Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire: The IMAX Experience has grossed more than $16mworldwide on 89 screens, breaking the previous $15.9m giant-format record for adigitally-remastered (DMR) 2D release set by Batman Begins: The IMAX Experience last year.
The titles are two of three IMAX releases that grossed more than $200m onconventional release in North America. The third was Charlie And The Chocolate Factory. All three were released through Warner Bros.
The fourth Potter film has now brokenevery record for an IMAX Hollywood title on simultaneous release. Debuting at66 IMAX venues in North America, the film scored a three-day opening of $2.93mfor a record per-screen average of $44,000.
The debut also yielded the highest opening-day gross -- $1.06m - as wellas setting single-day records for each of the three days.
In a statement, IMAX co-chairmen and co-chief executive officers RichardGelfond and Brad Wechsler pointed to a steady increase in grosses for the IMAXDMR releases despite overall box office decline over the past year. "Given thestrength of our film slate for 2006, and the growing IMAX theatre network, we believethis new record may be short-lived," they said.
Imax has signed agreements with Warner Bros to release 2D versions of Poseidon and Superman Returns, as well as 3D versions of Ant Bully and Happy Feet, and the underwater documentary Deep Sea 3D.