With 4 easy steps, let Universal work with you, the exhibitor, to coordinate your In-Advance Group Buyout:
IDENTIFY YOUR GROUPDuring the same week for the offical release of a film, Universal will allow groups of any size to have an In-Advance Group Screening of movies starting at: 9am on Wednesday until the first public showtime on Thursday before 7pm. Any Group Screening that takes place after opening does not need Universal approval and should be coordinated directly with exhibition)
SELECT YOUR SCREENINGPick the theatre, date and showtime of your Group Screening.
EXHIBITOR MAKES A REQUESTUse the form below to make your Group Screening request to Universal.
UNIVERSAL CONFIRMS EXHIBITOR'S REQUESTAfter submitting your request, a Universal representative will contact you to confirm - provided the request meets Universal's screening guidelines.
The Universal Exhibitor In-Advance Group Buyout website facilitates quicker approval of In-Advance Group Buyouts.
All Group Screening requests must adhere to the following guidelines for approval consideration:
- Screenings can be as early as 9am on Wednesday during the same week of official release.
- Theatre MUST report the screening's gross to Rentrak as part of Friday's box office.
- Each location MUST file a separate request.
- Screenings are NOT to be advertised - including social media (Facebook, Eventbrite, etc.)
- Tickets to Group Buyout Screenings shall NOT be re-sold.
- Screenings MUST take place at anticipated playdate theatres
NOTE: Completion of the a Group Screening request form does not guarantee screening approval. Universal will approve all requests at their discretion.
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Directed by: Tina Gordon
Story By: Tracy Oliver
Screenplay By: Tracy Oliver and Tina Gordon
Produced by: Will Packer, Kenya Barris, James Lopez
Executive Producers: Marsai Martin, Josh Martin, Regina Hall, Preston Holmes
Cast: Regina Hall, Issa Rae, and introducing Marsai Martin
Girls Trips Regina Hall and Black-ishs Marsai Martin both star as Jordan Sanders - Hall as the take-no-prisoners tech mogul adult version of Jordan and Martin as the 13-year-old version of her who wakes up in her adult selfs penthouse just before a do-or-die presentation.
Insecures Issa Rae plays Jordans long-suffering assistant April, the only one in on the secret that her daily tormentor is now trapped in an awkward tween body just as everything is on the line. Little is an irreverent new comedy about the price of success, the power of sisterhood and having a second chance to grow up - and glow up - right.
Will Packer, blockbuster producer of Girls Trip, the Ride Along franchise, and ten movies that have opened No. 1 at the U.S. box office, including Night School, No Good Deed and Think Like a Man, brings an all-new perspective to the body-swap comedy.
Little is directed by Tina Gordon (writer, Drumline) with a story by Tracy Oliver (Girls Trip) and a screenplay by Oliver and Gordon, based on an idea by teen actress Martin. The film is produced by Packer and his producing partner James Lopez and by Kenya Barris (Girls Trip, Black-ish), and is executive produced by Preston Holmes (Night School), Hall, Marsai Martin and Josh Martin.
Official Website: www.littlethemovie.com
Cast: Marg Helgenberger, Betty Gilpin, Henry Lau, Kathryn Prescott, Dennis Quaid, Josh Gad
Director: Gail Mancuso
Screenplay by: W. Bruce Cameron & Cathryn Michon and Maya Forbes & Wally Wolodarsky
Based on the Novel by: W. Bruce Cameron
Producer: Gavin Polone
Executive Producer: Gavin Polone, Seth William Meier, Lasse Hallström, Luyuan Fan, Wei Zhang
Some friendships transcend lifetimes. In A Dog’s Journey, the sequel to the heartwarming global hit A Dog’s Purpose, beloved dog Bailey finds his new destiny and forms an unbreakable bond that will lead him, and the people he loves, to places they never imagined.
Bailey (voiced again by Josh Gad) is living the good life on the Michigan farm of his “boy,” Ethan (Dennis Quaid) and Ethan’s wife Hannah (Marg Helgenberger). He even has a new playmate: Ethan and Hannah’s baby granddaughter, CJ. The problem is that CJ’s mom, Gloria (Betty Gilpin), decides to take CJ away. As Bailey’s soul prepares to leave this life for a new one, he makes a promise to Ethan to find CJ and protect her at any cost.
Thus begins Bailey’s adventure through multiple lives filled with love, friendship and devotion as he, CJ (Kathryn Prescott), and CJ’s best friend Trent (Henry Lau) experience joy and heartbreak, music and laughter, and few really good belly rubs.
Directed by Emmy winner Gail Mancuso (TV’s Modern Family), A Dog’s Journey is produced by Gavin Polone (A Dog’s Purpose), and written by W. Bruce Cameron & Cathryn Michon, and Maya Forbes & Wally Wolodarsky, based on the best-selling novel by Cameron. The film, from Amblin Entertainment and Reliance Entertainment, in association with Walden Media and Alibaba Pictures, will be distributed by Universal Pictures domestically, and by Universal Pictures and Amblin Partners internationally.Official Website: www.adogsjourneymovie.com
Cast: Steve Carell, Leslie Mann, Diane Kruger, Merritt Wever, Janelle Monáe, Eiza González, Gwendoline Christie, Leslie Zemeckis, Neil Jackson
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Screenplay By: Robert Zemeckis and Caroline Thompson
Producer: Robert Zemeckis, Jack Rapke, Steve Starkey, Cherylanne Martin
Executive Producers: Jeff Malmberg, Jacqueline Levine
This holiday season, Academy Award® winner Robert Zemeckis - the groundbreaking filmmaker behind Forrest Gump, Flight and Cast Away - directs Steve Carell in the most original movie of the year. Welcome to Marwen tells the miraculous true story of one broken man's fight as he discovers how artistic imagination can restore the human spirit.
When a devastating attack shatters Mark Hogancamp (Carell) and wipes away all memories, no one expected recovery. Putting together pieces from his old and new life, Mark meticulously creates a wondrous town where he can heal and be heroic. As he builds an astonishing art installation - a testament to the most powerful women he knows - through his fantasy world, he draws strength to triumph in the real one.
In a bold, wondrous and timely film from this revolutionary pioneer of contemporary cinema, Welcome to Marwen shows that when your only weapon is your imagination... you'll find courage in the most unexpected place.
The epic drama is produced by Oscar®-winning producer Steve Starkey (Forrest Gump, Flight), Jack Rapke (Cast Away, Flight), and Cherylanne Martin (The Pacific, Flight) of Zemeckis' Universal-based ImageMovers banner produce alongside the director. It is executive produced by Jacqueline Levine, as well as Jeff Malmberg, who directed the riveting 2010 documentary that inspired the film.Official Website: www.welcometomarwen.com
Director: Chris Renaud
Co-Director: Jonathan Del Val
Writer: Brian Lynch
Producer: Chris Meledandri, Janet Healy
Cast: Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish, Harrison Ford, Patton Oswalt, Eric Stonestreet, Jenny Slate, Lake Bell, Hannibal Buress, Nick Kroll, Dana Carvey, Ellie Kemper, Pete Holmes, Garth Jennings, Bobby Moynihan
Illumination's tenth animated feature, The Secret Life of Pets 2, is the highly anticipated sequel to the 2016 comedic blockbuster that had the biggest opening weekend ever for an original film, animated or otherwise.
Packed with Illumination's signature irreverence and subversive humor, this new chapter explores the emotional lives of our pets, the deep bond between them and the families that love them, and answers the question that has long intrigued every pet owner: What are your pets really doing when you're not at home?
Terrier Max (Patton Oswalt) is coping with some major life changes. His owner (Ellie Kemper) is now married and has a toddler, Liam. Max is so worried about protecting the boy that he develops a nervous tic. On a family trip to a farm, Max and mutt Duke (Eric Stonestreet) encounter canine-intolerant cows, hostile foxes and a terrifying turkey, all of which only elevates Max's anxiety. Luckily, Max gets some guidance from veteran farm dog Rooster (Harrison Ford, making his animated-film debut), who pushes Max to ditch his neuroses, find his inner alpha, and give Liam a little more freedom.
Meanwhile, while her owner is away, plucky Pomeranian Gidget (Jenny Slate) tries to rescue Max's favorite toy from a cat-packed apartment with a little help from her feline friend, Chloe (Lake Bell), who has discovered the joys of catnip.
And crazy-but-cute bunny Snowball (Kevin Hart) gets delusions of grandeur that he's an actual superhero after his owner Molly starts dressing him in superhero pajamas. But when Daisy (Tiffany Haddish), a fearless Shih Tzu, shows up to ask for Snowball's help on a dangerous mission, he'll have to summon the courage to become the hero he's only been pretending to be.
Can Max, Snowball, Gidget and the rest of the gang find the inner courage to face their biggest fears?
The Secret Life of Pets 2 is produced by Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy, the visionary team behind Dr. Seuss' The Grinch and the Despicable Me and Minions franchise, and is written by returning Pets screenwriter Brian Lynch. The film is directed by returning filmmaker Chris Renaud, who also directed Illumination's Despicable Me series and Dr. Seuss' The Lorax.Official Website: www.thesecretlifeofpets.com
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