After 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.
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]
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]
China’s State Administration of Press Publication, Radio, Film, and Television announced it will ease restrictions on 20 of its responsibilities. This movement includes a stipulation to allow film scripts that deal with “general topics.” Beijing News reported earlier this morning that general topics include anything that does not discuss “religion, ethnic groups, foreign affairs and other special topics,” quoted from “a source close to SARFT.”
The red-tape cutting also officiates the need to submit a synopsis of the production for approval. Prior to this movement, productions were required to submit entire scripts for approval. Industry site FilmBusinessAsia reports that this has been an informal practice for at least three years, which has now been made official.
Other rule relaxations include simplified approval processes for co-production film equipment. Local branches can now approve film festivals with single-nation focuses rather than having to be approved by the central Beijing branch. Equivalently, regional branches may now approve DVD manufacturing.
This move could also expand possibilities for more foreign productions.