Image Nation International, the division that oversees Image Nation’s international projects and partnerships, has co-produced the top two films at the US Box office:
“Contagion” which opened this past weekend and is currently number one, and “The Help” which spent 25 days in the top spot and is currently number two.
Together, the films, co-produced through Image Nation’s partnership with Participant Media along with studio partners, have grossed a total of more than $150 million USD to date. “Contagion”, co-financed, produced and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, was directed by Steven Soderbergh and stars Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow in a physiological thriller focusing on the threat posed by an international deadly disease. “The Help”, co-financed and produced by DreamWorks Pictures and distributed by Disney is a book adaptation featuring Emma Stone and Viola Davis, telling the story of an aspiring writer who interviews African-American domestic workers who care for Southern families during the early days of the civil rights movement of the 1960s.
Mohammed Al Mubarak, Chairman of Image Nation explained, “We are proud of the strength of our international partnerships with companies such as Participant Media. Our international partnerships provide our young Emirati filmmakers with opportunities to work and learn their craft as we build the foundations of a film industry in the UAE.”
“The success of “Contagion” and “The Help” shows the quality of films produced through Image Nation’s international partnerships. The expertise we gain through these productions is critical to the success of our own Arabic film slate premiering this fall,” explained Michael Garin, Image Nation CEO. “We celebrate the success of these films and look forward to our forthcoming International releases including “The Double” with Richard Gere and “Ghost Rider—Spirit of Vengeance” starring Nicolas Cage.”
Image Nation will release its first locally produced film “Sea Shadow” this fall, followed by the release of the thriller “Djinn” in early 2012. “Contagion”, “The Double” and “The Help” are due to open in the UAE this fall.