The Wolverine continues to be the top film in China, adding another $14.51 million to its cume after its first full week of release. The superhero spin-off has grossed a total of $33 million in China, a crucial factor in helping The Wolverine hit $275 million overseas and cross the $400 million global mark. Special ID stayed in second place for the second consecutive weekend, adding $10 million in the shadow of the Hugh Jackman X-Men vehicle. Special ID has grossed a total of $21.15 million in China.
Arnold Schwarzenegger returned to Chinese cinemas with The Last Stand. The late release of the action film saw a $4.75 million bow, a number that is likely to dip after the Stallone/Schwarzenegger vehicle Escape Plan premieres this week. The peculiar timing won't do any favors for the former Governor of California's diminishing box office stock. The Last Stand has struggled in the overseas box office with a $33 million cume. Escape Plan is still expanding to several territories and has only grossed a total of $28.1 million outside of North America.
Now You See Me crossed the $20 million mark after 18 days in release. The magic caper film added $3.47 over the weekend, holding on for a fourth place finish in its third frame. Young Detective Dee is close to reaching the $100 million club in China. The popular domestic prequel has already grossed a $96.4 million cume after a month in release and will need a steady hold in the coming weeks to reach the milestone. The Lone Ranger dropped out of China's top ten chart after fizzling with a $13.14 million performance after 23 days in release.
Top Ten Films in China.
Data courtesy of Entgroup.
Hollywood releases lose ground in China. [The Wall Street Journal]
Director Ning Ying speaks about modern Chinese cinema. [CNTV]
A 35% surge in box office over the first three quarters puts China on the path to a new annual record. [The Hollywood Reporter]
What does a Hollywood film need to succeed in China. [WSJ Live]
China still has a demand for sceens in the midst of a booming box office. [Xinhua Net]
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.