Pic to play on 21 Imax screens in Blighty

LONDON — Imax Corp. and Universal Pictures have officially announced that Tom Hooper’s “Les Miserables” will release on Imax digital theaters alongside its standard U.K. release on Jan. 11.

Imax will have 24 screens operating in U.K./Ireland by the end of 2012, with two new screens opening in Dublin and Nottingham in December for the release of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” “Les Miserables” will play in 21 Imax screens in the territory, including the BFI London Imax, which is the most successful international site for the corporation.

The Imax presentation of “Les Miserables” will be digitally re-mastered into Imax format, with tickets going on sale from Dec. 1. The film is also expected to play in Imax in additional territories, which have yet to be announced.

The various legit productions of “Les Miserables” have been seen by more than 60 million peoples in 42 countries and 21 languages around the world. The new film stars Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Eddie Redmayne, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen, Samantha Barks and Amanda Seyfried, the latter of which starred in Universal’s “Mamma Mia,” the most successful musical film of all-time.

“Mamma Mia” grossed $610 million globally, including $465.7 million at the international box office. The U.K. alone accounted for $135.8 million (£68.5 million), where “Mamma Mia” stands as the sixth highest grossing film of all-time.

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