GLOBAL: ‘Catching Fire’ Reigns in IMAX with $18M Haul

on November 25, 2013

cf1.pngThe Hunger Games: Catching Fire finished the weekend with an impressive $307.7 million from 65 territories around the world. IMAX is accounting for a healthy $18 million contribution to that figure, with $5.4 million of that tally coming from overseas.

The full press release from the film's record-setting November weekend is pasted below:

IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX; TSX:IMX) and Lionsgate (NYSE:LGF) announced today that The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the second film in the blockbuster Hunger Games franchise, has grossed approximately $18 million in IMAX theatres worldwide and $12.6 million in 347 IMAX® theatres in North America since its release Friday, Nov. 22, resulting in a domestic per-screen average of approximately $36,300. That is the best three-day domestic opening for November in IMAX history, topping the previous record set by Sony's Skyfall in November 2012.

For the weekend, eight of the top 10 domestic runs for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire were IMAX engagements.

Internationally, the film delivered a robust $5.4 million in multiple IMAX territories, including standout performances in the Netherlands ($73,000 per-screen average), Australia ($63,000) and the United Kingdom ($51,000). Overall, the film has grossed an estimated $307.7 million through Sunday for Lionsgate worldwide and an estimated $161.125 million in its opening weekend domestically.

The film led the entire IMAX network to its second best overall weekend ever with total worldwide grosses for IMAX reaching $25.7 million.

"We're excited that fans are seeking out the IMAX format in record numbers as the ideal way to experience The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," said Greg Foster, CEO of IMAX Entertainment and Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. "I want to congratulate and thank our partners - producers Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik, director Francis Lawrence, and Lionsgate - who realized the full potential of IMAX by using our capture technology in the arena sequences and proved once again that the Hunger Games series is a world-class franchise. Given the film's ‘A' Cinemascore and the use of IMAX differentiation, not to mention the Thanksgiving holiday in front of us, we're optimistic about the film's long-term prospects."

Helping to further eventize this cultural phenomenon and transport moviegoers into the world of Panem, director Francis Lawrence used IMAX's extremely high-resolution cameras to film portions of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Exclusively in IMAX® theatres, when Katniss enters the arena the image will expand to fill the IMAX screen for the entire arena sequence with unprecedented crispness and clarity, putting moviegoers right into the action alongside Katniss and her fellow Tributes.

Tags: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Comments
  • kevin4fr29 said on November 25, 2013 09:45 PM

    I love IMAX but given that this movie had sequences shot with IMAX cameras, I would have expected the percentage of IMAX revenues to be a bit higher. If my calculations are right the percentage of IMAX revenues is roughly equal to the percentage of theatres that presented it in IMAX. In otherwords, it was the movie itself that boosted IMAX revenues to a new November opening record. Anything short of that would have been a disappointment for IMAX. Having said this, perhaps many IMAX fans (myself included) are just waiting a couple of week to go see it in IMAX so they can get a better seat. So in the end the relative IMAX percentage may tick higher.

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