LOS ANGELES -- IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX; TSX:IMX) and Summit Entertainment, a LIONSGATE® (NYSE: LGF) company, today announced that The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX® format and released in the UK through Entertainment One in IMAX® theatres starting November 16, 2012. The film will also screen in the IMAX format in select IMAX theatres in other international markets. The fifth installment of Summit's Twilight Saga film franchise is directed by Bill Condon and stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner.
"IMAX's participation in 2010 on the release of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse was a success, so we're thrilled to continue this productive collaboration," said Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Co-Chairs Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger. "IMAX delivers a unique and memorable experience that is the perfect way to celebrate this special movie-going event."
"The Twilight Saga franchise and its passionate fans deserve an epic send-off," said Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment. "We're excited to present the saga, larger than life, in IMAX."
The IMAX release of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 will be 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.
Ted grossed $14.4 million from 2,736 locations in 43 international territories this weekend, pushing its total abroad to $251 million. With $470 million worldwide, Ted has now passed The Hangover ($467.5 million worldwide) to become the world's highest grossing R-rated comedy of all time.
Ted has yet to open in four international territories: Malaysia (October 18), India (October 26), Venezuela (December 21) and Japan (January).
Monday (10/15) Update: 20th Century Fox is now reporting that Taken 2's cume in China is $9.8 million.
Sunday (10/14) Update: Taken 2 is off to a good start in China. 20th Century Fox reports that the sequel has grossed an estimated $10.8 million there, which makes it the #1 film in the market. Updated numbers will be released on Monday.
China ranks in 5th place among top foreign territories for Taken 2. The UK is #1 with $23.4 million followed by South Korea ($14.8 million), France ($14.5 million) and Australia ($13.7 million).
Taken 2's success in China is not surprising considering that action flicks driven by aging stars have been performing quite well there. The Expendables 2 has raked in $53.1 million in China. Looper's total has to be around $20 million by now since its reported total as of October 7 was $16.7 million.
One more major American action films is scheduled to open in China this month: The Bourne Legacy on October 25.