DreamWorks Animation's MADAGASCAR: ESCAPE 2 AFRICA will open domestically on November 7, 2008 in a record 130 IMAX theatres, including 35 new locations equipped with IMAX's digital projection system, in conjunction with the film's nationwide release. MADAGASCAR: ESCAPE 2 AFRICA is the second of five DreamWorks Animation films slated for release in IMAX theatres from June 2008 to May 2010.
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Director Michael Bay will shoot key sequences of TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN with IMAX cameras. The IMAX footage will be integrated with CGI for the sequel to last year's box office hit, TRANSFORMERS.
TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN, from DreamWorks and Paramount, will be released to IMAX theatres simultaneously with the movie's wide release on June 26, 2009.
Warner Bros. is offering Academy members the option to receive screeners in Blu-ray format instead of the traditional watermarked DVDs, per THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.
The winner here, is Christopher Nolan's THE DARK KNIGHT, which is the rare summer mega-blockbuster to garner awards-season buzz as well and could benefit from a Blu-ray screener.
Action thriller EAGLE EYE from DreamWorks will open domestically on September 26, 2008 in 84 IMAX theatres, including 14 new IMAX digital theatres, in conjunction with the film's nationwide release. The film will also open in 13 IMAX theatres internationally throughout the coming weeks starting on September 25.
EAGLE EYE has been digitally re-mastered into the unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience with proprietary IMAX DMR (Digital Re-mastering) technology.
Warner Bros. Pictures and IMAX have confirmed the release date for the next original IMAX 3-D release, UNDER THE SEA 3D, will be February 13, 2009. The film follows the box office hit DEEP SEA 3D, also shot by award-winning Cinematographer/Director Howard Hall, which has grossed more than $72 million to date.
Twentieth Century Fox's THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, directed by Scott Dickerson and starring Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly, Kathy Bates, John Cleese and Jaden Smith, will be simultaneously released to both IMAX and conventional theaters on December 12, 2008. The film, which is a remake of the 1951 classic sci-fi film about an alien visitor and his giant robot counterpart who visit Earth, will be digitally re-mastered into the unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience with proprietary IMAX DMR (Digital Re-mastering) technology.
The IMAX release of DreamWorks Animation's MADAGASCAR: ESCAPE 2 AFRICA has been extended to include the Thanksgiving holiday, and will now run into December. MADAGASCAR: ESCAPE 2 AFRICA will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience and play for a full run in IMAX theatres, including select new IMAX Digital theatres, which began rolling out this summer.
MADAGASCAR: ESCAPE 2 AFRICA opens on November 7 in North America.
Warner Bros.' THE DARK KNIGHT: The IMAX Experience has crossed the $55 million mark in worldwide gross box office receipts after its seventh week of release. As of Friday, the film reached a total of $43.2 million from 101 IMAX screens domestically and $12 million from 41 IMAX screens internationally.
IMAX industry veteran Patricia Brandino has joined 3D Entertainment Distribution in the newly created position of VP, Film Sales. Effective September 7, Brandino will be responsible for theatrical sales of the company's current and future film catalogue in North America, including Jean-Michel Cousteau's DOLPHINS AND WHALES 3D released domestically at IMAX 3-D theatres earlier this year. She will report directly to Francois Mantello, the chairman of 3D Entertainment and its distribution unit.
Reflecting Thursday's announcement that the release date of HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE has moved to July 2009, IMAX Corporation, confirmed it is already exploring alternative titles for this year's holiday season and is "confident" it will secure a solid film for the IMAX theatre network.
The company will announce a replacement film as soon as possible.
Disney announced it has moved their next animated feature, BOLT, up a week, to November 21 to fill the vacancy.
IMAX Corporation today reported that it recorded a net loss per diluted share of $0.29 for the second quarter of fiscal 2008, compared to a net loss of $0.11 per diluted share for the second quarter of fiscal 2007.
At the same time, the company announced that the roll out of its IMAX Digital system technology launched as scheduled, with the successful delivery and installation of its first three digital projection systems at three AMC Entertainment theatres located in the Baltimore/Washington D.C. area, during the second quarter.
Alain Bielik concludes his two-part report on The Dark Knight with Double Negative, Framestore and Buf.
Warner Bros.' THE DARK KNIGHT, starring Christian Bale and Heath Ledger, and directed by Christopher Nolan, shattered opening box office records on 94 IMAX screens during its debut. The IMAX release contributed $6.3 million of the $158.4 million that the film grossed at the domestic box office, on a total of 94 North American screens this weekend.
IMAX Corporation and Tokyu Recreation, the owner of 109 Cinemas, one of Japan's largest exhibition chains, have entered into a joint venture agreement to install up to four IMAX theatres in Japan. The agreement marks IMAX's second international joint venture deal, as the Company aligns itself with top exhibitors worldwide with its new IMAX Digital theatre system. To date, IMAX has signed contracts for more than 180 IMAX Digital theatre systems, with approximately 50 expected to be installed by the end of 2008.
Warner Bros.' THE DARK KNIGHT, starring Christian Bale and Heath Ledger, and directed by Christopher Nolan, will open in a record 94 IMAX theatres domestically on July 18 in conjunction with the film's wide release.
The film will also open in 15 IMAX theatres day-and-date internationally, with at least 23 additional international locations opening in the coming weeks.
Concurrently with THE DARK KNIGHT's debut in commercial 35mm and digital theatres, THE DARK KNIGHT: The IMAX Experience will be released in IMAX theatres July 18, 2008.
THE DARK KNIGHT: The IMAX Experience will feature six sequences filmed with IMAX cameras (including the opening six minutes).
This marks the first time ever that a major feature film has been even partially shot using IMAX cameras, marking a revolutionary integration of the two film formats.
IMAX Corporation has signed an agreement with Meydan, a sports and entertainment property developer in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to install an IMAX theatre as part of a multi-billion development at the world-famous Nad Al Sheba, Dubai's premier thoroughbred horse racing track.
Nad Al Sheba is home to the Dubai World Cup, one of the world's most prestigious horse racing events.
Expected to be installed by the end of 2009, the new theatre brings the total number of IMAX locations in the Middle East to 12 by 2010.
IMAX and DreamWorks Animation announced that KUNG FU PANDA: The IMAX Experience opened with strong box office results at IMAX theatres over the three-day weekend from Friday June 6, through Sunday June 8.
The film grossed $2.3 million on 89 domestic IMAX screens and six international IMAX screens, for a per-screen average of approximately $24,000. The film will continue to open in international locations in the weeks ahead, ultimately playing on 36 international IMAX screens.
IMAX and DreamWorks Animation will release KUNG FU PANDA in 89 domestic IMAX theaters from June 2008 to May 2010. The film opens in theaters today.
The film will also open in 37 IMAX theatres internationally during the days and weeks following the domestic launch. Kung Fu Panda has been digitally re-mastered into the unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience with IMAX DMR technology.
IMAX Corp. and DreamWorks Animation SKG today announced an agreement to release MADAGASCAR: ESCAPE 2 AFRICA into IMAX theatres worldwide on Nov. 7, 2008. The agreement completes IMAX's integration into DreamWorks Animation's release strategy for the studio's next five theatrical releases from June 2008 to May 2010.
Under the terms of the agreement, MADAGASCAR: ESCAPE 2 AFRICA will be digitally re-mastered for The IMAX Experience and play for a special release in IMAX theatres, including select new IMAX Digital theatres, which will begin rolling out this summer.
IMAX Corp. and Warner Bros. Pictures announced that SPEED RACER will open in North America on 84 IMAX screens today, simultaneously with the movie's wide release. The picture will also open internationally in 26 IMAX theatres during the days and weeks following the domestic launch.
SPEED RACER has been digitally re-mastered into the IMAX Experience with IMAX DMR (Digital Re-mastering) technology. Warner Bros. Pictures will be the exclusive distributor of the film to IMAX theatres worldwide.
IMAX Corporation has entered into two significant financing transactions, one with Wachovia Capital Finance Corporation and one with the Douglas family, IMAX's largest shareholder.
The deal with Wachovia will be to increase future availability and modify other terms under the company's existing credit facility
The deal with the Douglas family is for the sale of approximately 2.73 million common shares in a private placement at an aggregate purchase price of $18 million.
IMAX and Warner Bros. Pictures have crossed the $400 million mark at the IMAX box office with films released through the partnership between the two companies.
Since June 2003, Warners has released 16 titles in IMAX's format, five of which were in IMAX 3-D, including two live action pictures that were partially converted into 3-D with IMAX's proprietary 2-D to 3-D conversion technology.
IMAX Corporation and Regal Cinemas announced a joint-venture agreement to install 31 IMAX Digital projection systems at Regal locations in 20 major U.S. markets.
The theaters will feature IMAX's Digital projection system which is being developed for the IMAX MPX theatre design. The 31 IMAX theaters announced today will expand the joint venture partnership between IMAX and Regal Cinemas to 38 theaters, and bring Regal's total number of IMAX theaters to 52 by the end of 2010.
Texas Instruments DLP Cinema announced Wednesday at ShoWest that IMAX will incorporate the DLP Cinema projector solution.
Under the terms of the agreement, each IMAX Digital projection system to be deployed to commercial exhibitors around the world, scheduled to begin mid-2008, will be powered by DLP Cinema projectors.
IMAX's highly anticipated digital projection system integrates a suite of proprietary IMAX intellectual properties with the DLP Cinema projector solution in a way that creates The IMAX Experience in a digital format.