The Wolverine is being released in China as The Wolverine 2, a simpler title that avoids confusion with the similarly titled X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The superhero spin-off sequel opened in China with an $18.17 million bow. The strong opening for the Fox release was enough to overshadow domestic cop thriller Special ID. The Chinese film collected $10.87 million in its opening weekend.
Now You See Me continued to impress in its first full week of release. The film took in an additional $7.95 million to bring its Chinese cume up to $17.91 million after 11 days in release. Now You See Me is among the year’s most surprising hits; the film has grossed $225.8 million overseas and $343.5 million worldwide.
Young Detective Dee is one step closer to reaching the $100 million mark. The Chinese film hit $94.69 million after the weekend, a strong performance after 23 days in release. Inferno 3D, which has struggled as an alternative to Young Detective Dee, reached a nevertheless healthy $20.87 million total by the end of the weekend.
Disney’s The Lone Ranger is sputtering out of the top ten chart after a $1.09 million hold in its third frame. The Lone Ranger has grossed a total of $12.94 million after 16 days in China, a productive tally that nevertheless falls short of making an impact on the troubled Disney release.
Top Ten Films in China.
Data courtesy of Entgroup.
Nicolas Cage laments lack of roles for male Asian actors. [The Hollywood Reporter]
China looks to entice more Hollywood filmmakers. [Deadline Hollywood]
Jia Zhangke speaks to The New York Times about A Touch of Sin. [The New York Times].
The Chinese box office is set to continue growing. [Variety]
Producer Janet Yang asks for a more pro-active China strategy from Hollywood. [Chicago Tribune]
SANTA MONICA, CA, October 22, 2013 - Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), a leading global entertainment company, announced today that the second installment of its global blockbuster The Hunger Games franchise, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, has been approved for a November 21, 2013 release on more than 3,000 screens in China.
The film will be released nationwide in China with both dubbed and subtitled prints by the China Film Group in conjunction with Lionsgate's Beijing-based promotional partner, Talent International Film Co. Ltd. The release in China joins the list of virtually day-and-date releases in more than 50 territories around the world.
"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has become a truly global phenomenon, and its day-and-date release in this key territory further cements its status as a worldwide motion picture event of epic proportions," said Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Co-Chairs Patrick Wachsberger and Rob Friedman.
"The release of the first Hunger Games film in China established a strong fan base on which Catching Fire is positioned to build," said Wendy Reeds, Executive Vice President of Content Sales & Distribution for Celestial Tiger Entertainment (CTE). "China has become one of the world's leading box office territories, and the release of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in China is another major step forward in our distribution of film and TV content in this key market."
Lionsgate has recently scored at the Chinese box office with the successful theatrical releases of Now You See Me, The Impossible and the first Hunger Games film.
The Company is currently in production on the third and fourth Hunger Games films, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay I & II.
China is poised to overtake North America as the world’s biggest box office market by 2018. [Forbes]
A $5 billion box office market awaits China by 2017. [Variety]
Chinese documentaries fail to connect with domestic audiences. [Global Times]
Jackie Chan talks to The Hollywood Reporter about his film career. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Gravity gets the thumb up for a November 20 release. [Variety]
China’s surge in the entertainment sector is producing home-made tycoons. [Forbes]
Legend 3D wants a part of China’s 3D boom. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Domestic animation fails to find traction with local audiences. [Global Times]
Propaganda films coming for ethnic minority groups. [The Hollywood Reporter]