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TOP STORIES: 2014 Release Dates Still Uncertain on December 18, 2013

The Economist considers the Chinese film industry. [The Economist]

Why don’t Chinese films play well abroad? [Global Times]

Wanda looks to open 80 IMAX theaters in China by 2021. [Wall Street Journal

2014 Chinese release-dates remain a mystery for studios. [Variety]

 

CHINA: Hong Kong's 'Firestorm' Takes $27M Debut on December 17, 2013

firestorm.jpgThe Hong Kong action thriller Firestrom scorched through the Chinese box office in its four days of release. Firestorm led the weekly box office after a $27 million debut put it ahead of all other releases on the market, aided by the fact that the weekend saw no other films debut in wide release.

No Man's Land slipped to second place with a $13.63 million week. The long-delayed Chinese film has grossed a total of $35.92 million in two frames.

Action sequel The Four 2 moved down to third place after its first full week of release secured an additional $10.7 million for the film. The Four 2 has grossed a total of $25.22 million in ten days.

Hollywood fare had to settle for mid-table positions this week. Gravity added another $2.96 million to reach the $70 million milestone. Gravity is the third highest grossing Hollywood import of the year behind Iron Man 3 and Pacific Rim. Epic finished its third frame by earning $1.26 million to take its Chinese total to $7.36 million. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire recorded its first week under the million-dollar mark, contributing $770k to reach a $27.75 million cume.

Top Ten Films in China:

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Data courtesy of Entgroup.

TOP STORIES: Chinese Box Office Passes $3.29B on December 10, 2013

Hollywood’s hyper-awareness of Chinese audiences. [Xinhua]

Chinese box office breezes past $3.2 billion mark. [Film Business Asia]

An interview with Chinese critic Raymond Zhou on the current state of China’s film industry. [South China Morning Post]

The Four 2 boosts Enlight shares. [Global Times]

 

CHINA: 'No Man's Land' Takes #1 Despite Long Delay on December 10, 2013

001ec97909631408d3913c.jpgNo Man’s Land finally hit theaters in its home country last weekend, over three-years after production wrapped on the story about a lawyer’s journey to rural China. No Man’s Land led the weekly box office with a six-day gross of $21.97 million. Last week’s leader, The White Storm, added $14.75 million to its tally during its first full week of release. The Chinese crime thriller has grossed a total of $27.88 million during its run. Another Chinese film, action sequel The Four 2, rounded a top three composed solely of domestic releases. The Four 2 took in $14.21 million from a weekend debut.

Gravity was the top performing import in China for yet another week. Alfonso Cuarón’s sci-fi film added $8 million in its latest frame, bringing its Chinese total to $66.98 million. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire spent another week in Gravity’s shadow, managing a $2.65 million performance to take its cume to $26.91 million. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opened only two days after Gravity’s premiere in China.

Epic will leave China with a less-than-stellar result. The animated film collected $2.33 million in its first full week, reaching a $6 million total. Thor: The Dark World and Escape Plan are culminating their time on the top ten chart. The superhero sequel has grossed $55.34 million over 31 days in release. Escape Plan, the Stallone/Schwarzenegger vehicle, outgrossed its $24.6 million North American total with a $40.93 million Chinese cume.

Top Ten Films in China. Week of December 2-9, 2013

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Data courtesy of Entgroup.

TOP STORES: 3D Expected to Stall in China on December 05, 2013

An interview with Enlight’s Wang Changtian. [Film Journal]

Britan-China co-production deal settled. [The Hollywood Reporter]

A Chinese Exec roundtable at ATF/Screen Singapore. [The Hollywood Reporter]

3D Expected to slow down in China as the box office continues to surge. [Variety]

 


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