Signs of adult audiences returning continued this week, according to the London-based analytics firm Gower Street, as Baz Luhrmann’s with a $31.2 million opening Elvis prevented Top Gun: Maverick from flying back into the top spot on the Domestic chart. The biopic delivered $51.2 million globally from 52 launch markets. It scored number one in Luhrmann’s home-market, Australia ($4.7 million including previews), as well as in the UK/Ireland ($4.9 million), Italy ($925,000), Netherlands ($849,000), and New Zealand ($662,000).
Distribution & Exhibition
Cines Filmax is adding a new 4DX auditorium to the Gran Via theatre in Barcelona. The deal between Cines Filmax and CJ 4DPlex, the makers of 4DX technology, was finalized last week during CineEurope held in Barcelona.
In operation since 2000, Phoenix Theatres installed Christie projectors in its 50th screen at the new Woodland Mall in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Integrator Integrity Entertainment Systems managed the installation. Phoenix Theatres now has six locations, each reflecting the unique character of its community.
As part of a broader move to a leaner and more participatory operating model, the Event Cinema Organization today announced that managing director, Grainne Clarke, will be stepping down from her current role and has been appointed as non-executive Director of the association going forward. The announcement was made by the ECA’s board of directors. Clarke has been managing director since 2018.
The Independent Cinema Alliance has added a new program by Digital Light Sources to offer laser phosphor upgrade kits for digital cinema projectors to its members. As the nation’s only buying group for exhibitors, the ICA plays a vital role in leveling the playing field and building a competitive position for independent cinemas operating throughout North America.
CJ 4DPlex has announced that Paramount Pictures' Top Gun: Maverick broke ScreenX and 4DX records, grossing more than $28 million combined across 631 screens worldwide to-date. On Wednesday the film will open in Korea, which accounts for 49 ScreenX locations and 39 4DX locations.
Christie Digital Cinema is providing projection technology for the Lavazza IncluCity Festival, organized by the ICFF. This year’s festivities will transform the iconic cobblestone streets of Toronto’s Distillery Historic District into an outdoor cinema village, celebrating multiculturalism and the best of international cinema from June 27 to July 15. After two successful years as the Lavazza Drive-In Film Festival, the festival welcomes moviegoers to the new cinema village.
Fathom Events, Warner Bros., and Turner Classic Movies are bringing back the Academy-Award winning film Cabaret to movie theatres this summer in celebration of the film’s 50th anniversary.
The Imax Cinesphere in Toronto will be screening free films as part of its Canada Day weekend programming.
Cinionic and China Film Group teamed up to bring attendees at CineEurope 2022 a first look at 20th Century Studios’ Avatar: The Way of Water releasing later this year. The film was presented using China Film Group’s Cinity technology. James Cameron’s next high-end feature is coming to theatres in December 2022.