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GLOBAL: 'Despicable Me 2' On Track to Become the Second Biggest Film of 2013; 'Pacific Rim' Posts Higher Numbers in China than in North America on August 18, 2013

DM2StillA.jpgDespicable Me 2 will overtake Fast & Furious 6 at the global box office, a feat that could come as early as next weekend. Fast 6 and Despicable Me 2 only trail Iron Man 3 as the year's most successful films at the global box office. The two films have been a major part in Universal's record-breaking year, helping the studio post the biggest overseas numbers in their history.

A strong $64.8 million run in China helped Fast 6 cross the $500 million overseas mark, a crucial component in its current $547 million overseas total. Fast 6 finished the weekend with a $785.4 million global total.

The Minions are not far behind. Universal's animated sequel reached a $435.2 million total over the weekend and is in striking distance of Fast 6's worldwide cume with a $781.2 million global total. Unlike Fast 6, Despicable Me 2 will have to finish its overseas run without a release in China.

Despicable Me 2 opened in Russia on Friday with $12.2 million, the second biggest opening for a Universal release in the market behind Fast 6. The strong Russian performance is four times higher than the original film's opening and is 2013's biggest animated debut in the market. Despicable Me 2 will open in 9 more territories over the next few months, including South Korea (September 12), Japan (September 21) and Italy (October 10). A worldwide cume above $800 million is only a matter of time for the Minions.

Monsters University is also part of the conversation among the year's top grossing global releases. The Pixar prequel has earned $397.5 million overseas and is currently reporting a $658.6 million worldwide total. The film is posting blockbuster numbers in Japan, where it has already grossed $78.6 million. The United Kingdom is the second biggest territory for the animated release with $40.2 million. Monsters University will open in Italy and China next weekend, and will have its last major market debut in South Korea on September 12.

Disney's Planes won't be able to replicate the same success as its latest Pixar venture. Planes posted a $2.9 million opening in the U.K. and a $2.4 million debut in Spain over the weekend. The DisneyToon production has earned a total of $7.3 million from 9 overseas territories. The film's global total is a modest $20.4 million. Planes opens in Greece, Croatia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Turkey, Philippines, Hong Kong and India next weekend. Planes will have to bring in a better performance across the board in order to make potential sequels more viable for the studio.

Any hopes from Disney for a new franchise in The Lone Ranger were extinguished with a lackluster response from critics and audiences alike. The Lone Ranger is one of the year's biggest disappointments after grossing $130.1 million overseas and reporting a $217.8 million global cume. The top markets for The Lone Ranger are Russia ($15.9M), Japan ($15.8M), Mexico ($10M), and Australia ($9.6M). The film has been a bigger flop in the U.K. than in North America; The Lone Ranger opened in fifth place in the United Kingdom last weekend and is reporting a $5.3 million total after two weeks in release.

Pacific Rim has now grossed more in China than in North America. Guillermo del Toro's high concept blockbuster didn't connect with audiences in the U.S. & Canada, where it has only grossed $98.4 million over six weeks. China has single-handedly lifted the global box office figures for the sci-fi film, contributing $100.1 million to its $286 million overseas cume. The global box office total for Pacific Rim is $384.4 million. The other top overseas markets aren't anywhere near the Chinese total; Pacific Rim has grossed $20.5 million in Russia, $18 million in South Korea, $15.8 million in Mexico, and $12.5 million in the U.K. 

World War Z is still raging around the globe. The zombie flick earned an additional $4.3 million from 2,306 screens in 43 markets over its 9th weekend, reaching a $319.3 million overseas cume. Japan is the weekend's top market with a $2.35 million hold from 342 locations, taking the Japanese total for World War Z to $12.4 million. World War Z has grossed over a half-billion dollars worldwide, currently posting a global cume of $517.6 million.

Paramount has to be happy about the film's overall performance at the box office, proving popular with audiences despite well publicized production problems that threatened to make the film one of 2013's most expensive flops. World War Z might not prove profitable for the studio, but it does come as a positive sign for potential sequels on a smaller budget. Low budget thrillers have impressed this summer season with films like The Purgeand The Conjuring get a high ROI for producers.

The Purge was reportedly made with a $3 million budget and has already grossed $83.6 million worldwide. The thriller starring Ethan Hawke has earned $19.2 million of that figure overseas, where it is currently in release in 14 territories with 15 more slated to open in the coming months. The Conjuring is an even bigger hit with a $193.1 million worldwide total after a reportedly being made with a $50 million budget. The top markets forThe Conjuring are the United Kingdom ($12.4M), Russia ($9.6M), Australia ($7.4M), and Spain ($6.9M). The Conjuring has grossed a total of $65.3 million from 20 overseas markets and has a number of more top markets on the horizon. If the studios are paying attention, smaller films like these could signal a new trend towards profitability rather than the current swing-to-the-fences high-risk/high-budget bets that have produced numerous flops this summer season. 

Kick-Ass 2 isn't expected to put up blockbuster numbers in the global box office but a limited overseas release is coming up with interesting results. The sequel opened in 110 screens in Mexico, a small screen count in the market, and outperformed the original by 50% with a $250k debut. The United Kingdom is the best performing market for the sequel, where the film opened in second place with $4 million in 482 locations. Kick-Ass 2 has a $6.3 million overseas total from 17 territories and a $21.6 million global cume from its day-and-date roll-out.

We're the Millers began its overseas run with $10.6 million from 13 markets. The ensemble comedy scored a $6.8 million opening in Russia after factoring in a week's worth of preview screenings. The film opens in the United Kingdom next weekend, followed by key premieres in Germany (August 29), Mexico (September 6), Italy (September 12), France (September 18), Brazil (September 27), and Spain (October 11). We're the Millers will hope to have similar success to the strong numbers emanating from The Heat. Paul Feig's comedy starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy has grossed $50.2 million from 18 overseas markets and is currently reporting a $205.6 million global cume.

Elysium expanded to 20 new territories and finished the weekend with a $37.7 million overseas total and $93.6 million global cume. The film opened in first place across a number of major markets, including France ($4.1M), Spain ($3.3M), and Australia ($3.2M), and Germany ($3.2M). Elysium opens in the United Kingdom next weekend. 

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters finished first in 10 of its 36 markets this weekend. The adventure flick has now grossed an overseas total of $46.5 million. Brazil led the new markets with a $3.9 million opening, followed by France with $3.6 million, and Germany with $2.1 million. The Percy Jackson sequel will expand to 11 additional markets next weekend, including a potentially big pay-day in Russia. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters has grossed $75.4 million worldwide.

The Wolverine continues slashing its way through the overseas box office with a $216.4 million total. The superhero spin-off is only trailing the $225 million lifetime gross of X: Men The Last Stand to become the highest grossing entry in the X-Men franchise overseas. Top markets for the film include Russia ($21.7M), the U.K ($20M), and Brazil ($19.5M).

A $20 million push from the overseas box office helped The Smurfs 2 cross the $200 million global mark. The animated sequel is finding a hard time replicating the success of the original but has already reached the $150 million overseas mark. Audiences in North America, however, aren't as excited to see the Smurfs' second big screen adventure after contributing a mere $56.9 million to the film's total gross.

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GLOBAL PREVIEW: 'Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters' Looks to Outperform the Original on August 16, 2013

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Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters expands to over thirty overseas territories after last weekend's soft day-and-date opening. 

 

The first Percy Jackson film was released in 2010 and went on to gross $227.2 million worldwide. The lion's share of that figure, $138.5 million, came from the overseas box office after a middling $88.7 million performance in North America. The sequel therefore has its sights set on replicating the original's success in the global markets.

 

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters opened day-and-date last weekend in seven overseas territories for a $9.7 million cume. The following table compares the openings in four of those markets to the performance of the 2010 original:

  • United Kingdom

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief - Opening Weekend: $2.35M (Cume: $11.93M)

 

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters - Opening Weekend: $3.29M

  • Mexico

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief - Opening Weekend: $1.68M (Cume: $5.73M)

 

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters - Opening Weekend: $2.65M 

  • Philippines

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief - Opening Weekend: $703k (Cume: $2.04M)

 

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters Opening Weekend: $1.8M

  • Chile

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning ThiefOpening Weekend: $157k (Cume: $786k)

 

Percy Jackson: Sea of MonstersOpening Weekend: $372k

 

As the figures indicate, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters is posting stronger debut numbers across several overseas markets. This weekend's expansion should bring similar results in what would be an important boost in the global box office for the Fox franchise. 

 

Expect Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters to hold its own in several top global markets, where it is only rivaled by Neill Blomkamp's Elysium. Sony's latest sci-fi tentpole expands to 20 territories this weekend but should draw a different demographic to theaters. Percy Jackson and Elysium will have head-to-head openings in Belgium, Denmark, Germany, France, Hungary, Netherlands, Portugal, Poland, Switzerland, Norway, and Croatia. 

 

Improvement across the following major territories opening this weekend will be key for the Percy Jackson sequel to remain on track in its quest to outgross its predecessor:

  • Brazil

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief Opening Weekend: $2.26M (Cume: $8.6M)

  • France

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning ThiefOpening Weekend: $3.2M (Cume: $10.4M)

  • Germany

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning ThiefOpening Weekend: $2.36M (Cume: $8.14M)

 

 

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NORTH AMERICA: Weekend Estimates: 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' Starts Strong with $25.0M; 'Kick-Ass 2' Disappoints With $13.6M; Soft $6.7M for 'Jobs'; 'Paranoia' Bombs with $3.5M (5th Update) on August 16, 2013

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Sunday Update: Lee Daniels' The Butler led the way this weekend with a healthy estimated debut of $25.01 million. The early awards season hopeful from The Weinstein Company had been widely expected to find itself in a close race with Universal's Kick-Ass 2 for first place this weekend, but ultimately had no problem out-pacing the disappointing performance of Kick-Ass 2 in a very big way. Awards season buzz around the performances of Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, the title controversy surrounding the film and the lack of dramas in the marketplace this summer are all factors that helped The Butler exceed expectations this weekend. The Butler opened just 9 percent below the $27.49 million start of 42 earlier this year and is performing far stronger than 2009's Precious, which grossed $47.57 million during its entire run.

The Butler opened with $8.32 million on Friday, increased 12 percent on Saturday to take in $9.29 million and is estimated to fall 20 percent on Sunday to gross $7.40 million. That gives the film an estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio of 3.01 to 1. Like The Help back in August of 2011, The Butler will hope to hold up very well going forward with aid from both strong word of mouth and from skewing towards older moviegoers. The film's A rating on CinemaScore is an early positive sign going forward.

Speaking of strong word of mouth, Warner's We're the Millers held up very nicely this weekend with an estimated $17.78 million. The R-rated comedy starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis was down only 33 percent from last weekend and held steady in second place. We're the Millers has grossed $69.51 million in twelve days, a figure which is made even more impressive by the film's modest price tag for a high profile summer release. We're the Millers is running 6 percent ahead of the $65.84 million twelve-day take of 2008's Tropic Thunder, which means We're the Millers won't have any problem surpassing the $100 million domestic mark.

As mentioned, Kick-Ass 2 was off to a disappointing start this weekend. The superhero sequel starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz and Jim Carrey debuted with an estimated $13.57 million, which placed the film in fourth (just behind Sony's Elysium). That was well below pre-release expectations and was 32 percent softer than the $19.83 million start of 2010's Kick-Ass. While the original film was well liked by its niche audience, a sizable percentage of that audience ultimately wasn't interested in a second helping of the franchise. The one saving grace for Kick-Ass 2 is that with a reported production budget of $28 million, it was inexpensive for a superhero film.

While it is still early, the film's early holding power suggests that Kick-Ass 2 will be even more front-loaded than Kick-Ass was. Kick-Ass 2 opened with $5.9 million on Friday (which included an estimated $1.3 million from late night Thursday shows that began at 8 p.m.), fell a sharp 29 percent to gross $4.2 million on Saturday and is estimated to fall 17 percent on Sunday to take in $3.47 million. That places the estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio for Kick-Ass 2 at just 2.30 to 1; Kick-Ass had an opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.59 to 1. Kick-Ass 2 received a B+ rating on CinemaScore.

The weekend's other two wide releases opened to even softer results. Open Road's Jobs took in an estimated $6.7 million to place in seventh, while Relativity's Paranoia debuted all the way down in 13th with an estimated start of just $3.5 million. The Ashton Kutcher led Jobs opened on the low end of its modest expectations, while Paranoia (which features Liam Hemsworth, Gary Oldman and Harrison Ford) delivered the smallest start of 2013 to date for a film debuting in more than 2,000 locations. Jobs opened with $2.61 million on Friday and had an estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.57 to 1, while Paranoia grossed $1.31 million on Friday and registered an estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.67 to 1. On top of their soft debuts at the box office, Jobs and Paranoia received respective lackluster B- and C+ ratings on CinemaScore. Both films obviously won't be sticking along for long in theatres.

Elysium, last weekend's top film, fell two spots and 54 percent to place in third this weekend with an estimated $13.6 million. The Neill Blomkamp directed sci-fi film starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster has grossed $55.91 million through ten days of release. That places Elysium an underwhelming 23 percent behind the $72.80 million ten-day start of 2009's much less expensive District 9 (which fell 51 percent in its second weekend of release to gross $18.21 million).

Disney's Planes landed in fifth with an estimated $13.14 million. The DisneyToon Studios produced computer animated spin-off was down 41 percent and two places from last weekend's debut. Planes has grossed $45.09 million through ten days of release, which is solid given its modest price tag for a computer animated film. Planes is flying 60 percent ahead of the $28.26 million ten-day start of last year's ParaNorman (which fell 39 percent to gross $8.64 million during its second weekend of release).

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters took in an estimated $8.38 million to place in sixth. Fox's fantasy sequel was down 42 percent from last weekend. Sea of Monsters has grossed $38.90 million in twelve days of release, placing it a lackluster 35 percent behind the $60.13 million twelve-day start of 2010's Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief.  Given the lack of new competition for family audiences in the near future, both Planes and Sea of Monsters will hope to hold up even better starting next weekend.

Full studio weekend estimates can be found here.

Saturday Update: The Weinstein Company reports this morning that Lee Daniels' The Butler accumulated an impressive $8.3 million on opening day yesterday. BoxOffice projects a $24.5 million opening weekend from that figure, an impressive debut for the drama. The recent glut of summer action movies worked in The Butler's favor as adult audiences grew ready for a more cerebral, character-driven film here in late August. Free publicity from the recent legal dispute over the film's title was a factor as well. Much like 2011's The Help, expect a leggy run for The Butler.

Universal's Kick-Ass 2 turned out a disappointing $5.8 million Friday opening--including the sequel's $1.3 million Thursday night gross. That's a strong indicator that the film's niche appeal will prevent any audience expansion over the weekend. The film's Flixster rating has already dropped below the first film's to 79 percent (and declining). With fans of the series having turned out, expect a weak hold for Kick-Ass 2 on Saturday as it heads toward BoxOffice's projected $15.3 million weekend--well under the $19.8 million debut of its 2010 predecessor.

Open Road's Jobs started off modestly with $2.6 million on Friday. The Ashton Kutcher-led biopic about Steve Jobs will take in around $7 million in its opening weekend. That figure appears tepid at first glance, but the low budget means the film still has a shot at profitability in the long run. Meanwhile, Jobs isn't winning over audiences: it carries a mere 52 percent approval rating from Flixster users after just one day in release.

Summer's latest bomb, Paranoia, grabbed a measly $1.3 million yesterday. The film starring Liam Hemsworth, Harrison Ford, and Gary Oldman couldn't turn its star power into a box office draw. Chalk that up partly to opening at the tail-end of one of the most crowded summer markets in recent memory. Additionally, the concept just didn't appeal to audiences and Liam--as the movie's main character--hasn't yet established the same kind of recognition that his brother Chris has. Paranoia currently has a disastrous 45 percent score from Flixster users and is on a trajectory for just $4 million this weekend.

Friday Update #2: Sources tell BoxOffice that Lee Daniels' The Butler will easily top Kick-Ass 2 in a battle of two wildly-different newcomers.

Based on early grosses, it looks like The Butler will end up with $8.5 million on Friday and $25 million or so for the entire weekend. That's a strong start for The Weinstein Company release. The success of The Butler proves yet again that moviegoers can only stomach so many action films in one summer. An adult-skewing film with a great ensemble cast clearly feels like a breath of fresh air to a lot of movie fans. Expect The Butler to hold up well in the weeks to come.

Kick-Ass 2 may not even end up topping the $19.8 million debut haul of its predecessor. The vigilante flick looks to be on pace for $7 million on Friday and an $18.5 million opening weekend. Kick-Ass 2 follows The Wolverine and The Smurfs 2 as another franchise film that failed to live up to expectations. Moviegoers are obviously feeling some franchise fatigue, and it's showing at the box office. Don't expect to see a Kick-Ass 3 unless KA2 turn into a serious juggernaut overseas.

Despite being panned by many critics, Jobs is off to a respectable start. The tech biopic is on pace for $4 million on Friday and $11.5 million for the weekend. That's not a bad beginning for a film that cost less than $15 million to make. Jobs could also do well overseas thanks to the global popularity of the Apple brand. While it may be a punchline to some, the Ashton Kutcher vehichle should manage to be profitable for Open Road. 

Paranoia can now be counted as one of Summer 2013's biggest duds. The combined star power of Liam Hemsworth, Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman and Amber Heard couldn't inspire interest in Relativity's tech thriller. Paranoia is on pace for a weak $1.8 million Friday and a $5.5 million debut frame. 

Friday Update: Universal reports that Kick-Ass 2 earned $1.3 million from Thursday evening shows. That debut puts Universal's sequel in the same range as White House Down's $1.35 million Thursday haul earlier this summer. WHD went on to gross $24.8 million during its debut frame. 

Kick-Ass 2 currently has a mediocre 28% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but early signs indicate that there may be a disconnect between critics and fans. Nearly 61,000 Flixster users have combined to push the action flick to a healthy 82% approval rating.

Open Road reports that Jobs took in only $425,000 from Thursday shows. That's a mediocre start for a film that may have a tough time hitting $10 million during its debut frame. Poor reviews--the tech biopic currently has a 25% approval rating--may keep away adults who normally would have flocked to the film after enduring a summer full of action flicks aimed at teens. 

All signs point to a close race between Kick-Ass 2 and Lee Daniels' The Butler for first place this week. Stay tuned for more updates. 

Thursday Update: Fandango reports that Lee Daniels' The Butler is the #1 ticket seller today, putting it ahead of high-profile newcomers Kick-Ass 2 and Jobs as well as strong holdovers such as Elysium and We're the Millers

A survey of ticket buyers conducted by Fandango reveals the following:

· 82% were intrigued by word-of-mouth on Forest Whitaker's performance as The Butler;

· 72% say Oprah Winfrey's involvement (and co-starring role as Whitaker's wife) increased their interest in the film;

· 54% have seen Lee Daniels' previous Oscar-nominated film, Precious.

BoxOffice.com currently predicts a $22.5 million debut frame for the Weinstein Company release.

 

 

MARVEL’S THOR: THE DARK WORLD™ HAMMERS INTO IMAX® 3D THEATRES INTERNATIONALLY STARTING OCT. 30 on August 15, 2013

LOS ANGELES - AUG. 15, 2013 - IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX; TSX:IMX) and Marvel Entertainment, a division of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS), today announced that Marvel's Thor: The Dark World, starring Chris Hemsworth, will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX® 3D format and released into IMAX® 3D theatres internationally beginning Oct. 30.

Chris Hemsworth has played Thor, the god of Thunder in two highly successful Marvel films, 2011's Thor and 2012's Marvel's The Avengers, which collectively grossed nearly $2 billion at the global box office. In this latest adventure, Academy Award® winners Natalie Portman and Anthony Hopkins will also reprise their roles, as will Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander and Rene Russo. Alan Taylor (TV's Game of Thrones, Mad Men, The Sopranos) will direct from a story by Don Payne and Robert Rodat, and a screenplay by Christopher L. Yost and Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely.

"Like all the dynamic Marvel characters, Thor has developed a massive global following, and we look forward to moviegoers experiencing this highly anticipated next chapter in IMAX 3D," said Greg Foster, CEO of IMAX Entertainment and Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. "We're excited to continue to build on our flourishing partnership with Marvel and Disney with this iconic property."

"All the nine realms will be stunningly displayed when Thor: The Dark World arrives in IMAX 3D," said Dave Hollis, Executive Vice President, Theatrical Exhibition Sales and Distribution, The Walt Disney Studios. "We continue to have great success with IMAX and are thrilled to once again work with them to bring the Marvel Universe to life in this premium format."

The IMAX release of Marvel's Thor: The Dark World will be 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 will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

About Thor: The Dark World:
Marvel's Thor: The Dark World continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the nine realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel's Thor and Marvel's The Avengers, Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos ... but an ancient race, led by the vengeful Malekith, returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.

Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano and Jaimie Alexander with Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Marvel's Thor: The Dark World is directed by Alan Taylor, produced by Kevin Feige, from a story by Don Payne and Robert Rodat and screenplay by Christopher L. Yost and Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely and is based on Marvel's classic super hero Thor, who first appeared in the comic book Journey Into Mystery #83 in August, 1962.

Thor: The Dark World is presented by Marvel Studios. The executive producers are Louis D'Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Craig Kyle, Alan Fine, Nigel Gostelow and Stan Lee. The Film Releases November 8, 2013, and is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

For more information about Thor: The Dark World, please visit Marvel's official website at http://marvel.com/thor

About Marvel Entertainment
Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world's most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit marvel.com.

About The Walt Disney Studios
For more than 85 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) was built. Today, the Studio brings quality movies, music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. Feature films are released under four banners: Walt Disney Pictures, which includes Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios; Disneynature; Marvel; and Touchstone Pictures, which includes the distribution of live action films from DreamWorks Studios. Through the Home Entertainment division, innovative distribution methods provide access to creative content across multiple platforms. Original music and motion picture soundtracks are produced under Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records, while Disney Theatrical Group produces and licenses live events, including Broadway theatrical productions, Disney on Ice and Disney LIVE!. For more information, please visit www.waltdisneystudios.com

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 June 30, 2013, there were 767 IMAX theatres (634 commercial multiplexes, 19 commercial destinations and 114 institutions) in 54 countries.

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