Los Angeles -- IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX; TSX:IMX) and Paramount Pictures today announced that Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol The IMAX Experience, has grossed $46.1 million in IMAX® theatres worldwide since the film began its early IMAX previews through Monday, January 2, 2012. The film has generated approximately $33.1 million domestically and approximately $13.0 million internationally in IMAX theatres. For the four day weekend, the film generated approximately $6.1 million domestically in IMAX theatres and generated approximately $2.7 million internationally in IMAX theatres. To date, the film has an overall gross of $367 million worldwide.
"With Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol leading the box office this Holiday season it is clear that movie-goers responded very favorably to the IMAX early engagement strategy," said IMAX CEO Richard L. Gelfond. "Fans and critics all over the world who previewed this blockbuster in IMAX generated the positive word-of-mouth and social media buzz that helped drive the strong box office results we see today and we believe this will continue to support the film's success throughout its run."
"We are honored that Paramount and the MI:4 filmmakers entrusted IMAX to put the picture's best foot forward and be the word-of-mouth ambassadors that separated it from the rest of the pack," said Greg Foster, Chairman and President, IMAX Filmed Entertainment. We believe the film's success demonstrates how IMAX is bringing "must see" back to movie-going."
IMAX commented that worldwide gross box office for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2011 was approximately $98 million ($54.3 million domestically and $43.7 million internationally).
The IMAX release of this fourth installment of Mission: Impossible features approximately 30 minutes of scenes filmed with IMAX cameras. Exclusively in IMAX, these sequences expand to fill the entire screen, and further immerse the audience in the explosive action and vast scope of the film. One featured sequence includes the unbelievable stunt performed by Tom Cruise as he scaled the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa Tower in Dubai, providing an up-close, you-are-there experience as only IMAX can.
The IMAX release of Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol has 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.
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HOLLYWOOD, CA -- Paramount Pictures announced today it ended 2011 in the No. 1 position among all studios, having achieved the highest total combined gross of any studio for the year, earning a record $5.17 billion worldwide. The studio, which released a total of 16 new releases domestically this year, placed first in the North American market share with $1.96 billion, while also amassing record grosses at the international box office with $3.21 billion.
"This achievement reflects the combined efforts of our entire team across the globe and the careful process by which we select the projects and partners we believe in," said Paramount Pictures Chairman & CEO Brad Grey. "We produce pictures that aspire to entertain audiences around the world, while at the same time we have sought to find innovative ways to reach movie-goers in this changing entertainment environment."
"This year our studio reached some key milestones, including the release of three vibrant Paramount franchise pictures and our first original CGI animated film. Our studio had its first ever $1 billion worldwide grossing film in Michael Bay's hit "Transformers: Dark of the Moon;" we successfully re-launched our "Mission Impossible" franchise with Tom Cruise, JJ Abrams and Brad Bird; our latest installment in the "Paranormal Activity" franchise had another $100 million dollar success; our first original animated film "Rango," from director Gore Verbinski, earned rave reviews and more than $100 million at the domestic box office; and we released global phenomenon "Super 8," directed by JJ Abrams, who will now direct the newest "Star Trek" for 2013. We also benefited from our distribution partnerships with DreamWorks Animation and Marvel and I want to thank them both."
"Film President Adam Goodman and his team in production and development, and Vice Chairman Rob Moore and his team in marketing and distribution, did outstanding work and truly delivered. "As we prepare to celebrate Paramount's 100th year in 2012, we are all grateful to be part of this wonderful institution as it continues to prosper," added Grey.
In 2012, Paramount's release slate highlights include "World War Z," a zombie thriller starring Brad Pitt and directed by Marc Forster, "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," the next installment in the global franchise starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Channing Tatum, a new chapter in the "Paranormal Activity" franchise, and "The Dictator," starring Sacha Baron Cohen and directed by Larry Charles, the team behind "Borat."
The 2011 box office results seen from the studio were built on a wide reaching range of titles, including the following (with current domestic grosses): "True Grit" ($85 mil this year, $171.2 million total), Ivan Reitman's "No Strings Attached" ($70.7 mil), Jon Chu's "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never" ($73 mil), Gore Verbinski's "Rango" ($123.5 mil), Marvel Studio's "Thor" ($181 mil), DreamWorks Animation's "Kung Fu Panda 2" ($165.2 mil), JJ Abrams "Super 8" ($127 mil), Michael Bay's "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" ($352.4 mil), Marvel Studio's "Captain America: The First Avenger" ($176.7 mil), Craig Brewer's "Footloose" ($51.7 mil), the third installment in the hit "Paranormal Activity" franchise ($104 mil), DreamWorks Animation's "Puss In Boots" ($145.8 mil), Sundance prize-winner "Like Crazy" ($3.4 mil), Martin Scorsese and GK Films' "Hugo" ($50.2 mil), Jason Reitman's "Young Adult" ($12.8 mil), Brad Bird's "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" ($142.8 mil) and Steven Spielberg's "Tintin" ($51.4 mil).