Los Angeles, CA -- IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX; TSX:IMX) and Warner Bros. Pictures today announced that The Dark Knight Rises generated strong second weekend global box office results of approximately $15 million in 479 IMAX® theatres worldwide over the weekend of July 29, bringing the film's global IMAX cumulative box office to date to approximately $52 million.
Domestically, the film grossed an estimated $62 million, of which approximately $9 million was generated in 332 IMAX® theatres. Internationally, the film earned approximately $6.4 million in 147 IMAX theatres, bringing IMAX's international total to $14.2 million.
"We've crossed the $50 million mark in the fastest time ever with The Dark Knight Rises, lifted, in part, by exceptional international box office," said IMAX CEO Richard L. Gelfond. "Audiences are clearly seeking out and embracing the film the way it was meant to be seen - in IMAX. We are pleased by the second-weekend results and believe the film will continue to have the legs we anticipated."
"This was an outstanding second weekend," said Greg Foster, IMAX Chairman and President of Filmed Entertainment. "We are extremely gratified Warner Brothers and Christopher Nolan chose to partner with us again and are equally pleased fans around the world are recognizing IMAX is the optimal way to experience the epic final film of the Dark Knight trilogy."
While making the 2008 blockbuster The Dark Knight, Christopher Nolan was the first filmmaker to use IMAX® cameras in a major motion picture release. Nolan employed the extremely high-resolution cameras even more extensively on The Dark Knight Rises: The IMAX Experience® -including the film's prologue - incorporating a record of more than an hour of footage filmed with IMAX cameras. These specific sequences, which will expand to fill the entire screen exclusively in IMAX, will deliver unprecedented crispness and clarity and a truly immersive experience for moviegoers.
Sequences filmed in 35mm have 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 will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.
Sony reports that The Amazing Spider-Man took in $12.2 million internationally over the weekend, pushing its overseas total to $412.7 million. The worldwide total is $654.8 million.
Sony reports that they've hit the $1 billion mark domestically this weekend for the 11th consecutive year. The studio launched six #1 films this year: The Amazing Spider-Man, The Vow, 21 Jump Street, Think Like A Man, Underworld 4: The Awakening, Men in Black 3.
The rest of the year looks promising thanks in large part to Skyfall and Hotel Transylvania.
Los Angeles, CA -- Cinedigm Entertainment Group, a division of Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp. (NASDAQ: CIDM) has acquired U.S. distribution rights to "Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey." The film, which is planned for release across theatrical, on-demand and premium digital in Spring 2013, had its world premiere at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival and was the closing night selection at the San Francisco International Film Festival and opening night selection at Silverdocs.
"Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey," directed by Ramona S. Diaz, is the real-life rock-n-roll story of Filipino singer Arnel Pineda, a formerly homeless teen who was plucked from YouTube by lead guitarist and founding Journey member Neal Schon to become the front man for the iconic American rock band and a real-life celebrity. The film follows Arnel on this personal odyssey, including a worldwide tour with core band members Neal Schon, Jonathan Cain, Ross Valory and Deen Castronovo, and a homecoming performance in Manila for 25,000 people.
"When our team saw it at Tribeca, we knew the film was a perfect fit," said Vincent Scordino, Vice President of Acquisitions, Theatrical, for Cinedigm. "Ramona takes you on an inspirational ride punctuated by kick-ass performances from one of rock's greatest bands. We'll have a great time working with her, Capella, Josh and the band to bring what is a deeply heartwarming film to audiences."
"Partnering with Cinedigm to bring this inspiring story to a national audience is going to be a great experience," said Diaz. "After having worked on the project on our own for so long, we are looking forward to collaborating with a group of dedicated, smart, enthusiastic folks who will bring their expertise to bear on making this film a hit."
"Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey" (www.everymansjourney.com) is the most recent in a string of product acquisitions by Cinedigm, which acquired New Video, the largest worldwide digital aggregator of independent content and leading distributor of quality entertainment, in April 2012. With the addition of New Video and their longstanding relationships with digital partners, Cinedigm is now the first full service end-to-end digital releasing studio, acquiring and distributing independent films and specialty content both theatrically and through all digital, mobile and home media platforms. Other recent acquisitions include "The Invisible War," which premiered in theaters in June 2012, "Citadel," "In Our Nature," and "22 Bullets."
"Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey" is a CineDiaz, Inc., Defining Entertainment production, in association with Game 7 Films, Arcady Bay Entertainment and was directed and written by Ramona S. Diaz, produced by Diaz and Capella Fahoome Brogden, and executive produced by John Baruck and Joshua Green. The filmmakers were represented in the negotiation by Josh Braun, Submarine Entertainment, and for Cinedigm by Emily Rothschild. Through a separate deal between Submarine and Independent Lens, "Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey" will have its television debut in late summer 2013 on the Emmy Award-winning PBS series.
"We are very excited to be working with Ramona again, and continue our association with Cinedigm," said Lois Vossen, Independent Lens Senior Series Producer. "We presented Ramona's earlier film "Imelda" and believe our audiences will enthusiastically embrace "Don't Stop Believin'." Arnel's story speaks directly to our commitment to stories from diverse communities, and there's no denying the extraordinary appeal of Journey."
(Photo caption: Journey concert, Manila, Philippines, with band members from left to right: Deen Castronovo, Jonathan Cain, Arnel Pineda, Neal Schon and Ross Valory. Photo credit: Ferdie Arquero and Nomota LLC.)