Warner Bros Renews IMAX Deal Plus Lego Movies Date Released

Imax and Warner Bros. Pictures have extended their longstanding partnership with a deal to release up to 30 of the Hollywood studio's films through 2020.

Since 2003, Warner Bros. has used Imax's supersized screens to release its tentpole pictures. Under the latest arrangement, Imax will release a host of upcoming Warner Bros. tentpoles, including The Man from U.N.C.L.E.; Heart of the Sea; Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice; Suicide Squad; its 3D live-action Tarzan movie starring Alexander Skarsgard, Samuel L. Jackson, Margot Robbie and Christoph Waltz; and Guy Ritchie's Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur, starring Charlie Hunnam.

Furthermore, the following movies will be digitally remastered and released on Imax screens: Geostorm, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Jungle Book: Origins and Godzilla 2. Imax also will release upcoming DC and Lego tentpoles, including the Lego Movie sequel.

"With this multipicture deal, Imax and Warner Bros. continue a lengthy and substantial partnership, which is invested in bringing the highest-quality entertainment to the most awe-inspiring cinematic experience," said Greg Foster, senior executive VP Imax Corp. and CEO of Imax Entertainment, in a statement on Monday.

Warner Bros has also confirmed the release dates for two Lego Movie spinoff pics and the sequel to its 2014 hit. The Lego Batman feature has been moved up to the February 10 slot, which the studio had set aside for an untitled film.

The Lego Ninjago spinoff has been moved back to September 22, 2017, domestically, with international dates to follow. The Lego Movie Sequel will open May 18, 2018, a week earlier than originally slated. If that February date sounds familiar, that’s the weekend Warner Bros opened the first Lego Movie last year — February 7, to be exact — and scored a whopping $69M debut. It then went onto gross a domestic haul of $257.7M and another $211M internationally to bring its total worldwide cume to $468.7M. No wonder they are doing a number of spinoffs.

The Lego Movie Sequelhas its new weekend to itself for now. The Lego Batman flick will go up against Fox’s The Mountain Between Us, starring Charlie Hunnam and Rosamund Pike. And Lego Ninjago’s lone competition is and untitled Sony movie that weekend.

“We are very excited about dating our upcoming LEGO animated features, which already have a worldwide fan following, built on the foundation of the first film,” said Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution at Warners. “These three films already in the pipeline are just the beginning of a creative and diverse animation slate that will be delighting audiences for years to come.”

Source: THR / Deadline

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