‘Tombstone’ delivery confirmed

Technicolor Entertainment Services can confirm early delivery of 1,485 of 1, 500 prints of “Tombstone” to theaters nationwide, Dave Elliott, the company’s senior VP/chief administrative officer, said Thursday.

“Tombstone” is the second release handled by TES, which failed in its initial outing.

On Dec. 10, the film delivery service attempted to deliver “Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit” to 2,132 screens nationwide, but missed roughly 5% or 106 of the screens.

Delivery of the Christmas Day opener “Tombstone” had causedanxiety among exhibitors, who feared TES would attempt to deliver the prints on Christmas Eve — a day when most theaters in the United States closed early. TES and Buena Vista Distribution said they took steps to make sure prints were in theaters before the holiday.

Elliott said the remaining 15 “Tombstone” prints had arrived at the theaters, but they had not been signed for by theater management because they are rural theaters, which are open only on the weekends. “Our expectation is that we’ll have 100% (confirmation) of the prints delivered once those theaters open for the weekend,” he said.

The advent of TES has already sparked intense competition in the exhibition arena. It is the first significant challenge in decades to 47-year-old National Film Service.

Buena Vista is the first client of TES, having switched to TES when its contract with NFS expired Dec. 1.

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