TOP STORIES: China Enters a New Era of Hollywood Collaboration with Wandawood on December 24, 2013

  • Wang Jianlin’s Wandawood is heading the charge for China’s new era of collaboration with Hollywood. [The Motley Fool]
  • Despite booming local industry, Chinese film exports fail to live up to financial expectations. [The Hollywood Reporter]



CHINA: 'Personal Tailor' Survives Poor Reviews, Thrives in Debut on December 24, 2013

personal_tailor_still.jpgPersonal Tailor stormed into theaters with a $51.1 million debut. Poor reviews couldn't stop the new comedy from director Feng Xiaogang. Personal Tailor dominated the market in its first week with 65% of the marketshare among the top ten films in China. Personal Tailor also premiered in 9 screens in North America through distributor China Lion, taking a total of $112, 224 for a $12,469 per-screen average.

Hong Kong police thriller Fiestorm fell to second place in its first full week of release. The action flick added $16.22 million to reach a $43.55 million total. No Man's Land reached the $40 million milestone in its third frame after grossing $4.65 million over the week.

None of the Hollywood films in release were able to hit the $1 million mark this week. Epic reached an $8 million total in China in its fourth frame, while Gravity is winding down its blockbuster run at $70 million. The Huner Games: Catching Fire rounds out the week's top ten with a $27.92 million cume.

Top Ten Films in China:


Data courtesy of Entgroup

'Personal Tailor' Takes $104k Debut from 9 Screens in North America on December 22, 2013

Feng Xiaogang's Personal Tailor opened to $104k from 9 screens in North America, a $11,555 per-screen-average. This puts the film on track to continue the trend of Feng Xiaogang's past two films in North America, If You are the One 2 and Back to 1942

TOP STORIES: 2014 Release Dates Still Uncertain on December 18, 2013

The Economist considers the Chinese film industry. [The Economist]

Why don’t Chinese films play well abroad? [Global Times]

Wanda looks to open 80 IMAX theaters in China by 2021. [Wall Street Journal

2014 Chinese release-dates remain a mystery for studios. [Variety]


CHINA: Hong Kong's 'Firestorm' Takes $27M Debut on December 17, 2013

firestorm.jpgThe Hong Kong action thriller Firestrom scorched through the Chinese box office in its four days of release. Firestorm led the weekly box office after a $27 million debut put it ahead of all other releases on the market, aided by the fact that the weekend saw no other films debut in wide release.

No Man's Land slipped to second place with a $13.63 million week. The long-delayed Chinese film has grossed a total of $35.92 million in two frames.

Action sequel The Four 2 moved down to third place after its first full week of release secured an additional $10.7 million for the film. The Four 2 has grossed a total of $25.22 million in ten days.

Hollywood fare had to settle for mid-table positions this week. Gravity added another $2.96 million to reach the $70 million milestone. Gravity is the third highest grossing Hollywood import of the year behind Iron Man 3 and Pacific Rim. Epic finished its third frame by earning $1.26 million to take its Chinese total to $7.36 million. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire recorded its first week under the million-dollar mark, contributing $770k to reach a $27.75 million cume.

Top Ten Films in China:


Data courtesy of Entgroup.

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