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By Daniel Garris

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 grossed $1.44 million on Monday to lead the daily box office for an 18th consecutive day. The third installment of Lionsgate's blockbuster franchise was down 74 percent from Sunday and down 45 percent from last Monday. In comparison, last year's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire fell 70 percent on its third Monday to gross $1.94 million. Mockingjay - Part 1 has grossed $259.59 million in 18 days, which ranks the film as the third highest grossing release of 2014 thus far domestically. The film will surpass the $259.77 million final gross of Captain America: The Winter Solider today to move into second place for the year. Mockingjay - Part 1 is currently running 23 percent behind the $337.79 million 18-day take of Catching Fire.

Warner's Horrible Bosses 2 placed in second with $0.724 million. The R-rated comedy sequel fell 64 percent from Sunday and 34 percent from last Monday. While it continues to display respectable holding power thus far, in the bigger picture Horrible Bosses 2 is performing significantly below expectations with a 13-day take of $36.62 million. That places the film 46 percent behind the $68.17 million 13-day take of 2011's Horrible Bosses.

Paramount's Interstellar claimed third place with $0.650 million. The Christopher Nolan directed sci-fi film was down 69 percent from Sunday and down a healthy 23 percent from last Monday. Interstellar has grossed $159.09 million after 32 days of wide release and is set to surpass the $160 million domestic mark either today or Wednesday.

Penguins of Madagascar took fourth place with $0.470 million. The 3D computer animated film from Fox and DreamWorks Animation fell 85 percent from Sunday and 42 percent from last Monday. Penguins of Madagascar has grossed $49.87 million in 13 days and is set to surpass the $50 million mark today. The film continues to perform below expectations and is running 12 percent behind the $56.93 million 13-day take of 2011's The Muppets.

Fellow 3D computer animated film Big Hero 6 rounded out the day's top five with $0.380 million. The successful Disney release was down 83 percent form Sunday and down 38 percent from last Monday. Big Hero 6 has grossed $177.84 million in 32 days and should continue to hold up well throughout the rest of the holiday season.

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movieticketscom.pngTicket Sales Up 11%, Mobile Growth Up 26%

MovieTickets.com, a leading global provider of remote movie ticketing, announced today that the number of tickets sold in the US by the company this year are up 11% over 2013. In addition to this growth, tickets sold in the US via mobile devices were up 26% over those purchased via mobile in 2013.

Some of the company's highlights this year include:
· MovieTickets.com added ticketing services for AMC Theaters.

· MovieTickets.com renewed its long-term arrangement to provide remote ticketing to Harkins Theatres.
· In October, MovieTickets.com and TouchTunes, the largest in-venue entertainment and engagement platform in over 60,000 bars and restaurants across North America, entered an exclusive partnership to provide film studios a new way to promote movie releases and ticket sales. For film and entertainment studios looking to directly promote upcoming releases, the partnership offers valuable awareness and amplified ticket sales. Through branded interactive content, powered by MovieTickets.com ticketing capabilities, moviegoers are able to learn about new releases and purchase tickets through TouchTunes' interactive jukebox displays and its mobile application.
· The company is about to deploy a modernized way for moviegoers to buy tickets and enter theaters with a re-imagined mobile movie ticket that turns a smartphone into a ticket. The ticket can be quickly and easily validated by movie theater employees without the use of costly scanners. For more information visit http://www.movietickets.com/v3.

MovieTickets.com has 250 theater chains in its group and provides ticketing services in 22 countries including the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain, Argentina, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean. In the US, MovieTickets.com provides advance tickets to theater circuits and independent operators in all top 50 markets across 48 states.

 

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uslinc.pngUltra Stereo Labs, a leader in digital cinema and alternative content technology, has developed and is now shipping the new 6-Channel HDMI 1.4b HSW-602 Switch. The HSW-602 fills the need for a professional, complete processing unit for alternative content in cinemas. It features a program bus and preview bus allowing the user to preview the next event using a monitor on the preview output and then to switch that input to the projector using the program bus. It also includes a microphone and stereo line input that can overlay on any of the HDMI content. This feature allows a presenter to add live narration to a video presentation. In addition, all the HSW-602 devices may be remotely controlled via a wireless tablet using CEC (consumer electronics control). The switch will be on display in the USL booth at the CineAsia Convention located in the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre from December 9 through December 11.

The HSW-602 Switch features include 6 HDMI inputs and 2 HDMI outputs which all support 1080p 3D video. The audio input includes a live microphone, stereo line input, and an 8-channel AES/EBU input from the cinema server. The audio outputs include S/PDIF over optical and coax, and an 8-channel AES/EBU output to feed the cinema processor. An additional feature included is a browser interface for easy configuration. The HSW-602 Switch may be remotely controlled via Ethernet or contact closures from the digital cinema server or other devices such as tablets or PCs. All HDMI inputs and outputs maintain continuous HDCP security links to prevent attached devices from going into sleep mode.

USL, Inc. hardware engineer Troy Fredriks states, "The HSW-602 simplifies HDMI- based presentations by streamlining cumbersome operations into a single, straightforward interface." USL Engineer Jay Wyatt notes that "the HSW-602 is truly a Swiss-army knife for combinations of HDMI playback."

For more than thirty-three years, USL, Inc. has been a global leader for technical achievements in design, manufacturing, research, and development of cinema products and is the 2013 recipient of the International Cinema Technology Association's Manufacturer of the Year award.

[For further information and product specifications, visit USL booth #108 at CineAsia or contact USL, Inc.'s Clint Koch at clint@uslinc.com]

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gdclogo.pngCineAsia, Hong Kong (December 9, 2014) - GDC Technology Limited ("GDC Technology"), a world leading digital cinema solutions provider, is pleased to announce that a total of 700 units of GDC's SX-3000 Standalone Integrated Media BlocksTM ("SX-3000 IMB") along with Barco DLP Cinema® projectors have been selected by China Film Group Corporation ("CFGC") for its 2014 - 2015 digital cinema deployment. The deployment of these 700 units of integrated system in which Barco projectors are integrated with GDC's SX-3000 IMB began in Q3 2014.

GDC Technology and CFGC have worked in close collaboration in the digital cinema sector since the two signed their first deployment agreement in 2007. GDC's continued success in securing more than 70% market share in China for the last few years are attributed to GDC's early involvement with CFGC and consistently being the most responsive round-the-clock cinema service in China nationwide. In September 2001, GDC successfully demonstrated its digital cinema solution in Beijing and Shanghai by transmitting Columbia Pictures "Final Fantasy" in digital cinema format to cinemas in Beijing and Shanghai. Over the last 14 years, GDC has developed its comprehensive service footprint that completely covers the whole nation. To date, GDC has more than one hundred employees in China and shipped more than 16,000 digital cinema servers in China.

CFGC is the largest and most influential state-run film enterprise in China and it is involved in a variety of operations, including film and television production; film distribution and exhibition; film importation and exportation; cinema circuit management; digital cinema construction; digital print development and processing; film equipment management; ancillary products; advertising; property management; and real estate. CFGC currently runs the largest network of DCI compliant digital cinemas in China nationwide.

Visit us at CineAsia 2014 (http://www.filmexpos.com/cineasia/ ):
Booth No. 313, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, December 9-11.

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About GDC Technology Limited (www.gdc-tech.com)
GDC Technology Limited ("GDC Technology") is a digital cinema solutions provider. GDC Technology develops, manufactures and sells digital cinema servers, content storage systems, theater management systems and network operations center software for digital cinema. GDC Technology also provides a suite of digital cinema products and services, including integrated projection systems, 3D products, projector lamps and silver screens. GDC Technology's subsidiary, GDC Digital Cinema Network Limited, manages VPF for approximately 5,000 theater screens and 250 motion picture distributors worldwide.


GDC Technology Media Contact:
Sylvia Lee
Email: sylvia.lee@gdc-tech.com

 

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gdclogo.pngCineAsia, Hong Kong (December 8, 2014) - GDC Technology Limited ("GDC Technology"), a world leading provider of digital cinema solutions, has strengthened its visual branding with an updated logo that reflects its commitment to innovation and quality in the rapidly evolving digital era.

Founded in 1999, GDC Technology now has the largest installed base of digital cinema media servers and theater management systems in the Asia-Pacific region and the second largest globally. It develops, manufactures and sells feature-rich media server, theater management system and products for digital cinema that meet the highest performance, security and reliability standards. With 15 years of successes behind it, and a clear vision of the way ahead, the GDC Technology team saw it was time to refresh the company's visual identity with a new logo for a new era.
In its new emblem, the GDC initials - standing for Global Digital Creations - retain pride of place at the center of the logo, reflecting the company's solid foundations and an ongoing commitment to its core values and to satisfying customers digital cinema needs. New to the trademark, are the curved bands which enclose the type, evoking the globe and thereby alluding to GDC Technology's standing on the world stage and to its global reach.
With its solid, clean lines, the logo's design has a striking, contemporary feel that is reflective of GDC Technology's forward-thinking, user-focused ethos, while its basic elements represent both continuity and another of the company's strongest asset - its innovative approach to service and product development.
Dr. Man-Nang Chong, the founder, chairman and CEO of GDC Technology, said: "Our identity in the marketplace is important to us as we look forward to delivering the digital cinema solutions of tomorrow. We believe the new logo will facilitate ever stronger recognition - among our customers, employees and stakeholders, of our integrity and devotion to delivering best-in-class and easy-to-use digital cinema technologies around the world."
The new logo will be featured on all GDC Technology products, while from today it will be rolled out across various platforms, including online at www.gdc-tech.com. It will feature at the company's booth at the CineAsia convention in Hong Kong and it will be used in all of its ads and marketing materials globally. Over the coming months, it will also be introduced in all of GDC Technology's offices around the world.

Visit us at CineAsia 2014 (http://www.filmexpos.com/cineasia/ ):
Booth No. 313, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, December 9-11.

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About GDC Technology Limited (www.gdc-tech.com)
GDC Technology Limited ("GDC Technology") is a digital cinema solutions provider. GDC Technology develops, manufactures and sells digital cinema servers, content storage systems, theater management systems and network operations center software for digital cinema. GDC Technology also provides a suite of digital cinema products and services, including integrated projection systems, 3D products, projector lamps and silver screens. GDC Technology's subsidiary, GDC Digital Cinema Network Limited, manages VPF for approximately 5,000 theater screens and 250 motion picture distributors worldwide.

GDC Technology Media Contact

Sylvia Lee

E-mail: sylvia.lee@gdc-tech.com

 

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