Los Angeles, CA -- IMAX Corporation (NASDAQ: IMAX; TSX: IMX) and The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) announced today the strong performance of the IMAX release of Walt Disney Pictures' TRON: Legacy, a 3D high-tech adventure, which opened number one at the box office this weekend. Domestically, TRON: Legacy generated a total of $44 million in box office, of which $10.45 million was generated in 234 IMAX® theatres. Internationally, the film grossed a total of $23 million, of which approximately $2.2 million was generated in 54 IMAX theatres. The film's overall box office in all theatres and formats around the world was $67 million, of which approximately $12.7 million was generated in IMAX.
An additional 70 international IMAX playdates will open in the weeks ahead, in markets that include China and several Western European markets such as France, Germany and Austria.
"The unique use of IMAX's format has created a special motion picture event that moviegoers are clearly responding well to," said Chuck Viane, president of global distribution for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. "We're looking forward to offering TRON fans this special IMAX release through the holidays and into the new year."
"TRON's strong start in IMAX both domestically and overseas is a reflection of the increasing size and drawing-power of our global theatre network and the unique film going experience we provide consumers," said Richard L. Gelfond, CEO, IMAX Corporation. "The combination of continued consumer demand for IMAX and the significant box office revenue generated in our theatres benefits our studios and exhibitor partners. This is providing us with a platform for further worldwide network expansion."
"Nobody is better at getting behind a franchise than The Disney Company. They, along with director Joe Kosinski, have taken TRON: Legacy and capitalized on the draw that the IMAX brand has amongst our core fan base, and the results from our global network of theatres are groundbreaking," said Greg Foster, Chairman and President, IMAX Filmed Entertainment. "The combination of TRON: Legacy and IMAX is a powerful one-two punch that is clearly resonating with audiences. We are pleased to be a part of this event film, and look forward to its successful run in IMAX over the holiday season and into January."