NEW YORK -- Focus Features' Moonrise Kingdom, the critically applauded new movie from director Wes Anderson, opened this past weekend and posted the highest recorded per-theater average for a live-action movie released domestically. Focus CEO James Schamus made the announcement today.
Surpassing the record set for a live-action (e.g., non-animated) feature in a regular theatrical run in December 2006 by Dreamgirls, with its $126,317 opening weekend average at 3 theaters, Moonrise Kingdom this past weekend averaged $130,752 at its 4 theaters for a total gross through yesterday (Sunday) of $523,006.00; with an estimated 4-day weekend gross of $669,486.00 and per screen average of $167,371.00. Focus' Brokeback Mountain, released in December 2005, had held the record prior to Dreamgirls. The Dreamgirls record was broken by Moonrise Kingdom in advance of today's Memorial Day holiday grosses and averages, and therefore reflects an exact 3-day-to-3-day comparison.
Moonrise Kingdom world-premiered earlier this month as the opening-night film of the 2012 Cannes International Film Festival. The theaters currently playing Moonrise Kingdom are, in New York City, AMC Theatres' Lincoln Square and Regal Cinemas' Union Square Stadium 14; and, in Los Angeles, Pacific Theatres' ArcLight Cinemas and Landmark Theatres' The Landmark. Focus, which holds worldwide rights to the movie, will be adding theaters in additional cities domestically each weekend through June, expanding Moonrise Kingdom to several hundred screens.
Mr. Schamus said, "Moonrise is a story of love's improbable triumph, and for Wes Anderson and his team a labor of love from start to finish. How wonderful it is to congratulate him, on behalf of everyone at Focus, for this remarkable, record-breaking opening."
Moonrise Kingdom is the new movie directed by two-time Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Wes Anderson (The Royal Tenenbaums, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Rushmore). Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, Moonrise Kingdom tells the story of two 12-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore - and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in every which way. Bruce Willis plays the local sheriff, Captain Sharp. Edward Norton is a Khaki Scout troop leader, Scout Master Ward. Bill Murray and Frances McDormand portray the young girl's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bishop. The cast also includes Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, and Bob Balaban; and introduces Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward as the boy and girl. The movie, MPAA-rated "PG-13," is written by Mr. Anderson & Roman Coppola. The producers are Mr. Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales, and Jeremy Dawson.
In addition to Moonrise Kingdom, Focus' summer slate includes Lorene Scafaria's Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, starring Steve Carell and Keira Knightley, opening nationwide on Friday, June 22nd; Sam Fell and Chris Butler's ParaNorman, the new 3D stop-motion comedy thriller from animation company LAIKA, opening nationwide on Friday, August 17th; Jamie Travis' contemporary comedy For a Good Time, Call..., starring Ari Graynor and Lauren Anne Miller, opening in select cities on Friday, August 31st and expanding nationally on Friday, September 7th.
SANTA MONICA, Calif. and TORONTO -- IMAX Corporation IMAX -1.01% CA:IMX -0.90% , one of the world's leading entertainment and technology companies, and Lionsgate LGF +1.17% , a leading global entertainment company, today announced that Lionsgate's blockbuster film The Hunger Games will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX® format and released in China in 67 IMAX® digital theatres in June.
The film will be released nationwide in China, under the new revenue sharing terms outlined in the recently announced WTO agreement, in both dubbed and subtitled prints by China Film Group Corporation in conjunction with Huaxia Film Distribution Co. Ltd., with assistance from Lionsgate's promotional partner in the region, Talent International.
The Hunger Games has already grossed nearly $400 million at the North American box office, making it the 14th highest-grossing film of all time, and it is approaching $650 million at the worldwide box office. The film is the first in a franchise based on the wildly popular trilogy of books by author Suzanne Collins, which has already generated more than 36.5 million copies in print in the United States alone and has developed a massive fan base.
"The Hunger Games launch in China underscores the franchise's continued emergence as a truly global phenomenon, and we're delighted to extend our successful partnership with IMAX around the globe to offer moviegoers in China a unique, world-class experience," said Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Co-Chairs Patrick Wachsberger and Rob Friedman. "We're thrilled that we can introduce the film to the Chinese movie-going public in the premium IMAX format that celebrates its status as a special and memorable event."
"The Hunger Games has received critical and public acclaim and is one of the most successful franchises in recent history," said Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment. "We're excited that Chinese audiences will have the opportunity to experience this film in IMAX, which is the most immersive environment in cinema."
The IMAX release of The Hunger Games 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: The IMAX Experience is scheduled to play day-and-date at the following IMAX theatres:
Baotou - Baotou Qingshan Wanda IMAX
Beijing - Beijing CBD Wanda Cinema IMAX
Beijing - Beijing Huaxing UME Cinema IMAX
Beijing - Beijing Shijingshan Wanda Cinema IMAX
Changchun - Changchun Chongqing Road Wanda IMAX
Changchun - Changchun Hongqi Road Wanda IMAX
Changchun - Changchun Ouya Wanda Cinema IMAX
Changsha - Changsha Wanda Cinema IMAX
Changzhou - Changzhou Xinbei Wanda Cinema IMAX
Chengdu - Chengdu Jinhua Wanda Cinema IMAX
Chongqing - Chongqing Jinyi Starlight Cinema IMAX
Chongqing - Chongqing Lumiere Cinema IMAX
Dalian - Dalian Huafu Wanda IMAX
Daqing - Daqing Saertu Wanda IMAX
Fuzhuo - Fuzhuo Cangshan Wanda IMAX
Fuzhuo - Fuzhuo Financial Street Wanda Cinema IMAX
Fuzhuo - Fuzhuo Jinyi Baolong Cinema IMAX
Guangzhou - Guangzhou Wanda Cinema IMAX
Hangzhou - Hangzhou Broadway Cinema IMAX
Hangzhou - Zhejiang Xinyuan Cinema IMAX (Hangzhou Cinyo)
Harbin - Harbin Central Avenue Wanda IMAX
Harbin - Harbin Hengshan Wanda IMAX
Hefei - Hefei Wanda Cinema IMAX
Hohhot - Hohhot Wanda IMAX
Huai'an - Huai'an Wanda IMAX
Jinan - Jinan Wanda Cinema IMAX
Kunming - Kunming Broadway Cinema IMAX
Langfang - Langfang Wanda IMAX
Luoyang - Luoyang Wanda Cinema IMAX
Nanchang - Nanchang Bayi Wanda IMAX
Nanjing - Nanjing Hexi Wanda Cinema IMAX
Ningbo - Ningbo Jiangbei Wanda Cinema IMAX
Ningbo - Ningbo Yinzhou Wanda Cinema IMAX
Qingdao - Qingdao Wanda Cinema IMAX (Yanji Road Branch)
Sanya - Sanya Haitang Bay Wanda IMAX
Shanghai - Shanghai Jiangqiao Wanda Cinema IMAX
Shanghai - Shanghai Peace Cinema IMAX
Shanghai - Shanghai Super Brand Mall Stellar IMAX
Shanghai - Shanghai Wujiaochang Wanda IMAX
Shanghai - Shanghai Zhoupu Wanda IMAX
Shaoxing - Shaoxing Keqiao Wanda IMAX
Shenyang - Shenyang Jinyi Cloud Nine Cinema IMAX
Shenyang - Shenyang Tiexi Wanda IMAX
Shenzhen - China Film Shenzhen OCTBAY IMAX
Shenzhen - Shenzhen UA KK Mall Cinema IMAX
Shijiazhuang - Shijiazhuang Yuhua Wanda IMAX
Suzhou - Suzhou Blue Ocean Cineplex IMAX
Suzhou - Suzhou Culture + Arts Centre IMAX
Suzhou - Suzhou Jinyi Yixiang Cinema IMAX
Suzhou - Suzhou Pingjiang Wanda IMAX
Taizhou - Taizhou Wanda IMAX
Tangshan - Tangshan Wanda IMAX
Tianjin - Tianjin CGV Xingxing Cinema IMAX
Tianjin - Tianjin China Film Cinema IMAX
Tianjin - Tianjin Hedong Wanda IMAX
Tianjin - Tianjin Jinyi Aocheng Cinema IMAX
Wuhan - Wuhan Jingkai Wanda IMAX
Wuhan - Wuhan Studio City Cinema IMAX
Wuxi - Wuxi Big World Cinema IMAX
Xi'ian - Xi'an Da Ming Palace IMAX
Xi'ian - Xi'an Jiefang Road Wanda IMAX
Xiamen - Xiamen Huli Wanda Cinema IMAX
Xiangyang - Xiangyang Wanda IMAX
Yichang - Yichang Wanda IMAX
Yinchuan - Yinchuan Jinfeng Wanda IMAX
Zhengzhou - Zhengzhou Zhongyuan Wanda IMAX
Zhenjiang - Zhenjiang Wanda Cinema IMAX
Please check local listings or IMAX.cn for final theatre listings, launch dates and show times.
Kansas City, Mo. -- With the summer movie season heating up, four popular DisneyoPixar movies are returning exclusively to AMC Theatres for the Memorial Day holiday weekend. From May 25 through May 28, "Toy Story 3," "Ratatouille," "Up" and "WALLoE" will be featured at AMC locations around the country. Each film will be accompanied by a classic Pixar short film and an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming movie, "Brave."
"There are some great films coming out Memorial Day weekend but nothing specifically for families and young children," said Sun Dee Larson, vice president of Film Marketing at AMC. "We're excited to provide our guests with an opportunity to take the whole family out to the theatre to enjoy some of the most treasured movies of all time, plus give our guests the chance to see a behind-the-scenes look at 'Brave.'"
Priced at $6 per movie (pricing may vary), each movie will play once every day on a rotating schedule.
Participating locations, showtime information and advance tickets are available now at amctheatres.com/pixar.
LOS ANGELES, CA -- Fandango and AOL's Moviefone, two of the biggest names in moviegoing, announced today that Fandango will be the exclusive ticketing partner for Moviefone, marking the first-ever partnership between the two companies.
"Partnering with Fandango gives Moviefone users an upgraded experience by allowing them to buy tickets from twice as many theaters with more options," states Jay Kirsch, SVP and General Manager, AOL Marketplace. "This move bolsters our already extensive web and mobile offerings, including our Moviefone iPad App, and enhances the overall Moviefone experience for our audience."
Through Fandango, this new collaboration provides Moviefone consumers the ability to make ticketing purchases online, on mobile devices, and on tablets for Fandango's vast network of 20,000 screens, the wide majority of theaters across the country.
"We are excited about our first partnership with Moviefone, an early pioneer in the space," said Rick Butler, Executive Vice-President and General Manager of Fandango. "This new alliance builds on Fandango's continued momentum by introducing its conveniences to millions of new Moviefone consumers, and furthering our goal to enable film fans to buy tickets any time, any place and on any platform."
Moviefone will also be able to offer users mobile barcoded ticketing, powered by Fandango, allowing consumers to get their movie tickets sent to their phones and have them scanned by the ticket-taker.