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.