ASIA BOX OFFICE NEWS
CHINA BOX OFFICE: The third installment in Guo Jingming’s Tiny Times franchise grossed $50.12m over its opening weekend in China, finally toppling Transformers: Age Of Extinction from the top spot.
China’s box office increased by 25% to reach $2.23bn (RMB13.74bn) in the first half of 2014, according to official figures from the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRT).
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Transformers: Age Of Extinction held onto the top spot at the China box office in its third week, although local comedy The Break-up Guru also managed to hold its own.
Paramount confirmed the development on Wednesday (July 9) as Transformers: Age Of Extinction reached $225.1m.
Latest report from KOFIC for the first half of 2014 also outlines the best first half year on record for foreign films.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Paramount’s Transformers: Age Of Extinction has become the highest-grossing film of all time in China, taking $222.74m in its first ten days, and breaking the $221.9m record set by Avatar in 2010.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Local romantic comedy The Break-up Guru provided the only resistance against the power of Paramount’s Transformers: Age Of Extinction at the Chinese box office last week, grossing $24.18m in its first three days.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Disney’s Maleficent grossed a healthy $22.01m in its opening three days in China, in a week dominated by Hollywood tentpoles, which took the top four positions in the top ten.
China box office: Godzilla had an impressive opening at the China box office last weekend, grossing $37m and pushing Edge Of Tomorrow to second place.
China Box Office: Fox’s X-Men: Days Of Future Past has had the biggest opening weekend for a Hollywood film so far this year in China, grossing $39.35m in three days (May 23-25).
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Frant Gwo’s romantic drama My Old Classmate held onto pole position at the Chinese box office last week with a futher haul of $34.63m, while opener The Great Hypnotist came in second with $22.28m.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Local romantic drama My Old Classmate beat Donnie Yen action drama Iceman 3D at the Chinese box office last weekend, grossing $17.31m in its first three days.
Johnny Depp AI thriller Transcendence grossed $10.65m on its opening weekend in China, placing the film third at the weekly box office (April 14-20) behind Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Rio 2.
Disney and Marvel Studios’ Captain America: The Winter Soldier topped the China box office during the week March 31-April 6, grossing $36.23m after just three days.
Marvel Studios’ Captain America: The Winter Soldier grossed a confirmed $109.8m through Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International (WDSMPI) powered by a mighty China debut to boost the early tally to $209.4m.
The Paramount and Regency Enterprises epic from Darren Aronofsky delivered the biggest opening day in South Korea so far this year from 730 screens.
DreamWorks’ Need For Speed took pole position at the Chinese box office over the weekend, grossing $21.09m in three days.
FICCI Frames: India’s box office grew by 10% to reach $1.53bn (Rs93.4bn) in 2013, according to a FICCI-KPMG report released on the opening day of the FICCI Frames conference in Mumbai.
Korean studio CJ Entertainment’s China office has confirmed that Bong Joon Ho’s Snowpiercer will be released in mainland China on March 17.
Robocop had a strong opening in China last weekend, grossing $20.67m (Feb 28-March 2), but The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug kept the top spot in the box office chart.
Disney feature is the first animation to top 10 million admissions in Korea.
Wei Te-sheng-produced sports drama Kano topped the box office over its opening weekend in Taiwan (Feb 27-March 2).
Wanda Media’s Beijing Love Story topped the China box office last weekend, grossing $33.15m in three days, according to figures compiled by EntGroup.
Huge growth fuels speculation that China may soon expand its quota for revenue-sharing imports to 44 films a year.
South Korea’s box office hit an all-time record in 2013 of $1.75bn (KW1.88tr),
Australia’s box office gross tumbled 2.3% on the previous year.
Hong Kong’s box office increased by just 4% in 2013, with Iron Man 3 heading the chart with a haul of $13.72m, according to local industry body the Motion Picture Industry Association (MPIA).
China’s box office grew by 27% to reach $3.6bn (RMB21.8bn) in 2013, compared to $2.8bn (RMB17bn) the previous year.
Dhoom 3 has become the first Indian film to cross the $80m (Rs5bn) barrier at the worldwide box office, according to producer-distributor Yash Raj Films.
In its third week at the top of South Korea’s box office charts, local political drama The Attorney is set to go past 8 million admissions tomorrow (Jan 7).
EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures Releasing International (SPRI) top brass reported significant year-on-year gains in China in 2013 as the company registered its third biggest year overall at the international box office.
Announcing on December 23 that the company’s films had crossed $2bn worldwide for the second consecutive year, top brass added that six films took a record $116.3m in China.
South Korea’s box office has topped a record 200 million admissions, according to the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) integrated ticketing website.
In South Korea, The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug topped the box office its opening weekend in spite of discord between local distributor Warner Brothers Korea and exhibitors CJ CGV and Lotte Cinema about profit sharing.
Chinese filmmaker Ning Hao’s long-delayed road movie No Man’s Land has grossed $3.2m (RMB19.5m) on its opening day in China (Dec 3).
Russian war epic Stalingrad had the biggest ever opening for a non-US, non-local film over the weekend in China, grossing $8.3m over four days (Oct 31-Nov 3).
Beyond the Edge has scored the highest grossing opening weekend for any documentary in New Zealand.
Next Entertainment World (NEW) has topped South Korea’s weekend box office with debut director Huh Jung’s horror thriller Hide And Seek.
UPDATED AUG 5: Warner Bros’ biggest opening weekend in China helped Pacific Rim beat The Smurfs 2 in one of the closest international box office races in years as the sci-fi took a confirmed $53m from 58 markets compared to a confirmed $49.4m from 43 for Sony’s family sequel.