The official release from Fandango:
Los Angeles -- One week from tonight, millions of moviegoers across the country will be entering the arena of "The Hunger Games" as the movie debuts in theaters at 12:01 a.m. on March 23.
More than a thousand showtimes are already sold out across the country, from New York to San Francisco, from Maine to Hawaii. Theater owners are adding additional showtimes -- some as late as 3:00 a.m. on Friday morning -- to meet the demand for tickets, available at http://www.fandango.com/thehungergames/movieguide. The film's advance ticket sales have already surpassed those of the first "Twilight" movie at the same point in that film's sales cycle.
"It's our fastest-selling franchise-opener since ‘Twilight'," says Rick Butler, general manager and executive vice president of Fandango. "The brisk advance ticket sales are a testament to the strength of the incredible marketing campaign which has clearly resonated with fans and even those unfamiliar with the books."
"Hunger Games" currently represents 71% of today's ticket sales on Fandango. Here are a few more statistics from an online survey of several thousand "Hunger Games" moviegoers conducted on Fandango:
• 72% say the intriguing premise and action is what attracts them most to "Hunger Games"; only 18% picked the love story as the main attraction;
• 57% are planning to see the movie with a group of friends;
• 46% of respondents are 25 or older; 54% are younger than 25.
Los Angeles, CA -- IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX; TSX: IMX), Paramount Pictures and 20th Century Fox announced today that James Cameron's Oscar®-winning film, Titanic will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX® 3D format and released for a limited engagement in 149 select IMAX® theatres worldwide. Titanic will open in 79 domestic IMAX theatres simultaneous with the film's wide release on April 4, 2012 and a total of 70 international IMAX theatres, 63 of which will open on April 4. Additional international playdates will be added as pending bookings are confirmed. Since its initial release on Dec. 19, 1997, Titanic has grossed $1.8 billion globally and remains the second-highest grossing film of all time.
"James Cameron is a visionary filmmaker who masterfully harnesses the power of technology to elevate storytelling to another level," said Greg Foster, IMAX Chairman and President of Filmed Entertainment. "We're excited to work again with our partners at Fox, Lightstorm and Paramount as we present the next iteration of the Titanic story and transport audiences into this compelling tale like never before."
Titanic: An IMAX 3D Experience has been digitally re-mastered into the unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® through proprietary IMAX DMR® technology. With crystal-clear images, laser-aligned digital sound and theatre geometry that maximizes field of view, IMAX provides the world's most immersive movie experience.
Titanic: An IMAX 3D Experience is scheduled to play day-and-date at the following IMAX theatres beginning April 4th:
Huntsville - Rave Valley Bend 18 + IMAX
Phoenix - AMC Desert Ridge 18 with IMAX
Aliso Viejo - Regal Aliso Viejo Stadium 20 + IMAX
Cupertino - AMC Cupertino Square 16 with IMAX
El Cajon - Regal Parkway Plaza Stadiuim 18 + IMAX
Fairfield - Regal Fairfield Stadium 16 + IMAX
Lancaster - Cinemark 22 + IMAX
Los Angeles - AMC Century City 15 with IMAX
Los Angeles - AMC Universal Citywalk Stadium 19 with IMAX
Riverside - AMC Tyler Galleria 16 with IMAX
San Diego - Regal Mira Mesa Stadium 18 + IMAX
San Francisco - AMC Loews Metreon 16 with IMAX
Santa Clara - AMC Mercado 20 with IMAX
Torrance - AMC Del Amo 18 with IMAX
Highlands Ranch - AMC Highlands Ranch 24 + IMAX
Manchester - Rave Buckland Hills 18 + IMAX
Altamonte Springs - AMC Altamonte Mall 18 with IMAX
Brandon - AMC The Regency 20 with IMAX
Fort Myers - Regal Gulf Coast Town Center Stadium 16 + IMAX
Pensacola - Rave Pensacola Bayou 15 + IMAX
South Miami - AMC Sunset Place 24 with IMAX
Cumming - AMC Avenue Forsyth 12 with IMAX
Honolulu - Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 + IMAX
Naperville - AMC Showplace Naperville 16 with IMAX
Skokie - AMC Showplace Village Crossing 18 with IMAX
Indianapolis - AMC Showplace Indianapolis 17 with IMAX
Portage - Goodrich Portage 16 IMAX
Leawood - AMC Town Center 20 with IMAX
Louisville - Rave Stonybrook 20 + IMAX
Harahan - AMC Elmwood Palace 20 with IMAX
Slidell - The Grand 16 + IMAX - Slidell
Columbia - AMC Columbia 14 with IMAX
Boston - AMC Loews Boston Common 19 with IMAX
Danvers - AMC Loews Liberty Tree Mall 20 with IMAX
Dearborn - Henry Ford IMAX
Grand Rapids - Celebration! Cinema Grand Rapids North + IMAX
Livonia - AMC Livonia 20 with IMAX
Ypsilanti - Rave Ann Arbor 20 + IMAX
Edina - AMC Southdale 16 with IMAX
Saint Louis - Wehrenberg Ronnies 20 Cine + IMAX
Springfield - ShowPlex Springfield 11 IMAX Theatre
Henderson - Regal Sunset Station Stadium 13 + IMAX
Las Vegas - Regal Red Rock Stadium 16 + IMAX
Paramus - AMC Garden State 16 with IMAX
Albany - Regal Crossgates Stadium 18 + IMAX
New York City - AMC Loews 34th Street 14 with IMAX
New York City - AMC Loews Kips Bay 15 with IMAX
Westbury - Regal UA Westbury Theatre Stadium 12 + IMAX
Durham - Stone Southpoint Cinemas + IMAX
Winston-Salem - The Grand 18 + IMAX - Winston-Salem
Columbus - AMC Lennox Town Center 24 with IMAX
Springdale - National Amusements Springdale 18 + IMAX: Cinema de Lux
Westlake - Regal Crocker Park Stadium 16 + IMAX
Moore - Warren 14 + IMAX
Eugene - Regal Valley River Center Stadium 15 + IMAX
Portland - Regal Lloyd Center 10 + IMAX
Bensalem - AMC Neshaminy 24 with IMAX
King of Prussia - Regal King of Prussia Stadium + IMAX
Tarentum - Cinemark Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills + IMAX
Providence - Providence Place Cinemas 16 + IMAX
Knoxville - Regal Pinnacle Stadium 18 + IMAX
Amarillo - Regal Amarillo Star Stadium 14 + IMAX
Austin - AMC Barton Creek Square 14 with IMAX
Corpus Christi - Cinemark Century 16 + IMAX
Dallas - AMC Northpark 15 with IMAX
Sugar Land - AMC First Colony 24 with IMAX
Sandy ¬- Megaplex 17 + IMAX at Jordan Commons
Manassas - Regal Manassas Stadium 14 + IMAX
McLean - AMC Tysons Corner 16 with IMAX
Midlothian - Regal Commonwealth Stadium 20 + IMAX
Virginia Beach - AMC Lynnhaven 18 with IMAX
Bellevue - Lincoln Square Cinemas IMAX Theatre
Kent - AMC Kent Station 14 with IMAX
Edmonton - Cineplex Scotiabank Theatre Edmonton IMAX
Langley - Cineplex Colossus Langley Cinemas IMAX
Winnipeg - Cineplex SilverCity Polo Park Cinemas IMAX
Halifax - Empire Theatres Bayers Lake IMAX
Mississauga - Cineplex Coliseum Mississauga Cinemas IMAX
Toronto - AMC Yonge + Dundas 24 with IMAX
Melbourne - Highpoint Hoyts IMAX
Perth - Carousel Hoyts IMAX
Sydney - Entertainment Quarter Hoyts IMAX
Sydney - LG IMAX Theatre Sydney
Graz - Cineplexx Graz IMAX
Hohenems - Cineplexx IMAX Hohenems
Vienna -Apollo Das Kino Vienna IMAX
Curitiba - Dom Bosco IMAX Palladium Shopping Center**
Rio de Janeiro - UCI 18 Cinemas New York City Center IMAX**
Sofia - Mtel IMAX
Zagreb - CineStar Arena IMAX Zagreb
Prague - Oskar IMAX Palace Flora
Budapest - Cinema City Arena IMAX Hungary
Fukuoka - United Cinemas Canal City 13 IMAX
Kawasaki - 109 Cinemas Kawasaki IMAX
Kiba - 109 Cinemas Kiba IMAX
Kishiwada - United Cinemas Kishiwada IMAX
Nagoya - 109 Cinemas Nagoya IMAX
Osaka - 109 Cinemas Minoh IMAX
Saitama - 109 Cinemas Shobu IMAX
Saitama - United Cinemas Urawa IMAX
Sapporo - United Cinemas Sapporo IMAX
Shonan - 109 Cinemas Shonan IMAX
Tokyo - 109 Cinemas Grandberry Mall IMAX
Toshimaen - United Cinemas Toshimaen IMAX
Yamatokoriyama - Cinema Sunshine IMAX
Astana - Kino Park Keruen IMAX
Katowice - Cinema City Orange IMAX Katowice Punkt 44**
Krakow - Cinema City Orange IMAX Krakow**
Lodz - Cinema City Orange IMAX Manufaktura**
Poznan - Cinema City Orange Poznan IMAX**
Warsaw - Cinema City Orange IMAX Sadyba**
Astrakhan - Kinomax Vokzalnaya Square IMAX
Krasnodar - SBS/Monitor Megamall IMAX
Moscow - BFC IMAX Kinosfera
Moscow - Coca-Cola IMAX Kinostar De Lux Khimki
Moscow - Coca-Cola IMAX Kinostar De Lux Teply Stan
Moscow - Coca-Cola IMAX Kinostar New York New York, Mega Belaya Dacha
Moscow - Formula Kino IMAX Sapphire
Moscow - Karo October Cinema IMAX
Novosibirsk - Cinema Park Royal Park IMAX
Perm - Kristall IMAX
Saratov - Cinema Park Triumph Mall IMAX
St. Petersburg - Coca-Cola IMAX Kinostar City IMAX
St. Petersburg - IMAX Formula Kino Galeria
St. Petersburg - Karo IMAX Baikonurskiy
Tumen - Cinema Park IMAX Tumen
Ufa - Cinema Park Iskra IMAX Theatre
Volgograd - Cinema Park Volgograd Europa City Mall IMAX
Voronezh - Cinema Park The Galereya Chizhova IMAX
Yekaterinburg - Cinema Park Star Light IMAX
Singapore - Shaw Theatres Jcube + IMAX+
Singapore - Shaw Lido Cineplex 11 IMAX
Bangkok - Major Cineplex IMAX Pinklao
Bangkok - Major Cineplex IMAX Ratchayothin
Cardiff - Odeon Cardiff Bay IMAX
Crawley - Cineworld IMAX Crawley
Edinburgh - Cineworld IMAX Edinburgh
Gateshead - Odeon Metrocentre IMAX
Greenwich - Odeon Greenwich IMAX
Kingston Upon Thames - Odeon Kingston IMAX
Liverpool - Odeon Liverpool ONE IMAX
London - BFI IMAX London
London - Odeon Swiss Cottage IMAX
Norwich - Odeon Norwich IMAX
Renfrew - Odeon Braehead IMAX
Sheffield - Cineworld IMAX Sheffield
Southampton - Odeon Southampton IMAX
Uxbridge - Odeon Uxbridge IMAX
Wimbledon ¬- Odeon Wimbledon IMAX
Please check local listings or IMAX.com for final theatre listings, launch dates and showtimes.
*denotes earlier launch **denotes later launch + denotes new theatre
Los Angeles, CA -- IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX; TSX:IMX) and Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) today announced that The Hunger Games will be released in the immersive IMAX format on Friday, March 23, simultaneous with the film's North American wide release. The film will open in 270 IMAX theatres domestically and 19 IMAX theatres in the UK and France.
"The countdown has begun and The Hunger Games fans have spoken. With two weeks to go, we have seen substantial midnight sellouts in IMAX theatres across the country leading exhibitors to begin offering 3 a.m. shows to meet demand," said Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment. "Given the phenomenon this film has become, we believe the one-week limited IMAX engagement is a perfect way to fully experience the incredible world created by Suzanne Collins and brought to life by the talented cast, Gary Ross and Lionsgate team."
The Hunger Games: The IMAX Experience is the first installment of the trilogy based on Suzanne Collins' bestselling novels and stars Academy-Award® nominated actress Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth. The film is directed by Gary Ross, and produced by Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik.
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.
SINGAPORE/MUMBAI - Senator Chris Dodd, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), delivered the keynote address at India's 2012 FICCI FRAMES today, speaking to an audience of Indian government officials, film and entertainment industry leaders and key media at the Renaissance Mumbai Convention Center Hotel in Mumbai, India.
Dodd's visit to India came after stops in Beijing and Hong Kong to meet with U.S. and Chinese government officials and representatives of the film industry to discuss market access and other issues in the wake of a major new agreement between the United States and China which will increase the number of major U.S. films distributed in that country and provide improved revenue sharing.
In his speech in Mumbai, Dodd called for greater partnerships and alliances between the U.S. and Indian film industries and expressed his delight at the synergies being created between both communities.
"I am honored to be here to celebrate with all of you something else that unites our two countries: movies. Like America, India is a nation where movies matter. And as in America, movies matter not only to the richness of your culture but to the vibrancy of your economy and the prosperity of the Indian middle class," Dodd said.
Dodd commended India for the rapid evolution of its cinema industry, Senator Dodd added "Two years ago the Indian film industry was a US$3.2 billion industry. Two years from now, in 2014, it is estimated to exceed US$5 billion, which is incredible. The industry contributes an estimated US$645 million to the Indian economy each year and supports an estimated 1.8 million jobs. As the trade body for the Hollywood entertainment industry, MPAA could not be more delighted."
Dodd also drew attention to the threat of content theft to the industry. "Content theft threatens the health of our industry and the prospects for its future success. According to a report by Ernst & Young, movie theft costs the Indian film industry nearly a billion dollars each year and threatens more than half million Indian jobs. I bring this up not to cast a shadow on your success but rather to invite you to join us in common purpose. Content theft is a global problem and we must have a global commitment to solving it."
While there is a broad consensus that the community must act to stop the theft of intellectual property, adequate initiations too need to be in place. LA India Film Council is one such step. He said "This is an important opportunity for the Indian government to move forward with strong protections against online theft. We encourage the Indian film industry to reject as we have, the false argument that you cannot be pro-technology and pro-copyright at the same time and we applaud India's aggressive plans for broadband and cable TV digitization."
Dodd concluded by acknowledging his love for the world of cinema. "Technology evolves. Economies change. But at the heart of what we do, is the timeless tradition of film. And that is why I am so proud to be a part of this industry and so pleased to share this occasion with you."
Senator Dodd's remarks as prepared for delivery can be found here.
WASHINGTON D.C. -- Jack Ledwith, Senior Vice President of International Distribution for Universal Pictures, will receive the "2012 CinemaCon Passepartout Award" at CinemaCon's International Day Luncheon, it was announced today by the convention's managing director, Mitch Neuhauser. The "CinemaCon Passepartout Award" is presented annually to an industry executive whose dedication and commitment to the international marketplace is unparalleled. CinemaCon, the official convention of The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), the largest and most important gathering of cinema owners and operators from around the world, will be held April 23 - 26, 2012 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The International Day Luncheon will take place on Monday, April 23, 2012, where more than 800 industry executives from the international market are expected to be on hand.
"Jack Ledwith is one of the most outstanding, dedicated and respected executives working in the industry today," said Neuhauser. "Throughout his long and illustrious career, he has made significant contributions to furthering the advancement of the international marketplace, and because of his many accomplishments, it is our great pleasure to bestow him with the 2012 CinemaCon Passepartout Award."
Ledwith is currently the Senior Vice President of International Distribution for Universal Pictures, a position he has held since 2007. In this role, he oversees all aspects of international distribution for the studio's feature film slate including the assessment of release dates and box office results, as well as managing the Los Angeles international office. He joined Universal in 1996 as Director of International Planning and Analysis, and during Ledwith's tenure at Universal, the studio had its three highest grossing years at the international box office. He has worked on several international blockbusters including: "Jurassic Park," "Mamma Mia!," "Inglourious Basterds" and the "Bourne," "American Pie" and "Fast and Furious" franchises. Before coming to Universal, Ledwith worked in domestic distribution at Avco Embassy Pictures in New York City. He started working in international distribution at DeLaurentiis Entertainment Group in 1988 and moved over to Carolco Pictures from 1990 to 1996. He is currently on the steering committee of Universal's Content Protection Team, and he is also an active member of the NBC Universal Mentoring Program.