Starring Jason Statham and Li Bingbing, the action flick is co-produced by Warner Bros. Chinese studio Flagship Entertainment and Beijing-based Gravity Pictures. Warner Bros’ forthcoming action flick The Meg, in which Jason Statham battles a giant prehistoric shark, has landed a release date in China. The film will open in the Middle Kingdom on Aug.
The major policy overhaul was announced just as ‘Dying to Survive,’ a film about the plight of poor cancer sufferers, stormed China’s cinemas, earning $232 million in just five days. China has vowed to accelerate its efforts to cut the costs of lifesaving cancer drugs, a move many are viewing as a response to a
Some local analysts now believe the film has a shot of unseating Wu Jing’s ‘Wolf Warrior 2’ ($870 million) as China’s biggest box-office hit ever. Chinese drama Dying to Survive opened to an astonishing $200 million over a long four-day weekend in the Middle Kingdom. The huge total out of China, which includes some large-scale
Based on the augmented reality mobile game from Pokemon Go creator Niantic, the series is produced by Crafter and Fuji TV, an investor in the Google spin-out. The animated series based on augmented reality mobile game Ingress from Pokemon Go developer Niantic will screen worldwide via Netflix from October, after it airs on Japan’s Fuji
The film, which critics are calling China’s ‘Dallas Buyers Club,’ earned nearly $50 million from pre-release previews and is being hailed as a creative breakthrough for the film industry in Beijing. China’s latest blockbuster, Dying to Survive, pulled off a rare feat of box-office magic this week: it managed to earn $50 million before it
The film has taken in nearly $30 million in Japan, topping the director’s ‘Like Father, Like Son’, which also picked up a prize at the Cannes film festival. Palme d’Or winner Shoplifters (Manbiki Kazoku) has become Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s biggest domestic box-office hit, pulling in $29.2 million (￥3.2 billion) from 2.65 million admissions as
It was a competitive weekend at the world’s second-biggest film market, with both Hollywood holdovers and Chinese new releases pulling in substantial earnings. Chinese thriller Animal World officially kicked off the summer blockbuster season in the world’s second-biggest film market over the weekend, opening to $38.2 million and topping the China box-office champion of the
The involvement of Legendary, which is owned by Chinese conglomerate Wanda, may have helped the action thriller score a slot during the lucrative summer window, which Beijing usually reserves for domestic Chinese releases. Legendary Entertainment and Universal’s upcoming Dwayne Johnson action thriller Skyscraper has locked down a July 20 release date in China, securing a
Jesse Eisenberg and an array of local stars, including Yao Chen and Ma Yili, walked the red carpet at the closing ceremony for China’s premier film festival. Out of Paradise, the first feature from Mongolian director Batbayar Chogsom, was awarded the Best Film prize at a glitzy closing ceremony for the Shanghai International Film Festival
Revenue for both tentpoles was muted slightly by local broadcasts of the World Cup, which commands a huge following in China. Universal and Amblin’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom roared again in China, adding $32.4 million in its second weekend for a healthy total of $202.6 million. The J.A. Bayona-directed dinosaur tentpole also fended off some strong
Universal and Amblin have claimed Hollywood’s fourth-biggest opening ever in China. Universal and Amblin’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom opened with a roar at the Chinese box office over the weekend, earning $111.9 million. It was Universal’s second-biggest debut ever in the market, behind only The Fate Of The Furious. The opening was also considerably better than the $99.2
The Universal dinosaur tentpole is on track for one of Hollywood’s biggest opening weekends in the Middle Kingdom this year. Universal and Amblin’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom stomped into China on Friday, opening to a hefty $34.4 million, according to the studio. Local box-office tracker EntGroup had the opening-day gross slightly higher at $36 million.
Director Hirokazu Kore-eda turned down an invitation from the culture ministry to celebrate his Palme d’Or victory, following his own snubbing by the prime minister. Palme d’Or winner Shoplifters (Manbiki Kazoku) has passed the billion yen ($9 million) mark faster than any other live-action Japanese film at the local box office this year. The tale
The film is the first China release from Global Road Entertainment, which licensed the title from its Indian investor Reliance Entertainment. Indian dramedy Toilet: A Love Story came out on top during one of the slowest weekends of the year so far at the Chinese box office. The imported Bollywood hit earned $9.1 million from Friday
Shinzo Abe’s failure to congratulate Hirokazu Kore-eda for his film ‘Shoplifters’ is unusual in Japan, where leaders are usually quick to tout the international recognition and success of its citizens. The absence of a congratulatory call or message for Cannes Palme d’Or-winner Hirokazu Kore-eda from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has fueled speculation that the
After years of failing to secure release dates in China, the auteur’s cricitally acclaimed work is finally finding an audience at home. Long ignored or unable to find distribution in his homeland, arthouse star Jia Zhangke’s latest work will be screened in China, with the auteur revealing Wednesday at a press conference in Beijing that
The Marvel tentpole is now the fourth-biggest Hollywood release ever in China. Marvel Disney’s Avengers: Infinity War again dominated all challengers at the Chinese box office. The mega-tentpole added $53.7 million in its second weekend, holding off some respectable competition from local romantic comedy How Long Will I Love U, which debuted to $36.7 million,
Previously, the three companies teamed up to bring the 2018 Golden Globes and DCP’s ‘New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’ to the country. After two successful Chinese distribution pacts between STX Entertainment, dick clark productions and Tencent, the trio announced on Monday (May 14) they will be partnering again in order to bring the Billboard Music Awards
With nearly $50 million in presales and counting, the Marvel Disney juggernaut has topped the record for a Hollywood film set by ‘The Fate of the Furious’ last year. Marvel Disney’s Avengers: Infinity War is revving up to make a massive start in the Chinese film market, the world’s second-biggest box-office territory. The mega-tentpole had
The coming-of-age romance made a strong start to China’s long Labor Day weekend, while ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ won’t open for another two weeks thanks to one of Beijing’s usual blackouts on Hollywood imports. Different economic super power, different blockbuster. While most of the known universe was watching Disney and Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War over the weekend,
The growing Asian event also announced that it is adding contemporary Chinese cinema and family film sections for its upcoming third edition in December. Chinese filmmaker Chen Kaige will serve as international jury president at the Macau International Film Festival’s upcoming third edition, to be held in the southern Chinese casino enclave Dec. 8-Dec. 14.
Ana Urushadze’s critically acclaimed debut ‘Scary Mother’ won best picture, while Mariam Khatchvani took the best director prize for her melodrama ‘Dede’ and Paul Bettany earned one of the acting honors. Female filmmakers made a commanding showing at the Beijing International Film Festival’s closing awards ceremony Sunday night. Georgian director Ana Urushadze’s critically acclaimed debut Scary
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
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.
The slot is a coup for Paramount, given the rarity of horror releases in the massive Chinese market. Paramount’s horror-thriller A Quiet Place is ready to make some noise at the Chinese box office. The high-concept hit has been cleared by Beijing’s censors and given a Middle Kingdom release date of May 18, a theater chain manager
The Warner Bros. sci-fi tentpole is gathering steam in the world’s second-largest film market, thanks to rave reviews and a long holiday weekend. Riding rave local reviews and effusive word of mouth, Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One surged past the $100 million mark in China on Thursday. It’s now clear that the Middle Kingdom will
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
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
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
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