Universal has set a day-and-date IMAX release for Tom Hooper’s Les Misérables in the UK. The film will be digitally remastered in the IMAX format and released in digital IMAX theaters on January 11, the same day its local wide release kicks off. Advance tickets for the feature adaptation of the stage musical go on sale in Britain this Saturday, December 1. Pre-booking and IMAX details are still to be confirmed for additional territories. The film, which got a huge reaction after industry screenings last weekend, opens in North America on December 25.
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 15, 2012 – IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX; TSX: IMX) and Warner Bros. Pictures, a division of Time Warner Inc. (NYSE: TWX), today announced that they have agreed to release up to 20 Warner Bros. films in the immersive IMAX Experience® over the next three years, in an extension of the core partnership that began in 2003. The arrangement will continue to align the worldwide box office power of Warner Bros.’ tent-pole film business with the fast-growing global popularity of The IMAX Experience, providing the studio with an additional, differentiated platform that consistently delivers the best experience in cinema and strong returns for studios and exhibitors.
‘Skyfall’ Brings Windfall To UK’s Odeon Circuit
On Thursday, Skyfall became the UK’s all-time highest grossing 007 movie, taking £57M ($91.2)in just 12 days. Odeon, Britain’s largest cinema chain, is reaping the benefits of the breakout Bond movie scoring the largest 7-day opening ever for a single film with £11.3M ($18.1M) in takings at its theaters. Its flagship cinema, Odeon Leicester Square, also set a new record with more than £530K ($848K) in Skyfall’s first week to overtake Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2, which took £495K ($792K at current exchange rate) in 2011. Odeon had a 30.5% market share of Skyfall’s UK box office in its first week.
You wouldn’t know that Q3 was a tough period for exhibition companies based on the results out this morning from IMAX. The large-screen theater provider reported net income of nearly $15M, up 78.6% from the period last year, on revenues of $80.7M, +19.6%. The revenue figure beat the $76.1M that analysts expected. And earnings per share, at 22 cents, exceeded forecasts by a penny. IMAX says it installed 28 new theater systems in Q3, up from 25 in the period last year, and expects to add 46 in Q4. That would result in a 110 new theaters for all of 2012. It also signed contracts for 32 new systems. The company told analysts that it expects to to build as many as 125 theaters next year, not including digital upgrades. On the movie side, the gross box office at IMAX theaters was $173.2M, +15.9% from last year — but slightly shy of some analyst estimates. IMAX says that it will end this year having run 31 titles including this holiday season’s James Bond film from Sony, Skyfall, Lionsgate’s The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, and Warner Bros’ The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in 3D.
Australian Actor Ewen Leslie Signs with CAA
The arrangement marks his first U.S. representation. Leslie, repped in Oz by Shanahan Management, plays a gay Greek-Australian photographer who uncovers a shocking family secret when he returns to his ancestral homeland in Tony Krawitz’s Dead Europe, which premiered in Toronto. He also has a supporting role in Jonathan Teplitzky’s The Railway Man, about a Scotsman who travels to Asia to meet one of the men who tortured him during WW2. Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Stellan Skarsgård and Jeremy Irvine star in that film that’s slated to bow next year. –Don Groves
Canada, Norway Buy ‘Ripper Street’ Ahead of Mipcom
Adding to deals in the U.S. and Australia, BBC Worldwide has sold crime drama Ripper Street to Canada’s Space and Norway’s NRK ahead of Mipcom which runs October 8-11. The 8-part period series stars Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn and Adam Rothenberg and is written by Richard Warlow. It’s set in London’s East End in 1889 in the wake of the Jack the Ripper murders and centers on the H Division group of detectives who investigated the killings. It’s produced for the BBC by Tiger Aspect Productions, Lookout Point and BBC America and will air on the latter this fall.
Bollywood Embraces IMAX With ‘Dhoom: 3’
India is getting its first Bollywood film in IMAX. The widescreen company and India’s largest film studio, Yash Raj Films, plan to digitally remaster Dhoom: 3 for release in IMAX theaters in India and elsewhere next year. This is the first Indian local-language production to be released in the format. There are 14 IMAX theaters either open or set to open in the nation. Dhoom: 3 is the next installment of the franchise from producer Aditya Chopra and director Vijay Krishna Acharya. Aamir Khan stars in the continuing adventures of Jai Dixit, a no-nonsense cop, and his scatterbrained partner.
Director Feng Xiaogang’s Back To 1942 explores a devastating drought and famine in Hunan Province that occurred at the same time Japanese forces were invading China. Here’s an international trailer for the movie which doesn’t have a U.S. release date but it’s one of a handful of movies IMAX …
Beijing, China, and New York, NY– Sep. 12, 2012 – IMAX Corporation and Huayi Bros Group Ltd, one of China’s largest film studios, today announced an expansion of their partnership with the digital re-mastering of four Huayi Bros.’ motion pictures in the IMAX format. The films will be released into IMAX theatres across China throughout the remainder of 2012 and include Tai Chi 0 (Sep. 27), Tai Chi Hero (Oct. 25), Back to 1942 (TBC), and Chinese Zodiac (Dec. 20). The companies also announced a commitment to present an additional three Huayi Bros. films in IMAX, bringing to eight the total of number of films included under the expanded partnership.
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WEDNESDAY UPDATE: The Amazing Spider-Man (Columbia/Sony Pictures) pulled in $5.3M on its second day in China, bringing its two-day cume to $10.6M. That bested The Dark Knight Rises (Legendary/Warner Bros Pictures), which pulled in $4.6M on its second day, with a cume of $535.2M. …
We reported yesterday that a remastered-in-IMAX Raiders Of The Lost Ark would open September 7th for one-week special engagement. Today the trailer was posted on Yahoo: