The film began an exclusive advance engagement at Disney's El Capitan Theatre on November 22, earning $243,390 over three days for one of the highest opening theater averages of all time. Disney's Saving Mr. Banks debuts in a limited engagement December 13 before expanding wide December 20. Marvel's Thor: The Dark World continues its worldwide theatrical run and has earned over $559.1 million in four weeks.
In addition to Thor: The Dark World, Disney's box office results have been led by Marvel's Iron Man 3, which opened domestically May 3 and has amassed over $1.21 billion to become the year's top-grossing film and the fifth highest-grossing film of all time; Disney•Pixar's Monsters University, which opened June 21 and has earned over $744 million to become the year's fourth highest-grossing film and Pixar's third highest-grossing film ever; and Disney's Oz The Great and Powerful, which opened March 8 and has brought in over $493 million worldwide.
PARTNERSHIP FIRST OF ITS KIND TO OFFER FREE TICKETS FOR NOMINATED FILMS
LOS ANGELES (November 27, 2013) -- The Weinstein Company (TWC) announced today that it is joining forces with Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, to offer eligible SAG-AFTRA voters free tickets to any of the company's films that receive 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Award® nominations. The partnership between the studio and ticket distributor is the first ever of its kind. TWC will offer all eligible SAG-AFTRA voters a pair of free Fandango tickets to each of their nominated films that are still playing in theaters. The process guarantees an easy way for awards influencers to see acclaimed films the way they were intended to be seen - on the big screen.
More than 100,000 eligible SAG-AFTRA voters will be able to access this offer through a custom Fandango Rewards webpage, which will be made available to the membership shortly after the announcement of the SAG Award nominations on December 11th.
Commented TWC President of Marketing Stephen Bruno: "We're thrilled to be working alongside Fandango on this unprecedented offer to SAG-AFTRA members. This is an incredible opportunity to give them the best possible chance to see our nominated pictures on the big screen, whose individual and ensemble performances we're so proud of."
"We are very pleased to provide The Weinstein Company a turnkey solution for helping SAG-AFTRA voters experience nominated performances on the big screen, the way they were meant to be seen," said Paul Yanover, president of Fandango. "Through our platform, we're hoping to get as many SAG-AFTRA members into theaters as possible."
The 20th Annual SAG Awards nominations announcement will be telecast live on December 11, 2013 on TNT and webcast live on tntdrama.com and tbs.com at 9 am (ET) / 6 am (PT). The 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® ceremony will be simulcast live on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 at 8 pm (ET) / 5 pm (PT) on TNT and TBS.
ABOUT THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY
The Weinstein Company (TWC) is a multimedia production and distribution company launched in October 2005 by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, the brothers who founded Miramax Films in 1979. TWC also encompasses Dimension Films, the genre label founded in 1993 by Bob Weinstein, which has released such popular franchises as SCREAM, SPY KIDS and SCARY MOVIE. Together TWC and Dimension Films have released a broad range of mainstream, genre and specialty films that have been commercial and critical successes. TWC releases took home eight 2012 Academy Awards®, the most wins in the studio's history. The tally included Best Picture for Michel Hazanavicius's THE ARTIST and Best Documentary Feature for TJ Martin and Dan Lindsay's UNDEFEATED. THE ARTIST brought TWC its second consecutive Best Picture statuette following the 2011 win for Tom Hooper's THE KING'S SPEECH.
Since 2005, TWC and Dimension Films have released such films as GRINDHOUSE; 1408; I'M NOT THERE; THE GREAT DEBATERS; VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA; THE READER; THE ROAD; HALLOWEEN; THE PAT TILLMAN STORY; PIRANHA 3D; INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS; A SINGLE MAN; BLUE VALENTINE; THE COMPANY MEN; MIRAL; SCRE4M; SUBMARINE; DIRTY GIRL; APOLLO 18; OUR IDIOT BROTHER; I DON'T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT; SARAH'S KEY; SPY KIDS: ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD IN 4D; MY WEEK WITH MARILYN; THE IRON LADY; W.E.; CORIOLANUS; UNDEFEATED; THE ARTIST; BULLY; THE INTOUCHABLES; LAWLESS; KILLING THEM SOFTLY; THE MASTER; SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK; DJANGO UNCHAINED; QUARTET; ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH; DARK SKIES; THE SAPPHIRES; SCARY MOVIE 5; and KON-TIKI. Currently in release are UNFINISHED SONG and FRUITVALE STATION, LEE DANIELS' THE BUTLER, THE GRANDMASTER, SALINGER, and 12-12-12. Upcoming releases include PHILOMENA, MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM and AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY.
TWC is active in television production, led by former Miramax Films President of Production Meryl Poster. TWC is the studio behind such hit television series as the Emmy® nominated and Peabody Award winning reality series PROJECT RUNWAY and its spin-off series PROJECT RUNWAY ALL STARS and PROJECT ACCESSORY; the VH1 reality series MOB WIVES and its spin-off series MOB WIVES CHICAGO and BIG ANG; and the critically acclaimed scripted HBO comedy/crime series THE NO. 1 LADIES' DETECTIVE AGENCY which also received a Peabody Award. The company is in production on the upcoming TLC series WELCOME TO MYRTLE MANOR, the A&E series RODEO QUEENS, and the Lifetime reality competition show SUPERMARKET SUPERSTAR hosted by Stacy Keibler. Among TWC's other projects in development for television are the martial-arts epic MARCO POLO for Starz, an untitled private eye procedural for FX, and THE NANNY DIARIES developed by ABC with a pilot by Amy Sherman Palladino.
Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, sells tickets to more than 22,000 screens nationwide. Fandango entertains and informs consumers with reviews, commentary, celebrity interviews and trailers, and offers the ability to quickly select a film, plan where and when to see it, and conveniently buy tickets in advance. For many theaters, fans can print their tickets at home or receive them as a paperless Mobile Ticket on their smartphones. Fandango's top-ranking movie ticketing apps, with 38 million downloads, are available on the iPhone and iPad, Android, and many other platforms. Fandango is enjoyed by more than 30 million online and mobile visitors each month, according to comScore. Film fans also find Fandango on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fandango and on Twitter @Fandango.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 26, 2013-- Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC), a leading motion picture exhibitor owning and operating the largest theatre circuit in the United States, today announces a special Cyber Monday eGift Card offer will be available on Monday, December 2. For every $40 a Regal guest spends on eGift Cards, the purchaser will receive another $8 eGift Card for free. This offer is available for one day only on the Regal Entertainment Group and Corporate Box Office websites.
"On Cyber Monday, Regal has a gift to share with our loyal patrons as we reward them with this terrific offer. And there's no easier way to shop," said Neal Pinsker, senior vice president of operations for Regal Entertainment Group. "By providing our guests with the ability to purchase eGift Cards online we're helping them expedite their shopping from the comfort of their computer or smart phone."
Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, December 2, Regal fans can purchase eGift Cards online at www.REGmovies.com or www.corporateboxoffice.com. The online shopping sites will feature this buy $40 and get $8 free deal for one day only. Every eGift Card can be used at both the concession stand and at the box office. Regal eGift Cards are fast and easily sent via email with no shipping charges. They can arrive instantly or be scheduled for a specific delivery date. Each eGift Card can be customized for recipients by adding a message and choosing your favorite design or uploading your own photograph for a unique gift. Regal eGift Cards can be used at any Edwards, United Artists or Regal Cinemas across the country and they have no expiration date.
"These innovative eGift Cards are a perfect choice for every friend and family member because movies cater to a wide variety of tastes," said Ken Thewes, chief marketing officer at Regal Entertainment Group. "Regal eGift Cards provide our guests with the opportunity to make memories by giving the gift of movies this holiday season."
Regal also offers discount movie ticket programs for organizations, companies, groups and individuals who may benefit from buying movie tickets in large quantities.
About Regal Entertainment Group:
Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) operates the largest and most geographically diverse theatre circuit in the United States, consisting of 7,342 screens in 576 theatres in 42 states along with Guam, Saipan, American Samoa and the District of Columbia as of October 24, 2013. The Company operates theatres in 46 of the top 50 U.S. designated market areas. We believe that the size, reach and quality of the Company's theatre circuit not only provide its patrons with a convenient and enjoyable movie-going experience, but is also an exceptional platform to realize economies of scale in theatre operations.