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Volfoni raises production capacity ahead of massive 3D rental contracts ending

After just 15 months since its launch at CineAsia 2013, the SmartCrystalTM Diamond has been the number one selling Hi-Lef 3D system. With over 300 units shipped, this represents one installation every 36 hours somewhere on the planet. Backed by this success, Volfoni proudly announces today that it has opened a second factory for the production of the SmartCrystalTM Diamond in China. Volfoni repeats it successful roll out of production processes that have been developed by its R&D and Production team in Nice, France.

"The unique compact Triple Beam Technology from Volfoni is extremely well adapted for mass production without any compromise on quality", says Jérôme Hamacher, Chief Operating Officer of Volfoni.

The new Volfoni-Factory will be located in Qingdao, the upcoming Hollywood of China. Together with its existing production facility in France and the integrated production partnership in Spain, the Volfoni production sites amount to 1 500 m2 of work floor and 40 specialized workers. The facilities are state of the art with clean rooms (dust free assembly zones). In peak-time, they allow for an output of 500 3D systems per month. Volfoni further sees the advantage of its global production network in the ability to balance the work-load between sites, and to achieve economies of scale that can ultimately be shared with the customers. On all aspects, Volfoni is definitively ready for the opportunity of the massive 3D rental contracts ending.

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About Volfoni
Volfoni is the global 3D technology solutions leader and creator of the award winning 3D cinema system, SmartCrystalTM Diamond. It is the inventor of the Surface Switching Technology and the compact Triple Beam Technology for Hi-LEF 3D Systems.
Volfoni has offices in Los Angeles, Paris, Valencia, Guangzhou, Hong Kong and representations in Brazil and India.
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MovieTickets.com, a leading global provider of remote movie ticketing, announced today that the number of tickets sold by the company in January 2015 and February 2015 combined were up 47% over the same time period in 2014. This growth was led by advance ticket sales on American Sniper and Fifty Shades of Grey followed by brisk sales for The Divergent Series: Insurgent which comes to theaters on March 20, 2015.

For the most current data, be sure to check the company website's "Trending Now" feature found at www.movietickets.com. You can also follow the company on Twitter for updates as well: @MovieTickets.

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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Omnicom Deal Closes NCM's 2015 Upfront Season with a nearly 100 Percent Increase Over Last Year

New York, NY - March 3, 2015 - Omnicom Media Group , the media services division of Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE:OMC), has entered into an upfront agreement with National CineMedia (NCM) , America's #1 weekend network, to bring Omnicom client brands to movie patrons across NCM's network in 2015.

The deal, which will cover approximately $50 million in advertising over the next year, is the latest example of Omnicom Media Group's s video-neutral approach to media buying, placing cinema in its premium video tier. This landmark upfront buy is fully integrated to reach moviegoers on-screen, on-site, online and on mobile devices, and includes NCM's FirstLook pre-show, Shazam cinema interactivity, movie theater lobby activations, and online and mobile video campaigns specifically targeting NCM movie audiences.

"This represents the continued evolution of our premium video strategy, and is another step toward ensuring that our clients have preferred access to a wide range of advertising alternatives," said John Swift, CEO, North America Investment of Omnicom Media Group. "Our clients expect us to identify the best video marketing options, and cinema fits perfectly into that category. This deal allowed us to secure some of the best NCM inventory, competitive pricing and the ability to integrate the big screen into our clients' long term marketing plans."

This 2015 upfront deal is an expansion of Omnicom Media Group's successful use of cinema over the years for a wide variety of clients.

"This expanded relationship with Omnicom Media Group is a sign of a pivotal shift in the marketplace as we head into our fourth upfront season," said Cliff Marks, president of sales and marketing with NCM. "Cinema is now being recognized as premium video with high quality content, increasing reach, strong market coverage and great consumer engagement. "

NCM's first-ever agency upfront deal with Omnicom Media Group is the cap to a very successful 2014-15 upfront season, which saw upfront commitments increase of nearly 100 percent over the prior year. NCM's 2015-16 upfront luncheon event will be held on Wednesday, May 13 at the AMC Loews Lincoln Square movie theater in New York City.

About Omnicom Media Group

Omnicom Media Group is the media services division of Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE: OMC), the leading global advertising, marketing and corporate communications company, providing services to over 5,000 clients in more than 100 countries. Omnicom Media Group includes the full service media networks OMD Worldwide and PHD Network , leading global data and analytics company, Annalect ; the Accuen programmatic media platform: global search and social agency Resolution Media ; print and digital media agency Novus ; the Optimum Sports and Fuse sports media and marketing agencies; Outdoor Media Group; The Content Collective; and direct response agency Pathway .

About National CineMedia (NCM)

National CineMedia (NCM) is the #1 weekend network in America and the largest cinema advertising network reaching moviegoers on-screen, on-site, online and on mobile devices. NCM offers captivating entertainment content, national reach and unparalleled audience engagement across its digital in-theater network of over 20,100 screens in approximately 1,600 theaters in 183 Designated Market Areas® (49 of the top 50). During 2014, over 700 million moviegoers attended theaters that exclusively present NCM's FirstLook pre-show program, including AMC Entertainment Inc. (NYSE:AMC), Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CNK), Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC), and over 40 other leading regional theater circuit affiliates. National CineMedia, Inc. (NASDAQ:NCMI) owns a 45.8% interest in, and is the managing member of, National CineMedia, LLC. For more information, visit www.ncm.com . (NCMI-A)

 

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Columbus, GA -- Carmike Cinemas' President and Chief Executive Officer David Passman stated, "Carmike performed favorably on several key metrics in Q4 2014 despite a third consecutive quarter of year-over-year industry box office declines. Total admission revenues, which increased 5.9% year over year, continues to reach record highs as we complete acquisitions and replace older theatres with state-of-the-art entertainment complexes.

"We believe our theatre-level operating teams performed well in the quarter despite the soft industry trends. Our concessions strategies continue to capture a greater share of concessions spending. Carmike's 11.2% increase in total concessions and other revenues and 6.5% rise in concessions and other spending per patron during the quarter extends our industry leadership in these performance metrics and highlights the benefit of our focus on delivering a diverse range of food and beverage offerings to theatregoers at affordable price points. In this regard, we are proud that the 2014 fourth quarter marks our twentieth consecutive reporting period of year-over-year concessions and other per patron revenue growth.

"We recently opened our first two theatres providing in-auditorium full service casual dining to an entire theatre complex, in Bloomington, IL and Richmond, VA and plan to open a third dine-in theatre in the second quarter of 2015. Our dine in experience includes reserved seating, friendly wait staff to ensure patrons are greeted both with a menu as well as a helpful guide on using the silent electronic push-button service, which allows patrons to enjoy a convenient in-seat ordering and dining experience, complete with a wide array of food and beverage options while enjoying a movie in our premium seats. Patrons may order as many times as they wish during the movie, allowing for appetizers, entrees, desserts and beverages to be ordered and delivered fresh from the kitchen when the patron is ready to enjoy them.

"Carmike remains focused on its initiatives to build long-term shareholder value. While the film slate varies from quarter-to-quarter, we continue to execute our strategy to identify acquisition and build-to-suit opportunities that expand our theatre circuit and scale in attractive, complementary markets thereby strengthening our platform for sustainable growth. Our year over year average screen count increased nearly 11% to over 2,900 screens in the fourth quarter.

"Given the industry wide year over year increase of approximately 9% through this weekend, we remain cautiously optimistic about the 2015 first quarter box office environment notwithstanding that the first quarter of 2014 provides the most difficult comparison in 2015. We are enthusiastic about the film slate for the remainder of 2015, which contains a robust offering of highly-anticipated tent-pole sequels and exciting new titles. Finally, Carmike's growing circuit of high quality theatres, ongoing success in maximizing high-margin concessions revenue opportunities and our Company-wide emphasis on customer service excellence remain critical factors in our ability to generate positive operating results over the long-term," concluded Mr. Passman.

 

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By Daniel Garris

As was widely expected, Warner's Focus debuted in first place this weekend with $18.69 million. However, the romantic heist film starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie did perform a bit below pre-release expectations. Focus opened a lackluster 32 percent below the $27.52 million start of 2013's After Earth, though it should be noted that Focus was far less expensive than After Earth and will likely hold up significantly better than After Earth did after opening weekend. With that said, the debut of Focus further suggests that Smith's drawing power at the box office is nowhere near the level it once was.

Focus debuted with $6.45 million on Friday (which included an estimated $900,000 from Thursday night shows), increased 18 percent on Saturday to take in $7.63 million and declined 40 percent on Sunday to claim $4.59 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.90 to 1 (though it should be noted that Friday's grosses were deflated a bit in general by winter weather in parts of the country). The film received a respectable B rating on CinemaScore. The audience breakdown for Focus skewed towards female moviegoers (53 percent) and heavily towards moviegoers over the age of 25 (88 percent).

It was a tight race for spots two through five this weekend, as second place and fifth place were separated by just $1.68 million.

Fox's Kingsman: The Secret Service took in $11.88 million to claim second place for a third consecutive weekend. The Matthew Vaughn directed graphic novel adaptation starring Colin Firth was down a very solid 35 percent from last weekend. Kingsman: The Secret Service continues to inch closer to the $100 million domestic mark with a stronger than expected 17-day take of $85.83 million. That places the film an impressive 46 percent ahead of the $58.82 million 17-day gross of 2010's Red.

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water held steady in third place this weekend with $10.82 million. Thanks in part to facing no new direct competition for family audiences, Paramount's 3D animated film stabilized nicely this weekend, as it was down 35 percent from last weekend. The SpongeBob Movie continues to exceed expectations with a strong 24-day take of $139.94 million and is running 32 percent ahead of the $106.34 million 24-day take of 2011's Rango.

After leading the box office each of the past two weekends, Fifty Shades of Grey fell three spots to land in fourth place with $10.56 million. Universal's successful erotic romantic drama was down a sharp 53 percent from last weekend, but showed relative signs of stabilization after last weekend's massive percentage decline. While it's proving to be very front-loaded, Fifty Shades of Grey has grossed a very strong $147.39 million in 17 days, which places it a sizable 47.5 percent ahead of the $99.92 million 17-day take of 2010's Valentine's Day.

The Lazarus Effect debuted in fifth place with $10.20 million. The low-budget PG-13 rated horror film from Relativity had been widely expected to open slightly higher, but was still off to a solid start this weekend given its cost. It should also be noted that online activity levels before the film's release were soft by horror film standards. The Lazarus Effect opened 15 percent below the $12.01 million start of Relativity's Oculus last April.

The Lazarus Effect opened with $3.79 million on Friday (which included an estimated $350,000 from Thursday night shows), increased a healthy 15 percent on Saturday to take in $4.37 million and declined 53 percent on Sunday to gross $2.05 million. That gave the film an opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.69 to 1, which is a promising sign for a horror film. On the other hand, The Lazarus Effect received a C- rating on CinemaScore, which isn't the greatest early sign (even by horror film standards).

Disney's McFarland, USA held up very nicely in its second weekend, as it was down just 29 percent to place in sixth with $7.84 million. The sports drama starring Kevin Costner continues to perform on the high end of expectations with $22.02 million in ten days. That places the film 14 percent ahead of the $19.36 million ten-day take of last year's Draft Day (which fell 42 percent in its second weekend to gross $5.71 million). This weekend's hold is a strong sign for McFarland, USA going forward.

Warner's American Sniper continued to hold up very well this weekend with a seventh place take of $7.39 million. The blockbuster Clint Eastwood directed Best Picture nominee starring Bradley Cooper was down a slim 26 percent from last weekend. American Sniper has grossed a massive $330.82 million to date and is now on the verge of surpassing the $336.72 million current total gross of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 to become the highest grossing release of 2014 domestically.

The DUFF also held up well this weekend with an eighth place gross of $6.87 million. The low-budget PG-13 comedy from CBS Films and Lionsgate was down 36 percent from last weekend's stronger than expected start. The DUFF continues to exceed expectations with $19.77 million in ten days. That places the film 19.5 percent ahead of the $16.55 million ten-day take of last year's That Awkward Moment (which fell 40 percent in its second weekend to gross $5.24 million).

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