Star Trek Into Darkness held on to the top spot in Australia for the second consecutive week. The sci-fi sequel grossed $3.1 million over the weekend to reach a $9.8 million total in Australia. Iron Man 3 showed resiliency in its fourth week, falling a mere 33% for the second position in the top ten. Iron Man 3 has grossed a total of $35.8 million in Australia. The Call and Snitch had relatively successful openings, placing third and fourth respectively. The Big Wedding saw a big slide in its third week, falling 41% compared to the previous weekend. Australia is still an important market for The Big Wedding after the film's lackluster performance in North America. The Australian cume for The Big Wedding is currently a healthy $4 million. The Place Beyond the Pines packed screens in its second weekend with a $7,960 per-screen average, the highest in the market. The Croods showed no signs oF slowing down in its eight week, reaching a $25.3 million total in Australia. The Croods has benefited from the lack of any direct competition from animated films for over the last two months.
Box Office Results for Australia. May 17-19, 2013.
Boca Raton, FL -- MovieTickets.com, a leading destination for the purchase of advance movie tickets, has added Carmike Cinemas, one of the nation's leading digital cinema and 3-D motion picture exhibitors. MovieTickets.com is currently providing ticketing services for Carmike's newly acquired Rave locations, and has launched the process of rolling out the additional 2,200 screens in the Carmike circuit. The announcement was made today by Joel Cohen, Chief Executive Officer of MovieTickets.com, and David Passman, Carmike Cinemas President and Chief Executive Officer.
Cohen stated, "The addition of Carmike marks the single largest domestic addition to our screen count since the company was founded in 2000. Carmike is highly influential in our industry, we are pleased they chose to join our program and collectively work with us to improve the movie going experience."
Passman said, "Carmike is continually focusing on ways to further improve our guest experience and we are delighted to forge this new alliance with MovieTickets.com, one of the leaders in advance cinema ticketing. Carmike patrons appreciate flexibility in their advance ticket purchasing and we are pleased to be adding MovieTickets.com."
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.
IMAX is headquartered in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, with offices in London, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. As of March 31, 2013, there were 738 IMAX theatres (606 commercial multiplexes, 19 commercial destinations and 113 institutions) in 53 countries.
IMAX®, IMAX® 3D, IMAX DMR®, Experience It In IMAX®, An IMAX 3D Experience®, The IMAX Experience® and IMAX Is Believing® are trademarks of IMAX Corporation. More information about the Company can be found at www.imax.com. You may also connect with IMAX on Facebook (www.facebook.com/imax), Twitter (www.twitter.com/imax) and YouTube (www.youtube.com/imaxmovies).
This press release contains forward looking statements that are based on IMAX management's assumptions and existing information and involve certain risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by such forward looking statements. These risks and uncertainties are discussed in IMAX's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and most recent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.
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.