BEIJING, China and KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Dalian Wanda Group Co., Ltd. ("Wanda"), a leading Chinese private conglomerate and China's largest investor in cultural and entertainment activities, and AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. ("AMC"), a preeminent U.S. movie exhibitor, today announced the successful completion of Wanda's acquisition of AMC, creating the world's largest cinema owner. The transaction is valued at approximately US$2.6 billion.

Wanda Chairman and President Wang Jianlin said, "We are very pleased to have completed the acquisition of AMC and begin this new chapter in Wanda's international development. Throughout this entire process we have been impressed with the expertise and dedication of AMC's management team and associates. We now look forward to working with AMC's CEO Gerry Lopez and his team to invest in and build on the company's widely-recognized brand and the incomparable entertainment experience AMC offers to its millions of customers."

Gerry Lopez, chief executive officer and president of AMC, said, "All of us at AMC are thrilled about our future with Wanda. It allows us to continue expanding and innovating in what is the world's largest movie market. More so, we are enthusiastic about combining AMC's leadership in the US with Wanda's leadership in China, the world's fastest-growing market. We strongly believe in our shared common interests in advancing the movie industry and we feel this partnership creates one of the world's premier location-based entertainment companies."

Wanda will operate AMC as a wholly owned subsidiary under its existing brand while investing up to an additional US$500 million in the unit over time to fund strategic and operating initiatives. AMC will continue to control film programming and remain headquartered in the Kansas City metropolitan area, with more than 17,000 associates operating theaters in 32 states across the United States.

The transaction creates the world's largest global cinema owner by combining Wanda's 94 theatres, 805 screens and large-scale stage show, film production and distribution, entertainment chains with AMC's 338 multiplex theatres and 4,865 screens, including 2,171 3-D screens and 124 IMAX screens, making it the world's largest operator of IMAX screens. Approximately 200 million people watched movies in AMC theatres in 2011.

 

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Los Angeles, CA -- IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX; TSX:IMX) and Warner Bros. Pictures today announced that The Dark Knight Rises has passed the $100 million global box office mark in 557 IMAX® theatres worldwide after its 7th week of release. As of Sept. 3, 2012, the film reached a total of $65.1 million from 332 IMAX screens domestically and $37.3 million from 225 IMAX screens internationally. These figures include box office receipts from China, which began playing the film on Aug. 27 in 75 IMAX theatres. The Dark Knight Rises represents the second IMAX DMR® film to cross this milestone, after Avatar.

The Dark Knight Rises: The IMAX Experience is still playing in IMAX theatres worldwide. For theatre locations and showtimes visit www.imax.com/theatres.

While making the 2008 blockbuster The Dark Knight, Christopher Nolan was the first filmmaker to use IMAX cameras in a major motion picture release. Nolan employed the extremely high-resolution cameras even more extensively on The Dark Knight Rises: The IMAX Experience -including the film's prologue - incorporating a record of more than an hour of footage filmed with IMAX cameras. These specific sequences, which expand to fill the entire screen exclusively in IMAX, deliver unprecedented crispness and clarity and a truly immersive experience for moviegoers.

Sequences filmed in 35mm have been digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images coupled with IMAX's customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

 

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC), a leading motion picture exhibitor owning and operating the largest theatre circuit in the United States, is celebrating the grand opening for Waugh Chapel Stadium 12 & IMAX. Activities include preview events with $2 movies for three full days to benefit local charities. The official grand opening will be September 14 with first-run features including Resident Evil: Retribution in IMAX 3D and Finding Nemo 3D. Moviegoers will also enjoy free popcorn and soft drinks with each paid admission Friday, September 14 through Thursday, September 20.

"Waugh Chapel is a tremendous open-air retail center in a thriving community between Baltimore and DC. Right in the center of this town center is our new state-of-the-art Regal Cinemas which includes the impressive IMAX Experience," stated Russ Nunley, Regal Entertainment Group Vice President of Marketing and Communications. "Regal Entertainment Group is thrilled to open this remarkable entertainment destination for the moviegoers of Anne Arundel County."

The new theatre is modern in every way, equipped with RealD® 3D and the IMAX Experience. IMAX digital projection systems showcase Hollywood blockbusters that have been digitally re-mastered into the unique image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience as well as original documentary-style IMAX content. Films are projected on a specially-designed screen that is slightly curved and moved forward to further immerse the audience. Images of exceptional quality, combined with IMAX's proprietary digital surround sound system and patented theatre geometry create "The IMAX Experience," making audiences feel as if they are IN the movie.

Another cutting-edge technology available exclusively at Regal Entertainment Group theatres is Sony's Entertainment Access System to assist deaf, hard of hearing, blind and low vision moviegoers. The system includes specially designed lightweight eyewear for deaf and hard of hearing guests to privately view closed captioned text directly in their line of sight for both 2D and 3D movies. This assistive technology also includes a wireless receiver that provides access to descriptive audio tracks for blind and low vision guests via a pair of headsets. The access glasses and audio headsets allow guests to individually enjoy the cinema experience in a relaxed, natural way without the inconvenience of separate screening times or special seating.

Guests desiring such accommodations need only request the Sony Entertainment Access System at the Guest Services counter or from any manager. Captions and descriptive audio can only be accessed by use of this equipment and it is not available to other moviegoers. To select films offering this service, online showtimes will note: "Accessibility devices available."

Everyone is invited to enjoy this new entertainment destination on Monday, September 10; Tuesday, September 11; and Wednesday, September 12 while helping local charities. These Preview Events will feature $2 movies, $2 popcorn and $2 soft drinks with proceeds benefiting Boys and Girls Clubs of Anne Arundel County, Got Your 6 - Military Support, and Grants 4 Teachers of Anne Arundel County.

PREVIEW EVENTS
$2 Movies, $2 Popcorn, $2 Soft Drinks

 

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Burbank, CA -- Giant Screen theaters are rapidly converting to digital cinema and at the GSCA Conference later this month in Sacramento, CA visitors can see the latest technology from Qube Cinema. The Qube XP-I server will stream a single high bit-rate 4K 3D DCP through two Qube Xi 4K Integrated Media Blocks (IMBs) in two Barco DP4K-23B projectors. This high bit-rate, 4K 3D projection from a single DCP through a single server greatly simplifies exhibition for Giant Screen theaters.

The Qube system has already been installed in the Houston Museum of Natural Science's Giant Screen theater, which was converted to digital in March 2012 when they installed a Qube XP-I server and two Xi 4K IMBs.

"Our conversion from 70mm film to digital cinema couldn't have been smoother," said Charlotte Brohi, VP giant screen operations and film production at the HMNS. "The projectionists found the move to digital seamless and, because of the decrease in troubleshooting that comes with digital - for example, there is no film breakage - we only need one projectionist in the booth, saving labor costs."

The HMNS, which could only have three films at a time on its schedule prior to the conversion, intends to launch a film festival later this year with five or six movies.

"Audiences are still getting the pristine, immersive experience they were used to and, although attendance is stable, our net revenue has increased because of the lower operating costs," said Brohi. "We also plan to convert our library of self-produced films to digital so we can continue to offer them to other Giant Screen theaters."

At the GSCA Conference, the Qube XP-I server will be paired with two 4K Xi IMBs installed in two Barco DP4K-23B projectors. The XP-I server is capable of synchronizing the IMBs and can stream up to 1 GB of data - or 500 Mbps per projector - through a dual Gigabit Ethernet interface, supporting dual projectors at up to 60 fps for 4K projection and up to 240 fps for 2K content.

"This Qube system is ready to ship to other Giant Screen venues around the world," said Eric Bergez, Qube Cinema's director of sales and marketing for the Americas. "As digital conversions sweep the industry, our advanced technology couldn't have come at a better time."

Visitors to the GSCA Conference can visit Qube during the trade show on Thursday, September 20, 2012 in the foyer of the Grand Nave Ballroom at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento. For more information about the Qube XP-I and the Xi 4K IMB, or to schedule a demo, contact Eric Bergez at sales@qubecinema.com or 818-392-8155.

 

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darkknightrisespred.pngSunday (9/9) Update: Warner Bros. reports that The Dark Knight Rises has reached $603.4 million internationally. Combined with its domestic total of $437.9 million, the worldwide tally has reached $1.04 billion and pushed it to #10 all-time worldwide. The weekend estimate is $13 million from 64 markets.

In Italy, Rises made $2.26 million from 820 screens. The cume is $14.46 million.

The international number is a rough estimate due to the fact that China's grosses will not be reported until Tuesday. Warner Bros. projects a $5.7 million weekend in China, putting the estimated cume there at $42.1 million.

Monday (9/3) Update: Warner Bros. is now estimating that The Dark Knight Rises has reached $577.7 million internationally. Add that to the estimated domestic total of $433.2 million, and the worldwide haul is sitting pretty at $1,010,900,000. 2008's The Dark Knight took in $1,001,921,825 worldwide.

In China, rough numbers indicate that The Dark Knight Rises has managed an outstanding seven-day opening gross of $31 million with 5.4 million admissions from 4,081 screens. Official numbers from China are due tomorrow. In Italy, TDKR made $9.1 million over five days.

Sunday (9/2) Update: Warner Bros. estimates that The Dark Knight Rises took in another $46.4 million internationally from 10,156 screens in 64 markets this weekend, which pushes the international cume to $574 million. Add that to the estimated domestic cume of $431.2 million and the worldwide total should be around $1,005,200,000 by the end of the weekend.

The international number is a rough estimate because accurate figures from China won't come in until Tuesday morning. Warner Bros. estimates that The Dark Knight Rises took in $28.5 million from nearly 4,100 screens in China. In Italy, the action flick grabbed $8.8 million from 836 screens.

Sunday (8/26) Update: Warner Bros. reports that The Dark Knight Rises has crossed the $500 million mark internationally after grossing another $15.3 million from 62 markets and 6,900 screens. The international cume is $519 million and the worldwide total is now $941 million.

Key markets ranked by weekend box office:

UK (6th w/e): £1.3m (US$2.1m) / -12% / £52.5m (US$82.1m) (biggest movie of 2012 and the biggest superhero release of all time)

France (5th w/e): €1.5m (US$1.8m) / -22% / €26.3m (US$32.2m)

Brazil (5th w/e): R$2.6m (US$1.3m) / -32% / R$51.9m (US$25.5m)

Germany (5th w/e): €850k (US$1.0m) / -22% /€25.1m (US$30.7m)

Australia (6th w/e): A$920k (US$961k) / -43% / A$40.6m (US$41.9m)

Sunday (8/19) Update: Warner Bros. is reporting that The Dark Knight Rises bagged another $20.6 million (-42%) from 61 markets overseas this weekend.  That brings the total international cume to $487.8 million, surpassing the $469.7 million international take of The Dark Knight.

Key Markets:

UK (5th w/e): £1.4m (US$2.2m) / -36% / £49.7m (US$77.7m)

France (4th w/e): €1.6m (US$2m) / -28% / €22.7m (US$27.7m)

Brazil (4th w/e): R$4m (US$2m) / -37% / R$48.1m (US$23.6m)

Australia (5th w/e): A$1.6m (US$1.7m) / -42% / A$39.2m (US$40.5m)

Germany (4th w/e): €1.1m (US$1.4m) / -53% /€23.7m (US$29m)

Mexico (4th w/e): Ps 18.8m (US$1.4m) / -45% / Ps 384.8m (US$28.7m)

Japan (4th w/e): ¥77.4m (US$1m) / -46% / ¥1.7b (US$21.5m)

Upcoming Releases: Greece (Aug 21), China (Aug 27) and Italy (Aug 29)

 

Monday (8/13) Update: Warner Bros. reports that The Dark Knight Rises pulled $35.1 million internationally (representing 4.8 million admissions) this weekend from over 12,000 screens in 58 markets.  The overseas total is now $446.6 million.

Christopher Nolan's Batman finale opens in Greece on August 21, China on August 27 and Italy on August 29.

Key Market Cumes:

UK (4th w/e): $72.3m

Korea (4th w/e) $39.3m

Australia (4th w/e) $38.0m

Germany (3rd w/e) $26.4m

Mexico (3rd w/e) $25.9m

France (3rd w/e) $24.7m

Brazil (3rd w/e) $20.1m

Japan (3rd w/e) $17.2m

Russia (3rd w/e) $16.2m

Spain (4th w/e) $12.4m

Sunday Update (#2): Warner Bros. estimates that The Dark Knight Rises will gross $34.2 million internationally this weekend, bringing its overseas total to $445.3 million.  Rises is now pacing 28% ahead of The Dark Knight using 2008 exchange rates at the same point in time and 46% ahead at current exchange rates.

Key markets:

UK (4th w/e): £2.1m (US$3.3m) / £46.2m (US$72.2m)

France (3rd w/e): €2.3m (US$3m) / €20.3m (US$24.8m)

Brazil (3rd w/e): R$6m (US$3m) / R$40.0m (US$19.6m)

Germany (3rd w/e): €2.25m (US$2.8m) / €21.6m (US$26.3m)

Mexico (3rd w/e): Ps 35m (US$2.6m) / Ps 349m (US$26m)

Australia (4th w/e): A$2.5m (US$2.7m) / A$36.6m (US$37.7m)

Japan (3rd w/e): ¥139m (US$1.8m) / ¥1.3b (US$17.2m)

Sunday Update (8/12/12): Warner Bros. reports that The Dark Knight Rises will gross $19.5 million domestically this weekend, bringing its total to $390.15 million.  Christopher Nolan's Batman finale surpassed three other franchise finales over the weekend (The Return of the King, Revenge of the Sith and Deathly Hallows Part 2) to become the fifteenth highest grossing film of all-time. 

Friday Update: Warner Bros. reports that The Dark Knight Rises grossed $3.6 million on Thursday, pushing its domestic total to $370.6 million.

Wednesday Update: Warner Bros. reports that The Dark Knight Rises took in $4.65 million domestically on Tuesday, pushing its total at home to $363.3 million.

Tuesday Update: Warner Bros. reports that The Dark Knight Rises took in $4.7 million domestically on Monday, pushing its total at home to $358.6 million.

Monday Update: Warner Bros. reports that The Dark Knight Rises made $35.7 million domestically and $66.7 million internationally over the weekend, pushing its worldwide total to $732 million.

Sunday Update #2: Warner Bros. estimates that The Dark Knight Rises will take in another $67 million internationally this weekend, pushing its overseas total to $378.4 million. TDKR is pacing 31% ahead of The Dark Knight using TDK exchange rates, or 49% ahead using current exchange rates.

Key markets:

UK (3rd w/e): £4.3m (US$6.75m) / £40.9m (US$63.9m)

France (2nd w/e): €5.0m (US$6.1m) / €16.8m (US$20.5m)

Mexico (2nd w/e): Ps 72.7m (US$5.5m) / Ps 281.0m (US$20.8m)

Germany (2nd w/e): €4.35m (US$5.3m) / €17.0m (US$20.8m)

Korea (3rd w/e): KRW 6.0b (US$5.3m) / KRW 41.0b (US$35.75m)

Brazil (2nd w/e): R$9.4m (US$4.6m) / R$31.0m (US$15.2m)

Australia (3rd w/e): A$4.15m (US$4.4m) / A$32.8m (US$33.7m)

Russia (2nd w/e): Rbl 100m (US$3.1m) / Rbl 456.2m (US$14.0m)

Japan (2nd w/e): ¥205.8m (US$2.6m) / ¥1.0b (US$12.9m)

Argentina (2nd w/e): Ps 8.5m (US$1.9m) / Ps 27.9m (US$6.1m)

 

Sunday Update: Warner Bros. estimates that The Dark Knight Rises will take in $36.440 million this weekend, which will put its domestic total at $354.6 million.

Saturday Update: The Dark Knight Rises grossed $10.40 million on Friday to remain in first place at the domestic box office.  The film's 15-day domestic total stands at $328.598 million.

Friday Update: The Dark Knight Rises made $6.8 million domestically on Thursday, pushing its domestic total to $318.2 million.

Thursday Update: The Dark Knight Rises made $7.330 million domestically on Wednesday, pushing its domestic total to $311.376 million.

Wednesday Update: The Dark Knight Rises took in $8.775 million domestically on Tuesday, pushing its cume at home to $304.048 million.

Tuesday Update: The Dark Knight Rises made $8.2 million domestically on Monday. The domestic cume is now $295.3 million.

Monday Update #2: Warner Bros. reports that The Dark Knight Rises made $62.1 million domestically and $126.2 million internationally over the weekend, pushing its worldwide total to $539.1 million.

Key international data:

Openings:

France: €9.4m (US$11.4m) with 1.5m admissions on 892 screens, including previews.

Germany: €9.3m (US$11.3m) with 1.05 admissions from 1,029 screens, including previews.

Mexico: Ps130.0m (US$9.6m) with 2.7m admissions on 2,736 screens

Russia: Rbl 270.0m (US$8.3m) with 1.3m admissions on 1,310 screens, including previews

Brazil: R13.9m (US$6.8m) with 1.2m admissions on 934 screens

Japan ¥455.2m (US$5.8m) with with 332k admissions from 546 screens, including previews

Key Holdovers:

UK: £7.3m (US$11.3m) from 598 situations / -49% drop / £30.7m (US$47.9m)

Korea: KRW 8.0b (US$6.9m) on 818 screens / -56 % drop/ KRW 31.5b (US$27.4m)

Australia: A$7.4m (US$7.6m) with 576k admissions on 631 screens / -51% drop / Cume: A$26.6m (US$27.3m)

Spain: €1.7m (US$2.1m) on 608 screens /-51% drop / Cume: €7.0m (US$8.6m)

 

Monday Update: Warner Bros. has updated the domestic weekend estimate to $62.8 million. That means the worldwide haul is $536.1 million.

Sunday Update #2: Warner Bros. reports that The Dark Knight Rises added another $122.1 million internationally this weekend, pushing its overseas total to $248.2 million. The film's worldwide total is $537.2 million.

Sunday Update: Warner Bros. estimates that The Dark Knight Rises will take in $64.075 million during its sophomore frame, pushing its domestic total to $289.086 million. International numbers will be in a bit later today.

Saturday Update #2: Warner Bros. reports that The Dark Knight Rises has grossed $176.1 million internationally. The film's worldwide total is now $419.2 million.

Saturday Update: Warner Bros. reports that The Dark Knight Rises snagged $18.050 million domestically on Friday. The film's domestic cume is now $243.061 million.

Friday Update #2: Warner Bros. reports that The Dark Knight Rises has tallied $149.2 million internationally. The worldwide total is now $374.2 million.

Key markets:

OPENING:

Russia: Rbl 79.5m (US$2.4m) including previews from 1,310 screens

Germany: €1.4m (US$1.7m) from 1,029 screens. €3.0m (US$3.6m) including previews.

Argentina: Ps 3.1m (US$686k) from 241 screens

France: €1.5m (US$1.8m) / €4.2m (US$5.1m) for two days

Sweden: L/C 4.5m (US$655k) / L/C 12.6m (US$1.8m) for two days

HOLDOVERS:

UK: £1.8m (US$2.8m) / £23.4m (US$36.6m)

Korea: KRW 1.2b (US$1.1m) -61% / KRW 24.7b (US$21.5m)

Australia: A$985k (US$1.0m) -73% / A$20.2m (US$20.7m)

Spain: €415k (US$509k) / Cume: € 5.3m (US$6.5m)

 

Friday Update: Warner Bros. reports that The Dark Knight Rises added another $13.20 million to its domestic cume on Thursday, pushing its total at home to $224.8 million.

Thursday Update #2: Warner Bros. reports that The Dark Knight Rises has reached $125.3 million international. The gives Christopher Nolan's flick a worldwide haul of $337.1 million. 

Thursday Update: Warner Bros. reports that The Dark Knight Rises took in $13.8 million domestically on Wednesday. The domestic cume is now $211.8 million.

Wednesday Update: Warner Bros. reports that The Dark Knight Rises grossed $17.75 million domestically on Tuesday.  The five-day total for the film stands at $198.02 million.

Tuesday Update: Warner Bros. reports that The Dark Knight Rises took in $19.39 million domestically on Monday, pushing its cume to $180.28 million.

Monday Update: After suspending reporting over the weekend, Warner Bros. says that The Dark Knight Rises made $160,887,295 domestically during its debut frame.

Here are the official international #s:

$88 million with 13 million admissions from approximately 7,173 screens in 17 markets. IMAX grossed $4.8 million from 61 screens in 15 markets.

Key markets:

UK:
£14.4m (US$22.5m) from 594 situations
- IMAX grossed £1m ($1.57m) from 19 screens

Korea:
KRW18.0b (US$15.65m) from 1,198 screens
- IMAX grossed $758k from 10 screens

Australia:
Weekend estimate is A$15.1m (US$15.5m) from 631 screens
- IMAX grossed $659k from 5 screens

Spain:
€3.5m (US$4.3m) from 624 screens
- IMAX grossed $55k from 2 screens


Next weekend, TDKR will launch in 40 more countrie

 

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