Chicago -- NEC Display Solutions of America, a leading provider of commercial LCD display and projector solutions, announced today updates to its NC900C digital cinema projection solution for smaller screens in theaters, art houses, mobile cinemas, universities and public buildings.

As part of NEC's Digital Cinema Projector Series, the NC900C projector delivers 2K DCI-compliant cinema quality, which translates to an image brightness of 14-ft-L (using a 1.8 gain screen) on screens up to 30ft/9m, while adhering to DCI color specifications. A new S2K chip set from Texas Instruments® makes the NC900C the most compact 2K DCI-certified digital cinema projector on the market.

The NEC Integrated Media Server (IMS) offers a trouble-free, one-stop solution for exhibitors and other organizations, while the projector's High Frame Rate (HFR) capability offers excellent picture quality. Its all-in-one Integrated Media Block (IMB) and 2 TB RAID5 Storage Server offer versatile connectivity and savings with fewer peripheral devices needed.

"NEC is committed to helping large- and small-screen theaters alike convert to digital cinema technology," said Jim Reisteter, General Manager of Digital Cinema at NEC Display Solutions. "Our NC900C projector gives venues with smaller screens, particularly those in Latin America, the ability to delight their patrons with pristine images and a meaningful theater experience. The NC900C is easy to install, even in smaller projection booths, and easy to transport for mobile cinema."

Among the key features of the NC900C digital cinema projector are:
3-chip DMD reflection method of projection
Easy dual lamp system, which ensures no black screen, using two 350W lamp bulbs
Resolution of 2048 x 1080
Several bayonet lens options for easy installation, enabling motorized zoom, focus and shift capabilities
Lower total cost of ownership (TCO) with easy lamp replacement, lower lamp cost and simple servicing
Ability to show 3D and alternative content
Suitability for floor and ceiling installation with no exhaust system required.
Host of integrated features, including dual HDSDI 3G interfaces, advanced network and built-in GPIO functions
Air cooling with dust-preventing electrostatic filter
Compact size and light weight of 97 lbs. (44 kg)
IMS (NP-90MS01) available as a stand-alone solution compatible with the NC1200C, NC2000C, NC3200S and NC3240S digital cinema projectors.

NEC is in the final stages of earning DCI CTP certification for the NC900C projector. DCI Compliance is targeted to be achieved by the end of the month. Keio University, a DCI-authorized lab, has successfully completed DCI CTP procedural testing of the NC900C, including projector image processing.

The NC900C will be available in December 2012 with a two-year limited warranty (for U.S. and Canada only), including parts and labor. The estimated street price of the NC900C in North America is $29,999 and includes projector, lens and IMS.


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Wednesday (12/5) Update: Sony Pictures announced that through Tuesday, Skyfall has amassed $151,795,059 (£94.3 million) at the United Kingdom box office. That officially makes it the country's highest grossing film of all-time, surpassing Avatar (£94 million).

Thursday (11/8) Update: Skyfall has raked in a whopping £57.05 million ($91.9 million) through Tuesday in the UK. That puts it ahead of The Dark Knight Rises ($88.2 million) and The Avengers ($83.4 million). The total is also higher than Casino Royal's £55.6 million ($88 million) haul. 

Sunday (11/4) Update: Sony reports that Skyfall's international total is now $287 million after taking in $156 million this weekend.

Sony Pictures Releasing International passes its all time biggest year and is at $2.16 billion thru today. SPRI's previous best year ever was 2009 with $2.14 billion.

Stats from Sony:

GERMANY opened with a huge $23.9 million, which was the biggest opening of 2012, 77% bigger than the openining of Quantum of Solace and 88% bigger than Casino Royale.

ITALY launched with $7.9 million, which was the biggest opening of a Hollywood film in 2012 and the 2nd biggest overall. It beat the opening of Quantum by 95% and Casino by 85%.

SPAIN opened to $6.7 million, which is the 2nd biggest opening of the year behind the phenomenal The Impossible. It was 27% bigger than the opening of Quantum and 73% more than Casino.

SWITZERLAND had a record-setting opening of $5.3 million, the biggest opening in history there, breaking Quantum of Solace's old record.

HOLLAND opened with $4.4 million which was by far the biggest opening of the year there, almost 2 ½ times the previous best Dark Knight. The opening of Skyfall was 91% bigger than that of Quantum, 179% more than Casino.

AUSTRIA launched with a gigantic $3.4 million, more than double the previous biggest opening of 2012 (Ted), and the 2nd biggest opening of all time there behind Lord Of The Rings: Return of the King in 2003.

MEXICO bowed with $3.2 million, which was 40% bigger than the opening of Quantum of Solace and 151% bigger than Casino Royale.

In Asia, INDIA launched with a big $5.1 million, the 2nd biggest opening of the year there behind only The Amazing Spider-Man, beating the openings of the the #3 film Avengers by 20% and the #4 film Dark Knight by 41%. This opening was 60% bigger than Quantum's, 82% more than Casino's.

INDONESIA opened on a rare Thursday and grossed $2.5 million, outgrossing the normal Wednesday openings of Quantum by 93% and Casino by almost 4 times. It was the #3 opening of the year there behind The Amazing Spider-Man and Avengers.

MALAYSIA also bowed with $2.5 million and like Indonesia was the 3rd biggest opening of the year behind the same films. This was 45% bigger than Quantum's opening frame, 160% more than Casino's.

TAIWAN also launched with $2.5 million, here the 2nd biggest opening of the year behind Avengers, 69% bigger than Quantum and more than 5 times the opening of Casino. SINGAPORE opened to $2.3, the 4th best opening of 2012 behind Avengers, Spider-Man, and Dark Knight. This opening beat those of Quantum by 77% and Casino by 117%.

The PHILIPPINES launched with $1.9 million, 44% bigger than the opening of Quantum, 3 times the opening of Casino. HONG KONG also opened to $1.9 with an 80% market share, besting the opening of Quantum by 59%, Casino by 3 times.

THAILAND launched with $1.8 million and an 83% market share, 13% bigger than the opening of Quantum, 34% bigger than Casino.

20+ smaller markets all opened well, bigger than any of the previous James Bond films.

Holdovers were nothing less than stunning. The UK fell off just 21% from its opening weekend to gross $25.7 million and bring the 10-day market cume to jaw-dropping $85.8 million.
FRANCE added $14.3 million in its 2nd frame to bring the market cume to $30.0, already passing the lifetime of Casino Royale and a day from passing Quantum Of Solace. The Fri-Sat-Sunday portion of the weekend fell off just 20% from last weekend's opening.
RUSSIA was off a good 47% from its opening, adding $5.2 million to bring the market cume to $16.1.
BRAZIL fell just 5% from its opening frame ($3.4 million/$7.8 million cume)
KOREA was down 49% ($3.0 million/$11.4 million)
SWEDEN fell off just 2% from its opening frame ($2.8 million/$8.1 million cume)
DENMARK fell 15% ($2.7 million/$7.5 million)
BELGIUM was up 6% for Fri-Sun ($2.6 million/$4.9 million)
POLAND fell just 24% from its opening ($1.9 million/$5.7 million)
NORWAY was off 48% ($1.5 million/$6.5 million)
FINLAND fell 12% ($1.3 million/$4.1 million).

Imax issued an estimated weekend gross of $4.3 mil in 132 locations over 36 territories, or $33+k a screen.

Friday (11/2) Update: Skyfall has grossed $59.9 million during its first seven days in the U.K. and Ireland. That impressive tally gives Skyfall the first-week record in the U.K./Ireland. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 previously held the record with $57.6 million in its first seven days.


Thursday (11/1) Update: Skyfall will pass the $100 million mark internationally today. The film doesn't hit North America until IMAX shows begin on November 8. 

Tuesday (10/30) Update: Skyfall remained strong at the international box office on Monday.  The film has now grossed an estimated $96.6 million internationally through the end of Monday.  The United Kingdom is responsible for $39.3 million of that total.

Daily international grosses on Monday for Skyfall included $6.8 million in the United Kingdom, $2.3 million in France and $0.896 million in Russia.

The UK figure represents the best Monday of all-time in the UK, topping Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2.

Monday (10/29) Update: Sony has revised the strong international start for Skyfall upwards.  The international start for Skyfall now stands at $80.6 million.

Sunday (10/28) Update: Skyfall is off to a great start. Sony estimates that the latest Bond flick has already taken in $77.7 million internationally.

Key stats from Sony:

Setting the pace was, of course, the UK, which opened to an enormous estimated $32.4 million (£20.1). Smashing the all-time Saturday attendance record yesterday, this is the biggest opening of 2012 and the 2nd biggest Friday-to-Sunday opening weekend in history there, behind just the 3D Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 2. This launch was 76% bigger than Daniel Craig's first turn as 007, Casino Royale, and 30% bigger than Quantum Of Solace. Of the $77.7 million on Skyfall, IMAX is estimating a weekend gross of $3.5 mil in 79 locations in 15 territories which include the UK, France, Russia, Korea, Bulgaria, Middle East, Kazakhstan and Brazil.

FRANCE bowed with $9.1, 39% more than Casino Royale's opening Friday to Sunday (beating the entire 5-day opening as well) and just 15% less than Quantum, which opened during a holiday period.

RUSSIA opened to $8.6 million, beating Casino Royale's first weekend by 171% and Quantum's by 58%.

KOREA managed to take an gigantic 49% of the market, grossing $6.1, which was more than triple Casino Royale's opening and 58% more than Quantum's opening Fri-Sun (22% more than Quantum's entire 4-day opening).

BRAZIL launched with a huge $6.5, the biggest Bond bow ever there, beating Casino's opening by 130% and Quantum's by 37%.

BELGIUM earned $1.4 million, up 40% on Casino Royale's first Friday to Sunday by 40% and 17% on Quantum's. MGM's licensees:

NORWAY opened to $2.7 million, capturing well over 65% of the entire market and besting the opening of Casino by 52% and Quantum by 15%.

SWEDEN launched with a huge $2.6 million, the biggest opening of 2012, 27% bigger than the opening of Casino, and just 4% less than Quantum, which opened during a national holiday.

DENMARK also opened to $2.6 million, the biggest non-3D opening ever there, beating Casino by 23% and Quantum by 30%.

POLAND bowed with $2.5 million, more than tripling the opening weekend of Casino and besting Quantum by 67%.

FINLAND earned a huge $1.5 million, the biggest opening in history there excluding previews, beating Casino Royale's bow by 82% and Quantum's by 23%.

Other openings include the CZECH REPUBLIC ($835K), ISRAEL ($825K), PORTUGAL ($630K), HUNGARY ($425K), ROMANIA ($325K), SLOVAKIA ($310K), BULGARIA ($175K), and ICELAND ($155K).



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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA -- An 18m Harkness SpectralTM 240 3D Silver Screen, a kilometre of black cinema draping and 1100 seats transformed an industrial space on the famous Cockatoo Island into a world class cinema.

The successful conversion of the Turbine stunned audiences at the inaugural Cockatoo Island Film Festival with various screenings including Tim Burton's Frankenweenie in 3D and the highly anticipated premiere of Australian film The Master.

"We were delighted to supply the screen for such an ambitious and well executed project. Festivals such as this which bring the very best of film-making to local audiences are the lifeblood of our industry," says Tony Dilley, European Sales Manager at Harkness Screens.
Harkness' SpectralTM 240 3D silver screens are considered by cinema exhibitors and special venue operators worldwide to be the optimum 3D projection surface for 3D systems using polarised light.

SpectralTM 240 is a high brightness silver screen that gives excellent performance with "passive" 3D applications using polarised light such as RealD. It also performs well under 2D conditions. The aluminium flake based coating applied to the unique base material provides high gain characteristics, strong signal-to-noise ratios, generous viewing angles and excellent colour temperature


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