ROTTEN TOMATOES REVAMPS CRITICS CRITERIA FOR ITS TOMATOMETER RATING WITH A FOCUS ON INCREASING INCLUSION AMONG CRITICS AND NEW MEDIA PLATFORMS

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Rotten Tomatoes, entertainment fans’ go-to resource for movie and TV show recommendations, has debuted revamped critics criteria for its popular Tomatometer rating system. A world-renowned entertainment review aggregator, the Tomatometer reflects the collective opinion of thousands of Tomatometer-approved critics. Each Tomatometer score represents the percentage of positive reviews for a given film or television show.

Rotten Tomatoes’ revamped criteria have an increased focus on the critic’s individual qualifications and body of work, rather than basing Tomatometer approval primarily on their publication or employer. This strategy will allow for a wider and more diverse pool of critics’ perspectives to be included in the Tomatometer.

In addition, the criteria have expanded beyond the written review to include newer media platforms. Now individuals and outlets that produce reviews for podcasts and digital video series with a strong social media presence and audience engagement will be considered for the Tomatometer. Most recently, over 200 new Tomatometer-approved critics have been added with many more to come.

The criteria can be found on the Rotten Tomatoes site, along with an application to become a Tomatometer-approved critic.

“Over the past few years, our team has added hundreds of new voices to the Tomatometer on top of the thousands we currently have, with the goal of creating a critics pool that closely reflects the global entertainment audience,” said Jenny Jediny, Rotten Tomatoes critics relations manager. “We took another key step today by revamping our critics criteria that both shifts our focus to approving critics individually rather than through publications, and introduces updated guidelines for newer media platforms to be a part of the Tomatometer.”

To help critics gain access to key film festivals, Rotten Tomatoes has established a $100,000 grant program. Over the next year, Rotten Tomatoes will provide grants to non-profit organizations that help critics with costly expenses associated with festival attendance. The first grant of $25,000 will go to the Toronto International Film Festival’s Media Inclusion Initiative, which will help the organization bring almost 200 new journalists serving underrepresented groups to the Festival, running September 6-16, 2018.

“Rotten Tomatoes plays an important role in connecting fans with trusted information and recommendations on what to watch in theaters and at home,” said Paul Yanover, president of Fandango, Rotten Tomatoes’ parent company. “Advancing inclusion in criticism continues to be a priority for Rotten Tomatoes and we plan to expand our work with media outlets that hire critics, film festivals and other groups, so as an industry we can better serve consumers.”

In an effort to help foster the next generation of film critics and entertainment journalists, the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and Rotten Tomatoes announced earlier this month the second recipient of the Rotten Tomatoes Fellowship in Digital Innovation and Entertainment Criticism, for academic year 2018-19. Graduate student Sophie-Marie Prime, who recently received an undergraduate degree in film and media studies at University of California, Berkley received this year’s fellowship.

Established in 2017, the multi-year graduate fellowship combines academic coursework from USC Annenberg and USC’s six art schools with on-site experience working at Rotten Tomatoes. Students gain tuition support and professional experience working with Rotten Tomatoes’ editorial staff and leaders, across its online, mobile and social platforms.

Today marks the first phase of Rotten Tomatoes’ new enhancements to its Tomatometer rating system, designed to better serve audiences around the world with their entertainment viewing decisions. New critics will be spotlighted on the Tomatometer Critics home page, so that entertainment fans can discover new voices in criticism from a variety of backgrounds and platforms. Rotten Tomatoes plans to introduce more new product features over the next year to deliver even more value to fans.

LIONSGATE TELEVISION GROUP INKS OVERALL DEAL WITH ACADEMY® AND EMMY AWARD® WINNER COMMON AND HIS FREEDOM ROAD PRODUCTIONS

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Global content leader Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B) has signed an overall television deal with Oscar® and Emmy® winner Common and his Freedom Road Productions to develop and produce new television series, it was announced today by Lionsgate Television Group Chairman Kevin Beggs.

The agreement expands Lionsgate’s relationship with Common, who starred in installments of the Company’s John Wick and Now You See Me hit film franchises. Common’s additional film credits include starring roles in Wanted and Selma, for which he earned an Academy Award® for the original song “Glory.” He also received an Emmy® for his music in Ava DuVernay’s Oscar® nominated and Emmy® winning documentary 13th. Common is currently starring in and executive producing the hit television series The Chi on Showtime, and his upcoming film projects include Warner Brothers’ Smallfoot, FOX’s The Hate U Give, Hunter Killer from Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment label and indie films Three Seconds and All About Nina.

“We’re thrilled to have the talented multi-hyphenate Common join our television team along with his longtime manager and producing partner Derek Dudley, President of Production Shelby Stone, and creative executive Melisa Resch,” said Lionsgate Executive Vice President and Head of Worldwide Scripted Television Chris Selak. “Common’s expertise from working across all different artistic platforms offers a rich and exciting creative vision to our group. We look forward to the bold, premium content Freedom Road Productions will bring to our deep and diverse television slate.”

“I’m proud to expand my relationship with the innovative content creator Lionsgate,” said Common. “The studio offers a collaborative, creative freedom that is unique in the entertainment industry, which makes them a perfect partner for Freedom Road Productions. I’m looking forward to teaming up with Kevin, Chris and the Lionsgate collective on exciting and fresh television programming.”

Common joins Lionsgate Television’s roster of elite creative talent that includes Dear White People’s Justin Simien and Yvette Bowser, Eric and Kim Tannenbaum (Two and a Half Men), Courtney Kemp (Power), Eugenio Derbez and Ben O’Dell (Overboard, Instructions Not Included), Jenny Bicks (Sex and the City) and Dexter’s John Goldwyn, among others.

Common is represented by UTA, Dudley and attorney David Fox.

comScore Announces Official Worldwide Box Office Results for Weekend of August 19, 2018

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comScore today announced the official worldwide weekend box office estimates for the weekend of August 19, 2018, as compiled by the company’s theatrical measurement services.

As the trusted industry partner for real-time box office reporting, comScore is the only theater-level movie measurement and analytics company providing insights across the world’s largest markets, covering 95 percent of the global industry gross. Using comScore’s suite of movie products, customers are able to analyze admissions and gross results from around the world.

comScore’s Senior Media Analyst Paul Dergarabedian commented, “Warner Bros.’ ‘The Meg’ proves once again that sharks are a big draw around the world with a second weekend atop the global charts biting off another $88.15 million in 56 territories to bring its global cume to over $300 million.  Notably, ‘The Island’ starring and directed by Chinese comedy superstar Huang Bo added $38.7 million this weekend in just 3 territories bringing its worldwide total to $163.167 million.”

The top 12 worldwide weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, August 19, are below.

Meg, The – Warner Bros. – $88.2M
Island, The (dir. Bo) – Multiple – $38.7M
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation – Sony – $32.0M
Mission: Impossible – Fallout – Paramount Pictures – $31.0M
Crazy Rich Asians – Warner Bros. – $26.0M
Equalizer 2, The – Sony – $20.3M
Europe Raiders – Multiple – $19.5M
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again – Universal – $18.7M
Go Brother! – Wanda Media Co., LTD – $17.7M
Disney’s Christopher Robin – Disney – $16.8M
Oolong Courtyard:Kung Fu School – Multiple – $14.8M
Mile 22 – STX Entertainment – $14.2M
The top 12 domestic weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, August 19, are below.

1.    Crazy Rich Asians – Warner Bros. – $25.2M
2.    Meg, The – Warner Bros. – $21.1M
3.    Mile 22 – STX Entertainment – $13.6M
T4.    Alpha – Sony – $10.5M
T4.    Mission: Impossible – Fallout – Paramount – $10.5M
6.    Disney’s Christopher Robin – Disney – $8.9M
7.    BlacKkKlansman – Focus Features – $7.0M
8.    Slender Man – Sony – $5.0M
9.    Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation – Sony – $3.7M
10.    Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again – Universal – $3.4M
11.    Equalizer 2, The – Sony – $2.8M
12.    Spy Who Dumped Me, The – Lionsgate – $2.6M

DHX Media and BBC Children’s Productions to co-produce Creeped Out

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CBBC and Family Channel greenlight second season of spooky anthology series. Season one coming to Netflix members worldwide

 

DHX Media (or the “Company”) (TSX: DHX, NASDAQ: DHXM), a leading global children’s content and brands company, and its co-production partner BBC Children’s Productions, have received a 10-episode order from CBBC in the UK and Family Channel in Canada for season two of the kids’ live action series Creeped Out. Production on the collection of spooky tales begins this summer, with the first five episodes to be shot in Toronto in mid-August, followed by five episodes to be filmed in the North West of England. The series’ first season, which premiered on CBBC last October and debuts on Family Channel this fall, has also been picked up by Netflix worldwide (excluding the UK and Canada) for streaming this October.

“Kids love season one of Creeped Out, and we’re excited to continue our work with BBC Children’s Productions to keep the chills coming,” said Josh Scherba, President, DHX Media. “When done right, spooky anthologies like this have universal appeal, and we know that for season two, the talented writing and production teams in the UK and Canada have some truly hair-raising tales to share with fans around the world.”

Creeped Out is an original drama anthology series that combines sci-fi, horror, adventure, suspense, fantasy and mystery. Each story is introduced by “The Curious,” a mysterious, masked story collector who appears at the beginning and end of each episode.

“These creepy moral tales of the unexplained and unexpected are told uniquely from a kid’s perspective, and we’re thrilled that The Curious has rounded up another batch to thrill and chill,” said Helen Bullough, Head of BBC Children’s Productions. “The format allows the talented creators, writers and production teams to tell an astonishing array of stories, ranging this time from a spooky whodunit told backwards to a smart house that takes revenge on its lazy inhabitants, and a seasonal special about a group of kids who are accidentally locked in a toy store at Christmas and encounter a very unusual Santa.”

Commissioned by Family Channel and CBBC, Creeped Out is a Canada-UK co-production between DHX Media and BBC Children’s Productions. The series is created and executive produced by Bede Blake (The Evermoor Chronicles, Hank Zipzer) and Robert Butler (Eastenders, Hollyoaks). Executive producers for DHX Media are Josh Scherba and Anne Loi, and the executive producer for BBC Children’s Productions is Spencer Campbell.

International distribution for Creeped Out is handled by DHX Media.

MovieCoin Partners with TV-TWO to Optimize Film and Entertainment Advertising

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MovieCoin, a leading next-generation financial technology company that is leveraging blockchain technology and cryptographic tokens to revolutionize entertainment industry financing and transactions, today announced that it has entered a partnership with TV-TWO, a blockchain-based content discovery channel that is adapting the Ethereum blockchain for tokenized video entertainment consumption.

As part of the agreement, films that are financed via MovieCoin and its Smart Fund will be considered for advertisement on TV-TWO’s platform. By automating the resource-intensive manual process of distributing content to highly-targeted audiences for maximum return on investment, MovieCoin and TV-TWO are making marketing cycle control more efficient and effective for all film financing stakeholders. TV-TWO recently partnered with 20th Century Fox of Germany ahead of the latter’s release of Deadpool 2, playing trailers and behind-the-scenes clips as commercials for TV-TWO users in order to boost movie ticket sales and digital downloads.

“The addition of TV-TWO to MovieCoin’s extended ecosystem reinforces our goal to bring improved time and cost efficiencies to entertainment industry stakeholders who drive the production and distribution of motion pictures and other media,” said Christopher Woodrow, MovieCoin Chairman and CEO. “By working together, we will not only refine legacy marketing, personalize audience engagement and help entertainment investors recoup more capital from their investments, we will also improve the liquidity of entertainment assets at fair-value.”

TV-TWO is a tokenized video entertainment platform, content discovery channel and app for Smart TVs that is available globally in the LG App Store. Currently undergoing a token sale that ends on July 24, the start-up organization has already sold $8 million worth of proprietary utility tokens for the platform. Using blockchain technology, TV-TWO helps advertisers overcome the traditional lack of transparency that conflates ad spend by facilitating measurable interactions between users, content providers and advertisers. TV-TWO also employs a supervised learning algorithm that curates relevant content for each consumer based on their established interests, which helps advertisers to reach their target audience more effectively.

In return for watching sponsored videos and sharing anonymous data with brands using TV-TWO’s platform, advertisers reward viewers with a specific utility token, known as Token for Television (TTV). Content providers also receive tokens and consumer insights from users in exchange for providing premium video content. Since the number of tokens is fixed, each TTV issued represents the right to show sponsored messages to a defined percentage of the consumers watching television via TV-TWO. As the number of TV-TWO users grows, the inherent utility of each token increases.

“TV-TWO and MovieCoin share the common vision of a streamlined, efficient and personalized entertainment industry that is based on the power of blockchain technology,” said Philipp Schulz, TV-TWO Co-Founder. “As motion pictures financed via the MovieCoin platform become a reality, our ability to direct advertisements towards select users through our behavioral and interest-based targeting capabilities will ensure that marketing budgets are spent efficiently. In return, viewers can enjoy a customized and less disruptive television-viewing experience.”

MovieCoin is establishing the MovieCoin Smart Fund and intends to sell $250 million worth of MSF Tokens. These tokens will finance 8 to 10 widely-released theatrical films on an annual basis during the term of the Fund. The Fund intends to own all rights to the films it finances and to build a valuable content library to benefit MSF Token holders.

KWAN SOUTH AIMS TO HERALD A NEW ERA FOR THE ENTERTAINMENT ECOSYSTEM OF SOUTH INDIA

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A year back, India’s leading entertainment marketplace-KWAN ENTERTAINMENT entered into a JV with South India’s largest production powerhouses Suresh Productions- heralded by Rana Daggubati introducing a specialized division- KWAN South.  Fast forward to a year, the entity has facilitated record making collaborations, set up profitable entertainment divisions and signed up leading talent to name a few accomplishments.

Leading names onboard like Venkatesh, Mahesh Babu, Regina Cassandra, Huma Qureshi to name a few, showcases a healthy mix of stalwarts and promising talent with a strong sense of conviction in Kwan South’s vision. KWAN South has taken a holistic approach in talent representations and focuses on building profiles rather than managing basic logistics and dates. It is a one stop shop for all stakeholders- from actors, directors, producers, writers to technicians.

Chennai will now be home to Kwan South’s second office and being the second largest South Indian Film Hub will is an apt choice for spreading out the second phase of operations for the division. Kwan South’s presence in two major film hubs of southern India – Hyderabad (Telugu) and Chennai (Tamil) gives them ease of access to major entertainment players.

Set up at its headquarters as a studio style agency, the entity is a close knit 20 member strong operating pivotal yet separate standalone profitable divisions; namely Talent Management and Casting, Live Performances & Appearances, Content and Packaging, Production Support- TV and Commercials, Brand Associations- Endorsements, Digital and Film Partnerships.

Actor, Businessman and Partner- KWAN South, Rana Daggubati (SP) added, “With KWAN South, we are acting as catalysts in the industry’s transformation while giving long due credit to our massive industry on the national platform and serving best interests of audiences with ace content and products”

Himank Duvvuru, Head- KWAN South stated, “The south film industry has a lot of talent and an incredible craft. However, streamlining operations is the need of the hour. With KWAN we have already earned the confidence of the top stakeholders in the industry and hope to bring out the craft in its purest forms for the audience, who deserve it. This Industry is on the cusp of change and we are confident of being deft pioneers in this scenario”

Despite its huge scale, popularity and productions it dishes out, the South Indian Film Industry is commonly still looked upon as a regional player and often denied credit as a national player. A major flaw lies in the industry’s fraternized, kin-based nature of operations.  Through KWAN South, the aim is to change the nature of processes, make it a collaborative system and realize its immense potential in terms of scale and value as an entertainment industry.

comScore Announces Official Worldwide Box Office Results for Weekend of July 15, 2018

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comScore today announced the official worldwide weekend box office estimates for the weekend of July 15, 2018, as compiled by the company’s theatrical measurement services.

As the trusted industry partner for real-time box office reporting, comScore is the only theater-level movie measurement and analytics company providing insights across the world’s largest markets, covering 95 percent of the global industry gross. Using comScore’s suite of movie products, customers are able to analyze admissions and gross results from around the world.

comScore’s Senior Media Analyst Paul Dergarabedian commented, “Sony’s family-friendly animated hit film ‘Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation’ had fans showing up in big numbers earning a solid $46.4 million from 48% of international markets pushing the film to a $100.2 million global cume, including $54.8 million from overseas in total since its pre-North American debut. The third installment of the franchise took the top spot in North America with a better-than-expected $44.1 million as the ‘Hotel Transylvania’ movie brand collectively sets its sights on the $1 billion mark worldwide. Notably, Dwayne Johnson in Universal’s ‘Skyscraper’ took in $65.9 million globally in its opening weekend.”

The top 12 worldwide weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, July 15, are below.

1. Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation – Sony – $90.5M
2. Dying To Survive – Multiple Chinese Distributors – $66.6M
3. Skyscraper – Universal – $65.9M
4. Ant-Man And The Wasp – Disney – $64.1M
5. Incredibles 2 – Disney – $49.5M
6. Hidden Man – Multiple Chinese Distributors – $44.8M
7. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – Universal – $42.2M
8. First Purge, The – Universal – $15.3M
9. Ocean’s 8 – Warner Bros. – $7.2M
10. Asura – Multiple Chinese Distributors – $6.5M
11. Sicario: Day Of The Soldado – Multiple – $5.5M
12. Sanju – 20th Century Fox – $4.5M

The top 12 domestic weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, July 15, are below.

1. Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation – Sony – $44.1M
2. Ant-Man And The Wasp – Disney – $28.8M
3. Skyscraper – Universal – $25.5M
4. Incredibles 2 – Disney – $16.2M
5. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – Universal – $15.5M
6. First Purge, The – Universal – $9.1M
7. Sorry To Bother You – Annapurna Pictures – $4.3M
8. Sicario: Day Of The Soldado – Sony – $3.9M
9. Uncle Drew – Lionsgate – $3.2M
10. Ocean’s 8 – Warner Bros. – $2.9M
11. Won’t You Be My Neighbor? – Focus Features – $1.9M
12. Tag – Warner Bros. – $1.3M

Studio Movie Grill Launches SMG Access™

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The first and only loyalty program of its kind in movie exhibition committed to impacting one million lives through the power of film and sharing a meal

 

 

Studio Movie Grill (SMG) is the leader of the in-theater dining concept operating 314 screens in 30 locations nationwide. For the last 18 years, SMG has contributed millions of dollars in corporate giving and in-kind donations to local charities and non-profit organizations committed to making a difference. Once again, SMG is leading the way with its new loyalty program, SMG AccessTM.

SMG AccessTM, launched nationwide in June, is the only theater loyalty program focused on positively impacting community members in need through local organizations. SMG AccessTM is a purpose-first loyalty platform where members earn points on every movie ticket purchased at Studio Movie Grill. When a reward is earned, a movie and meal is donated to an outreach program. SMG has witnessed firsthand the power of movies to inspire and change lives.

SMG AccessTM provides a groundbreaking and purposeful way for guests to support outreach programs in their neighborhoods. “It’s great to see a loyalty program that gives back to the community,” said Vinele Grana, Vice President, Worldwide Exhibitor Partnerships, Sony Pictures Entertainment. This month, SMG AccessTM members will launch the program nationwide by donating 1,500 movies and meals to the following organizations in collaboration with Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, which opens nationwide on July 13th. This on top of the 200 movies and meals donated for Lionsgate’s Uncle Drew. Studio Movie Grill looks forward to announcing additional studio partnerships this year.

Dallas, TX

BIG THOUGHT

Plano, TX

CITY HOUSE/MY FRIENDS HOUSE

Scottsdale, AZ

CAMELOT THERAPEUTIC HORSEMANSHIP

Bakersfield, CA

LEAGUE OF DREAMS

Rocklin, CA

ROCKLIN USD – Special Ed Dept.

Chatham, IL

CHICAGO PARK DISTRICT SPECIALTY CAMPS

Upper Darby, PA

BOYS & GIRLS CLUB

Marietta, GA

MARIETTA POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE

Holcomb, GA

WE ARE THE HUGHES

Tampa, FL

MIGHTY KIDS

Tampa, FL

CHILDRENS CANCER CENTER

How it Works:
Every time a guest earns 1,000 SMG AccessTM points they will receive a $10 eBonus Card, which can be used for movie tickets, food and non-alcoholic beverages at any SMG location. Every time a reward is earned, SMG will donate a movie and meal to a local nonprofit in that community. Going to the movies has never been more meaningful and loyal guests can join SMG on its mission to impact one million lives.

As a conscious business, SMG is committed to creating a positive wake for all five of its stakeholders. Honoring its commitment to Opening Hearts and Minds, One Story at a Time™, SMG’s legacy programs include Special Needs Screenings, Chefs for Children program and annual Opening Hearts & Minds Award, which strive to help families and acknowledge local heroes. SMG AccessTM further differentiates Studio Movie Grill and allows loyal guests to actively participate in helping support its mission to open hearts and minds, one story at a time.

More information can be found at https://www.studiomoviegrill.com/

Disney Empowers Aspiring Young Filmmakers To Create Global #DreamBigPrincess Video Series Celebrating Female Trailblazers

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21 young women from 13 countries to produce and direct digital shorts to inspire the next generation and unlock up to a $1M donation from Disney to the United Nations Foundation’s Girl Up
–Series will share the stories of renowned women from a host of industries including Walt Disney Animation Studios Chief Creative Officer Jennifer Lee-

 

Disney on Tuesday announced a new global project giving 21 talented young women from different corners of the globe the chance to make digital shorts telling the stories of inspiring female role models. The #DreamBigPrincess series will be shared across Disney’s global media platforms as part of a campaign to unlock up to a $1 million donation to Girl Up, an initiative of the UN Foundation.

Each aspiring filmmaker will be paired with an inspirational interview subject spanning a diverse range of professions. The young women will capture the stories of these incredible individuals, along with their advice for achieving success. Academy Award® Winner Jennifer Lee is just one of the talented women who will be featured in the series.

“Using the journeys of characters like Anna, Elsa and Moana to inspire kids to dream big is at the very heart of what all of us at Disney do,” says Jennifer Lee, director/writer of “Disney’s Frozen” and CCO of Walt Disney Animation Studios. “The #DreamBigPrincess series is the perfect extension of that vision, providing a powerful platform for the next generation of aspiring filmmakers to create content about the women who have inspired them.”

Plans for the series were unveiled at the United Nations Foundation’s Girl Up Leadership Summit in Washington D.C., where the 21 participants took part in a unique workshop to give them the tools they can use to make their digital shorts. Each video will be shot on iPhone X and will be edited using Final Cut Pro X running on MacBook Pro. The aspiring filmmakers will also participate in a unique workshop including hands-on training from Apple technical experts, mentoring sessions with female-led production company Summerjax and creative inspiration from Disney storytelling veterans.

Following the workshop, the young women will embark on their own creative journeys back in their home countries with ongoing mentorship from Disney, Apple and Summerjax, before their videos debut across certain social media in October, helping drive an up to $1 million donation from Disney Worldwide Services to Girl Up.

“Each young #DreamBigPrincess director brings her own unique perspective and experience but what they all share is a passion for storytelling and making a difference in the world,” says Zenia Mucha, Senior Executive Vice President, Communications, The Walt Disney Company, “Our goal is to offer them the right mix of practical skills and creative inspiration to bring their vision to life.”

In addition to supporting young aspiring filmmakers and sharing inspiring stories around the world, the #DreamBigPrincess campaign aims to make a tangible difference for girls who face challenges in achieving their dreams. Through Disney’s collaboration with Girl Up, for each like or share of a video or photo with #DreamBigPrincess on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, Disney Worldwide Services will donate US $1 to Girl Up, in support of girls’ leadership and empowerment (minimum donation: $500,000/maximum donation: $1 million). This charitable activation will kick off on October 10 and run until November 20, 2018. The collaboration exemplifies Disney’s efforts to provide inspiration and opportunity to kids around the world.

“The resources provided by Disney to empower girls and help them learn about the importance of storytelling will give them the confidence they need to achieve their own goals and advocate for others,” comments Girl Up Co- Executive Director, Melissa Kilby. “Last year’s donation from Disney has already allowed us to extend the network of Girl Up Clubs outside the US by more than 50 percent, representing a huge opportunity for thousands of girls to gain the leadership skills that will help achieve future goals.”

This year’s initiative builds on the success of the #DreamBigPrincess Global Photography series, which saw 19 female photographers from 15 countries capture inspiring stories of real world women and girls to encourage kids to reach for their goals. The precedent-setting campaign reached millions of families around the world unlocking a $1 million donation to Girl Up in less than five days. The images from the multi-award-winning campaign were also honored with an exhibition at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.

About Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products
Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products is the business segment of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) that brings the magic of Disney’s stories, characters and franchises into the daily lives of families and fans around the world to create memories that last a lifetime. The company’s iconic travel and leisure businesses include six resort destinations in the United States, Europe, and Asia; a top-rated cruise line; a luxurious family beach resort in Hawaii; a popular vacation ownership program; and an award-winning guided family adventure business. Disney’s global consumer products operations include the world’s leading licensing business; the world’s largest children’s print publisher; Disney Store locations around the world; and the shopDisney e-commerce platform. These experiences are created by Walt Disney Imagineering, the innovative force responsible for overseeing the segment’s world-class products and experiences — from immersive lands to interactive toys, and everything in between.

About Girl Up
Girl Up is a global leadership development initiative, positioning girls to be leaders in the movement for gender equality. With resources in five languages and more than 2,200 Girl Up Clubs in over 100 countries, we’ve trained 40,000 girls of all backgrounds to create tangible change for girls everywhere. Girl Up provides leadership training and gives girls tools to become gender equality advocates and activists. Through our programs, girls broaden their social impact skill set, receive a platform to tell their stories, and apply STEM for social good. Our girl leaders create real policy change at local and national levels, raise millions of dollars to support United Nations programs that reach tens of thousands of girls around the world, and build community-based movements. Girl Up is an initiative of the UN Foundation, working across a global community of partners to achieve gender equality worldwide. Learn more at GirlUp.org.

About the United Nations Foundation
The United Nations Foundation builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The Foundation was created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner and now is supported by philanthropic, corporate, government, and individual donors. Learn more at unfoundation.org.

comScore Announces Official Worldwide Box Office Results for Weekend of July 8, 2018

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comScore today announced the official worldwide weekend box office estimates for the weekend of July 8, 2018, as compiled by the company’s theatrical measurement services.

As the trusted industry partner for real-time box office reporting, comScore is the only theater-level movie measurement and analytics company providing insights across the world’s largest markets, covering 95 percent of the global industry gross. Using comScore’s suite of movie products, customers are able to analyze admissions and gross results from around the world.

comScore’s Senior Media Analyst Paul Dergarabedian commented, “Disney’s presentation of Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man and The Wasp’ enjoyed a solid $76 million North American debut, ranking #1 for the weekend to become the 20th consecutive #1 debut out of 20 films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe while internationally collecting $85 million for a global opening weekend of $161 million.  This weekend’s results bring the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s combined global box office to $17.06 billion across 20 films.  Notably, in China, the hit comedy ‘Dying To Survive,’ by first-time feature director Muye Wen, earned an impressive $146 million in its debut with $192 million banked to date.”

The top 12 worldwide weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, July 8, are below.

  1. Ant-Man And The Wasp – Disney – $161.0M
  2. Dying To Survive  – Multiple Chinese Distributors – $146.0M
  3. Incredibles 2 – Disney – $64.7M
  4. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – Universal – $56.2M
  5. First Purge, The – Universal – $28.1M
  6. Sanju – 20th Century Fox – $13.5M
  7. Ocean’s 8 – Warner Bros. – $13.0M
  8. Sicario: Day Of The Soldado – Lionsgate – $10.3M
  9. New Happy Dad and Son 3: Adventure in Russia – Wuzhou Film Distribution – $10.0M
  10. Animal World – Multiple – $8.5M
  11. Uncle Drew – Multiple – $6.9M
  12. Tag – Warner Bros. – $6.0M

The top 12 domestic weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, July 8, are below.

  1. Ant-Man And The Wasp – Disney – $76.0M
  2. Incredibles 2 – Disney – $29.0M
  3. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – Universal – $28.6M
  4. First Purge, The – Universal – $17.1M
  5. Sicario: Day Of The Soldado – Sony – $7.3M
  6. Uncle Drew – Lionsgate – $6.6M
  7. Ocean’s 8 – Warner Bros. – $5.3M
  8. Tag – Warner Bros. – $3.1M
  9. Won’t You Be My Neighbor? – Focus Features – $2.6M
  10. Deadpool 2 – 20th Century Fox – $1.7M
  11. Whitney – Roadside Attractions – $1.3M
  12. Sanju – Fox International Productions – $1.2M

Full details regarding the global domestic and international box office results are listed in the table below.

Weekend BO Estimate (USD)

Weekend Release Cume (USD)

Distributor

Title

Worldwide

Int’l

Domestic

Worldwide

Int’l

Domestic

Int’l

No. of

Terr.

Domestic

Ant-Man And The Wasp

161,030,000

85,000,000

76,030,000

161,030,000

85,000,000

76,030,000

 DIS

42

DIS

Dying To Survive

146,000,000

146,000,000

191,988,000

191,988,000

 MULTICN

1

Incredibles 2

64,721,000

35,700,000

29,021,000

772,782,414

268,400,000

504,382,414

 DIS

40

DIS

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

56,185,000

27,600,000

28,585,000

1,058,642,665

725,300,000

333,342,665

 UNI

69

UNI

First Purge, The

28,050,000

10,900,000

17,150,000

41,955,945

10,900,000

31,055,945

 UNI

27

UNI

Sanju

13,454,497

12,214,497

1,240,000

57,242,990

51,288,665

5,954,325

 FOX

3

FXIP

Ocean’s 8

12,985,000

7,700,000

5,285,000

236,851,228

110,100,000

126,751,228

 WB

63

WB

Sicario: Day Of The Soldado

10,300,000

3,000,000

7,300,000

46,602,070

11,300,000

35,302,070

 LGF

51

SNY

New Happy Dad and Son 3: Adventure in Russia

10,000,000

10,000,000

10,000,000

10,000,000

 WUZH

1

Animal World

8,500,000

8,500,000

61,500,000

61,500,000

 MUL

6

CMCF

Uncle Drew

6,915,000

290,000

6,625,000

30,838,620

890,000

29,948,620

 MUL

5

LGF

Tag

6,005,000

2,900,000

3,105,000

60,830,681

12,500,000

48,330,681

 WB

46

WB

Solo: A Star Wars Story

4,582,000

3,600,000

982,000

379,842,097

169,000,000

210,842,097

 DIS

20

DIS

Witch

4,100,000

4,100,000

13,700,000

13,700,000

 WB

1

Deadpool 2

3,408,265

1,733,265

1,675,000

727,264,933

412,718,533

314,546,400

 FOX

42

FOX

Adrift

2,590,000

2,300,000

290,000

39,440,284

8,600,000

30,840,284

 STX

43

STX

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

2,590,000

2,590,000

12,381,727

12,381,727

1

FOC

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

2,200,000

2,200,000

5,700,000

5,700,000

 SNY

1

SNY

Hereditary

1,870,000

870,000

1,000,000

68,930,630

27,070,000

41,860,630

 MUL

24

A24

Sunset In My Hometown

1,650,000

1,650,000

1,780,000

1,780,000

 MEGABOXPLUS

1

Whitney

1,402,271

150,326

1,251,945

1,402,271

150,326

1,251,945

 MUL

3

RdAtt

Tamara 2

1,380,000

1,380,000

1,380,000

1,380,000

 UGC DIST

1

Love, Simon

884,025

884,025

64,665,458

23,839,117

40,826,341

 FOX

21

FOX

Avengers: Infinity War

865,000

865,000

2,030,869,583

1,356,075,109

674,794,474

 DIS

1

DIS

Accidental Detective 2, The

835,000

835,000

23,394,460

23,312,000

82,460

 CJE

1

CJE

*Territory is a movie studio term for regions of the world consisting of various countries.

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