TOP STORIES: China Looking to Overtake North America as Top Box Office Market By 2018 on October 18, 2013

China is poised to overtake North America as the world’s biggest box office market by 2018. [Forbes]

A $5 billion box office market awaits China by 2017. [Variety]

Chinese documentaries fail to connect with domestic audiences. [Global Times

Jackie Chan talks to The Hollywood Reporter about his film career. [The Hollywood Reporter]

TOP STORIES: 'Gravity' Set for a November 20 Release on October 16, 2013

grav.pngGravity 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]

CHINA: 'Young Detective Dee' Continues its Box Office Reign on October 15, 2013

yddstill.jpgYoung 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' Scores $8M Debut on October 14, 2013

now-you-see-me-still.jpgNow 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. 

TOP STORIES: Nicolas Cage, Nicole Kidman Honored; 'Iron Man' in HK Disneyland; UCLA Celebrates Chinese Cinema on October 10, 2013

UCLA Film & Television Archive is hosting a Chinese film series. [LA Times]


Nicolas Cage, Nicole Kidman receive "Global Actor" honors at Huading Awards. [USA Today]


Hong Kong's Disneyland will add an Iron Man section to its theme park. [The Motley Fool]


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