Los Angeles - January 9, 2013 - IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX; TSX:IMX) and Universal Pictures today announced that Steven Spielberg's epic Jurassic Park will return to the big screen with a one-week 3D engagement in IMAX® theatres worldwide simultaneous with the film's wide release beginning April 5, 2013.
With his remastering of this epic film into a state-of-the-art 3D format, Steven Spielberg introduces the three-time Academy Award®-winning blockbuster to a new generation of moviegoers and allows longtime fans to experience the world he envisioned in a way that was unimaginable during the film's original release. Starring Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Samuel L. Jackson and Richard Attenborough, the film based on the novel by Michael Crichton is produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Gerald R. Molen.
"Jurassic Park is the quintessential film for fans to experience in IMAX 3D," said Nikki Rocco, President of Distribution, Universal Pictures. "Jurassic Park was groundbreaking when it was originally released, and The IMAX 3D Experience® will allow today's audiences to become fully immersed in one of the most breathtaking epics Universal has ever released."
"Steven Spielberg's films resonate uniquely with audiences," said Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment. "We're thrilled to offer moviegoers an opportunity to see this fan favorite back on the big screen and transport them - for the first time through the power of The IMAX 3D Experience® - into the world of Jurassic Park."
The IMAX release of Jurassic Park 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 will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.
Centennial, Colo. -- National CineMedia (NCM), a leading integrated media company reaching U.S. consumers in movie theaters, online and through mobile technology, has renewed its affiliate agreements with leading regional theater circuits Georgia Theatre Company and Goodrich Quality Theaters.
Under the terms of these exclusive long-term renewals, a combined 61 movie theaters with 587 screens and approximately 16.1 million annual attendees will continue to be a part of the NCM Cinema Network and present NCM's FirstLook pre-feature program, as well as NCM Fathom Events.
"These two, high-quality regional theater circuits have been an important part of our national advertising and event networks for several years," said Kurt Hall, National CineMedia (NCM)'s chairman and chief executive officer. "We look forward to continuing this long and successful partnership as we bring their audiences exceptional entertainment through our FirstLook pre-show and special event programming from our NCM Fathom division."
"We are excited about renewing our relationship with NCM so that we may continue to provide our patrons with the best pre-show material available," said Bo Chambliss, president, Georgia Theatre Company. "We also look forward to showing the high-quality live events provided by NCM. The NCM mobile application, Movie Night Out with CinemaSync, is a very creative tool that will help drive people to the theater and keep them entertained while they are waiting for their movie to begin."
"We are enthusiastic to continue both NCM's on-screen advertising sales and audience focused FirstLook program for two compelling reasons," says Bob Goodrich, president, Goodrich Quality Theaters. "NCM's experienced sales personnel have repeatedly secured national advertisers we couldn't even approach on our own. Additionally, the creativity evident in every FirstLook edition always holds Goodrich moviegoers' interest."
The NCM Cinema Network is the largest digital in-theater network in the United States, with exclusive, long-term cinema advertising agreements in place with founding member exhibitors AMC Entertainment Inc., Cinemark Holdings Inc. and Regal Entertainment Group, the three largest exhibitors in the country totaling approximately 1,150 theaters and 15,250 screens. In addition, NCM has network affiliate relationships with over 30 top regional theater circuits representing approximately 400 theaters and 4,250 screens. With the addition of these network affiliate renewals, NCM's national cinema network totals approximately 1,550 theaters and approximately 19,500 screens.
Life of Pi took in a staggering $60.1 million from 10,041 screens in 64 markets, pushing its overseas total to $301.9 million. The global cume is now $393 million. Key stats from Fox:
Life of Pi snatched #1 rankings in 7 of 8 new markets (only exception being South Korea where LOP is the #1 MPA title), including Russia ($14.1m from 1,600 screens), Australia ($8.3m from 545 screens), and New Zealand ($1.2m from 140 screens). Equally impressive are results from holdover markets Germany ($5.9m, down only 10%), the UK ($5.3m, down only 19%), France ($2.8m, down only 26%), Mexico ($1.9m, down only 17%), and Brazil ($1.5m, down only 17%).
Jack Reacher grabbed another $22.3 million from 4,293 locations in 47 countries. The overseas cume is now $55.6 million and the global total is $120.4 million. Key stats from Paramount:
• Australia opened the highest with an estimated solid $3.2M from 211 locations.
• Germany opened with a strong $2.95M from 489 locations .
• Mexico made an estimated very good $1.3M from 453 locations.
• Italy made an estimated solid $1.9M from 320 locations.
• Sweden's opening is estimated at an excellent $702k from 132 cinemas.
• Norway is estimated at a strong $517k from 80 cinemas.
• New Zealand made an estimated solid $381k from 59 locations.
• Austria's opening added a very good $304k from 68 locations.
• Finland is estimated at an excellent $233k from 73 cinemas.
• Denmark is estimated at a solid $320k from 50 cinemas.
• The UK 2nd weekend is estimated at $3M from 448 cinemas. The drop is a mild 19% and the cume is now at $11.8M.
• France dropped 32% from its opening with $2.8M from 559 cinemas pushing the cume to $8.3M.
• Taiwan retained the #1 box office spot in its 2nd weekend with $570k from 66 cinemas pushing the cume to $3.6M.
• The Netherlands added another $445k from 75 locations to its cume which is now at $1.6M (drop at 10% from opening).
• Belgium made an estimated $420k in its 2nd weekend from 51 locations pushing the cume to $1.3M and dropping 32%.
Wreck-It Ralph made $19.5 million from 56 overseas territories this weekend. The animated flick now boasts a global total of $311.2 million.
Les Miserables' global total is up to $184.6 million. The musical grossed $14.5 million overseas from 1,014 locations in 17 territories, pushing its overseas total to $81 million. Key stats:In Japan, LES MIS dominated Saturday with 54% market share. The weekend estimate is $3.7M at 355 dates, up 25% over last weekend for a 17-day total of $25.2M.
In Hong Kong, the weekend estimate is $850k at 35 dates for a total of $3.1M.
In Korea, LES MIS is No. 2 behind local film, THE TOWER and ahead of the opening of LIFE OF PI. The weekend estimate is $4.3M at 268 dates for an outstanding total of $28.9M.
LES MIS is holding strong at No. 3 in Australia's second weekend. The weekend estimate is $3.3M at 243 dates for a 12-day total of $14.2M.
In Spain, LES MIS moved up a spot to No. 3 with a weekend estimate of $950k at 350 dates for a 13-day total of $6.5M.
We have 46 territories to open over the next few months. Next weekend, we open in the U.K. and Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Cyprus and Vietnam.
Rise of the Guardians is now up to $181.4 million overseas after taking in another $9.6 million from 4,943 locations in 58 countries. The global total is now $278.5 million. Stats from Paramount:
• Poland is estimated to have opened at $878k from 96 locations.
• New Zealand opened at $296k from 83 locations.
• Over its 6th weekend France made $2.8M from 728 locations. Local cume is now at $22.6M.
• The UK is estimated to have made $1.15M in its 5th weekend from 635 cinemas, leading the cume to $17.9M.
• Australia is estimated to have made $760k in its 3rd weekend from 220 cinemas, pushing the cume to $11.2M.
The Impossible made $6.4 million overseas, pushing its total to $81.2 million. The film's global total is now $84.6 million.
WASHINGTON - Senator Chris Dodd, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) today announced the appointment of Diane Strahan as the MPAA's Chief Operating Officer.
Strahan brings to the MPAA over 20 years of experience in business-to-consumer (B2C) and business-to-business (B2B) markets. She has a reputation built on delivering strong revenue and operating results, building high performance teams, and infusing a level of passion, energy and collaboration, among all stakeholders to propel businesses forward. As COO, Strahan will help guide MPAA's strategic direction and oversee staff and operations.
MPAA Chairman and CEO Chris Dodd said:
"Technology, innovation, industry alliances and audience engagement play increasingly important roles as the motion picture and television industry continues to advance into a new era. Diane's leadership talent will be a major asset for the MPAA and the studios we represent. In her impressive career, she developed break-through strategies for high growth players and has led established brands through transformation and success by leveraging new digital technologies and innovative business models.
While the challenges are great, I am excited about our industry's future and the significant contributions the MPAA will make with Diane's guidance and management skills complementing our current leadership team."
Diane Strahan said:
"I am deeply honored Senator Dodd chose me for this post and I am excited to work with him and so many talented colleagues at the MPAA and its member companies. Throughout my career, I've contributed to global enterprises as well as start-ups in the converging world of digital technology, content and communications. The MPAA is at the center of this convergence and I look forward to helping advance the common interests of the film and tech industries so consumers can benefit from a richer and more seamless entertainment experience."
Strahan was most recently Senior Vice President and GM, Mobile, and Internet Registry Services at Neustar, where she had profit and loss responsibility for Neustar's mobile, digital marketing and Internet domain name services. Previously she served in executive marketing, sales and GM roles in Fortune 2000, mid-cap and emerging growth companies in telecommunications, Internet, mobile, and media sectors. She has been a key contributor in launching IPOs, developing domestic and global brands, scaling high-tech growth businesses, and leading marketing and business transformations at organizations including Neustar, TechnoServe, AOL, CareerBuilder and MCI.
She also recently served on the global and North American boards of the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) and is considered a leading authority on mobile and interactive marketing and has won numerous marketing and PR campaign awards.
Strahan holds a Masters of Business Administration from George Washington University, and a Bachelor of Science and Marketing/Communications, Summa Cum Laude, from Syracuse University.