Thinking small isn't in IMAX's
The company behind the gargantuan screens and amped-up cinematic experiences delivered the best quarter in its 43-year history this morning. Fueled by the premium success of News Corp.'s
Wall Street had set the bar high, but apparently not high enough. IMAX's results topped analyst expectations for $0.37 a share in earnings on $67.2 million in revenue.
IMAX is firing on all cylinders. It inked deals for 41 new theaters or digital upgrades during the quarter, more than the 35 it signed through all of 2009.
Avatar's success has validated IMAX; its screens accounted for $231 million of the film's record box office. Whether theaters are signing stand-alone deals, or following AMC and Regal
After all, revenue-sharing proceeds have popped nearly tenfold -- from $1.9 million to $18.9 million. But this also means that IMAX will have a larger installed base with every passing quarter. It also finds other studios scrambling to make sure that their tentpole blockbusters go in for the IMAX treatment. Time Warner
Meanwhile, IMAX's next blockbuster could be just around the corner, as Iron Man 2 kicks off a promising slate of upcoming films next week.
Shares of IMAX have roughly doubled since their initial recommendation to Motley Fool Rule Breakers subscribers in the single digits five years ago. The company has had a rocky run along the way, but after posting four consecutive profitable quarters and establishing its place as provider of premium moviegoing experiences, it's hard to fathom that IMAX's screen won't get even bigger in the years to come.
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