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
In North America, Melissa McCarthy’s ‘Life of the Party’ and the Will Packer-produced ‘Breaking In’ hope to be a big Mother’s Day draw. Disney and Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War has finally landed in China, where it is scoring one of the biggest opening days of all time with $70 million-plus, according to early Friday estimates.
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 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 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
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.
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
Ryan Coogler’s global monster hit is the fifth biggest debut ever for a superhero title in the world’s second-biggest movie market. Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther has completed the final leg of its global victory tour with a heroic opening weekend in China. The Marvel Disney tentpole pulled in $66.5 million from Friday to Sunday, the
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
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
China is once again rapidly closing the gap with North America, still narrowly the world’s largest film market. Is China’s movie box office back to boom times? The first two months of 2018 would certainly seem to suggest, yes. Total ticket revenue for January and February soared 39 percent to 15.05 billion RMB ($2.37 billion),
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
The debut crushed the prior record held by ‘The Fate of the Furious’ for the biggest single-day performance in Chinese box-office history. Chinese fantasy sequel Monster Hunt 2 is the new king of Chinese New Year. The live-action/CGI fusion film opened to an enormous $97 million in mainland China on Friday, the first day of
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
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
‘Episode VIII’ leans heavily on references to the originals, and that doesn’t play with young audiences in the world’s No. 2 market. Star Wars: The Last Jedi suffered one of the worst second-weekend declines the Chinese box office has ever seen. The film’s debut of $28.7 million was already viewed as disappointing, but its 92 percent
‘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
The Disney and Lucasfilm juggernaut was dominated by holdover local comedy ‘The Ex-File 3: The Return of the Exes,’ which earned a huge $86.7 million in its second weekend. The Force was not with Star Wars: The Last Jedi in China this weekend. The Rian Johnson directed eighth installment in the fabled space saga debuted
The Disney and Lucasfilm juggernaut is getting beaten by local comedy ‘The Ex-File 3,’ which opened in China a week ago. Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi is off to an inauspicious start in China, its final major box-office test. The Star Wars franchise historically has underperformed in China, but the early results for
Hollywood had a particularly strong year in the market, with international movies accounting for 46 percent of revenue, up from a 42 percent share in 2016. China’s movie box office is back to a healthy state of expansion. Total ticket sales for 2017 grew by 22.3 percent to reach 55.9 billion yuan ($8.59 billion), according
The Chinese video giant picked up exclusive rights to six Golden Globe-nominated films, also including ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ and ‘The Greatest Showman.’ Chinese streaming video service iQiyi has acquired the exclusive online rights to six Golden Globe Award-nominated Hollywood films, including The Shape of Water, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and Molly’s Game.