cannesrobinhood.pngUniversal is reporting that Robin Hood's international gross on its first day of release is $6 million. That comes from openings in France, Belgium and Switzerland and previews in 10 other markets including UK, Germany, Italy and Russia. The period pic is already playing at approximately 3,800 locations. On Friday, the film opens in 56 territories for a location count of 6,930. Only China, Japan and few other smaller markets have to wait until June to see Russell Crowe take on the iconic role. is currently predicting a $36 million domestic opening weekend.

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After finding enormous success with Avatar, James Cameron continues to predict a bright future for 3D.

Speaking at a technology forum in Seoul, South Korea on Thursday, Cameron says that 3D will become the standard for film, television and online content in less than 25 years.

The director also dropped an interesting tidbit about a planned sequel to Avatar, saying that he estimates it will take three years to shoot. An official release date will be announced in the next couple of months.

Read the rest of what Cameron has to say here.

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Brussels - The Hamburg District Court has ordered an injunction against CB3Rob Ltd & Co KG (Cyberbunker) and its operator, Mr. Sven Olaf Kamphuis, restraining them from connecting The Pirate Bay site to the Internet. The injunction application was brought by the Motion Picture Association's member companies.

If the defendants fail to comply with the order, they will be subject to a fine of up to € 250,000 for each instance of infringement or, if this cannot be enforced, up to two years imprisonment for the operators of Cyberbunker.

This landmark decision is the first time a German court has confirmed that a provider of Internet routing services can be held responsible for copyright infringement. The court ruled that Cyberbunker could reasonably be expected, following warning notices from the MPA, to prevent access to The Pirate Bay.

The court further ruled that provisions of the E-Commerce Directive on which Cyberbunker sought to rely (the ‘mere conduit' defense) were not available in the circumstances.

This injunction against Cyberbunker usefully supplements the criminal conviction last year of The Pirate Bay operators for copyright infringement in their home territory of Sweden. Litigation is continuing against other facilitators in Sweden who are hosting trackers.

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OMAHA, Neb.-- Ballantyne Strong, Inc. (NYSE Amex: BTN), a provider of digital cinema projection equipment and services, cinema screens and other cinema products, announced today that it has been selected to provide 200 NEC digital cinema projectors for China Film Group Corp. in theatres throughout The People's Republic of China (PRC). Ballantyne expects to make initial shipments of 50 projectors in the second quarter of 2010, with the balance of the order to be shipped later this year. The new agreement follows a 100-projector order completed in Q2 ‘09 and a 160-projector order completed in Q1 ‘10.

John P. Wilmers, President and CEO of Ballantyne, commented, "We are gratified that China Film Group has expanded its commitment to Ballantyne and our NEC projector line with this, their largest order to date. As we have previously stated, China is a very attractive market opportunity for Ballantyne and our partner, NEC. With approximately 6,000 cinema screens currently, the PRC is focused on rapidly growing its theatre and screen footprint to as many as 12,000 or more screens in the next three-five years. We look forward to supporting China Film Group in bringing digital cinema to a growing number of Chinese consumers. We are also working on plans to bring our cinema screen products, including specialty ‘silver screens' required for most 3D cinema methods, to serve the needs of this growing market and hope to initiate that effort in early 2011."

Ballantyne has a sales and full-service office in Beijing, China and plans to open an additional office in Shanghai later this year.


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LOS ANGELES -- IMAX Corporation (Nasdaq:IMAX) (TSX:IMX) and Sony Pictures Releasing today announced that Resident Evil: Afterlife, the highly-anticipated fourth installment of the popular film series based on the video game, will be released to digital IMAX(R) theatres simultaneously with the film's wide release on September 10, 2010. The film, which was photographed in 3D, will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience(R) with proprietary IMAX DMR(R) (Digital Re-mastering) technology and presented in IMAX(R) 3D. The crystal-clear images coupled with IMAX's customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio create a unique immersive environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

"In 3D, fans of Resident Evil will have a whole new way to enjoy this next exciting chapter, and we're delighted that audiences will also have the opportunity to experience the film in IMAX 3D at digital IMAX locations, where they will feel like they are virtually in the movie," said Rory Bruer, President, Worldwide Distribution for Sony Pictures Releasing.

"Our ability to include Resident Evil into the IMAX lineup for 2010 is a direct result of the growing IMAX theatre network, and we're excited to work once again with Sony Pictures to reach the vast fan-base for this series," said IMAX CEO Richard L. Gelfond. "Our partnership with Sony Pictures Entertainment is growing with our digital theatre network, and we're looking forward to continued success with them as we open more theatres, release more event films and expand our audience globally."

"The Resident Evil series and IMAX share a key common ground -- fanboys," added Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment. "We're very excited to add this movie to our lineup to offer the millions of loyal Resident Evil fans a chance to experience this next chapter in IMAX 3D."


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