WASHINGTON (June 5, 2014)—“Jerusalem,” a unique film adventure through the Holy Land for 3-D and 2-D giant-screen, IMAX® and digital theaters, with a particular focus on the ancient city of Jerusalem, has surpassed the $5 million mark in worldwide gross box office revenue, National Geographic Cinema Ventures (NGCV) has announced. An original production from Cosmic Picture and Arcane Pictures, the 43-minute film is narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch (“Star Trek Into Darkness” and PBS’ “Sherlock”). “Jerusalem” has been shown in more than 45 theaters worldwide, giving audiences exclusive and unprecedented access to iconic holy sites and little-known parts of Jerusalem, including the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Dome of the Rock, as well as other areas in the Holy Land such as the Jordan River, Sea of Galilee and the mountain fortress of Masada.
“Jerusalem” was executive produced by the late Jake Eberts, legendary producer of movies such as “Gandhi,” “Chariots of Fire” and “Dances with Wolves.” In addition to Eberts, Taran Davies, George Duffield and Daniel Ferguson served as producers. Ferguson also wrote and directed “Jerusalem.” Large-format industry veteran Reed Smoot, ASC, was director of photography.
“We are extremely pleased that this film has been such a success. It has really struck a positive emotional chord with audiences of all ages all around the world,” said Mark Katz, president of NGCV Distribution. “We have been excited about this film from the very beginning, and reaching this box office milestone confirms that audiences are as well.”
The producers agreed, saying: “We are thrilled at having reached this milestone. The strong audience reaction has been humbling for us, as has the creativity of the exhibitors and outreach partners who have done such a formidable job marketing this film to families, seniors, faith-based communities and school groups. We hope ‘Jerusalem’ will continue to inspire audiences for years to come.”
“Jerusalem” is currently playing in the following theaters around the world:
- Branson, Missouri — Branson’s IMAX® Entertainment Complex
- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania — Carnegie Science Center
- Salt Lake City, Utah — Clark Planetarium
- Garden City, New York — Cradle of Aviation – National Geographic Theater
- Memphis, Tennessee — Crew Training International 3D Giant Theater at the Memphis Museum
- Denver, Colorado — Denver Museum of Science and Nature
- McMinnville, Oregon — Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum
- Hastings, Nebraska — Hastings Museum
- Houston, Texas — Houston Museum of Natural Science
- Louisville, Kentucky — Kentucky Science Center
- Raleigh, North Carolina — Marbles Kids Museum
- Birmingham, Alabama — McWane Center
- Boston, Massachusetts — Museum of Science, Boston
- Columbus, Georgia — National Infantry Museum
- Albuquerque, New Mexico — New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science
- Lubbock, Texas — Science Spectrum OMNI Theater
- Washington, D.C. — Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
- Lehi, Utah — Thanksgiving Point – Mammoth Screen Theatre: A National Geographic Experience
- Dearborn, Michigan — The Henry Ford IMAX® Theater
- St. Augustine, Florida — World Golf Hall of Fame
- London, United Kingdom — BFI IMAX® Cinema
- The Hague, The Netherlands — Omniversum
- Speyer, Germany — IMAX Dome Speyer
- Paris, France — La Géode
- Toronto, Canada — Ontario Science Center
- Sudbury, Canada — Science North
- Edmonton, Canada — Telus World of Science
- Sydney, Australia — LG IMAX Theatre
For more information on “Jerusalem,” updates on where the film will be opening and links to preview the film, visit jerusalemthemovie.com. Follow “Jerusalem the Movie” on Facebook and Twitter for additional news and updates.
About National Geographic Cinema Ventures
National Geographic Cinema Ventures is responsible for production and distribution of giant-screen, 3-D and specialty films. Over the last decade, NGCV has produced or released a number of successful films, including Oscar-nominated documentaries “Restrepo” and “The Story of the Weeping Camel”; giant-screen award-winning films “Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure,” “U2 3D,” “Mysteries of Egypt” and “Forces of Nature”; and feature-length films “The Last Lions” and “Life in a Day.” Mark Katz is president of NGCV distribution. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com/movies. To become a fan on Facebook, “like” NGCV at facebook.com/natgeomovies. Follow NGCV on Twitter at @natgeomovies.
About Cosmic Picture
Cosmic Picture was founded by Taran Davies and Dominic Cunningham-Reid to produce dynamic giant-screen and theatrical films to entertain and educate audiences about culture, faith, history, science and the environment. Cosmic Picture’s last film was the award-winning IMAX feature documentary “Journey to Mecca.” For more information, visit www.cosmicpicture.com.
About Arcane Pictures
Founded by George Duffield and Meg Thomson, Arcane Pictures’ mission is to make powerful and moving films. Arcane is at the forefront of combining documentaries and the power of cinema to change the world. Its most recent film, “The End of the Line,” won the inaugural Puma Creative Impact prize for the documentary that achieves the largest social impact in the world. It continues to alter overfishing policies worldwide. For more information, visit www.arcanepictures.com.