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LIONSGATE’S 'THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE' TO BE RELEASED IN IMAX® THEATRES ON NOVEMBER 22, 2013 on June 13, 2012

SANTA MONICA, CA -- IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX; TSX:IMX) and Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), a leading diversified global entertainment company, today announced that The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the second film in the wildly popular franchise, will be released in the immersive IMAX® format on November 22, 2013.

The first Hunger Games film just crossed the $400 million mark at the North American box office, making it the 14th highest-grossing film of all time. The film has grossed nearly $650 million worldwide, with a rollout in China (including 67 IMAX screens) later this month.

Helping to further eventize this cultural phenomenon and transport moviegoers into the world of Panem, director Francis Lawrence will utilize IMAX® cameras in filming portions of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Exclusively in IMAX® theatres, sequences shot with the extremely high-resolution cameras will expand to fill the entire screen with unprecedented crispness and clarity, putting moviegoers right into the action alongside Katniss and her fellow Tributes. Leading the cast is Oscar® nominee Jennifer Lawrence, reprising her role as Katniss Everdeen, along with fellow returning cast members Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne and Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark.

"We are thrilled to continue the productive partnership we enjoyed with IMAX on the first installment of The Hunger Games," said Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Co-Chairs Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger. "Our partnership on the first Hunger Games film was a resounding success, and we look forward to building on that experience with an expanded IMAX relationship on Catching Fire. IMAX delivers a unique and memorable experience that is the perfect way to celebrate this special moviegoing event."

"Beyond the global phenomenon that was The Hunger Games, the film resonated exceptionally with IMAX fans, resulting in sell outs across the network during the limited IMAX run," said Greg Foster, Chairman and President, IMAX Filmed Entertainment. "We are excited to expand our partnership with director Francis Lawrence, producers Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik and the Lionsgate team as Catching Fire joins a select group of blockbuster titles that have filmed with IMAX cameras, elevating the property to the next level."

The IMAX release of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will be 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.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is based on the second book in Suzanne Collins' bestselling series. It chronicles the life of Katniss Everdeen after she emerges from the 74th Annual Hunger Games victorious -- but far from safe. Even as she becomes an unwitting symbol of the rebellion mounting in the districts, Katniss never loses sight of her commitment to protect her family. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will be directed by Francis Lawrence, and produced by Nina Jacobson's Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. The novel on which the film is based is the second in a trilogy that has over 36 million copies in print in the U.S. alone. Lionsgate will release The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on November 22, 2013.

 

International Box Office Update: #1 Films From 64 Countries on June 12, 2012

predictions6812.pngArgentina

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: $3,796,163 from 235 locations. Location avg. = $16,154. Territory cume = $3,797,410

Australia

Prometheus: $6,572,433 from 467 locations. Location avg. = $14,074. Territory cume = $6,999,463

Austria

Snow White and the Huntsman: $303,683 from 80 locations. Location avg. = $3,796. Territory cume = $1,124,245

Belgium

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: $817,841 from 160 locations. Location avg. = $5,112. Territory cume = $1,128,864

Bolivia

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: $205,773 from 17 locations. Location avg. = $12,104. Territory cume = $205,773

Brazil

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: $6,806,090 from 905 locations. Location avg. = $7,521. Territory cume = $10,073,157

Bulgaria

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: $58,590 from 13 locations. Location avg. = $4,535. Territory cume = $128,262

Chile

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: $996,246 from 108 locations. Location avg. = $9,225. Territory cume = $996,246

Croatia

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: $134,782 from 25 locations. Location avg. = $5,391. Territory cume = $134,782

Czech Republic

Prometheus: $390,094 from 79 locations. Location avg. = $4,938. Territory cume = $391,940

Denmark

Snow White and the Huntsman: $404,808 from 59 locations. Location avg. = $6,861. Territory cume = $430,616

Ecuador

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: $576,498 from 60 locations. Location avg. = $9,608. Territory cume = $843,414

Egypt

Snow White and the Huntsman: $45,992 from 10 locations. Location avg. = $4,599. Territory cume = $92,704

Estonia

Prometheus: $63,324 from 7 locations. Location avg. = $9,046. Territory cume = $63,324

Finland

Snow White and the Huntsman: $220,000 from 72 locations. Location avg. = $3,056. Territory cume = $220,000

France

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: $9,025,832 from 685 locations. Location avg. = $13,176. Territory cume = $9,025,832

Germany

Men in Black 3 (3D): $2,512,918 from 643 locations. Location avg. = $3,908. Territory cume = $16,164,381

Greece

Prometheus: $304,931 from 90 locations. Location avg. = $3,388. Territory cume = $355,457

Holland

Snow White and the Huntsman: $720,973 from 100 locations. Location avg. = $7,210. Territory cume = $863,298

Hong Kong

Prometheus: $1,483,043 from 90 locations. Location avg. = $16,478. Territory cume = $1,483,043

Hungary

Prometheus: $406,410 from 60 locations. Location avg. = $6,447. Territory cume = $406,410

Iceland

Prometheus: $39,396 from 9 locations. Location avg. = $4,377. Territory cume = $72,959

Indonesia

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: $682,622 from 105 locations. Location avg. = $682,622.

Israel

The Dictator: $429,741 from 27 locations. Location avg. = $15,916. Territory cume = $429,741

Italy

Project X: $502,725 from 280 locations. Location avg. = $1,795. Territory cume = $651,263

Japan

Men in Black 3 (2D): $4,037,744 from 974 locations. Location avg. = $4,146. Territory cume = $28,455,743

Kenya

Prometheus: $20,903 from 7 locations. Location avg. = $2,986. Territory cume = $20,903.

Korea

Hoo-Goong (The Royal Concubine): $3,393,012 from 622 locations. Location avg. = $5,455. Territory cume = $6,297,431.

Kuwait

Men In Black 3 (2D): $45,494 from 6 locations. Location avg. = $7,582. Territory cume = $268,040.

Latvia

Snow White and the Huntsman: $31,947 from 6 locations. Location avg. = $5,324. Territory cume = $31,947.

Lebanon

Men In Black 3 (3D): $22,799 from 7 locations. Location avg. = $3,257. Territory cume = $166,563.

Lithuania

Prometheus: $43,144 from 13 locations. Location avg. = $3,319. Territory cume = $43,144.

Malaysia

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: $1,420,677 from 141 locations. Location avg. = $10,076. Territory cume = $1,564,807.

Mexico

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: $6,763,212 from 1,992 locations. Location avg. = $3,395. Territory cume = $6,763,212.

New Zealand

Prometheus: $700,506 from 151 locations. Location avg. = $4,639. Territory cume = $761,884.

Nigeria

Men In Black 3 (2D): $10,425 from 6 locations. Location avg. = $1,738. Territory cume = $95,976.

Norway

Snow White and the Huntsman: $428,688 from 148 locations. Location avg. = $2,897. Territory cume = $434,591.

Oman

Prometheus: $14,952 from 3 locations. Location avg. = $4,984. Territory cume = $14,952.

Peru

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: $1,376,647 from 192 locations. Location avg. = $7,170. Territory cume = $1,376,647.

Philippines

Snow White and the Huntsman: $680,939 from 138 locations. Location avg. = $4,934. Territory cume = $1,933,955.

Poland

Snow White and the Huntsman: $181,139 from 109 locations. Location avg. = $1,662. Territory cume = $1,118,710.

Portugal

Prometheus: $377,807 from 90 locations. Location avg. = $4,198. Territory cume = $387,145.

Qatar

Prometheus: $45,715 from 4 locations. Location avg. = $11,429. Territory cume = $45,715.

Romania

Prometheus: $197,429 from 35 locations. Location avg. = $5,641. Territory cume = $197,429.

Russia

Men In Black 3 (3D): $1,096,673 from 529 locations. Location avg. = $2,073. Territory cume = $22,772,870.

Serbia

Prometheus: $22,149 from 15 locations. Location avg. = $1,477. Territory cume = $44,977.

Singapore

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: $1,486,845 from 69 locations. Location avg. = $21,548. Territory cume = $1,585,819.

Slovakia

Prometheus: $174,397 from 27 locations. Location avg. = $6,459. Territory cume = $174,397.

Slovenia

Prometheus: $34,378 from 14 locations. Location avg. = $2,456. Territory cume = $44,570.

South Africa

Prometheus: $208,721 from 105 locations. Location avg. = $1,988. Territory cume = $208,721.

Spain

Snow White and the Huntsman: $1,892,257 from 485 locations. Location avg. = $3,902. Territory cume = $6,620,810.

Sweden

Snow White and the Huntsman: $685,150 from 131 locations. Location avg. = $5,230. Territory cume = $685,150.

Switzerland (Fr.)

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: $399,660 from 37 locations. Location avg. = $10,802. Territory cume = $531,132.

Switzerland (Ger.)

Men In Black 3 (3D): $256,390 from 64 locations. Location avg. = $4,006. Territory cume = $1,544,430.

Switzerland (Itl.)

Men In Black 3 (3D): $11,009 from 4 locations. Location avg. = $2,752. Territory cume = $76,873.

Taiwan

Prometheus: $873,911 from 65 locations. Location avg. = $13,445. Territory cume = $1,642,883.

Thailand

Prometheus: $499,685 from 128 locations. Location avg. = $3,904. Territory cume = $499,685.

Turkey

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: $727,264 from 212 locations. Location avg. = $3,430. Territory cume = $727,264.

Ukraine

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: $1,481,590 from 146 locations. Location avg. = $10,148. Territory cume = $1,481,590.

United Arab Emirates

Prometheus: $499,576 from 51 locations. Location avg. = $9,796. Territory cume = $499,576.

United Kingdom

Prometheus: $4,817,075 from 536 locations. Location avg. = $8,987. Territory cume = $23,769,535.

Uruguay

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: $156,756 from 17 locations. Location avg. = $9,221. Territory cume = $181,898.

Venezuela

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: $1,298,255 from 98 locations. Location avg. = $13,248. Territory cume = $1,298,255.

Vietnam

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: $462,541 from 58 locations. Location avg. = $7,975. Territory cume = $608,837.

 

 

WALT DISNEY ANIMATION STUDIOS UNVEILS EPIC ADVENTURE “FROZEN”—IN THEATERS NOVEMBER 2013 on June 11, 2012

BURBANK, Calif. -- Walt Disney Animation Studios presents an epic tale of adventure and comedy in "Frozen," a computer-animated feature film slated for the big screen in November 2013. Directed by Chris Buck ("Tarzan," "Surf's Up") and produced by Peter Del Vecho ("Winnie the Pooh," "The Princess and the Frog"), "Frozen" features the vocal talents of film/TV/stage star Kristen Bell as Anna, a young dreamer about to take the adventure of a lifetime, and Tony Award ®-winning actress Idina Menzel as Elsa the Snow Queen. The movie will feature original songs by Broadway greats Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.

In "Frozen," a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, so Anna (voice of Bell) must team up with Kristoff, a daring mountain man, on the grandest of journeys to find the Snow Queen (voice of Menzel) and put an end to the icy spell. Encountering Everest-like extremes, mystical creatures and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction.

Bell has starred in a variety of films, including the comedies "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" and "Couples Retreat," and the upcoming films "Hit & Run," "Some Girls" and the Farrelly Brothers' "Movie 43." On the small screen, Bell is currently starring in the Showtime series "House of Lies" alongside Don Cheadle; she has also starred in "Heroes" and "Veronica Mars." Broadway credits include "The Crucible" and "Tom Sawyer."

Menzel, who won a Tony Award® as Best Actress in a Musical for her role as Elphaba in Broadway's "Wicked" (2004), landed her first role on Broadway in 1995 in the Tony Award-winning musical "Rent." Film credits include "Enchanted" and the feature film "Rent." She has appeared in a recurring role on TV's "Glee" and recently released "Idina Menzel Live: Barefoot at the Symphony," a live concert with an orchestra led by composer/conductor Marvin Hamlisch. Menzel is currently on a North American concert tour.

Robert Lopez is a three-time Tony Award®-winning writer of the Tony and Grammy® Award-winning musical "The Book of Mormon," which was co-written with Trey Parker and Matt Stone ("South Park"), and the musical "Avenue Q," which ran for six years on Broadway and four years in London's West End. Lopez teamed with wife Anderson-Lopez, whose Drama Desk-winning show "In Transit" is Broadway-bound, to write original songs for 2011's "Winnie the Pooh," a stage version of "Finding Nemo" and a new musical called "Up Here."

 

UPDATED: International Box Office: 'Madagascar 3' Sets Records on June 11, 2012

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The latest from Paramount:

The actual numbers are in and not only did MADAGASCAR 3 beat Sunday's weekend estimate by grossing $76.4M internationally in 28 territories this past weekend, but it also set a number of records within the individual territories.


• In Argentina, MADAGASCAR 3 posted the best opening ever for any movie, live-action or animated, outgrossing the Avengers by 10%, Harry Potter 7 by 16% and Pirates 4 by 47%. Compared with other animated titles, the opening was 38% better than Shrek 4 and 72% better than Toy Story 3. What makes the Madagascar 3 opening all the more impressive is that the film did not open either on a holiday weekend or during school vacation.

• The Brazilian opening of MADAGASCAR 3 was the territory's biggest opening ever for an animated title ahead of Rio, Ice Age 3 and Shrek 4, and also represents DWA and Paramount's biggest opening ever. MADAGASCAR 3 represents the territory's 4th biggest opening ever behind Avengers, Twilight 3 - Part 1 and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2.

• In Chile, MADAGASCAR 3's opening was the third best opening for an animated title in a non-vacation period.

• In Venezuela, the opening of MADAGASCAR 3 was the best opening ever for an animated title and the third best opening for any film, live-action or animated.

• The opening in Trinidad of MADAGASCAR 3 represented the best DWA and Dreamworks opening of all time, as well as the best all-time opening of any animated title.

• In China, the MADAGASCAR 3 opening is the #2 opening weekend of all time for a foreign animated film, behind Kung Fu Panda 2 (RMB 105M for the Sat-Sun 2-day weekend).

• Singapore's MADAGASCAR 3 opening represented both the #3 all-time best opening for an animated title (behind Kung Fu Panda 2 and Kung Fu Panda).

• In India, the MADAGASCAR 3 opening was DWA's second-best of all-time (behind Kung Fu Panda 2) and the third highest grossing opening weekend for an animated title of all time.

• The opening of MADAGASCAR 3 in Colombia was the best opening weekend this year for an animated title and the second-best opening this year for any film (behind Avengers).

• Malaysia's opening of MADAGASCAR 3 represented the second best opening for an animated title of all time (behind Kung Fu Panda 2).

International grosses from June 8-10, 2012:

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: $75.5 million from 28 markets. International cume = $75.5 million. Worldwide cume = $135.9 million. Top Three Markets: Russia ($16.5 million); Brazil ($11 million); China ($10.5 million).

Prometheus: $39.2 million from 8,263 locations in 50 markets. International cume = $91.5 million. Worldwide cume = $141.5 million.

Men in Black 3: $38.3 million in 79 markets. International cume = $352.1 million. Worldwide cume = $487.6 million.

Snow White and the Huntsman: $24.6 million from 52 territories. International cume = $83.5 million. Worldwide cume = $182 million.

Marvel's The Avengers: $7.8 million from 54 territories representing 95% of the market. International cume = $824.4 million. Worldwide cume = $1,396,300,000.

 

IMAX TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR 'THE DARK KNIGHT RISES' on June 11, 2012

Los Angeles, CA -- Tickets are now on sale for the IMAX release of The Dark Knight Rises, the third film of the critically acclaimed trilogy that introduces Gotham City's newest super villains, Bane and leading lady Selina Kyle. Director Christopher Nolan's highly-anticipated epic conclusion hits IMAX theatres worldwide day-and-date with the traditional release on July 20.

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.

"Director Christopher Nolan, Producers Emma Thomas and Chuck Roven, and Cinematographer Wally Pfister's cinematic vision is unparalleled and continues to set the bar for excellence," said Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment. "They are long-term partners and we're happy to team with them and our friends at Warner Bros. to offer IMAX fans an opportunity to experience this highly-anticipated conclusion to the Batman trilogy the way it was meant to be seen - in IMAX theatres."

Sequences shot 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.

Leading an all-star international cast, Oscar® winner Christian Bale ("The Fighter") again plays the dual role of Bruce Wayne/Batman. The film also stars Anne Hathaway, as Selina Kyle; Tom Hardy, as Bane; Oscar® winner Marion Cotillard ("La Vie en Rose"), as Miranda Tate; and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as John Blake. Returning to the main cast, Oscar® winner Michael Caine ("The Cider House Rules") plays Alfred; Gary Oldman is Commissioner Gordon; and Oscar® winner Morgan Freeman ("Million Dollar Baby") reprises the role of Lucius Fox.

 


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