IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX) today announced that “Oppenheimer” has reached $170 million in global box office across its network — making it the fifth highest grossing IMAX release of all time.
The Christopher Nolan/Universal film reached the milestone thanks to a strong debut in China, where the IMAX network took in $10.2 million through Monday — 30% of the opening weekend box office on less than 1% of Chinese screens. IMAX claimed the top ten highest grossing locations nationwide for the release through the weekend. “Oppenheimer” is now the biggest IMAX opening of a Hollywood film in China this year, capping the company’s highest grossing summer (June-August) ever in China.
“In its impressive debut in China, ‘Oppenheimer’ showed that it’s nowhere near finished dazzling audiences worldwide with its bold and uncompromising vision,” said Rich Gelfond, CEO of IMAX. “IMAX commanded a full third of the film’s opening weekend box office China on just 1% of the country’s screens, offering a powerful demonstration of our surging market share around the world.”
The strong opening of “Oppenheimer” in China underscores the breadth of its success at the box office across a wide swath of countries and cultures. “Oppenheimer” stands as the highest grossing IMAX release ever in fifteen markets worldwide, including Argentina, Chile, Finland, India, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. The film is a top five all-time IMAX release in 60 markets globally, including the United States.
Written and directed by Christopher Nolan, “Oppenheimer” was shot in IMAX® 65mm and 65mm large-format film photography including, for the first time, portions in IMAX® black and white analogue photography.