Tom Hanks produces and stars in this screen adaptation of the beloved children's book of the same name written by Jumanji author Chris Van Allsburg. Polar Express tells the story of a boy who maintains his belief in Santa Claus despite the teasing of his more cynical friends. The boy's conviction is rewarded one Christmas Eve when a steam train, guided by Hanks, appears in front of his house and carries him and his disbelieving friends off to the North Pole. Robert Zemeckis is onboard to produce and possibly direct.
You can relive a classic holiday tale in 3-D this October. The Polar Express Presented In 3-D will be hitting the shelves on DVD and Blu-Ray on October 28. This new release will come with four sets of new 3-D glasses to watch the film in this new format and it will come with the original 2-D format as well. This new set will be priced at $20.97 SRP in standard definition and $34.99 SRP in Blu-Ray. The film stars the voice of Tom Hanks.
The Polar Express Presented in 3-D joins a cherished group of holiday films like It's a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story, Miracle on 34th Street and A Christmas Carol to be part of family celebrations at this time of year.Read More
According to The Hollywood Reporter, it was a heated battle for first place on the DVD sales and rental charts the week ending November 27 as two new high-powered releases competed for consumer dollars over the four-day Thanksgiving holiday and its fabled "Black Friday" shopping frenzy. In the end, Warner Home Video's Polar Express which grossed $162.8 million during last year's holiday season, nabbed the top spot on VideoScan's First Alert DVD sales chart.
DreamWorks Home Entertainment's War of the Worlds -- with more than $234 million in theatrical earnings -- finished second.Read More
IMAX Corporation and Warner Bros. Pictures today announced that Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: The IMAX Experience and The Polar Express: An IMAX 3D Experience registered the highest grossing weekend ever at IMAX® theatres, with combined grosses of $3.1 million, each on 66 screens over the three-day period from Friday, November 25 through Sunday, November 27. In its second weekend in IMAX theatres, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire grossed approximately $1.85 million on 66 screens -- even while sharing IMAX screens with the re-release of The Polar Express, which generated approximately $1.22 million in its opening weekend.
The performance of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: The IMAX Experience marks the highest grossing opening week ever for an IMAX Hollywood simultaneous release with grosses of approximately $5 million. The film has now grossed an estimated cumulative total of approximately $7 million over 10 days in 66 domestic IMAX theatres, for a noteworthy per screen average of $105,194. With a limited show schedule at most locations, The Polar Express: An IMAX 3D Experience registered an impressive per screen average of $18,505 on 66 screens, in its re-release debut from Friday, November 25 through Sunday, November 27.Read More
Movie PictureIn recognition of its tremendous popularity around the world, The Polar Express: An IMAX 3D Experience will be re-released by Warner Bros. Pictures beginning Wednesday, November 23rd for an exclusive IMAX-only encore engagement. As the first full-length feature film ever converted into IMAX® 3D, the record-breaking film opened last season to critical acclaim and unprecedented box-office success, cementing its place as highest-grossing IMAX digitally re-mastered film to date, generating $45 million on just 84 IMAX screens. The holiday film will be sharing its screen-time with the blockbuster hit Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: The IMAX Experience at many IMAX theatres, and will play on a total of 83 screens.
IMAX 3D is the world's premiere 3D movie experience. As the innovator and leader in 3D entertainment for more than 20 years, IMAX is the only large-screen experience that completely immerses the audience into the 3D world, allowing objects to maintain lifelike size and be brought in front of the screen -- right into the audience's faces. Last holiday season, from New York to London to Mexico City to Malaysia, The Polar Express: An IMAX 3D Experience became a ‘must see' movie around the world. In its second run, IMAX Theatres have already recorded strong advanced ticket sales throughout North America – and have posted strong early results in select cities in the United Kingdom, Spain and Mexico, where the film has already debuted.Read More
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the fourth-quarter DVD derby is off and running, with Warner Home Video announcing one of the first major releases of the holiday selling season: The Polar Express, slated for Nov. 22 release.
The animated Christmas film, with executive producer Tom Hanks as one of the lead voice talents, grossed nearly $163 million at the boxoffice during its domestic theatrical run during the 2004 holiday season.Read More
Movie PictureAccording to The Hollywood Reporter, Imax Corp. said that Warner Bros. Pictures' The Polar Express will be rereleased on its giant-screen theaters in November. In a statement Friday, Warners domestic distribution chief Dan Fellman said that the CG-animated film, which stars Tom Hanks, generated impressive boxoffice in November and could become a perennial pre-Christmas 3-D movie for Imax.
"We were especially impressed with the legs of the Imax DMR version, as it was selling out shows and packing Imax theaters weeks into the new year," Fellman said. In discussing the company's first-quarter results with financial analysts Thursday, Imax co-CEO Bradley Wechsler predicted that the second Imax run for The Polar Express also could fuel the pre-Christmas DVD release for the Robert Zemeckis-helmed holiday movie.Read More