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Abu Dhabi’s Image Nation: Most Popular Films

Abu Dhabi based production company Image Nation is in the spot light after its ‘The Help’ (co-produced) received much critical acclaim at the Oscars. Kipp takes a look at the other international films co-produced by this local production house.

February 28, 2012 4:06 by

  • “…the real Oscar winner at the 84th Academy Awards was clear from the box office takings - Abu Dhabi.” Erm. Abu Dhabi, the clear winner? Well, not really—nobody really mentioned until Abu Dhabi Media Company owned paper The National mentioned it. You know, even though we noted the Abu Dhabi connection when we watched ‘The Help’ we didn’t quite connect the dots when watching the Oscars. Nonetheless, we have now and in this slide show we take a closer look at the more popular films produced by Image Nation.

  • The critics say: Though arguably guilty of glossing over its racial themes, The Help rises on the strength of its cast -- particularly Viola Davis, whose performance is powerful enough to carry the film on its own.
    76% Rotten Tomatoes

    The money: Worldwide Gross: $207,697,333 | Total Budget: $55,000,000

  • The plot: Doctors try to stop the outbreak of a lethal virus in this Steven Soderbergh film.
    The critics say: Tense, tightly plotted, and bolstered by a stellar cast, Contagion is an exceptionally smart -- and scary -- disaster movie.  84%  Rotten Tomatoes

    The money: Opening Weekend: $22,403,596 Worldwide Gross: $135,458,097 | Total Budget: $95,000,000

  • Plot: A benevolent Asperger's sufferer, Rizwan Khan (Shah Rukh Khan), sets out on a journey across America on a mission to win back his one true love.

    The critics say: Karan Johar's film is a message picture, and like many in that genre it runs overly long as it assiduously works to make its point. 80 % Rotten Tomatoes

    The money: Opening Weekend: $1,944,027 Worldwide Gross: $42,574,399

  • The critics say: It struggles with the balance between fact-based biopic and taut political thriller, but Fair Game brims with righteous anger -- and benefits from superb performances by Naomi Watts and Sean Penn.

    80% Rotten Tomatoes

    The money: Opening Weekend: $651,082 Total Budget: $28,000,000

  • The plot: Skirts the social problem film by delving into the intimacies of the immigration experience

    The critics say: A dramedy that's got a taste for the tragic as well as the poignantly comic, Amreeka adds a new sweetness to the hope and distress of the immigrant experience.
    87% Rotten Tomatoes

    The money: Opening Weekend: $58,823  Worldwide Gross: $1,819,903


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