Paramount Pictures' Transformers: Dark of the Moon Lands in IMAX(R) Theatres in China Thursday, July 21

Film Grosses $41.1 Million Globally in IMAX(R) Theatres Since June 29 Launch

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LOS ANGELES, July 20, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX) (TSX:IMX), and Paramount Pictures announced today that Transformers: Dark of the Moon, the highly anticipated third film in the blockbuster Transformers franchise, will be released in China day-and-date in the immersive IMAX® 3D format on Thursday, July 21, on 31 IMAX screens. This represents IMAX's widest release in China to date.

Since its launch on June 29, Transformers: Dark of the Moon has grossed $41.1 million globally in IMAX® theatres and is on pace to surpass the $44 million of gross box office generated by Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen: The IMAX Experience.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon: An IMAX 3D Experience has been digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology for presentation in IMAX 3D. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX's customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique immersive environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

About Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Shia LaBeouf returns as Sam Witwicky in Transformers: Dark of the Moon. When a mysterious event from Earth's past erupts into the present day it threatens to bring a war to Earth so big that the Transformers alone will not be able to save us.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon is the third film in the Transformers franchise and the first shot in 3D. It is directed by Michael Bay, written by Ehren Kruger and produced by Don Murphy & Tom DeSanto, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Ian Bryce. The executive producers are Steven Spielberg, Michael Bay, Brian Goldner and Mark Vahradian. The film has been rated PG-13.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon: An IMAX 3D Experience is scheduled to play at the following IMAX 3D theatres beginning Thursday, July 21:

China
 
Beijing 
Beijing CBD Wanda IMAX Theatre 
Beijing Shijingshan Wanda IMAX Theatre 
Beijing UME Huaxing IMAX Theatre 
China National Film Museum
China Science & Technology Museum
Changchun 
Changchun Wanda IMAX Theatre 
Changsha
Changsha Wanda IMAX Theatre 
Chongqing 
Chongqing Science and Technology Museum
Lumiere Chongqing Jinyuan Mall IMAX Theatre 
Dongguan
DongguanWanda IMAX Theatre
Fuzhou 
Fuzhou Financial Street Wanda IMAX Theatre 
Guangzhou 
Guangdong Science Centre
Guangzhou Wanda IMAX Theatre
Hangzhou 
Hangzhou Broadway MixC Mall IMAX Theatre 
Hangzhou Cinyo IMAX Theatre 
Hefei
Hefei Wanda IMAX Theatre 
Jinan 
Jinan Wanda IMAX Theatre 
Kunming 
Kunming Broadway IMAX Theatre
Nanjing
Nanjing Jianye Wanda IMAX Theatre
Ningbo
Ningbo Yinzhou Wanda IMAX Theatre 
Qingdao 
Qingdao Wanda IMAX Theatre 
Shanghai 
Shanghai Jiangqiao Wanda IMAX Theatre
Shanghai Peace IMAX Theatre 
Shanghai Stellar Super Brand Mall IMAX Theatre 
Shanghai Wujiaochang Wanda IMAX Theatre 
Shenzhen
Shenzhen UA KK Mall IMAX Theatre 
Suzhou 
Suzhou Science & Cultural Arts Center IMAX Theatre 
Tianjin
China Film Tianjin IMAX Theatre 
Wuhan
Wuhan Studio City IMAX Theatre 
Wuxi 
Wuxi Big World IMAX Theatre
Xi'an, Shaanxi
Daming PalaceRelicsPark

Please check local listings or IMAX.com for final theatre listings, launch dates and showtimes.

About Paramount Pictures Corporation

Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom (NYSE:VIA) (NYSE:VIA.B), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. The company's labels include Paramount Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, MTV Films, and Nickelodeon Movies. PPC operations also include Paramount Digital Entertainment, Paramount Famous Productions, Paramount Home Entertainment, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., Paramount Studio Group, and Worldwide Television Distribution.

About IMAX China

IMAX China is a wholly-owned subsidiary of IMAX Corporation, and is incorporated under the laws of Hong Kong. IMAX China was established by IMAX Corporation specifically to oversee the expansion of IMAX's business throughout Greater China.

About IMAX Corporation

IMAX Corporation is one of the world's leading entertainment and technology companies, specializing in the creation and delivery of premium, awe-inspiring entertainment experiences. With a growing suite of cutting-edge motion picture and sound technologies, and a globally recognized entertainment brand, IMAX is singularly situated at the convergence of the entertainment industry, innovation and the digital media world. The industry's top filmmakers and studios are utilizing IMAX theatres to connect with audiences in extraordinary ways, and as such, the IMAX network is among the most important and successful theatrical distribution platforms for major event films around the globe. The Company's new digital projection and sound systems - combined with a growing blockbuster film slate - are fueling the rapid expansion of the IMAX network in established markets such as North America, Western Europe, and Japan, as well as emerging markets such as China and Russia. IMAX theatres deliver the world's best cinematic presentations using proprietary IMAX®, IMAX 3D®, and IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-Mastering) technologies. IMAX DMR enables virtually any motion picture to be transformed into the unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience®. 

IMAX is headquartered in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, with offices in London, Tokyo and Shanghai. As of March 31, 2011, there were 528 IMAX theatres (408 commercial, 120 institutional) operating in 46 countries.

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