Sunday (9/23) Update: Sony reports that Resident Evil: Retribution made $30.5 million overseas this weekend. The international cume is now $103.4 million and the worldwide total is close to $140 million. 

Sunday (9/16) Update: Sony reports Resident Evil: Retribution opened to $71.1 million worldwide this weekend, including $50 million from overseas territories.

In Japan, Retribution launched with $10.3 million -- the biggest opening for a Hollywood film and second biggest overall this year in that country. The figure is 15% bigger than the previous film, Resident Evil: Afterlife, double that of The Dark Knight Rises, and 61% higher than Marvel's The Avengers.

In Taiwan, the flick bowed 97% higher than its predecessor to $4.4 million.  That represents Taiwan's 2nd best 5-day opening of 2012 (behind Avengers) and the 4th best of all-time after Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End and Spider-Man 2.

Retribution also topped the openings of Afterlife in all Latin American markets (breakdowns included below).

Other notable countries:

Russia: $8.5 million (20% more than Afterlife)
Brazil: $3.5 million
Korea: $2.4 million (25% less than Afterlife)
Malaysia: $2.1 million (67% more than Afterlife)
Indonesia: $1.9 million (five times Afterlife)
Thailand: $1.8 million
Philippines: $1.6 million
Australia: $1.5 million (23% less than Afterlife)
Hong Kong: $1.4 million (67% more than Afterlife)
Colombia: $1.0 million
Venezuela: $975k
Peru: $730k
Ukraine: $690k
Turkey: $550k
Central America: $430k
Chile: $425k
Ecuador: $370k
Bolivia: $130k 

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San Francisco -- Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE:DLB) announced today that the Dolby® Integrated Media Block (IMB) is now compliant with the Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI) Digital Cinema System Specification, as conducted by Aegisolve, Inc.

The Dolby IMB is compatible with all Series 2 projectors and offers built-in support for high-frame-rate 3D (48 and 60 frames per second) as well as 2K and 4K playback, all at a single price, combining compatibility, lasting value, and cost-effectiveness.

Exhibitors have two options for purchasing and installing the Dolby IMB:

• DSS220 Screen Server and IMB: New customers can purchase the DSS220 Screen Server with the Dolby IMB. The DSS220 is a smaller and lighter server designed specifically for use with the Dolby IMB.

• Standalone IMB: For customers who have already purchased a Dolby DSS200 Screen Server and want to upgrade to the benefits of an IMB solution, a simple software upgrade pairs the server with a Dolby IMB.

"Last year, Dolby conducted the industry's first demonstration of high-frame-rate 3D with a single projector. Using Dolby's IMB and cinema server with Dolby 3D, we showed the audience the state of the art for 3D movies in both 48 and 60 frames per second," said Doug Darrow, Senior Vice President, Cinema, Dolby Laboratories. "DCI compliance is another milestone toward enabling our customers to offer their audiences premium-quality 3D playback that filmmakers like James Cameron and Peter Jackson are advocating."

Dolby's certification is now listed on DCI's official site:


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LOS ANGELES -- Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, today announced the availability of its popular Mobile Ticket in Apple's Passbook for iOS 6. Passbook is a simple way to get all your passes in one place. Fandango's paperless and scannable Mobile Ticket feature, now available at 2,600 screens across the country, enables moviegoers to get their movie tickets sent to their phones as mobile barcodes. With these paperless tickets, film fans can simply show their iPhone or iPod touch to the theater ticket-taker, bypassing the box office windows and kiosks. The ticket-taker then scans Fandango's Mobile Ticket for easy entrance to the fall season's hottest films.

"Mobile Ticket in Passbook is a great way for Fandango fans to keep their tickets in one place and quickly access them on their iPhone or iPod touch," said Fandango Executive Vice President and General Manager Rick Butler. "Fandango moviegoers can now bypass the box office at select nationwide theaters because their Mobile Ticket in Passbook will use time and location data to automatically display their scannable movie ticket as soon as they arrive."

Mobile continues to be a strong driver of traffic and ticket sales for Fandango. Mobile ticket sales for the summer of 2012 increased 116% year-over-year, and mobile purchases now account for nearly 30% of overall ticket sales on Fandango. Downloads of Fandango's popular mobile apps are also up more than 43% since this time last year, with total downloads surpassing the 26 million mark.


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