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Even good movies can fail.
From video games to HBO shows, there’s so much competition for people’s attention these days that glowing reviews and a compelling story aren’t enough to guarantee a movie will do well. That’s even harder when fall movie season kicks off and a slew of awards contenders all crowd into movie theaters hoping to woo adult audiences while competing for Oscar gold.
But instead of living and dying on a film’s opening weekend, two challenging films, “The Walk” and “Everest,” are building word-of-mouth by launching on limited Imax and premium format runs. This weekend, the first of these high profile bets paid off, after “Everest” debuted to a strong $7.6 million across 545 locations, earning an A CinemaScore in the process.
“At this moment it’s pretty much an unqualified success,” said Nick Carpou, domestic distribution chief at Universal, the studio behind the film. »
- Brent Lang
Giant-screen specialist IMAX Corp. is joining the content creation party, and will be generating its own movies and other programming in the near future, the company’s entertainment chief executive officer Greg Foster said Wednesday. Talks with potential partners and TV producers and filmmakers are under way, and IMAX will be taking its next steps in the coming months, Foster said Wednesday at the 2015 Media, Communications and Entertainment Conference sponsored by Bank of America and Merrill Lynch in Los Angeles. IMAX has had a terrific year so far, and its stock and revenues have surged thanks to a strong domestic and global box. »
- Todd Cunningham
“A Beautiful Planet” will receive a special presentation at the Giant Screen Cinema Association’s International Conference and Trade Show next week in San Francisco, with Myers unveiling footage from the film.
“A Beautiful Planet” was made in cooperation with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa). It includes footage shot by astronauts aboard the International Space Station.
“‘A Beautiful Planet’ provides a unique perspective on our relationship with Earth, offering audiences a vantage point that very few have ever been able to experience,” said Alan Bergman, president of Walt Disney Studios. “Imax is a perfect format for the film’s spectacular and immersive imagery. »
- Dave McNary
With the hype surrounding Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it wouldn't surprise anyone if it ended up becoming the highest-grossing movie of 2015, most likely breaking a few box office records along the way. We've known for quite some time that this highly-anticipated sci-fi adventure will be released in IMAX theaters, but today we have a new report from The Hollywood Reporter, which reveals the movie will essentially dominate IMAX theaters for an entire month. Director J.J. Abrams' sequel will be shown in every IMAX domestic theater, and most of its international theaters, where it will be the only movie to screen during a four-week run.
IMAX struck a similar deal with Warner Bros. for The Hobbit trilogy, where the company reserved all of their screens for this one movie, but that deal was brokered four years ago, and they haven't made one since, until now. The movie will »
A while ago, Disney CEO Bob Iger made his doubts regarding the predicted success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens known, but a recent move by the Mouse House suggests that the film will completely dominate the landscape during its opening month. This December, the seventh installment of the beloved franchise has dibs on all IMAX theaters in the U.S. That means all other films, including The Revenant with Leonardo DiCaprio and In the Heart of the Sea with Chris Hemsworth, won.t be screening in IMAX for four weeks starting on December 18. Just Star Wars. This deal also includes most IMAX formats overseas. The folks at IMAX previously made a similar pact with the Hobbit movies. However, as The Hollywood Reporter notes, this was made four years ago, and IMAX hadn.t made the move since. IMAX Entertainment CEO Greg Foster is now confident that Star Wars »
“Jurassic World” towered over the competition this summer, racking up an astounding $1.6 billion worldwide and guaranteeing that mankind will continue to muck around with dinosaur DNA for many more installments to come.
But, not every franchise was so lucky. Max Rockatansky, an Austrian-accented cyborg, and a superpowered quartet saw their ambitions to relaunch a once-profitable film series derailed, as reboots like “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “Terminator Genisys” and “Fantastic Four” sputtered out or failed to live up to hype and expectations.
They join the pile of sequel rejects like “Ted 2” and “Magic Mike Xxl,” offering up a stark reminder that there are no sure bets in Hollywood. It’s difficult to unearth the next tentpole series in a market saturated with cinematic juggernauts such as “Despicable Me” spinoffs and “Avengers” adventures.
“The competition is fierce,” said Jeff Bock, a box office analyst at Exhibitor Relations. “It’s a battle week in and week out. »
- Brent Lang
In response to enormous popular demand, IMAX Corporation and Universal Pictures today announced that Universal and Amblin Entertainment's global-record-breaking film, Jurassic World, will receive a special week-long engagement in domestic IMAX® 3D theatres beginning Aug. 28. Since its record-setting global IMAX release on June 12, Jurassic World has become the second-highest-grossing film in IMAX's history, with $116 million and counting, second only to Avatar. Said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment.
"Starting with its record-shattering debut in IMAX theatres around the globe, Jurassic World truly has become a cultural phenomenon. We're proud to have been a part of this ground-breaking release and now we look forward to offering audiences another opportunity to experience Jurassic World in IMAX."
Said Nick Carpou, President of Distribution, Universal Pictures.
In response to enormous popular demand, IMAX and Universal Pictures today announced that Universal and Amblin Entertainment’s global-record-breaking film, Jurassic World, will receive a special week-long engagement in domestic IMAX 3D theatres beginning Aug. 28.
“Starting with its record-shattering debut in IMAX theatres around the globe, Jurassic World truly has become a cultural phenomenon,” said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment. “We’re proud to have been a part of this ground-breaking release and now we look forward to offering audiences another opportunity to experienceJurassic World in IMAX.”
- Michelle McCue
The big screen company picked up $107.2 million in revenue, a 35.5% jump from the $79.1 million it recorded in the year ago period amidst an industry-wide dip in ticket sales. It also and beat analysts’ estimates, with most stock watchers expecting Imax to report revenues of $100.2 million.
Earnings per share for the three month period ending in June topped off at 34 cents, just missing Wall Street’s estimate of 37 cents. In the year-ago period, Imax logged earnings of 19 cents a share. In the case of its earnings miss, Imax would have bested initial estimates of 33 cents, but fell short after consensus projections rose to 37 cents. Imax’s diluted earnings of 40 cents per share, excluding one time costs, bested expectations.
Profits at the company hit $24.3 million, up from $13.3 million in »
- Brent Lang
The film, which will open the New York Film Festival on Sept. 25, is based on Philippe Petit’s 1974 walk on a wire between the Towers of the World Trade Center. Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars in the film, directed by Robert Zemeckis from a screenplay by Zemeckis and Christopher Browne and based on the Petit’s book “To Reach the Clouds.” Producers are Steve Starkey, Zemeckis and Jack Rapke.
“We’re excited to be part of Sony’s exclusive release for ‘The Walk,’ which was designed for and makes brilliant use of Imax 3D,” said Imax’s Greg Foster. “No one understands Imax better than our longtime partner Bob Zemeckis – he is an artistic genius who uses all of his expertise to give audiences an edge-of-your-seat thrill that »
- Dave McNary
The martial arts epic, which stars Aaron Kwok, Lin Chiling, Wang Baoqiang and Fan Wei, is set for release in China on July 3.
The story sees famine and hardship force a young monk to leave his Taoist temple in the mountains, plunging him into an unknown outside world. Treating everything in good faith, he ultimately is betrayed, though he finds strength in the teachings of his former Master: A true hero will achieve his goals, regardless of means, if the desire is great enough.
“The continued expansion of the Imax network in China goes hand-in-hand with the important partnerships curated between Imax and Chinese filmmakers like acclaimed director Chen Kaige,” said Greg Foster, senior executive VP, Imax Corp., and CEO of Imax Entertainment.
It also stars Jaycee Chan, »
- Patrick Frater
Dinosaurs rule the earth again after “Jurassic World” debuted to a dominant $204.6 million at the domestic box office this weekend.
That commanding number, the second-biggest opening in history, all but ensures that those pesky geneticists will keep futzing around with Triceratops DNA and park-goers will continue to serve as prehistoric reptile kibble for several more installments.
Universal Pictures and Legendary shelled out $150 million to reopen the park, bringing on Sundance sensation Colin Trevorrow (“Safety Not Guaranteed”) to direct and snagging Chris Pratt to star in the sequel. It has been more than a decade since “Jurassic Park III” hit theaters and the absence appears to have spiked interest in the latest film. Credit goes to Trevorrow and crew for recapturing that old Isla Nublar magic.
“This is some pretty rarefied air,” said Nick Carpou, Universal’s distribution chief.
He noted that with a domestic debut on 4,273 screens, “Jurassic World” represents »
- Brent Lang
Greg Foster, senior executive vice president and CEO of IMAX Entertainment, revealed during a recent presentation to investors that the company was interested in expanding its offerings of television episodes on the big screen.
"We'll be looking for more content like 'Game of Thrones,'" Foster told investors. "A high bar to kind of strive for would be 'The Walking Dead,' and we have had conversations with our pals at the AMC network about that."
Earlier this year, IMAX screened the final two episodes of "Game of Thrones"'s fourth season, along with a sneak preview of season five that was created exclusively for the event. The stunt was apparently a success, leading the company to search for other properties interested in »
- Katie Roberts
Following word that Captain America: Civil War has started filming with a massive roll-call of actors, more Marvel news has been forthcoming today, with the announcement that both parts of Avengers: Infinity War will be filmed entirely in IMAX.
Directors Joe and Anthony Russo stated, “The intent with the Infinity War films is to bring ten years of accumulative storytelling to an incredible climax. We felt that the best way to exploit the scale and scope required to close out the final chapter of these three phases, was to be the first films shot entirely on the IMAX/Arri Digital camera.”
“Over the years, IMAX has had the incredible good fortune to work with some of the world’s finest, most talented filmmakers, who continue to push the envelope both technically and creatively,” said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment. “We could not »
- Scott J. Davis
We already knew Chadwick Boseman would be making his first appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War before starring in his own feature film, currently slated for July 2018. In fact, the film will also feature the first appearance of Captain Marvel and the rebooted Spider-Man, and now we learn Paul Rudd will play a part in the film as Ant-Man while at the same time it has been confirmed Emily VanCamp will reprise her role as Sharon Carter/Agent 13 from Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Suffice to say, this film is turning into just another Avengers: Age of Ultron, overloaded with characters. In fact, here's the list of characters you'll find in Civil War: Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier »
- Brad Brevet
Anthony and Joe Russo, the directors of the two-part comic book adventure, will use a new 2D digital camera. As Variety first reported, that camera was produced by Imax and Arri, and is lighter in weight than Imax’s film cameras. The Russos are first out of the gate to use the 2D camera and will shoot 15 minutes of footage for their upcoming “Captain America: Civil War” with the technology.
“The Russos are going to spend the next 15 months or so designing the making of the ‘Avengers’ films with these cameras in mind,” said Greg Foster, Imax Entertainment CEO. “They’re not looking at this a week before they start filming or only focusing on an important section of the film. This is something that’s never happened before.”
- Brent Lang
Hot on the heels of the opening of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron in the Us, Marvel, the Russo brothers and IMAX Corporation have today announced that Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War – Parts 1 & 2, the two-part installment to the blockbuster franchise, will be shot in their entirety using IMAX and Arri’s next generation revolutionary 2D digital camera – a joint customized digital version of Arri’s new large format camera, the Alexa 65.
The two-part Avengers saga marks the first time a Hollywood feature film will have been shot completely using IMAX cameras and will feature IMAX’s exclusive aspect ratio, providing moviegoers a uniquely immersive experience. Prior to filming Avengers: Infinity War – Parts 1 & 2, Joe and Anthony Russo, who also directed Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, will use the IMAX/Arri 2D digital camera for select action sequences on the forthcoming Captain America: Civil War, which will release in »
- Phil Wheat
On the heels of the colossal domestic opening of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel, the Russo brothers and IMAX Corporation today announced that Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and Avengers: Infinity War Part 2, the two-part installment to the global blockbuster franchise, will be shot in their entirety using IMAX and Arri's next generation revolutionary 2D digital camera, a joint customized digital version of Arri's new large format camera, the Alexa 65. The two-part Avengers saga marks the first time a Hollywood feature film will have been shot completely using IMAX® cameras and will feature IMAX's exclusive aspect ratio, providing moviegoers a uniquely immersive experience.
Prior to filming Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and Avengers: Infinity War Part 2, Joe Russo and Anthony Russo, who also directed Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier, will use the IMAX/Arri 2D digital camera for select action sequences on the forthcoming Marvel's Captain America: Civil War, »
Last month, it was revealed that next year's Captain America: Civil War will be the first movie to use IMAX and Arri's next generation revolutionary 2D digital camera, albeit for some action sequences. Today, Marvel/Disney and IMAX have announced that Avengers: Infinity War - Part I and Part II will be the first movies filmed completely in the format while further utilizing the new digital camera. Directors Joe & Anthony Russo, who are filming Captain America: Civil War, said, "The intent with the Infinity War films is to bring ten years of accumulative storytelling to an incredible climax. We felt that the best way to exploit the scale and scope required to close out the final chapter of these three phases, was to be the first films shot entirely on the IMAX/Arri Digital camera." Meanwhile, Greg Foster, the Senior Executive Vice President of IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment, »
Sneak Peek more new images from "Terminator Genisys", starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke and Jai Courtney, to be released into 'IMAX' theaters by Paramount Pictures worldwide July 1, 2015.
"...the crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX's customized theater geometry and powerful digital audio...
"...create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie..."
"We are so proud of the world we have built in 'Terminator Genisys' »
- Michael Stevens
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