The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey™ Grosses $15.1 Million in 452 IMAX® Theatres Worldwide in Its Opening Weekend

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey™ Grosses $15.1 Million in 452 IMAX® 
Theatres Worldwide in Its Opening Weekend 
First Installment in Peter Jackson's Latest Trilogy Sets IMAX Records for 
Biggest December Opening 
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 17, 2012 /CNW/ -  IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX; TSX:IMX) 
today announced that Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey grossed 
$15.1 million in 452 IMAX® theatres worldwide, which is an all-time best 
performance for an IMAX film in December. The Warner Bros. Pictures film, a 
production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, grossed $10.1 million 
in 326 domestic IMAX theatres. 
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The film also set an international December IMAX record, generating $5 million 
in 126 international IMAX theatres – including strong performances in 
Brazil, Spain, Singapore, Turkey, Ukraine and the UK. The film, which received 
an impressive "A" grade from CinemaScore, is pending release in key 
territories including Australia, China and Russia. 
"We are proud to have worked closely with our longtime partners at Warner 
Bros. and an accomplished filmmaker like Peter Jackson, who has created a 
story and visual spectacle ideal for The IMAX Experience(®)," said Greg 
Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment. "We're pleased 
that so many moviegoers chose to experience the first installment of this 
highly anticipated trilogy in IMAX, and we believe the positive word of mouth 
going into the holiday season should drive a long and successful run." 
The IMAX release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has been 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. 
About The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey  The film follows title character 
Bilbo Baggins, who -- along with the Wizard Gandalf and 13 Dwarves, led by the 
legendary warrior Thorin Oakenshield -- is swept into an epic quest to reclaim 
the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome Dragon Smaug. Along the 
path, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of ingenuity and 
courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of a "precious" ring 
tied to the fate of all Middle-Earth in ways he cannot begin to know. 
The screenplay for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was written by Fran Walsh 
& Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson & Guillermo del Toro.  Jackson is also 
producing the film, together with Carolynne Cunningham, Zane Weiner and Fran 
Walsh.  The executive producers are Alan Horn, Toby Emmerich, Ken Kamins and 
Carolyn Blackwood, with Boyens and Eileen Moran serving as co-producers.  The 
Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and the second and third films of the trilogy 
are productions of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), 
with New Line managing production.  Warner Bros. Pictures is handling 
worldwide theatrical distribution, with select international territories as 
well as all international television distribution being handled by MGM. 
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 in 
London, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing.  As of Sept. 30, 2012, there were 689 
IMAX theatres (556 commercial multiplex, 20 commercial destination and 113 
institutional) in 52 countries. 
IMAX®, IMAX® 3D, IMAX DMR®, Experience It In IMAX®, An IMAX 3D 
Experience®, The IMAX Experience® and IMAX Is Believing® are trademarks of 
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This press release contains forward looking statements that are based on IMAX 
management's assumptions and existing information and involve certain risks 
and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from 
future results expressed or implied by such forward looking statements. These 
risks and uncertainties are discussed in IMAX's most recent Annual Report on 
Form 10-K and most recent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. 
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