Star Trek Posts Record-Breaking Second Weekend in IMAX(R) Theatres

    IMAX Release Generates Approximately $5.3 Million During Second Weekend

    Global IMAX Cume Approaches $20 Million Milestone in Eleven Days

    LOS ANGELES, May 18 /CNW/ - IMAX Corporation (NASDAQ:  IMAX; TSX:IMX) and
Paramount Pictures today announced that Star Trek: The IMAX Experience,
directed by J.J. Abrams ("Mission: Impossible III", "Lost" and "Alias"),
continued its record-breaking box office streak during its second weekend,
generating approximately $5.3 million from 138 IMAX(R) theatres domestically,
for a per screen average of over $38,000. The strong performance marks the
best second weekend ever for an IMAX release. The film also continued to play
well internationally, generating $658,000 from 25 IMAX theatres. The strong
IMAX second weekend contributed more than 12 percent of the film's overall
gross on less than 2 percent of the screens, and brings the global IMAX box
office total to $19.9 million.
    Star Trek has been digitally re-mastered into the unparalleled image and
sound quality of The IMAX Experience(R) with proprietary IMAX DMR(R) (Digital
Re-mastering) technology.
    "We're thrilled with the continued success of the film and we're still
seeing a consistently strong contribution to the overall box office from the
IMAX theatre network after its second weekend," said Rob Moore, Vice Chairman,
Paramount Pictures.
    "Many sold out shows were reported throughout the IMAX network during the
weekend, indicating the positive word of mouth about the IMAX release remains
strong," said IMAX CEO Richard L. Gelfond. "We're delighted to see that our
expanded network of IMAX digital theatres has enabled so many moviegoers to
take advantage of the IMAX release during its short run, and we look forward
to continued success as we head into the week."
    "This is our best second weekend ever, with IMAX theatres in many markets
still operating at near capacity during peak hours," added Greg Foster,
Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment. "The vast majority of
IMAX locations are running late-night shows this week to accommodate the
demand. As I said before, this incredible success is a result of Paramount
Pictures' ability to package a visionary director like J.J. Abrams with two
great brands - IMAX and Star Trek."

    About IMAX Corporation

    IMAX Corporation is one of the world's leading entertainment technology
companies, specializing in digital and film-based motion picture technologies.
The worldwide IMAX network is among the most important and successful
theatrical distribution platforms for major event Hollywood films around the
globe, with IMAX theatres delivering the world's best cinematic presentations
using proprietary IMAX, IMAX(R) 3D, and IMAX DMR technology. IMAX DMR is the
Company's groundbreaking digital re-mastering technology that allows it to
digitally transform virtually any conventional motion picture into the
unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience. IMAX's renowned
projectors display crystal-clear images on the world's biggest screens, and
the IMAX brand is recognized throughout the world for extraordinary and
immersive entertainment experiences for consumers. As of March 31, 2009, there
were 371 IMAX theatres (250 commercial, 121 institutional) operating in 43
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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.
Important factors that could affect these statements include, but are not
limited to, general economic, market or business conditions, including the
length and severity of the current economic downturn, the opportunities that
may be presented to and pursued by the Company, the performance of IMAX DMR
films, conditions in the in-home and out-of home entertainment industries, the
signing of theatre system agreements, changes and developments in the
commercial exhibition industry, the failure to convert theatre system backlog
into revenue, investments and operations in foreign jurisdictions, foreign
currency fluctuations and the Company's prior restatements and the related
litigation and ongoing inquiries by the SEC and the OSC. These factors and
other risks and uncertainties are discussed in the Company's most recent
Annual Report on Form 10-K and most recent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.

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For further information: Media: IMAX Corporation, New York, Sarah
Gormley, (212) 821-0155,; Business Media: Sloane & Company,
New York, Whit Clay, (212) 446-1864,; Entertainment Media:
Rogers & Cowan, Los Angeles, Elliot Fischoff, Jason Magner, (310) 854-8128,; Investors: IMAX Corporation, New York, Heather
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