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IMAX Corporation and Warner Bros. Pictures, a division of Time Warner Inc., today announced that Gravity has passed the $100 million global box office benchmark in 639 IMAX 3D theatres worldwide since its initial release Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013. As of Feb. 5, 2014, the film had reached $48.6 million in 330 IMAX 3D theatres domestically and $51.5 million from 309 theatres internationally. Gravity represents the third IMAX Hollywood film to cross the $100-million threshold, following Avatar in 2010 and The Dark Knight Rises in 2012.
Filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón's internationally lauded drama, which stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, has been a hit with audiences and critics alike, closing in on the $700 million mark at the global box office, while receiving 10 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. Demand for the film -- which was also nominated for four Golden Globes, »
With just a few weeks left until the Academy Awards, Warner Bros.’ multiple-nominee “Gravity” reached a milestone in Imax, crossing $100 million globally, making it only the third film for the mega-screen circuit to do so.
The Imax milestone for “Gravity” is especially noteworthy considering the only other two films to hit nine figures for the company are “Avatar” and “The Dark Knight Rises,” both of which far surpassed $1 billion at the global box office. Also, “Gravity,” which Warner recently re-released in 330 domestic Imax locations post-Oscar nominations, initially bowed Oct. 3, an atypical launchpad for any blockbuster.
The Imax factor has been an exceptional boon for the 3D space epic, driving repeat business, as well as lifting the generally lagging 3D format.
See Also: ‘Gravity’ Repeat Viewing Drives Box Office Into Stratosphere
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- Andrew Stewart
Hong Kong — “The Monkey King,” a vfx-heavy re-telling of part of the classic “Three Kingdoms” tale dominated the Chinese New Year box office — and took top spot in the global rankings.
According to local sources, the picture claimed RMB216 million or Us$35.4 million in its first two days of release (Jan. 31-Feb 1). Data is necessarily preliminary as China is largely closed for the prolonged holiday period. Overseas tracking agency Rentrak estimates a $46 million three day (Friday-Sunday) cumulative total in the seven territories that “Monkey King” opened.
The Hong Kong-made production directed by Soi Pou-cheang and starring Donnie Yen, Chow Yun-fat and Aaron Kwok, enjoyed a 30% market share and beat off TV show adaptation “Dad, Where Are We Going?” Released only in China “Dad” scored RMB171 million ($28 million) to Saturday according to local data, and $34 million through Sunday, according to Rentrak estimates.
The film scored particularly strongly on the huge circuit of Imax screens in China. »
- Patrick Frater
Following its 10 Academy Award nominations earlier today, IMAX and Warner Bros. announced that the hit sci-fi thriller Gravity will be re-released in IMAX 3D theaters nationwide on January 31. The film is already slated for a second run in over 900 conventional theaters starting tomorrow, January 17. In addition, Warner Bros. has provided us with new photos featuring stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. Take a look at these images, then check out the official press release with more details on the re-release.
IMAX Corporation and Warner Bros. Pictures, a division of Time Warner Inc., today announced that Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity, one of the most popular films ever offered in IMAX 3D, will be returning to domestic IMAX theatres starting Jan. 31.
Cuarón's spectacular sci-fi thriller, which stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, has been a hit with audiences and critics alike, grossing nearly $700 million at the global box office, while receiving »
Cuarón’s spectacular sci-fi thriller, which stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, has been a hit with audiences and critics alike, grossing nearly $700 million at the global box office, while receiving 10 Academy Award nominations including Best Picture.
Demand for the film – which was also nominated for four Golden Globes, with Cuarón winning Best Director – has been particularly high in IMAX 3D. Opening Oct. 4, Gravity was the highest-grossing IMAX release of 2013, both domestically and globally. It’s also the 3rd most popular IMAX Dmr® film of all time worldwide.
“Congratulations to Alfonso, David Heyman and Warner Bros. on today’s Academy Award nominations. We’re delighted with the overwhelming success of Gravity and the continued demand we’re seeing from moviegoers, both domestically and around the world, to bring it back in IMAX, »
- Michelle McCue
With 11 BAFTA nominations, I’m very glad to say that Gravity is set to return to the IMAX in the UK after some overwhelming demand from cinemagoers. Alfonso Cuarón’s spectacular sci-fi thriller starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney is considered by critics and the public alike as one of the best films of 2013 after having all of them on the edge of their seats since opening in October of last year.
The film has also become the highest-grossing IMAX release of 2013 in the UK and worldwide and is so far the seventh biggest IMAX release of all time over here. Gravity is also dominating awards season, as well as the aforementioned BAFTAs, they’ve also been nominated for four Golden Globes.
“We couldn’t be happier with the overwhelming success of Gravity »
- Dan Bullock
“Stalingrad,” which is Russia’s official selection for best foreign language film at this year’s Academy Awards, became the highest-grossing film in its local country, with $66.1 million during its six-week theatrical run. Pic also marks the first Russian film to be released in Imax.
“We are delighted with the film and the partnership, and congratulate our friends Fedor Bondarchuk and Alexander Rodnyansky (producer) on the record-breaking success of this movie in Russia, followed by a phenomenal performance in China,” said Greg Foster, CEO of Imax Entertainment and senior exec VP of Imax Corp.
Rory Bruer, head of Sony worldwide distribution, credited the film’s 3D as a major draw for auds, as well as an ideal fit for Imax.
“Stalingrad” centers on »
- Andrew Stewart
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