LOS ANGELES - May 20, 2013 - IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX; TSX:IMX), Paramount Pictures, a division of Viacom, Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB), and Skydance Productions announced that Paramount and J.J. Abrams' Star Trek Into Darkness has grossed an estimated $13.6 million domestically for the weekend in 336 North American IMAX® 3D theatres. Of the film's 20 highest-grossing domestic engagements since it debuted in North America on Wednesday, May 15, 17 of them featured an IMAX screen. In addition, to date, the film has grossed approximately $20 million in IMAX theatres worldwide.
"IMAX is grateful to have a champion in J.J. Abrams, who's maximized the potential of IMAX by leveraging our capture technology in the production and storytelling of Star Trek Into Darkness," said Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Entertainment. "With the film garnering an ‘A' grade from CinemaScore and our indexing at significant levels, we look forward to what the next few weeks holds. Once again, Bad Robot and Paramount have delivered an experience that connects with IMAX audiences everywhere."
The IMAX release of Star Trek Into Darkness features approximately 30 minutes of footage filmed with the extremely high-resolution IMAX® cameras. These specific sequences expand to fill more of the screen exclusively in IMAX, delivering unprecedented crispness and clarity and a truly immersive experience for moviegoers.
About Star Trek Into DarknessTM
"STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS" follows the crew of The Enterprise as they are called back home to Earth in the wake of a shocking act of terror from within their own organization. In defiance of regulations and with a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads his crew on a manhunt to capture an unstoppable force of destruction and bring those responsible to justice. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.
"STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS" is written by Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman & Damon Lindelof and directed by J.J. Abrams. Abrams is producing with Bryan Burk through Bad Robot Productions, along with Lindelof, Kurtzman and Orci. Jeffrey Chernov and Skydance Productions' David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Paul Schwake are the executive producers.
You can learn more about Star Trek Into Darkness by visiting Paramount's official site at http://www.startrekmovie.com/
About Paramount Pictures Corporation
Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. Paramount controls a collection of some of the most powerful brands in filmed entertainment, including Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, MTV Films, and Nickelodeon Movies. PPC operations also include Paramount Home Media Distribution, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., and Paramount Studio Group.
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.
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Monday Update: Star Trek Into Darkness' 4-day haul fell slightly from Sunday estimates. The final number is $83.7 million.
Sunday Update: Paramount reports that Star Trek Into Darkness is headed for $70.5 million from Friday-Sunday. The sci-fi flick managed $22.1 million on Friday and $27.5 million on Saturday.
IMAX reports that Into Darkness roped in more than $13.5 million from 336 IMAX screens for an impressive per screen average of $40,200. There were many IMAX sell outs, a strong Friday to Saturday uptick and 17 of Trek's top 20 domestic locations have IMAX runs.
Saturday Update #2: BoxOffice is now projecting that Star Trek Into Darkness will make $68 million from Friday-Sunday, which will put its 4-day total at $81.5 million.
For more analysis and the top 10 in North America, click here.
Saturday Update: Early reports this morning indicate that Star Trek Into Darkness may have grossed closer to $22 million on Friday, which means that it will be headed for a 3-day total somewhere near $70 million.
Check back soon for official numbers from Paramount.
Friday Update #2: Early estimates indicate that Star Trek Into Darkness is headed for around $85 million from Friday-Sunday. If that happens, the Paramount release will be at $98.5 million by the end of the weekend. Don't be surprised to see a surge in attendance that would push the film past $100 million. Into Darkness is performing very well on Facebook and Twitter, and it boasts an "A" from CinemaScore.
Friday Update: Paramount reports that Star Trek Into Darkness' North American cume is $13.5 thru Thursday from 3,762 locations (including 336 IMAX 3D). The action flick already boasts an "A" from CinemaScore.
Thursday Update: Paramount reports that Star Trek Into Darkness took in $3.3 million from early IMAX shows. $2 million came from the Wednesday evening shows and the other $1.3 million came from midnight shows.
BoxOffice is currently forecasting $112 million in North America by the end of the weekend.
Iron Man 3 broke the billion-dollar mark in the global box office heading into the weekend. The latest entry in the Disney/Marvel Iron Man franchise has been the year's biggest story in the global box office, reaching the $1 billion milestone in only 23 days. The superhero sequel faced an uphill battle this weekend, facing the global expansion of Star Trek Into Darkness, the opening weekend of The Great Gatsby in 49 territories, an Epic Latin American release, and the U.K. premiere of Fast & Furious 6.
A slower weekend didn't prevent Iron Man 3 from breaking into the top ten of the all-time highest-grossing films at the global box office. Iron Man 3 currently ranks in 9th place on that list after reaching a global cume of $1.073 billion. China leads the overseas grosses for the film, responsible for $109.5 million of its $736.2 million overseas total. South Korea ($61.1M), the U.K. ($52.1M), Mexico ($45.9M), Russia ($42.2M), and Brazil ($42.1M) round out the most important territories for Iron Man 3.
Star Trek Into Darkness ramped up its global expansion, grossing $40 million across 40 territories this weekend to reach a $80.5 million overseas total. The film's global cume stands at $164.5 million with around half of the overseas marketplace still waiting for the film's release.
Russia was the biggest market for the Star Trek reboot's sequel, bringing in $8 million in its opening weekend -a 400% increase from the last film's Russian opening and twice the lifetime gross of its predecessor in the same market. The film also outgrossed the lifetime cumes of the last Star Trek in Colombia, India, Malaysia, Philippines, Peru, Singapore, and Thailand.
Star Trek Into Darkness showed resiliency in its seven hold-over markets, grossing a combined $55.6 million in its second weekend. The U.K. led the pack with a $5.9 million weekend and a $24 million cume. Germany added $3.2 million this weekend to bring its German total to $12.4 million. Australia scored a similar figure, with $3.3 million in the three-day span to reach a $10 million total. Mexico pushed another $1.6 million for a $5.6 million cume. Star Trek Into Darkness will be released in China, Japan, Korea, Brazil, Italy, Spain and France in the coming weeks.
The Great Gatsby roared into 49 territories with a $42.1 million opening weekend. It is the biggest opening weekend of Baz Luhrman's career. The Great Gatsby took the top spot in France ($4.7M), Italy ($3.8M), and Spain ($2.2M), and Taiwan ($799K). Other top markets for Gatsby include: Russia ($6.2M), the U.K. ($6.2M), South Korea ($4.3M), Italy ($3.8M), and Germany ($3.7M). The film still has several major markets on the horizon: Australia (May 30th), Mexico (May 31st), Brazil (June 7th), and Japan (June 14th).
Epic launched in 16 markets this weekend, the majority in Latin America, and came away with a very strong $14.5 million opening weekend in its overseas release. Animated films perform exceptionally well in Latin America and Epic was no exception, taking the top spot in 7 of the region's 12 markets. Epic was the #2 film in every other market it opened. Mexico has been building a reputation for one of the most important overseas markets for animated films. Mexican audiences responded to Epic with a $3.4 million weekend. Brazil followed with $2.3 million and Germany was the only other market where the film broke the million-dollar mark, notching a $2.3 million gross.
Epic cut into the strong hold-over performance from The Croods. The Croods reached a $552.6 million global total after increasing its overseas cume to $375.8 million, including a $2.5 million premiere in South Korea.
Fast & Furious 6 began its global roll-out in the United Kingdom, where it dominated the box office in first place with a $13.8 million take. The Fast and Furious premiere was the second highest opening weekend of the year in the U.K., behind Iron Man 3. The sixth entry in the franchise featuring attractive people driving fancy cars will open in North America and 59 additional overseas territories next weekend.
Sunday Update: Star Trek Into Darkness grossed $40 million across 40 territories this weekend to bring its overseas cume to $80.5 million. Combined with the film's $86.4 million opening weekend in North America, the Star Trek sequel's global cume currently stands at $164.5 million. IMAX screenings account for $20 million of the film's current global total.
The openings in Russia ($8M) and Taiwan ($1.7M) were the most notable new markets for the sci-fi sequel. The $80.5 million overseas cume is already 80% better in the same number of foreign markets than the film's predecessor during the same time-period. Star Trek's biggest cumulative markets include the U.K. ($24M), Germany ($12.5M), Australia ($10M), and Mexico ($5.6M). The film will open in major markets like China, Japan, South Korea, Brazil, Italy, Spain, and France in the coming weeks.
Saturday Update: A softer-than-expected Fri-Sun North American haul means that it will take Star Trek Into Darkness more time to hit the $200 million global milestone. The film opened in 33 new markets this weekend, including Russia. Russia is estimated to earn $9M for the weekend, which is 400% of the gross of the last film in that market. The film's estimated gross is $35M for the weekend and the projected overseas cume through Sunday is $75M.
Friday Update #2: Star Trek Into Darkness is off and running at the box office. With estimates approaching $100 million in four days of release in North America combined with $47 million in overseas box office reported already, the sci-fi flick is quickly making its way to the $200 million global plateau.
Friday Update: Paramount reports that Star Trek Into Darkness has $47 million in the bank overseas thru Thursday. Combined with the $13.5 million North AMerican haul, Into Darkness is now sitting pretty at $60.5 million globally.
Thursday Update: Star Trek Into Darkness opened in seven overseas markets this past weekend, earning $40 million thru Wednesday. According to Paramount, the combined figures from these territories are almost 70% greater than 2009's Star Trekfrom the same territories (UK, Australia, Germany, Mexico, New Zealand, Austria and German speaking Switzerland). 33 new markets, lead by Russia, will open this weekend.