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.
Sources tell Boxoffice that Skyfall's total in China after Tuesday is $40.6 million (RMB 252.7 million). Official numbers will be released next Tuesday.
Hollywood is ready to start rolling out more blockbusters in China.
Warner Bros. has already confirmed that The Hobbit will open on February 22. Now sources tell Boxoffice that three other films are set to open in the Middle Kingdom: Les Misérables on 2/28 with an IMAX release being planned by Wanda; A Good Day to Die Hard on 3/16 and Oz: The Great and Powerful also on 3/16. Both A Good Day to Die Hard and Oz will play on IMAX screens. We are waiting for official confirmation.
Les Mis has tallied a solid $37 million haul in South Korea and nearly $5 million in Hong Kong, so it should do well in China. As of Tuesday, the musical's global haul is $314.5 million.
A Good Day to Die Hard could follow in the footsteps of The Expendables 2, a $53.1 million hit in China. Or it could end up closer to the $20.2 million haul of Looper.
As for Oz: The Great and Powerful, the benchmark will be the $34.6 million haul of Alice in Wonderland in 2010. Oz star James Franco isn't as big of a global draw as Alice star Johnny Depp, but the Chinese box office has grown so much since Alice opened--an 87% jump from 2010 to 2012--that Oz could still end up passing Tim Burton's fantasy flick.
Entgroup reports that as of January 27, Skyfall is up to $34.5 million in China. The spy film was able to overshadow The Mythical Ark: Adventures in Love and Happiness, a Chinese animated flick that opened in second with $9.8 million from January 21-27.
Lost in Thailand is running out of steam even though it's so close to topping Avatar's $203. 8 million record-setting haul in China. The comedy grabbed $1.4 million this past week, pushing its total to $197.4 million.
Elsewhere in the top 10, Gone, an American thriller starring Amanda Seyfried, managed only $630K in three days. Gone grossed only $11.7 million in North America last February.
The past week's box office total was $387.6 million, a 34% increase over the previous week and an 18% increase over the same week last year.
Grosses for the week of Jan. 21-27, 2013:
Data provided by EntGroup. For complete daily box office data, please subscribe to EntBase.