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The ar100u is plenty bright for sure, but you sacrifice quite a few attributes in the image compared to a higher-end projector. The ar100u gives a bit of an edgy and digital image as well as with so-so blacks. It depends how picky you are, but given a budget all the way up to $10,000, I think the best option is a 2 projector setup if he can rig it and given his super large screen.
If his main concern is just 2D performance for movies and his budget is nearly $10,000, then I would probably buy the JVC RS-45 or Sony hw30 for movies, and just budget extra money for lamps every 500-1000 hours if going with the JVC. He can keep the lamp budget in reasonable limits by buying a second projector. So to keep the lamp usage down, buy a cheaper secondary projector for TV and mediocre sources that do not have a lot of dark scenes (netflix, etc...), or for gaming or whatever. Even consider a JVC RS-55 + a second projector, but the RS-45 is slightly brighter. Forget the Sony vw95es, it isn't bright enough regardless of what you do, but the hw30 is a little better in that regard.
For the secondary unit, look at all the options, the Panny ar100u, or a Benq w6000 for that isn't as bright as the ar100u but has a better image, also the Optoma hd33/330 (if you want 3d), or even a really cheap Benq w1200 (no good for gaming) or Viewsonic Pro8200 (great for gaming and very bright).
A two projector setup is the only option to maximize PQ in all circumstances and to keep lamp replacements at bay.