IMAX recorded its biggest single-day grosses at the Chinese box office on January 31 with the opening day of The Monkey King. The full press release from IMAX is pasted below:
IMAX® ENJOYS ITS BIGGEST OPENING DAY AT THE CHINESE BOX OFFICE
Powered By Local Language Action Hit "The Monkey King," IMAX® Theatres
Pulled in a Record $1.8 Million on Jan. 31, the First Day of the Chinese New Year
BEIJING and LOS ANGELES - Feb. 4, 2014 - IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX; TSX:IMX) announced today that its network of IMAX® theatres in China enjoyed its biggest single box-office opening day on Friday, Jan. 31, the first day of the Chinese New Year, grossing a record $1.8 million across 140 screens. Driven by the stellar performance of The Monkey King, the martial-arts-themed local-language hit from Filmko Pictures and China Film Group, Chinese IMAX theatres bested their previous single-day mark of $1.5 million, established in 2013 with the release of Marvel's Iron Man 3.
The Monkey King's record-breaking first day kicked off what is certain to be a strong week-long Chinese New Year holiday for IMAX. Over the three-day holiday weekend, local IMAX theatres took in a robust $4.5 million.
"We'd like to congratulate our partners, Filmko Pictures and China Film Group, on making such a spectacular, action-fueled film that resonates so well with IMAX audiences," said Greg Foster, CEO of IMAX Entertainment and Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. "The Monkey King is a great example of the kind of performance that can happen when the right film is presented in The IMAX Experience®, and we look forward to seeing how the rest of the holiday week unfolds."
Directed by Pou-Soi Cheang, The Monkey King serves as an origins story to Wu Cheng'en's classic The Journey to the West, with acclaimed martial artist and action star Donnie Yen playing the title role of the Monkey King, alongside Yun-Fat Chow and Aaron Kwok.
The IMAX release of The Monkey King has been digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX 3D Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images coupled with IMAX's customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio create a unique environment that make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.
About IMAX Corporation
IMAX, an innovator in entertainment technology, combines proprietary software, architecture and equipment to create experiences that take you beyond the edge of your seat to a world you've never imagined. Top filmmakers and studios are utilizing IMAX theatres to connect with audiences in extraordinary ways, and, as such, IMAX's network is among the most important and successful theatrical distribution platforms for major event films around the globe.
IMAX is headquartered in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, with offices in London, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. As of Sept. 30, 2013, there were 785 IMAX theatres (653 commercial multiplexes, 19 commercial destinations and 113 institutions) in 55 countries.
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The Chinese box office registered a record-setting $41 million during the first day of the Lunar New Year holiday, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The strong haul is led by strong performances from domestic new releases, including a $64.3 million running total for The Monkey King, a 3D adaptation of the ever popular Journey to the West stories. Reality TV adaptation Dad, Where are We Going? has now grossed over $50 million after recording a second place finish over the weekend with a $34 million haul.
Other top domestic earners during the holiday include the crime/comedy caper The Man from Macau ($15.5M) and romantic comedy Ace in the Hole ($4.3M).
Jack Ryan slowed down in its third weekend in China, taking $300k from 2,800 screens as the Chinese New Year brought in a number of new releases into the market.
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit has had moderate success in China with a $24.3 million local cume. China is the most important overseas market in the film's $61.1 million overseas run across 55 territories.