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The final tally is in: Paramount has lined up a total of 4,104 playdates for DreamWorks Animation's "Monsters vs. Aliens," which bows Friday in both 2-D and 3-D presentations.
The PG-rated pic's theatrical run will feature just over 2,000 screens in which the animated film will be offered in one of three 3-D formats. Imax will present the PG-rated pic in 143 of its giant-screen auditoriums, while Dolby will service about 150 digital 3-D venues and RealD the balance.
RealD will double-screen "Monsters" in many venues, servicing about 1,300 screens in 1,700 theaters. Boasting a voice cast including Reese Witherspoon, Seth Rogen, Kiefer Sutherland and others, "Monsters" will play on about 7,000 domestic screens in total.
Par's release of the film has been closely watched for the number of 3-D engagements the distributor might be able to line up as the industry's rollout of 3-D projectors has gone slower than expected since the project was announced.
"A year ago, we thought there would be more 3-D screens," DWA marketing maven Anne Globe acknowledged. "But given the state of the economy, we're thrilled with what exhibition has accomplished to date, and 'Monsters vs. Aliens' will have the widest release ever for a 3-D picture."
Two other pics also unspool in wide release Friday. Lionsgate debuts its supernatural thriller "The Haunting in Connecticut," and Fox bows its cop thriller "12 Rounds."