The IMAX 2018 worldwide box office has surpassed the $1 billion mark for the first time in the company’s 50-year history. The gross included a mix of Hollywood tentpoles as well as 26 local-language films from China, Korea, Japan, Russia and India.
The local-language films generated a combined box office of more than $100 million, marking a new local-language full-year record for IMAX.
“This IMAX box office record indicates that blockbuster content experienced in the best premium environment is bigger than ever before,” said IMAX CEO Richard L. Gelfond. “Our global platform in 80 countries eventicizing worldwide movies continues to resonate with audiences. As studios and streaming companies keep focusing their slates on more blockbuster films, particularly in 2019, we see a strong opportunity to continue as a destination of choice for consumers.”
Six of the top 10 highest-grossing IMAX 2018 films featured “IMAX DNA,” which means they were either shot with IMAX cameras or featured IMAX expanded aspect ratio to deliver audiences up to 26% more picture, only in IMAX. The company has already announced several IMAX DNA titles for 2019, including Alita: Battle Angel, Captain Marvel, Avengers: Endgame and The Lion King.
TOP 10 IMAX FILMS OF 2018 (based on global IMAX box office performance)
1. Avengers: Infinity War
2. Black Panther
3. Jurassic World
4. Mission: Impossible – Fallout
5. Ready Player One
8. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
9. Ant-Man and The Wasp
10. The Meg
TOP 10 LOCAL-LANGUAGE IMAX FILMS OF 2018 (based on global IMAX box office performance)
1. Operation Red Sea (China)
2. Detective Chinatown (China)
3. Dying to Survive (China)
4. Monster Hunt 2 (China)
5. Hello Mr Billionaire (China)
6. Project Gutenberg (China)
7. Shadow (China)
8. Detective Dee 3 (China)
9. Along with the Gods (Korea)
10. Padmaavat (India)