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The cinema landscape continues to see marked changes in content distribution, packaging and production. In play are various forces disrupting how movies are exhibited and consumed, including new distribution models, continuing advances in digital technology and the emergence of new growth markets. Such weighty financial and technical concerns bear down heavily on distributors and studios alike.

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  • Erik Brannon, Tim Westcott | March 22, 2019
    Walt Disney completed its acquisition of 21st Century Fox’s film and TV studios, cable networks and other assets on Wednesday 20 March. The deal, originally agreed in December 2017, was subject to the scrutiny of regulators from five continents, some of whom required specific terms to be met in order for the sale to proceed. The acquisition price is valued at approximately $71 billion.
  • Pablo Carrera | February 22, 2019
    CGR and Majid Al Futtaim’s VOX Cinemas have announced a partnership to bring ICE, the Premium Large Format offering by CGR, to cinemas in the Middle East. The first three territories where ICE will be available will be Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates. Each ICE room has been reported to require €1M investment.
  • Charlotte Jones | February 22, 2019
    Two new global PLF (premium large format) brands have launched in Q1 2019 further intensifying market competition in the developing PLF cinema market. Digital technology company, Sony, has launched a new PLF system known as Sony Digital Cinema which will see the company enter into direct competition with Imax and Dolby Cinema for the first time.


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  • Charlotte Jones | March 22, 2019
    The total market for immersive motion seating (IMS) and 4D in commercial cinemas reached a new combined milestone of an estimated 1,698 screens in commercial cinemas at 2018, according to IHS Markit data.
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    Xin Zhang | March 22, 2019
    Box office revenue in China reached RMB60.9 billion in 2018, a 9.1% growth year-on-year, according to data from SARFT. 1,716 million cinema tickets were sold during the year, up from 1,620 million in 2017. In terms of screen expansion, a total of 9,303 cinemas screens were added in 2018 to finish the year with 60,079 screens.
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  • Charlotte Jones, David Hancock | March 21, 2019
    Database of total cinema attendance and box office revenue including derived metrics such as average admissions per head, average ticket prices, average spending per head. Data includes monthly and quarterly time periods based on data availability.
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  • David Hancock, Charlotte Jones | March 21, 2019
    Database of metrics by key exhibitor such as total sites, screens and seats. Data is also presented for admissions and box office by exhibitor, where publicly available. Also includes rankings by exhibitor groupings and international players.
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  • David Hancock, Charlotte Jones | March 21, 2019
    Database of total cinema sites, screens and seats including derived metrics such as average screens per site, and average seats per screen. Data includes multiplex sites and screens and screen density factors such as screens per square km.
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  • Icon Associate Director – Research and Analysis, Cinema, IHS Markit
    Ms. Charlotte Jones is the associate director of Research and Analysis for Cinema at IHS Markit.
  • Icon Director – Research and Analysis, Cinema & Home Entertainment, IHS Markit
    Mr. David Hancock is a director of Research and Analysis for Cinema & Home Entertainment at IHS Markit.
  • Icon Senior Research Analyst, Cinema, IHS Markit
    Ms. Xin Zhang is a senior research analyst for Cinema at IHS Markit.

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