Los Angeles, CA -- IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX; TSX:IMX) and Warner Bros. Pictures today announced that The Dark Knight Rises generated strong second weekend global box office results of approximately $15 million in 479 IMAX® theatres worldwide over the weekend of July 29, bringing the film's global IMAX cumulative box office to date to approximately $52 million.
Domestically, the film grossed an estimated $62 million, of which approximately $9 million was generated in 332 IMAX® theatres. Internationally, the film earned approximately $6.4 million in 147 IMAX theatres, bringing IMAX's international total to $14.2 million.
"We've crossed the $50 million mark in the fastest time ever with The Dark Knight Rises, lifted, in part, by exceptional international box office," said IMAX CEO Richard L. Gelfond. "Audiences are clearly seeking out and embracing the film the way it was meant to be seen - in IMAX. We are pleased by the second-weekend results and believe the film will continue to have the legs we anticipated."
"This was an outstanding second weekend," said Greg Foster, IMAX Chairman and President of Filmed Entertainment. "We are extremely gratified Warner Brothers and Christopher Nolan chose to partner with us again and are equally pleased fans around the world are recognizing IMAX is the optimal way to experience the epic final film of the Dark Knight trilogy."
While making the 2008 blockbuster The Dark Knight, Christopher Nolan was the first filmmaker to use IMAX® cameras in a major motion picture release. Nolan employed the extremely high-resolution cameras even more extensively on The Dark Knight Rises: The IMAX Experience® -including the film's prologue - incorporating a record of more than an hour of footage filmed with IMAX cameras. These specific sequences, which will expand to fill the entire screen exclusively in IMAX, will deliver unprecedented crispness and clarity and a truly immersive experience for moviegoers.
Sequences filmed in 35mm have 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.
Centennial, Colo. -- NCM® Fathom Events, the alternative entertainment division of National CineMedia (NASDAQ: NCMI) and world leader in unique movie theater programming, has entered into an agreement with Amazon.com, Inc. to distribute specially selected in-theater events both on DVD through the CreateSpace on Demand platform and digitally via Amazon Instant Video, announced Shelly Maxwell, executive vice president of Fathom Events.
"Over the last decade, Fathom Events and the exhibition community have experienced great success bringing alternative entertainment events to movie theaters nationwide. This agreement with Amazon allows fans to experience select events again from their own living room or available connected device," said Maxwell. "Fathom Events has always been an innovator in this space and this strategic alliance is just another way for us to expand our deals, benefiting both theater owners and their audiences."
The first event to be released is "Dr. Harvey Karp, LIVE: A Conversation About Babies, Toddlers and Sleep," featuring America's favorite pediatrician, Dr. Harvey Karp. Fathom Events brought Dr. Karp's groundbreaking parenting solutions to the big screen on June 21 in "Parent's Night Out with The Happiest Baby & Happiest Toddler, starring Dr. Harvey Karp." The event is available now on DVD ($19.99) and digitally ($11.99) on Amazon.com.
Fathom Events is a leader in the alternative entertainment industry, offering a variety of one-of-a-kind entertainment events in movie theaters nationwide since 2002 including live, high-definition performances of the Metropolitan Opera, sports, music, Broadway and many other unique entertainment presentations.
Sony reports that The Amazing Spider-Man took in $12.2 million internationally over the weekend, pushing its overseas total to $412.7 million. The worldwide total is $654.8 million.