By Daniel Garris

Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy returned to the top of the daily box office on Monday with a daily take of $2.88 million. The blockbuster sci-fi superhero adaptation from Marvel was down 63 percent from Sunday and down 46 percent from last Monday. With more and more schools now back in session, midweek grosses in general came back down to Earth on Monday. Guardians of the Galaxy has grossed a stronger than expected $225.55 million in 18 days. That places the film 11 percent ahead of the $203.09 million 18-day take of Captain America: The Winter Soldier earlier this year.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles had to settle for a close second place finish with $2.80 million. Paramount's high-profile franchise re-launch trailed Guardians of the Galaxy by just $83,282 for the day. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fell 69 percent from Sunday and 58 percent from last Monday. The film continues to outpace expectations in a big way with $120.57 million through eleven days of release. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is currently running 19 percent ahead of the $101.19 million eleven-day gross of 2009's G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.

Fox's Let's Be Cops placed in third with $2.10 million. The low-budget action-comedy fell 60 percent from Sunday, which represented one of Monday's better daily percentage holds among wide releases. Let's Be Cops has grossed a very solid $28.32 million in its first six days. That is towards the lower end of pre-release expectations and places the film 21.5 percent behind the recent $36.09 million six-day take of Tammy. Let's Be Cops will hope to hold up well going forward due in part to the lack of new comedies entering the marketplace over the next several weeks.

Lionsgate's The Expendables 3 continued its disappointing performance on Monday with a fourth place take of $1.32 million. The third installment of the ensemble action franchise starring Sylvester Stallone was down a concerning 69 percent from Sunday's performance. The Expendables 3 has grossed just $17.20 million in its first four days of release. The film is performing below its scaled back expectations and is running 45 percent behind the $31.38 million four-day start of 2012's The Expendables 2.

The Giver rounded out Monday's top five with $1.31 million. The young adult sci-fi adaptation from The Weinstein Company trailed The Expendables 3 by a very slim $7,936 for the day. The Giver fell 58 percent from Sunday, which represented the day's best daily percentage hold among wide releases. With a four-day start of $13.62 million, The Giver is running towards the low end of expectations and 15 percent ahead of the $11.80 million four-day take of last year's The Host.

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By Alex Edghill

Tuesday Morning Update: If I Stay led all films on Monday with a massive 61,407 tweets, up from 27,402 tweets on Sunday and giving it one of the largest pre-release tweet days of the entire month of August. In addition its Facebbook like count is over 800,000 which is a very hefty number indeed. The film is aiming squarely at the same teen girl-centric demographic that The Fault In Our Stars capitalized on earlier in the Summer. Stars had 190,400 tweets and just over 3.5 million likes its Monday before release while The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones had 1,840 tweets and 739,753 likes. It is the clear-cut favourite to win the weekend as of now but I don't see a massive breakout like Fault In Our Stars; $20 million range should be possible. 

Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame To Kill For was a distant second amongst the new openers with 1,900 tweets on the day. Pretty ordinary number to be honest and with its franchise Facebook page having only 985k likes despite being in existence for over 10 years I'm not too optimistic about its potential. By comparison: 300: Rise Of An Empire had 6,507 tweets its Monday before release. The original opened to $29 million way back in April of 2005 before the creation of Twitter and when Facebook was in its infancy but I remember the buzz surrounding its highly stylized visuals and star studded cast created a lot of buzz in movie forums and articles at the time. 9 years later a lot of that seems to be missing and at this rate it might be lucky to hit mid-teens.

When The Game Stands Tall had 1,829 tweets and just over 150k likes on Monday, meaning that it grabbed last spot amongst the new openers. Sports films such as this will do best with older male audiences who often aren't captured well via Twitter and Facebook so this isn't necessarily a kiss of death. By comparison, Draft Day had 1,094 tweets and 71,754 likes its Monday before release while Trouble With The Curve had 1,199 tweets and 58,953 likes. The numbers actually are quite strong here in light of my comparisons and as such I believe teen millions and a head to head battle with Sin City 2 could be on the cards over the weekend for second spot amongst the new openers.  

Twitter Top 15 Movies for Monday August 18th

Rk Film Sun Mon Sun-Mon %
1 (+1) If I Stay 27,402 61,407 124.10%
2 (-1) Guardians of the Galaxy 28,484 26,659 -6.41%
3 (+22) No Good Deed (2014) 1,115 11,566 937.31%
4 (-1) The Expendables 3 9,416 8,478 -9.96%
5 (+55) Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb 198 7,371 3622.73%
6 (+3) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 3,950 6,185 56.58%
7 (+1) Maleficent 4,857 4,343 -10.58%
8 (-2) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) 5,591 3,537 -36.74%
9 (-5) Let's Be Cops 6,362 3,496 -45.05%
10 (-3) The Giver 5,478 3,401 -37.92%
11 (-1) Transformers: Age of Extinction 3,632 3,164 -12.89%
12 (-) Before I Go to Sleep 3,027 3,089 2.05%
13 (-) Avengers: Age of Ultron 2,628 3,077 17.09%
14 (-9) As Above/So Below 5,687 3,015 -46.98%
15 (-4) 22 Jump Street 3,168 2,906 -8.27%
18 (+9) Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame To Kill For 989 1,900 92.11%
20 (+3) When the Game Stands Tall 1,261 1,829 45.04%

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

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cinema21.pngNEW YORK, NY - Indonesian Film Distibutor, Cinema 21 Group, will receive the 2014 Distributor of the Year Award at the CineAsia Awards Ceremony on Thursday, December 11th. The award will be received by Benny Suherman, Founder & Chairman; Harris Lasmana,Vice Chairman; Suryo Suherman, President; and Sacheen Lasmana,Vice President.

"It is an honor for CineAsia to present Cinema 21 Group with this year's Distributor of the Year Award," stated Robert Sunshine, Co-Managing Director of CineAsia. "Cinema 21's progressive and amazing growth over the past couple of decades has made them the leading distributor and cinema exhibitor in Indonesia."

Cinema 21 Group started as a film distribution company in 1969, and since 1991 has been the distributor for all major Hollywood films in Indonesia. In 1977, the group expanded into the cinema exhibition business, making Cinema 21 the largest cinema chain in Indonesia.

Benny Suherman, Founder & Chairman, started his career as a film distributor in 1969 and is responsible for expanding Cinema 21 to include cinema exhibition by establishing three cinemas named Mandala, Plaza, and Golden in the capital city of Indonesia. Suherman is recognized as the pioneer of multiplex cinemas in Indonesia while continuing to expand its film distribution business. In 1991, he was appointed the Indonesian distributor for all of the Hollywood Majors. He was also honored as CineAsia Exhibitor of the year in 1996.

Harris Lasmana,Vice Chairman of Cinema 21, began his career over four decades ago as a film distributor. In 1985, he formed a partnership with Benny Suherman to establish an extensive distribution network called Cinema 21, offering a variety of films in Indonesia. Since 1991, Cinema 21 has exclusively distributed MPAA studios' films in Indonesia. Lasmana received the CineAsia Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003 for his noteworthy contribution to the Indonesian cinematic industry, as well as the Chevalier d'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French government in 2006. Mr. Lasmana is also a founding member of the Jakarta Film Festival.

Suryo Suherman, President, started his career as Cinema Operations Officer of Cinema 21 in 1994. In 1996, as Vice President, he was responsible for Cinema Operations & Business Development of Cinema 21. From 1997 to 2000, he was Director of Cinema 21 and was named President in 2000.

Sacheen Lasmana,Vice President, began his career in 2004 as Manager of Acquisitions for Cinema 21 in Indonesia, responsible for film distribution across the country. In 2010 he was appointed Vice President. at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong.

CineAsia 2014 will take place from December 9-11, 2014 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Hong Kong. It will feature screenings of upcoming Hollywood films, sponsored events, timely and informative seminars, and the CineAsia Trade Show. CineAsia is produced by Prometheus Global Media, owner of leading entertainment publications and events including Film Journal International, Billboard, The Hollywood Reporter, Adweek, Dick Clark Productions, the CLIO Awards, CineEurope, and ShowEast.

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gdc.pngHong Kong (August 19, 2014) - GDC Technology Limited ("GDC Technology"), a world leading digital cinema solutions provider is pleased to announce that Evergrande Cinema Line Management Co., Ltd (恒大院线管理有限公司) ("Evergrande Cinema Line") has selected GDC Technology as its technology partner to provide approximatel­­y 300 units of SX-3000 Standalone Integrated Media Block (IMB) and 30 sets of Theatre Management System (TMS) at its cineplexes in China. As of August 13, 2014, GDC's IMB and TMS have already been deployed in 15 Evergrande cineplexes.

Established in 2010, Evergrande Cinema Line is a wholly owned subsidiary of a Hong Kong ­­­listed company Evergrande Group, which is a conglomerate that focuses on residential property development and is engaged in FMCG, commercial, hotel, sports, and culture industries as a whole. The Group possesses close to 300 large scale projects across 147 major cities in China. Evergrande Cinema Line is one of the Group's subsidiaries specialized in theater investment, development and management and its mission is to build a boutique cinema line with "top cinemas, first class team, superior service and premium brand". Relying on the Group's commercial and residential developments and urban complex projects, Evergrande Cinema Line targets to be one of the largest cinema lines in China. As of today, Evergrande Cinema Line has up to 108 cineplexes under planning and construction in China with more than 1,000 screens, and it is expected to account for over 10% market share in the coming 5 years. The opening of Evergrande cineplexes in Xian, Zhongshan, Yueyang and Danzhou mark the first substantial move of Evergrande Cinema Line towards formal operations. As a world leading digital cinema solutions provider, GDC Technology will make its best effort to cooperate in Evergrande Cinema Line's development plan by providing comprehensive, high-quality installation and integration support.

"Stable and reliable hardware and software are both essential for a top cinema line in China," said Guangwei Li, General Manager of Evergrande Cinema Line, "After stringent comparison and analysis over a long period of time, we have come to a conclusion that GDC's IMB and TMS are compliant with all our requirements."
"We are glad that Evergrande Cinema Line selected GDC in their illustrious cinema multiplex deployment plan," said Dr. Man-Nang Chong, founder and CEO of GDC Technology, "We fully support Evergrande Cinema Line with our nationwide responsive services and proven digital cinema products to ensure quality cinema experience at Evergrande Cinema."

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About GDC Technology (www.gdc-tech.com)
GDC Technology Limited ("GDC Technology") is a leading global digital cinema solutions provider with the largest installed base of digital cinema servers in the Asia-Pacific region and the second largest globally. GDC Technology develops, manufactures and sells digital cinema servers that meet the highly demanding performance, security and reliability requirements established by Hollywood studios. GDC Technology also provides a comprehensive suite of digital cinema products and services providing exhibitors and distributors with a one-stop solution for exhibiting digital cinema content, including integrated projection systems, 3D products, projector lamps and silver screens. Its subsidiary, GDC Digital Cinema Network Limited, has over 6 years of VPF experience and manages close to 5,000 screens across approximately 750 VPF agreements with worldwide content distributors and exhibitors. Founded in Singapore in 1999 and headquartered in Hong Kong, GDC Technology has established a global market presence and strong brand recognition with 11 offices and 28 local service centers around the world. GDC Technology is a portfolio company of The Carlyle Group.


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By Daniel Garris

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was able to easily hold off three major newcomers this weekend to remain in first place with $28.52 million. In the process, Paramount's high-profile franchise re-launch zoomed past the $100 million domestic mark over the weekend. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was down a sharp, but understandable 57 percent from last weekend's debut. The film continues to exceed expectations in a very big way with $117.77 million through ten days of release. That places Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles an impressive 19.5 percent ahead of the $98.58 million ten-day take of 2009's G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. With its initial fan rush-out now behind it, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will hope to stabilize going forward.

Also holding off the weekend's newcomers was Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy. The blockbuster sci-fi superhero adaptation from Marvel placed in second with $25.12 million. Guardians of the Galaxy was down 40 percent this weekend, which is an encouraging sign for the film going forward. Guardians of the Galaxy rocketed past the $200 million domestic milestone over the weekend and has grossed a stronger than expected $222.66 million in 17 days. Guardians of the Galaxy is currently running 11 percent ahead of the $200.50 million 17-day take of Captain America: The Winter Soldier earlier this year and will have no problem eventually surpassing the $259.75 million current total gross of The Winter Soldier to become the highest grossing release of 2014 thus far domestically.

While it debuted towards the lower end of expectations, Fox's Let's Be Cops was nonetheless the weekend's top new release with a third place take of $17.81 million. Given its Wednesday release date, it was impressive that the action-comedy topped both The Expendables 3 and The Giver over the weekend. Let's Be Cops is also performing well with its low production cost in mind. Let's Be Cops has grossed $26.22 million through five days of release. That gave the film a five-day to three-day ratio of 1.47 to 1 and places the film 21 percent behind the recent $33.31 million five-day start of Tammy. Let's Be Cops only received a so-so B rating on CinemaScore, but will still have a very solid chance of holding up well going forward due in part to the lack of new comedies entering the marketplace over the next several weeks.

Lionsgate's The Expendables 3 landed in fourth place with a disappointing debut of $15.88 million. The third installment of the ensemble action franchise starring Sylvester Stallone opened below its already scaled back expectations and 44.5 percent below the $28.59 million start of 2012's The Expendables 2. In addition to moviegoers clearly growing tired of the franchise, The Expendables 3 also appears to have been hurt by having been pirated online prior to its release. The Expendables 3 opened with $5.95 million on Friday, declined 4 percent on Saturday to take in $5.73 million and fell 27 percent on Sunday to gross $4.20 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.67 to 1. The Expendables 3 did receive an encouraging A- rating on CinemaScore, but as the third installment of a franchise, audience reaction likely won't make a big difference for the film going forward.

The Giver rounded out the weekend's top five with a debut of $12.31 million. The young adult sci-fi adaptation from The Weinstein Company opened on the lower end of pre-release expectations. The film's opening weekend performance was similar to the $10.60 million start of The Host last year. The Giver took in $4.75 million on Friday, fell 6 percent on Saturday to gross $4.45 million and declined 30 percent on Sunday to gross $3.11 million. That gave the film an opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.59 to 1. The Giver received a B+ rating on CinemaScore.

Holdovers Into the Storm and The Hundred-Foot Journey claimed sixth and seven place with respective takes of $7.89 million and $7.18 million. Warner's Into the Storm was down a significant 55 percent from last weekend and has grossed $31.51 million in ten days. Disney's The Hundred-Foot Journey was down a healthy 35 percent and has grossed $23.69 million over the same ten-day span. Both films are performing in line with their respective pre-release expectations thus far.

On the limited front, Boyhood took in an estimated $1.99 million from 771 locations to place in eleventh among all films, while Magic in the Moonlight took in $1.79 million from 964 locations to finish in 14th place. IFC Films' Boyhood has grossed an impressive $13.64 million to date, while Sony Pictures Classics' Magic in the Moonlight has grossed a soft $4.62 million so far.

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