Los Angeles, CA -- IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX; TSX:IMX), Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment, LLC announced today that the epic Super Hero adventure Thor will be released in the immersive IMAX® 3D format domestically this Friday, May 6. The film will open on 214 IMAX screens, simultaneous with its North American wide release. Thor has grossed more than $2.3 million since its international debut on 70 IMAX screens last week.

Thor: An IMAX 3D Experience has been digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology for presentation in IMAX 3D. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX's customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique immersive environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

 

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NEW YORK -- Focus Features has acquired worldwide distribution rights to Moonrise Kingdom, the new feature from two-time Academy Award nominee Wes Anderson. Indian Paintbrush is presenting the American Empirical Pictures production, which Mr. Anderson is directing from an original screenplay that he wrote with Roman Coppola. Filming has begun, and Focus Features International (FFI) will commence international sales on the title at this month's Cannes International Film Festival. Focus CEO James Schamus made the announcement today.

Moonrise Kingdom is being produced by Mr. Anderson, Scott Rudin, Indian Paintbrush's Steven Rales, and American Empirical's Jeremy Dawson. Previously, Indian Paintbrush executive-produced and co-financed Mr. Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox and The Darjeeling Limited, both also produced by Mr. Rudin.

Set on an island off the coast of New England in the 1960s, Moonrise Kingdom follows a young boy and girl falling in love. When they are moved to run away together, various factions of the town mobilize to search for them and the town is turned upside down - which might not be such a bad thing. Bruce Willis plays the town sheriff; two-time Academy Award nominee Edward Norton is cast as a camp leader; Academy Award nominee Bill Murray and Academy Award winner Frances McDormand portray the young girl's parents; the cast also includes Academy Award winner Tilda Swinton and Jason Schwartzman. The young boy and girl are played by Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward.

Mr. Schamus commented, "One of the world's most distinctive filmmakers, Wes crafts witty and emotionally affecting pictures. The stellar cast will bring his and Roman's fanciful script to life, and audiences will enjoy their trip back in time to this Kingdom. Everyone at Focus is pleased to be working with Wes and partnering with Indian Paintbrush."

Indian Paintbrush, a film development/production/finance company, is in pre-production on the romantic comedy Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, written and to be directed by Lorene Scafaria with Steve Carell and Keira Knightley starring. Currently in production is the Untitled David Chase Project with James Gandolfini, Brad Garrett, Bella Heathcote, and Jack Huston starring for the writer/director. Indian Paintbrush is in post-production on Jeff Who Lives At Home, written and directed by Jay and Mark Duplass, starring Jason Segel, Susan Sarandon, Ed Helms, and Judy Greer, which will be released by Paramount Pictures. Recently, Indian Paintbrush and Paramount acquired Drake Doremus' Like Crazy, which took home the Grand Jury Prize for Drama as well as a Special Grand Jury Prize for star Felicity Jones at the Sundance Film Festival; the love story also stars Anton Yelchin and Academy Award nominee Jennifer Lawrence.

Focus Features and Focus Features International (www.focusfeatures.com) comprise a singular global company. This worldwide studio makes original and daring films that challenge the mainstream to embrace and enjoy voices and visions from around the world that deliver global commercial success. The company operates as Focus Features in North America, and as Focus Features International (FFI) in the rest of the world.

In addition to Moonrise Kingdom, current and upcoming Focus releases include Cary Joji Fukunaga's acclaimed romantic drama Jane Eyre, starring Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender; Joe Wright's sleeper hit thriller Hanna, starring Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana, and Cate Blanchett; Mike Mills' comedy/drama Beginners, starring Ewan McGregor and Academy Award nominee Christopher Plummer; John Madden's espionage thriller The Debt, starring Helen Mirren, Sam Worthington, and Jessica Chastain; writer/director Dee Rees' contemporary drama Pariah, which world-premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival; the untitled father/son drama from writer/director Paul Weitz starring two-time Academy Award winner Robert De Niro and Paul Dano; and Lone Scherfig's romance One Day, based on the bestselling novel, starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess.

Focus Features and Focus Features International are part of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. Comcast Corporation owns a controlling 51% interest in NBCUniversal, with GE holding a 49% stake.

 

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Source: Variety

Barry Levinson will sit in the director's chair on Gotti, a mob biopic about the famous New York gangster that Nick Cassavetes was previously set to helm.

John Travolta, Joe Pesci and Lindsay Lohan have all signed on to star in the project. Production is slated to begin in the fall for a late 2012 release.

Levinson is no stranger to the mob world. In 1991 he directed Warren Beatty, Annette Bening and Ben Kingsley in Bugsy, which was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar.

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Saturday Update: Paramount is reporting that Thor is up to $40 million internationally. Here are the highlights:

- In the UK, despite Royal Wedding fever and glorious weather, the film shot to the top of the box office charts grossing $1.75 million for the day which was 5% up on Xmen Wolverine and 200% up on Prince of Persia. The three day total plus previews is now $5 million.
- In Germany the days gross was $1.45 million which was 60% up on Iron Man 1, 70% up on Xmen Wolverine and 50% up on Prince of Persia. The 2 day total is $3 million.
- Spain opened for business yesterday in great style with a gross of $1.2 million which was 45% up on Iron Man 1 and 55% up on Prince of Persia
- Italy grossed US$850k for the day which with previews added takes the cume there to US$2.1 million. The opening is equivalent to Iron Man 1 and 69% ahead of Prince of Persia
- Norway opened very strongly despite very sunny weather and grossed $175k for a cume with previews of $380k. The opening day is 55% up on Iron Man 1, 40% up on Prince of Persia and 13% up on Xmen Wolverine.
- The Philippines loves its heros and the opening day gross there of $375k was 11% up on Iron Man 1, 27% up on Xmen Wolverine and 34% up on Prince of Persia
- In Taiwan the opening day gross was a very strong $500k which was 15% up on Iron Man 1, 190% up on Xmen Wolverine and 210% up on Prince of Persia
- Brazil opened at the top of the charts with an excellent gross of US$1.1 million which was 59% up on Iron Man 1 and 9% up on Prince of Persia.
- Mexico also had a great opening day with US$1.85 million which was 5% up on Iron Man 1, 45% up on Xmen Wolverine and 85% up on Prince of Persia.

56 markets are now in release on the film with Finland (May 06), China (May 08) and Japan (July 02) still to come.

 

Friday Update: Paramount is reporting that Thor has already raked in $23 million internationally. The action flick opens in an additional 20+ markets today, giving it a total of 56. Here are some highlights according to Paramount:

- In France, opening on Wednesday, the film grossed $1.55 million for its opening day which was on par with Iron Man and X-Men Origins: Wolverine and is 50% up on Prince of Persia. The 2 day total in France is estimated at $2.85 million.
- In Germany, opening on Thursday, the film grossed $1.2 million which is 33% up on Iron Man, 115% up on Wolvering and 130% up on Prince of Persia. With Wednesday previews added in the total in Germany is now $1.5 million.
- In the UK the two day total plus previews from Monday is $3.9 million which is 50% up on Wolverine's 2 day total and 200% up on Prince of Persia
- In Russia the film opened very strongly to $1 million which with previews takes the total there to $1.4 million which is 20% up on Iron Man.
- In Argentina the one day gross is $110k which is 68% up on Iron Man, 100% up on Wolverine and 50% up on Prince of Persia.
- In Korea the film opened Thursday to $725k which is 66% up on Wolverine and 25% up on Prince of Persia
- In Malaysia the $260k opening day represented the biggest ever Marvel non-holiday opening day gross
- In Hong Kong $200k was recorded on the opening day which was 6% ahead of Iron Man 1, 32% ahead of Wolverine and 74% up on Prince of Persia
- After one week in Australia the total box office exceeds US$9.7 million which is 29% up on Iron Man

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