sonydigitalcinema4k.pngBasingstoke, 8 October, 2014 - Sony Europe is delighted to confirm the appointment of Omega Cinema Systems as an official dealer for Sony Digital Cinema 4K projection systems in Turkey.

The new appointment has already been marked by Omega's first market success as a Sony Digital Cinema official Turkish dealer. Omega is supplying 14 of Sony's acclaimed SRX-R510P and SRX-R515P 4K projection systems and Sony TMS Theatre Management Systems into A'City and Park Vera, two new shopping malls in the capital Ankara. Installation begins in mid-October, with completion scheduled by the beginning of November this year.

Izmit-based Omega has provided a wide range of technology, installation and support services to the Turkish cinema industry for over 16 years.

"It's wonderful to welcome a new partner with the calibre, experience and excellent reputation that Omega enjoys in the region", comments David McIntosh, Vice President of Sony Digital Cinema 4K Solutions for Europe and the Americas. "Turkey has been a leader in embracing digitisation, and through our new relationship with Omega we look forward to bringing the best possible cinema image quality and experience to millions more cinemagoers."

Annual revenues for Turkey's box office are worth over €180 million annually, and the total number of screens - currently around 2,000 countrywide - is growing at around 10% year on year. Much of this growth is being generated by explosive demand for brand-new screens in Turkey's urban regions, including retail and leisure centres in Ankara, Istanbul and their environs.

"2015 marks the end of movie distribution on 35mm celluloid in Turkey", notes McIntosh. "With time almost up for 35mm film, Turkish operators are leading Europe in their total switchover to the benefits of digital distribution and projection. Sony 4K puts cinemas in the best possible position to offer their own customers premium picture quality, while enjoying world-class support and affordable running costs - today and tomorrow."

"Omega are delighted to be working with Sony's industry leading 4K digital cinema technology, providing future-proofed and low total cost of ownership projection systems to all exhibitors here in Turkey", comments Fikret Gursoy, General Manager, Omega Cinema Systems Limited.

About Sony 4K Digital Technology

With over 18,000 systems in the market, Sony Digital Cinema 4K technology lets moviegoers experience exceptional picture quality from every seat in the cinema - with spectacular detail, contrast and colour on any size of screen. Sony Digital Cinema 4K projection systems give audiences a more immersive, emotionally engaging visual experience you simply can't get at home - in 2D or with a choice of smooth, easy on the eye 3D solutions. Sony 4K offers four times the resolution of an HD TV or previous-generation 2K digital cinema projectors.

4K is the choice of audiences and industry alike, winning Hollywood's commitment with releases from Paramount, Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox and Sony Pictures. It's won the support of Hollywood heavyweights like Martin Scorsese ("The Wolf of Wall Street"), Christopher Nolan ("Dark Knight Rises", "Inception"), M. Night Shyamalan ("After Earth"), David Fincher ("The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo"), Paul Greengrass ("Captain Phillips") and Harald Zwart ("Karate Kid"), who have all released blockbusters in 4K. It's also the choice of award-winning director Nuri Bilge Ceylan who won the coveted Palme d'Or at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival for "Winter Sleep" that was shot in 4K using Sony's F65 CineAlta camera for cinematic release.

The only manufacturer currently deploying 4K projection systems in volume, Sony serves many of the world's biggest and most prestigious cinema chains, as well as small independent screens and art house cinemas.





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By Daniel Garris

Fox's Gone Girl led the daily box office on Monday with $3.28 million. The critically acclaimed David Fincher directed film starring Ben Affleck has led the daily box office for the past three days. Gone Girl was down 64 percent from Sunday, which is a good early sign for the film and also a sign of the film skewing heavily towards older moviegoers. Gone Girl cleared the $40 million mark on Monday and has grossed a stronger than expected $40.79 million in four days. That places the film a very impressive 66.5 percent ahead of the $24.50 million four-day start of 2010's The Social Network.

Annabelle claimed second place for the day with $2.31 million. Warner's low-budget spin-off to The Conjuring fell 70 percent from Sunday's performance. Annabelle continues to exceed expectations in a very big way with a strong four-day start of $39.44 million. The film is set to surpass the $40 million mark today and is running just 6 percent behind the $42.04 million four-day start of last year's Insidious Chapter 2.

Sony's The Equalizer placed in third with $1.47 million. The Denzel Washington led action thriller was down 69 percent from Sunday and down a sizable 50 percent from last Monday. The Equalizer continues to perform in line with the higher end of its lofty pre-release expectations with an eleven-day start of $65.71 million. That places the film 6 percent ahead of the $62.04 million eleven-day take of 2010's The Book of Eli.

The Maze Runner took fourth place with $0.641 million. Fox's successful young adult adaptation fell 76 percent from Sunday and a healthy 34 percent from last Monday. Thanks in part to continued strong holding power, especially for a young adult adaptation, The Maze Runner has grossed a stronger than expected $74.19 million through 18 days of release.

The Boxtrolls rounded out Monday's top five with $0.539 million. The latest stop motion animated film from Focus and Laika was down 84 percent from Sunday and down a slim 26.5 percent from last Monday. Like 2009's Coraline and 2012's ParaNorman before it, The Boxtrolls is displaying strong holding power thus far. The film continues to exceed expectations with an eleven-day take of $32.63 million.

Freestyle's Left Behind landed in sixth place with $0.427 million. The faith based thriller remake starring Nicolas Cage fell 71 percent from Sunday. Left Behind has grossed $6.73 million in four days, which is towards the lower end of the film's modest pre-release expectations.

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variety-thechildrenscharity.pngVariety of Wisconsin reports:

We are thrilled to welcome Bob Menefee to our Variety staff!

Bob recently retired as the Vice President of Marcus Theatres and has now joined Variety of Wisconsin as the Development Director. Bob has been involved with Variety since 1986 and most recently served as the President of Variety's Board of Directors. He is enthusiastic about raising awareness about Variety's good work and creating a development program which will sustain future growth of the organization.

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By Alex Edghill

Ouija led the Facebook pack over the last week with a strong increase of 144,245 likes, or a 21.82% rise from its number a couple weeks ago. With Annabelle opening to a very strong $37 million this past weekend it would appear as though this October is going to be very strong for the screamers as both Dracula Untold and Ouija have also been tearing up the social media charts. By comparison, Annabelle was at just over 1.1 million like at the same distance before release. This might not be as big of a smash but with these numbers its throwing up teens to twenty-something millions could very well be possible.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 was first runner up on the week in terms of total like gains as it came in with a 93k increase. The page already is one of the most popular ever on Facebook for a movie franchise at over 20 million likes. All signs point to go here as the franchise simply keeps improving.

The Bollywood import Happy New Year has been rocketing up the Facebook charts and this past week it ended with 3.23 million likes, one of the most liked Bollywood films ever according to our tracking. Way ahead of other successes such as Ek Tha Tiger (<1 million likes) and Dhoom 3 (<2 million likes). This is going to do very well when released on Diwali this year given these early signs.

Dracula Untold rose another 65k to 2.45 million likes overall, cementing its place as one of the most anticipated films of the month. Speaking of which, outside of Dracula and Ouija October hasn't been that green a pasture for upcoming wide releases which is somewhat disturbing. Curiously slow films include Nightcrawler, and The Book Of Life which have not come close to 100k likes yet. By no means a kiss of death but I find it hard to believe breakouts happening here with so few people looking forward to them. 

Facebook Top 15 Movies by Like Increase for the Week Ending Sunday October 5th

Rank Release Movie Likes Preview Change % Change
1 10/24/14 Ouija 805,371 661,126 144,245 21.82%
2 11/21/14 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 20,365,887 20,272,616 93,271 0.46%
3 06/26/15 Ted 2 20,300,444 20,212,524 87,920 0.43%
4 10/24/14 Happy New Year (2014) 3,228,802 3,156,850 71,952 2.28%
5 10/10/14 Dracula Untold 2,448,553 2,382,997 65,556 2.75%
7 05/01/15 Avengers: Age of Ultron 12,078,349 12,045,083 33,266 0.28%
8 04/03/15 Fast & Furious 7 51,411,554 51,379,085 32,469 0.06%
9 10/10/14 Addicted 286,881 259,574 27,307 10.52%
10 03/25/16 Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice 3,441,639 3,414,380 27,259 0.80%
11 03/20/15 The Divergent Series: Insurgent 3,570,800 3,546,717 24,083 0.68%
12 02/06/15 The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water 170,235 146,309 23,926 16.35%
13 02/13/15 Fifty Shades of Grey 5,057,595 5,034,735 22,860 0.45%
14 10/17/14 The Best of Me 392,420 375,358 17,062 4.55%
15 12/18/15 Star Wars: Episode VII 12,774,153 12,758,039 16,114 0.13%


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