TODAY'S HEADLINES: Shaw Brother films being remade for English release on July 24, 2013

grandmaster.jpgGrandmaster director Wong Kar-wai and cast advertise film, coming to U.S. next month. [China Daily

Weinstein and Celestial companies are teaming up to remake two Shaw Brothers martial arts films for English release. [Film Business Asia]

Despicable Me 2 banned from Chinese theaters. [Hollywood Reporter]

Nobel prize-winning author Mo Yan approves first film adaption in a decade. [China Daily]


CHINA: 'After Earth' Reaches $30M; Baseball-Playing Gorilla Shows Promise on July 23, 2013

mrgostill.jpgAfter Earth continued its strong run in China after its first full week in theatrical release. The M. Night Shyamalan father-son sci-fi flick took in $16.18 million over the week, raising its ten-day cumulative total to $30.36 million. It's a breath of fresh air for Sony; the studio is currently reeling from the North American box office blunders of After Earth and White House Down. The $30 million from China have boosted the overseas total for After Earth to $176.1 million and its global cume to $235.7 million. Every dollar will help Sony against a bigger write-off from this summer's costly North American flops. Ironically, the July 22 release of White House Down is likely to steal most of After Earth's thunder as it heads into its third weekend in China.

South Korea and China teamed up to co-produce Mr. GO, a 3D sports movie starring a baseball-playing gorilla. The high-concept movie stole the box office in South Korea and premiered in China with a strong $9.85 million cume in China. Bunshinsaba 2 was released earlier in the week and came out with a respectable $7.84 million total in its opening frame.


Two blockbusters are closing out their run in China as Tiny Times and Man of Steel falling to the bottom half of the week's top ten chart. The Superman reboot has grossed $63.44 million in China, about 18% of the film's $350.1 million overseas total. Tiny Times is opening in select theaters across North America this week through distributor China Lion. The Chinese hit is looking to add some overseas numbers of its own after grossing $77.6 million in its home country.

Top 10 Films in China (Weekly Estimates).


Data Courtesy of EntGroup.

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TODAY'S HEADLINES: A Genre Revolution in China on July 23, 2013


The growth and revolution of genres in Chinese film. [Film Business Asia]

Toronto International Film Festival to premier many high-profile Asian titles in North America. [Film Business Asia

Speculation: Is Chinese animation the key to overcoming US's film success?. [The Diplomat]



TODAY'S HEADLINES: Korean directors break China box office records on July 22, 2013


Two records have been broken by Korean directors at the China box office this weekend. [Film Business Asia]

Bruno Wu and former Bertelsmann CEO Thomas Middlehoff are partnering to create a China-based entertainment joint venture. [Hollywood Reporter

Hong Kong college graduate becomes one of Hollywood's youngest screenwriters. [China Daily]



TODAY'S HEADLINES: 'Tiny Times' heading to North America, new script control relaxation "nothing new" on July 19, 2013


Tiny Times heads to North America this month after $80 million performance at Chinese box office. [Variety]

Script control relaxation "nothing new," says industry official. [China Daily

Office Kitano Inc. to produce a Kids Return sequel after seventeen years. [Film Business Asia]

A 4-minute trailer has been released for The Wind Rises, Miyazaki Hayao's first film in five years. [Twitch]



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