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Marvel continues to pay off for Disney. Big Hero 6 is the top animated release of 2014, making it back-to-back victories in the global box office column for Walt Disney Animation Studios. Big Hero 6 brought in a total of $620 million to claim the 2014 title. The full press release from Disney is included below: 

Today, Walt Disney Animation Studios' Academy Award®-winning Big Hero 6 became the #1 animated title of 2014 with more than $620 million globally. The film, which has earned $221 million domestically, also surpasses $400 million at the international box office this weekend.

Big Hero 6 continues to perform strongly in China, where it opened Feb. 28 and has brought in over $51 million, surpassing Frozen to become the highest grossing animated release ever from Disney or Pixar. In Japan, it has earned more than $75 million and is the second highest grossing Disney animated release ever. It's the second biggest Disney or Pixar animated movie ever released in Korea and Russia, and it's the biggest animated release of all time in Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, and Indonesia.

Last weekend, Big Hero 6 surpassed Tangled to become the third biggest Walt Disney Animation Studios release ever globally, behind only Frozen and The Lion King. It is also Walt Disney Animation Studios' third biggest domestic release of all time.

Big Hero 6 debuted in the U.S. on November 7, 2014. Directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams and produced by Roy Conli, this action-packed comedy-adventure, inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, centers on the special bond that develops between Baymax, a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada as they team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes.

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By Daniel Garris

Fox Searchlight's The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was up one spot from Wednesday to move into first place on Thursday with $0.843 million. The ensemble comedy sequel was still down a sizable 9 percent from Wednesday, as it took a clear hit from Disney's Cinderella and Warner's Run All Night both entering the marketplace on Thursday night (Thursday night grosses for both new releases will be counted towards their respective Friday performances). The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel placed in third for the week with a seven-day start of $12.36 million. That was towards the higher end of pre-release expectations and places the film 25 percent behind the $16.51 million seven-day start of last year's The Hundred-Foot Journey.

Sony's CHAPPiE was down one spot and a sharp 16 percent from Wednesday to fall to second with $0.809 million. The Neill Blomkamp directed sci-fi film took an additional hit from losing IMAX screens to Cinderella on Thursday night. While CHAPPiE placed in first for the week with a seven-day start of $17.61 million, the film performed below its already modest pre-release expectations. CHAPPiE is running a very disappointing 58 percent behind the $42.31 million seven-day take of 2013's Elysium and a slim 3 percent ahead of the $17.10 million seven-day start of 2011's Paul.

Focus held steady in third place with $0.807 million. Warner's romantic heist film starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie was down 5 percent from Wednesday and down a healthy 33 percent from last Thursday. Focus placed in second for the week with $13.67 million. That represented a reasonable 44 percent decline from the film's opening week performance and brings the film's two-week total to $38.23 million.

Fox's Kingsman: The Secret Service grossed $0.732 million to remain in fourth. The Matthew Vaughn directed graphic novel adaptation starring Colin Firth fell just 2 percent from Wednesday and a slim 19 percent from last Thursday. Kingsman finished in fourth for the week with $11.45 million. The film was down only 27.5 percent from the previous week and has grossed a stronger than expected $101.17 million in four weeks.

Fifty Shades of Grey rounded out the day's top five with $0.502 million. Universal's successful erotic romantic drama was down 3 percent from Wednesday and down a solid 37 percent from last Thursday. Fifty Shades of Grey placed in sixth for the week with $7.64 million. That represented a 45.5 percent decline from the previous frame and brings the film's four-week total to a strong $158.48 million.

Meanwhile, Fox's Unfinished Business rounded out its very disappointing first week of release with a tenth place take of $0.346 million on Thursday. The Vince Vaughn led R-rated comedy fell 7 percent from Wednesday's performance. Unfinished Business managed just $6.38 million in its first seven days of release, which placed the film in eighth place for the frame.

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harknessscreens.pngFREDERICKSBURG, VIRGINIA, MARCH 13TH 2015 - Harkness Screens the world's leading screen technology company and thought-leaders in on-screen brightness will runs its second Harkness Academy at Cinemacon 2015 in Las Vegas.

After its first Academy held in 2014 which had an attendance of over 100 people, this year's free one-day event outside of the main body of Cinemacon programming will again be hosted by Harkness' Technical Specialists. The Academy will highlight some of the major issues relating to presentation faced by exhibitors and showcase forward thinking solutions to these.

"We've had enormous success last year with our inaugural event and bringing the Academy back to Cinemacon was a simple decision to make. We see this forum along with our web seminars and regular presentations at trade shows and conventions as a vital part of our commitment to helping the cinema industry improve presentation quality. With the Academy we have the ability to reach out to new contacts from across the cinema world and share our expertise and ideas," says Richard Mitchell, Head of Global Marketing at Harkness Screens.

The Harkness Academy will consist of 4 stand-alone seminars run on Tuesday 21st April in the Turin Room, (3rd Floor Promenade Level) at Caesars Palace with each seminar lasting for approximately 45 minutes.

All sessions will be free of charge to Cinemacon attendees however with the Academy sessions likely to prove popular, places should be reserved online by visiting the Harkness website

www.harkness-screens.com/academy

About Harkness Screens

Harkness ScreensTM is the world's leading screen technology company, specialising in the design and manufacture of projection screens and supporting technologies.

From single-screen independent theatres to large multiplexes to large format immersive theatre experiences or live events, Harkness supplies thousands of screens every year for cinema, film production, special effects, live events and custom AV applications. 

With truly global reach, Harkness is regarded as the world leader in cinema and today has screens in more cinemas worldwide than any other manufacturer. With its industry leading 2D and 3D screen brands (Perlux and Spectral) along with its innovative range of tools and iOS/Android apps, Harkness continues to lead the way in screen technology for cinema.

Founded in 1929, Harkness has manufacturing facilities in the USA, UK, France, India and China. Harkness Screens combines unrivalled experience with the latest technology and production methods to provide innovative solutions to the company's key markets worldwide.  For more information, visit the Harkness Screens web page at www.harkness-screens.com.

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mar6.pngSony reports that CHAPPiE added $0.96 million in first place on Wednesday, bringing its six-day total to $16.8 million. Unfortunately, the Neill Blomkamp film is pacing 9 percent behind Source Code and 58 percent behind Elysium through the same points.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel claimed second place yesterday with $0.93 million. That puts its haul at $11.52 million thus far, 25 percent off the pace of The Hundred-Foot Journey.

In third place, Focus was down 34 percent from last week to $0.85 million on Wednesday. The Will Smith flick has totaled $37.42 million through 13 days of release.

Kingsman: The Secret Service eased just 16 percent from last Wednesday to $0.74 million yesterday, sending the graphic novel adaptation across the $100 million domestic threshold. The Matthew Vaughn-helmed pic's total stands at an impressive $100.44 million as it continues to display strong legs.

Filling out the top five, Fifty Shades of Grey slid 36.5 percent from last week to $0.52 million yesterday. The adaptation's domestic tally stands at $157.98 million.

Meanwhile, Unfinished Business posted $0.37 million on Wednesday. The comedy's six-day gross stands at $6.03 million, 46 percent off the pace of 21 and Over.

 

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christie.pngFeaturing First Cinema-Specific, Single Enclosure Line Array Speaker Design, Christie Vive Audio Launches New Era of Immersive Cinema Sound in Japan

CYPRESS, Calif. - (March 12, 2015) - Christie®, a world leader in entertainment solutions, announced that TOHO Cinemas, a subsidiary of TOHO, Asia's leading film, theater production and distribution company, is poised to launch a new revolution in cinema sound throughout Japan with the installation of Christie Vive AudioTM surround sound solutions, powered by
Dolby Atmos® sound technology. Installed by Xebex, a subsidiary of Ushio, Inc., the initial rollout of Christie Vive Audio will include installations at TOHO Cinemas Roppongi, the flagship and crown jewel of the organization, as well as Fujimi, Oita, and Shinjuku.

TOHO Cinemas is one of the largest cinema chains in Japan, and among the most recognized brands throughout Asia. It operates more than 595 screens in 64 cinemas including five jointly operated cinemas with 56 screens. The addition of Christie Vive Audio and Dolby Atmos will create the world's most advanced cinema sound experience for TOHO's enthusiastic audiences.

"Japanese audiences are one of the most technically savvy in the industry. They expect the best in sight and sound at TOHO Cinemas. We believe that we can meet this high expectation by using Christie Vive speakers and Dolby Atmos in our TOHO Cinemas Extra Large Screen (TCX) premium screen theaters," said Shunichi Kobayashi Development & Construction Director, TOHO Cinemas Ltd. "Christie Vive Audio, and Dolby Atmos, will continue to ensure that our audiences enjoy the ultimate movie-viewing experience throughout Japan."

Christie Vive Audio brings immersive cinema sound to any auditorium. It is among the leading choices for today's large-capacity, premium cinema venues. Each TOHO Cinemas auditorium, specially configured to meet Dolby Atmos specifications, will be upgraded with varying combinations of Christie Vive Audio LA3 or LA4 Series line array screen channel speakers, and LA4S and LA4C Series parabolic line array wall and ceiling surrounds.

"Japan is always on the cutting-edge of new technology in cinema," notes Akikazu Dempoya president, Xebex Inc., Japan. "The combination of Christie Vive and Dolby Atmos heralds a new era in superior cinema sound that will give TOHO Cinemas a true competitive edge in the market."

"Dolby is honored that TOHO Cinemas has chosen Dolby Atmos sound technology as its preferred immersive sound system. With Dolby Atmos, the audience is no longer just watching a movie, they are experiencing it," said Doug Darrow, Senior Vice President, Cinema, Dolby Laboratories. "We are confident that moviegoers will go back again and again for the extraordinary experience that only Dolby Atmos can deliver."

"Christie Vive Audio represents the next evolution in cinema sound. After just over a year on the market, it is already a major force in new-build premium auditoriums around the world, attesting to its superiority over legacy sound systems," said Patrick Artiaga, director, Business Development, Audio, Christie Digital. "With its adoption by TOHO Cinemas in Japan, Christie Vive Audio continues to make its mark as a dominant player in cinema sound technology worldwide."

The complete Christie Vive Audio solution includes the cinema industry's first line array designs for ceiling surrounds, wall surrounds and screen channel speakers, integrated with unique subwoofers, and powered by Class D amplifiers. For more information, visit http://www.viveaudio.com/ .

About Dolby Atmos
Dolby Atmos delivers moving audio-sound that can be precisely placed and moved anywhere in three-dimensional space, including overhead. It brings entertainment alive all around the audience in a powerfully immersive and emotive experience. Since its introduction in the cinema in 2012, Dolby Atmos has been embraced by all the major Hollywood studios, 11 Academy Award® winning directors, and 23 Academy Award winning sound mixers, among others. Now people can enjoy Dolby Atmos in the cinema, in their home theaters, and on mobile devices. To learn more about Dolby Atmos, visit dolby.com/Atmos.

About Christie®
Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc. is a global visual technologies company and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ushio Inc., Japan, (JP:6925). Consistently setting the standards by being the first to market some of the world's most advanced projectors, complete system displays and cinema audio solutions, Christie is recognized as one of the most innovative visual technology companies in the world. From retail displays to Hollywood, mission critical command centers to classrooms and training simulators, Christie display solutions and projectors capture the attention of audiences around the world with dynamic and stunning images, accompanied by awe-inspiring sound. Visit www.christiedigital.com.

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