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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
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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
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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
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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
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The massive China market has been instrumental in helping the Joe and Anthony Russo-directed juggernaut edge towards the $2 billion mark worldwide. Marvel and Disney’s global box-office smash Avengers: Infinity War has received a 30-day release extension in China, where it has already earned a whopping $358.3 million. Such extensions are customary for films that
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Entertainment One has licensed its popular kids TV property to Merlin Entertainments to become an indoor play center in Shanghai. Entertainment One’s popular Peppa Pig character is set to star in an indoor attraction in China. The indie studio on Tuesday said it has licensed the popular kids TV property to Madame Tussauds owner Merlin
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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,
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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,
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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 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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