hobbit3.pngThe Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies scored the biggest opening day of the year across 8 of its first 11 markets on Wednesday. The final part in the Hobbit trilogy capped of its overseas premiere with $11.3 million.

IMAX contributed $289k from 21 runs for a per-screen average of $14,185. Top performing IMAX sites include the Pathe Spuimarkt in The Hague (Netherlands) with $27,268; Cineplexx IMAX Donauplex 13 in Vienna (Austria) with $22,388; and the Potsdamer Platz in Berlin (Germany) with $20,019.

Germany has always been a loyal market for the franchise and its opening days numbers did not disappoint this time around after securing the biggest opening day of the year. The latest Hobbit film grossed $2.6 million with 245k admissions across 1,442 screens, including €550k in Tuesday midnight showings. The premiere figures outgross the latest Transformers film by 47% and the most recent Hunger Games title by 86% in the market. Five Armies captured 81% of the top 5 market share and is already outperforming An Unexpected Journey by 66% and is 4% ahead of Desolation of Smaug. The previous two installments of the franchise opened on a Thursday.

France reported a $2.7 million opening haul with 277.5k admissions across 914 screens, capturing 63% of the top 5 market share. Preview screenings put the film up to $2.8 million with 282k tickets sold.

Five Armies also fared well as it opened in Sweden ($1.5M on 443 screens), Norway ($1.03M on 311 screens), the Netherlands ($638k on approximately 220 screens), and Finland ($499k on 195 screens). Thursday previews in New Zealand sold out across 105 screens over 55 locations, taking in $141k.

The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies will roll out on more than 14,000 screens in 37 territories this weekend. The film opens in 17 territories on Thursday, including Russia, Brazil, Mexico and New Zealand. Friday sees an expansion to 8 more territories, including the United Kingdom. The film will be released in Japan on Saturday.

South Korea, Italy, and Spain will debut on December 17. China is slated to premiere the film on January 23, 2015.

 

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gdclogo.pngHong Kong (December 11, 2014) - GDC Technology Limited ("GDC Technology"), a world leading digital cinema solutions provider, is pleased to announce that it has secured a fresh agreement for the sale of its digital cinema servers, along with its Theatre Management System ("TMS"), from Evergrande Cinema Circuit Management Co., Ltd (恒大院线管理有限公司) ("Evergrande Cinema Circuit"). Under the agreement, GDC's SX-3000 Standalone Integrated Media BlockTM ("SX-3000 IMB") and TMS will be installed in the circuit's 30 new cineplexes in 2015.

GDC's products are used in all of China's top cinema chains, and this is the company's second order from Evergrande within the short timespan of one year. The agreement further consolidates GDC's collaboration with Evergrande, currently one of the largest cinema circuits in China, after some 300 SX-3000 IMBs and 30 TMS units were deployed in 2014.

"After the installation of the first order this year, we are very impressed by the exceptional reliability of SX-3000 IMB," said Guangwei Li, General Manager of Evergrande Cinema Circuit. "Further contributing to the repeat order is the professional service provided by GDC and the fact that we have an excellent collaboration with the GDC team."

Dr. Man-Nang Chong, founder, chairman and CEO of GDC Technology, added: "A second order, within a year of the first, is a significant vote of confidence in the operational advantages delivered by GDC's products and services and it proves that the SX-3000 IMB is a reliable choice for exhibitors. As with the first order, we take great pride in being part of the expansion of Evergrande Cinema Circuit".


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About GDC Technology Limited (www.gdc-tech.com)

GDC Technology Limited ("GDC Technology") is a digital cinema solutions provider. GDC Technology develops, manufactures and sells digital cinema servers, content storage systems, theater management systems and network operations center software for digital cinema. GDC Technology also provides a suite of digital cinema products and services, including integrated projection systems, 3D products, projector lamps and silver screens. GDC Technology's subsidiary, GDC Digital Cinema Network Limited, manages VPF for approximately 5,000 theater screens and 250 motion picture distributors worldwide.

GDC Technology Media Contact:
Sylvia Lee
Email: sylvia.lee@gdc-tech.com

 

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gdclogo.pngHong Kong (December 11, 2014) - GDC Technology Limited ("GDC Technology"), a world leading digital cinema solutions provider, is pleased to announce that its SX-3000 Standalone Integrated Media BlockTM ("SX-3000 IMB") has established itself as the preferred IMB for laser projection deployment. To date, there are more than 90 units of DCI compliant, NEC laser projectors used in tandem with GDC's SX-3000 IMB. NEC laser projector, NC1100L is the world's first DCI compliant, DLP Cinema® projector using laser light source.

As the industry's first standalone IMB, the SX-3000 IMB which was introduced in 2012, sets the standard for simple, hassle-free digital cinema solutions by significantly lowering installation and maintenance costs while eliminating the need for an attached server. The SX-3000 IMB - now the most widely installed standalone IMB in the market, offers High Frame Rate ("HFR") capability in both 2D and 3D, live 3D support, digital connectivity for alternative content such as 3G HD-SDI and HDMI, as well as image up-scaling. While maintaining support for DLP Cinema® projectors, the SX-3000 IMB allows exhibitors to easily switch between lamp and laser projector without the need for a new IMB, demonstrating that it is a future-proof solution that can meet exhibitors' needs both today and tomorrow.

"GDC Technology is committed to protecting its customers' investments and creating a superior ownership experience," said Dr. Man-Nang Chong, founder, chairman and CEO of GDC Technology. "With today's ever-changing technology, we understand how important it is for exhibitors to safeguard their long-term technology investments. SX-3000 IMB provides unparalleled flexibility for exhibitors - offering them the ultimate freedom to choose from the widest range of digital cinema projectors"

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About GDC Technology Limited (www.gdc-tech.com)

GDC Technology Limited ("GDC Technology") is a digital cinema solutions provider. GDC Technology develops, manufactures and sells digital cinema servers, content storage systems, theatre management systems and network operations center software for digital cinema. GDC Technology also provides a suite of digital cinema products and services, including integrated projection systems, 3D products, projector lamps and silver screens. GDC Technology's subsidiary, GDC Digital Cinema Network Limited, manages VPF for approximately 5,000 theatre screens and 250 motion picture distributors worldwide.

GDC Technology Media Contact
Sylvia Lee
E-mail: sylvia.lee@gdc-tech.com

 

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nov26.pngLionsgate reports that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 added $1.39 million on Wednesday, off 40 percent from last week and bringing its domestic total up to $262.77 million through 20 days of release. The film currently trails Catching Fire by 23 percent at the same point.

Horrible Bosses 2 posted $0.725 million yesterday, down 33 percent from last Wednesday. The comedy sequel has taken in $38.3 million to-date, 48.5 percent off the pace of its predecessor.

Interstellar took third place on Wednesday with a $0.68 million gross, dropping 20 percent from the same day last week. The domestic tally stands at $160.6 million.

Penguins of Madagascar claimed fourth with a $0.51 million take, down 22 percent from last Wednesday. The animated spin-off has earned $51.03 million to-date.

Rounding out the top five, Big Hero 6 added $0.4 million for a 14 percent week-to-week drop. The Disney flick has summed $178.75 million domestically so far.

Meanwhile, The Theory of Everything grabbed another $246,957 from 826 locations for a $299 per-theater average. The film's total thus far is $14.36 million.

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MILWAUKEE--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Marcus Theatres®, a division of The Marcus Corporation (NYSE:MCS), is continuing its multi-million dollar investment in its circuit to bring consumers the ultimate movie-going experience. With a tradition as an industry leader and innovator, Marcus Theatres continues to outperform the industry as it announces significant renovations and new amenities at additional locations.

The renovations will add DreamLoungerSM recliner seating to all of the auditoriums at the South Shore and Menomonee Falls Cinemas in the Milwaukee market and the Elgin Cinema in Elgin, Illinois. Existing UltraScreen® auditoriums at the Elgin Cinema and the Pickerington Cinema in Ohio, and an additional auditorium at the Twin Creek Cinema in Nebraska, will be upgraded to the UltraScreen DLX® concept. A Take FiveSM Lounge will also be added at the Pickerington and South Shore Cinemas, and Zaffiro's® Express outlets will be added at the South Shore, Elgin and Pickerington locations. Additional renovations are planned for the Southgate Cinema in Milwaukee and the Majestic Cinema of Brookfield, Wisconsin. The investments in these locations respond to the ever-changing needs of customers.

"It is important to create options, comforts and conveniences for our guests," said Rolando Rodriguez, president and chief executive officer of Marcus Theatres. "Going to the movies is a social event that can be personalized based on preferences and occasions. Our DreamLounger recliner seating is perfect for all occasions; visiting the Take Five Lounge is great for those looking for a beverage or snack before or after a movie; our UltraScreen DLX auditoriums provide a premium experience to see the latest blockbuster film the way it was meant to be seen; and Zaffiro's Express and Big Screen Bistro offer a great way to combine dinner and a movie. By better meeting our customers' needs, we are able to provide choices they can appreciate."

Marcus Theatres' unique DreamLounger seating concept is one of the amenities that continues to garner rave reviews among consumers. DreamLounger electric recliners allow the moviegoer to go from seated upright to a full recline at the touch of the button and provide maximum comfort with seven feet of legroom between seats. There are currently eight theatres that offer DreamLounger seating in every auditorium and the latest investments will add recliner seating to three more theatres. When completed, approximately 25 percent of the total screens in the company's circuit will offer this amenity, one of the highest percentages in the industry.

Another popular amenity from Marcus Theatres is its premium large-screen format auditoriums, most notably the UltraScreen DLX (DreamLounger eXperience) which features a massive screen, DreamLounger recliners, and Dolby® Atmos® sound. Screens up to 70-feet wide and a fully immersive sound experience make guests feel part of the action. Circuit-wide, Marcus Theatres currently has 11 UltraScreen DLX auditoriums and an additional nine traditional UltraScreens. The latest investments will convert two of the traditional UltraScreen auditoriums to the new UltraScreen DLX concept and will update an additional auditorium, bringing the total count to 21.

Unique dining concepts at select Marcus Theatres are also broadening the traditional movie-going experience. From in-auditorium dining to pick-up and takeout, a variety of innovative food and beverage options helps to create a more comprehensive night out:

Take Five Lounges bring casual dining, appetizer and beverage options to Marcus Theatres. Guests can relax over food and a drink before and after a movie, adding to the ideal night out. At all locations, customers can bring beverages from the Take Five Lounge into the auditorium to enjoy during the movie. With the newest locations, the company will have 13 Take Five Lounges throughout the circuit.
Zaffiro's Pizzeria & Bar restaurants and Zaffiro's Express provide a variety of menu options that include appetizers, sandwiches, salads, desserts and the must-have Zaffiro's THINCREDIBLE® handmade thin-crust pizza. Zaffiro's Express venues allow guests to place their order at the counter and pick it up when it is ready. When the new Zaffiro's Express locations open, the company will have three full-service Zaffiro's restaurants and 14 Zaffiro's Express outlets.
The company's Big Screen Bistro concept offers full-service, in-theatre dining with a complete menu of entrees, appetizers, salads, sandwiches, desserts and drinks. Guests place their order with waitstaff and their food and beverages are delivered right to their seats. Five theatres currently offer Big Screen Bistro auditoriums.
The latest investments in the company's theatres also will include a new lobby, concessions area and updated seating in all auditoriums at the Southgate Cinema in Milwaukee, as well as additional food and beverage options and relocation and expansion of the current Take Five Lounge at the Majestic Cinema of Brookfield. Construction continues on the new Palace at Sun Prairie Cinema in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. This 12-screen entertainment destination will combine the company's latest innovations under one roof, including all-reserved DreamLounger recliner seating in every auditorium, two UltraScreen DLX auditoriums, four Big Screen Bistro auditoriums, a Zaffiro's Express and a Take Five Lounge, further adding to the amenity totals noted above when the theatre opens in late Spring 2015.

"As we consider renovations, we evaluate the needs of each theatre to better provide the amenities that best fit that particular location," said Rodriguez. "At Marcus Theatres, we are committed to creating a more comprehensive movie-going experience, and recognize the value of customizing that experience for our theatre communities. We'll continue to explore opportunities and investments that will grow our theatre circuit and create enhanced entertainment destinations for our customers."

 

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