purge2.pngLOS ANGELES - July 17, 2014 - According to Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" is still in command, scoring an impressive 83 out of 100 points on the company's Fanticipation movie buzz indicator, in its second weekend. Following close behind, "The Purge: Anarchy" is running riot in advance sales, and has scored 79 out of 100 points.

To date, "The Purge: Anarchy" is the year's biggest pre-selling horror movie on Fandango, selling more advance ticket sales than "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones," "Oculus," and "Deliver Us from Evil" at the same point in the sales cycle. It is also outpacing sales of the first "Purge" movie on Fandango.

"The filmmakers behind ‘The Purge: Anarchy' did two very smart things with the sequel," points out Fandango Chief Correspondent Dave Karger. "First, they widened its scope so it takes place throughout the city instead of solely in one house. Second, they managed to get it in theaters just a year after the first film. It's no wonder its ticket sales are so strong."

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 Daniel Garris

Fox's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes took in $9.62 million on Tuesday to lead the daily box office for a fifth consecutive day. In the process, the critically acclaimed 3D sci-fi action sequel surpassed the $90 million mark yesterday. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was up a very solid 17 percent over Monday. However, it should also be noted that represented one of the day's softer percentage increases among wide releases, as daily holds were especially strong on Tuesday. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes continues to run a bit ahead of its lofty expectations with a five-day take of $90.45 million. That places the film an impressive 33 percent ahead of the $68.13 million five-day start of 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

Transformers: Age of Extinction held steady in second with $2.59 million. The fourth installment of Paramount's blockbuster sci-fi action franchise increased 29 percent over Monday and was down 50 percent from last Tuesday. Transformers: Age of Extinction has grossed $213.44 million in 19 days, which places the film a significant 29.5 percent behind the $302.88 million 19-day take of 2011's Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

Warner's Tammy took in $2.12 million to remain in third. The Melissa McCarthy comedy vehicle was up a healthy 33 percent over Monday and down 37 percent from last Tuesday. Tammy surpassed the $60 million mark yesterday and has grossed a very solid $60.71 million through two weeks of release (especially with its modest price tag in mind).

Family films How to Train Your Dragon 2 and Earth to Echo both experienced very strong daily percentage increases on Tuesday. Fox's How to Train Your Dragon 2 was up 48 percent over Monday to remain in fourth with $1.50 million, while Relativity's Earth to Echo was up one spot and 44 percent to place in fifth with $1.33 million. Respective total grosses stand at $154.79 million in 33 days for How to Train Your Dragon 2 and at $26.83 million in two weeks for Earth to Echo.

Sony's 22 Jump Street was down one spot, but also up 27 percent from Monday to land in sixth with $1.27 million. The successful action comedy sequel has grossed $174.03 million through 33 days of release.

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By Alex Edghill

Wednesday Morning Update: The Purge: Anarchy rose a modest 14% on Tuesday to 10,710 tweets, up from 9,365 tweets on Monday. The Purge had a slight dip on its Tuesday before release but was still over 60k tweets on the day, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones had 6,320 tweets, Oculus had 6,240 and Deliver Us From Evil had 6,803. I'm buoyed by its Tuesday numbers and even though the numbers here might be miles below The Purge I recall that the latter fell hugely to 9,808 tweets on its Wednesday before release before rising back up to 41k on Thursday. Such wild swings are very common for films which are trending on social media and have a huge awareness. Great to see the big numbers but without consistent building buzz through release week it always spells a massive ratio aka not as much bang for its buck when it comes to tweets to box office. The slowly building buzz here for The Purge: Anarchy over the last few weeks and its superiority in numbers over all other horrors this year is a very strong sign. While I still don't think it has a $34 million opening in it like the first film it should be able to push the envelope closer to $30 million on its current track.

Planes: Fire And Rescue moved up a spot amongst the new openers as it rose a healthy 174% to 3,073 tweets, up from 1,121 tweets on Monday. The first film had 2,744 tweets its Tuesday before release so the big jump is indeed heartening to see, perhaps this isn't going to be as far off of the original's opening number of $22 million as I had thought. Other recent comparisons include The LEGO Movie which had 14,586 tweets its Tuesday before release, Mr. Peabody And Sherman had 4,950 and The Legends Of Oz: Dorothy's Return had 1,324.

Sex Tape had a disappointing return for Tuesday as it fell 9% to 2,263 tweets on the day, down from 2,475 tweets on the day. As I went over yesterday it has a very difficult title to narrow down tweets for so the low number is not that much of a surprise. However, even if we have a poor search string because of the title it will be consistently poor, so that rises or falls in that number take on a much larger role than the actual numbers of tweets. Still, 8% is not a huge fall and I still think it is looking to top $20 million, but unlike after yesterday's tweet numbers I don't see it contending with The Purge: Anarchy for the top spot. 

Top 15 Movies for Tuesday July 15th

Rk Film Mon Tue Week Mon-Tue %
1 (+1) The Fault in Our Stars 28,056 45,413 73,469 61.87%
2 (-1) Dawn of The Planet of The Apes 36,350 29,751 66,101 -18.15%
3 (-) Transformers: Age of Extinction 17,232 14,598 31,830 -15.29%
4 (-) The Purge: Anarchy 9,365 10,710 20,075 14.36%
5 (+2) Guardians of the Galaxy 6,614 9,047 15,661 36.79%
6 (+25) Big Hero 6 758 8,485 9,243 1019.39%
7 (-2) 22 Jump Street 9,085 7,605 16,690 -16.29%
8 (-2) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 7,692 6,247 13,939 -18.79%
9 (-1) Maleficent 6,100 6,241 12,341 2.31%
10 (+3) Step Up All In 3,412 5,616 9,028 64.60%
11 (-1) Before I Go to Sleep 4,558 4,868 9,426 6.80%
12 (+10) Earth to Echo 1,663 4,847 6,510 191.46%
13 (-4) If I Stay 4,596 4,528 9,124 -1.48%
14 (+1) How to Train Your Dragon 2 2,901 3,316 6,217 14.31%
15 (+11) Planes: Fire and Rescue 1,121 3,073 4,194 174.13%
21 (-3) Sex Tape 2,475 2,263 4,738 -8.57%

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CULVER CITY, Calif., July 16, 2014 - Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) announced today that Columbia Pictures President Doug Belgrad has been promoted to President of its Motion Picture Group. Belgrad reports to Amy Pascal, Co-Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment and Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group.

In his new role, Belgrad will integrate creative decision-making, business and financial planning across all of the Motion Picture Group labels. He will assume additional responsibilities in business affairs and music and will also supervise the studio's local language film production operations. In addition to these duties, Belgrad will work closely with the marketing and distribution team and the studio's slate financing partners. He will continue to serve as President of Columbia Pictures, where he is responsible for the creative, production and post-production on all films produced by the label. Michael DeLuca and Hannah Minghella, Columbia Presidents of Production, and Andy Davis, President of Physical Production, will continue to report to Belgrad.

Belgrad joined Sony Pictures in 1989 and rose to Co-President of Production at Columbia Pictures in 2003, becoming President of the label in 2008. He has bought, developed and supervised a long list of commercially-successful and critically-acclaimed films, including the Men In Black franchise, Hitch, Hancock, all of Adam Sandler's Columbia films, Karate Kid, American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Zero Dark Thirty, Bad Teacher and, most recently, Heaven is for Real, among others.

"Doug is an outstanding leader with a deep understanding of the motion picture business. He has a rare combination of taste, relationships, experience and business judgment," said Pascal. "Michael and I are thrilled we are going to continue to benefit from all of these qualities by expanding his purview in the Motion Picture Group."

"I have been blessed with an exciting and productive career at Sony Pictures," said Belgrad. "We have an incredible team here and I couldn't be more excited to continue working closely with Amy and everyone in the Motion Picture Group as we further collaborate across all of our labels."

About Sony Pictures:
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.

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DALLAS, July 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- On top of recent openings in Indianapolis, Chatham, Columbus and Colleyville, in-theater dining leader Studio Movie Grill (www.studiomoviegrill.com ) is stretching to both coasts with new locations announced in Tampa, Florida, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, Rocklin and Simi Valley, California. Since its founding in 2000, Studio Movie Grill (SMG) has grown steadily from its Texas roots to soon to be 22 locations in ten states.

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"With the help of our lending partner, Goldman Sachs, Studio Movie Grill is excited and grateful to have the opportunity to establish the brand across the country," said Founder and CEO Brian Schultz. "We have created a modern and relaxing alternative to the traditionally frenzied movie-going experience. Courteous tableside service, coupled with the best available technology, and an eclectic, fresh and made-to-order menu have all contributed to positioning SMG as the unquestioned leader in our segment."

Opening later this year, SMG Tampa will be the company's first theater in the Sunshine State. At more than 52,000 square feet, the location will boast over 1,400 luxury seats. A local-style bar will be the centerpiece of Philadelphia SMG. Meanwhile, in California, a 35,000-square foot establishment has already broken ground in Rocklin, a suburb of Sacramento. A 1,500-seat theater at Simi Valley Town Center - just northwest of Los Angeles - is slated to open next year. Each new location will provide the same superior quality in film presentation for which the brand is known. SMG has partnered with Brad Miller of Film-Tech to bring industry-leading Christie and Dolby equipment to every screen.

Having grown up in Agoura Hills, the opening of the first SMG theaters in California has special significance for Schultz. "Simi Valley Town Center is an ideal location for me to reconnect with a community that was such an incredible place to grow up. Part of our journey is to build in communities and develop roots where I have fond memories. My mother grew up blocks from Chatham, Illinois, and I lived for a short time in Center City, Philadelphia; today, my mother, three brothers and their families live in Sacramento."

The four newest theaters in the SMG family will offer the innovative, casual dining and friendly service experience that embodies the brand; before and after shows, a sophisticated lounge area will allow for socializing and community gatherings. Each new location will have definitive touch points as part of achieving a consistent, recognizable identity and energizing an already avid fan base.

"Studio Movie Grill is so much more than movies," explained Schultz. "We offer one-stop destinations for dining and entertainment, plus a welcoming place to meet family and friends. Whether it's a special occasion or just a night out, SMG provides a truly great environment. We're thrilled to be transforming the typical cinema experience."

SMG further distinguishes itself from competitors with a menu that would easily hold its own in any sit-down restaurant. A far cry from "bar food in the dark," the company has just rolled out a new chef-driven menu at all locations. Guests can also choose from an impressive wine list, premium cocktails and a huge beer selection.

Being good citizens and making an impact in the community is important to everyone at SMG. A shining example of this spirit is the Special Needs Screenings for families raising children with special needs. These screenings offer first-run family movies free to children with special needs and their siblings. Another such program is SMG With A Twist, which provides educational and family programming, including documentaries, cartoons, concert films, sporting event broadcasts and advanced promotional screenings. SMG strives to support local community initiatives, the arts and public awareness of important issues in every neighborhood served.

Schultz added: "Making a difference starts with being a good neighbor. We understand that our theater teams, vendor-partners, investors, community and guests are all inter-related. For SMG, conscious business not only benefits our guests and our communities, but also enriches the lives of our team members, vendor-partners, and investors. It's truly a win-win-win-win-win proposition for everyone and the type of purpose-work SMG takes very seriously."

The community-building values on display within the SMG organization have even earned Schultz recognition in John Mackey and Raj Sisodia's "Conscious Capitalism," a landmark book that explores how businesses and leaders can embrace this new paradigm.

All SMG locations offer 100% reserved seating online or at the box office. The company routinely advertises special offers on Facebook (www.facebook.com/studiomoviegrillfan ) and Twitter (http://twitter.com/studiomoviegril ). More information, along with a mailing list sign-up form, is available at www.studiomoviegrill.com .

About Studio Movie Grill

SMG modernized the traditional movie-going experience by combining first-run movies with in-theater dining and is characterized in the market today by its continued ability to innovate and its dedication to the communities it serves. For additional information, please visit www.studiomoviegrill.com .

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