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Headline News Watchmen Set for Record Number of Theaters, More than 120 IMAX Screens

WATCHMEN will open on 3,611 screens this weekend, the most ever for an R-rated film, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.

Among those will be 124 IMAX theaters, as well as 29 international IMAX theaters. On, IMAX ticket sales account for one-third of all Watchmen sales, and IMAX's site crashed four times this week due to WATCHMEN traffic surges, according to IMAX Filmed Entertainment president Greg Foster.

Headline News IMAX Signs First Digital Theatre Deal in Russia

IMAX Corporation and Rising Star Media, a joint venture between National Amusements, Inc. and Soquel Ventures, have agreed to install an IMAX theatre at Rising Star's KinoStar City multiplex at Mega Belyadacha regional mall in Moscow, Russia.

Headline News Star Trek Coming to IMAX in May

Paramount Pictures' STAR TREK, from director J.J. Abrams, will be simultaneously released to both IMAX and conventional theatres worldwide on May 8, 2009.

STAR TREK, which chronicles the early days of James T. Kirk and his fellow USS Enterprise crew members, will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience with proprietary IMAX DMR (Digital Re-mastering) technology. Paramount Pictures will be the exclusive distributor of the film to IMAX theatres worldwide.

Headline News Europe Opens First Digital IMAX Screens

Europe's largest theater chain, Odeon, today opened the continent's first digital projection IMAX systems at two multiplexes in London, per VARIETY.

Costing $2.2 million, the company hopes to cash in on the Christmas movie rush, starting with the U.K. release of MADAGASCAR: ESCAPE 2 AFRICA on Friday followed by THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL on December 12.

British audiences have a healthy appetite for IMAX event films, and Odeon CEO Rupert Gavin said more IMAX screens are being considered on more of the company's 857 U.K. screens.

Headline News Disney's New Five-Picture Deal With IMAX Begins With A Christmas Carol

Disney's A CHRISTMAS CAROL, the 3-D 2009 holiday release from director Robert Zemeckis and starring Jim Carrey, will be the first film from The Walt Disney Studios slated for IMAX theatres under a new five-picture arrangement the studio reached with IMAX Corporation.

Headline News James Cameron's Avatar to be Released in IMAX 3-D on Dec. 18 2009

IMAX Corporation and Twentieth Century Fox have reached agreement on material terms to release the highly anticipated 3-D motion picture AVATAR in IMAX 3-D simultaneously with the motion picture's premiere in conventional 3-D theatres on December 18, 2009.

Headline News Madagascar 2 Opens In IMAX Worldwide On Friday

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.

Headline News IMAX Cameras Used For Scenes of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

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.

Headline News WB Offering Blu-ray Academy Screeners

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.

Headline News Eagle Eye Looks To IMAX

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.

Headline News Under The Sea 3D To Splash Into IMAX February 13

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.

Headline News IMAX Will Stand Still December 12

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.

Headline News Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Run Extended In IMAX Theatres

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.

Headline News The Dark Knight: The IMAX Experience Crosses $55 Million

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.

Headline News 3D Entertainment Hires Former National Geographic IMAX Film Sales Director

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.

Headline News IMAX Comments On Change To 2008 Film Slate

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.

Headline News IMAX Records Q2 Loss, Looks To Future

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.

Headline News The Dark Knight Shatters IMAX Opening Box Office Records

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.

Headline News IMAX To Install Four Theatres In Japan

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.

Headline News Dark Knight Makes History With IMAX

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.

Headline News Dark Knight Opens Larger-Than-Life In IMAX

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.

Headline News IMAX Signs Theater Deal In Dubai

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.

Headline News Kung Fu Panda Opens Strong In IMAX

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.