gotg.pngThe official press release from Disney:

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy crossed $500 million at the worldwide box office yesterday. The film has earned $255.2 million to date domestically, and along with Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Maleficent, Disney has released 3 of the top 5 domestic films of 2014. Internationally, Guardians of the Galaxy has earned $245.3 million with several key markets yet to open, including Germany, Italy, Japan and China.

Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel's 10th release and 10th straight #1 opening, opened on August 1 and set the record for the biggest August domestic opening of all time by earning $94.3 million. This past weekend, the film reclaimed the top spot at the box office in its fourth week of release and became the highest-grossing summer release in the US this year.

This success extends beyond the box office, as the soundtrack for the film, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol. 1, spent two straight weeks at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart. Marvel's next release is Avengers: Age of Ultron, opening on May 1, 2015.

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christie.pngCYPRESS, Calif. - (August 27, 2014) - Christie®, a global leader in visual displays and audio technology solutions, is proud to announce that it is the recipient of the prestigious Project Innovation Award for retrofitting the visual system of the Wedgetail E-7A Operational Flight Trainer with stunning results. The award was presented during the Simulation Australia Annual Awards Dinner held August 26 in Adelaide, South Australia.

The Project Innovation Award is part of the Simulation Australia 2014 Awards organized by Simulation Australia, the national body that promotes the use of simulation, training and modeling for the advancement of Australia's economy and society. This national award recognizes and celebrates innovation and excellence in simulation by project teams in Australia and New Zealand that have achieved outstanding results in delivering a new simulation capability or utilizing a simulation capability in a new and improved way.

The Christie Matrix StIMTM LED illuminated simulation projection system was deployed to power the new upgraded visual system of the Wedgetail E-7A Operational Flight Trainer, which is used for training Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) flight crew. The retrofitted visual system resulted in an astounding improvement to the visuals of the flight simulator, and proved itself as a reliable operating platform by providing 100 percent uptime for over 16 months. This translated into continued availability round the clock and a lower lifecycle cost. This new visual system also enabled the Wedgetail E-7A Operational Flight Trainer to retain the FSD-1 Level 5 standard - the highest level of accreditation in Australia using LED technology, making it the first of its kind in the Australian simulation community.

Michael Bosworth, general manager, Christie Australia, and Jim Gray, business development manager, Christie Australia, were presented with the Project Innovation Award during the awards presentation ceremony held at the Adelaide Oval. This is the second national level award that Christie Australia has won this year, following its win of the DTC Annual Defence Industry 2014 Innovator Award for the Christie Matrix StIMTM WQ 1-chip DLP® projection system.

"This is an extremely proud moment for all of us at Christie Australia and we are very happy to be the recipients of this extraordinary award," said Bosworth. "I would like to thank our partners from Thales Australia and Boeing whom we worked very closely with on this project, which brought significant improvements to the visuals and operational uptime of the Wedgetail E-7A Operational Flight Trainer through the use of our Christie Matrix StIM simulation system."

The Christie Matrix StIM is the first projection system to provide independent control over both the visible and infrared spectrum and enable real-time balancing of both color and brightness levels. It is also the first simulation system equipped with solid state illumination -there are no consumables for a virtually maintenance-free system, providing years of continuous operation.

Designed and engineered with Christie expertise, the Christie Matrix StIM features a scalable environment display system that provides the unique capabilities of achieving eye-limiting resolution while simulating Night Vision Goggles. It is built on an inherently stable long-life platform that doesn't fade over time, and offers a unique lampless illumination system for unprecedented stability and reliability.

About Christie®
Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc. is a global visual technologies company and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ushio, Inc., Japan, (JP:6925). Consistently setting the standards by being the first to market some of the world's most advanced projectors and complete system displays, Christie is recognized as one of the most innovative visual technology companies in the world. From retail displays to Hollywood, mission critical command centers to classrooms and training simulators, Christie display solutions and projectors capture the attention of audiences around the world with dynamic and stunning images. Visit

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volfoni.pngAugust 26, 2014, Beijing

The global leader in 3D technology, Volfoni, proudly announces their participation in this year's BIRTV conference (Beijing International Radio, TV & Film Exhibition), held August 27th-30th at the China International Exhibition Center in Beijing, China. As one of the most influential conferences in the broadcasting industry in Asia, BIRTV focuses on content, and gathers the latest developments and global inspiration for technical innovation.

Volfoni will exhibit at BIRTV booth # 2A228 and show their premium cinema system, SmartCrystal Diamond, which uses Volfoni's "triple beam technology." This technology achieves one of the highest light efficiencies in the industry (30%), via a lightweight, small-sized unit that is half the size of competing 3D systems.

The company is also happy to report that its unique "triple beam technology" is protected by a Chinese patent granted by the State Intellectual Property Office of the PRC. The granting of this Chinese patent reinforces Volfoni's protection of its innovative 3D technology IP in the Chinese market.

"The granting of this patent for our technology shows that Volfoni values this market very much, and that our capacity for innovation is recognized across the globe, especially in China. This patent will be very advantageous for Volfoni's rapid development in China," says Thierry Henkinet, CEO of Volfoni. Volfoni's presence in the country continues to grow. The company now counts over 300 cinema installations in China, and has worked with notable installers such as East Technology (Asia) and Beijing Xinya Tianying Technology.
Visit Volfoni at BIRTV booth # 2A228

Press Contacts:
Jerome Testut (, USA
Eric Zou (, China

About Volfoni
Since its founding in 2007, Volfoni has grown to become one of the premier companies in 3D cinema, and recently has released on the international market the SmartCrystal Diamond 3D cinema projection system, which is powered by its newly engineered triple beam technology that gives 3D movies an extremely bright and clear picture with a light efficiency close to 30%. Volfoni has offices in France, Spain, Germany, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, India, and Los Angeles, California. In 2012, Volfoni has created JV in China. For more information please visit

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By Alex Edghill

Tuesday Morning Update: November Man had a strong increase on Tuesday of 197% as it rose to 2,286 tweets. A ways up from its skinny Monday of 768 tweets.  Its Facebook numbers rose less than 2 points to 107,623 likes, from 106,007 likes on Monday. While the increase percentage was very nice its overall number is still very tiny and leaves a lot to be desired. By comparison, Three Days To Kill had 2,503 tweets and 79,167 likes the day before its release back in February. The increase yesterday saw it draw closer to 3 Days than I thought possible so it could very well reach double digits by the end of Sunday. Its Wednesday tweets on opening day should nail it down tighter but its safe to say this won't be challenging for top spot on the weekend.

As Above/So Below actually dropped on Tuesday by 6% to 3,449 tweets, down from 3,657 tweets on Monday. On Facebook it also had a tiny increase of <1% to 517,274 likes, up from 514,539 likes the day before. Horrors stalling like this in release week are not uncommon but usually it is at much higher tweet levels. By comparison, Deliver Us From Evil had 4,768 tweets and 314,675 likes three days before its release (it was a Wednesday opener so that was a Sunday), while The Quiet Ones had 1,482 tweets and 165,556 likes. Still looks like it has enough gas in the tank to best The November Man but the low stagnating tweet marks are a worry. This is one that could definitely end up in single digits unless it sees a big uptick by tomorrow.

Twitter Top 15 Movies for Tuesday August 26th

Rk Film Mon Tue Week Mon-Tue %
1 (-) If I Stay 32,256 36,827 69,083 14.17%
2 (-) Guardians of the Galaxy 20,848 20,276 41,124 -2.74%
3 (+2) The Maze Runner 5,481 9,853 15,334 79.77%
4 (+17) Gone Girl 1,460 4,976 6,436 240.82%
5 (+1) Maleficent 5,354 4,872 10,226 -9.00%
6 (-2) Mardaani 5,661 4,176 9,837 -26.23%
7 (+3) 22 Jump Street 3,927 4,151 8,078 5.70%
8 (-) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 4,662 4,084 8,746 -12.40%
9 (-6) No Good Deed (2014) 6,631 4,022 10,653 -39.35%
10 (+2) Transformers: Age of Extinction 3,304 3,668 6,972 11.02%
11 (-) As Above/So Below 3,657 3,449 7,106 -5.69%
12 (+7) Avengers: Age of Ultron 2,357 3,094 5,451 31.27%
13 (-6) The Expendables 3 4,917 3,061 7,978 -37.75%
14 (+2) Annabelle 2,880 3,041 5,921 5.59%
15 (+5) Ouija 2,272 2,667 4,939 17.39%
21 (+12) The November Man 768 2,286 3,054 197.66%

Please check the methodology page for information about our Twitter project or here for historic data.

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By Daniel Garris

Guardians of the Galaxy continued to lead the way on Monday with $1.66 million. The blockbuster sci-fi superhero adaptation from Disney and Marvel was down 66 percent from Sunday and down 42 percent from last Monday. Guardians of the Galaxy has grossed a massive $253.12 million in 25 days. That currently ranks the film as the third highest grossing release of 2014 thus far domestically (behind only Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Lego Movie). Guardians of the Galaxy is now just $6.65 million away from surpassing Captain America: The Winter Soldier for first place.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles claimed second place with $1.29 million. Paramount's successful franchise re-launch fell 74 percent from Sunday and 54 percent from last Monday. Grosses in general were down significantly from last Monday, as the end of the summer season approaches closer. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles continues to exceed expectations in a big way with $146.83 million through 18 days of release. That leaves the film just $3.17 million away from reaching the $150 million domestic milestone.

Warner's If I Stay placed in third with $1.27 million. The low-budget drama starring Chloë Grace Moretz fell 61 percent from Sunday, which represented one of the day's stronger daily percentage holds among wide releases. If I Stay continues to perform towards the lower end of pre-release expectations with a four-day start of $16.95 million. That places the film a slim 1 percent behind the $17.17 million four-day start of last year's Carrie.

Let's Be Cops followed in fourth place with $1.03 million. Fox's low-budget action-comedy fell 65 percent from Sunday and a significant 51 percent from last Monday. Let's Be Cops has grossed a very solid $46.09 million through 13 days of release, especially with its price tag in mind. The film is currently running 21 percent behind the recent $58.59 million 13-day take of Tammy.

The Weinstein Company's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For rounded out the day's top five with $0.616 million. While the graphic novel adaptation sequel was down just 60 percent from Sunday, in the larger picture the film continues to disappoint in a very big way with a four-day start of only $6.93 million. That is well below all expectations and is 78 percent softer than the $31.12 million four-day take of 2005's Sin City.

Fellow new release When the Game Stands Tall placed in eighth with $0.562 million. The low-budget sports drama from Sony was down a sharp 73 percent from Sunday. When the Game Stands Tall has grossed a modest $8.94 million in four days, which is just under pre-release expectations.

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