Burbank, California - GDC Technology ("GDC"), a world leading digital cinema solution provider, today announced that it has successfully sealed a server deployment deal with Great Escape Theatres ("Great Escape"), an Indiana-based cinema chain in the US. Deployment is scheduled to take place in the early part of 2010 and is expected to involve a total of 174 GDC SA-2100A servers.

As one of the fastest growing and most successful movie chains in the country, Great Escapes Theatres focuses on the mid-sized markets with populations from 100,000 to 400,000. The chain currently operates 277 screens at 24 sites in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Nebraska, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and West Virginia, with 28 screens currently under construction for 2010.

Chance Ragains, COO of Great Escape Theatres, remarked: "Our corporate philosophy has been simple and effective - build a quality, cost efficient movie theatre in underserved markets and the audience will come. As part of our strategy, selecting GDC means we can serve our markets with high quality screen servers that deliver the most consistent performance at the best cost."

Anne Ragains, CEO of Great Escape Theatres, said: "We selected GDC servers because they have a proven track record of reliability. In addition, the GDC team is great to work with and they are willing to go that extra mile to make sure the customer is satisfied."

"This contract is one of our largest in the US and we are heartened by our progress in the North America market," said Dr. Man-Nang CHONG, founder and CEO of GDC Technology. "We owe our success to the trust and support from our customers who we believe, have come to appreciate the excellent value in GDC's product offerings. GDC is fully committed to continue providing its expertise and technical know-how to help exhibitors in North America map out their digital future."

 

 

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20th Century Fox is delaying the release of Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps from April 23 to September 24, a whole five months later. The delay seems to be because the studio is hoping the film can be a part of the Cannes Film Festival, which takes place in May.

Money Never Sleeps is a sequel to the 1987 classic, Wall Street, which introduced the world to the ruthless Gordon Gekko. Michael Douglas will return to play the iconic role and this time he is sharing the screen with Shia LaBeouf, rather than Charlie Sheen (who has a cameo). The first movie grossed $43.8 million at the domestic box office.

 

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Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, the latest action extravaganza from producer Jerry Bruckheimer, will be playing on IMAX screens come May 28.

"Once again our expanded network of IMAX locations is enabling us to offer moviegoers around the world more compelling content ideally suited to The IMAX Experience," says IMAX CEO Richard L. Gelfond. "The success of our international theatre network is a key component of our growth, and we are delighted to secure this highly anticipated summer title for our international exhibitor partners."

Prince of Persia and Sex and the City 2 are opening on the same weekend, which means that May 2010 will end on a very strong note.

 

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LOS ANGELES - ShoWest has named Zach Galifianakis Comedy Star of the Year, it was announced today by Robert Sunshine, managing director of ShoWest, which will be held March 15-18, 2010, in Las Vegas. Galifianakis will be presented with the ShoWest Comedy Star of the Year Award at ShoWest's Final Night Banquet and Award Ceremony on Thursday, March 18, at Bally's and Paris Las Vegas.

"Zach Galifianakis has a knack for making audiences laugh till it hurts, through the comedic characters he plays," said Sunshine. "We anticipate that his performance in Due Date will be no exception. With equal amounts of charm and humor, and a lot of talent, Zach is one of the funniest actors on the screen today and we are honored to be presenting him with the Comedy Star of the Year Award."

Galifianakis re-teams with The Hangover director Todd Phillips in the Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures film Due Date, opening on November 5. It also stars Robert Downey Jr., Michelle Monaghan, Jamie Foxx and Alan Arkin. Downey plays Peter Highman, an expectant first-time father whose wife's due date is a mere five days away. As Peter hurries to catch a flight home from Atlanta to be at her side for the birth, his best intentions go completely awry when a chance encounter with aspiring actor Ethan Tremblay (Galifianakis) forces Peter to hitch a ride with Ethan - on what turns out to be a cross-country road trip that will ultimately destroy several cars, numerous friendships and Peter's last nerve.

After failing his last college course by one point, Galifianakis moved to New York City, where he got his start performing his brand of humor in the back of a hamburger joint in Times Square, graduating to stand-up at night in clubs and coffee houses throughout the city. He got his first acting job on the NBC sitcom "Boston Common" and an eclectic career followed. Galifianakis' breakout moment came in last summer's blockbuster hit The Hangover, which quickly became the highest-grossing R-rated comedy of all time. He followed that performance with a starring role in the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced live-action Disney feature G-Force, which also debuted at #1 and grossed over $285 million worldwide. Currently, he can be seen opposite Michael Cera, Steve Buscemi and Ray Liotta in the independent feature Youth in Revolt, as well as in a cameo role in the Academy Award-nominated Up in the Air. Galifianakis recently wrapped production on Paramount Pictures' Dinner for Schmucks, opposite Steve Carell and Paul Rudd, as well as Focus Features' It's Kind of a Funny Story. His other credits include What Happens in Vegas, opposite Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher, and Into the Wild, from director Sean Penn. On the small screen, Galifianakis is beginning production on Season Two of the HBO comedy Bored to Death.

 

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Total tweets for March 12th Openers

Green Zone had a nice bump on Wednesday to 878 tweets, up from Tuesday's 568 tweets. By comparison, Surrogates had 742 tweets on its Wednesday before release, Law Abiding Citizen had 702 and Edge of Darkness had 1,291. This bump was good to see, especially on Wednesday when most movie skewing older tend to have weak percentage increases. With this in mind I think its Friday is going to come in at $6 million, which will lead to $17.5 million over the weekend.

Our Family Wedding increased to 643 tweets on Wednesday, up from Tuesday's 459 tweets. Another solid tally which puts it firmly ahead of most of the totals of the films I've been using as a benchmark: Did You Here About the Morgans? had 179 tweets its Wednesday before release, Leap Year had 344, When In Rome had 595. The big caveat here is its theater count which is estimated at 1,500. This figure has proven in the past to be inversely related to ratios, ie generally the lower the number of theaters the higher the ratio. Expect a ratio of ~800 and around $3 million on Friday and $8 million for the full weekend.

Remember Me sizzled yet again with an impressive 3,278 tweets on Wednesday, up from 2,214 tweets on Tuesday. The puts it in the top 10 of all films since last September in terms of buzz. The draw of Pattinson on Twitter is undeniable, but the ratio here is going to be tricky. Right now I'll stick with my estimate of 2,500 from yesterday and go ahead and predict a $5 million Friday and $12.5 million for the weekend. However, depends on how it explodes today (it's already at 850 tweets by 8:30AM) this number might definitely see a bump up by a few million.

Bringing up the rear, She's Out Of My League had 645 tweets on Wednesday, up from 571 tweets on Tuesday. A weak increase from Tuesday which is consistent with many romantic comedies and is a good sign for it having a typical 500-600 ratio. Given its trajectory towards a 2,400 tweet week I'd say a $3.75 million Friday and $10.5 million for the weekend are in order.

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

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

alltweets030510.gifThe 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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