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Briefly: In the past week or so we saw several reports about how theater chains were refusing to sell early tickets to Iron Man 3 because of a dispute over what percentage of their box-office take would have to be delivered to the studio. As you may know, there are a variety of deals to determine how much of the box office goes to the distributor and how much to the studio. The baseline is 50/50, but that can change a lot depending on the film.

Disney has been trying to put forth new contracts that would see the studio taking more of Iron Man 3‘s box office than usual, up to 65%. Theater chains AMC, Regal Entertainment, and Cinemark were all refusing to sell Iron Man 3 tickets in protest. Regal even pulled marketing for the film from theaters.

Now a deal has been struck, meaning that Iron Man tickets are on sale at all three chains, and Iron Man marathons planned for various theaters will go forward on May 2. Realistically, there was little to no chance that theater chains were not going to show the film; it was just a matter of what sort of contract agreement could be worked out with the studio. [LAT]

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Marvel fans’ plans to watch Iron Man 3 on opening weekend may be stymied by a dispute between Disney and the country’s two biggest movie theater chains, AMC and Regal. The exhibitors have halted advance ticket sales of the Marvel Studios sequel in response to an argument over how box office revenue is split.

If a resolution is not reached, Iron Man 3 may not play at all on AMC and Regal’s combined 800+ theaters nationwide. And even if it is, missing so many days of pre-sales could take a big bite out of Iron Man 3‘s opening weekend box office. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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For years there have been a variety of technologies used to provide closed captioning and subtitles in movie theaters — less for foreign films and more to increase accessibility for the hard of hearing.

Now Sony Entertainment and Regal Entertainment Group have partnered to present captions and subtitling via glasses. Access Glasses, as they’re called, work with 2D and 3D films, and will be in some theaters this month, with availability in most of Regal’s digital houses by the first quarter of 2013.

A press release has some more info; find that below. Read More »

AMC and Regal Pact to Acquire and Release Films

Is this the first stage of the return of the old studio system? Once upon a time studios didn’t just make films; they also distributed them in their own theaters. There’s a reason some cities still have old Paramount and RKO theaters kicking around. But that system died (and, in part, was killed off by a 1948 Supreme Court consent decree) leaving a fairly distinct separation between studios and exhibitors that has lasted for decades.

That old system is probably not coming back. And yet Regal and AMC, two of the biggest theater chains in the US, are now banding together to launch an initiative to buy and distribute independent films. Read More »

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