IMAX grossed $21.1+M worldwide this weekend for 3D superhero actioner Marvel’s The Avengers bringing its global IMAX cume to approximately $31.2M through Sunday night. IMAX Avengers brought in $6.1 mil internationally (which includes an amazing first day gross in China of $1.1M) on 174 digital-only locations. In North America IMAX had one big problem: it ran out of seats to sell. Avengers grossed $15+M domestically on 275 digital-only IMAX screens, which looks to be a virtual tie with the Harry Potter finale for the highest grossing opening weekend in IMAX’s history. It reports 17 of the top 20 engagements in North America playing the film were IMAX runs, and 110 domestic IMAX locations established a new opening Saturday record. The domestic per screen average will come in at approximately $55K for the weekend. It was IMAX’s biggest domestic opening weekend for a digital only release, and IMAX’s biggest opening for 2012 so far.
IMAX made news over the holidays when its stock jumped on speculative reports that Sony was angling to buy the company, though IMAX officially claimed not to know anything about it. Today, IMAX issued glowing year-end results.
TORONTO AND LOS ANGELES – JANUARY 3, 2011 – IMAX CORPORATION today
According to the current estimated 2010 figures for IMAX box office to date, I’m told that grosses essentially doubled compared to 2009 with North American theatrical film grosses for 2010 about $544 million (compared to 2009 at $270 million).
TORONTO AND LOS ANGELES – JULY 7, 2010 – IMAX Corporation today announced that for the second quarter ended June 30, 2010, IMAX DMR® gross box office worldwide was approximately $115.0 million, an approximate 37% increase over last year’s second quarter box office of approximately $84.2 million. For the six months ended June 30, 2010, gross box office