By Alex Edghill

Thursday Morning Update: Rio 2 continued its ascent on Wednesday with a 54% jump to 10,524 tweets, up from Tuesday's 6,814 tweets. By comparison, The LEGO Movie had 18,155 tweets its Wednesday before release, and Peabody And Sherman had 6,126. Two strong holds in a row on release week and favorable comparisons to the last two major family films all point to box office gold here. $40 million looks likely, which would be a shade over the $39 million the first opened to and actually a big win since sequels to animated films can often have trouble even matching the same levels of success. This would appear to be an exception.

Draft Day improved a further 26% on Wednesday to 2,106 tweets, up from 1,677 the day before. By comparison, 3 Days To Kill had just 1,296 its Wednesday before release. There is no denying that there is a sizeable interest in the film this weekend which actually leads us here at Box Office to believe that it can top Oculus for second spot amongst the new openers. Expect $13.5 million for it and Costner's best opening weekend performance as top-liner since Open Range generated $14 million back in August of 2003 (I purposely skipped The Guardian since Ashton Kutcher was a large part of the draw there). Things are looking rosy for Mr. Costner once again in Hollywood.

Oculus recovered on Wednesday to post a 36% gain to 8,465 tweets up from 6,242 tweets on Tuesday. By comparison, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones had a similar 8,743 tweets its Wednesday before release. The panic brought on by the drop yesterday has subsided somewhat thanks to this solid increase and it looks like $13 million will be possible. No its not the next Paranormal Activity but with strong reviews it should have solid word of mouth and if its backers are lucky it can translate that into a sequel or five for even bigger returns in the future. Insidious comes to mind as an apt comparison.

Top 15 Movies for Wednesday April 9th

Rk Film Tue Wed Week Tue-Wed %
1 (+1) Divergent 69,535 76,404 204,206 9.88%
2 (-1) Captain America: The Winter Soldier 82,347 56,129 234,623 -31.84%
3 (+8) 22 Jump Street 4,278 32,156 42,298 651.66%
4 (+14) A Haunted House 2 2,184 30,631 36,793 1302.52%
5 (+26) The Purge: Anarchy 834 29,588 33,010 3447.72%
6 (+27) Think Like a Man Too 787 29,309 32,500 3624.14%
7 (-4) The Fault in Our Stars 17,720 12,817 58,389 -27.67%
8 (-4) The Amazing Spider-Man 2 10,026 11,974 34,290 19.43%
9 (-4) Rio 2 6,814 10,524 21,672 54.45%
10 (-) Noah 4,526 8,539 18,994 88.67%
11 (-5) Oculus 6,240 8,465 22,496 35.66%
12 (-) Avengers: Age of Ultron 4,274 6,144 15,089 43.75%
13 (-5) Maleficent 4,847 4,904 14,335 1.18%
14 (-5) Godzilla (2014) 4,603 2,938 17,552 -36.17%
15 (+7) X-Men: Days of Future Past 1,498 2,863 7,260 91.12%
21 (-) Draft Day 1,677 2,106 4,877 25.58%

Wednesday Morning Update: Rio 2 leapfrogged Oculus on Tuesday as it rose 57% to 6,814 tweets, up from 4,334 tweets on Monday. Strong jump for a family film which has really raised its stock in my eyes. By comparison, The LEGO Movie had 14,586 tweets its Tuesday before release, and Peabody And Sherman had 4,950. Interesting point to note is that both those comparison films saw Monday to Tuesday increases of under 22%, not to belabor the point but things are definitely looking up considering all the signs. 

Oculus stumbled a bit on Tuesday as it fell almost 20% to 6,242 tweets, down from Monday's 7,791 tweets. For the horror/supernatural genre a drop as large as this in its release week is usually never a good sign. By comparison, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones had 6,320 tweets its Tuesday before release. The numbers are still hefty which is encouraging but I'll be curious to see its returns tomorrow and if they drop again or rise once more. I still think double digits look likely but I'm afraid that there is going to be no breakout beyond that with a drop such as this in play.

Draft Day had a hefty 53% jump to 1,677 tweets, greatly improving on its return of 1,094 tweets from Monday. By comparison, 3 Days To Kill had 1,293 tweets its Tuesday before release. This is another surprisingly strong return, enough so to make teen millions look like more than a possibility.

Top 15 Movies for Tuesday April 8th

Rk Film Mon Tue Week Mon-Tue %
1 (-) Captain America: The Winter Soldier 96,147 82,347 178,494 -14.35%
2 (-) Divergent 58,267 69,535 127,802 19.34%
3 (-) The Fault in Our Stars 27,852 17,720 45,572 -36.38%
4 (-) The Amazing Spider-Man 2 12,290 10,026 22,316 -18.42%
5 (+6) Rio 2 4,334 6,814 11,148 57.22%
6 (-) Oculus 7,791 6,240 14,031 -19.91%
7 (+19) Muppets Most Wanted 1,592 5,258 6,850 230.28%
8 (+2) Maleficent 4,584 4,847 9,431 5.74%
9 (-4) Godzilla (2014) 10,011 4,603 14,614 -54.02%
10 (-3) Noah 5,929 4,526 10,455 -23.66%
11 (-3) 22 Jump Street 5,864 4,278 10,142 -27.05%
12 (-3) Avengers: Age of Ultron 4,671 4,274 8,945 -8.50%
13 (-) The LEGO Movie 3,406 3,902 7,308 14.56%
14 (+10) Neighbors (2014) 1,737 3,738 5,475 115.20%
15 (+3) Guardians of the Galaxy 2,617 3,700 6,317 41.38%
21 (+8) Draft Day 1,094 1,677 2,771 53.29%

Tuesday Morning Update: Oculus began the week with 7,791 tweets which was up over 50% from Sunday, giving it top billing amongst this week's crop of new openers. Horrors and supernatural films have a history of generating a ton of buzz on Twitter and tend to have some of the largest tweet to box office dollar ratios. By comparison, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones had 5,214 tweets back in January for its Monday before release. This is indeed a promising start for the film as it attempts to tap into the horror demographic, one which has been largely underserved since January. As is the case with most films of the 'Indiewood' genre (i.e low budget feature films born from independent means outside of the major Hollywood studio system) all this really needs is a double digit opening to be a success and this is well on its way towards that goal based on its Monday returns.

Rio 2 finished a ways back on Monday with 4,334 tweets, up just under 40% from its Sunday returns. No its not close to Oculus, but when you consider that it is a family film and they have much less buzz in general, coupled with the fact that the first Rio film had just 593 tweets on its Monday before release you realize that this is actually a roaring start. By comparison, The LEGO Movie had 12,170 tweets its Monday before release while Mr. Peabody And Sherman had 4,081. Based on these two comparisons I'd say $30 million plus is a lock, though I'm not as confident that it has enough gas in the tank to eclipse the $40 million opening of the original.

Coming into the year Kevin Costner had been in three films in six and a half years, but Draft Day will mark his third film in the last three months. It finished way off the pace with 1,094 tweets on the day, and had the smallest increase of the new openers from Sunday of only 30%. It will appeal to primarily an older North American male audience. By comparison, 3 Days To Kill had 785 tweets its Monday before release. Costner has always done well with the sports genre and with this ahead of 3 Days in the early goings it looks very likely that it will see double figures, and maybe even teen millions over the weekend. With a reported budget of $20 million this should allow it to be a profitable feature and no doubt continue the resurgence of Costner. Could he be the next Liam Neeson?

Top 15 Movies for Monday April 7th

Rk Film Sun Mon Sun-Mon %
1 (-) Captain America: The Winter Soldier 133,375 96,147 -27.91%
2 (-) Divergent 83,376 58,267 -30.12%
3 (-) The Fault in Our Stars 67,877 27,852 -58.97%
4 (+5) The Amazing Spider-Man 2 4,847 12,290 153.56%
5 (-) Godzilla (2014) 9,857 10,011 1.56%
6 (+2) Oculus 5,021 7,791 55.17%
7 (-1) Noah 7,276 5,929 -18.51%
8 (+9) 22 Jump Street 1,746 5,864 235.85%
9 (-5) Avengers: Age of Ultron 10,032 4,671 -53.44%
10 (+3) Maleficent 2,908 4,584 57.63%
11 (+1) Rio 2 3,116 4,334 39.09%
12 (+3) A Haunted House 2 1,856 3,978 114.33%
13 (-2) The LEGO Movie 3,286 3,406 3.65%
14 (+14) Hercules (2014) 1,073 3,114 190.21%
15 (+24) Chef 515 3,093 500.58%
29 (+2) Draft Day 844 1,094 29.62%

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By Daniel Garris

Captain America: The Winter Soldier remained comfortably in first place on Tuesday with $6.98 million. The 3D superhero sequel from Disney and Marvel increased a healthy 12 percent over Monday's performance. It should be noted that daily increases were strong in general on Tuesday due in part to Monday's grosses being deflated a bit from the NCAA Basketball Championship. With a strong five-day start of $108.22 million, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is currently running 7 percent ahead of the $101.399 million five-day take of last year's Thor: The Dark World. Captain America: The Winter Soldier will likely find itself in a fairly close race with Fox's Rio 2 for first place over the upcoming weekend.

Paramount's Noah held steady in second place with $1.64 million. The Darren Aronofsky directed biblical epic starring Russell Crowe increased 31 percent over Monday, but was still down a sharp 55 percent from last Tuesday, due in part to the momentum it lost once Captain America: The Winter Soldier entered the marketplace. With a twelve-day take of $75.28 million, Noah is currently running 8 percent behind the recent $82.17 million twelve-day gross of 300: Rise of an Empire.

Lionsgate's Divergent grossed $1.03 million to remain in third. The successful young adult adaptation starring Shailene Woodley was up 28 percent from Monday and down 47 percent from last Tuesday. Divergent has grossed $115.83 million through 19 days of release, thanks in part to relatively strong holding power for a young adult adaptation.

God's Not Dead took in $0.819 million to continue to claim fourth place. The break-out faith-based drama from Freestyle and Pure Flix was up 25 percent over Monday and up an impressive 1 percent over last Tuesday. With a stronger than expected 19-day take of $34.03 million, God's Not Dead is now on the verge of surpassing the $34.52 million final gross of 2011's Courageous.

Fox Searchlight's The Grand Budapest Hotel rounded out the day's unchanged top five with $0.680 million. The critically acclaimed Wes Anderson directed film was up a strong 35 percent over Monday and down just 16 percent from last Tuesday. The Grand Budapest Hotel has grossed $34.38 million in 33 days.

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regalentertainmentgroup.pngBe among the first to receive a Digital HD copy of "The Amazing Spider-Man 2"

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr. 9, 2014-- 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 Amazing Spider-Man 2" is now available as part of a Regal Super Ticket.

This Super Ticket offers fans admission to the new movie, which opens theatrically in North America on May 2, along with the ability to download or stream "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" in Digital HD when it's available on VUDU, a subscription-free service where fans can watch the latest movies and TV from nearly any Internet-enabled device. The offer also includes a Digital HD copy of "The Amazing Spider-Man" available immediately.

"No other U.S. theatres have the Super Ticket which gives Spider-Man fans the ultimate combo. A Regal Super Ticket combines the excitement of seeing the new movie on our giant screens while also gaining the digital version to watch at home and on the go," said Greg Dunn, president and chief operating officer at Regal Entertainment Group. "After being blown away by Spider-Man larger than life in our theatre, Regal fans can own the movie to re-live all the excitement again and again."

Every Regal location showing the new movie now has the Super Ticket available at the box office. The Regal Super Ticket is also available and promoted online at REGmovies.com and Fandango.

"It's an amazing offer for our guests to be able to purchase the Regal Super Ticket because it provides Spider-Man fans with so much. Our team is excited to offer customers this unique opportunity," said Ken Thewes chief marketing officer for Regal Entertainment Group. "Regal is proud to partner with both Sony and Fandango to provide the ultimate ticket to one of the most successful comic book franchises ever."

The Regal Super Ticket price includes the theatrical movie admission plus $20 for the additional Ultraviolet compatible Digital HD versions of these franchise films. For more information and to order a Regal Super Ticket online visit: fandango.com/SpiderMan2SuperTicket

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.

About "The Amazing Spider-Man 2"
We've always known that Spider-Man's most important conflict has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," Peter Parker finds that his greatest battle is about to begin.

It's great to be Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield). For Peter Parker, there's no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen (Emma Stone). But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: Oscorp. Directed by Marc Webb. Produced by Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach. Screenplay by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci & Jeff Pinkner. Screen Story by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci & Jeff Pinkner and James Vanderbilt. Based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.

About Sony Pictures Entertainment
Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Entertainment Inc., a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE's global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition and distribution; television production, acquisition and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies. For additional information, go to http://www.sonypictures.com.

About VUDU
A leader in HD streaming, VUDU offers the world's largest selection of HD movies, including thousands of blockbusters, Hollywood classics and indies available in stunning HDX 1080p with Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 and 7.1 Surround Sound. Movies are available the same day they are released on DVD or Blu-ray, and can be rented or purchased without a subscription. VUDU is available on nearly any Internet-enabled device, including smartphones, tablets, HDTVs, Blu-ray Disc players and gaming consoles. VUDU is a wholly owned subsidiary of Walmart Stores, Inc., and is headquartered in Santa Clara, CA. For more information, visit http://www.vudu.com.

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vistaentertainmentsolutions.pngApril 07th, 2014, Vista Entertainment Solutions Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand and MACCS International, Ubbena, The Netherlands Vista Entertainment Solutions, the global leader in cinema exhibition software, is expanding into the wider film industry sector with agreement to acquire a stake in MACCS International, the global leader in film distribution software.

Vista will buy an initial 25% stake, with an option to increase to 50%, in a deal that Chief Executive Murray Holdaway described as the New Zealand-based company's first serious move to become a major global provider of all software solutions to the film industry.

"We've been quite aggressive in our strategy for growth and acquisition and have made no secret of our intent to build our 35% global market share of the modern cinema market to 50%," says Holdaway. "We're now expanding vertically, through acquisition and organic growth, to provide our innovative package of software solutions to distributors and movie-makers. The MACCS purchase will be our first serious step on that path," he says.

MACCS, which stands for Movie ACCounting System, is a Dutch company founded by Bert Huls and Mathieu Van As; it is a major supplier of distribution software outside of the US.

The MACCS business includes:

 MACCS - a fully integrated ERP system developed specifically for film distributors.

 MaccsBox - an electronic data exchange that fully automates the process of reporting and invoicing box office returns between exhibitor and distributor.

 DCinemaHub - a universal platform that fully automates the ordering and delivery of digital content from distributors to exhibitors.

 VPF Hub - an independent clearing system for VPF settlements.


MACCS founder and chief executive, Bert Huls said: "I have long admired Vista's significant global growth and the quality of their executive team and we're tremendously excited to have them coming on board as we grow our market share, particularly in America." Holdaway says Vista will share some of the company's Los Angeles-based infrastructure with MACCS and will provide important introductions to key US players.

"They are a profitable and successful business; Vista already has integration with MACCS because our customers have to speak to their customers, in terms of computer systems - so this will be a seamless integration of the two world-leaders in the provision of end-to-end film industry software. They're already a market leader in Europe and now we are going to help them to grow to become a major supplier in other world markets where Vista is already a significant supplier. Initially we see great opportunities in the USA".








About Vista Entertainment Solutions:

Vista Entertainment Solutions is the world leader in cinema management software solutions with installations in 63 countries across all continents and an estimated 35% global market share in the large cinema circuit market. The Vista software product line is both integrated & scalable, suited to cinema exhibitor's operating 20+ screens and up to 100's of cinemas. Vista software comprises multiple software modules required to deliver optimal Box Office returns, total cinema management and both internal and external analysis and reporting. Vista is head- quartered in Auckland, New Zealand and has subsidiaries incorporated in Los Angeles, London and Shanghai.


About MACCS International:

MACCS International is the largest independent developer of software for the international film industry. MACCS provides software to over 100 film distributors in more than 36 territories. This includes smaller independent distributors as well as major studios. MACCS has offices in Holland, Germany, Australia and Los Angeles.


For further information, contact: Kirk Senior, Chairman, Vista Entertainment Solutions, kirk.senior@vista.co.nz


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movieticketscom.pngLeading Advance Movie Ticket Seller Also Signs Nine New Exhibitors as it Continues to Expand its Network of Theaters

Boca Raton, FL April 9, 2014 -MovieTickets.com, a leading destination for the purchase of advance movie tickets, announced that it has renewed its long-term agreement to provide remote ticketing to Premiere Cinema Corporation. Premiere is one of the largest independently owned motion picture exhibitors in the country and currently has 22 state-of-the-art theaters totaling 254 screens. MovieTickets.com also announced that it has expanded its network with the recent addition of nine new exhibitors. The announcement was made today by Joel Cohen, CEO of MovieTickets.com.

The nine new exhibitors for which MovieTickets.com will start ticketing immediately include UK's Lymington Centre Cinema; Big Cinemas/Jass Entertainment in Iselin, New Jersey; Bombay Theatre in Flushing, New York; Atlantic Cinemas in Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey; Reel Cinemas Anthony Wayne in Wayne, Pennsylvania; Parisian Theatre in Paris, Tennessee; South Bay Cinemas in West Babylon, New York; Kent Theatre in Brooklyn, New York; and the MGN Five Star Cinema, an opulent restaurant and theater opening in Glendale, California. Cohen stated, "We hold the relationship with Premiere in very high regard. They are a circuit that has fully embraced the latest technologies and theater amenities, all of which help entice the public to embrace the theater going experience. Our network of theaters is especially strong in the growing markets of Texas where Premiere is based. With the other partnerships announced today, we add to additional key markets of New York and the United Kingdom."

Joel Davis, COO of Premiere Theaters commented, "Working with MovieTickets.com has been a great experience through the years. Offering Advance Ticketing online and mobile will only expand in the future and we look forward to offering our patrons easy pre-purchase options. At Premiere, we love movies. And our goal is to make sure every visit to Premiere is fun and exciting for you and your family."

About MovieTickets.com

MovieTickets.com is a leader in advance movie ticketing with over 250 theater chains in its group, offering moviegoers a quick and convenient way to purchase tickets online, via mobile devices and at 877-789-MOVIE. The company currently enables remote ticketing for consumers across 22 countries/ territories including the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain, Argentina, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean. Fans can stay connected with MovieTickets.com through Facebook (facebook.com/MovieTicketscom), Twitter (twitter.com/movietickets) and YouTube (youtube.com/MovieTicketsTrailers).

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