‘To the Arctic’ nears $12 million

Imax polar bears story delivers over the long run

Imax 3D nature documentary “To the Arctic” has been running an impressive marathon.

After almost 30 weeks in domestic Imax theaters, the 3D film, from MacGillivray Freeman Films, Imax and Warner Bros., crossed the $10 million worldwide benchmark to hit $11.8 million — in line to become the highest-grossing documentary created for Imax this year.

“To the Arctic” debuted April 20 domestically at 50 Imax locations, and has since expanded to roughly 75 worldwide, including 22 international theaters. The pic bowed Oct. 18 in Russia.

“The film provides audiences that immersive, you-are-there experience that built the giantscreen industry, and keeps our audiences coming back for more,” says director Greg MacGillivray, who released the film under the One World, One Ocean campaign — a 10-year multiplatform media initiative designed to change the way people see and value the world’s oceans.

“To the Arctic,” which collected this year’s top prizes at the Giant Screen Cinema Assn. Achievement Awards, centers on a mother polar bear and her twin cubs as they struggle to navigate the changing Arctic environment. Meryl Streep narrates, with original songs by Paul McCartney.

Up next for MacGillivray is “Hidden Universe,” slated to bow in March via December Media.

Popular on Variety

More Digital

  • Best Podcasts: 14 Podcasts You Should

    14 Podcasts You Should Be Listening to

    Here are a few of the informative, funny, thrilling and downright addictive podcasts that deserve your listening attention. Read Variety’s cover story, a deep dive into the podcast revolution with Conan O’Brien, right here. CaliphateThe New York Times Rukmini Callimachi’s reporting about the Islamic State is harrowing boots-on-the-ground journalism at its finest. Conan O’Brien Needs [...]

  • Lee-Daniels-headshot

    Lee Daniels Entertainment Announces Diverse Creative Workshop

    Lee Daniels Entertainment and the online entertainment network Represent by OMV have launched a diversity-focused creative workshop to promote a diverse group of new writers. The workshop will be held from Sept. 25-28 in Los Angeles, with travel provided by American Airlines. Industry professionals will mentor aspiring creatives from underrepresented communities with workshops, meetings with [...]

  • Apple-Card-on-iPhoneXs-screen

    Apple Card Launches in U.S. With 3% Cash Back on Apple, Uber Purchases

    Apple launched Apple Card, a new credit card tied to iPhones that it’s offering in partnership with Mastercard and Goldman Sachs, broadly in the U.S. The card, available to all qualified users in the U.S. starting Tuesday, is designed to encourage people to make more purchases from Apple and keep them in the iPhone ecosystem: [...]

  • Erika Nardini - Barstool Sports

    For Barstool Sports, Podcasts Are Now Around One-Third of Revenue

    Barstool Sports isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. The site trades in a style of raw humor and commentary that some find offensive. The company has a shoot-from-the-lip founder whose gags having included joking about union-busting, a move that would violate federal labor laws. But the brazen media outfit has drawn a large and loyal fanbase. [...]

  • Conan O'Brien Needs a Friend Podcast

    Conan O'Brien on Podcasting and Why Late-Night TV Rivalries Are Over

    “Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend” is an irresistible mixture of philosophical discussions about art and life and pure zaniness. It’s a program from the late-night host turned podcasting ringmaster that defies easy characterization, and a show that manages to move seamlessly from moments of hilarity to unexpected instances of confession. In one episode, Jeff Goldblum [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content