Los Angeles, CA -- IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX; TSX:IMX) and Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) today announced that The Hunger Games will be released in the immersive IMAX format on Friday, March 23, simultaneous with the film's North American wide release. The film will open in 270 IMAX theatres domestically and 19 IMAX theatres in the UK and France.
"The countdown has begun and The Hunger Games fans have spoken. With two weeks to go, we have seen substantial midnight sellouts in IMAX theatres across the country leading exhibitors to begin offering 3 a.m. shows to meet demand," said Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment. "Given the phenomenon this film has become, we believe the one-week limited IMAX engagement is a perfect way to fully experience the incredible world created by Suzanne Collins and brought to life by the talented cast, Gary Ross and Lionsgate team."
The Hunger Games: The IMAX Experience is the first installment of the trilogy based on Suzanne Collins' bestselling novels and stars Academy-Award® nominated actress Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth. The film is directed by Gary Ross, and produced by Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik.
The IMAX release of The Hunger Games 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.
SINGAPORE/MUMBAI - Senator Chris Dodd, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), delivered the keynote address at India's 2012 FICCI FRAMES today, speaking to an audience of Indian government officials, film and entertainment industry leaders and key media at the Renaissance Mumbai Convention Center Hotel in Mumbai, India.
Dodd's visit to India came after stops in Beijing and Hong Kong to meet with U.S. and Chinese government officials and representatives of the film industry to discuss market access and other issues in the wake of a major new agreement between the United States and China which will increase the number of major U.S. films distributed in that country and provide improved revenue sharing.
In his speech in Mumbai, Dodd called for greater partnerships and alliances between the U.S. and Indian film industries and expressed his delight at the synergies being created between both communities.
"I am honored to be here to celebrate with all of you something else that unites our two countries: movies. Like America, India is a nation where movies matter. And as in America, movies matter not only to the richness of your culture but to the vibrancy of your economy and the prosperity of the Indian middle class," Dodd said.
Dodd commended India for the rapid evolution of its cinema industry, Senator Dodd added "Two years ago the Indian film industry was a US$3.2 billion industry. Two years from now, in 2014, it is estimated to exceed US$5 billion, which is incredible. The industry contributes an estimated US$645 million to the Indian economy each year and supports an estimated 1.8 million jobs. As the trade body for the Hollywood entertainment industry, MPAA could not be more delighted."
Dodd also drew attention to the threat of content theft to the industry. "Content theft threatens the health of our industry and the prospects for its future success. According to a report by Ernst & Young, movie theft costs the Indian film industry nearly a billion dollars each year and threatens more than half million Indian jobs. I bring this up not to cast a shadow on your success but rather to invite you to join us in common purpose. Content theft is a global problem and we must have a global commitment to solving it."
While there is a broad consensus that the community must act to stop the theft of intellectual property, adequate initiations too need to be in place. LA India Film Council is one such step. He said "This is an important opportunity for the Indian government to move forward with strong protections against online theft. We encourage the Indian film industry to reject as we have, the false argument that you cannot be pro-technology and pro-copyright at the same time and we applaud India's aggressive plans for broadband and cable TV digitization."
Dodd concluded by acknowledging his love for the world of cinema. "Technology evolves. Economies change. But at the heart of what we do, is the timeless tradition of film. And that is why I am so proud to be a part of this industry and so pleased to share this occasion with you."
Senator Dodd's remarks as prepared for delivery can be found here.
WASHINGTON D.C. -- Jack Ledwith, Senior Vice President of International Distribution for Universal Pictures, will receive the "2012 CinemaCon Passepartout Award" at CinemaCon's International Day Luncheon, it was announced today by the convention's managing director, Mitch Neuhauser. The "CinemaCon Passepartout Award" is presented annually to an industry executive whose dedication and commitment to the international marketplace is unparalleled. CinemaCon, the official convention of The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), the largest and most important gathering of cinema owners and operators from around the world, will be held April 23 - 26, 2012 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The International Day Luncheon will take place on Monday, April 23, 2012, where more than 800 industry executives from the international market are expected to be on hand.
"Jack Ledwith is one of the most outstanding, dedicated and respected executives working in the industry today," said Neuhauser. "Throughout his long and illustrious career, he has made significant contributions to furthering the advancement of the international marketplace, and because of his many accomplishments, it is our great pleasure to bestow him with the 2012 CinemaCon Passepartout Award."
Ledwith is currently the Senior Vice President of International Distribution for Universal Pictures, a position he has held since 2007. In this role, he oversees all aspects of international distribution for the studio's feature film slate including the assessment of release dates and box office results, as well as managing the Los Angeles international office. He joined Universal in 1996 as Director of International Planning and Analysis, and during Ledwith's tenure at Universal, the studio had its three highest grossing years at the international box office. He has worked on several international blockbusters including: "Jurassic Park," "Mamma Mia!," "Inglourious Basterds" and the "Bourne," "American Pie" and "Fast and Furious" franchises. Before coming to Universal, Ledwith worked in domestic distribution at Avco Embassy Pictures in New York City. He started working in international distribution at DeLaurentiis Entertainment Group in 1988 and moved over to Carolco Pictures from 1990 to 1996. He is currently on the steering committee of Universal's Content Protection Team, and he is also an active member of the NBC Universal Mentoring Program.
Disney's John Carter made up for a relatively weak $30.6 million debut at home by bringing in $70.6 million abroad from 55 territories representing 80% of the market.
Other international grosses:
This Means War: $9.4 million from 3,662 locations in 52 markets. International cume = $57.5 million.
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island: $9.2 million from 53 markets. International cume = $200 million.
Safe House: $6.1 million from 3,500 locations in 50 markets. International cume = $61.6 million.
Hugo: $5.5 million from 2,086 locations in 33 territories. International cume = $62.2 million.
War Horse: $5.2 million from 52 territories. International cume = $88.5 million.
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows: $4.3 million from 28 markets. International cume = $335.6 million.
The Devil Inside: $3.6 million from 1,909 locations in 46 markets. International cume = $30 million.
Chronicle: $3.4 million from 1,984 locations in 26 markets. International cume = $50 million.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: $3.1 million from 495 screens in the UK. International cume = $17.3 million.
Project X: $3 million from 860 locations in 13 countries. International cume = $7.3 million.
The Descendants: $1.8 million from 1,699 locations in 44 markets. International cume = $86.7 million.
WASHINGTON, DC -- On Thursday, March 15th, the Motion Picture Association of America will host a screening for DC-area principals and educators of Bully, a new documentary chronicling the stories of kids in classrooms across the country who are dealing with aggressive and relentless bullying by their fellow students. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion focused on the challenges educators face in dealing with bullying in the classroom and how best to ensure that kids feel safe and protected when they come to school.
Bully has been screened and honored at dozens of film festivals around the world, including the Tribeca Film Festival, Zurich Film Festival and Screen Singapore, to name just a few. Bully will open in theaters in New York and Los Angeles on March 30, and in Washington DC and other cities on April 13.
Participating in the panel discussion will be MPAA Chairman Senator Chris Dodd, Bully distributor Harvey Weinstein, Bully director Lee Hirsch, DC Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson and Dr. Joseph Wright, Senior Vice President and head of the Child Health Advocacy Institute at Children's National Medical Center in Washington. The panel will discuss the issues raised in the film and the importance of a national conversation among students, parents and educators about bullying in America's schools. The panel will facilitate a discussion with the audience of principals, teachers and administrators to hear about their experiences and how they have handled bullying in their own schools.
NOTE: Due to extremely limited seating, the screening and panel discussion are by invitation only. Press access is also by invitation only.