Though 2013 was not a revolutionary year in the film world, two recent technologies began to make their mark: 4K video and Dolby Atmos audio. The self-proclaimed standard of the future, the 4K format -- often known less intimidatingly as Ultra HD or UHD -- is headed to movie theaters and living rooms worldwide. Initially created by Sony, the technology "is equivalent to a resolution four times higher than what we currently know as high definition," explains Pierre-Franck Neveu, Director of Sales in France at Sony Digital Cinema. "We go from 1,920 by 1,080 pixels to 4,096 by 2,180 pixels." In development since the early 2000s, 4K resolution technology began to make its way into movie theaters in 2013.
20th Century Fox has released the first still from the forthcoming feature, directed by David Fincher. Ben Affleck appears in the role of Nick Dunne, an ambiguous character who -- in spite of his initial squeaky clean appearance -- becomes a suspect in the investigation into his wife's disappearance. The feature is adapted from the novel by Gillian Flynn, in which the husband's first person narrative is presented alongside diary entries written by his wife, which hint at Nick's darker side. Rosamund Pike plays the title character, and Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry appear in supporting roles.
"The Desolation of Smaug," the second film in Peter Jackson's "Hobbit" trilogy, remains in the top position at the global box office for the third consecutive weekend. According to Rentrak, the heroic fantasy film grossed $128.15 million in 63 territories during the weekend ending December 29. Ben Stiller claimed third place with his adventure movie "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," which grossed $40.20 million across 40 territories. In theaters in eight territories, the comedy starring a mustachioed Will Ferrell added $28.15 million to its worldwide revenues.
LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) - "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," the special-effects-laden tale that pits dwarfs against a dragon, blasted to its third consecutive box office title, collecting $29.9 million over the post-Christmas weekend to beat newcomers "The Wolf of Wall Street" and "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty." Walt Disney's animated film "Frozen" was second with ticket sales of $28.8 million in its third week, ahead of Will Ferrell's quirky comedy "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" that collected $20.2 million at domestic theaters. "American Hustle," which reunited director David O. Russell with his "Silver Linings Playbook" stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, was fourth with $19.6 million in ticket sales at theaters in the U.S. and Canada, according to studio estimates. Director Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street" was fifth with $18.5 million after finishing a close second to "The Hobbit" on Christmas Day, according to estimates compiled by Rentrak.