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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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