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]
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.