LOS ANGELES, April 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX) today announced that The Jungle Book, a film from The Walt Disney Studios, a division of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS), opened with $20 million on 901 IMAX® 3D screens globally – marking the best-ever IMAX opening of a PG-rated title . To date the film's IMAX cume has reached $21.1 million, which incorporates select international openings the previous weekend.
Domestically, The Jungle Book earned $10.3 million on 376 IMAX screens. IMAX represented seven of the film's top 10 North America engagements.
International IMAX weekend results for the film reached a new April record of $9.7 million on 525 IMAX screens, including China, where IMAX contributed an estimated $5 million on 279 screens. Other markets that saw notable results include: Kuwait, Netherlands, Sweden and the United Arabs Emirates.
"IMAX fans around the world have spoken and The Jungle Book is a bona fide, crowd-pleasing hit across all age groups," said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment. "Our hats are off to Jon Favreau and the entire team at Disney for creating a remarkable IMAX 3D experience that works on every level. With an "A" Cinemascore, excellent word-of-mouth and stunning visual imagery that truly lends itself to The IMAX Experience, we look forward to the film's continued global success over the coming weeks."
The IMAX® 3D release of The Jungle Book was shown in its digitally re-mastered format, which includes 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.
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About The Jungle Book:
Directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man), based on Rudyard Kipling's timeless stories and inspired by Disney's classic animated film, The Jungle Book is an all-new live-action epic adventure about Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi), a man-cub who's been raised by a family of wolves. But Mowgli finds he is no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger Shere Khan (voice of Idris Elba), who bears the scars of Man, promises to eliminate what he sees as a threat. Urged to abandon the only home he's ever known, Mowgli embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery, guided by panther-turned-stern mentor Bagheera (voice of Ben Kingsley), and the free-spirited bear Baloo (voice of Bill Murray). Along the way, Mowgli encounters jungle creatures who don't exactly have his best interests at heart, including Kaa (voice of Scarlett Johansson), a python whose seductive voice and gaze hypnotizes the man-cub, and the smooth-talking King Louie (voice of Christopher Walken), who tries to coerce Mowgli into giving up the secret to the elusive and deadly red flower: fire. The all-star cast also includes Lupita Nyong'o as the voice of the fiercely protective mother wolf Raksha, and Giancarlo Esposito as the voice of wolf pack's alpha male Akela.
The Jungle Book seamlessly blends live-action with photorealistic CGI animals and environments, using up-to-the-minute technology and storytelling techniques to immerse audiences in an enchanting and lush world.
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