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AMC and Dolby to deliver total premium cinema experience with laser projection, lifelike sound, and ultimate comfort in up to 100 sites

Leawood, Kan., and San Francisco, April 9, 2015-AMC Theatres (NYSE: AMC) and Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: DLB) today announced Dolby CinemaTM at AMC Prime®, a premium cinema offering for moviegoers that makes every visit a completely captivating event. Dolby Cinema at AMC Prime combines spectacular image and sound technologies with inspired design and amazing comfort. Moviegoers will be wowed by Dolby VisionTM laser projection and Dolby Atmos® sound, as well as AMC Prime power reclining seats with seat transducers that vibrate with the action on screen.

By mid-May 2015, AMC expects to have fully installed Dolby Cinema at AMC Prime in up to four AMC locations in major cities across the United States. AMC intends to expand to 50 operating Dolby Cinema at AMC Prime locations by December 2018 in additional cities, including San Francisco, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Miami, Boston, Denver, and Seattle, and up to 100 Dolby Cinema at AMC Prime locations by December 2024.

"Dolby Cinema delivers a unique moviegoing experience with rich and vivid imagery and lifelike sound," said Kevin Yeaman, President and CEO, Dolby Laboratories. "Dolby Cinema at AMC Prime will transport audiences across America into the ultimate moviegoing experience."

"Guests should prepare to be blown away when we launch this amazing theatre experience," said Gerry Lopez, CEO and President, AMC. "Moviegoers are already demonstrating they'll drive past other theatres to see a movie in AMC Prime, so combined with Dolby's pioneering technology, this next-generation Premium Large Format experience will leave them impressed, thrilled, and excited by what they see, hear, and feel-all from the comfort of their reclining chairs."

The addition of Dolby Cinema at AMC Prime bolsters AMC as the Premium Large Format leader in the movie exhibition industry. As part of the agreement, AMC will renovate its existing Premium experiences-ETX and AMC Prime-into Dolby Cinema at AMC Prime. Renovated AMC auditoriums will feature newly installed Dolby Cinema, which incorporates Dolby Atmos audio technology and the Dolby Vision projection system.

The Dolby Vision laser projection system delivers high dynamic range with enhanced color technology that produces incredible blacks and a contrast ratio that far exceeds any other image technology on the market today. The result is a richer, more detailed viewing experience that delivers strikingly vivid and realistic images that make audiences feel like they are in the movie's world. Dolby Atmos, the award-winning Dolby® sound technology, moves audio around the theatre, even overhead, with amazing richness and depth. The lifelike sounds of music, people, and things flow all around the theatre in sync with the action to create a more immersive and moving experience.

The inspiration for the design elements came out of the desire to achieve technically superior sight and sound capabilities for all Dolby Cinema at AMC Prime locations. The design of the cinema itself has been created to set a mood and draw audiences deeper into the story. Through the Dolby technology, combined with the ultimate comfort and experience of the AMC Prime plush recliners with seat transducers, guests will feel closer than ever to the action on screen.

About AMC Prime
AMC Prime-AMC's branded Premium Large Format, and the highest-rated experience offered by AMC according to guest feedback-launched at AMC BarryWoods 24 in Kansas City, Mo., in 2013 and now spans nine locations in major markets around the country. AMC Prime features power reclining seats with seat transducers, Dolby Atmos sound, and an unbelievably crisp and luminous picture to deliver the "wow" of sight, sound, and sense.

About Dolby Cinema
Dolby Cinema delivers the total cinema experience. It combines powerful image and sound technologies with inspired cinema design to make every visit a completely captivating cinematic event.

Dolby Cinema will include Dolby Vision-a state-of-the-art authoring and playback imaging technology that enables the cinema to bring the story alive on screen. Outfitted with Dolby Atmos, Dolby Cinema transports audiences into the movie with breathtakingly real sound that fills the cinema and flows all around them.

When these technologies are combined with the sophisticated Dolby Cinema design, everything comes together to pull moviegoers more deeply into the story and transform their visit into an event. For more information, please visit the Dolby Cinema web page.

About AMC Theatres
AMC Theatres (NYSE: AMC) is the guest experience leader with 348 locations and 4,960 screens in the United States. AMC has propelled theatrical industry innovation and continues today by delivering more comfort and convenience, enhanced food & beverage, greater engagement and loyalty, premium sight & sound, and targeted programming. AMC operates the most productive theatres in the country's top markets, including No. 1 market share in the top three markets (NY, LA, Chicago). www.amctheatres.com

About Dolby Laboratories
Dolby Laboratories (NYSE: DLB) creates audio, video, and voice technologies that transform entertainment and communications in mobile devices, at the cinema, at home, and at work. For nearly 50 years, sight and sound experiences have become more vibrant, clear, and powerful in Dolby®. For more information, please visit www.dolby.com.

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Disney's global hit Cinderella will open in its final territory, Japan, on April 25th and on Wednesday director Kenneth Branagh and star Lily James were in Tokyo for a press conference and the film's Japanese premiere. The fantasy film has just crossed the $400 million mark worldwide and has performed well in Asian markets, especially China where it has grossed $70.75 million as of Tuesday.

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UNIVERSAL CITY, CA, April 8, 2015-Universal Pictures International (UPI) today announced that the studio will reach $1 billion in international box office grosses today. This accomplishment marks the earliest in its history that Universal has reached that milestone, besting a previous record that was set on May 31, 2013. This is the ninth consecutive year that Universal has crossed $1 billion internationally. The announcement was made by President, Distribution for UPI Duncan Clark.

Universal's early success in 2015 has been fueled by a diverse slate of films across multiple genres. But the majority of international box office grosses have come from Focus Features and Working Title's Academy Award®-winning The Theory of Everything ($85 million), Fifty Shades of Grey ($401.2 million) and with its record-breaking $250 million opening Furious 7, which has grossed $316 million in just one week.

"This year we are thrilled to offer audiences some of our biggest and best homegrown franchises with huge prospects in our international markets," said Clark. "The early results have been terrific and today we celebrate a milestone with our filmmakers, distribution partners and talent who have worked tirelessly to bring these fantastic films to theaters across the globe."

Universal is charging ahead with its blockbuster 2015 slate as Furious 7 opens in China and Russia this weekend. Also coming this summer are the follow-up to 2012's surprise hit comedy Pitch Perfect 2, directed by Elizabeth Banks; the long-awaited next installment of Steven Spielberg's groundbreaking series, Jurassic World, directed by Colin Trevorrow and starring Chris Pratt; the follow-up to the highest-grossing original R-rated comedy of all time from writer, director and voice star Seth MacFarlane, Ted 2; Illumination Entertainment and Universal's comedy adventure that stars the voices of Sandra Bullock and Jon Hamm, Minions; and the latest film from director Judd Apatow, written by and starring breakout comedy star Amy Schumer, Trainwreck.

About Universal Pictures International
Universal Pictures International (UPI) is the international marketing and distribution division for Universal Pictures. In the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, France, Russia, Korea, Australia, Mexico and India, UPI directly markets and distributes movies through its local offices, creating campaigns and release strategies that respond to the culture and market behavior of those territories. In other parts of the world, UPI partners with Paramount and Sony in the distribution of all three companies' films. Universal Pictures is part of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

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By Daniel Garris

Universal's Furious 7 took in $13.31 million on Tuesday to easily lead the daily box office for a fifth consecutive day. The well-received seventh installment of the popular franchise featuring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and the late Paul Walker was down a slim 5 percent from Monday. In addition to strong word of mouth, Tuesday's hold was likely helped out a bit from Monday's performance being deflated slightly due to the competition from the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship game. Furious 7 has grossed a massive $174.51 million in just five days. That represents the eighth largest five-day start of all-time and already makes the film the highest grossing release of 2015 thus far domestically. The film is running an extremely impressive 61 percent stronger than the $108.22 five-day start of last year's Captain America: The Winter Soldier and 39.5 percent ahead of the $125.07 million five-day take of 2013's Fast & Furious 6.

Home held steady in second place with $4.32 million. In the process, the 3D computer animated film from Fox and DreamWorks Animation surpassed the $100 million mark on Tuesday. Home was down just 5 percent from Monday and down 6 percent from last Tuesday, as the film continues to be helped out by the post-Easter midweek frame. Home continues to exceed expectations in a big way with a twelve-day take of $104.13 million. That places the film 6.5 percent ahead of the $97.76 million twelve-day take of 2013's The Croods.

Cinderella continued to claim third place with $1.81 million. Disney's blockbuster fairy tale adaptation was down only 2 percent from Monday and down 15 percent from last Tuesday. Cinderella has grossed a strong $170.79 million in 26 days. The film is running 10 percent behind the $189.94 million 26-day take of last year's Maleficent. Cinderella has stabilized nicely over the past week and will hope to hold up well throughout the month of April.

Warner's Get Hard took in $1.57 million to remain in fourth. The R-rated comedy starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart was up a healthy 13 percent over Monday, but still down 48.5 percent from last Tuesday. Get Hard has obviously taken a big hit from the added presence of Furious 7 in the marketplace. Get Hard surpassed the $60 million mark yesterday and has grossed $60.17 million in twelve days, which is towards the lower end of expectations.

Lionsgate's The Divergent Series: Insurgent rounded out the day's unchanged top five with $1.29 million. The second installment of the young adult series starring Shailene Woodley was up 2 percent from Monday and down 41 percent from last Tuesday. Insurgent has grossed $106.06 million in 19 days, which places the film 8 percent behind the $115.83 million 19-day take of last year's Divergent.

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cinemacon.png20TH CENTURY FOX TO RELEASE WOLFF AND DELEVINGNE'S UPCOMING FILM "PAPER TOWNS" ON JULY 24

WASHINGTON D.C. (April 8, 2015) -Nat Wolff and Cara Delevingne will receive the "CinemaCon® Rising Stars of 2015 Award" it was announced today by Mitch Neuhauser, Managing Director of CinemaCon. CinemaCon, the official convention of The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), will be held April 20 - 23, 2015 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Wolff and Delevingne will be presented with this special honor at the "CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards" ceremony to take place on Thursday evening, April 23, in The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. The Coca-Cola Company, the official presenting sponsor of CinemaCon, will host the final night gala awards program.
"With a number of standout roles already on his resume and with her impressive array of upcoming projects both Nat Wolff and Cara Delevingne are poised to breakthrough in the coming year starting off with this summer's release of ‘Paper Towns','" noted Neuhauser. "We could not be more excited to honor these new talents that are sure to grace our screens for many years to come.'"

Wolff and Delevingne can be seen later this summer starring in 20th Century Fox's "Paper Towns" out on July 24, 2015. Adapted from the bestselling novel by author John Green, "Paper Towns" is a coming-of-age story centering on Quentin (Wolff) and his enigmatic neighbor Margo (Delevingne), who loved mysteries so much she became one. After taking him on an all-night adventure through their hometown, Margo suddenly disappears--leaving behind cryptic clues for Quentin to decipher. The search leads Quentin and his quick-witted friends on an exhilarating adventure that is equal parts hilarious and moving. Ultimately, to track down Margo, Quentin must find a deeper understanding of true friendship--and true love.
In the past year, actor/musician Wolff solidified his standing as one of the most promising NextGen actors with two wildly successful, coming-of-age films, "The Fault in Our Stars" and "Palo Alto." In addition to "Paper Towns", his upcoming film slate includes "Ashby," "In Dubious Battle" and "The Intern."
Already one of the most recognizable faces in the world, Delevingne made her film debut in "Anna Karenina" opposite Keira Knightley. In addition to "Paper Town" she currently has five films due for release. Next up she can be seen in "The Face of an Angel" directed by Michael Winterbottom.; "Pan" starring Hugh Jackman, Amanda Seyfried, Rooney Mara and Garrett Hedland, "London Fields" with Billy Bob Thornton, Jim Sturgess, Amber Heard and Johnny Depp, "Kids in Love" opposite Will Poulter, Alma Jodorowsky and Sebastien de Souza and "Tulip Fever" alongside Judi Dench, Christoph Waltz and Jack O'Connell. She will also begin production for DC Comics' "Suicide Squad" later this year.

About CinemaCon

CinemaCon will attract upwards of 5,000 motion picture professionals from all facets of the industry -from exhibition and distribution, to the equipment and concession areas - all on hand to celebrate the movie-going experience and the cinema industry. From exclusive Hollywood product presentations highlighting a slate of upcoming films, to must-see premiere feature screenings, to the biggest stars, producers and directors, CinemaCon will help jumpstart the excitement and buzz that surrounds the summer season at the box office.
CinemaCon is delighted to have both the International Cinema Technology Association (ICTA) and National Association of Concessionaires (NAC) as its tradeshow partners. CinemaCon is also delighted to have as its official presenting sponsor, The Coca-Cola Company, one of the industry's greatest and highly regarded and respected partners in the world of the movies.

About NATO

The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) is the largest exhibition trade organization in the world, representing more than 32,000 movie screens in all 50 states, and additional cinemas in 81 countries worldwide. NATO's membership includes the largest cinema chains in the world and hundreds of independent theatre owners, too.

Additional information on CinemaCon can be found at www.cinemacon.com.

 

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