Seven new 4DX immersive seating auditoriums have opened in Japan through partnerships between CJ CGV subsidiary CJ 4DPlex, Aeon Cinemas, United Cinemas and 109 Cinemas. 4DX recently released two highly anticipated Japanese titles, One Piece Film Gold and Shin Godzilla and received positive responses in Japanese box office. For the first screening weekend, One Piece Film Gold and Shin Godzilla represented 75 percent and 59 percent occupancy rate, respectively.
Regal Entertainment Group will add the 4DX immersive cinema experience to 17 additional screens in the U.S. by the end of 2018. This will include the installation of 4DX seating in Orlando, Florida and Seattle, Washington within the next few months.
CJ 4DPlex has opened the first 4DX theater in Serbia through a partnership with CineStar Cinemas. The theater is located at CineStar Novi Sad inside the shopping center Big. The 4DX theater opened on July 15 with showings of Ice Age: Collision Course and The Legend of Tarzan. The theatre recorded over 90 percent capacity in the 4DX seats on their first weekend.
CJ 4DPlex has signed with Shanghai Film Corporation one of the top multiplex operators in China to expand 4DX to more than 20 screens within three years. SFC, a state-owned company, is a film production company that also distributes, exhibits movies and has studios, cinema chains. It currently operates some 300 screens at 40 locations in the East China region.
ECCO Cine Supply and Service has reached an agreement with Turkish exhibitor Mars Cinema Group to install and service D-Box Technologies cinematic motion systems in two multiplex theatres in Istanbul. Under the agreement, ECCO will deliver a total of 80 D-Box motion seats to Cinemaximum Akbati, located in the up-and-coming northeast neighborhood of Instanbul, and Cinemaximum Akasya, situated in the university district on the Asian side.
CJ 4DPlex has installed its immersive seating technology in the east European market, available for the first time in Slovakia through a partnership with Cineworld Plc, Europe’s number two multiplex chain. CJ 4DPlex brought the first 4DX theatre to Slovakia on May 11, and the first screening presented was Captain America: Civil War, beginning May 12. Cineworld’s Cinema City is operating three multiplexes and 29 screens in Slovakia and the first 4DX theatre is located in Cinema City Aupark, the biggest residential area with easy access from any point in Bratislava, the central city of Slovakia. Cinema City Aupark, operating 12 screens and 2313 seats, is situated in Aupark Mall, the most famous culture complex shopping center in Slovakia, including lots of restaurants, sports centers, cafes, and shops.
For the first time under its corporate banner CJ CGV will exhibit at CinemaCon 2016, which convenes next week at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The company will be in Booth 2003A. In addition to the latest advances and developments with 4DX – the multisensory cinema technology with motion and environmental effects – and ScreenX – the world’s first 270-degree, multi-projection system used within a theatre setting, CJ CGV will be demonstrating its newest addition to the immersive cinema universe: 4DX VR.
After initially being released in November 2015, the Japanese animation film Girls und Panzer: The Film sky-rocketed from 24th to 8th in the national box office rankings this month when it was released in 4DX. The average occupancy rate during the films first weekend in 4DX hit 97 percent at the 27 4DX screens it was available. The film is set to be screened at all 33 4DX screens in Japan this March.
Immersive theater technology from CJ 4DPlex, featuring motion seats and environmental effects, has had a strong impact on the growing Japanese box office. For example, the 4DX version of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, released in December, has thus far brought in more than 1 billion yen ($85 million), accounting for more than 10 percent of the title’s total Japanese box office to date. Overall in 2015, 4DX versions of top Hollywood titles such as Jurassic World, Furious 7 and Mad Max: Fury Road recorded 7 percent of the country’s total box office for each title, even though 4DX auditoriums claim only 3.5 percent of the total number of theaters in Japan.
Ymagis Group and Figueras International Seating have reached a non-exclusive distribution agreement for Figueras’ seating for cinema exhibitors. The deal recognizes Ymagis Group/dcinex as a non-exclusive distributor in countries in which the former operates – Europe, the Middle East & Africa.