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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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MX4D® Special EFX For The Avengers: Age of Ultron Plus Hong Kong A-List Actor Eric Tsang Delight Throngs of Thrill-Seeking Movie-Goers!

Torrance, CA . . . July 20, 2015 -- Hong Kong silver screen superstar Eric Tsang, MediaMation VP/CTO Dan Jamele, Disney Studio representatives and theatre chain executives from across the great continent of China joined throngs of avid Chinese movie-goers to witness the highly publicized premiere of the first 96-seat MediaMation MX4D® Motion EFX Theatre in the capital city of Beijing.

The gala event took place May 25, 2015, at the legendary, 80-year old Xidan Capital Cinemas theatre, located in the bustling shopping district of Beijing. It is reported to be the number one-attended theatre in China. The watershed MX4D® Beijing install - the first for major Chinese cinema chain Capital Cinemas - was made possible via the partnership of Torrance, CA, USA-based 4D cinema maker MediaMation, Inc. and Chinese 3D equipment supplier Luxin-Rio. It follows the recent installation by MediaMation and Luxin-Rio of an MX4D® 100 + seat theatre in the city of Nanning for Wanda Cinemas, and the announcement of an upcoming installation in Nanchang for Jinyi Cinemas.

The main event of the Beijing festivities was the MX4D ® debut of Disney's live-action comic book adventure, "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" (known as "Creating Eras" in Chinese.) Movie fans shrieked with excitement when MX4D® pitch, heave and roll motion, air and water blasts, scents, leg ticklers, seat poppers and other special effects punctuated the frenetic on-screen action of "Iron Man," "The Hulk," and various Marvel superheroes. Sharing their infectious excitement with the television cameras, newly-minted fans of the MediaMation MX4D® technology exclaimed their enthusiasm for seeing other MX4D® releases such as "Tomorrowland," "San Andreas ("DoomsDay Collapse") and "Jurassic World" in this immersive new cinematic format.

Observed MMI VP/CTO Dan Jamele: "It was great to personally attend the exciting debut of Capital Cinema's first MX4D® theatre - in Beijing, no less! MediaMation MX4D® technology is particularly compatible to Chinese building codes and aesthetic sensibilities, so we did not have to do any renovation of the theatre building. We are thrilled with the positive media and word-of-mouth generated by the immersive movie-going experience. Combined with ease of installation and lower maintenance costs of our systems, we are encouraged these factors will continue to fuel our MX4D® expansion in the vast Chinese cinema market."

Mr. Pan, General Manager of Luxin-Rio, said: "It is a milestone that the MediaMation MX4D® Motion EFX Theatre is installed in Beijing. This means the new MediaMation Motion EFX Theatre cutting-edge technology is accepted in the Chinese market. In the future, we see this high-end 4D theatre brand capturing the largest market share in China."

MX4D® is MediaMation's uniquely branded "4D" pneumatically driven motion EFX system. In general, 4D refers to an emerging "immersive" cinema technology which allows movie-goers to experience big Hollywood "blockbusters," as well as locally produced major films, in a new way via the addition of moving seats, air/water blasts, leg/neck ticklers, fog, seat/back pokers, seat rumblers and other special effects that emanate from specially designed theatre seats, or from inside the theatre itself. These multiple special effects are programmed to both sync with and enhance the action on the screen and sounds in the theatre for a more exciting and realistic movie-going experience.

 

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Jonathan Papish @ChinaBoxOffice

 

UPDATED 7.20.15 w/ studio actuals

 

It was a explosive week in China as the box office hit a record $183 million in ticket sales from Friday to Sunday and $282 million for the week. Directed by Shrek’s animation supervisor and Shrek The Third’s co-director Raman Hui, Monster Hunt, a live-action/CGI hybrid family flick, grossed a massive $79.7 million over the weekend to take the #1 spot in the Middle Kingdom and overseas this frame and has earned $107.4 million since opening Thursday. 

 

In second place both overseas and at the Chinese box office, Da Peng’s superhero spoof Jianbing Man earned $68.7 million this weekend. The film will open on July 24 in select US cities through Magnum Films.

Minions continued its strong run abroad this weekend grossing $66.1 million from 56 territories for an overseas total of $410.4 million and $625.7 million worldwide. Overseas markets are accounting for 65% of the worldwide gross, up 3% from Despicable Me 2 and up 11% from Despicable Me, and will definitely widen the gap when Minions opens in China sometime later this summer. The animated spin-off will open next weekend in Peru and Portugal. 

Ant-Man burrowed into 37 overseas markets day-and-date with North America this weekend, representing about half of its final international footprint, and earned $56.4 million, 23% ahead of Thor and 44% ahead of Captain America: The First Avenger. Combined with NA’s #1 opening of $58.04 million, Marvel’s tiniest superhero grossed $114.4 million worldwide in its first frame. 

 

Top performing territories are the UK/Ireland which came in at #1 with $6.0 million, 28% ahead of the first Captain America, Mexico which took second with $5.6 million on par with Guardians of the Galaxy, Russia with $4.9 million in line with Captain America: The Winter Soldier, France which opened early on Tuesday to take advantage of Bastille Day with $4.0 million, 53% ahead of the first Cap, Australia where Ant-Man took the top spot from Inside Out and grossed $4.0 million, and Brazil with $3.8 million. Other key territories include Taiwan ($3.7 million), Malaysia ($2.8 million), the Philippines ($2.7 million), Thailand ($2.6 million), and Argentina ($1.1 million).

 

Next weekend will see openings in Germany, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, then Netherlands, and Austria. Ant-Man also opens in Italy on August 12, South Korea on September 3, and Japan on September 19.

 

Chinese animation Monkey King: Hero Is Back continues to surprise and grossed an outstanding $25.7 million this weekend despite heavy competition from Monster Hunt. The locally produced 3D animated action/family adventure film has grossed $75 million to date and is on its way to becoming the highest grossing animated film in Chinese box office history, currently held by Kung Fu Panda 2 with $93.19 million.

 

Terminator: Genisys opened in 4 Middle East markets this weekend and grossed $21.5 million from 64 international markets, liftings its international cume to $196 million and its global haul to $276.6 million. Paramount’s reboot opened at #1 in the UAE with $1.2 million from 38 locations, 80% ahead of Pacific Rim and 7% above Lucy. Second week holdovers include Japan ($2.8 million/$11.4 million cume), Germany ($1.6 million/$5.9 million), Argentina ($977K/$4.1 million cume), and Spain ($556K/$2.9 million cume). Third week holdovers include South Korea ($2.0 million/$22.7 million cume), UK/Ireland ($1.3 million/$14.4 million cume), Russia ($935K/$21.0 million cume), France ($1.1 million/$8.8 million cume), Brazil ($986K/$10.1 million cume), and Australia ($803K/$9.4 million cume).

 

Inside Out expanded into Japan, Netherlands, and Spain this weekend and grossed $21.3 million from 48 territories. The Pixar animation has earned $183.8 million overseas and $490.163 million worldwide.

 

Inside Out opened on top in Spain with $3 million, but at a disappointing #3 in Japan with $3.4 million behind a local animation and a local live-action film. Key territories to date are Mexico ($29.2 million), Australia ($21.1 million), Russia ($18.6 million), France ($18.2 million), South Korea ($14.5 million), Argentina ($14.3 million), Brazil ($11.2 million), Colombia ($6.7 million).

 

Inside Out will open in the UK/Ireland, Czech Republic, and Hong Kong next weekend.

 

Jurassic World grossed $12.3 million (-46%) from 63 territories this weekend and continues to topple records, this week passing Marvel’s The Avengers to become the 6th highest-grossing film of all-time at the international box office ($902.3 million) and today passed Furious 7 to become the 4th highest-grossing film of all-time worldwide ($1.513 billion). Japan is the next and final release on August 5.

 

Ted 2 continues its underwhelming run both at home and abroad, grossing an estimated $7.1 million in 43 territories for an overseas total of $66.2 million and a worldwide cume of $143.5 million. The sequel opens in the Philippines and Thailand next weekend with 18 additional markets opening in the next few months.

 

Paper Towns opened in 4 additional territories ahead of its North American release bringing the early overseas total to $6.74 million. Australia opened at #4 with $1.53 million on 225 screens, New Zealand bowed with $234K on 58 screens, Argentina with $288K on 82 screens, and Colombia with $179K on 80 screens. Brazil grossed another $1.17 million this weekend for a $4.5 million cume. 

 

Magic Mike XXL danced to $5.4 million over the weekend in 39 territories across ~3,100 screens. The Warner Bros’ sequel has grossed $30.5 million overseas and $89.08 million globally to date. Top territories are UK/Ireland ($8.5 million), Australia ($6.7 million), Holland ($2.0 million), Russia ($1.6 million), Denmark ($1.2 million), Norway ($1.1 million), and France ($1.08 million). Germany opens July 23, Brazil opens July 30, Mexico opens September 18, and Italy opens September 24.

 

Films with $2 million or less overseas this weekend (Weekend Total/Overseas Total/Global Total)

Unfriended - $2.7 million/$18.33 million/$50.81 million

The Gallows - $2.2 million/$4.3 million/$22.3 million

Spy - $1.9 million/$120.26 million/$226.86 million

Avengers: Age of Ultron - $1.8 million/$937.5 million/$1.3935 billion

Woman in Gold - $979K/$18.96 million/$52.1 million

Far From The Madding Crowd - $614K/$15.56 million/$27.6 million

Demonic (House of Horror) - $82K/$3.52 million/$3.52 million

Pitch Perfect 2 - $49K/$96.95 million/$280.5 million

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