CYPRESS, Calif. -- Christie®, a global provider of visual display solutions, is proud to announce that the Dolby Theatre will be equipped with the Christie DuoTM for its big-screen needs, including the June 18 World Premiere of Disney•Pixar's "Brave."
The green-carpet event, which marks the grand opening for the Dolby Theatre, is a special presentation for Film Independent's 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival. Premiering in Dolby's latest audio innovation, Dolby® AtmosTM and Dolby 3D, a state-of-the-art imaging solution providing audiences with a superior 3D experience, "Brave" is an epic tale set in the mystical Scottish Highlands where the film's headstrong protagonist, Merida, is forced to discover the meaning of true bravery. The action adventure hits theaters nationwide on June 22, 2012.
"To truly bring audiences into the onscreen adventure at the Dolby Theatre, we are pleased to be working with Christy to deliver a premium Dolby 3D experience," said Doug Darrow, Senior Vice President, Cinema, Dolby Laboratories. "The Dolby Theatre continues our long commitment to Hollywood and the entertainment industry and the World Premiere of Disney•Pixar's ‘Brave' in Dolby Atmos and Dolby 3D, with the help of Christie, will transport the audience into the onscreen adventure with the most life-like experience ever offered."
Christie Duo, available for the 2K or 4K Christie SolariaTM Series digital cinema projectors, is an integration kit specially designed to optimize 3D and other special effects on the largest screens. It features a choice of configurations including a compact stacking system for 3D installations, or a physical configuration that exactly aligns every pixel on the screen for optimal 2D and 3D presentations. With automated features that calibrate, align and optimize the images for 2K or 4K projectors, Christie Duo delivers a completely seamless, premium movie experience for the world's largest screens at a cost that all manner and size of exhibitors can afford.
The Dolby Theatre will be using the configuration of two projectors stacked vertically. Whether used for world premieres or thousands of showings later, the Christie Duo promises the brightest picture quality available for 2D or 3D on premium-size screens.
"Christie is dedicated to giving exhibitors of all types the best projection available for their unique needs, particularly as consumers come to expect 3D and other technical innovations," said Craig Sholder, vice president, Entertainment Solutions, Christie. "With our technical expertise and worldwide network of installation partners, we can deliver quickly and cost-effectively, allowing our customers to create and deliver their own, branded premium theatre experience."
The Dolby Theatre SM, the iconic Hollywood landmark at Hollywood & Highland Center®, will be the world's stage for entertainment sound and imaging. Dolby has enhanced the venue with Dolby® AtmosTM and Dolby 3D, to create a world-class showcase for Dolby's current and future technologies.
The main stage at the Dolby Theatre is one of the largest in the United States, measuring 113 feet (34 m) wide by 60 feet (18 m) deep, and supporting a large, 60 feet by 32 feet white screen. Because it features live events as well as blockbuster movie premieres, the theatre's projection system needs to adapt easily and quickly to changing needs. The technical quality of Christie's SolariaTM projector, Christie Duo and Christie's commitment to fast custom installation, gives the facility new capabilities for premium 3D and 2D projection now and for the future.
Paramount reports that Madagascar 3 is #1 globally for the second weekend in a row. The animated flick tallied $53 million abroad from 10,957 locations in 43 territories.
Location highlights from official Paramount statement:
• Russia grossed an outstanding $9.2M, dropping only 41% from last weekend's take and continuing the film's reign as the box office leader. The Russian territorial cume now stands at a staggering $35M.
• In France, Madagascar 3 held on to the top spot, grossing a rock-solid $6.2M, a drop of only 27%, bringing its overall haul to an excellent $15.9M.
• Madagascar 3 also held off all comers in Brazil to continue its run atop the local box office, grossing $3.9 M, only down 48% from last weekend's record-breaking opening and lifting its territorial take to a spectacular $17.5M.
• Mexico grossed a robust $5.2M, down only 25% off its opening, also good for the #1 spot at the box office, bringing the growing territorial total to $15M.
• Argentina posted another #1 weekend, only dropping 34% off of its all-time best opening (all films, all genres), adding another $2.6M to the pot. The cume in Argentina is astounding $7.5M.
• Korea added $2.2M, a fantastic drop of an anemic 10%, bringing the Korean cume to $6.7M.
• In the UAE Madagascar 3 opened to $1.4M from 55 cinemas, now the biggest animation movie in the UAE, Egypt as well as the Middle East combined.
SANTA MONICA, CA -- IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX; TSX:IMX) and Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), a leading diversified global entertainment company, today announced that The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the second film in the wildly popular franchise, will be released in the immersive IMAX® format on November 22, 2013.
The first Hunger Games film just crossed the $400 million mark at the North American box office, making it the 14th highest-grossing film of all time. The film has grossed nearly $650 million worldwide, with a rollout in China (including 67 IMAX screens) later this month.
Helping to further eventize this cultural phenomenon and transport moviegoers into the world of Panem, director Francis Lawrence will utilize IMAX® cameras in filming portions of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Exclusively in IMAX® theatres, sequences shot with the extremely high-resolution cameras will expand to fill the entire screen with unprecedented crispness and clarity, putting moviegoers right into the action alongside Katniss and her fellow Tributes. Leading the cast is Oscar® nominee Jennifer Lawrence, reprising her role as Katniss Everdeen, along with fellow returning cast members Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne and Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark.
"We are thrilled to continue the productive partnership we enjoyed with IMAX on the first installment of The Hunger Games," said Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Co-Chairs Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger. "Our partnership on the first Hunger Games film was a resounding success, and we look forward to building on that experience with an expanded IMAX relationship on Catching Fire. IMAX delivers a unique and memorable experience that is the perfect way to celebrate this special moviegoing event."
"Beyond the global phenomenon that was The Hunger Games, the film resonated exceptionally with IMAX fans, resulting in sell outs across the network during the limited IMAX run," said Greg Foster, Chairman and President, IMAX Filmed Entertainment. "We are excited to expand our partnership with director Francis Lawrence, producers Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik and the Lionsgate team as Catching Fire joins a select group of blockbuster titles that have filmed with IMAX cameras, elevating the property to the next level."
The IMAX release of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will be 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.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is based on the second book in Suzanne Collins' bestselling series. It chronicles the life of Katniss Everdeen after she emerges from the 74th Annual Hunger Games victorious -- but far from safe. Even as she becomes an unwitting symbol of the rebellion mounting in the districts, Katniss never loses sight of her commitment to protect her family. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will be directed by Francis Lawrence, and produced by Nina Jacobson's Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. The novel on which the film is based is the second in a trilogy that has over 36 million copies in print in the U.S. alone. Lionsgate will release The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on November 22, 2013.