“World War Z” originally bowed June 21 and has grossed more than $460 million worldwide, making it the most successful big-budget gamble this summer. Pic, which was co-financed by Skydance Productions, Hemisphere Media Capital and GK Films, already played in select Imax theaters overseas.
The reason for the Stateside Imax treatment is twofold: At the time of the film’s initial release, Imax was committed to five-week run of “Man of Steel,” which bowed June 14, followed by “Pacific Rim” on July 12. The Imax release could also bump “WWZ” past the $200 million domestic mark — currently, it’s at $192.7 million.
The film has been digitally re-mastered for Imax.
It’s unlikely, however, that the film will see extended Imax play beyond just one week, since Imax is slatted to release Sony’s “Elysium” on Aug. 9.