deadpool1.jpgFox reports that Deadpool tacked on another $8.6 million on Wednesday as its domestic total climbed to a hugely impressive $172.4 million in just six days. By comparison, that puts the "Merc with a Mouth" 36 percent ahead of the pace of Guardians of the Galaxy and 38.5 percent ahead of in-universe companion X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Fox also took second place yesterday as Kung Fu Panda 3 was up nearly 33 percent from last Wednesday to $0.93 million yesterday. The animated sequel continues to perform very well thanks to healthy word of mouth, reviews, and a lack of family-friendly competition. Its domestic total is now $103.4 million.

How to Be Single claimed third place with $1.08 million yesterday, giving the Warner Bros. rom-com a six-day haul of $22.4 million -- a solid total for the date night flick.

Last week's remaining new release, Zoolander 2, grabbed $0.68 million in fourth place on Wednesday. With a six-day tally of $17.55 million, the sequel is unfortunately falling short of pre-release expectations.

Meanwhile, Star Wars: The Force Awakens fended off The Revenant for fifth place yesterday. The former now stands at an all-time domestic record total of $917.3 million, while the latter 12-time Oscar nominee has taken in an excellent $160.9 million to date.

 

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By Daniel Garris

Fox's Deadpool grossed $11.56 million on Tuesday to dominate the daily box office for a fifth consecutive day. The blockbuster Ryan Reynolds led antihero film declined 41 percent from Monday's inflated Presidents Day performance. Deadpool has grossed a massive $163.75 million in its first five days of release. The film has demolished pre-release expectations and has set a new benchmark for the X-Men Universe in the process. Deadpool is running 26 percent ahead of the $130.15 million five-day start of 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand and 38 percent ahead of the $118.78 million five-day take of 2014's X-Men: Days of Future Past. The comparison to Days of Future Past is especially impressive given that Deadpool doesn't have the added advantage of higher priced 3D admissions and opened in 438 fewer locations. Deadpool will obviously have no problem remaining in first place at the box office this coming weekend.

Fellow Fox release Kung Fu Panda 3 held steady in a distant second with $1.95 million. The 3D computer animated sequel from DreamWorks Animation fell 68 percent from Monday's holiday performance and was up a strong 33 percent over last Tuesday. Kung Fu Panda 3 has stabilized nicely this week and has now grossed $102.13 million through 19 days. That places the film 16 percent behind the $122.10 million 19-day gross of last year's Hotel Transylvania 2. Kung Fu Panda 3 is likely to hold up well throughout the rest of February, thanks in part to no new family films entering the marketplace until the arrival of Disney's Zootopia on March 4.

Warner's How to Be Single was up one spot from Monday to move back into third place with $1.44 million. The romantic comedy from New Line and MGM featuring Dakota Johnson declined 29 percent from Monday, which represented the day's strongest daily percentage hold among wide releases. How to Be Single has grossed $21.35 million in five days. The film is running in line with pre-release expectations and 13 percent stronger than the $18.86 million five-day start of 2009's Confessions of a Shopaholic.

Zoolander 2 was down one spot from Monday to return to fourth on Tuesday with $0.988 million. Paramount's PG-13 rated comedy sequel starring Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson was down 52 percent from Monday. Zoolander 2 is performing below expectations with a lackluster $16.87 million. The five-day start for Zoolander 2 is a disappointing 2.5 percent softer than the $17.30 million five-day take of 2001's Zoolander and that's without taking into account 15 years of ticket price inflation.

Disney's Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Fox's The Revenant and Universal's Hail, Caesar! were fairly bunched together in places fifth through seventh on Tuesday. The Force Awakens fell 61 percent from Monday to gross $0.575 million, The Revenant declined 47 percent to gross $0.562 million and Hail, Caesar! was down 45 percent to claim $0.541 million. Respective total grosses stand at $916.86 million for The Force Awakens, at $160.41 million for The Revenant and at $22.68 million for Hail, Caesar!

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fandango.pngThe online ticketing site announced the major acquisition today. Their press release:

FANDANGO CREATES ULTIMATE DIGITAL NETWORK FOR ALL THINGS MOVIES WITH ADDITION OF ICONIC MOVIE BRANDS FLIXSTER AND ROTTEN TOMATOES

Union of Best-in-Class Digital Properties to Serve Entire Movie Lifecycle, Reaching More Than 63 Million Unique Visitors Per Month -- Plus More Than 100 Million Mobile App Downloads

Warner Bros. Entertainment, Current Owner of Flixster and Rotten Tomatoes, to Take Equity Position in Fandango and Become Ongoing Strategic Partner


LOS ANGELES (February 17, 2016) - Fandango, the nation's leading digital platform serving consumers across the entire movie lifecycle, announced today it has signed an agreement to acquire Flixster and Rotten Tomatoes, which includes the world famous professional movie critic rating tool, the TomatometerTM, from Warner Bros. Entertainment. The addition of Flixster and Rotten Tomatoes, along with Fandango's recent acquisition of on-demand video service, M-GO, will expand the company's theatrical ticketing business and create the industry's premier digital network for all things movies.

Flixster and Rotten Tomatoes, which reach 20 million unique visitors per month, will remain consumer-facing brands. With this acquisition, Fandango's combined audience reach will grow to more than 63 million* unique visitors per month and offer consumers the most comprehensive resource for movie information, theatrical ticketing, video content for movie discovery, and home entertainment. As part of the deal, Warner Bros. Entertainment will take a minority ownership stake in Fandango and serve as an ongoing strategic partner. Fandango will continue to operate as a unit of NBCUniversal.

"Flixster and Rotten Tomatoes are invaluable resources for movie fans, and we look forward to growing these successful properties, driving more theatrical ticketing and super-serving consumers with all their movie needs," said Fandango President Paul Yanover. "Our new expanded network will offer unparalleled capabilities for all of our exhibition, studio and promotional partners to reach a massive entertainment audience with innovative marketing and ticketing solutions that benefit from original content, home entertainment products, ‘super tickets,' gifts with purchase, and other new promotional opportunities," he added.

Known as a highly trusted measurement of quality, Rotten Tomatoes is the most popular online aggregator of theatrical and in-home movie and TV reviews from professional critics and fans. Rotten Tomatoes offers the most complete guide to what's fresh, through its TomatometerTM rating, which represents the percentage of positive professional reviews for a given film or television show.

Flixster is a leading website and mobile app for discovering movies, with more than 50 million app installs. Consumers can find valuable movie information and check out audience and critic ratings and reviews, courtesy of the Tomatometer. Fandango will be extending its ticketing capabilities to the Flixster app in the coming months. Together, Flixster and Fandango's mobile app downloads total more than 100 million.

"Combining the expertise and assets of Fandango, Flixster and Rotten Tomatoes will create an incredible resource for consumers to fulfill all their moviegoing needs," said Thomas Gewecke, Chief Digital Officer and Executive Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, Warner Bros. "Bringing these properties together into a single, integrated portfolio creates an opportunity to truly accelerate innovation in movie discovery and ticketing, making moviegoing an even more compelling experience."

Flixster Video, the home entertainment and digital video redemption service, is not included in the transaction, but is expected to transition its users to Fandango's new video on-demand service later this year, and will sunset thereafter.


In January, Fandango acquired M-GO, a leading digital distributor of new release and catalog movies to a wide variety of connected, over-the-top (OTT) and mobile devices including Android, iOS, Samsung, LG, Roku, and others. With M-GO, Fandango plans to work with exhibitors and studios to build streamlined solutions for "super tickets" and other theatrical ticketing and home entertainment products. M-GO will be rebranded later this year and become part of Fandango's digital network.


Fandango had a record-breaking year in 2015, with 81% growth in U.S. ticketing and for the first time in a single year, Fandango received more than 1 billion visits. Fandango Movieclips added 4 million new subscribers to its network of nearly 13 million, and generated a total of 4.5 billion video views, a 54% increase year-over-year.

Fandango also made its first move internationally into Latin America, acquiring Brazil's largest online ticketer, Ingresso.com, in November 2015. Brazil has a leading moviegoing population, accounting for 40% of Latin American box office in 2014, according to Rentrak. The country represents the largest market in South America and the world's 11th largest theatrical market, according to the Motion Picture Association of America. The MPAA predicts that Brazil will constitute the world's fifth largest market by the end of 2020.

*Fandango and Flixster's combined non-duplicated audience, according to comScore December 2015.

About Fandango
Fandango, a unit of NBCUniversal, is the nation's leading digital destination for all things movies, reaching over 49 million unique visitors per month, according to comScore, and selling tickets to more than 27,000 screens nationwide. Fandango provides consumers with movie information, original content and the ability to buy tickets in advance, by printing tickets at home or as mobile tickets on their smartphones. Fandango's award-winning mobile app has garnered more than 51 million downloads and is available on Apple's iOS devices and Google's Android platform. The company operates Fandango Movieclips, the No. 1 movie trailers and movie-related content channel on YouTube, a dedicated website (http://www.movieclips.com) and mobile app for iOS and Android. Fandango powers movie trailer and video channels on Samsung devices, Hulu, AOL, Facebook Notify and Watchable. It also provides ticketing to IMDb, Yahoo! Movies, Moviefone, MSN and others. Movie fans can find Fandango on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fandango and on Twitter @Fandango.

About Warner Bros.
Warner Bros. Entertainment is a global leader in all forms of entertainment and their related businesses across all current and emerging media and platforms. A Time Warner Company, the fully integrated Studio is home to one of the most successful collections of brands in the world and stands at the forefront of every aspect of the entertainment industry from feature film, television and home entertainment production and worldwide distribution to DVD and Blu-ray, digital distribution, animation, comic books, video games, product and brand licensing, and broadcasting.

 

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FANDANGO CREATES ULTIMATE DIGITAL NETWORK FOR ALL THINGS MOVIES WITH ADDITION OF ICONIC MOVIE BRANDS FLIXSTER AND ROTTEN TOMATOES

Union of Best-in-Class Digital Properties to Serve Entire Movie Lifecycle, Reaching More Than 63 Million Unique Visitors Per Month -- Plus More Than 100 Million Mobile App Downloads

Warner Bros. Entertainment, Current Owner of Flixster and Rotten Tomatoes, to Take Equity Position in Fandango and Become Ongoing Strategic Partner

LOS ANGELES (February 17, 2016) - Fandango, the nation's leading digital platform serving consumers across the entire movie lifecycle, announced today it has signed an agreement to acquire Flixster and Rotten Tomatoes, which includes the world famous professional movie critic rating tool, the TomatometerTM, from Warner Bros. Entertainment. The addition of Flixster and Rotten Tomatoes, along with Fandango's recent acquisition of on-demand video service, M-GO, will expand the company's theatrical ticketing business and create the industry's premier digital network for all things movies.

Flixster and Rotten Tomatoes, which reach 20 million unique visitors per month, will remain consumer-facing brands. With this acquisition, Fandango's combined audience reach will grow to more than 63 million* unique visitors per month and offer consumers the most comprehensive resource for movie information, theatrical ticketing, video content for movie discovery, and home entertainment. As part of the deal, Warner Bros. Entertainment will take a minority ownership stake in Fandango and serve as an ongoing strategic partner. Fandango will continue to operate as a unit of NBCUniversal.

"Flixster and Rotten Tomatoes are invaluable resources for movie fans, and we look forward to growing these successful properties, driving more theatrical ticketing and super-serving consumers with all their movie needs," said Fandango President Paul Yanover. "Our new expanded network will offer unparalleled capabilities for all of our exhibition, studio and promotional partners to reach a massive entertainment audience with innovative marketing and ticketing solutions that benefit from original content, home entertainment products, ‘super tickets,' gifts with purchase, and other new promotional opportunities," he added.

Known as a highly trusted measurement of quality, Rotten Tomatoes is the most popular online aggregator of theatrical and in-home movie and TV reviews from professional critics and fans. Rotten Tomatoes offers the most complete guide to what's fresh, through its TomatometerTM rating, which represents the percentage of positive professional reviews for a given film or television show.

Flixster is a leading website and mobile app for discovering movies, with more than 50 million app installs. Consumers can find valuable movie information and check out audience and critic ratings and reviews, courtesy of the Tomatometer. Fandango will be extending its ticketing capabilities to the Flixster app in the coming months. Together, Flixster and Fandango's mobile app downloads total more than 100 million.

"Combining the expertise and assets of Fandango, Flixster and Rotten Tomatoes will create an incredible resource for consumers to fulfill all their moviegoing needs," said Thomas Gewecke, Chief Digital Officer and Executive Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, Warner Bros. "Bringing these properties together into a single, integrated portfolio creates an opportunity to truly accelerate innovation in movie discovery and ticketing, making moviegoing an even more compelling experience."

Flixster Video, the home entertainment and digital video redemption service, is not included in the transaction, but is expected to transition its users to Fandango's new video on-demand service later this year, and will sunset thereafter.

In January, Fandango acquired M-GO, a leading digital distributor of new release and catalog movies to a wide variety of connected, over-the-top (OTT) and mobile devices including Android, iOS, Samsung, LG, Roku, and others. With M-GO, Fandango plans to work with exhibitors and studios to build streamlined solutions for "super tickets" and other theatrical ticketing and home entertainment products. M-GO will be rebranded later this year and become part of Fandango's digital network.

Fandango had a record-breaking year in 2015, with 81% growth in U.S. ticketing and for the first time in a single year, Fandango received more than 1 billion visits. Fandango Movieclips added 4 million new subscribers to its network of nearly 13 million, and generated a total of 4.5 billion video views, a 54% increase year-over-year.

Fandango also made its first move internationally into Latin America, acquiring Brazil's largest online ticketer, Ingresso.com, in November 2015. Brazil has a leading moviegoing population, accounting for 40% of Latin American box office in 2014, according to Rentrak. The country represents the largest market in South America and the world's 11th largest theatrical market, according to the Motion Picture Association of America. The MPAA predicts that Brazil will constitute the world's fifth largest market by the end of 2020.

*Fandango and Flixster's combined non-duplicated audience, according to comScore December 2015.

 

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WASHINGTON D.C. (February 17, 2016) - CinemaCon Managing Director, Mitch Neuhasuer, today announced that Phil Groves, SVP IMAX Corporation and EVP Global Distribution IMAX Entertainment, will receive this year's "Passepartout Award". The CinemaCon "Passepartout Award" is presented annually to an industry executive who demonstrates dedication and commitment to the international marketplace. CinemaCon, the official convention of The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), will be held April 11-14, 2016 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Groves will be presented with this honor at The International Day Luncheon taking place on Monday, April 11, 2016.

"One of the most respected and admired executives working in the industry today, Phil Groves continues to demonstrate an unequalled commitment, dedication and passion for the motion picture theatre experience," noted Neuhauser. "For the past 12 years he has played an instrumental role in the success story known as IMAX culminating with new worldwide records set this past December with the release of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens. We are honored to be able to single Phil out for his great work throughout the world."

"Phil has been my partner in crime for 13 years and besides being an incredibly talented film executive with amazing industry relationships, he's the most decent and trustworthy person I know," said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment. "He's played an instrumental role in IMAX's success and having him as my sounding board is invaluable."

Groves joined IMAX Corporation in September 2003 with the primary responsibility of overseeing all aspects of the company's global film distribution, the development of original film content and working with the studios' distribution teams on event films using the IMAX DMR® process. During his tenure he has brought a slate of Hollywood blockbuster event films to IMAX screens around the world and has increased the reach of IMAX documentaries to more multiplex and institutional IMAX screens worldwide. Prior to IMAX, Groves was Vice President of Film for Loews Cineplex and has earned screenwriting credits or storyboarded a number of films including the comedy classic "Airplane!."

Previous honorees of the CinemaCon Passepartout Award include Erlina Suharjono and Richard Fox, Warner Bros. Pictures, Jack Ledwith, Universal Pictures International, David Kornblum, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures and Craig Dehmel, 20th Century Fox International.

 

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