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Russia's Mori Cinema Buys Five More IMAX Screens

By The Hollywood Reporter: Etan Vlessing à la mars 4, 2014

The deal comes after the Russian exhibitor opened its first giant screen theater.

 

TORONTO -- Russian theater circuit Mori Cinema has acquired another five IMAX screens after opening its first from the Canadian giant screen exhibitor.

Mori, as part of its agreement with IMAX, is to install four of the new theaters in new construction projects in Irkutsk, Murmansk, Archangelsk and Moscow.

One retrofitted theater is to be installed in Togliatti.

The latest deal with Mori brings the Russian exhibitor's stable of IMAX theaters to six.

Read more about IMAX's expansion in Russia on The Hollywood Reporter's website.

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Construction to start on IMAX headquarters in Playa Vista

By The Los Angeles Times: Richard Verrier à la février 26, 2014

IMAX is building a $45-million West Coast headquarters with two screening rooms in Playa Vista. (Gensler / February 26, 2014)

Renowned big-screen cinema purveyor IMAX Corp. is set to break ground Thursday on a new West Coast headquarters that will house two large screening rooms, offices and production facilities for moviemakers.

 

The $45-million complex is being built in the commercial district of Playa Vista, a planned community south of Marina del Rey.

 

IMAX's property will rise at the corner of Westlawn Avenue and Millennium Drive, next to the massive hangar where aerospace mogul Howard Hughes built his infamous wooden transport plane known as the Spruce Goose.

 

Developer Lincoln Property Co. is building the 66,000-square-foot facility that IMAX will own. Lincoln also built more than 800,000 square feet of offices at Playa Vista and is developing the $260-million Runway office, retail and housing project that will serve as Playa Vista's downtown.

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Island of Lemurs: Madagascar Participating Theatres

By IMAX à la février 20, 2014

Lemurs are some of our planet’s most interesting primates – they dance, they sing, and they live solely on the exotic island of Madagascar.

Island of Lemurs: Madagascar opens exclusively in IMAX and IMAX 3D theatres beginning April 4.  View the list below to find a theatre near you!  Make sure to check back as additional theatres will be added.

 

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'Gravity' Passes $100M In IMAX

By Forbes: Scott Mendelson à la février 7, 2014

As the headline states, Gravity has become the third film in history to earn $100 million worldwide in IMAX engagements alone. For the record, the other two films were Avatar and The Dark Knight Rises.  Avatar earned $2.78 billion globally and The Dark Knight Rises earned $1.084 billion worldwide. Comparatively, Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity has earned “just” $695 million worldwide. Thus, the $100m benchmark is especially worthwhile considering the much larger percentage of tickets sold in the large-screen format, in this case about 15% of its total gross.

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‘Monkey King’ Beats ‘Iron Man 3′ Record on IMAX in China

By The Wrap: By Todd Cunningham à la février 4, 2014

Martial arts action film posts a $1.8M first day on its way to a $50M opening on Chinese New Year weekend

IMAX Theaters said Tuesday that it took in a single-day record $1.8 million in China on Friday, powered by the local hit “The Monkey King.”

The martial arts action film’s debut on 140 IMAX screens came on the first day of the Chinese New Year, and topped the $1.5 million mark set by Disney and Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” in 2013. It took in $4.5 million from IMAX sites over its first three days.

It was a huge overall weekend at the Mainland box office, and Chinese films were first and second worldwide.

The 3D “The Monkey King,” starring Chow Yun Fat, Aaron Kwok and Donnie Yen, rolled up more than $51 million over the weekend. It was produced by Filmko Pictures and China Film Group, and directed by Pou-Soi Cheang.

Read more about The Monkey King in IMAX on The Wrap's website.

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