TOP STORIES: IMAX Expands to China on October 30, 2013

IMAX expands to China with home theaters. [New York Times]

Piracy is still a major foe in the Chinese market. [South China Morning Post]

Co-productions prove popular with audiences. [CCTV]

Domestic films gain ground on Hollywood imports. [Bloomberg Businesweek]

Feng Xiaogang's 'Personal Tailor' Set for Dec. 20 Release in North America on October 30, 2013

Feng Xiaogang, director of Back to 1942, China's entry to the Academy Awards, will have his new film hit North American theaters on December 20. China Lion will be taking over distribution of Personal Tailor in North America. 


CHINA: 'The Wolverine' Slashes the Competition for $33M Cume on October 29, 2013

wolverinenamerica.jpgThe 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.

TOP STORIES: Chinese Box Office Aims for Record Year After 35% Boost on October 24, 2013

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]

CHINA: 'The Wolverine' Claws Through an $18.17M Debut on October 23, 2013

680x478.jpegThe 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.


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