Key stats from an official report released by the MPAA today:
•Global box office for all films released in each country around the world reached $34.7 billion in 2012, up 6% over 2011's total, due to an increase in international box office ($23.9 billion) and U.S./Canada box office ($10.8 billion). All international regions with the exception of Europe experienced growth in 2012. Chinese box office ($2.7 billion) grew by 36% in 2012 to become the largest international market, surpassing Japan.
•International box office is up 32% over five years ago, driven by growth in various international markets, including China, Russia and Brazil.
•Over two-thirds of the world's nearly 130,000 cinema screens are now digital.
•2012 U.S./Canada box office was $10.8 billion, up 6% compared to $10.2 billion in 2011, and up 12% from five years ago. 3D box office was similar to 2011 ($1.8 billion), despite fewer 3D film releases.
•The 2012 increase in U.S./Canada box office was due to an equivalent increase in admissions (6%) compared to 2011, as admissions reached 1.36 billion, while the average cinema ticket price stayed flat.
•More than two-thirds of the U.S./Canada population (68%) - or 225 million people - went to the movies at least once in 2012, consistent with prior years. Ticket sales continue to be driven by frequent moviegoers who attend once a month or more. In 2012, frequent moviegoers represented 13% of the population and 57% of all movie tickets, an increase of 7 percentage points in ticket share from 2011, at the expense of occasional moviegoer ticket share. This suggests that the increase in ticket sales in 2012 was among moviegoers who increased their attendance from less than once a month, to once a month or more.
•Broader moviegoer demographic shares remain relatively stable from 2011 to 2012, with 12-24 year olds and Hispanics continuing to oversample in moviegoing versus their proportion of the population - however, 2012 saw increases in the number of frequent moviegoers in nearly every ethnicity and age group, notably in the 40-49 year old group.
•In 2012, 48% of all U.S./Canada moviegoers viewed at least one movie in 3D, with attendance continuing to skew toward younger moviegoers.
COLUMBUS, Ga. & DESTIN, Fla. -- Carmike Cinemas, Inc. (NASDAQ: CKEC), a leading DIGITAL cinema and 3-D motion picture exhibitor, announced today that its state-of-the-art Boulevard 10 entertainment complex, set to open March 29th, will be home to the theatre circuit's second Ovation Dining Club, an upscale dining and movie-going experience that is the "dinner-and-a-movie" concept tweaked and enhanced for the 21st Century.
Located in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin, a beautifully landscaped retail center known for its high-end shopping and dining establishments, the Ovation Dining Club in the Boulevard 10 offers moviegoers a more intimate, sophisticated experience, replete with lush leather seating, swing around tables, a wall-to-wall movie screen, wide selection of premium beers and wine and a full-service restaurant experience.
Imagine immersing oneself in the latest Hollywood blockbuster while being served succulent dishes that range from a simple cheese plate of gruyere and brie with apple, dried and fresh fruit, compote, and toasted baguette; to seared bay scallops with grilled polenta, topped with micro greens and garnished with basil oil and red pepper drizzle; to a soy-glazed chicken breast wrapped in a tomato herb tortilla, with a sweet Asian sesame slaw, peppers, onion, garlic and carrots.
That is a long way from popcorn and candy. But then again, the Ovation Dining Club is for a different type of movie and dining experience. The luxury recliners and over-21 age policy create a perfect backdrop for a date night with that special someone. The drinks, appetizers, and dessert options make it a great spot for a girls' night out; and the time saved by doing dinner with a movie produce the perfect venue for after-work social gatherings.
It's a movie theatre. It's a restaurant. It is the premiere place to watch the future of film and experience the future of film-going, all while enjoying delicious appetizers, entrees, desserts and your favorite wines and beers brought right to your seat.
Join Carmike Cinemas and Grand Boulevard at Sandestin as they celebrate the grand opening of the Boulevard 10 and its crown jewel: the Ovation Dining Club.
COLUMBUS, Ga. & DESTIN, Fla. -- Carmike Cinemas, Inc. (NASDAQ: CKEC), a leading DIGITAL cinema and 3-D motion picture exhibitor, announced today that it will unveil its newest entertainment complex at Grand Boulevard located at the entrance of the 2,400-acre Sandestin® Golf and Beach Resort, just east of Destin, between Panama City and Pensacola, Florida. Opening night will be Thursday, March 28, 2013 at Midnight. The new Carmike theatre, named the Boulevard 10, will feature ten screens with total seating for 1,800 and will be highlighted by a state-of-the-art "BIGD" auditorium and Ovation Dining Club, Carmike's premium theatre environments. The grand opening of the Boulevard 10 will feature a selection of Hollywood's latest movies, including the special debut Midnight presentation of "G.I. Joe: Retaliation."
Carmike Cinemas President and Chief Executive Officer David Passman stated, "Carmike continues actively expanding our growing circuit, on our way to 300 theatres and 3,000 screens through selective acquisitions and the addition of multiple new-build theatres in promising locations like Sandestin, across ‘Hometown America. The "BIGD" and Ovation Dining Club will both be Carmike's first flagship venues of this type in Florida. Recent Carmike Florida expansion took place along the Space Coast in Melbourne and Port St. Lucie and along the Emerald Coast in Pensacola with the acquisition of four theatres from Rave Motion Pictures. Carmike has had a significant presence in Panama City and Pensacola for many years.
"We're providing the ultimate entertainment experience that features large format DIGITAL with bigger screens, bigger and better sound, and the finest in-theatre seating for cutting-edge presentation and the definitive enjoyment of our audiences. Furthermore, with the opening of our newest location, the Sandestin area joins a select and growing list of communities across the nation offering Carmike theatregoers the exciting "BIGD" format. The Sandestin Ovation Dining Club is only our second in the country and has been raved about in Chattanooga, TN, site of our first location. Many of our guests tell us that with limited time for leisure in their busy lives, they enjoy the option of combining a tasty dinner and refreshments, with a leading Hollywood movie."
The entertainment complex is equipped with auditoriums featuring state-of-the-art stadium style seating, with comfortable high back luxury chairs, retractable armrests and convenient cup holders. The Carmike Boulevard 10 also contains large, wall-to-wall screens, as well as DLP DIGITAL projection and DIGITAL sound. The new theatre has an upscale lobby, multiple concession areas featuring Coca-Cola Freestyle drink centers and an indoor box office, so filmgoers can escape the elements.
The "BIGD" auditorium includes a wall-to-wall screen measuring 60 feet wide and nearly three stories tall, the latest in surround sound and DIGITAL projection of both 2-D and 3-D features. In technical terms, Carmike's "BIGD" DIGITAL experience is powered by a Christie Brilliant 3-D flash projector. The end result is a light output of 30,000 lumens, creating a picture quality with noticeably higher resolution than HD.
To further enhance the experience, the custom QSC DIGITAL audio system is tuned to a 7.1 speaker array with 16 channels and the ability to upgrade to 11.1, a revolution in surround sound technology with DIGITAL audio processing supported by quad-amplified, 4-way speakers and 21-inch subwoofers. The new, expanded configuration at the Boulevard 10 promises a new gold standard in unparalleled picture clarity and deep resonating DIGITAL sound.
"We are very pleased with the tremendous, positive response we have received from moviegoers about their enhanced enjoyment while seeing films in our "BIGD" ultimate movie-going experience and have plans to open more entertainment complexes featuring "BIGD" auditoriums in 2013. Carmike Cinemas entertainment complexes currently under construction include Champaign, IL, Winchester, VA, Hickory, NC and Colorado Springs, CO. We also have plans underway for new locations in Opelika, AL, Oak Grove, KY, Montgomery, AL and Snellville, GA. Whether it is a movie, concert, sporting event, motivational speaker or church service, Carmike guests will find "BIGD" placing them at the heart of the event," notes Terrell Mayton, Carmike's Director of Marketing.
WASHINGTON D.C. -- Asa Butterfield will receive the "CinemaCon® Rising Star of 2013 Award" at this year's CinemaCon, it was announced today by the convention's Managing Director Mitch Neuhauser. CinemaCon, the largest and most important convention for the motion picture theatre industry, will be held from April 15-18, 2013 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas at which time more than 5,000 industry members will be gathering. Butterfield will be presented with this special honor at the "CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards" ceremony to take place on Thursday evening, April 18, in The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. The Coca-Cola Company, the official presenting sponsor of CinemaCon, will host the final night gala awards program.
"With a stunning turn in the title role of ‘Hugo,' Butterfield has already proven himself as one to watch in Hollywood," noted Neuhauser. "In a short time, he has already endured himself to audiences and critics alike with his captivating on-screen performances, and I cannot think of a young actor more deserving to be this year's CinemaCon Rising Star."
Butterfield can be seen later this year in "Ender's Game," which is set to be released by Summit Entertainment, a LIONSGATE® company, on November 1, 2013. The epic adventure is based on the best-selling, award-winning novel, and stars Butterfield as Ender - a shy but gifted student who is selected by the government to be humanity's next great hope. Ender is sent to an elite military academy to train for the next alien invasion, where he rises to become an accomplished and compassionate leader of fellow soldiers, preparing for the epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and the safety of the human race. "Ender's Game" also stars Ben Kingsley, Hailee Steinfeld and Viola Davis with Abigail Breslin and Harrison Ford.
Butterfield first garnered critical acclaim for his starring role in "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas," for which he received a nomination for "Most Promising Newcomer" from the British Independent Film Awards and "Young British Performer of the Year" from the London Critics Circle Film Awards. He can last be seen starring as the title role in Martin Scorsese's 3D adventure "Hugo," which earned him a Critics Choice Award nomination for Best Young Actor. His previous film credits include "Son of Rambow," "The Wolfman" and "Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang." His television credits include a recurring role on the BBC series "Merlin."