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The Disney and Lucasfilm tentpole will open simultaneously in the world’s two largest film markets, North America and China. Han Solo has charted his course for China.  Disney and Lucasfilm’s hotly anticipated Solo: A Star Wars Story has locked down its release date in the world’s second-largest box-office territory. The stand-alone Star Wars film will descend
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Meanwhile, Steven Spielberg’s ‘Ready Player One’ added $13.9 million for a China total of $192.8 million after three weekends. Dwayne Johnson’s action-adventure Rampage made a strong start in China over the weekend, chalking up a hearty $55 million. The film opened on some 21,500 screens, claiming nearly 70 percent of the full weekend box office.
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The U.K. public broadcaster has, as previously unveiled, combined its commercial and production operations under one roof. The BBC has officially unveiled its new-look commercial arm, BBC Studios, while also unveiled a further push into China as it looks for production opportunities in the growth market.  BBC Studios had previously been the name of the
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The director’s return to sci-fi popcorn fare has been boosted by effusive word of mouth in the world’s second-biggest film market. Steven Spielberg, progenitor of the modern blockbuster, finally has a big box-office win in China, the world’s soon-to-be-largest movie market. Ready Player One, his self-proclaimed return to popcorn fare, rocketed to a strong $61.7
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Disney is planning a major “Avengers Tour” at the Shanghai Disney Resort on April 19 to promote the release. Disney Marvel’s upcoming mega-tentpole Avengers: Infinity War has secured its release date in China, the territory all but certain to be the film’s second-biggest market. The film, directed by Joe and Anthony Russo and featuring most
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The veteran Chinese actor-director, best known to Hollywood as Baze Malbus in ‘Rogue One,’ will preside over the jury that hands out the event’s prestigious Golden Goblet Award. Chinese actor-director Jiang Wen will preside over the main competition jury at the upcoming Shanghai International Film Festival. The festival unveiled Jiang’s appointment Monday, saying that additional
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The Steven S. DeKnight-directed sequel opened well ahead of Guillermo del Toro’s first film and scored Hollywood’s second-best debut in the Middle Kingdom so far this year. Legendary and Universal’s Pacific Rim Uprising romped its way to a strong $65 million start in China over the weekend. The Steven S. DeKnight-directed sequel opened 44 percent
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Shanghai-based Joy Pictures will serve as the official local marketing partner on the Chinese release of the Fox Searchlight film, with support from Global Road Entertainment. Wes Anderson’s much anticipated stop-motion animation Isle of Dogs is heading to China. The Fox Searchlight film has secured a release date in the Middle Kingdom on April 20.
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Recent releases from India, Thailand and Europe have struck gold in the Middle Kingdom. North America remains the world’s largest box-office territory, but for foreign-language films produced outside of Hollywood, China can already offer vastly more market potential for the right lucky title. The highest-earning foreign-language release in North America last year was Bollywood epic
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Black Panther has most of the world at its feet. Only one country has yet to submit to Ryan Coogler’s afro-futuristic box-office sensation: China. The Disney-Marvel tentpole finally opens March 9 in the world’s second-largest film market, the last international outing for Panther following rollouts in Russia on Feb. 26 and Japan on March 1. The film
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Although a legend in the U.S., Steven Spielberg hasn’t been a huge box-office force in China — but ‘Ready Player One’ could change that. Steven Spielberg’s much anticipated sci-fi action adventure Ready Player One has secured a China release date of March 30, the same day it opens in the U.S. The film, an 1980s-themed adaptation
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Wanda Film’s ‘Detective Chinatown 2’ has come from behind to overtake ‘Monster Hunt 2’ as the holiday period’s biggest blockbuster. China’s movie box office generated a record $901 million (5.72 billion yuan) in ticket sales during the week-long Lunar New Year holiday, also known as Spring Festival. The staggering total represented growth of 67 percent
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‘The Grandmaster,’ Wong’s most recent release, won the festival’s top prize in 2014. Hong Kong auteur Wong Kar Wai will head the competition jury of the 8th Beijing International Film Festival, set to run April 15-April 22 in the Chinese capital. The government-backed event revealed the appointment Monday, promising to announce additional jury members and
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Joshua Cooper Ramo’s comment about the influence of Japan in the country’s development sparked outrage. NBC has apologized to South Koreans for an on-air remark by an analyst that cited Japan as an example that has been important to the country’s own transformation. The remark was made by analyst Joshua Cooper Ramo during NBC’s coverage
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Fox Searchlight and its Chinese partners are aiming to capitalize on awards season buzz for the film, timing its release two days before the 90th Academy Awards ceremony. Awards season favorite Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is set to get a limited release in China on March 2. The country’s growing National Alliance of Arthouse
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The latest smash hit from actor-producer Aamir Khan, ‘Superstar’ is the first Indian film to score a revenue-sharing release under China’s quota system, which is usually reserved for Hollywood imports. India’s Aamir Khan remains a king of the Chinese box office. The Bollywood actor’s latest international hit, musical drama Secret Superstar, opened in first place with
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ crumbled 91 percent in its second weekend in China, earning just $2.4 million — a shocking flameout for 2017’s biggest global film. Dwane Johnson’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle roared into China over the weekend, racking up a strong $40 million. The Sony tentpole finally toppled runaway Chinese hit The
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