apr10wknd.pngUniversal reports that Furious 7 tagged on another $2.92 million yesterday, easily holding onto first place. The blockbuster sequel's 13-day tally stands at $262.4 million, in line with where The Hunger Games stood at the same point in its release.

The Longest Ride took second place with $0.805 million yesterday, giving it $15.84 million through six days of release. That puts it 29 percent ahead of where fellow Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Best of Me stood at the same point.

In third, DreamWorks' Home took in $0.72 million. The hit release from Fox has taken in $131.6 million to date.

Get Hard came in fourth place with $0.61 million yesterday. The Will Ferrell-Kevin Hart comedy's total stands at $72.9 million.

Filling out the top five, Woman In Gold posted $0.57 million on Wednesday to give it $10.8 million in all so far. The film expands to 2,011 theaters this weekend.

 

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apr17wknd.pngLOS ANGELES - April 16, 2015 - According to Fandango, the nation's leading digital destination for moviegoers and fans with more than 36 million unique visitors per month*, "Furious 7" in its third weekend continues to dominate ticket sales. New releases, "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2" and "Unfriended," are also clicking well with audiences. Each one of the three films is earning high scores on Fanticipation, Fandango's movie buzz indicator, meriting an impressive 84, 83, and 75 out of 100 points, respectively.

"Blart" is collaring the best advance ticket sales of any Kevin James-starring vehicle, taking down James' 2011 "Zookeeper" at the same point in that film's ticket sales cycle on Fandango. "Unfriended" is scaring up significantly higher advance sales than the 2013 horror thriller, "Oculus."

"Movie audiences of all ages have something to look forward to at theaters this weekend," says Fandango Chief Correspondent Dave Karger. "'Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2' will appeal to families who love Kevin James' goofy antics, while teen fans will love the intense scares in ‘Unfriended.' Meanwhile, ‘Furious 7' will continue to score with thrill-seekers seeing the film for the first, second, or third time."

On Fandango's movie recommendation show, "Weekend Ticket," Fandango Contributor Dan Perrault interviews the "Unfriended" stars via Skype, asking them how they managed to create an effective thriller out of "one long Skype conversation filmed in one take." The full episode can be found at http://www.fandango.com/WeekendTicket.

About Fandango's Fanticipation
Known for having its finger on the pulse of moviegoers, Fandango's movie buzz indicator, Fanticipation, provides statistical insight into the movies fans are planning to see in a given weekend. Fanticipation scores (based on a 1 to 100-point scale) are calculated via an algorithm of Fandango's advance ticket sales, website and mobile traffic, and social media engagement. Fanticipation is not intended as a forecast of the weekend box office; it is a snapshot of movie fan sentiment.

*According to comScore

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Beijing, April 16, 2015-Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: DLB) and Wanda Cinema Line Corporation, one of the largest cinema exhibitors in China, announced today that Wanda will purchase more than 400 units of the Dolby® ShowVault/IMB to deploy in all of its new cinemascreens built in China through the end of 2015.

"The ShowVault/IMB has already proven its worth in our existing cinemas, delivering outstanding performance and high reliability," saidZeng Maojun, Board Director and General Manager of Wanda Cinema Line Corporation. "We are very pleased to continue this collaboration with Dolby, and we are confident the ShowVault/IMB will help ensure high-quality digital cinema presentation in our new screens in 2015."

The Dolby ShowVault/IMB is the most widely deployed integrated media block (IMB) product in the cinema industry. Its superb reliability and enriched feature set continues to make it a much sought-after solution.

"It is Dolby's long-term commitment to provide leading playback solutions to support the evolving digital cinema industry in China and around the world," said Doug Darrow, Senior Vice President, Cinema, Dolby Laboratories. "We are delighted to continue to work with an industry leader like Wanda, which shares with Dolby a single goal: to constantly strive for quality and innovation."

About Wanda Cinema Line
Founded in 2005, Wanda Cinema Line is owned by the Wanda Group. As of 2014, Wanda Cinema Line operates 182 theaters and 1,616 screens in nearly 100 cities nationwide. In 2014, it generated RMB 4.2 billion in total box-office revenue, accounting for a 15 percent share of nationwide revenue. From 2014 onward, Wanda Cinema Line plans to add 40 theatres annually and grow to 260 theaters and 2,300 screens by 2016, thus securing the biggest share of China's market.

About Dolby Laboratories
Dolby Laboratories (NYSE: DLB) creates audio, video, and voice technologies that transform entertainment and communications in mobile devices, at the cinema, at home, and at work. For nearly 50 years, sight and sound experiences have become more vibrant, clear, and powerful in Dolby®. For more information, please visit www.dolby.com.

 

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Rancho Cordova, Calif., USA - 16 April 2015 - Barco, the worldwide market share leader in digital cinema, further expands its footprint of the Auro 11.1 immersive cinema sound solution, with more than 550 screens committed or installed and over 100 films released in Auro 11.1.
This year, Barco anticipates the beginning of the adoption of a standardized format for immersive sound. As such, Barco will be publically showing, for the first time, AuroMax®: a system that incorporates support for the placement of "objects" in any immersive mix and the most revolutionary rendering technology available from Iosono.

The momentum continues with more "Auro" movie titles

With an open standard format now imminent thanks to Barco, Auro Technologies and other partners advocating for this new "open" approach to sound, production companies worldwide are embracing the Auro-3D® format due to its flexibility and excellent audio quality. Over 100 films have been released globally in Auro 11.1 - including this summer's blockbusters "Minions," "Pixels," and "Everest" - with even more announcements expected in the coming weeks.

Spearheading the evolution of an "Open Format" approach to immersive sound

"Barco and Auro Technologies are proud to celebrate this achievement with our industry partners as we worked diligently to secure the creation of a standardized distribution format for immersive cinema sound. Our desire is to protect exhibitors and studios from potential ‘gatekeeper' entities that could impose proprietary technology, thus ensuring the ability to play any movie regardless of the system used to create it," comments Brian Claypool, Senior Director Strategic Business Development for Barco. "Thanks to SMPTE, DCI and NATO representatives, which are also dedicated to developing these standards, our customers can expect more content, with an increased focus on quality, so that audiences understand the full potential of what immersive sound can be. The arrival of these standards will allow content creators to focus on one workflow rather than making sacrifices to create multiple versions of one mix. The arrival of a true standard in the marketplace will help achieve this."

Premium immersive sound with AuroMax®

Barco has always approached the market with technologies and solutions defined by the requirements of the exhibition industry. AuroMax® continues this tradition by offering the most natural representation of standardized immersive sound at up-to half the cost of a typical object based sound system. Auro-3D sound systems are the only immersive system with 3 distinct layers and a vertical stereo field on screen divided over 6 screen channels to provide a realistic reproduction of sound in movie theaters. All current Auro 11.1 auditoriums are built from the existing 5.1 design philosophy. AuroMax® allows for the discreet placement of "objects". This makes AuroMax compatible and upgradable with existing Auro 11.1 systems. This new approach maintains the same large sweet spot and guarantees the most natural representation of channel- and object-based immersive sound as intended by the creators, regardless of the size of the room.

Platform flexibility for studios

More than 35 leading post-production studios have installed the Auro-3D® Studio System, with more on the horizon because of its ability to offer total freedom to content creators regarding immersive sound development. "An open standard ensures that no manufacturer can hold exhibitors hostage by levying license fees for immersive audio. Instead, studios can effortlessly create both channel- and object-based sound masters for movies without fear of incurring exorbitant costs or being locked-in to one authoring or playback system. Best of all, by using the Auro-3D® Creative Tool Suite, a single distribution master can be created within the existing workflow that can be used on any legacy or new immersive audio system to ensure the widest distribution of their movies," comments Wilfried Van Baelen, inventor of the Auro-3D® concept and CEO of Auro Technologies.

The most natural acoustical experience

Auro 11.1 by Barco is designed in accordance with a sound reproduction layout consisting of three layers (traditional surround sound with height and overhead layers), which enables studio sound mixers to move objects around in space to create the most realistic and acoustically perfect experience. Auro 11.1 is fully compatible with existing audio equipment and current workflows. Auro 11.1 is an integral part of the CinemaBarco experience.

CinemaBarco is a complete cinema experience featuring unmatched sight and sound technology designed to re-ignite the magic of the movies. Barco offers unprecedented solutions and economics to the cinema industry, focused on delivering compelling experiences for cinema audiences that also generate additional revenue for our exhibition partners

About Auro Technologies

Auro Technologies (www.auro-3d.com; www.auro-technologies.com) is a spin-off of the Galaxy Studios Group and owner of the Auro-3D® Technology Suite. The Auro-3D® Concept and Listening Formats have been designed by Wilfried Van Baelen, founder of Galaxy Studios, which is renowned worldwide for its state-of-the-art leadership in audio innovation for music and film sound. The Auro-3D® suite offers ground-breaking, easy-to-use and unprecedented levels of sound reproduction capabilities to the professional, automotive, broadcast and consumer electronics (such as gaming, smart phones, multimedia PC, notebooks, tablets, audio players, digital TV, media libraries and packaged media) markets.

About Barco

Barco, a global technology company, designs and develops networked visualization products for the Entertainment, Enterprise and Healthcare markets. Barco has its own facilities for Sales & Marketing, Customer Support, R&D and Manufacturing in Europe, North America and APAC. Barco (NYSE Euronext Brussels: BAR) is active in more than 90 countries with 3,250 employees worldwide. Barco posted sales of 1.051 billion euro in 2014.

 

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Head Film Buyer and Operations Leader Appointed to Crucial Roles for International Exhibition Company

NORWOOD, MA; April 16, 2015 - National Amusements, Inc., a world leader in the motion picture exhibition industry, today announced that Mark Walukevich, Senior Vice President Film, and Duncan Short, Vice President Operations, have been appointed to oversee both US and international booking and operations respectively. Mr. Walukevich and Mr. Short will be assuming their expanded roles as George Levitt, Senior Vice President Film and John Bilsborough, Senior Vice President Operations retire after more than 40 years of service for National Amusements.
Mr. Walukevich will continue to oversee all aspects of international film booking and event cinema; in addition, he will take on the role of overseeing all negotiations for US theatres. Mr. Short's new role will include full operational leadership for National Amusements' US and international estate. Mr. Walukevich has been with National Amusements for 36 years in both US and international roles, and Mr. Short for 26 years in various international capacities.

Mr. Walukevich began his career with National Amusements in 1980 in the marketing department, and quickly moved into film buying. In 1987, Mr. Walukevich was promoted to the position of Vice President International Film, coordinating film buying efforts in the United Kingdom, Russia, Chile, Argentina, and Brazil. He became Senior Vice-President of Film International and Event Cinema in 2012. Mr. Walukevich is also a founding board member of the ECA (Event Cinema Association).

Mr. Short opened the first Showcase Cinemas UK and quickly rose through the operational levels of management. In 1998, Mr. Short relocated to the United States as Director of International Operations, continuing operational oversight which extended through the acquisition of UCI cinemas in Brazil in 2005.


"In their tenures at National Amusements, both Mark and Duncan have been instrumental to our film buying and operations across the globe," said Shari Redstone, President of National Amusements. "We are very pleased to announce the well-deserved appointments of these two individuals that both carry a rich history with the company."

 

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