BOX OFFICE: SARFT Releases Updated 2012 Figures on January 10, 2013
China's State Administration of Radio, Film and Television reports that the Chinese box office rose 31% to 17.1 billion yuan ($2.75 billion) last year. The 2011 total was $2.03 billion.
83% of th 893 films released in 2012 were Chinese films, but they only accounted for 48.5% of the total haul.
Brad Pitt Joins Weibo, China's Version of Twitter on January 10, 2013
When Brad Pitt does anything the media instantly pays attention. Well, that's the case once again with the famous actor's decision to post on Weibo. Bloomberg has a rundown:
BOX OFFICE: 'CZ12' and 'Lost In Thailand' Still Going Strong on January 08, 2013
Jackie Chan's CZ12 was able to edge past Lost in Thailand in order to take the top spot at the Chinese box office from Dec. 31, 2012-Jan. 6, 2013. CZ12 raked in another $37.3 million, pushing its cume to $113.6 million. The action flick now ranks in 6th place on China's all-time highest grosses list.
Lost in Thailand fell to 2nd place with a healthy $31.8 million. The comedy has now earned a staggering $182.2 million in China, which means it's well on the way to passing Avatar's $203.8 million in order to become the #1 film of all time in China. We're betting that record won't last very long since the Chinese film market is growing at a rapid pace.
NEW ON BLU-RAY: 'The Assassins' on January 08, 2013
Director Zhao Yiyang's The Assassins looks stunning on Blu-ray. Combine the beautiful visuals with a commanding lead performance from Chow Yun Fat and you get a must-own for any fan of Chinese cinema.
Synopsis: During the Three Kingdoms period, Cao Cao stands as the last pillar of power preventing the collapse of the Han throne. Emperor Xian, who sits on that throne, cares more about music and poems than his own power. But behind the Emperor's disinterest, rumors that Cao Cao wants the throne for himself have driven Emperor Xian to plot Cao Cao's assassination, a plan that's been years in the making. An ancient prophecy states that when the four elemental start to align, a new dynasty will arise, and in 221 A.D., they do. With the weakened government and impending omen, Cao Cao has enemies everywhere, and they all want him dead. Someone has been abducting the children of Cao Cao's dead enemies and training them to be assassins. In 221, they are grown, and sent to infiltrate Bronze Sparrow Tower. When the four stars align over Bronze Sparrow Tower, the struggle for Cao Cao's life begins ...
BOX OFFICE: 'Back to 1942' Passes $300K In North America on January 02, 2013
China Lion reports that Back to 1942, a drama about an overlooked Chinese famine, has grossed $308,781 in North America. Back to 1942 is currently playing at only one location, down from a peak of 11.
Back to 1942's total in China is $57.4 million.