Fastest-Growing Market for 4DX Now Tallies 17 Screens Throughout the Country

Los Angeles, CA - July 21, 2015 - CJ 4DPLEX, an immersive theater technology featuring moving seats and environmental effects, has been expanding its business rapidly in Japan. With six of its 17 total sites opened in this month alone, Japan is now the fastest-growing 4DX market in the world. The six new 4DX auditoriums include three new openings with existing partner United Cinemas, which added screens in Sapporo, the largest city in Hokkaido, as well as Maebashi and Kasukabe, in the suburbs of Tokyo. Another existing partner, Cinema Sunshine, added a new site in Masaki while new partners, 109 Cinemas and Sanyo, each launched their first 4DX screens in Tomiya and Himeji, respectively. Overall, 4DX is planning to reach 25 total sites in Japan by the end of this year.

4DX has a passionate following in Japan, which can be seen by recent strong showings. For example, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Mad Max: Fury Road generated an occupancy rate in 4DX that was five times higher than non-4DX, and Furious 7 recorded a more than 91% average occupancy rate as part of the film's fantastic international opening weekend.

"Not only are audiences filling theatres at record rates to see the latest blockbuster films in 4DX, their positive reactions range from standing ovations in the auditorium to thrilling reactions on social media," said Byung Hwan Choi, CEO of CJ 4DPLEX. "Following a marketing promotion earlier this month, Avengers: Age of Ultron received such positive responses on Twitter and Facebook as ‘It's pretty impressive! A thousand words won't be enough to describe the experience that I just had,' and praise of how the fight scene between the Hulk and Iron Man impacted all five senses. Before the 4DX debut of Pacific Rim last year, Japanese fans held a pre-release party dressed as characters in the film. We are looking forward to seeing more examples of this connection between films and fans, caused by 4DX, as expansion continues throughout Japan."

Upcoming August premieres in 4DX in Japan include the highly anticipated blockbuster sequels Jurassic World, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation and the live action re-boot of the animated Attack on Titan. (In 2013, the original Attack on Titan drew an average occupancy rate six times that of regular screenings.)

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Board Appoints Craig R. Ramsey, Interim CEO

LEAWOOD, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- AMC Theatres (NYSE: AMC) ("AMC") announced today that Gerry Lopez will step down as President and Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the Board of Directors, effective August 6, 2015, to pursue another opportunity. The Board has appointed Craig R. Ramsey, AMC's Chief Financial Officer, as interim President and Chief Executive Officer, effective August 7, 2015, to ensure a smooth transition.

Mr. Ramsey currently serves as AMC's Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and has served AMC for more than 20 years, the last 15 years of which have been in senior and executive leadership roles. Mr. Ramsey most recently led AMC's successful public offering in December 2013 and currently serves on the board of directors of Open Road Releasing and National CineMedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: NCMI).

The Board has formed a Search Committee to lead the search for a permanent CEO. The Search Committee is chaired by AMC Audit Committee Chairman Lloyd Hill, and includes AMC Governance & Nominating Committee Chairman Anthony Saich and directors Howard "Hawk" Koch, Jr. and Kathleen Pawlus. The Committee has retained the leading executive search firm, Spencer Stuart, to assist in conducting a national search.

"AMC's future is on very solid ground thanks in great part to Gerry's vision and passion," said Mr. Ramsey. "He has created an enduring, guest centric culture capable of driving results and innovation for many years to come. I look forward to continuing to execute our strategy and facilitating a seamless transition as the Board conducts its search."

"On behalf of the Board, I want to thank Gerry for his contributions to AMC," said Mr. Hill, AMC Board member. "Gerry took on the role of AMC's CEO at a critical point in our history six years ago when AMC was in need of a strategic refocus. Gerry's dynamic leadership and passion were catalysts in driving significant improvement in both our revenue and operating earnings, and he has been instrumental in developing the innovative culture and guest experience leadership strategy that has elevated AMC as an industry leader. We wish him every success in his new endeavors."

"AMC is an amazing company with a highly talented, creative and dedicated family of associates. It has been the thrill of a lifetime to lead this group, and I am sincerely and deeply grateful for their support, but also incredibly proud of our accomplishments," said Mr. Lopez. "I came to AMC over six years ago to strategically transform the company by developing, testing and implementing a differentiated growth strategy. As a team, we have very successfully done exactly that. Shareholder value has grown dramatically and guest satisfaction scores are at their highest level in five years. Simply put, the five action fronts in our guest experience leadership strategy are working. The AMC I leave behind is in good hands and in great shape. I believe the strategic and financial foundation is in place for continued success well into the future. I now plan to bring my passion for strategic refocus to another industry, where guest focus and strategic redeployment are equally important."

Second Quarter Earnings Conference Call

AMC will report its results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2015, after the market closes on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. AMC will host a conference call via webcast for investors and other interested parties beginning at 4:00 p.m. CDT/5:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, at which time Mr. Lopez and Mr. Ramsey will discuss AMC's second quarter.

To listen to the conference call via the internet, please visit the investor relations section of the AMC website at for a link to the webcast. Investors and interested parties should go to the website at least 15 minutes prior to the call to register, and/or download and install any necessary audio software.

Date: Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Time: 4:00 p.m. CDT/5:00 p.m. EDT
Dial-In Number: (877) 407-3982; International - (201) 493-6780
A podcast and archive of the webcast will be available on the Company's website after the call for a limited time.

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Basingstoke, 21st July 2015 - Sony Digital Cinema 4K announces that every projector in its 4K only line-up conforms to stringent industry standards for picture quality.

The bright choice for larger cinema screens, Sony's SRX-R515DS 4K Projection Solution has been certified as meeting specifications set by the DCI (Digital Cinema Initiatives), assuring operators and audiences of crystal-clear, high-impact images.

Recently announced at CineEurope, National Amusements have selected the SRX-R515DS dual projection system for their new XPlus premium screens in Reading, UK. In Italy, Cinema Andromeda has also selected the SRX-R515DS, alongside Multisala Ciaky.

"We're proud to offer our operator customers a complete family of DCI-compliant projectors from Sony to suit every cinema, including today's new wave of premium large-format screens" says David McIntosh, Vice President, Sony Digital Cinema 4K Solutions for Europe and the Americas.

"The SRX-R515DS generated an incredible reaction at last month's CineEurope show in Barcelona", adds McIntosh. "The clear feedback we're getting from European operators is the importance of image quality as a real differentiator for their business - particularly in the fast-growing PLF segment where the DCI-certified SRX-R515DS delivers a truly compelling proposition."

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· Philips LightVibes® makes Rolling Stones fans feel as if they are actually part of a live concert, complementing the main screen images with immersive lighting effects throughout the film

· Odeon & UCI Cinemas Group premiere Sweet Summer Sun - Hyde Park Live, an iconic Rolling Stones performance from 2013 at the UCI KINOWELT Ruhr Park in Bochum, Germany on July 15

· The event has been made possible in collaboration with Universal Music Group and its concert division Eagle Rock Entertainment

Eindhoven, The Netherlands - Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), the global leader in lighting, is giving music fans the chance to relive famous concerts and feel like they are there in person. The world premiere of Sweet Summer Sun - Hyde Park Live, an iconic live concert film by The Rolling Stones, was screened on July 15 at Odeon & UCI Cinemas Group's KINOWELT Ruhr Park cinema in Bochum, Germany. Philips LightVibes creates a truly immersive experience for the audience by adding subtle, meaningful lighting effects during the film that will enhance the concert.

"This unique premiere brought together an incredible group of industry leading collaborators to create a remarkably powerful cinema experience," said Niels Van Duinen, General Manager of LightVibes. "We started with Sweet Summer Sun - Live in Hyde Park, a fantastic live concert by the Rolling Stones from Universal Music and Eagle Rock Entertainment. We enhanced it with LightVibes technology to make the experience even more engaging, exciting, and fun. And we premiered the concert at Odeon's & UCI state-of-the-art KINOWELT Ruhr Park cinema in Bochum - all for an enthusiastic audience that will remember the experience for years to come."

Philips LightVibes creates a more immersive cinema experience by delivering subtle but powerful ambient lighting to every viewer's peripheral field of vision, enhancing musical performances and events as well as feature films, pre-show programming and advertising. With Philips LightVibes, cinema owners can expand their offerings to include event cinema content and attract new audiences. Philips LightVibes also brings intriguing new capabilities to cinematographers and the wider creative community.

"We are very excited to premiere the new Philips LightVibes version of Sweet Summer Sun - Live at Hyde Park at our cinema in Bochum," said Jens Heinze, UCI KINOWELT Managing Director Germany. "This innovative visual dimension will contribute to create an inspiring entertainment experience for our guests. We look forward to welcoming a diverse audience of industry professionals and Rolling Stones fans alike."

The screening is also supported by Universal Music, the world's largest leading music label company. Philips and Universal Music announced at CinemaCon 2015 in April that they will collaborate on an ongoing basis to make iconic concert films available in the immersive LightVibes format. As well as the Rolling Stones, other exclusive concerts part of the collaboration include The Doors, Morrissey, Paul McCartney and Wings, Dream Theatre, Queen, Alice Cooper and Peter Gabriel.


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By Daniel Garris

Disney's Ant-Man debuted in first place this weekend with $57.23 million. The Paul Rudd led comic book film from Marvel opened on the low end of pre-release expectations, which had tended to range from $57 million to $65 million heading into the weekend. Ant-Man delivered the second smallest debut ever for a Marvel Cinematic Universe film, which had been largely expected given the lower profile status of Ant-Man in comparison to other superheroes in previous MCU films. Ant-Man did open 3 percent ahead of the $55.41 million debut of 2008's The Incredible Hulk and a reasonable 12 percent behind the $65.06 million start of 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger.

Ant-Man opened with $22.65 million on Friday (which included a sizable $6.4 million from Thursday evening shows), fell 14 percent on Saturday to gross $19.46 million and declined 22 percent on Sunday to take in $15.11 million. That gave the film an opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.53 to 1. The audience breakdown for the film skewed towards male moviegoers (58 percent) and towards moviegoers over the age of 25 (55 percent). Family audiences made up an estimated 28 percent of the film's overall audience (which was a bit higher than the 22 percent families represented for Avengers: Age of Ultron back in May). Ant-Man received a strong A rating on CinemaScore, which is a good early sign going forward. However, the film will also be facing tough direct competition over the next few weeks from the likes of Sony's Pixels, Paramount's Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation and Fox's Fantastic Four.

Minions was down one spot from last weekend to claim second with $49.27 million. The blockbuster 3D computer animated spin-off from Universal and Illumination Entertainment didn't hold up as well as had been expected, as it was down a sharp 57 percent in its second weekend. Minions likely took a larger hit among the non-family portion of its audience, which had been fairly large in size last weekend. While Minions is set to be significantly more front-loaded than both of the previous installments of the Despicable Me franchise, the film is still performing extremely well in the bigger picture, especially with its relatively modest cost for a computer animated film in mind.

Minions zoomed past the $200 million domestic mark this weekend and has grossed $215.77 million through ten days of release. That places the film 9 percent ahead of the $197.93 million ten-day take of Despicable Me 2, though Minions does have an advantage in the current comparison as a result of Despicable Me 2 being a Wednesday release. Whether or not Minions is able to stabilize next weekend will likely have a lot to do with just how much appeal Pixels ultimately has with family audiences.

Fellow Universal release Trainwreck was off to an impressive start this weekend with a third place take of $30.10 million. The Amy Schumer led comedy from director Judd Apatow opened just ahead of its wide ranging expectations, which were anywhere from $20 million to $30 million heading into the weekend. Strong critical reviews, high levels of pre-release hype (surrounding both the film and Schumer) and the built-in fanbases of Schumer and Apatow all helped lead to the film's successful launch. Trainwreck opened 15 percent ahead of the $26.25 million debut of 2011's Bridesmaids and only 2 percent below the $30.69 million debut of 2007's Knocked Up.

Trainwreck started out with $10.74 million on Friday, (which included an estimated $1.8 million from Thursday evening shows), increased 3 percent on Saturday to gross $11.07 million and decreased 25 percent on Sunday to take in $8.29 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.80 to 1, which is a strong figure for a romantic comedy, especially during the summer months. The audience breakdown for Trainwreck skewed heavily towards both female moviegoers (66 percent) and moviegoers 30 years and older (63 percent). Trainwreck received an A- rating on CinemaScore, which is likely a bit stronger than it sounds given that previous films from Apatow have a tendency of displaying stronger holding power than their ratings on CinemaScore would suggest. Trainwreck is extremely likely to hold up very well throughout the rest of the summer, though whether or not its holding power can reach the same levels of Knocked Up or Bridesmaids remains to be seen.

In other box office news, Inside Out surpassed the $300 million domestic mark after placing in fourth this weekend with $11.54 million. With the initial rush-out for Minions now out of the way, Inside Out stabilized nicely this weekend by decreasing just 35 percent from last weekend. The blockbuster 3D computer animated film from Disney and Pixar has grossed a very impressive $306.25 million in 31 days and is very likely to continue to hold up well going forward thanks in part to strong word of mouth and the relative lack of other high-profile animated releases throughout the rest of the summer.

Universal's Jurassic World rounded out the weekend's top five with $11.45 million. In the process, the 3D sci-fi adventure blockbuster sequel became just the fourth film ever to surpass the $600 million domestic mark without adjusting for ticket price inflation. Jurassic World reached the $600 million mark in just 36 days; easily making it the fastest film ever to do so (previous record holder 2009's Avatar reached the mark in 47 days). Jurassic World continues to display strong holding power in its own right (especially when considering the new direct competition it faced from Ant-Man), as it was down a very solid 37 percent. Jurassic World has grossed a massive $611.23 million in 38 days and is now just $12.13 million away from surpassing the $623.36 million final gross of 2012's Marvel's The Avengers to move into third place on the all-time unadjusted domestic list.

Meanwhile, Terminator Genisys and Magic Mike XXL didn't hold up anywhere near as well with respective sixth place and seventh place takes of $5.40 million and $4.45 million. Paramount's Terminator Genisys fell a troubling 61 percent from last weekend while Warner's Magic Mike XXL was down a sharp 54 percent. Terminator Genisys clearly took a direct hit from Ant-Man this weekend, while Magic Mike XXL was slowed further by the arrival of Trainwreck. Both films continue to under-perform with respective 19-day totals of $80.64 million for Terminator Genisys and $58.58 million for Magic Mike XXL.

In limited release, Eros' Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Roadside's Mr. Holmes were off to healthy respective starts of $2.62 million and $2.43 million. Bajrangi Bhaijaan averaged a strong $10,239 from 256 locations, while Mr. Holmes claimed an encouraging per-location average of $6,745 from 361 locations. Bajrangi Bhaijaan took ninth place among all films this weekend and Mr. Holmes placed in eleventh.

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