Donald Trump Tweets Defense Of Paris Trip, Demands Florida Elections Be Called For Rick Scott And Ron DeSantis

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Back in Washington, D.C., President Donald Trump Monday morning tweeted in defense of his weekend trip to Paris to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War II.
In a few short days, Trump wimped out of honoring fallen U.S. troops on Sat…

Domestic Box Office Hits $12 Billion Within a Year for First Time Ever

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With two months still to go in 2018, the box office has already hit an unprecedented high. ComScore and the National Association of Theater Owners announced on Tuesday that domestic grosses over the past 12 months have hit $12 billion, the first time it has ever reached that mark in such a time span.

The time span tallied went from this past weekend back to the final weekend of October 2017. During that time, several major blockbuster hits have hit theaters, starting with Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok” with $315 million from its release in November 2017.

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After that, Marvel films from Disney and Fox continued to drive ticket sales with “Black Panther,” “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Deadpool 2,” and “Ant-Man & the Wasp,” all of which combined to gross $1.91 billion domestically. In total, films about superheroes have grossed $3.1 billion in the past year, roughly a quarter of all domestic grosses.

Other big contributors over the past year include “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” with $612 million, “Incredibles 2” with an animation record $607.9 million, “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” with $416.7 million, and the biggest surprise, “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” with $404.5 million.

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“In the wake of the first $12 billion one year box office period ever, the potential for the first $12 billion calendar year in North America is strong as the Industry enjoys an 11% YTD advantage over 2017, a 6% advantage over the record year of 2016 and boasts an upcoming slate of blockbusters and awards season contenders that look to power the year to that elusive box office milestone,” said comScore’s Paul Dergarabedian in a statement.

The holiday blockbuster season is expected to kick off in earnest in two weeks with Warner Bros.’ “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” which is expected to post a $65-75 million opening. Other major players in the holiday box office include Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet” and “Mary Poppins Returns,” Sony’s “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” WB/DC’s “Aquaman,” and Paramount’s “Transformers” spinoff “Bumblebee.”

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Movie Ticket Price Average Drops Slightly to $8.83 in Third Quarter

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The National Association of Theater Owners (NATO) had a lot of good news to share in its Q3 report, announcing a seven percent year-over-year increase in admissions for the quarter and a 12 percent admissions increase for the summer season while the average movie ticket price took a slight drop.

Q3 domestic grosses clocked in at $2.71 billion from 307.4 million tickets sold, with the summer total being reported at just under $4.4 billion from 482.7 million tickets sold. The summer total does not include the record opening week of “Avengers: Infinity War,” which made $338 million including a $257.6 million first weekend at the end of April.

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The national ticket price average dropped to $8.83, down 5.8 percent from Q2 2018 and down 1.1 percent year-over-year. It’s also 3.4 percent down from the year-to-date average of $9.14. Admission estimates for the year are set at 1.02 billion, up six percent from last year to date.

Two major blockbusters, Paramount’s “Mission Impossible: Fallout” and Disney/Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man and the Wasp” were the top moneymakers last quarter, with “Fallout” earning $219.1 million and “Wasp” earning $216.1 million.

Also contributing to the quarter’s success were Sony’s family film “Hotel Transylvania 3” and Warner Bros.’ hit romantic comedy “Crazy Rich Asians,” each earning $165 million. WB also found success with the Chinese co-produced creature feature “The Meg,” which grossed $141 million.

Tucker Carlson Hits NATO: ‘Why Should My Son Go to Montenegro to Defend It From Attack?’

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Tucker Carlson sat down with Donald Trump for an interview on Tuesday evening and used the opportunity to question the value of America’s commitment to NATO.

“So let’s say Montenegro — which joined [NATO] last year is attacked —  why should my son go to Montenegro to defend it from attack?” Carlson asked before he quickly clarified that he was “not against Montenegro.”

“I understand what you’re saying. I’ve asked the same questions,” said Trump. “Montenegro is a tiny country with very strong people. Very strong people. Very aggressive people. They may get aggressive and then congratulations, you’re in World War III, but that’s the way it was set up.”

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The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (generally known as NATO) was set up by the United States in the aftermath of WWII with the express purpose of preventing a third global conflict. NATO’s most famous provision known as “Article 5” requires the collective defense of all members — including Montenegro — asserting that an attack on one is an attack on all.

During the Cold War, NATO existed primarily for Western European countries aiming to hold the line against Soviet expansion. After the Soviet Union collapsed, the alliance itself quickly expanded to include the nations of Eastern Europe and projected American power deep into the Russian’s former sphere of influence.

In practice, Article 5 has allowed Europe to outsource it’s defense (and the attendant costs) to the United States, though it has only been invoked one time after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.

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Trump’s remarks to Carlson suggest that he is no fan of NATO’s current security guarantees. It is unclear how Russia might respond to a weakening of the alliance, but in 2017, the Telegraph reported that Russia did attempt to sponsor a coup in Montenegro the year before and assassinate the country’s prime minister, Milo Djukanovic.

Reps for the Montenegrin government did not immediately respond to request for comment, but Prime Minister of Montenegro Duško Marković did address the matter in the nation’s parliament.

“He said that the Montenegrin people is brave and that he does not want the US citizens to fight for others and for other NATO member states,” said Marković in a translation provided to TheWrap by his spokesperson. “He did not say that only on that occasion, but he also said the same at the NATO Summit, you know it because he said it publicly, not in terms of justification of NATO’s existence, but of NATO funding.”

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Morning Joe Rips Trump’s NATO Appearance: ‘We Should Be Frightened’

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The set of “Morning Joe” spent a second day deriding President Trump’s performance at the NATO summit, with co-host Mika Brzezinski warning that Trump’s domestic blunders should make Americans afraid of his performance abroad.

“Quite frankly the incompetence that this president has shown in terms of his separation policy, we should be frightened about the damage he is doing on the world stage,” said Brzezinski.

“It’s very similar to the border separation issue. He creates a problem, he creates a policy and creates a fight over it and has absolutely no plan moving forward,” she added. “And we’ve got hundreds possibly thousands of children hanging in the balance, some who will be orphaned because of this policy and he’s now trying to take credit for fixing it.”

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In a press conference on Thursday morning, President Trump said he had again raised issues of NATO members contributing more of their GDP to the mutual defense pact and said he had extracted a commitment from member nations to increase their payments. He also reaffirmed his commitment to NATO.

Earlier this week, Trump opened the summit by lambasting NATO leaders at a breakfast for not meeting their financial commitments and signaled out Germany for a pipeline deal with Russia, which he said would allow the country to be “controlled” by Putin.

“I’ve experienced myself a part of Germany controlled by the Soviet Union, and I’m very happy today that we are united in freedom as the Federal Republic of Germany and can thus say that we can determine our own policies and make our own decisions and that’s very good,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel shot back on Thursday, bushing off Trump’s barb.

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Jimmy Kimmel Marvels At Donald Trump’s “Ballsy” NATO Tantrum

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“Our President – the orange guy Trump- is in Belgium right now – at the NATO Summit, fighting over how many ways they will split the check,” Jimmy Kimmel told his late night viewers about POTUS’s latest.
“Things got …

‘Morning Joe’ Shreds Trump’s NATO Rant: ‘Performing for Vladimir Putin’

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The set of “Morning Joe” was predictably appalled by Donald Trump’s early performance at the annual NATO summit this week, suggesting Wednesday that a highly public tirade Trump launched against Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg was merely a performance for Vladimir Putin.

“It’s hard not to believe he wasn’t performing for Vladimir Putin, given how kind of overt that was,” said co-host Mika  Brzezinski.

The moment flew by as a bit of off-the-cuff commentary after a a straight news report by channel reporter Kristen Welker. Joe Scarborough sat silent.

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On Wednesday, Americans woke up to a fiery performance from President Trump on their Twitter and social media feeds. The billionaire with a long history of skepticism towards NATO, laced into Stoltenberg at a breakfast meeting, raising old concerns about allies not contributing more money towards collective defense and accusing Germany of being “controlled by Russia” because of their dependence on an oil and gas pipeline between the two countries.

“Germany is totally controlled by Russia,” Pres. Trump tells NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg as they sit down together for bilateral breakfast ahead of Brussels summit.

— ABC News (@ABC) July 11, 2018

As European leaders sat mostly silent, Trump berated them for more than two minutes. He was evidently pleased enough with the moment to share it to his more than 50 million Twitter followers.

Bilateral Breakfast with NATO Secretary General in Brussels, Belgium…

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 11, 2018

The president has a long history of confrontation and strain at NATO. During last year’s summit, the billionaire infamously shoved Montenegro’s Prime Minister Dusko Markovic in a moment that went mega mega viral.

Did Trump just shove another NATO leader to be in the front of the group?

— Steve Kopack (@SteveKopack) May 25, 2017

In advance of this year’s trip, European Council President Donald Tusk offered a pointed warning fro both Trump and his European counterparts.

”It is always worth knowing who is your strategic friend and who is your strategic problem,” he said. ”Dear America, appreciate your allies. After all, you don’t have that many. And dear Europe, spend more on your defense, because everybody expects an ally that is well-prepared and equipped.”

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NATO Elects Ellis Jacob As Chairman, Rolando B. Rodriguez As Vice Chairman

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The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) has elected Ellis Jacob, President and CEO of Cineplex, Toronto, as its Chairman and Rolando B. Rodriguez, Chairman, President and CEO of Marcus Theatres in Milwaukee, as Vice Chairman of the Board of D…

NATO’s John Fithian At CinemaCon: Theatrical “Remains A Strong Business In Face Of Disruption”

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NATO President and CEO John Fithian has heard too often from the press that theatrical moviegoing is on the wane in the face of streaming. He took to the podium at CinemaCon today to remind exhibition and the studios that “the industry is more dy…

Average Movie Ticket Price In 2017 Hit New All-Time High

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The National Association of Theatre Owners has released 2017’s official average ticket price: $8.97, up close to 4% over 2016’s $8.65 and a new record high.
NATO’s ticket price is an average of all theater price points including senior citizen and primetime weekend evening shows.
NATO is calling the annual box office of $11.09 billion (-2.55%) from last year and by dividing that figure by their average ticket price we come to an admissions count of 1.236 billion, which is…

Saudi Arabia Legalizes Movie Theaters in Historic Decision

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After nearly four decades of a ban on movie theaters, Saudi Arabia today announced it will permit cinemas in the country again.

The National Association of Theatre Owners in the U.S. is celebrating the historic decision, having developed large-scale planning for movie theaters in the Kingdom.

The move to let cinemas operate again in the desert country comes less than three months after Prince Mohammed bin Salman issued a royal decree allowing women to drive in the country for the first time ever.

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The crown prince has integrated women more into the country’s economy by relaxing the country’s long-held rules, dictated by Wahhabi Islam. The country has also expanded government services women that can access without permission from their husbands or fathers, and allowed women to be elected to municipal councils.

Here is NATO’s statement on Monday:

For nearly four decades the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has not permitted the operation of movie cinemas. Today, under the leadership and vision of HRH Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, cinema will return to the Kingdom.

Several NATO member companies have developed extensive plans for cinemas in the Kingdom and stand ready to develop luxurious and cutting-edge movie theaters for all Saudis to enjoy.

Led by NATO President & CEO John Fithian, a delegation from the association has been in Riyadh over the past week meeting with various government officials in anticipation of this announcement. Meeting with officials in the General Entertainment Authority and the Ministry of Information, the NATO team helped to facilitate the government’s support and proper regulation of the nascent industry.

NATO’s John Fithian stated, “We are excited to witness the opening of the Saudi cinema market. Movies are one of the great shared pleasures that highlight our common humanity. The growing and young population of the Kingdom is hungry for the cinematic experience. We anticipate that the Saudi market will grow quickly.”

Continued Fithian, “We are grateful for the leadership of HRH Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, and the hard work of the excellent staff of the General Entertainment Authority and the Ministry of Information. It has been an honor to play a small part in facilitating this historic decision.”

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Saudi Arabia: Theater Owners Trade Group Has “Extensive Plans” For Kingdom’s Cinemas

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The National Association of Theatre Owners has offered its praise to Saudi Arabia after the kingdom confirmed today that it would lift a 35-year ban on public cinemas. NATO also revealed that a delegation from the association led by President and CEO John Fithian has been in Riyadh during the past week meeting with various government officials in anticipation of the announcement.
Several NATO member companies have developed “extensive plans” for cinemas in the kingdom and…

Average Movie Ticket Price In 3Q At $8.93; +3% Over 2016 Average

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The National Association of Theater Owners reports this morning that the average movie ticket price during the third quarter came in at $8.93.
While that’s +3% over the national average of $8.65, it’s down two cents from Q2 and +1% from Q1’s $8.84 when a slew of box office hits were in play Disney’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, La La Land, Split, Hidden Figures and Get Out.
NATO reports that five of the top 10 movies released in the quarter were R-rated and skewed toward…

NATO Elects New Round Of Exhibition Chiefs As New Officers

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The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), announced the election of new officers to two-year terms by the Executive Board of Directors at the association’s annual meeting, 27-28 September 2017 at the Marriott Hotel in Marina del Rey, Calif.
Amy E. Miles, Chair of the Board and CEO of Regal Entertainment Group, Knoxville, Tenn., was elected as Chairwoman; Ellis Jacob, President and CEO of Cineplex, Toronto, Canada, was elected as Vice-Chairman; Joseph Masher, COO…

Movie Tickets Hit Record High Average Of $8.95 In Q2

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Movie admissions fell in Q2, but exhibitors may find a silver lining when they tally their revenues.
The average consumer outlay for tickets hit a new high, $8.95 — a 2.5% increase vs the period last year — the National Association of Theatre Owners reports. That tops the $8.84 in Q1, the previous high.
People paid premium prices for theaters with recliner seats and for hits in 3D and large screen venues. Movies that did well in the settings included Guardians of the Galax…

Montenegro Prime Minister Got Between Donald Trump And Camera At NATO Summit

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Montenegro Prime Minister Dusko Markovic made the mistake of getting between President Donald Trump and a camera at Trump’s first joint meeting with NATO leaders in Brussels. TV journalists –and a British novelist – were morbidly fascinated, zippy copy, about Trump throwing his weight around and sharp-elbowed diplomacy,  abounded, and a good time was had by all.
In the video, which tore across TV for a good chunk of Thursday, Markovic seemed taken aback, but then realized…

Consumers’ Average Movie Ticket Outlays Hit New High In Q1

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A barrage of 3D and large screen movie releases, as well as several adult-skewing titles, lifted the average consumer outlay for a movie ticket to a new high of $8.84 in Q1, the National Association of Theatre Owners says today.
The average payment was up 3.0% vs last year’s Q1, and +0.6% vs the last three months of 2016.
Although the price is high, NATO notes that the average ticket price in 1977 of $2.23 would equal $9.26 if adjusted for inflation.
Consumers paid…

Movie Ticket Prices Jump Nearly 3 Percent in Q1

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Average movie ticket prices jumped by 3 percent in the first quarter of 2017 compared to the same period a year ago, from $8.58 in 2016 to $8.84 in 2017, according to figures released Friday by the National Association of Theater Owners.

In 2015, the ticket prices cost on average $8.12 in the first quarter. The number this year beat the number of the fourth quarter of 2016, when moviegoers were paying $8.79 to see movies.

Average ticket prices in 2016 overall were $8.65 — in 2015, it cost an average $8.43, which accounts for a 3 percent increase.

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According to NATO, strong performances by top titles including “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Lego Batman” and “Kong: Skull Island” in 3D/IMAX/PLF as well as adult-skewing titles like “La La Land” and “Hidden Figures” accounted for more than half of Q1 revenue and ticket sales — around $1.56 billion.

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Last month, NATO revealed that the average ticket price for a family of four in 2016 was $34.60, which is the most affordable entertainment option compared to NFL, NBA and theme park tickets.

A total of 1.32 billion tickets were sold in 2016, which held steady compared to 2015.

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