Thursday, February 16, 2012

"Journey 2: The Mysterious Island" Now an International Box Office Success

Moviegoers Worldwide Take New Line Cinema’s “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” beyond the $100 Million Mark

Fans Also Turn Out in Force for its Concurrent IMAX® Release

BURBANK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Audiences around the globe have enthusiastically embarked on the new 3D family adventure “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island,” delivering more than $112 million in combined domestic and overseas box office. The announcement was made today by Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution, and Veronika Kwan-Rubinek, President of International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.

“Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” opened in North America on Friday, February 10, going on to earn a weekend box office total of $27.3 million. That followed an international release, launched on January 19, which has taken in $85 million to date, exceeding by 85% the success achieved in the same markets by its popular predecessor, the 2008 worldwide hit “Journey to the Center of the Earth.”

“Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” is also a major hit on IMAX® screens in more than 410 locations around the world, with a strong box office performance of $8.9 million, and counting.

Fellman stated, “We are immensely happy to see this fun family film become the crowd pleaser we believed it would be and we anticipate continued success as more moviegoers join in the adventure in the weeks to come. Congratulations are in order for the talented filmmakers and cast, as well as our colleagues at New Line Cinema.”

“The strength of the film in international markets, releasing as early as three weeks prior to its successful domestic opening, shows that this is truly global entertainment,” Kwan-Rubinek said. “We’re thrilled that audiences everywhere have responded so strongly to the fantastic world brought to life by director Brad Peyton and his wonderful cast and crew.”

In this follow-up to the 2008 worldwide hit “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” the new adventure begins when young Sean Anderson receives a coded distress signal from a mysterious island where no island should exist. It’s a place of strange life forms, mountains of gold, deadly volcanoes, and more than one astonishing secret. Unable to stop him from going, Sean’s new stepfather joins the quest. Together with a helicopter pilot and his beautiful, strong-willed daughter, they set out to find the island, rescue its lone inhabitant and escape before seismic shockwaves force the island under the sea and bury its treasures forever.

“Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” stars Dwayne Johnson, Michael Caine, Josh Hutcherson, Vanessa Hudgens, Luis Guzm├ín and Kristin Davis. It is directed by Brad Peyton and produced by Beau Flynn & Tripp Vinson and Charlotte Huggins, from a screenplay by Brian Gunn & Mark Gunn, screen story by Richard Outten. Serving as executive producers are Michael Bostick, Evan Turner, Marcus Viscidi, Richard Brener, Samuel J. Brown and Michael Disco. The creative filmmaking team includes director of photography David Tattersall; production designer Bill Boes; costume designer Denise Wingate; and Academy Award® nominee Boyd Shermis ("Poseidon") as visual effects supervisor. The music is composed by Andrew Lockington.

“Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” is a New Line Cinema presentation of a Contrafilm Production and is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. Concurrently, the film is being released in IMAX® theatres worldwide.

It is rated PG for some adventure action and brief, mild language.

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