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Lionsgate, Paramount, Sony, Twentieth Century Fox, and Universal to Bring Audiences Heart-Pounding, Eye-Popping Action to the Total Cinema Experience

San Francisco, July 22, 2015-Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: DLB) today announced that Hollywood blockbusters are kicking into high gear with Sony Pictures' Pixels, in theatres July 24, and Paramount Pictures' Mission: Impossible-Rogue Nation, in theatres July 31, coming to Dolby CinemaTM. Universal Pictures' Everest, in theatres this September, and Lionsgate Entertainment's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 2, in theatres this November, will deliver the total cinema experience to moviegoers this fall, along with titles soon to be announced by Twentieth Century Fox.

Dolby Cinema, featuring Dolby VisionTM and Dolby Atmos®, is a premium cinema offering for exhibitors and moviegoers that combines spectacular image and sound technologies with inspired design to make every visit a completely captivating cinematic event.

Following the first installment of titles to be shown at Dolby Cinema, including Disney's Tomorrowland, Disney•Pixar's Inside Out, and Warner Bros.' San Andreas, the Chris Columbus-directed Pixels (starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Peter Dinklage, and Josh Gad), will be the first Sony Pictures title scheduled to be presented in Dolby Vision. In Pixels, aliens misinterpret video feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war and attack the Earth in the form of the video games.

"Pixels is one of the most visual effects-rich movies I've ever been involved with-the video game elements pixelate and glow with energy, making the stunning visuals an ideal movie for the Dolby Cinema experience," said Michael Barnathan, producer of Pixels. "Our team was incredibly excited to collaborate with Dolby on color grading and sound mixing the movie with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos. The combination of amazing sound and vibrant imagery-bright, clear, and full of color-makes Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, and the rest of the arcade game characters larger than life on the big screen."

Dolby Cinema begins with the filmmaker's vision-using the full storytelling capabilities that Dolby offers in image and sound production to transform the way movies are made. Combined with state-of-the-art image, sound, and acoustic capabilities, the movie comes alive to deliver cinema in its purest form.

In Paramount Pictures' Mission: Impossible-Rogue Nation, audiences go deep undercover as Ethan Hunt and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate-an international rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF.

Universal Pictures' Everest takes moviegoers on a thrill ride that is inspired by the incredible events surrounding an attempt to reach the summit of the world's highest mountain. Everest documents the awe-inspiring journey of two different expeditions challenged beyond their limits by one of the fiercest snowstorms ever encountered by mankind.

In the fourth installment of Lionsgate's global blockbuster The Hunger Games franchise, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 2, audiences will see Katniss Everdeen and District 13 engage in an all-out revolution against the autocratic Capitol.

"Dolby Cinema delivers the ultimate experience to any movie, and we are excited to see major studios like Lionsgate, Paramount, Sony, Fox, and Universal release their first Dolby Vision titles," said Doug Darrow, Senior Vice President, Cinema, Dolby Laboratories. "From action-adventure thrillers to science-fiction and retro arcade games, these Hollywood blockbusters will deliver unprecedented imagery and unparalleled sound that will transport audiences into these movies in a unique and powerful way when experienced at Dolby Cinema locations."

In addition, Twentieth Century Fox plans to bring its first slate of Dolby Vision titles to Dolby Cinema. "We are excited for our films to be shown in Dolby Cinemas across the globe and look forward to announcing our upcoming slate to be graded in Dolby Vision," said Chris Aronson, President of Domestic Distribution, Twentieth Century Fox. "Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos will allow our audiences to further enjoy their cinematic experiences, propelling moviemaking to the next level."

Dolby Cinema enables richer and more detailed storytelling through Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos. The Dolby Vision projection system, which uses state-of-the-art optics and image processing, delivers high dynamic range with enhanced color technology and a contrast ratio that far exceeds that of any other image technology on the market today. The result is a dramatically different viewing experience that delivers strikingly vivid and realistic images that make viewers feel like they are in the movie's world. Dolby Cinema also includes the award-winning Dolby® sound technology, Dolby Atmos, which moves audio around the theatre, even overhead, with amazing richness and depth.

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Yeva Mousiadis Promoted to Director of Sales, Southern California Region

July 22, 2015, New York, NY - Spotlight Cinema Networks announced today that Patrick Ferris has been named Senior Manager of Advertising Operations. He will report to Ronnie Ycong, Senior Vice President, Exhibitor Relations and Operations.

Prior to joining Spotlight, Ferris worked for ten years at Screenvision, most recently as Scheduling Manager where he was responsible for the execution and delivery of advertising screen inventory in the company's network of theatres across the United States. Other positions he held at the company include Assistant Manager, Digital Planning, and Senior Digital Coordinator.

Spotlight Cinema Networks also announced the promotion of Yeva Mousiadis from Account Director to Director of Sales, Southern California Region. She will continue to report to Michael Sakin, President, Spotlight Cinema Networks. Mousiadis is a five-year veteran of Spotlight Cinema Networks and previously worked at several other companies including the Arthouse Marketing Group from 2008 to 2010.

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NEW YORK, NY - President and CEO of Landmark Theatres, Ted Mundorff, will be honored with the ShowEast 2015 Bingham Ray Spirit Award during the Final Night Banquet & Awards Ceremony hosted by The Coca-Cola Company, on Thursday, October 15th at the Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood, Florida. The Bingham Ray Spirit Award was established in 2012 in honor of the late Bingham Ray, one of the most beloved people in the independent film world. This award is bestowed up an individual who has shown exemplary foresight and creativity in the world of independent film.

"It is with great pleasure that ShowEast will honor Ted with the Bingham Ray Spirit Award," stated Andrew Sunshine, Co-Managing Director of the annual event. "In the world of independent film, there are very few who are more knowledgeable and passionate about film than Ted. His continued hard work in the promotion of indie films for Landmark Theatres is second to none. We congratulate Ted on this very well deserved honor."

Mundorff is President and Chief Executive Officer for Landmark Theatres and one of the most experienced voices in independent film today. His responsibilities include oversight for all film bookings, theatre operations, real estate, sales, marketing, sponsorships, advertising and training. He also oversees Truly Indie which provides a unique distribution and publicity strategy for independent filmmakers launching their films.

Prior to joining Landmark Theatres, Mundorff held a number of management positions in distribution and exhibition and has been responsible for opening over thirty new theatres during his career and developing innovative ways of improving operations and customer service. Mundorff currently serves as a Vice Chair on the American Film Institute Corporate Council, as a Board member of the National Association of Theatre Owners (N.A.T.O.) of California and Nevada, and as Treasurer of Film Independent, one of the largest non-profit organizations dedicated to independent film. Mundorff was also selected as one of the "Top 50 People in Independent Film" by The Hollywood Reporter.

Additionally, Mundorff was Executive Producer on Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview, which was released nationally in 2012. He also wrote key chapters on four decades of exhibition in George Lucas' book called Blockbusting: A Decade-by-Decade Survey of Timeless Movies Including the Untold Secrets of their Financial and Cultural Success.

ShowEast 2015 will take place October 12-15 at the Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood, Florida. It will feature screenings of major upcoming films, sponsored events, timely and informative seminars and the ShowEast Trade Show. An estimated 1,300 members of the motion picture industry are expected to attend. ShowEast, now in its 29th year, is produced by Prometheus Global Media, owner of leading entertainment publications and events including Film Journal International, Billboard, The Hollywood Reporter, Adweek, Dick Clark Productions, the CLIO Awards, CineEurope, and CineAsia.

 

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By Daniel Garris

Disney's Ant-Man led the daily box office on Monday with $6.40 million. The Paul Rudd led superhero film from Marvel has claimed first place at the daily box office three of the past four days. The film was down 58 percent from Sunday, which was in line with the type of daily percentage holds wide releases experienced in general on Monday. Ant-Man surpassed the $60 million mark on Monday and has grossed $63.63 million in four days. That is on the very low end of pre-release expectations. Ant-Man is currently running 4 percent ahead of the $61.42 million four-day start of 2008's The Incredible Hulk and 13 percent behind the $72.81 million four-day take of 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger.

Minions placed in a close second with $5.78 million. The blockbuster 3D computer animated spin-off from Universal and Illumination Entertainment continues to show signs of significant front-loading as it was down 60 percent from Sunday and down a sharp 55 percent from last Monday. In the bigger picture, Minions is still performing extremely well, especially with its relatively modest cost for a computer animated film in mind. Minions has grossed $221.54 million in eleven days, which places the film 3 percent ahead of the $215.37 million eleven-day take of 2013's Despicable Me 2.

Fellow Universal release Trainwreck took third place with $3.54 million. The critically acclaimed Amy Schumer led comedy from director Judd Apatow decreased 57 percent from Sunday's performance. Trainwreck continues to perform just ahead of the high end of its wide ranging expectations with a promising four-day take of $33.63 million. That places the film 15 percent ahead of the $29.24 million four-day launch of 2011's Bridesmaids and 4 percent behind the $35.13 million four-day take of 2007's Knocked Up. Trainwreck is highly likely to hold up very well throughout the rest of the summer.

Inside Out claimed fourth with $1.58 million. The blockbuster 3D computer animated film from Disney and Pixar was down 53 percent from Sunday and down just 34 percent from last Monday. Inside Out continues to impress with a 32-day take of $307.83 million. The film should 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 Monday's top five with $1.37 million. The 3D sci-fi adventure blockbuster sequel fell 58 percent from Sunday and a solid 36 percent from last Monday. Jurassic World has grossed a massive $612.60 million in 39 days of release. The film is currently the fourth highest grossing film of all-time domestically without adjusting for ticket price inflation and is now just $10.76 million away from passing the $623.36 million final gross of 2012's Marvel's The Avengers to move into third place on the list.

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EntGroup Consulting & Jonathan Papish @ChinaBoxOffice

Last weekend's box office hit a record $183 million as the top three films (Monster Hunt, Jianbing Man, and Monkey King: Hero Is Back) accounted for $172 million. The three well-received and highly-praised local films have broken nearly every domestic record in the books and while this weekend's box office totals won't reach the same heights, with little in the way of competitive new releases, the holdovers are poised to dominate again.

This weekend's biggest release is Only You (命中注定), an adaptation of Norman Jewison's 1994 romantic comedy starring Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey, Jr. with Tang Wei (Lust, Caution) and Liao Fan (Black Coal, Thin Ice) taking on the roles in this version. While previews took in $250K and played to sold out houses last weekend, we don't see this movie breaking out of the pack of middling Chinese rom-coms.

Another new entry this weekend is Seer 5 (赛尔号5:雷神崛起), the fifth in a series of animated adventure films based on an online game. Installments have been released every consecutive summer since July 2011 and a solid fan base has contributed a total of $34.2 million. Unfortunately, Seer 5's release comes at a time when both Monkey King and Monster Hunt will steal away its core family audience.

Two imported films also enter cinemas this weekend - Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley's Academy Award winning The Imitation Game and the 2012 Italian thriller The Lithium Conspiracy directed by Davide Merengo. The Imitation Game has grossed $220 million worldwide since last November, but despite Cumberbatch's popularity on the Mainland, it won't get much more from Chinese audiences. Merengo's debut Night Bus was a surprise hit in China in 2010 and grossed $270K.

Other films opening this weekend are Aura Star: Attack of the Temple (奥拉星:进击圣殿), Dream Defender (守梦者), Psychic (通灵之六世古宅), and The Hero Chiyou (战神蚩尤).

Weekend Predictions (Fri-Sun): Monster Hunt - $55M, Jianbing Man - $40M, Monkey King: Hero Is Back: $25M, Only You - $20M, Shaun The Sheep - $4M, Seer 5 - $3M

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