How to Train Your Dragon 2 led the weekend with $43.5 million as it more than doubled its overseas run to 53 territories. Brazil stood out as the Dragon sequel generated the second best animated opening of all-time ($6.8 million) there despite the fervor surrounding the World Cup. Mexico also accounted for a strong $7.3 million. Dragon 2 is #1 in over 30 markets this weekend, bringing its overseas tally to $77.2 million with major markets, including Europe, yet to open. The current global total is $172.4 million.

Edge of Tomorrow added another $21.5 million this weekend in 65 markets. The overseas cume is now $218.3 million. China's holdover performance was a healthy $4.8 million, while Russia added $2.6 million. Globally, Edge has earned $292.8 million to date.

Maleficent debuted in China this weekend to the tune of $20.3 million as part of an overall $44.7 million overseas weekend. The film's overseas total is now $335.6 million for a global sum of $521.6 million to date. With Japan yet to open (July 4), Disney notes that Maleficent is now Angelina Jolie's highest grossing live-action movie of all-time globally. Mexico and Russia lead all territories so far with $40.4 million and $34.8 million totals, respectively.

The Fault In Our Stars added $20 million internationally from 45 markets. The United Kingdom led with $5.8 million and a first place opening higher than the original Twilight. Brazil, Mexico, and Germany represented strong holdover markets with $4.5 million, $2.2 million, and $1.5 million, respectively. Fault's overseas total stands at $65 million for a $163.7 million global tally. Five of the top ten international markets have yet to open.

Godzilla took $15 million this weekend from 57 markets. The overseas total now stands at $282.4 million. China accounted for $14 million this weekend as it ranked second behind Maleficent. Godzilla's global take is up to $477.3 million.

22 Jump Street bagged an estimated $14.1 million this weekend from 30 territories, including Australia's strong $6.4 million bow on 359 screens. Australia's opening bests 21 Jump Street by 63 percent, Neighbors by 40 percent, and Anchorman 2 by 27 percent. Among holdovers, the United Kingdom was down a solid 31 percent from last weekend to $2.6 million. 22 Jump's overseas tally now stands at an estimated $38.2 million, giving it a $150.7 million global take through Sunday.

X-Men: Days of Future Past reeled in another $11.3 million from 47 markets, including Venezuela's $1.7 million first place debut (just 2 percent behind Iron Man 3). Holdover markets Brazil ($1.3m, down only 34%), and the UK ($981K, down only 35%) lift the international cume to an impressive $477.3m. The global total is now $694.3 million.

Blended took in $6.1 million, bringing its overseas tally to $21.3 million. The film stands at $63.7 million globally.

Frozen added $3.4 million from its lone overseas territory in Japan this weekend, down a stellar 12 percent from last weekend and marking its 15th consecutive weekend in first place in the country. With $231.8 million from Japan, Frozen is the country's largest Disney film of all-time, #3 of all-time in Japan, and the #2 Western movie there (behind only Titanic). Frozen's overseas total is now $858.4 million, giving it $1.259 billion globally.

Neighbors brought its international total up to $92.3 million as it grossed an estimated $2.9 million from 40 territories, including healthy openings in Argentina ($400k from 65 locations), Brazil ($900k from 188 dates), and Colombia ($192k from 60 dates). The global cume now stands at $238 million with 13 territories yet to open.

A Million Ways to Die in the West added $2.3 million from 46 territories overseas for a new cume of $30.8 million. The film had no new openings this weekend, although 12 remain over the next few months. Globally, the comedy stands just over $71 million.

Noah pulled $2.0 million from 15 territories this weekend, bringing the international gross up to $255 million. Japan represented a strong hold with $1.8 million from 337 locations, down just 30 percent from last weekend.

Jersey Boys debuted to $1.6 million from 9 markets this weekend, led by the UK's $738k. Warner Bros. compares results to Ray, and slightly ahead of J. Edgar and Gran Torino. France accounted for $428k.

Meanwhile, The Other Woman surpassed $100 million overseas with $2.6 million this weekend. The international total is now $101.5 million, for a $184.6 million global tally.

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Sunday Update: Sony's Think Like a Man Too led the way this weekend with an estimated start of $30.0 million. The Kevin Hart led ensemble comedy sequel opened on the lower end of pre-release expectations. Think Like a Man Too opened 11 percent below the $33.64 million start of 2012's Think Like a Man and 17 percent ahead of the $25.65 million debut of About Last Night back in February of this year. Think Like a Man Too represents yet another solid performer for Kevin Hart.

Think Like a Man Too opened with $12.23 million on Friday (which included an estimated $1.8 million from evening shows on Thursday), fell 15 percent on Saturday to gross $10.4 million and is estimated to decline 29 percent on Sunday to take in $7.38 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at a so-so 2.45 to 1. Going forward, Think Like a Man Too will hope that summer midweek business helps balance out what will likely be more initial front-loading than Think Like a Man experienced. The audience breakdown for Think Like a Man skewed towards female moviegoers (63 percent) and towards moviegoers 30 years and older (59 percent). The film received a solid A- rating on CinemaScore.

Fellow Sony release 22 Jump Street claimed second place with an estimated $29.0 million. The action comedy sequel starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum was down 49 percent, which represented a respectable second weekend hold, especially given how much initial front-loading towards Friday the film displayed last weekend and that the film faced new competition from Think Like a Man Too. 22 Jump Street surpassed the $100 million domestic milestone this weekend and has grossed a strong $111.45 million in ten days of release. That places 22 Jump Street 59 percent ahead of the $70.22 million ten-day take of 2012's 21 Jump Street and 10 percent behind the $123.69 million ten-day gross of last year's World War Z.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 placed in third with an estimated $25.3 million. The 3D computer animated sequel from Fox and DreamWorks Animation was down a significant 49 percent. While How to Train Your Dragon 2 didn't fall off the map this weekend, it's hold wasn't all that encouraging either on the heels of the film's softer than expected start. How to Train Your Dragon 2 has grossed an underwhelming $95.18 million in ten days. That leaves the film $4.82 million away from reaching the $100 million domestic milestone. How to Train Your Dragon 2 is currently running a slim 3 percent ahead of the $92.14 million ten-day take of 2010's How to Train Your Dragon.

Warner's Jersey Boys debuted in fourth place this weekend with an estimated $13.52 million. The Clint Eastwood directed musical opened in line with its modest pre-release expectations. Jersey Boys opened 6 percent below the $14.44 million opening weekend take of 2012's Rock of Ages. Going forward, Jersey Boys will hope to hold up better than Rock of Ages did, due in part to skewing extremely towards older moviegoers (92 percent of the film's audience was over the age of 25, while 71 percent was over the age of 50). The audience breakdown for Jersey Boys also skewed towards female moviegoers (61 percent).

Jersey Boys opened with $4.64 million on Friday, increased a solid 12 percent on Saturday to take in $5.21 million and is estimated to decline 30 percent on Sunday to gross $3.67 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at an encouraging 2.92 to 1. The film's A- rating on CinemaScore is also an early encouraging sign going forward.

Maleficent rounded out the weekend's top five with an estimated $13.01 million. Disney's 3D fantasy blockbuster starring Angelina Jolie was down a very healthy 30 percent from last weekend. The 24-day total for the film stands at an impressive $185.98 million, which leaves the film just $14.02 million away from reaching the $200 million domestic milestone.

Saturday Update: Sony reports that Think Like a Man Too earned $12.2 million on Friday as the sequel claimed first place for the day. BoxOffice projects a $32 million opening weekend from there, continuing Kevin Hart's box office winning streak. The original film opened to a similar $33.6 million in April 2012. Early word of mouth appears solid with a 77 percent Flixster score as of Saturday morning, comparable to that of Ride Along's 79 percent.

Warner Bros.' Jersey Boys grabbed $4.64 million yesterday and could ring up $13.3 million for its opening weekend. Those figures are much softer than early sources had indicated would be the case last night, owing largely to slow late night business and possibly indicating some extra frontloading. Still, with an older target audience than most films in release right now, anything is on the table. Early word of mouth is fair with a 71 percent Flixster score, although the online platform isn't really indicative of the movie's typical viewer.

Meanwhile, 22 Jump Street is holding very well with a $9.4 million second Friday and projected $30 million sophomore frame. The Sony sequel's 8-day domestic haul is a strong $91.85 million. How to Train Your Dragon 2 added $7.6 million yesterday for a 59 percent week-to-week drop, giving it $77.5 million though 8 days and setting it on course for a $25.5 million second weekend.

Friday Update #2: Sources report that Think Like a Man Too is on course for an opening day around $12 million, which could give it a $32-34 million weekend.

Meanwhile, Jersey Boys is performing above pre-release expectations and could top $8 million on Friday. The film's older crowd points to a relatively strong weekend ahead as Baby Boomer fans of the popular Broadway show, not to mention the original band itself, turn out for Clint Eastwood's drama. If $8 million holds for Friday, expect a weekend close to $20-22 million.

Friday Update: Sources report that Think Like A Man Too rang up $1.8 million from 8pm Thursday night shows, setting it on course for a likely weekend north of $30 million. Last night's performance tops the $1.06 million from Ride Along's 8pm Thursday shows in January, as well as the $0.69 million Thursday start of The Best Man Holiday.

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By Daniel Garris

Sony's 22 Jump Street took in $5.42 million on Thursday to continue to lead the daily box office. In the process, the modestly budgeted action comedy sequel starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum surpassed the $80 million mark on Thursday. 22 Jump Street was down 6 percent from Wednesday, which represented the day's poorest daily percentage hold among wide releases, as films in general held up well on Thursday. 22 Jump Street was the week's top film with a strong seven-day start of $82.45 million. That was in line with the film's lofty expectations. 22 Jump Street is currently running 66 percent ahead of the $49.75 million seven-day take of 2012's 21 Jump Street and 12 percent behind the $93.92 million seven-day start of last year's World War Z.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 rounded out its first week in theatres with a second place take of $4.68 million. The 3D computer animated sequel from Fox and DreamWorks Animation fell a slim 2 percent from Wednesday's performance. How to Train Your Dragon 2 placed in second for the week with a seven-day take of $69.88 million. That represented an underwhelming start with the film's massive pre-release expectations in mind. How to Train Your Dragon 2 is currently running 11 percent ahead of the $63.13 million seven-day start of 2010's How to Train Your Dragon, but a sizable 44 percent behind the $124.83 million seven-day take of last year's Monsters University.

Disney's Maleficent held steady in third place with $2.44 million. The 3D fantasy blockbuster starring Angelina Jolie was up 2 percent over Wednesday and down a healthy 32 percent from last Thursday. Maleficent placed in third for the week with $28.45 million. That represented a 44 percent decline from the previous frame, which was a very respectable hold given the new direct competition the film faced from How to Train Your Dragon 2. Maleficent has grossed $172.97 million in three weeks, which places the film 34 percent ahead of the $129.04 million 21-day take of 2012's Snow White and the Huntsman.

Fox's The Fault in Our Stars placed in fourth with $2.18 million. The successful low-budget drama starring Shailene Woodley fell 2 percent from Wednesday and 41 percent from last Thursday. The Fault in Our Stars took fourth place this week with $24.15 million. While that represented a sharp 63 percent decline from the film's opening week performance, the film remains strong in the bigger picture with a two-week take of $90.13 million. That leaves The Fault in Our Stars just $9.87 million away from reaching the $100 million domestic milestone.

Warner's Edge of Tomorrow rounded out Thursday's unchanged top five with $1.70 million. The critically acclaimed sci-fi film starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt was unchanged from Wednesday's performance and down a very healthy 25 percent from last Thursday. Thanks in part to strong word of mouth and critical reviews, Edge of Tomorrow was down 41.5 percent this week with a fifth place weekly take of $23.69 million. That brings the film's two-week total to $64.17 million. Edge of Tomorrow is now running just 9 percent behind the $70.17 million 14-day take of last year's Oblivion.

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jun13.pngSony reports that 22 Jump Street added $5.77 million to its haul on Wednesday, off 21 percent from Tuesday. The comedy sequel's domestic tally is $77.03 million through 6 days of release--64 percent ahead of the pace of its predecessor and 3 percent behind that of Ted.

Fox/DreamWorks' How to Train Your Dragon 2 posted $4.8 million on Wednesday for a 19 percent daily decline. The animated sequel's total stands at $65.2 million, 13 percent ahead of its predecessor's 6-day pace.

The Fault In Our Stars eased 46 percent from last Wednesday to $2.2 million yesterday, giving it a 13-day gross of $87.95 million. The young adult adaptation is running 12 percent behind Divergent through the same point.

Maleficent dropped 40 percent from last Wednesday to earn $2.4 million yesterday. It now boasts $170.5 million in the domestic bank.

Rounding out the top five, Edge of Tomorrow posted $1.7 million yesterday for a 38 percent week-to-week decline. The flick has rung up $62.5 million domestically thus far.


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Barcelona -- The International Union of Cinemas ("UNIC"), the trade grouping of European cinema associations and operators, today celebrated another successful edition of its annual convention CineEurope, in Barcelona. Speaking at a press briefing, UNIC President Phil Clapp emphasised the continued growth and diversity of the event and outlined plans to raise the profile of European cinema exhibition amongst key decision-makers in Europe and internationally. The trade group, which also used the briefing to launch its latest annual report, also took the opportunity to announce further expansion of its membership through the inclusion of pan-European operator Cineplexx.

Commenting on the convention, Phil Clapp said:

"We are delighted with the success of this year's CineEurope. As our involvement in the event has grown in recent years, so we have managed to further increase the attractiveness of CineEurope. Alongside the vital continued commitment of our studio partners and key sponsors, we have also this year added several great European film companies to the screening schedule and increased the amount of conference sessions available to visitors. CineEurope now increasingly reflects the diversity of European cinema and we look forward to continue to develop the show together with our partners PGM in the coming years."

During the week, the trade association further underlined the need for continued representation in the EU and internationally, given recent policy developments. These include European election outcomes, a pending review of EU copyright legislation and continued debates around film release strategies across Europe. UNIC furthermore highlighted the fact that its member territories continued to represent almost 30 per cent of global box office revenues, with cinema exhibition remaining a growth market when compared to home entertainment.

It also challenged the views expressed by some EU and national government officials that digital distribution was the key route to increasing the market share of European films and to promoting the competitiveness of the entire film industry.

On this point, Phil Clapp said:

"The numbers set out in our annual report - as well as those I highlighted in my Industry Address on Monday - speak for themselves. Cinema exhibition remains the motor of the motion picture industry and is crucial for the success of any film - whether European or not - and across all film markets. The failure of new home entertainment formats to develop significant revenue streams is a continuing concern to the whole industry, but cannot be engineered by damaging those strong foundations. Around the UNIC table we feel there is a duty to remind key decision makers in government and in our industry about the economic, social and cultural value of cinema theatres. UNIC members have therefore at their General Assembly on 18 June decided on a new communications and engagement campaign to further increase the profile of cinema exhibition in Brussels and elsewhere."

UNIC, after its relocation from Paris to Brussels in 2011, has grown in strength and recruited further members, most recently the Austrian Cineplexx group, which represents cinemas across 8 territories.

"We are delighted that Cineplexx has decided to join the UNIC family, further strengthening the organisation in South-East and Central Europe, a region that will surely see continued growth in the coming years and requires stable framework conditions and more robust copyright enforcement. UNIC will do all it can to work with its members in these regions to help achieve that goal."

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Phil Clapp (who also leads the UK Cinema Exhibitors' Association), was joined by fellow UNIC Board Member and Vice President Jaime Tarrazon (Federación de Cines de España - Spain) and UNIC CEO Jan Runge when reflecting on the event, the current performance of European exhibition and the future of UNIC.

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