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OSCAR® WINNER MERYL STREEP TO NARRATE NEW IMAX® 3D ADVENTURE DOCUMENTARY 'TO THE ARCTIC' on January 23, 2012

Los Angeles, CA -- IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX; TSX: IMX), MacGillivray Freeman Films, and Warner Bros. Pictures today announced that two-time Academy Award® winner Meryl Streep will narrate To The Arctic 3D. The film will be released exclusively to select IMAX® theatres starting April 20, 2012.

To The Arctic 3D, from two-time Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Greg MacGillivray (The Living Sea, Dolphins), is the first co-production from Warner Bros. Pictures, MacGillivray Freeman Films and IMAX Corporation, following the companies' strategic alliance announced late last year.

An extraordinary journey to the top of the world, To The Arctic 3D is the ultimate tale of survival. The film takes audiences on a never-before-experienced journey into the lives of a mother polar bear and her two seven-month- old cubs as they navigate the changing Arctic wilderness they call home. Captivating, adventurous, and intimate footage brings moviegoers up close and personal with this family's struggle to survive in a frigid environment of melting ice, immense glaciers, spectacular waterfalls, and majestic snow-bound peaks.

"To The Arctic was filmed entirely in 15/70mm with spectacular shots designed to take full advantage of the IMAX 3D format, and the story and setting will be made even more powerful by Meryl Streep's unmatched artistry," said Greg MacGillivray, President, MacGillivray Freeman Films and director of To The Arctic. "This is MacGillivray Freeman's third collaboration with Meryl, and we are delighted to pair her prodigious talents with this emotional story of family and hope."

Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution for Warner Bros. Pictures, stated, "Together with IMAX, we have transported audiences from the reaches of space to the depths of the ocean and, most recently, into the untamed jungle. We are thrilled to partner with IMAX and MacGillivray Freeman Films to tell an important story about a vanishing landscape and the animals that count on it for their survival."

"The most enduring relationship is that between a mother and child, which is powerfully portrayed through the polar bear family in To The Arctic," added Greg Foster, Chairman and President, IMAX Filmed Entertainment. "Greg MacGillivray's engaging storytelling combined with the strength of the Warner Bros. and IMAX partnership will deliver for audiences an inspiring glimpse into how the ties between family prevail above all else."

Meryl Streep most recently earned a Golden Globe Award for her leading role as Margaret Thatcher in Phyllida Lloyd's new film "The Iron Lady." Her numerous honors include an astonishing 16 Academy Award® nominations, including her two Oscar® wins for her work in "Sophie's Choice" and "Kramer vs. Kramer," as well as 26 Golden Globe nominations, with additional wins for her performances in "Julie & Julia," "The Devil Wears Prada," "Angels in America," "Adaptation," "Sophie's Choice," "The French Lieutenant's Woman," and "Kramer vs. Kramer." Streep's many other additional credits include the recent award-winning films "Mamma Mia," "Doubt," and "The Hours." She next stars in the comedy "Great Home Springs," to be released by later this year.

 

'THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 1' BREAKS $700 MILLION MARK AT WORLDWIDE BOX OFFICE on January 22, 2012

Santa Monica, CA -- Summit Entertainment, a LIONSGATE® company, announced today that the fourth installment in the blockbuster TWILIGHT SAGA franchise - THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN - PART 1 has grossed an estimated $701.3 million in global box office receipts since the film's release on November 18, 2011. THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN - PART 1 is on its way to becoming the highest grossing film in the series to date looking to surpass the worldwide box office gross of THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON which tallied $709.8 million. The two other two films in the franchise THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE and TWILIGHT have each grossed $698.5 million and $390.4 respectively and the franchise continues to break records. Upcoming releases of THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN - PART 1 internationally include Japan and China.

Not only has the TWILIGHT SAGA's global fan base supported the films during their theatrical release, but audiences worldwide have continued to support this cultural phenomenon both on and off the screen. THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN - PART 1 will be available on Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD on February 11, 2012.

Lionsgate's Motion Picture Group Co-Chairmen Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger stated: "The milestone is important on several fronts and illustrates the vitality of the franchise on a global scale even after four films. Stephenie Meyer's story and characters were brought to the screen this time via the talented hands of Bill Condon along with the cast and crew that has been with the film franchise since its inception. We are very proud of the success the franchise has experienced and anticipate the saga's conclusion this November."

The next chapter in THE TWILIGHT SAGA, THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN - PART 2 will arrive in theatres on November 16, 2012. Academy Award® winner Bill Condon directed both the first and second part of the two-part finale starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner. The project, based on the fourth novel in author Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series, was written by Melissa Rosenberg with Wyck Godfrey, Karen Rosenfelt and Stephenie Meyer producing.

 

International Box Office: ‘Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows' makes it three weeks at No. 1 on January 22, 2012

By Sterling Wong 

sherlock-holmes-a-game-of-shadows.pngWarner Bros.’ Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows made it three weeks at No. 1 internationally, earning $18.1M this week, which was a respectable 39% drop without any new markets opening. The Guy Ritchie-directed film has now grossed $261M overseas, which is 33% ahead of the 2009 original at the same point of release. The next major opening for the film is France on Jan. 25.

David Fincher’s interpretation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo brought home $15.7M internationally, which represented a 5% drop from last week. The Sony production has an overseas total of $70.1M now. 

Marking Kate Beckinsale’s return to the franchise, Underworld: Awakening started its international campaign with an estimated $13.4M from 2,344 screens in 36 markets. According to Sony, the movie scored the biggest opening of the franchise in 19 of the 20 tracked markets and was the No. 1 film in 12 of the 20 overseas markets.

Falling to No. 4 this week is Tom Cruise's Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol. The Paramount film drew $9.4M from 4,687 screens in 58 markets, bringing its total overseas to $336.7M. The action flick will open this week in China and Scandinavia.

Fox’s Alvin & the Chipmunk: Chipwrecked dropped a modest 39% to gross $9.3M from 5,500 screens in 47 markets, bringing its international total to $170 million.

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island opened abroad this weekend to a solid $8.2 million from 1,082 screens in six countries.

With no new markets opening this week, Disney’s War Horse dropped 14% to gross $7.3M. Now in 12 markets representing 29% of the market, the Steven Spielberg-directed film has now cumed $28.8M internationally.

After winning Best Picture and Best Actor at the Golden Globes, Fox Searchlight’s The Descendants took in $6.2M from 637 screens in 8 markets. The Alexander Payne-directed film has now grossed $9.9M internationally. 

The vampire v. werewolves flick debuted atop the Russian box office with $5.4M on 684 screens, which was 7.2 times the opening of Underworld: Evolution. Other No. 1 openings included Malaysia ($900K), India ($895K), the Philippines ($820K), Colombia ($515K) and the UAE ($480K).

In France, the film opened at No. 1 with a strong $3.2M on 514 screens, which was 9% higher than the Swedish original. The first of the Lisbeth Salander saga also scored No. 1 openings in Holland (720K on 114 screens), Belgium (465K on 50 screens) and Mexico ($1.2M on 501 screens).

Now in 50 markets, Fox’s The Darkest Hour grossed $5.1M from 3,200 screens in 50 markets, lifting its overseas cume to $37.2M. The horror flick opened in four new markets this week, including weak openings in Australia and Italy. 

Expanding to nine new markets, another Fox release, We Bought a Zoo, earned $2.3M from 1,046 screens. The film opened at No. 1 in Peru and Panama, and also posted strong results in South Korea, Colombia and Chile. With most top markets yet to open, the family film’s overseas cume is now $19.5M. 

Universal’s Tower Heist held firm at $1M at 413 dates in 15 markets for a total of $64.8M. The Ben Stiller-fronted movie opened this week in Argentina at No. 4 with $322K at 50 locales. It has five markets still to open, including Panama on Jan. 27.
 

 

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