LOS ANGELES, April 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX; TSX: IMX), alongside Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment, which are both divisions of Comcast Corp. (NASDAQ: CMCSA), today announced thatDespicable Me 2, the highly anticipated 3D-CG feature follow-up to the 2010 hit, will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX® 3D format and released in select IMAX® theatres internationally beginning on June 20.
Universal and Illumination's worldwide blockbuster Despicable Me entertained audiences around the globe, grossing more than $543 million and becoming the 10th highest-grossing animated motion picture in U.S. history. In summer 2013, get ready for more Minion madness in Despicable Me 2.
Chris Meledandri and his acclaimed filmmaking team create an all-new comedy adventure featuring the return of (former?) super-villain Gru (Steve Carell), his adorable girls, the unpredictably hilarious Minions...and a host of new and outrageously funny characters.
"After the successful release of Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, we're looking forward to partnering again with Chris Meledandri, his talented team and our friends at Universal to offer international IMAX fans an opportunity to experience this highly-anticipated follow up to Despicable Me in immersive IMAX 3D," said Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Entertainment.
"Despicable Me 2 in IMAX 3D marks the latest release in what has grown to become an astonishingly successful partnership with IMAX," said Duncan Clark, President of Distribution, Universal Pictures International. "We look forward to bringing international audiences a new, fully-immersive adventure as we share this memorable moviegoing experience alongside them."
The IMAX release of Despicable Me 2 will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX 3D 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.
You can learn more about Despicable Me 2 by visiting the film's official site atwww.despicable.me
About IMAX Corporation
IMAX, an innovator in entertainment technology, combines proprietary software, architecture and equipment to create experiences that take you beyond the edge of your seat to a world you've never imagined. Top filmmakers and studios are utilizing IMAX theatres to connect with audiences in extraordinary ways, and, as such, IMAX's network is among the most important and successful theatrical distribution platforms for major event films around the globe.
IMAX is headquartered in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, with offices inLondon, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. As of Dec. 31, 2012, there were 731 IMAX theatres (598 commercial multiplexes, 19 commercial destinations and 114 institutions) in 53 countries.
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