Elysium opened in first place in China, taking $11.75 million over its first four days on the market. The first place finish for the film set it above a trio of domestic debuts in limited release that opened to middling results at the box office. The Midas Touch opened in seventh place with a $2.05 million take from 27,965 showings -a fraction of the 95,334 plays dedicated to Elysium. Dead Sign and Time-travel love both opened to less than 15,000 showings and were unable to break the $1 million mark.
The Stolen Years posted an $8.79 million hold in its second week, bringing its domestic cume to $19.45 million. The Great Gatsby finished the week in third place with a strong $5.22 million hold that brings its total in China to $9.69 million. Jurassic Park 3D crossed the $50 million mark in China after a $4.65 million performance launched the film to a $54.42 million gross. Monsters University finished the week with a mid-table showing on the top ten chart, posting a $3.99 million tally that takes its Chinese total to $32.71 million.
Top 10 Films in China as of September 10, 2013
Under the terms of the Closer Economic Partnership Agreement between mainland China and Hong Kong, Cantonese-language films no longer need to be dubbed into Mandarin before being screened in China — they can substitute subtitles. [The Hollywood Reporter]
After the release of Stray Dogs, Tsai Ming-Liang, 55, wants to stop making movies. [Contactmusic]
Chinese films have been succeeding at home but have been struggling abroad. [China.org.cn]
In its opening weekend in China, The Great Gatsby had a rather reasonable start, grossing US$4.42 million. Leading the box office over the weekend was Jurassic Park 3D at US$17 million (in its second weekend). Also in the piece: the success of American films in China despite limits, China's adjustment to a glitzy world in The Great Gatsby, and Baz Luhrmann's wish to film in China. [Brisbane Times]
Yang Yazhou's Feed Me won an Innovation Award at the Montréal World Film Festival. [Film Business Asia]
In a crackdown on independent filmmaking, Chinese authorities have disrupted an independent film school, shut down two film festivals, and harassed organizers of a third festival. "They just want us to make films about food, clothes, [and] entertainment," said Yang Lina, an independent documentary maker. [Epoch Times]
Stalingrad is the first Russian-made feature film to get wide release in China. From now on, at least one Russian film per year will see wide release in China. [RIA Novosti]
The Tiny Times franchise is exposing the generational divide in China. The New York Times takes a look at China's youth culture and its influence on the big screen. [The New York Times]
Hollywood animated releases face challenges in order to achieve box office success in China. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Paramount will cast four roles for Michael Bay's upcoming Transformers 4 via a Chinese reality show. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Zhang Yimou has plans for a costume drama as his next project. [China Daily]