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NORTH AMERICA: 'A Walk In the Woods' Surprises with $1.17M First Place Opening on Wednesday; 'War Room' Hits $14.4M In Six Days on September 03, 2015

sep3.pngBroad Green Pictures' A Walk In the Woods opened above expectations with $1.17 million in first place on Wednesday, slightly ahead of The Debt's $970,532 opening Wednesday before Labor Day four years ago. Despite middling reviews, the R-rated comedy looks to be attracting some of its target adult audience heading into Labor Day weekend. If it holds up similar to The Debt over the next four days, it could even lead the holiday box office weekend.

Universal reports Straight Outta Compton added $1.08 million on Wednesday, down 48.5 percent from the same day last week. That gives the biopic a domestic total of $137.9 million through 20 days of release.

In third place, War Room tacked on another $0.86 million, giving the faith-based pic a six-day total of $14.4 million. That puts it 79 percent ahead of the pace 2008's Fireproof and 34 percent ahead of 2011's Courageous.

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation eased 37 percent from last Wednesday to $0.69 million yesterday. The Tom Cruise franchise sequel has amassed an excellent $172.55 million domestically to date.

No Escape was off 49 percent from its first day last Wednesday to $0.603 million yesterday. With $12.45 million in the bank through eight days of play, it's pacing 5.5 percent behind The November Man.

Meanwhile, We Are Your Friends tallied $0.157 million yesterday, giving it a weak six-day haul of $2.37 million. Unfortunately, the Zac Efron pic is trailing That Awkward Moment by 78 percent.

Fandango: 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2' Picked By Fans as Most Anticipated Movie of the Fall on September 03, 2015

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LOS ANGELES - September 3, 2015 -- Fandango, the nation's leading digital destination for moviegoers and fans visited by 36 million unique visitors per month, today revealed the results of its Most Anticipated Fall Movie Survey, in which "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2" (opening November 20) was voted as the most anticipated fall movie. For a third consecutive year, a "Hunger Games" movie was voted by Fandango ticket-buyers as the top film in this autumn poll (previous winners were "Catching Fire" in 2013 and "Mockingjay - Part 1" in 2014).

Posted online during the last week of August, Fandango's Fall Movie Survey polled more than 1,000 moviegoers on the films they're most excited to see on the big screen in the months from September through November.

"Fall is the time of year when Hollywood brings out its more serious fare," says Fandango Chief Correspondent Dave Karger, "and this is one of the busiest fall seasons in memory. ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2' is the movie ticket-buyers are anticipating most, thanks to the overwhelming momentum and excitement the franchise has built up over the last three years. Fandango fans can't wait to see how Jennifer Lawrence and crew bring the end of the saga to life on the big screen."

"With additional big-screen star power, trailers for Johnny Depp's ‘Black Mass' and Julia Roberts' ‘Secret in Their Eyes' already reveal that the pair of Academy favorites delivers intense performances," continues Karger. "That's why Fandango fans deem them most likely to receive more Oscar love this year."

In other categories, Pixar's "The Good Dinosaur" was selected as the most anticipated family film of the season, while master of suspense M. Night Shyamalan's latest scare-fest, "The Visit," was picked as the most anticipated fall horror flick.

According to Fandango moviegoers, below are the top autumn picks:

Most Anticipated Fall Movie:
1. "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2" 36%
2. "Spectre" 21%
3. "The Martian" 11%
4. "Bridge of Spies" 10%
5. "Black Mass" 9%

Most Anticipated Family Film:
1. "The Good Dinosaur" 26%
2. "Pan" 22%
3. "Goosebumps" 19%
4. "Hotel Transylvania 2" 17%
5. "The Peanuts Movie" 14%

Most Anticipated Horror Flick:
1. "The Visit" 24%
2. "Victor Frankenstein" 23%
3. "Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension" 18%
4. "Goodnight Mommy" 10%
5. "Rings" 8%

Actor in a Fall Movie Most Likely to Get an Oscar Nod:
1. Johnny Depp, "Black Mass" 25%
2. Tom Hanks, "Bridge of Spies" 16%
3. Michael Fassbender, "Steve Jobs" 15%
4. Matt Damon, "The Martian" 8%
5. Idris Elba, "Beasts of No Nation" 7%

Actress in a Fall Movie Most Likely to Get an Oscar Nod:

1. Julia Roberts, "Secret in Their Eyes" 27%
2. Cate Blanchett, "Carol" 20%
3. Emily Blunt, "Sicario" 12%
4. Julianne Moore, "Freeheld" 8%
5. Carey Mulligan, "Suffragette" 8%

Fandango's Need-to-See Fall Movie Preview can be found at: Fandango.com/FallMovieGuide

About Fandango
Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, sells tickets to more than 26,000 screens nationwide. Fandango entertains and informs consumers with reviews, commentary, celebrity interviews and trailers, and offers the ability to quickly select a film, plan where and when to see it, and conveniently buy tickets in advance. For many theaters, fans can print their tickets at home or receive them as a paperless Mobile Ticket on their smartphones. Fandango's top-ranking movie ticketing apps, with 46 million downloads, are available on the iPhone and iPad, Android, and many other platforms. Fandango is enjoyed by more than 36 million online and mobile visitors each month, according to comScore. Film fans also find Fandango on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fandango and on Twitter @Fandango.

Press Contacts:
Dana Benson
dbenson@fandango.com
310-954-0465

Harry Medved
hmedved@fandango.com
310-954-0461

Fandango: 'The Transporter Refueled' Races Neck and Neck with 'Straight Outta Compton' in Weekend Sales on September 03, 2015

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Their press release:

LOS ANGELES - September 3, 2015 - According to Fandango, the nation's leading digital destination for moviegoers and fans with more than 36 million unique visitors per month*, the new high-octane action thriller, "The Transporter Refueled" is revving up audience demand, while "Straight Outta Compton" is still looking strong for a fourth week in a row. "Transporter" scores 70 out of 100 points on the Fanticipation movie buzz indicator , while "Compton" follows close behind with 69 points.

"The combination of the popular ‘Transporter' franchise and rising star Ed Skrein adds up to big fan excitement for ‘The Transporter Refueled'," says Fandango Chief Correspondent Dave Karger. "The fast-paced action film is ruling this week's Fanticipation buzz indicator alongside the powerhouse smash, ‘Straight Outta Compton.'"

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.

*According to comScore.

NORTH AMERICA: 'Straight Outta Compton' Remains #1 on Tuesday with $1.49M; 'War Room' Stays Strong in Second with $1.22M on September 02, 2015

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By Daniel Garris

Straight Outta Compton grossed $1.49 million on Tuesday to remain in first place at the daily box office. The successful F. Gary Gray directed N.W.A biopic from Universal has led the daily box office for 18 of the past 19 days. Straight Outta Compton was up 12 percent over Monday and down a sizable 51 percent from last Tuesday. The film continues to impress in a big way with a 19-day take of $136.85 million. That places Straight Outta Compton a strong 45 percent ahead of the $94.32 million 19-day gross of last year's Ride Along.

Sony's War Room held steady in second place with $1.22 million. The low-budget Kendrick Brothers produced faith based film from TriStar and AFFIRM Films was up a very solid 27 percent over Monday's performance. War Room is playing in a modest 1,135 locations, which gave the film a healthy per-location average of $1,078 for the day. War Room is outpacing expectations with a five-day start of $13.54 million and is running a strong 32 percent ahead of the $10.26 million five-day take of 2011's Courageous.

The Weinstein Company's No Escape was up one spot and a strong 42.5 percent over Monday to move into third on Tuesday with $0.982 million. The action thriller starring Owen Wilson, Pierce Brosnan and Lake Bell has grossed $11.84 million through its first week of release. That is in line with the film's modest expectations and places the film 6 percent behind the $12.63 million seven-day start of last year's The November Man (which had the added advantage of opening over Labor Day weekend).

Paramount's Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation was down one spot from Monday to place in fourth with $0.892 million. The fifth installment of the Tom Cruise led blockbuster franchise increased 23 percent over Monday and decreased 39 percent from last Tuesday. Thanks in part to strong holding power throughout its run, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation has grossed a very healthy $171.86 million in 33 days.

Meanwhile, We Are Your Friends continued to under-perform in a big way with a daily take of just $243,811. The low budget Zac Efron led drama from Warner Bros. was up 20 percent from Monday and placed in 14th for the day. We Are Your Friends has grossed an anemic $2.22 million in five days and will obviously fade away from theatres very quickly.

NORTH AMERICA: 'Straight Outta Compton' Leads Monday with $1.34M; 'War Room' a Strong Second with $0.96M on September 01, 2015

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By Daniel Garris

Straight Outta Compton took in $1.34 million on Monday to lead the daily box office for the 17th time in the past 18 days. The successful F. Gary Gray directed N.W.A biopic from Universal was down 64 percent from Sunday and down a sizable 51 percent from last Monday. Straight Outta Compton continues to impress in a big way with an 18-day take of $135.36 million. That places the film a strong 45 percent ahead of the $93.47 million 18-day gross of last year's Ride Along.

Sony's War Room claimed second place with $0.965 million. The low-budget Kendrick Brothers produced faith based film from TriStar and AFFIRM Films fell a sharp 72 percent from Sunday. War Room is playing in a modest 1,135 locations, which gave the film a healthy per-location average of $850 for the day. War Room is outpacing expectations with a four-day start of $12.32 million and is running 27 percent ahead of the $9.67 million four-day take of 2011's Courageous.

Paramount's Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation placed in third with $0.727 million. The fifth installment of the Tom Cruise led blockbuster franchise declined 68 percent from Sunday and just 31 percent from last Monday. Thanks in part to strong holding power throughout its run, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation has grossed a very healthy $170.97 million in 32 days. The film should hold up especially well over the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend frame.

The Weinstein Company's No Escape followed in fourth with $0.689 million. The action thriller starring Owen Wilson, Pierce Brosnan and Lake Bell was down 69 percent from Sunday's performance. No Escape has grossed $10.86 million in six days. That is in line with the film's modest expectations and places the film 8 percent behind the $11.80 million six-day start of last year's The November Man (which had the added advantage of opening over Labor Day weekend).

Meanwhile, We Are Your Friends continued to under-perform in a big way with a daily take of just $203,893. The low budget Zac Efron led drama from Warner Bros. was down 52 percent from Sunday and placed in thirteenth for the day. We Are Your Friends has grossed an anemic $1.97 million in four days and will obviously fade away from theatres very quickly.


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