'Happy Feet' opening breaks Imax record


TORONTO -- Imax Corp. on Tuesday said Warner Bros. Pictures' "Happy Feet" danced its way to a record opening weekend of $2.4 million for a digitally-remastered animated movie unspooling on its giant screens.

Toronto-based Imax said the $2.4 million bow came from 79 large format screens, or a three-day per-screen average of approximately $30,000 from Friday to Sunday, Nov. 19.

"We are thrilled with the opening weekend success of Happy Feet in both conventional theatres and Imax theatres," Dan Fellman, president of domestic distribution at Warner Bros. Pictures in a statement said of the combined $41.5 million gross for the animated movie this past weekend.

The record opening for "Happy Feet" marks a reversal for Imax, which recently posted disappointing numbers for Warner Bros.' "Ant Bully."

Imax will next release 20th Century Fox's "Night at the Museum" before looking ahead to 2007 when it has the blockbusters "Spiderman 3" from Sony and Warner Bros' "Harry Potter 5" on its release slate.

Imax currently operates around 280 theaters in 40 countries.