Deadline's Mike Fleming reports that Wong Kar Wai's The Grandmasters has landed in the nurturing hands of The Weinstein Company. TWC has acquired all rights in the US and English-speaking Canadian territories from Annapurna Pictures, and rights to Australia, New Zealand and the UK from Wild Bunch.
The Grandmaster's box office total in China is a solid $45.3 million, but the film's run has been overshadowed by the recent release of two Hollywood heavyweights: Skyfall and Cloud Atlas.
Wong Kar Wai's last feature-length film to open in North America was 2007's My Blueberry Nights, a drama that featured performances by Jude Law, Natalie Portman, Rachel Weisz and Norah Jones. My Blueberry Nights tallied only $867,142 stateside.
THR reports that Cloud Atlas has grossed $15.2 million in China as of Tuesday. Word of mouth is strong in China for a film that polarized American moviegoers. There's a very real chance that Cloud Atlas' Chinese gross could top its $27 million North American haul.
Skyfall stayed in first place over Jan. 28-Feb. 3 frame with a solid $16 million. The spy flick is now up to $50.9 million in China. A total haul of around $60 million looks likely at this point.
Cloud Atlas made $11.3 million in first four days of release. That's a promising start for a film that's had trouble finding its footing in other countries. The North American haul is $27.1 million.
Grosses for Jan. 28-Feb. 3, 2013:
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Kansas City, Mo. -- Since 2010, AMC Theatres has featured Mandarin-language films in select theatres. Starting Friday, Feb. 8, AMC will offer its guests the opportunity to see LOST IN THAILAND, the blockbuster setting theatrical attendance records in China.
"We are committed to tailoring content to serve AMC's local communities, ranging from blockbuster action franchises and animated family movies to sophisticated art films and Mandarin-language love stories," said Nikkole Denson-Randolph, vice president of alternative and special content at AMC. "We are thrilled to present LOST IN THAILAND now, in time for Chinese New Year celebrations, as many of our guests have requested."
"LOST IN THAILAND is an action-packed comedy about two Chinese colleagues racing to find their boss at a remote monastery in Thailand. Since its theatrical release on Dec. 12, 2012, the movie has entertained more movie-goers in China than the global blockbuster AVATAR," said Yamin Zhang, international general manager at Enlight Pictures. "We are excited to partner with AMC and its affiliate, Wanda Media, to bring this movie to American audiences."
AMC will play LOST IN THAILAND, subtitled in English, at 29 locations.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.amctheatres.com.
Atlanta AMC North DeKalb 16
Boston AMC Loews Boston Common 19
Chicago AMC South Barrington 30
Chicago AMC River East 21
Chicago AMC Showplace Village Crossing 18
Chicago AMC Northbrook 14
Dallas AMC Stonebriar 24
Houston AMC Studio 30
Los Angeles AMC Atlantic Times Square 14
Los Angeles AMC Burbank Town Center 8
Los Angeles AMC Orange 30
Los Angeles AMC Puente Hills 20
Los Angeles AMC Santa Anita 16
Los Angeles AMC Tustin 14
Miami AMC Aventura 24
New Jersey AMC Deptford 8
New York AMC Empire 25
New York AMC Loews Jersey Gardens 20
New York AMC Loews Newport Centre 11
New York AMC Loews Village 7
San Diego AMC Fashion Valley 18
San Diego AMC La Jolla 12
San Francisco AMC Bay Street 16
San Francisco AMC Cupertino Square 16
San Francisco AMC Mercado 20
San Francisco AMC Metreon 16
Seattle AMC Pacific Place 11
Washington DC AMC Hoffman Center 22
Washington DC AMC Rio Cinemas 18
Sources tell Boxoffice that Cloud Atlas made $2.6 million (RMB 16 million) on its first day of release in China. That's a promising start for the sci-fi/fantasy flick. Cloud Atlas needs to grab all it can from China considering that its global total before releasing in the Middle Kingdom was an underwhelming $80.5 million. Early buzz on Sina Weibo, a popular Chinese social media site, indicates that moviegoers are not reacting negatively to the fact that nearly 40 minutes of footage was reportedly cut from Cloud Atlas.
Elsewhere at the Chinese box office, Skyfall is up to $44.7 million as of Thursday.