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Non-Stop

Non-Stop has strong China opening

23-Sep-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: While Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes and The Expendables 3 topped the box office over the week September 15-21, Liam Neeson starrer Non-Stop had a strong opening, grossing $7.28m in three days.

The Admiral: Roaring Currents

S Korea's Admiral sets US BO record

22-Sep-2014 | By

After six weeks the South Korean naval battle film has crossed $2.5m to overtake The Host and become the highest grossing Korean-language film in North America.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

Apes reclaims top spot in China

16-Sep-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Fox’s Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes narrowly outgrossed The Expendables 3 to take back the top spot at the Chinese box office last week (Sep 8-14).

The Expendables 3

Expendables 3 tops China box office

10-Sep-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Undeterred by piracy, The Expendables 3 grossed $32.84 in its first week at the China box office, knocking Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes into second position.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

Apes swings into top spot in China

2-Sep-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Fox International’s Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes kept local action title The Four 3 off the top spot at the China box office last week, grossing a hefty $45.13m over its three-day opening weekend.

How To Train Your Dragon 2

Dragon 2 retains China BO lead

26-Aug-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: How To Train Your Dragon 2 held on to the top spot at the China box office in the week August 18-24, grossing a further $24.09m for a cumulative total of $50.86m.

How To Train Your Dragon 2

Dragon 2 flies at China box office

19-Aug-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon 2 topped the Chinese box office for the week August 11-17, grossing $26.32m over a four-day weekend, while Apocalypse Pompeii opened in third position with $6.68m over three days.

Roaring Currents

Roaring Currents tops Avatar in S Korea

18-Aug-2014 | By

Kim Han-min’s war epic edges towards 15 million admissions, beating previous box office record-holder Avatar to become the biggest ever film in South Korea.

White Haired Witch Of Lunar Kingdom

Witch retains China box office lead

13-Aug-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Bona Film Group’s White Haired Witch Of Lunar Kingdom topped the Chinese box office for a second week (August 4-10), grossing $19.71m from 3.2 million admissions.

Roaring Currents

Roaring Currents breaks Korea record

11-Aug-2014 | By

In Korea, historic sea battle film Roaring Currents has hit 11 million admissions in record time and beaten Disney’s Frozen to the biggest box office of 2014 to date.

Tiny Times 3

Tiny Times 3 tops China box office

22-Jul-2014 | By

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.

The Monkey King

China box office up 25% in H1 2014

21-Jul-2014 | By

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).

Transformers: Age Of Extinction

Transformers holds China top spot

15-Jul-2014 | By

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.

Transformers: Age Of Extinction

Transformers 4 biggest film in China

9-Jul-2014 | By

Paramount confirmed the development on Wednesday (July 9) as Transformers: Age Of Extinction reached $225.1m.

Frozen

Korean admissions down, gross up

9-Jul-2014 | By

Latest report from KOFIC for the first half of 2014 also outlines the best first half year on record for foreign films.

Transformers: Age Of Extinction

Transformers breaks China records

8-Jul-2014 | By

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.

Transformers: Age Of Extinction

Transformers, Break-up Guru top China box office

1-Jul-2014 | By

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.

Maleficent

Maleficent, Godzilla rule China box office

24-Jun-2014 | By

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.

Godzilla

Godzilla crushes $37m China debut

17-Jun-2014 | By

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.

X-Men: Days Of Future Past

X-Men has mighty China opening

27-May-2014 | By

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).

The Great Hypnotist

Classmate, Hypnotist top China box office

7-May-2014 | By

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.

My Old Classmate

'Classmate' tops China box office

29-Apr-2014 | By

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.

Transcendence

Transcendence opens third in China

22-Apr-2014 | By

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.

Captain Americ: The Winter Soldier

Captain America opens big in China

8-Apr-2014 | By

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.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Winter Soldier rampant in China

6-Apr-2014 | By

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.

Noah

Noah scores $1.1m South Korea launch

20-Mar-2014 | By

The Paramount and Regency Enterprises epic from Darren Aronofsky delivered the biggest opening day in South Korea so far this year from 730 screens.

Need For Speed

Need For Speed tops China chart

18-Mar-2014 | By

DreamWorks’ Need For Speed took pole position at the Chinese box office over the weekend, grossing $21.09m in three days.

Dhoom 3

India box office up 10% in 2013

12-Mar-2014 | By

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.

Snowpiercer

Snowpiercer locks China release date

11-Mar-2014 | By

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

Smaug, Robocop top China box office

5-Mar-2014 | By

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.

Frozen

Frozen breaks Korea box office record

4-Mar-2014 | By

Disney feature is the first animation to top 10 million admissions in Korea.

KANO

Kano tops Taiwan box office

3-Mar-2014 | By

Wei Te-sheng-produced sports drama Kano topped the box office over its opening weekend in Taiwan (Feb 27-March 2).

Beijing Love Story

Beijing Love Story tops China box office

18-Feb-2014 | By

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.

The Monkey King

China box office up 82% over Chinese New Year

10-Feb-2014 | By

Huge growth fuels speculation that China may soon expand its quota for revenue-sharing imports to 44 films a year.

Miracle In Cell 7

S Korea breaks box office record

27-Jan-2014 | By

South Korea’s box office hit an all-time record in 2013 of $1.75bn (KW1.88tr),

The Great Gatsby

Australian box office down in 2013

20-Jan-2014 | By

Australia’s box office gross tumbled 2.3% on the previous year.

Iron Man 3

Hong Kong box office up 4% in 2013

7-Jan-2014 | By

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).

Personal Tailor

China box office grows 27% to $3.6bn

6-Jan-2014 | By

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

Dhoom 3 racks up $80m global tally

6-Jan-2014 | By

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.

The Attorney

The Attorney surges at Korean box office

6-Jan-2014 | By

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).

The Smurfs 2

Sony’s China BO swells 22pc

1-Jan-2014 | By

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.

Catching Fire

Lionsgate sets record year in China

23-Dec-2013 | By

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.

Snowpiercer

Korean box office breaks 200m record

18-Dec-2013 | By

South Korea’s box office has topped a record 200 million admissions, according to the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) integrated ticketing website.

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

Hobbit 2 triumphs despite Korean distribution discord

18-Dec-2013 | By

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.

No Man's Land

No Man’s Land has strong China opening

5-Dec-2013 | By

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).

Stalingrad

Stalingrad has record-breaking China opening

5-Nov-2013 | By

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_04

Beyond The Edge breaks NZ record

29-Oct-2013 | By Wendy Mitchell

Beyond the Edge has scored the highest grossing opening weekend for any documentary in New Zealand.

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