LOS ANGELES - AUG. 15, 2013 - IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX; TSX:IMX) and Marvel Entertainment, a division of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS), today announced that Marvel's Thor: The Dark World, starring Chris Hemsworth, will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX® 3D format and released into IMAX® 3D theatres internationally beginning Oct. 30.
Chris Hemsworth has played Thor, the god of Thunder in two highly successful Marvel films, 2011's Thor and 2012's Marvel's The Avengers, which collectively grossed nearly $2 billion at the global box office. In this latest adventure, Academy Award® winners Natalie Portman and Anthony Hopkins will also reprise their roles, as will Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander and Rene Russo. Alan Taylor (TV's Game of Thrones, Mad Men, The Sopranos) will direct from a story by Don Payne and Robert Rodat, and a screenplay by Christopher L. Yost and Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely.
"Like all the dynamic Marvel characters, Thor has developed a massive global following, and we look forward to moviegoers experiencing this highly anticipated next chapter in IMAX 3D," said Greg Foster, CEO of IMAX Entertainment and Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. "We're excited to continue to build on our flourishing partnership with Marvel and Disney with this iconic property."
"All the nine realms will be stunningly displayed when Thor: The Dark World arrives in IMAX 3D," said Dave Hollis, Executive Vice President, Theatrical Exhibition Sales and Distribution, The Walt Disney Studios. "We continue to have great success with IMAX and are thrilled to once again work with them to bring the Marvel Universe to life in this premium format."
The IMAX release of Marvel's Thor: The Dark World will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX 3D 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.
About Thor: The Dark World:
Marvel's Thor: The Dark World continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the nine realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel's Thor and Marvel's The Avengers, Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos ... but an ancient race, led by the vengeful Malekith, returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.
Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano and Jaimie Alexander with Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Marvel's Thor: The Dark World is directed by Alan Taylor, produced by Kevin Feige, from a story by Don Payne and Robert Rodat and screenplay by Christopher L. Yost and Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely and is based on Marvel's classic super hero Thor, who first appeared in the comic book Journey Into Mystery #83 in August, 1962.
Thor: The Dark World is presented by Marvel Studios. The executive producers are Louis D'Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Craig Kyle, Alan Fine, Nigel Gostelow and Stan Lee. The Film Releases November 8, 2013, and is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
For more information about Thor: The Dark World, please visit Marvel's official website at http://marvel.com/thor
About Marvel Entertainment
Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world's most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit marvel.com.
About The Walt Disney Studios
For more than 85 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) was built. Today, the Studio brings quality movies, music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. Feature films are released under four banners: Walt Disney Pictures, which includes Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios; Disneynature; Marvel; and Touchstone Pictures, which includes the distribution of live action films from DreamWorks Studios. Through the Home Entertainment division, innovative distribution methods provide access to creative content across multiple platforms. Original music and motion picture soundtracks are produced under Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records, while Disney Theatrical Group produces and licenses live events, including Broadway theatrical productions, Disney on Ice and Disney LIVE!. For more information, please visit www.waltdisneystudios.com
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 June 30, 2013, there were 767 IMAX theatres (634 commercial multiplexes, 19 commercial destinations and 114 institutions) in 54 countries.
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It was a big weekend full of milestones in the overseas box office as Universal celebrated the biggest year outside of North America in the company's history and Brad Pitt quietly saw World War Z become the biggest global hit of his career. The following links offer a recap of last weekend's action in some of the top markets from around the world:
A strong weekend at the U.K. box office saw each film in the top ten gross above $1 million. Alan Partridge: The Movie narrowly defeated Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters for the top spot after both films opened their theatrical run with a $3.3 million take. The Percy Jackson sequel outperformed its predecessor's debut by $1 million.
Grown Ups 2 finished in third place after a $2.5 million U.K. debut. It's a disappointing bow for Adam Sandler & co., considering the original Grown Ups posted a $3.1 million opening en route to a $12 million performance in the United Kingdom.
The Lone Ranger was the weekend's only new release to fall outside of the top three despite playing in over 500 locations. The Johnny Depp Western fizzled with a $2 million opening weekend and a lackluster $4,008 per-screen-average.
Animated franchises have fared well in the U.K. Monsters University has grossed $36.7 million in five weeks and Despicable Me 2 reached $61.9 million in its seventh frame. The Smurfs 2 won't reach those heights despite holding on to a $1.7 million performance in its second weekend. The Smurfs sequel has grossed $9.8 million in the U.K. and posted the weekend's lowest per-screen average on the chart.
Top 10 Films in the United Kingdom. August 9-11, 2013.
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters opened in first place in Mexico, gorssing $2.6 million from 1,288 screens. The Percy Jackson sequel presented an improvement over the original's $1.6 million debut in 2010.
Mexico is a friendly market for family films and animated releases have fared well throughout the summer. The Smurfs 2 scored a $1.9 million hold from its second weekend in a market-leading 1,533 screens. The Smurfs sequel has grossed a total of $8.3 million in Mexico. Turbo might be struggling worldwide, but it has already earned a respectable $9.7 million in Mexico. Despicable Me 2 continues to be a success story in Mexico after reaching a $46.6 million cume in its fifth weekend.
Pain and Gain underwhelmed in its debut, opening in sixth place after grossing slightly over $500k across 294 screens. The Big Wedding also saw a limited debut in Mexico but walked away with a competitive $2,158 average across 203 locations.
Top 10 Films in Mexico. August 9-11, 2013.
Anime auteur Hayao Mizayaki's The Wind Rises continues to be a top earner in Japan. The anime film held on for a fantastic $5.3 million hold in its fourth frame, a 6% drop from the previous weekend. The Wind Rises has now grossed an astounding $56.9 million.
Mizayaki's film overshadowed the Japanese premiere of World War Z. The Brad Pitt zombie flick opened to $3.4 million across 644 screens. World War Z performed better than Pacific Rim in its opening frame. The Guillermo del Toro popcorn flick opened in the market to an underwhelming $3.1 million.
Disney's The Lone Ranger fell to the bottom half of the table in its second weekend, posting a $1.9 million gross to take its total to $9.6 million. Disney has had more success in Japan with Monsters University. Japan is the top overseas market for the Pixar prequel, where it has already grossed a very strong $67.9 million.
Top 10 Films in Japan. August 9-11, 2013.