LOS ANGELES--Phish 3D, a 3D concert experience, is opening nationwide on Friday, April 30th for an exclusive one week run. The more than two hour movie, presented by Action 3D Productions in association with Network LIVE and Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp., highlights Phish's Festival 8, a three-day, eight-set, 16-hour concert in the Southern California desert.

In advance of the nationwide roll-out, exclusive preview screenings will be shown in nine cities -- Boston; Burlington, VT; Chicago; Denver; Houston; Los Angeles; New York; Raleigh/Durham, NC; and Washington, D.C. -- on April 20th. In addition to experiencing this special screening, fans in attendance will take home a Phish 3D movie poster. The fully immersive music and visual experience, featuring state-of-the-art 3D technology, gives viewers the sense that they are not only at the event, but on stage with the band that Entertainment Weekly has called "the biggest cult band in America." Phish 3D features fan favorites, never before seen cover songs, and intimate footage of the band backstage and in rehearsals.

Filmed in October 2009 at the band's Festival 8, more than 40,000 devoted fans watched as Phish combined two of their most beloved traditions - the multi-day festival and the Halloween album "costume." The band's highly anticipated "musical costumes" are concerts involving the performance of an entire album by another artist-in this case, Phish covered the Rolling Stones' album Exile on Main St. Phish 3D also features songs from the band's first ever full-length acoustic set, as well as performances taken from the six additional sets.

Tickets for the Tuesday, April 20th screenings will be available for purchase on Friday, March 26 (individual theater on-sale dates may be subject to change). Ticketing information is available at www.phish3dmovie.com or with the following theaters.

Boston: National Amusements Revere, 565 Squire Rd., Revere, MA 02151
Burlington, VT: Majestic 10, 190 Boxwood St. Tafts Corner, Williston, VT 05495
Chicago: Rosemont Theatre, 9701 Bryn Mawr Ave., Rosemont, IL 60018
Denver: Aurora Movie Tavern 10, 18605 East Hampden Ave., Aurora, CO 80013
Houston: Studio Movie Grill, 805 Town & Country Way Bldg.,Houston, TX 77024
Los Angeles:Rave Motion Pictures 18, Los Angeles, The Promenade at Howard Hughes Center, Los Angeles, CA 90045
New York: Pavilion Theatre, 188 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Raleigh/Durham, NC: Wynnsong 15, 1807 Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy., Durham, NC 27707
Washington, D.C./Fairfax, VA: Fairfax Corner 14, 11900 Palace Way, Fairfax, VA 22030

Ticketing information for the Friday, April 30th opening of Phish 3D will be made available here. Fans are encouraged to check the site for ticketing and event news frequently, as there are a very limited number of seats available for this one week run.

Phish will kick off an extensive summer tour on June 11th at Toyota Park in Chicago, IL. An online ticket request period is currently underway here and will end on Friday, March 26th, at 11:59 p.m. ET. Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, April 2nd. For full details, visit the official Phish site.

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Total tweets for March 26th Openers

Hot Tub Time Machine increased its tweet volume to 1,744 on Tuesday, up from 1,299 tweets on Monday. A very solid increase which is right in line with my week projection of ~8,000. There really is no great direct comparison here for this film because of its combination of genre, advertising and cultural contagion for its title. That having been said it is a lock for a ~1,500 ratio based on those above facts. Today's tally will be very indicative of both its final tweet count and Box Office potential but right now a weekend in the teens appears likely.

How to Train Your Dragon really soared on Tuesday with 1,701 tweets, up from 1,167 tweets on Monday. By comparison Diary Of A Wimpy Kid had 347 its Tuesday before release, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs had 542 and A Christmas Carol had 1,110. That Tuesday bump was one of the strongest I have seen in the genre which definitely bodes well for its potential. I did some digging and its spam levels are pretty high for the genre which will definitely ensure a higher ratio than Wimpy Kid and Cloudy, Carol might be a better comparison or slightly less. At this point a low to mid teen opening Friday appears likely.

Also, for anyone that is interested about how I gauge spam levels, basically I discount tweets which have a link in them. Now not all tweets with links are spam, but almost all spam tweets contain a link. By looking at the ratio of total tweets to tweets with links gives a good quick snapshot on spam.

Check back tomorrow to see the Wednesday numbers and more comparisons. Follow @AlexBOXOFFICE on Twitter for additional updates.

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

alltweets031910.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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Total tweets for March 26th Openers

Hot Tub Time Machine started off with 1,299 tweets on Monday. A very solid number but not unexpected thanks to the steam it had been collecting from last week. However, like I said yesterday the studio has been pumping this hard on Twitter and its title has become an instant pop culture metaphor for deja vou, retro and a handful of other things. All of these things are not going to help its ratio, which should end up around ~1,500. Based on this Monday figure we should see a week total in the region of ~8000 which should allow it to hit ~$5 million for Friday and ~$14 million for the full weekend.

How To Train Your Dragon was hugely impressive on Monday as it secured 1,167 tweets. By comparison Diary Of A Wimpy Kid had 293 its Monday before release, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs had 385 and A Christmas Carol had 849. Its very strong Monday tally should bump its week total to 6,000 and considering it should secure a ratio of 350-400 it appears to be locked in for a Friday in the region of $15 million and $50 million+ over the full weekend.

Check back tomorrow to see the Tuesday numbers and more comparisons. Follow @AlexBOXOFFICE on Twitter for additional updates.

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

alltweets031910.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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Source: ComingSoon.net

20th Century Fox will be sending out The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and Gulliver's Travels, which stars Jack Black, in 3D this coming December. Even though the studio originally planned on releasing the two projects only in 2D, the success they achieved with Avatar has obviously helped change their minds about how much more money can be made from 3D.

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It's good that the Digital Cinema Implementation Partners recently found funding for more digital conversions, because there is going to be a rush of 3D content at the end of the year. Most notably, Tron Legacy and Yogi Bear are opening on the same day: December 17.

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Los Angeles, CA - Twentieth Century Fox and SmartJog announced today that they have signed a non-exclusive agreement for satellite distribution of digital cinema content to theatres in Europe. Under the terms of the agreement, SmartJog will deliver Twentieth Century Fox movies in digital format to exhibitors connected to SmartJog's Pan-European digital cinema network.

Julian Levin, Executive Vice President, Digital Exhibition and Non-Theatrical Sales and Distribution, Twentieth Century Fox commented, "we are very pleased to conclude a content distribution services agreement with SmartJog to deliver Fox's digital movies via satellite to the ever increasing number of SmartJog equipped theatres across Europe. With the rapidly increasing footprint of digital projection systems, 2D and 3D, coupled with emerging electronic distribution platforms, SmartJog has taken a leadership role toward providing a more efficient electronic delivery methodology which we believe will ultimately dominate the means by which movies are delivered to theatres worldwide. We congratulate our colleagues at SmartJog and look forward to working closely with them in the future as they expand their base of theatres."

SmartJog provides optimized transmission via satellite, network monitoring, traffic supervision and storage solutions tailored to the digital cinema industry. SmartJog currently has over 160 cinemas and more than 800 screens connected to its network in Europe with over 300 sites planned by the end of the year.

European Motion Picture exhibitors are already receiving digital cinema content via the SmartJog network, with over 70 feature films and hundreds of trailers and screen advertising content transmitted since early 2009.

"We are thrilled about this agreement and look forward to providing Fox with a complete end-to-end digital delivery solution to theatres," said Julien Seligmann, CEO at SmartJog. "As the cinema world continues the transition to an all-digital workflow, Fox's selection of SmartJog as an electronic delivery method to cinemas, showcases their leadership role in the digital cinema community."

The SmartJog global network interconnects all major digital cinema service providers and mastering facilities globally. SmartJog is the only digital delivery service provider in the industry today whose solution enable distributors with secure and reliable transmission of DCPs (Digital Cinema Packages) between digital cinema mastering facilities, service providers and theatres. The SmartJog service eliminates the need to send digital files on hard drives.

 

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