Total tweets for April 9th Openers

Date Night had 1,273 tweets reference it on Wednesday, up from 912 tweets on Tuesday. By comparison, Couples Retreat had 1,022 tweets on its Wednesday before release. For the first time Date Night surpassed Couples this week which is definitely a good sign. It is now slightly ahead on the week as a whole also, but this doesn't necessarily mean a bigger weekend since Date will be opening in more regions around the world up front and Carell and Fey are arguably bigger stars than their Couples Retreat counterparts which may slightly raise the film's ratio. As of right now I'd predict a $11.5 million Friday and $33 million for the weekend.

Check back tomorrow to see the Thursday number and the final weekend predictions. Follow @AlexBOXOFFICE on Twitter for additional updates.

Twitter tracking history. (For 2009's ratio history please check here.)

alltweets040210.jpgThe ratio is the number of tweets per $1 million of Friday Box Office gross. A film with 1,000 tweets and a $10 million Friday would therefore have a ratio of 100. In general, films that appeal to very young or older audiences have lower ratios since those audiences are not big users of Twitter. By comparison, films that appeal to younger audiences (18-35) have much higher ratios since those audiences are much more active users of Twitter.

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Las Vegas, NV - MasterImage 3D, LLC, a 3D technology company that provides pioneering stereoscopic and autostereoscopic 3D systems, will introduce premium quality, multi-use glasses for their 3D digital cinema systems at the 2010 NAB Show. The environmentally friendly, high-performance glasses are fitted with the company's advanced, circular polarized lenses. The MasterImage glasses will be available to theater owners worldwide, May 2010, at a market setting list price of $5.00, per pair.

Supported by all six major studios, MasterImage has seen its theatrical market share rise 1200% during the past 18 months because it offers superior digital technologies, along with a cost-effective, ownership-based pricing model. The stylish, reusable glasses do not require batteries and complement the company's single-use offering.

"We are mindful of the environmental benefits afforded by reusable glasses and wanted to offer exhibitors options, so they can select the right product for their needs," said MasterImage's Peter Koplik. "With this new, market setting offer, Master Image will outfit theaters with multi-use glasses at less than one-fourth the cost of what competitors are charging for comparable alternatives."

MasterImage is exhibiting at the 2010 NAB Show in Las Vegas, in the 3D Pavilion, booth SL 4514G, April 12-15. There, the company will showcase the new glasses, along with its pioneering, autostereoscopic mobile display systems.

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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, announced the launch of a new giant screen all-digital format called the Regal Premium ExperienceSM ("RPX"). The RPX is a custom-built premium environment featuring elegant and luxurious seats with high-back headrests, a giant immersive screen illuminated by high-quality digital projectors and completed with a state-of-the-art sound system for the best picture you've ever heard!

"Regal patrons have shown a strong preference for viewing films in premium environments," stated Greg Dunn, President and Chief Operating Officer for Regal Entertainment Group. "Each RPX location will be individually designed and tailored by our technicians and will feature high-quality digital projectors and screens complemented by a custom surround sound system. The addition of the RPX locations to Regal's already successful IMAX(R) strategy will complement and extend the number of Regal theatres featuring premium movie-going experiences."

Regal Entertainment Group currently operates 43 IMAX(R) Theatres. The company expects to add The IMAX Experience(R) to additional locations while also launching additional RPX locations in 2010.

The first RPX location will open on May 7 at Regal Cinemas E-Walk Stadium 13 on 42nd Street in New York. The Regal Premium Experience at E-Walk will include a massive screen stretching more than 60 feet wide to present bright, eye-popping movies in RealD 3D and 2D. The brightest, clearest images possible are delivered to the screen by dual 30,000 lumen digital projectors. The 100,000 watt digital audio system will surround moviegoers in a specially designed 9.1 speaker array providing pinpoint sound. This powerful sound system incorporates 273 loudspeaker components including eight 21" subwoofers for deep resonating bass.

Tickets for Iron Man 2 in RPX at Regal Cinemas E-Walk Stadium 13 will be on-sale this Friday, April 9th, 2010.

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Source: THR

Aziz Ansari (Funny People) is reportedly in talks to star in 30 Minutes or Less for director Ruben Fleisher (Zombieland). The plot focuses on, "a junior high history teacher (Ansari) and a pizza-delivery man who are forced to rob a bank when one of them is strapped to a bomb vest."

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Ansari is also developing a feature film based on his Randy character from Funny People. The actor will next be seen opposite Jonah Hill, Russell Brand and Sean 'P-Diddy' Combs in Get Him to the Greek.

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Total tweets for April 9th Openers

Date Night jumped to 912 tweets on Tuesday, up from 476 on Monday. By comparison, Couples Retreat had 938 tweets on its Tuesday before release. This increase was really in line and again lends credence to the validity of the comparison. Buzz has been pretty positive here which is a good sign but not significantly better than Couples. Really it is going to have a hard time seeing a ratio lower than 300, so unless it has a phenomenal Wednesday and Thursday it is going to have difficulty raking in more than $11 million come Friday.

Check back tomorrow to see the Wednesday number and early weekend predictions. Follow @AlexBOXOFFICE on Twitter for additional updates.

Twitter tracking history. (For 2009's ratio history please check here.)

alltweets040210.jpgThe ratio is the number of tweets per $1 million of Friday Box Office gross. A film with 1,000 tweets and a $10 million Friday would therefore have a ratio of 100. In general, films that appeal to very young or older audiences have lower ratios since those audiences are not big users of Twitter. By comparison, films that appeal to younger audiences (18-35) have much higher ratios since those audiences are much more active users of Twitter.

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