Gravity gets the thumb up for a November 20 release. [Variety]
China’s surge in the entertainment sector is producing home-made tycoons. [Forbes]
Legend 3D wants a part of China’s 3D boom. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Domestic animation fails to find traction with local audiences. [Global Times]
Propaganda films coming for ethnic minority groups. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon spent another week as the #1 film in China. The prequel earned $16.77 million throughout the week, taking its 16-day total to $88.64 million. The blockbuster film has registered over 2.5 million admissions during its theatrical run.
Now You See Me brought in $9.81 million during its first four days in China. The heist flick has grossed over $215 million overseas and raked in a total of $333 million worldwide. Now You See Me will likely outgross The Lone Ranger in the coming days; the Disney Western adds China to its list of territories where the film has failed to gain significant traction with audiences. The Lone Ranger grossed $5.98 million in its first full week in release, bringing its Chinese total to $11.82 million.
Love Will Tear Us Apart and Inferno 3D both collected box office receipts in the $5 million range. Inferno 3D is on the verge of hitting the $20 million mark in its home country, currently posting a $19.53 million cume. Turbo should aslo reach the same milestone by the end of its theatrical run; the animated feature has grossed a total of $18.14 million.
Top Ten Films in China. Week Culminating on October 14, 2013
Now You See Me received a late bump in its overseas box office with an $8 million debut from approximately 4,400 Chinese screens. The magic caper film has been one of the year's biggest success stories after grossing $333 million worldwide on a $105 million budget. The $8 million debut in China improves upon The Lone Ranger's premiere in the same market last weekend. Disney's troubled Western went on to gross $2.4 million in its first hold-over weekend. Now You See Me will premiere in Japan, its final market, on October 25.
Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon continued its strong Holiday run throughout the week, accumulating a robust $55.39 million to reach a $70.72 million cume. The action film Inferno 3D ranked in second place after bringing in $14.21 million in its first week.
Turbo enjoyed a good amount of hold-over business during the National Holiday week, adding $5.9 million to its tally and lifting the Chinese cume to $16.9 million. The animated film finished the weekend with a $113.9 million overseas total. Disney's estimates for The Lone Ranger debut came in over $1 million higher than the weekend actuals. Entgroup's data reports a $5.59 two-day take for the Disney dud; the studio had originally expected a $7 million tally from its first two days in the market.
Top Ten Films in China. Week Culminating on October 8, 2013