REAL D, a leader in the delivery of premium 3-D experiences, plans to expand to Japan with the installation of the first two screens after the successful launch of CHICKEN LITTLE in Disney Digital 3-D, which has grossed more than $7 million through the Thanksgiving weekend. REAL D will open screens at Oriental Land Co.'s AMC Ikspiari 16 and Warner Mycal's Tama for the presentation of CHICKEN LITTLE starting Dec. 23, 2005.
Its been previously announced that Disneys next animated feature, MEET THE ROBINSONS, will be presented in REAL D Cinema, starting December 2006. And Columbia Pictures announced plans to present its all-CG feature, MONSTER HOUSE, in REAL D Cinema starting July 21, 2006.
"The success of CHICKEN LITTLE in 3-D validates the success of the REAL D Cinema format," said Michael V. Lewis, chairman, REAL D. "We look forward to continuing to work with Disney and other studios, along with our exhibition partners, to make digital 3-D a mainstream reality for theater audiences worldwide."
"The tremendous performance of CHICKEN LITTLE in 3-D proves how dramatically REAL D Cinema is changing the theatrical landscape," added Chuck Viane, president, Buena Vista Pictures Distribution. "We're thrilled with the possibility of amplifying the success of Disney Digital 3-D by delivering MEET THE ROBINSONS to hundreds of REAL D Cinema screens next year."
Currently, 89 theaters in the U.S., Canada and Mexico are equipped with REAL D Cinema systems. REAL D will announce additional exhibition partners in the coming months as the company works toward its goal of equipping more than 1,000 screens globally over the next two years to accommodate the future release of 3-D content, including motion pictures and live events.
The Walt Disney Studios is a unit of The Walt Disney Co. and distributes motion pictures under Walt Disney Pictures, which includes Walt Disney Feature Animation and DisneyToon Studios, Touchstone Pictures, Hollywood Pictures, Miramax Films and Dimension Films. Buena Vista International serves as the studio's international distribution arm. Buena Vista Home Ent. and Buena Vista Home Ent. International together distribute Disney and other film titles to the rental and sell-through home entertainment markets worldwide. Buena Vista Theatrical Prods. is one of the largest producers of Broadway musicals, and the Buena Vista Music Group distributes original music and motion picture soundtracks under its four record labels: Walt Disney Records, Buena Vista Records, Hollywood Records and Lyric Street Records.
REAL D is the worldwide inventor and provider of key stereoscopic technologies used in entertainment, marketing, science and other industries. REAL D's mission-critical 3-D visualization technologies are used by organizations such as NASA, Pfizer, BMW, General Motors, Mercedes-Benz, SEGA, Boeing and more. For more information, visit www.REALD.com.