Keanu Reeves gets his "Day" on Imax

Tue Sep 9, 2008 10:23am EDT
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By Carl DiOrio

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Imax lost a muggle but has gained a space alien.

The giant-screen exhibitor will release Fox's remake of the sci-fi classic "The Day the Earth Stood Still" on December 12, the same day the Keanu Reeves movie opens in conventional theaters. Like the 1951 original, "Day" involves a space alien (Reeves) and his giant robot counterpart who visit Earth.

The news comes just weeks after Warner Bros. decided to bounce "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" -- which had been set for a simultaneous Imax opening -- from November to July. The delay stunned Harry Potter fans, and also caught Imax a bit off guard.

Imax ticket sales have padded grosses on Warners' "The Dark Knight" by more than $55 million. But dozens of those 94 screens should come available soon.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

<p>Cast member Keanu Reeves poses at the premiere of "Street Kings" at the Grauman's Chinese theatre in Hollywood, California April 3, 2008. The movie opens in the U.S. on April 11. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>