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.