Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Report: Disney Books Almost All IMAX Screens Worldwide for 'The Force Awakens' Release

By: Dominic Jones

Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens is going to own IMAX screens.  And that's not an exaggeration.  The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Disney has booked almost every IMAX screen worldwide, including 375-400 screens in North America and 400+ screens overseas, to show The Force Awakens for the first four weeks of its theatrical run.  According to THR,

"Imax reserving all of its screens for a single movie for a month is not unprecedented, but it is unusual. The company had a similar deal for the three Hobbit movies, but it struck that pact four years ago and hasn't made that type of commitment since.

In June, Imax broke its own opening-weekend record when Jurassic World leapfrogged over Iron Man 3's $28.8 million to grab $44.2 million worldwide — $21 million from 363 domestic screens and $23.2 million from 443 screens abroad."

In addition to be released in IMAX, The Force Awakens does feature one sequence shot using IMAX cameras.  Director JJ Abrams is a fan of the format and had previously used IMAX cameras on Star Trek Into Darkness.  The sequence in question will include the shot of the Millennium Falcon flying over the desert plains of Jakku from the first teaser (a still from that sequence was released in IMAX aspect ratio back in November).  Eagle eyed viewers of the San Diego Comic Con reel will have also noticed that IMAX cameras can be seen in the Falcon's cockpit when Daisy Ridley is at the helm, so it seems safe to assume that Rey will be piloting the Falcon in this sequence.

Do you plan on seeing The Force Awakens in IMAX?  Let us know in the comments!

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