Imax Jan. 3 announced that with $277 million in gross revenue for the fourth quarter (ended Dec. 31, 2021), the fiscal period tally was the highest since 2017. Led by $83 million in revenue from Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: No Way Home, the December quarter marked the sixth-highest grossing quarter of all time for Imax.
The 3D exhibitor generated $638 million in global box office for the full-year 2021, up 146% from 2020. Imax also notched its highest-grossing year ever for local-language films in 2021 with $181.6 million — up 36% over its previous best set in 2019.
“With our diversifying slate of global blockbusters and more releases than ever ‘Filmed for Imax,’ we head into a strong 2022 slate with great momentum,” CEO Rich Gelfond said in a statement.
Imax recorded five releases in the fourth quarter grossing more than $25 million dollars — all of which were Filmed for Imax — including:
- Spider-Man: No Way Home — $83.1 million
- Dune – $43.9 million
- No Time to Die — $43.7 million
- The Battle at Lake Changjin — $31.6 million
- Eternals — $25.2 million
At least 10 releases among the 2022 slate are filmed for Imax or include the company’s expanded aspect ratio, including Top Gun: Maverick, Thor: Love and Thunder and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, among others.