carmikecinemas.pngSuburban Pittsburgh Audiences will enjoy a ‘Best-in-Class' Entertainment Experience with Carmike's Complete Redesign of its Galleria 6

COLUMBUS, Georgia and MOUNT LEBANON, Pennsylvania - April 16, 2014 - Carmike Cinemas, Inc. (NASDAQ: CKEC), a leading entertainment, digital cinema and 3-D motion picture exhibitor, today announced that the Company is ready to re-open its newly redesigned 6-screen entertainment complex in Mount Lebanon, PA, which replaced its previous 1500 Washington Road location. Carmike's Galleria 6 continues to be one of the anchor tenants in Pittsburgh's premier upscale mall, The Galleria of Mt. Lebanon, located in the heart of the South Hills on Route 19, just 10 minutes south of downtown Pittsburgh. Construction commenced in early January and Carmike is holding a grand opening celebration April 25, ahead of schedule. Carmike expects to feature the new 20th Century Fox release, The Other Woman - starring Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton - as well as other recently released, popular Hollywood titles during the Galleria 6's opening weekend.

All auditoriums in this leading-edge entertainment complex have been completely remodeled and will feature new, premium stadium terrace seating, complete with oversized, high-back, plush rocking luxury seats with retractable armrests and convenient cup holders. The Galleria 6 will also contain large, wall-to-wall screens, and new state-of-the-art DLP digital projection and digital sound in all auditoriums.

The facility's upscale lobby is being upgraded to contain multiple concession areas featuring Coca-Cola Freestyle drink centers, which pour more than 100 customized fountain drink varieties. One-stop ticketing will also be included in the lobby area so cinemagoers may purchase their tickets and favorite concessions in the same, fast-moving indoor line and quickly move to their comfortable seats. The new complex also provides special services for visually and hearing impaired patrons.

"We are very excited to bring this exceptional entertainment complex to the Mount Lebanon / suburban Pittsburgh community," stated David Passman, Carmike Cinemas President and Chief Executive Officer. "The new Galleria 6 will be outfitted with luxury stadium seating, the latest equipment for enhanced digital presentation, as well as bigger screens and better sound for the definitive enjoyment of our audiences. Furthermore, the facility's upscale design, expanded concessions menu and restructured lobby with one-stop ticketing are additional customer-friendly features. With these many enhancements comes greater service and renewed commitment to bringing our valued guests from across the region the ultimate in cinema-going entertainment."

About Carmike Cinemas (
Carmike Cinemas, Inc. is a U.S. leader in digital cinema, 3-D cinema deployments and one of the nation's largest motion picture exhibitors. The Company has 251 theatres with 2,654 screens in 37 states. The circuit includes 37 premium large format auditoriums featuring state-of-the-art technology and luxurious seating, including 22 "BigDs," 13 IMAX auditoriums and two MuviXL screens. As "America's Hometown Theatre Chain," Carmike's primary focus is mid-sized communities.

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By Alex Edghill

Wednesday Morning Update: On its day before release Heaven Is For Real again led all newcomers with 8,249 tweets, up a very strong 72% from Monday's 4,793. I got a couple mails asking about why I excluded Noah from my last column when discussing Christian films. Truth is that given the budget, stars and grandiose plot points and liberties taken with the story I think it is more of a Hollywood action blockbuster than a Christian offering. Regardless, Christian films have been one of the biggest stories so far in 2014 and Heaven Is For Real looks to cement that in place. By comparison, Son Of God had 9,427 tweets its day before release while Noah had 19,449. Opening today, it should have a strong run through to Easter Monday with mid to upper teen millions and more a distinct probability.

A Haunted House 2 was again second amongst the new openers with 4,488 tweets, a nominal 2% bump from 4,401 tweets on Monday. A Haunted House had 10,873 tweets its Tuesday before release (a similarly poor 7% from its Monday return). Not getting a good vibe about this one given the buzz stagnation and big drop from the first film, at this rate it will be lucky to hit teen millions.

Transcendence had the second best bump on the day amongst the new openers as it climbed 65% to 1,936 tweets, up from 1,176 tweets on Monday. Continuing with my comparisons, Oblivion had 4,468 tweets its Monday before release and Elysium had 2,736. This is shaping up nicely and while I don't expect it to be a blockbuster it should have more than enough in the tank to give it the weekend blue ribbon for the new openers. It will have its hands full with Rio 2 and Captain America: The Winter Soldier but a top 3 finish looks likely.

Bears saw a 16% dip in traffic on Tuesday to 538 tweets, down from 641 tweets Monday. By comparison, Oceans had 395 tweets its Tuesday before release, African Cats had 1,194 and Chimpanzee had 1,100. Nothing out of the ordinary here as it continues to be on track for mid-single digits.

Worth mentioning on the day also was the debut trailer of If I Stay which cleared 30,000 tweets. Huge numbers for the film which reminds me of The Fault In Our Stars which had 145,810 tweets on its first trailer debut. Of course that was before Divergent premiered and it got a huge bump from fans of that series. The release date for If I Stay is not the greatest, as the third weekend in August usually is a dumping ground but with this type of buzz it might generate a substantial online following, enough to ensure a rare success in the slot.

Top 15 Movies for Tuesday April 15th

Rk Film Mon Tue Week Mon-Tue %
1 (+1) Captain America: The Winter Soldier 35,853 38,294 74,147 6.81%
2 (-1) Divergent 40,256 36,203 76,459 -10.07%
3 (+13) If I Stay 2,883 30,923 33,806 972.60%
4 (-1) The Fault in Our Stars 23,729 17,497 41,226 -26.26%
5 (-) X-Men: Days of Future Past 9,069 15,802 24,871 74.24%
6 (-2) The Amazing Spider-Man 2 10,849 13,348 24,197 23.03%
7 (-) Gone Girl 6,908 10,431 17,339 51.00%
8 (+3) Heaven is for Real 4,793 8,249 13,042 72.11%
9 (+1) Oculus 5,536 5,481 11,017 -0.99%
10 (-4) Godzilla (2014) 6,939 5,172 12,111 -25.46%
11 (-2) 22 Jump Street 6,014 4,655 10,669 -22.60%
12 (+1) A Haunted House 2 4,401 4,488 8,889 1.98%
13 (-1) Maleficent 4,649 4,163 8,812 -10.45%
14 (+4) Neighbors (2014) 2,767 3,942 6,709 42.46%
15 (-7) Rio 2 6,730 3,916 10,646 -41.81%
21 (+10) Transcendence 1,176 1,936 3,112 64.63%
36 (+1) Bears 641 538 1,179 -16.07%

Tuesday Morning Update: Heaven Is For Real led all newcomers with 4,793 tweets on Monday, up a smidge from Sunday's return of 4,659. The film does open on Wednesday which alone gives it a bit of a bump and its Christian theme helps it immensely as we approach Easter weekend. This will be the third major release to fall into the Christian genre this year after Son Of God and God's Not Dead have managed to clear $100 million domestically combined. The Passion Of The Christ proved 10 years ago that the Christian demographic can be exceptionally lucrative for film makers but since then studios have struggled to connect with the audience. Until this year that is. By comparison, Son Of God had 4,608 tweets a couple days before its release. This looks primed to do well over the holiday weekend and raise a lot of eyebrows given the level of buzz it is generating.

A Haunted House 2 was second amongst the rookie openers 4,401 tweets on Monday. This was actually a few points down from its Sunday tally of 4,677 tweets a somewhat of a red flag for potential. The first film had 10,090 tweets its Monday before release last January which just about says it all really as it doesn't appear as though this is going to get anywhere near the $18 million of its predecessor.

Transcendence had the strongest Sunday to Monday increase of the newcomers with a 43% bump to 1,176 tweets. This only landed it in 31st position which is hardly anything to write home about but considering that it had a more restrictive search string than both 'Heaven' and 'House 2' this total isn't half bad. By comparison, Oblivion had 4,041 tweets its Monday before release and Elysium had 2,176. I am somewhat concerned at the overall lower numbers but considering its rise from Sunday and the fact that it should have the lowest ratio of any new film this week I still think it has the gas to top the rest.

Last up is Bears which had a start of 641 tweets Monday, off 14% from 741 tweets on Sunday. Like Transcendence this has a pretty restrictive search string thanks to its common name, and the fact that its target audience are families it doesn't help things either. Disneynature has scored in this documentary genre with numerous profitable films over the last five years including Oceans ($6 million opening), African Cats ($6 million opening) and Chimpanzee ($10.7 million opening) which gained 298, 885 and 1,000 tweets respectively for their Monday before release. I expect this to slot in the middle somewhere north of $5 million but as of now Chimpanzee's total of $10 million would seem to be out of reach.

Top 15 Movies for Monday April 14th

Rk Film Sun Mon Sun-Mon %
1 (-) Divergent 108,439 40,256 -62.88%
2 (-) Captain America: The Winter Soldier 52,552 35,853 -31.78%
3 (-) The Fault in Our Stars 44,061 23,729 -46.15%
4 (+1) The Amazing Spider-Man 2 12,028 10,849 -9.80%
5 (+2) X-Men: Days of Future Past 6,478 9,069 40.00%
6 (+4) Godzilla (2014) 5,008 6,939 38.56%
7 (+50) Gone Girl 189 6,908 3555.03%
8 (-) Rio 2 5,830 6,730 15.44%
9 (-5) 22 Jump Street 22,455 6,014 -73.22%
10 (-4) Oculus 10,802 5,536 -48.75%
11 (+2) Heaven is for Real 4,659 4,793 2.88%
12 (-3) Maleficent 5,255 4,649 -11.53%
13 (-1) A Haunted House 2 4,677 4,401 -5.90%
14 (+5) Avengers: Age of Ultron 2,710 4,146 52.99%
15 (-1) Transformers: Age of Extinction 3,115 4,080 30.98%
31 (+3) Transcendence 821 1,176 43.24%
37 (-) Bears 741 641 -13.50%

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By Daniel Garris

Captain America: The Winter Solider led the way on Monday with $3.46 million. The blockbuster 3D superhero sequel from Disney and Marvel was down 70 percent from Sunday and down 44 percent from last Monday. It should be noted that Monday's daily percentage holds were stronger than usual in general due in part to Holy Week. Captain America: The Winter Soldier has grossed a strong $162.35 million through eleven days of release. That places the film 10 percent ahead of the $147.31 million eleven-day take of last year's Thor: The Dark World.

Fox's Rio 2 placed in second with $2.67 million. The 3D computer animated sequel from Blue Sky Studios was down 77 percent from Sunday, which represented the day's poorest daily percentage hold among wide releases. Rio 2 topped the $40 million mark yesterday and continues to run towards the lower end of pre-release expectations with a four-day start of $41.995 million. That places the film a slim 1 percent behind the $42.497 million four-day take of 2011's Rio (which fell 71 percent on its first Monday to gross $3.27 million).

Oculus claimed third place with $0.946 million. The low-budget R-rated horror film from Relativity was down 64 percent from Sunday, which was among the day's stronger daily percentage holds. Oculus has grossed a solid $12.95 million in its first four days of release. That places the film essentially on par with the $12.899 million four-day start of House at the End of the Street, which was released by Relativity back in September of 2012.

Fellow new wide release Draft Day landed in fourth with $0.873 million. Lionsgate's modestly budgeted sports drama starring Kevin Costner was also down 64 percent from Sunday. Draft Day has grossed $10.66 million in four days. That is a bit below pre-release expectations and places the film 19 percent behind the $13.11 million four-day take of recent Costner vehicle 3 Days to Kill.

Paramount's Noah rounded out the day's top five with $0.709 million. The Darren Aronofsky directed biblical epic starring Russell Crowe was down 69 percent from Sunday and down 44 percent from last Monday. Noah has grossed $85.68 million in 18 days, which leaves it $14.32 million away from reaching the $100 million domestic milestone.

Divergent placed in sixth with $0.669 million. Lionsgate's successful young adult adaptation starring Shailene Woodley fell 65 percent from Sunday and a slim 17 percent from last Monday. The 25-day total for Divergent stands at $125.43 million.

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regalentertainmentgroup.png358 Regal Entertainment Group Theatres Offering Movies for Only a Buck

KNOXVILLE, Tenn., April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC), a leading motion picture exhibitor owning and operating the largest theatre circuit in the United States, today announces that the Summer Movie Express is back for its 23rd year. The launch of this summer's program brings family movies for only a dollar to more than 350 Regal Entertainment Group theatres across the country.

"Many families make this a summer tradition and look forward to our announcement of the long list of fun movies coming their way. And for Regal, this helps us instill that love of moviegoing in another generation," said Ken Thewes, chief marketing officer at Regal Entertainment Group. "The titles this year appeal to a diverse group of tastes, and we know there is a little bit of something for everyone."

The nine-week film festival takes place at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. The start dates for Summer Movie Express vary based on local school schedules. A portion of each $1 admission goes to assist the Will Rogers Institute.

"With an admission price of only a buck, families turn out in droves to enjoy our theatres on these weekday mornings," said Ken Foreman, vice president of film marketing for Regal Entertainment Group. "This annual program provides an excellent opportunity for families to enjoy the movies together week after week."

Each week, there will be two featured films at the early morning matinee show time of 10:00. The titles for this year's Summer Movie Express are:

Hotel Transylvania
Smurfs 2
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
The Pirates: Band of Misfits
Arthur Christmas
Despicable Me 2
Free Birds
Adventures of TinTin
Rise of the Guardians
Kung Fu Panda 2
Madagascar 3
Walking with Dinosaurs
Mr. Peabody & Sherman
Rio 2

Regal Entertainment Group also offers local businesses the opportunity to lend their support and sponsor this tremendous family event. By sponsoring the Regal Summer Movie Express, local businesses are helping families to enjoy this affordable summer activity that fosters both a love of the arts and a sense of community. Families attending the Summer Movie Express associate business sponsors with wholesome entertainment and appreciate efforts taken to provide them with a summer full of movie fun. Local businesses interested in Summer Movie Express sponsorship opportunities should contact their local theatre general manager for more information.

For a full list of participating locations, local festival dates and for more information, please visit

About Regal Entertainment Group:
Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) operates the largest and most geographically diverse theatre circuit in the United States, consisting of 7,381 screens in 578 theatres in 42 states along with Guam, Saipan, American Samoa and the District of Columbia as of March 27, 2014. 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.

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By Daniel Garris

Disney's Captain America: The Winter Soldier outpaced Fox's Rio 2 in a close race at the box office this weekend to remain in first place. The blockbuster superhero sequel from Marvel grossed $41.27 million this weekend, which was down a reasonable 57 percent from last weekend's record-breaking April start. The second weekend percentage decline for Captain America: The Winter Solider matched the 57 percent Thor: The Dark World fell in its second weekend of release this past November. Going forward, The Winter Soldier is likely to start holding up better than The Dark World did, thanks in part to not having to deal with a new film as massive as The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was. Captain America: The Winter Soldier has grossed a strong $158.88 million in ten days, which places the film 9.5 percent ahead of the $145.097 million ten-day take of Thor: The Dark World.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier took in $11.87 million on Friday, increased 49 percent on Saturday to take in $17.73 million and decreased 34 percent on Sunday to take in $11.67 million. IMAX grosses were responsible for $3.6 million of the film's overall grosses this weekend. The Winter Soldier has grossed $14.7 million to date in IMAX.

Rio 2 debuted in second with $39.33 million. The 3D computer animated sequel from Blue Sky Studios opened towards the lower end of pre-release expectations and just ahead of the $39.23 million debut of 2011's Rio (which also opened the weekend before Easter weekend). Rio 2 opened 22 percent stronger than the recent $32.21 million start of fellow Fox computer animated release Mr. Peabody & Sherman. This weekend's performance represented a very solid start for Rio 2 and shows that family audiences are still in the mood for computer animated fare in general. Without adjusting for ticket price inflation, Rio 2 generated the seventh largest opening weekend ever for the month of April.

Rio 2 opened with $12.01 million on Friday, increased a relatively soft 29 percent on Saturday to take in $15.47 million and fell just 23 percent on Sunday to take in $11.85 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 3.28 to 1. While that is low for a computer animated film at this time of year, Rio 2 is still highly likely to hold up well going forward thanks in part to the lack of high-profile animated releases entering the marketplace between now and June 13, when Fox releases How to Train Your Dragon 2. Rio 2 received a promising A rating on CinemaScore.

Relativity's Oculus debuted in third place with $12.01 million. The low-budget R-rated horror film opened in line with pre-release expectations. The opening weekend performance for Oculus was quite similar to the $12.29 million start of Relativity's House at the End of the Street back in September of 2012. Oculus opened with $4.97 million on Friday, fell 12 percent on Saturday to take in $4.38 million and declined 39 percent on Sunday to gross $2.66 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.42 to 1. Oculus received a lackluster C rating on CinemaScore, which suggests the film isn't going over as well with moviegoers as it has with critics.

Off to a less impressive start this weekend was Lionsgate's Draft Day. The sports drama starring Kevin Costner debuted in fourth with $9.78 million. That was a bit below pre-release expectations and was 20 percent softer than the recent $12.24 million debut of Costner's previous vehicle 3 Days to Kill. Perhaps the film would have been a bit stronger out of the gate had it opened a bit closer to the upcoming NFL Draft. Draft Day opened with $3.56 million on Friday, increased a slim 7 percent on Saturday to gross $3.82 million and fell 37 percent on Sunday to take in $2.41 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at a so-so 2.75 to 1. Draft Day received a solid B+ rating on CinemaScore.

Paramount's Noah rounded out the weekend's top five with $7.55 million, while Lionsgate's Divergent followed closely behind in sixth with $7.38 million. Divergent had the far more impressive hold between the two films this weekend as it was down a respectable 43 percent, while Noah was down a sharp 56 percent. Clearly, audiences are responding better to Divergent than they are to Noah. Respective total grosses currently stand at $124.76 million for Divergent in 24 days and at $84.98 million for Noah in 17 days.

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