Southern Theatres’ Grand 14 Esplanade to Be Powered Exclusively By Christie Solaria Projectors and New Christie Vive Audio With Installation By Christie’s Managed Services on October 21, 2013
Cypress, California -- It's "all Christie, all the time" as Southern Theatres selects Christie®, the dominant brand in the digital cinema market, to power every auditorium in its new, state-of-the-art 14-screen theater complex at the Esplanade Mall in Kenner, Louisiana.
The Grand 14 Esplanade, scheduled to open December 12, will be the first to feature the "complete Christie experience," fitted exclusively with Christie Solaria® Series digital cinema projection technology and the Christie® Vive AudioTM systems. Christie's Managed Services team is providing complete support, from designing the technology floor plan, to installing and integrating all of the products, as well as providing 24/7 remote monitoring, maintenance and support through Christie's own Network Operations Center.
"We're excited to bring the latest developments in digital cinema projection and audio technology to our guests with the opening of the Grand 14 Esplanade in Kenner," said Ron Krueger II, President and Chief Operating Officer, Southern Theatres. "We're the first theater to power every auditorium with Christie Vive Audio, a revolutionary leap in cinema loudspeaker design that provides the benefit of improved sound coverage for every guest in every seat in the house."
The Grand 14 Esplanade will offer Southern Theatres' branded Grand Premium Experience (GPX) auditorium, equipped with the Christie® DuoTM dual-projection system using Christie CP4230 4K DLP Cinema® projectors, ensuring that the RealD 3D images on the huge three story screen are the crispest and brightest possible. The GPX auditorium will also feature Christie Vive Audio configured for 46 channels using Dolby® AtmosTM, a new audio solution that revolutionizes the experience of sound in entertainment. The groundbreaking new Christie Vive Audio system features speakers with an innovative single enclosure line array design combined with ribbon driver technology and high-powered Class D amplification - the first to be used in a cinema environment.
The combination of two Christie Solaria projectors and the Christie Duo integration kit is significantly less expensive than other branded ‘big screen' industry solutions. With lower upfront costs, and no ongoing revenue sharing, Christie Duo is the global solution for creating an affordable, premium large screen movie experience.
"Interest has been exceptionally strong since our launch of Christie Vive Audio in July, with the postproduction and exhibition communities recognizing a unique opportunity to gain a competitive edge by unleashing the full potential of the new generation of digital cinema surround sound technology," said Patrick Artiaga, director of Business Development, Audio Solutions for Christie. "We're proud that Southern Theatres has made the Grand 14 Esplanade the world's first all-inclusive Christie Vive Audio complex, flawlessly complementing it with the crisp images and spectacular video offered by Christie DLP® digital cinema projectors - giving their audience the ultimate movie-viewing experience."
Specifically created and built for the digital cinema environment, Christie Vive Audio's unique parabolic line array design envelopes audiences with dynamic, richly detailed and enhanced audio where speech, special effects, music, and alternative content sound incredibly natural and lifelike.
Added Mr. Krueger II, "The GPX auditorium will really allow our guests to fully immerse themselves into a 3D movie- with the unparalleled brightness of Christie 4K resolution digital projection and the combined power of the Christie Vive Audio and Dolby Atmos systems, viewers will experience every sight and sound as if they are actually ‘in the picture.'"
"Christie's Managed Services team has been involved exclusively since the beginning of the project, providing unparalleled professional consultation, integration, installation, and design services for all of the auditoriums," said Sean James, vice president of Managed Services at Christie. "We supplied the complete, ‘one-stop-shopping' solution, developing specifications for audio, projection, screens, power, system/network infrastructure, special audio support, and theater-wide automation solutions."
Added James: "Our job is not over when the installation is complete. Managed Services will continue to provide the entire theater with 24/7 remote monitoring through Christie's Network Operations Center, once the site is live."
NEC Display Solutions Launches Digital Cinema Projector with Laser Light Source on October 21, 2013
Chicago, IL -- NEC Display Solutions of America, a leading provider of commercial LCD display and projector solutions, announced today the NC1100L Digital Cinema projector, a laser-light source projector targeted to exhibitors with small screens or projection booths as well art houses, mobile cinemas, theaters in universities and public buildings.
As part of NEC's Digital Cinema Projector Series, the NC1100L projector using a laser-light source 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 36ft./11m in DCI color. It is the world's first Digital Cinema-compliant projector with laser light source built-in.
The NC1100L Digital Cinema projector will be demonstrated at ShowEast on October 21-24 at the Westin Diplomat & Spa in Hollywood, Fla.
"Driving innovation in Digital Cinema is part of what NEC Display does on a daily basis, and as part of our mandate, we're offering a projector that meets the needs of more exhibitors," said Jim Reisteter, General Manager of Digital Cinema at NEC Display Solutions. "Our new NC1100L projector is the light source of the future. The unit's reliability, maintenance-free operation and approximately 20,000 hours (*) of lifetime result in an overall lower total cost of ownership."
The NC1100L projector features 2K (2048 x 1080) resolutions, 3D capabilities and 3-chip DMD reflection method. It is easy to operate with user-friendly accessibility.
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 Server (IMS) and 2 TB RAID5 Storage Server offer versatile connectivity and savings with fewer peripheral devices needed.
Among the key features of the NC1100L Digital Cinema projector:
Lower total cost of ownership (TCO) with up to approximately 20,000 hours of expected light source usage
2048 x 1080 resolution and 1600:1 contrast ratio
Several bayonet lens options for easy installation, enabling motorized zoom, focus and shift capabilities
Suitability for floor and ceiling installation with no exhaust system required
Air cooling with dust-preventing electrostatic filter
Built-in 2 TB RAID5 Storage Server, 2 x 3GSDI, and 1 x HDMI Interfaces, advanced network and built-in GPIO functions
The same IMS (NP-90MS01) for NC900C available with the NC1100L
The NC1100L will be available in March 2014 with a two-year limited warranty (for U.S. and Canada only), including parts and labor. (*) Targeting 20,000 hours expected lifetime. To be finalized in early 2014. This lifetime may vary depending upon environmental conditions.
GDC Technology provides exceptional digital cinema offerings at ShowEast 2013 on October 21, 2013
SHOWEAST, Hollywood -- GDC Technology Limited ("GDC Technology"), a world leading digital cinema solution provider, will showcase its unparalleled digital cinema solutions at ShowEast 2013 in Hollywood, Florida, October 21-24.
SX-3000 Standalone IMB®
The revolutionary SX-3000 Standalone IMB® is GDC Technology's flagship product which was released in the market early this year. The SX-3000 Standalone IMB® is an industry first, with prominent features including the elimination of the need for a file server, which significantly reduces energy consumption, as well as operation and maintenance costs for exhibitors. The SX-3000 Standalone IMB® is equipped with complete alternative content support options such as HDMI (for 2D and 3D content), 3D-SGI ports and live streaming* which allows flexibility to display a wide variety of advertising and alternative content without additional hardware. These new state-of-the-art options will greatly simplify theatre operations and can reduce investment costs.
The SX-3000 Standalone IMB® comes with a cost effective, reliable and scalable external storage solution, serving differing exhibitor needs, namely (i) a portable storage system which is comprised of a compact and light storage device that can be easily mounted on all types of DLP Cinema® projectors with up to 3TB of redundant hot swappable storage and (ii) enterprise storage solution which offers exhibitors with larger and cost-effective storage capacity - up to 8TB of redundant hot swappable storage. The enterprise storage system is designed to be inserted into the projector pedestal. GDC Technology will showcase both the portable and enterprise storage solutions at ShowEast 2013.
VPF program for Latin American exhibitors
In recent years, the worldwide theatrical exhibition industry has been in the process of converting to digital projection and the Virtual Print Free (VPF) program is a key to making this economically feasible for exhibitors. GDC Technology's affiliate, GDC Digital Cinema Network Limited ("GDC DCN") has successfully implemented VPF programs in the North American and Asian markets, and this vital option is also currently available to Latin American exhibitors. Coming into the market with six years of experience and managing over 4,600 screens across 600 VPF agreements with worldwide content distributors and exhibitors, GDC DCN provides an extremely practical and efficient VPF program for the Latin American market.
Product demonstrations and technical training sessions
GDC Technology will offer a wide range of product demonstrations and technical training sessions at ShowEast, which allow visitors to experience its entire digital cinema offerings. The comprehensive sessions will encompass introductions of innovative product offerings, turnkey service and support solutions, comprehensive VPF programs and technical knowledge.
GLOBAL: 'Gravity' Crosses $100M Overseas; Fox Hits $2B For Fifth Consecutive Year; 'Fifth Estate' and 'Escape Plan' Continue to Struggle on October 20, 2013
Gravity crossed the $100 million milestone at the overseas box office after a $33.5 million performance from 51 markets. The sci-fi film is the top overseas release for the third consecutive week. Gravity has grossed $114.2 million overseas and has four key markets still scheduled for release.
The film became director Alfonso Cuarón’s biggest opener in his native Mexico after a $5.7 million premiere from 1,770 screens. The special effects were a big hit in the filmmaker’s home market, even fooling a journalist into believing the film was actually shot in outer space. Gravity launched to a $7.1 million first place finish in South Korea, posting a 34% improvement above Life of Pi’s Korean debut. The United Arab Emirates opened to a $1.4 million takes rom only 50 screens, making Gravity the third biggest opening weekend of all time for Warner Bros. in the territory.
The film kept the #1 spot in Australia during its third weekend, grossing $2.2 million from 489 screens –a 27% drop from the previous weekend. Gravity has grossed a total of $11.5 million in Australia. Germany added $2.1 million to reach an $11.9 million total in the territory. Gravity reached a $17.3 million cume in Russia after its third weekend. Gravity has grossed a total of $284.7 million worldwide.
Warner Bros. isn't the only studio celebrating this weekend's overseas box office results. Fox releases contributed $36 million to the studio this weekend, helping the company surpass the $2 billion mark in the global box office for the fifth consecutive year. Fox has reached the milestone a total of seven times.
Turbo contributed the lion’s share of Fox’s weekend numbers overseas. The animated film took $16 million from 20 markets, taking its overseas cume to $143.5 million. Turbo opened in first place in key markets France, Span, and the United Kingdom this weekend. The U.K. brought in $6.4 million in its debut; France posted a $3.3 million bow; and Spain recorded a $1.8 million debut.
The Wolverine crossed the $250 million overseas milestone after a first place opening in China. The superhero spin-off recorded a $13.6 million bow at the Chinese box office, four times more than the debut of Thor and three times the amount grossed by Captain America’s opening weekend in the same market. The Wolverine has grossed $390.8 million worldwide.
Runner Runner added $4.2 million to its overseas cume. The film enjoyed a $1 million opening in Germany. Runner Runner has grossed a total of $55.3 million globally.
Captain Phillips took $9.1 million from its first 11 overseas markets this weekend. The Paul Greengrass film recorded a first place finish in the United Kingdom, where it finished the weekend with a $5.6 million take. The opening is more than twice the amount that Argo posted in its U.K. opening last year. Captain Phillips took second place in Spain, grossing $1.4 million from 411 screens behind new opener Turbo. The film will open in 15 territories next weekend, including top markets Australia and South Korea.
The Fifth Estate flopped in its North American debut, finishing the weekend in 8th place with a dismal $1.7 million gross. The weak debut combined with a struggling $1.6 million overseas total, where The Fifth Estate has also struggled to find an audience. The United Kingdom is the film’s top foreign market, where it has already grossed a $1.4 million total. The Fifth Estate opened in Spain with a disappointing $200K bow.
Planes reached a $110.2 million overseas total after taking $4.5 million from 50 territories this weekend. The animated Disney release has grossed a total of $198.9 million worldwide. The top markets for Planes are the United Kingdom ($13.4M), Spain (($7.8M), Mexico ($7.4M), and Germany ($7.3M). Planes will open in Thailand next weekend.
Despicable Me 2 kept the top spot in Italy for the second consecutive weekend. The animated sequel added $4.4 million from 419 dates, bringing its eleven-day total in Italy to $13.2 million. The film is also posting strong gains in Japan, where it has now reached a $22.3 million cume. Despicable Me 2 has grossed $534.7 million overseas and $898.4 million worldwide. The film is the fifth highest grossing animated film of all time worldwide as of this weekend, surpassing the $887 million global cume of Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs.
The World’s End opened in eight place in Russia with a $323K take from 323 dates. The film struggled in its Norway debut with a $64K bow from 50 dates. The World’s End has grossed $19.8 million overseas and $45.7 million worldwide. The comedy will open in the Czech Republic and Slovakia next weekend.
Escape Plan struggled out of the gate in its North American debut, placing added pressure to the film’s overseas run. The Stallone/Schwarzenegger vehicle opened in 21 new markets this weekend, adding $9.4 million to its overseas tally. The film placed second in Russia with a $3 million debut from 690 screens. Escape Plan opened in third place in the U.K. with a $1.5 million bow from 362 screens, trailing openers Captain Phillips and Turbo. Escape Plan has grossed $14.1 million overseas and $23.6 million worldwide.
Prisoners posted a $650K debut in Brazil, finishing the weekend in third place behind Gravity and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. Prisoners continued with its positive results in France, where it reached a $5 million cume in its second weekend. The United Kingdom continues being a success story for the film after a $1 million weekend brought Prisoners to the $10 million mark in its third frame. Prisoners opened in third place in Australia, grossing $1.1 million from 204 screens. Prisoners has grossed $34.3 million from 49 overseas markets and $91.5 million worldwide.
NORTH AMERICA: Studio Weekend Estimates: 'Gravity' Leads for a Third Consecutive Frame; 'Carrie' Debuts to Modest $17.0M; 'Escape Plan' Disappoints with $9.8M; 'Fifth Estate' Flops with $1.7M on October 18, 2013
Sunday Update: Warner's Gravity took in an estimated $31.03 million to lead the box office with relative ease for a third consecutive weekend. The Alfonso Cuarón directed sci-fi drama starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney continued to hold up nicely, as it was down a slim 28 percent from last weekend. Gravity has grossed a massive $170.57 million through 17 days of release, placing it just 12 percent behind the $193.31 million 17-day take of 2010's Inception (which fell 36 percent in its third weekend to gross $27.49 million). With the continued aid of strong word of mouth, awards season buzz and higher priced 3D and IMAX admissions, Gravity should continue to hold up very well going forward.
IMAX grosses were responsible for an estimated $7.37 million (23.7 percent) of the film's overall gross this weekend. That brings the current IMAX total for Gravity to $38.03 million, which represents 22.3 percent of the film's overall domestic gross thus far.
Sony's Captain Phillips held steady in second place with an estimated $17.3 million. Like Gravity, the Paul Greengrass directed film starring Tom Hanks also displayed strong holding power this weekend, as it fell 33 percent from last weekend's stronger than expected debut. Captain Phillips surpassed the $50 million mark this weekend and has grossed $53.33 million through ten days. That places the film 6 percent behind the $56.99 million ten-day take of 2006's The Departed (which fell 29 percent in its second weekend to gross $19.03 million).
Fellow Sony release Carrie followed closely behind in third with an estimated $17.0 million. The R-rated horror remake from Screen Gems starring Chloë Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore debuted below expectations, which had tended to fall in the range of $20 million to $25 million. Carrie had the advantage of opening in an October marketplace with limited horror options, but apparently many horror fans have already had their fill this fall with September's Insidious Chapter 2. Carrie opened 34 percent below the $25.78 million start of this year's Evil Dead and instead opened more along the lines of the $18.01 million debut of Sinister last October. With Halloween weekend still ahead of it and a smaller initial rush-out, Carrie will hope to display stronger than usual holding power for a horror film.
Carrie opened with $6.55 million on Friday, fell 4 percent on Saturday to gross $6.3 million and is estimated to fall 34 percent on Sunday to take in $4.15 million. Carrie registered an estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.60 to 1, which is respectable for a horror film. The film's B- rating on CinemaScore was also respectable for its genre. The audience breakdown for Carrie skewed towards female moviegoers (54 percent) and moviegoers under the age of 25 (56 percent).
Sony also claimed fourth place this weekend, as Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 took in an estimated $10.1 million for the frame. The 3D computer animated sequel was down a healthy 27 percent from last weekend. Cloudy 2 has grossed $93.14 million in 24 days, leaving it just $6.86 million away from the $100 million domestic milestone. Cloudy 2 is currently running 3 percent behind the $95.78 million 24-day take of 2009's Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.
Lionsgate's Escape Plan rounded out the weekend's top five with an estimated $9.8 million. That represented a disappointing (but largely expected) start for the action thriller starring Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Escape Plan did open 56 percent ahead of the $6.28 million start of Schwarzenegger's The Last Stand earlier this year, though it should also be noted that Escape Plan carried a larger production budget. After two Expendables films, there was simply relatively little interest in a film teaming together Stallone and Schwarzenegger.
Escape Plan opened with $3.36 million on Friday, increased 16 percent on Saturday to take in $3.90 million and is estimated to fall 35 percent on Sunday to take in $2.54 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.92 to 1. Escape Plan received a solid B+ rating on CinemaScore, while the audience breakdown for the film skewed towards male moviegoers (55 percent) and moviegoers over the age of 30 (61 percent).
Further down on this weekend's chart, The Fifth Estate was dead on arrival with an eighth place estimated start of $1.71 million. The WikiLeaks thriller from Disney and DreamWorks opened below its already low expectations and delivered a per-location average of just $969 from 1,769 locations. Moviegoers simply weren't interested in a film about WikiLeaks, while largely negative reviews and the currently crowded marketplace for adult moviegoers certainly didn't help matters for The Fifth Estate either.
On the platform front, Fox Searchlight's 12 Years a Slave launched with an estimated $960,000 from 19 locations (in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, Toronto and Washington D.C.). That gave the Steve McQueen directed awards season hopeful a strong (but non-break out) per-location average of $50,526 for the frame. The platform launch of 12 Years a Slave was fairly similar to the 2007 platform launch of No Country For Old Men, which debuted with $1.23 million from 28 locations (for a per-location average of $43,797). 12 Years a Slave will expand into additional markets on Friday and is scheduled to expand into nationwide release on November 1st.
Saturday Update: As expected, Warner Bros.' Gravity will maintain its hold on first place for a third consecutive weekend--the first* film to pull such a feat in 2013, and the first since WB's own The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey won the final three weekends of 2012. The space drama added $9.07 million to its haul on Friday, off just 28 percent week-to-week and giving it a 15-day domestic haul of $148.61 million. The flick is now running 28.6 percent ahead of The Blind Side's pace, and 14.6 percent behind Inception. Look for Gravity to net around $31 million this weekend.
Sony reports an estimated $6.6 million opening day for their Carrie remake, a respectable figure but far short of a breakout. By comparison, the studio's Evil Dead remake bowed to an $11.9 million first day earlier this year. The built-in appeal of Carrie as well as rising star Chloë Grace Moretz and veteran actress Julianne Moore helped bring out horror fans. Word of mouth appears underwhelming with a Flixster score of 67 percent (so far), although its "B-" CinemaScore ("B+" for audiences over the age of 25, as Sony notes) isn't too bad for the horror genre. Carrie was hoping to take advantage of being the lone new horror release this October as this year marks the first since 2003 that a Saw or Paranormal Activity film won't be around to dominate Halloween/horror fans. Nevertheless, market competition proved to be too much. Look for Carrie to grab $17 million this weekend.
Despite their success in the The Expendables films, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone weren't able to turn Escape Plan into a hit. The team-up flick brought in $3.36 million yesterday and is headed for a $9.5 million debut weekend. That tops the $6.3 million and $4.55 million opening weekends, respectively, of Arnold's The Last Stand and Sly's Bullet to the Head earlier this year, but unfortunately, still leaves Escape Plan in flop territory. With a 71 percent Flixster score (and dropping) at the time of writing, audience reception doesn't appear to be very positive.
The Fifth Estate is also heading toward a disappointing weekend. The WikiLeaks movie bagged $0.587 million yesterday, putting it on course for a $1.7 million weekend. Those figures are very similar to the $1.4 million first day and $4.1 million opening weekend of Rendition on the same weekend back in 2007, another government-related conspiracy thriller that failed to leverage its moderate star power (though it arguably had a bit more than Estate). Word-of-mouth is tanking early with a disastrous 48 percent Flixster score.
Meanwhile, Fox's 12 Years a Slave saw a limited debut in 19 theaters and rang up $274,691 yesterday. Director Steve McQueen's period drama has been getting rave reviews from critics since its festival debut last month and is considered one of the early Oscar frontrunners. The film has earned a 96 percent score from 106 critics on Rotten Tomatoes thus far, as well as a strong 93 percent score from Flixster users. The brutal nature of the film's depiction of slavery could be a deterrent for mass consumption by an audience when the November 1 wide release arrives, but time will tell. For now, 12 Years is off to a solid start and should bank approximately $0.95 million this weekend.
* = Lee Daniels' The Butler won the 4-day Labor Day weekend after placing first in its first two weekends, however, it did not win the standard 3-day weekend ahead of the holiday.
Friday Update #2: Sources tell BoxOffice that Gravity will easily stay #1 during its third weekend of release. The space flick could hit more than $30 million this weekend, which will give it around $170 million in North America alone.
Carrie looks to be on pace for a respectable $20 million. The recent success of Insidious: Chapter 2--a $79 million domestic hit--may have taken a chunk out of Carrie's potential audience. The horror flick could surge close to Halloween.
Escape Plan looks like it will fall shy of $10 million with $8 million-$9 million during its debut frame. After the failure of The Last Stand and Bullet to the Head, audiences are making it clear that they only want to see Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger in establish properties.
The Fifth Estate is the weekend's biggest loser by a long shot. An anemic haul of around $3 million looks likely for the Julian Assange biopic.
Check back tomorrow for updated weekend projections.
Friday Update: Sony reports that Carrie is off to a great start with $725K from Thursday evening shows. While the debut is definitely healthy, it comes in well below the $1.8 million that Evil Dead managed from Thursday evening shows this past April. Sony also released Evil Dead and it went on to make $25.8 million during its debut frame.
Critics aren't exactly in love with Carrie, but a 45% approval rating on RottenTomatoes is far from a disaster. It's certainly not bad enough to sway a large portion of moviegoers away from the film. Nearly 40,000 Flixster users have combined to give Carrie an underwhelming grade of 74%.
More coming later...