Los Angeles, CA -- Cinedigm Entertainment Group, a division of Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp. (NASDAQ: CIDM), has acquired North American distribution rights to writer-director Geoffrey Fletcher's VIOLET & DAISY, which world premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. Fletcher recently earned the Cinevation Award for his work on VIOLET & DAISY at the 2012 Savannah Film Festival. Cinedigm's theatrical distribution will commence in 2013, with subsequent roll out across on-demand, digital and DVD.
VIOLET & DAISY stars Saoirse Ronan (HANNA) and Alexis Bledel (GILMORE GIRLS) as two young, pop culture-obsessed assassins in New York City who accept what they think will be a quick and easy job until an unexpected target, played by James Gandolfini, throws their plan into chaos. The film, described by The Hollywood Reporter as "a surreal fable," is Oscar®-winning screenwriter (PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL PUSH BY SAPPHIRE) Geoffrey Fletcher's directorial debut. The film is produced by Geoffrey Fletcher, John Penotti, and Bonnie Timmermann.
"Geoffrey has once again created a uniquely profound coming-of-age story that effortlessly mixes gritty realism with pop culture fantasies," said Vincent Scordino, Vice President of Acquisitions, Theatrical, for Cinedigm. "It's a film that will inspire other artists, while satisfying audiences across the country through a variety of delivery platforms."
"Cinedigm's formidable team and innovative spirit are great for cinema and a perfect match for Violet & Daisy." said Fletcher. "Our entire team is thrilled to be working with them."
The filmmakers were represented in the negotiation by GreeneStreet Films and CAA, and for Cinedigm by Scordino.
LOS ANGELES -- IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX; TSX:IMX), Albert R. Broccoli's EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment today announced that SKYFALLTM has grossed an estimated $12.75 million in 320 IMAX® theatres in North America, resulting in an IMAX per-screen average of approximately $40,000. SKYFALL's weekend gross marks IMAX's best-ever opening, exclusive of those occurring during the summer months. Overall, the film took in an estimated $87.8 million this weekend at the domestic box office, for a cumulative total of approximately $90 million since opening nationwide.
The 23rd chapter in the iconic James Bond film franchise also grossed an estimated $2.7 million in 127 IMAX theatres internationally this weekend, with totals from overseas IMAX theatres reaching approximately $14.5 million after 17 days of international release. In a number of these international markets, SKYFALL in IMAX ranked among the highest-grossing titles ever. As of end of day Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, the estimated IMAX global cumulative SKYFALL box office is $27.25 million. The film's overall global cume stands at $518.6 million.
Commenting on the announcement, Rory Bruer, president of Worldwide Distribution for Sony Pictures, said, "In each and every country where we've opened the film, SKYFALL has performed spectacularly, and IMAX is a terrific complement to the release. We're especially gratified to see US audiences respond to the film in such a huge way this weekend."
"Bond is back in a big way," said Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment. "SKYFALL has taken the series to a new level. The appeal of this globally beloved franchise is clear from the way audiences are embracing the film, and IMAX is poised for what we believe will be a long and successful run."
The IMAX presentation of SKYFALL has been specially formatted to feature a larger aspect ratio than the conventional release for the entirety of the film. This aspect ratio, which is optimized to take advantage of the IMAX screen, allows audiences to see more of the image and result in a full panorama of the action - further immersing them into the vast scale and scope of the film.
The IMAX release of SKYFALL has been digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX 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.
Argo is starting to gain serious momentum internationally. Warner Bros. estimates that Ben Affleck's latest directorial effort took in $12 million from 36 markets over the weekend, pushing its international total to $27.1 million. Domestically, Argo has earned $85.7 million. The Oscar-contender now boasts a worldwide total of $112.8 million.