BOX OFFICE: 'Skyfall' Leads; 'Lost in Thailand' Still Trails 'Avatar'; 'Gone' Flops on January 29, 2013

Entgroup reports that as of January 27, Skyfall is up to $34.5 million in China. The spy film was able to overshadow The Mythical Ark: Adventures in Love and Happiness, a Chinese animated flick that opened in second with $9.8 million from January 21-27.

Lost in Thailand is running out of steam even though it's so close to topping Avatar's $203. 8 million record-setting haul in China. The comedy grabbed $1.4 million this past week, pushing its total to $197.4 million. 

Elsewhere in the top 10, Gone, an American thriller starring Amanda Seyfried, managed only $630K in three days. Gone grossed only $11.7 million in North America last February. 

The past week's box office total was $387.6 million, a 34% increase over the previous week and an 18% increase over the same week last year. 

Grosses for the week of Jan. 21-27, 2013:


Data provided by EntGroup. For complete daily box office data, please subscribe to EntBase.



ESSAY CONTEST: WIN A FREE BLU-RAY COPY OF 'DANGEROUS LIAISONS' on January 28, 2013 is giving away three Blu-ray copies of director Hur Jinho's Dangerous Liaisons, a Chinese adaptation of the classic French novel, Les Liaisons Dangereuses

To win, simply answer the following question in 500 words or less: "Why do you love Chinese cinema?" Then send your response along with a mailing address--sorry this open to residents of the United States and Canada only--to The deadline for submissions is February 7, 2013. The editorial team will pick three wining entries, and those entries will be published on See below for official rules.


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BOX OFFICE: 'Skyfall' Tallies $34.4 Million In One Week on January 27, 2013

Skyfall is doing brisk business in China. The spy flick is up to $34.4 million after seven days, Sony reports. The launch is 4% bigger than the first week of The Amazing Spider-Man and 9% bigger than the first week of The Dark Knight Rises. The opening already puts Skyfall just outside the top 50 on China's all-time highest grosses list. 

Rampant piracy and complaints of censorship may be hurting Skyfall, but it's still holding its own. When it comes to historical comparisons, it seems Skyfall will end up closer to Inception ($70.4 million in China) than Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol ($102.5 million). 

BOX OFFICE: 'Skyfall' Set To Pass 'Quantum of Solace' After 7 Days on January 26, 2013

Sony reports that Skyfall earned $17.9 million in four days of release in China. That means it will have no problem passing Quantum of Solace's $20.8 million haul after just seven days.

Skyfall is performing well even though rampant piracy and complaints about the film being censored are stifling the spy flick. 

THR Asks If China Will Buy A Hollywood Studio on January 25, 2013

Are we going to see China take over a Hollywood studio in the near future?

Perhaps. Anything seems possible after the Dalian Wanda Group's September 2012 acquisition of AMC Theaters. That $10 billion business deal proved two things: 1) China has no shortage of money when it comes to foreign investments and 2) They are really interested in the movie space.

"The rapid growth of the film industry has attracted a lot of capital from beyond the industry itself," EntGroup analyst Kady Yang tells THR. "The non-film-and-television-producing corporations might be a force to be reckoned with where these overseas acquisitions are concerned."

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