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Expansion of Managed Services Unit Now Delivers Complete 360 Offering


CYPRESS, Calif. - (August 7, 2014) - Christie®, the global leader in visual displays and audio technologies, today announced the formal launch of Christie Global Professional Services, a new group whose integrated services expands Christie's long-standing Managed Services' offerings to a single, full-service delivery function capable of supporting diverse visual and experiential digital installations globally.

Sean James becomes Vice President of Global Professional Services responsible for the growth and personalization of this new global offering for Christie's clients and partners. James has been with Christie for 17 years and will continue to report to Christie CEO Jack Kline.

"Since Sean started here 17 years ago he has played a key role in driving Christie's expansion in the industry; enhancing Christie's reputation as a leading systems integrator and service provider. I am confident that Sean and his expanded team will continue to advance Christie's breadth of solutions to help our customers create the world's best shared experiences," said Kline.

Reporting to James include Denys Lavigne, senior director, Experience Strategy and Creative Services, who joins Christie from the newly acquired Arsenal Media; Larry Paul, senior director, Technology and Custom Solutions; Josh Kolbeck, director of Global Solutions Fulfillment; Tom Schwartz, senior director, Managed Services; Doug Cabell, senior manager, IT Systems Engineering; John King, training manager, and Kevin Romano, senior director, Ad-Based Networks, who will lead Christie's media sales initiative.

The Global Professional Services unit will deliver Digital Strategy, Full Solution Design and Delivery, Creative Services, Interactive Development, Network Monetization, Monitoring and Customer Support. It encompasses three main groups:

1. Global Managed Services (GMS), which monitors more than 120,000 remote devices in more than 2,500 locations in North America, Mexico, Australia, Russia and China. From its Network Operations Center (NOC) in Cypress, CA, the GMS team provides industry leading services such as 24/7 remote monitoring, phone support, preventative maintenance and on-site emergency services.

2. The newly formed Global Solutions Fulfillment team, comprised of mechanical engineers, system architects, project managers and solution application engineers, who will provide project/system design, installation and other related services targeted at helping customers create the solutions they need to drive their businesses.

3. And, following the acquisition of award-winning experiential digital signage agency, Arsenal Media, Christie's Creative Media Services (CMS), which completes the new Global Professional Services offering. CMS deepens the company's digital expertise with project and content strategy services, end-to-end content production, sophisticated interactive experiences, out-of-the-box technology consulting and delivery, as well as media network monetization, innovative playback systems, and complete post-launch support to better serve customers choosing next-generation digital installations for their brand and environments.

Global Professional Services has been responsible for the development of digital projects for clients such as Barneys New York, Carmike, Caterpillar, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Cineplex, The Walt Disney Company, Miami Dolphins, Nielsen, Sun Life Financial and Viacom.

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 www.christiedigital.com.

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By Daniel Garris

Guardians of the Galaxy continued to light the box office on fire on Tuesday with $11.91 million. The 3D sci-fi superhero film from Disney and Marvel increased a slim 2 percent over Monday's performance. That represented the day's poorest percentage hold among wide releases, which was quite understandable given the size of the film's daily grosses. Guardians of the Galaxy continues to exceed expectations with a very strong $117.95 million in its first five days of release. Thanks in part to stronger midweek summer grosses, Guardians of the Galaxy is now running an impressive 9 percent ahead of the $108.22 million five-day start of Captain America: The Winter Soldier earlier this year.

Universal's Lucy held steady in a distant second with $2.58 million. The modestly budgeted sci-fi action film starring Scarlett Johansson was up a respectable 11 percent over Monday, but still down 53 percent from last Tuesday. Lucy has grossed a stronger than expected $84.44 million in twelve days. That places the film 11 percent ahead of the $76.36 million twelve-day take of 2010's Salt.

Hercules took in $1.63 million to remain in third place. The Dwayne Johnson led 3D action-adventure film from Paramount and MGM was up 15 percent over Monday and down a sharp 57 percent from last Tuesday. Hercules continues to outpace its relatively modest pre-release expectations with $55.71 million in twelve days. However, the film also continues to display signs of significant front-loading.

Universal's Get on Up claimed fourth place with $1.33 million. The James Brown biopic starring Chadwick Boseman increased a modest 7 percent over Monday. Get on Up has grossed a softer than expected $16.16 million in five days and isn't showcasing the most promising daily percentage holds thus far. With that in mind, the film's hold this upcoming weekend will be especially important.

Fox's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes rounded out the day's unchanged top five with $1.29 million. The 3D sci-fi action sequel was up 12 percent over Monday and down 49 percent from last Tuesday. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes continues to exceed expectations with a 26-day take of $191.75 million. That leaves the film just $8.25 million away from reaching the $200 million domestic milestone.

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By Alex Edghill

Wednesday Morning Update: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was the only one of the four new upcoming wide openers with any increase to speak of on Tuesday. It rose 8% to 16,799 tweets on Tuesday, up from 15,434 tweets on Monday. Its Facebook numbers rose to 880,948 likes, up from 859,737 likes the day before. No matter how you slice it, an 8% bump three days before release for a film which is attempting to appeal to a very wide demographic base is pretty poor. Yes its overall numbers are hefty but this was always to be expected given the very vocal and passionate fanbase for the big green guys. Without a big influx of new buzz this week it is going to have a hard time even breaking $40 million.

Into The Storm suffered a 24% drop to 7,030 tweets on Tuesday, down from 9,255 on Monday while Facebook rose just under 4,000 likes to 342,814 on the day. This drop was actually less than I had pictured and so far on Wednesday it is actually very close to Turtles which is a strong sign. This is definitely pulling ahead of the others for second place amongst the new openers given these returns.

Step Up All In also had a fall on Tuesday as it slipped to 5,062 tweets, down 18% from 6,169 tweets on Monday. By comparison, Step Up Revolution had 13,280 tweets its Tuesday before release. While release week increases have always been tiny for the Step Up franchise a drop as big as this is new territory. Throw in the fact that it is running at less than half the buzz from the last installment two years ago I have a hard time seeing anything more than $10 million here.  

The Hundred Foot Journey rose a mammoth 1 tweet on Tuesday to 942 tweets. I'm not as concerned with its social media returns because of its target audience but these paltry numbers despite a unique title tell me that the film is not going to seep into other demographics outside of its 50+ core and as such anything more than high single digits won't be possible.

Twitter Top 15 Movies for Tuesday August 5th

Rk Film Mon Tue Week Mon-Tue %
1 (-) Guardians of the Galaxy 112,791 83,096 195,887 -26.33%
2 (+1) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) 15,434 16,799 32,233 8.84%
3 (-1) If I Stay 15,677 16,227 31,904 3.51%
4 (+1) Let's Be Cops 8,499 10,711 19,210 26.03%
5 (-1) Into the Storm 9,255 7,030 16,285 -24.04%
6 (-) The Expendables 3 7,695 5,695 13,390 -25.99%
7 (+3) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 6,024 5,605 11,629 -6.96%
8 (-1) Transformers: Age of Extinction 7,660 5,339 12,999 -30.30%
9 (-) Step Up All In 6,169 5,062 11,231 -17.94%
10 (-2) 22 Jump Street 6,288 4,627 10,915 -26.42%
11 (+3) Avengers: Age of Ultron 4,128 4,511 8,639 9.28%
12 (+1) Dawn of The Planet of The Apes 4,681 4,258 8,939 -9.04%
13 (-1) Get On Up 4,989 3,995 8,984 -19.92%
14 (-3) Fifty Shades of Grey 5,279 3,792 9,071 -28.17%
15 (+3) Hercules (2014) 2,494 2,986 5,480 19.73%
30 (-) The Hundred-Foot Journey 941 942 1,883 0.11%

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 light the box office on fire on Monday with a first place take of $11.72 million. The 3D sci-fi superhero film from Disney and Marvel was down a healthy 54 percent from Sunday's performance, which is a good early sign for the film going forward. Guardians of the Galaxy surpassed the $100 million domestic mark on Monday and has grossed a stronger than expected $106.04 million in four days. Thanks in part to stronger midweek summer grosses, Guardians of the Galaxy is now running an impressive 5 percent ahead of the $101.24 million four-day start of Captain America: The Winter Soldier earlier this year. In a summer full of sequels, Guardians of the Galaxy is benefiting from offering moviegoers an event film that feels new and different.

Universal's Lucy placed in a distant second with $2.32 million. The modestly budgeted sci-fi action film starring Scarlett Johansson was down 57 percent from Sunday and down 53 percent from last Monday. Lucy surpassed the $80 million domestic mark on Monday and continues to exceed expectations with a strong eleven-day take of $81.86 million. That places the film 11 percent ahead of the $73.64 million eleven-day take of 2010's Salt.

Hercules claimed third place on Monday with $1.42 million. The Dwayne Johnson led 3D action-adventure film from Paramount and MGM fell 59 percent from Sunday and a sharp 57 percent from last Monday. Hercules continues to outpace its relatively modest pre-release expectations with $54.08 million in eleven days. However, the film also continues to display signs of significant front-loading.

Universal's Get on Up landed in fourth with $1.25 million. The James Brown biopic starring Chadwick Boseman was down a troubling 65 percent from Sunday, which represented the day's poorest daily hold among wide releases. Get on Up has grossed a softer than expected $14.83 million in its first four days. Given what looks to be relatively soft midweek business based on Monday's hold, the film's hold this upcoming weekend will now be even more important.

Fox's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes rounded out the day's top five with $1.14 million. The critically acclaimed 3D sci-fi action sequel was down 58 percent from Sunday and down 48 percent from last Monday. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes continues to exceed expectations with a 25-day take of $190.46 million. That leaves the film just $9.54 million away from reaching the $200 million domestic milestone.

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By Alex Edghill

Tuesday Morning Update: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles led this week's newcomers handily on Monday, accounting for 15,434 tweets and 859,737 likes on the day. The film has the broadest appeal and indeed biggest marketing push of any of the four new wide releases on the weekend and as such it would be a shock if it didn't come out on top. The Ninja Turtle franchise has a storied past which has made it one of the most popular over the last thirty years including four previous films which has accumulated over $500 million in adjusted North American earnings. That's the good news, the bad is that the market is filled with deadly competition from Guardians Of The Galaxy which hits the exact same target audience, and with a budget of $125 million this has a really high bar for success. By comparison, Transformers: Age Of Extinction had 17,087 tweets and just over 32 million likes (they didn't have a Facebook page dedicated to that particular film, only for the franchise) while Godzilla had 40,223 tweets and 1,117,896 likes. The social media footprint here is definitely sizeable but with poor reviews flooding in and tainting the sentiment and what is sure to be a very strong holdover in Guardians it has an uphill struggle to attain profitability during its run in theaters.

Into The Storm had a very strong Monday on Twitter thanks to its New York premiere which it rode all the way to a 9,255 day. Facebook on the other hand has been much more reserved and its like total of 339,923 leaves a lot to be desired. I'm anxious to see what its tweets fall to for Tuesday as the news of the premiere wanes but based on early numbers (which has seen it fall to 16th place on the day so far) I believe its going to be a hefty decline. The film was hoping for a Twister-type appeal but with a crowded market place, no big stars, poor reviews and less than stellar social media buzz low double digits might be its best bet.

Step Up All In had 6,169 tweets on Monday (since its another franchise that reuses its Facebook page a likes comparison is virtually useless her to other films) up 75% from 3,525 tweets on Sunday. This marks the fifth entry in the Step Up franchise and while its domestic totals has decreased with every release ($65 million, to $58, to $42 to $35) its international cume has more than doubled over the same span. By comparison, Step Up Revolution had 11,149 tweets its Monday before release. Step Up films have tended to have weak expansion during its release week as it has always had a vocal fan base so unless it has massive increases from day to day this week to signal something out of the ordinary I find it hard seeing it do anything more than $10 million at max.  

Last up is The Hundred Foot Journey which finished Monday with a slim 941 tweets and 26,896 likes. Paltry numbers at face value but the target audience here are going to be over 50 and as such will leave the smallest social media footprint. Its going to be a crowded race for second spot amongst the new openers because I can see this too opening in the low double digit range possibly. Let's see how the numbers tomorrow look but the only sure bet on the weekend amongst the four openers is that Turtles will be on top.

Twitter Top 15 Movies for Tuesday August 4th

Rk Film Sun Mon Sun-Mon %
1 (-) Guardians of the Galaxy 143,354 112,791 -21.32%
2 (-) If I Stay 15,965 15,677 -1.80%
3 (+2) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) 6,639 15,434 132.47%
4 (+7) Into the Storm 3,985 9,255 132.25%
5 (+23) Let's Be Cops 1,023 8,499 730.79%
6 (+11) The Expendables 3 3,194 7,695 140.92%
7 (-4) Transformers: Age of Extinction 10,115 7,660 -24.27%
8 (-2) 22 Jump Street 5,841 6,288 7.65%
9 (+5) Step Up All In 3,525 6,169 75.01%
10 (-3) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 5,513 6,024 9.27%
11 (-3) Fifty Shades of Grey 5,460 5,279 -3.32%
12 (-8) Get On Up 8,078 4,989 -38.24%
13 (-4) Dawn of The Planet of The Apes 4,864 4,681 -3.76%
14 (-4) Avengers: Age of Ultron 4,316 4,128 -4.36%
15 (-3) The Purge: Anarchy 3,918 3,908 -0.26%
19 (-15) Get On Up 8,078 4,989 -38.24%
30 (-1) The Hundred-Foot Journey 1,016 941 -7.38%

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

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