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Fast and Furious 7

'Furious 7' dominates China box office with $250m

21-Apr-2015 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: With Universal’s Fast & Furious 7 grossing $186.58m in its first full week at the China box office, the spoils were thinly spread for every other film on release.

Fast and Furious 7

'Furious 7' smashes China box office records with $63m

14-Apr-2015 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Universal’s Fast & Furious 7 scored the biggest opening day ever in China on Sunday (April 12), according to EntGroup figures, grossing $63.24m in a single day.

Wolf Warrior

'Wolf Warrior' tops China box office

7-Apr-2015 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Wu Jing’s Wolf Warrior topped the China box office in the week March 30-April 6, grossing $32.58m in its opening four days.

Kingsman: The Secret Service

'Kingsman' opens top of China box office

31-Mar-2015 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE:  Boosted by a visit to China by star Colin Firth, Kingsman: The Secret Service topped the China box office on its opening weekend, grossing $24.25m in three days.

'Cinderella', 'Lost and Love' top China box office

25-Mar-2015 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Disney’s Cinderella stayed on top of the China box office last week with a gross of $28.37m, although Huayi Brothers’ Lost and Love opened strongly with $18.17m for second place. 

Cinderella

'Cinderella' tops China box office

17-Mar-2015 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Disney’s Cinderella topped the box office over its opening weekend in China, grossing $24.8m in three days.

Global box office grew 1% in 2014

11-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Fuelled by strong growth in the Asia Pacific region, global box office receipts hit $36.4bn last year.

Big Hero 6

Big Hero 6 tops China box office with $30m

10-Mar-2015 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Disney animation Big Hero 6 topped the China box office in its first full week of release, grossing $29.88m, while Jupiter Ascending opened in third with $23.06m.

From Vegas To Macau II

Vegas To Macau tops China box office

3-Mar-2015 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Sequel slips past Dragon Blade and Wolf Totem in second week of Chinese New Year holiday.

Stand By Me Doraemon

Doraemon breaks Hong Kong record

3-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Animation has become the biggest grossing Japanese feature of all time in Hong Kong after just seven days of release.

Dragon Blade

Dragon Blade tops Chinese New Year box office

25-Feb-2015 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Daniel Lee’s Dragon Blade, starring Jackie Chan, John Cusack and Adrien Brody, topped the China box office over the Chinese New Year holiday weekend, grossing $54.84m in its opening four days.

Somewhere Only We Know

Somewhere tops China Valentine’s box office

17-Feb-2015 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Xu Jinglei’s Somewhere Only We Know topped the China box office over the Valentine’s Day weekend, grossing $37.72m from 6.99 million admissions.

Running Man

Running Man overtakes Hobbit in China

11-Feb-2015 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: TV show spin-off Running Man topped the China box office in its first full week (February 2-8), grossing $24.49m, while The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies slipped to second place with $20.11m.

Hobbit holds off Running Man in China

4-Feb-2015 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies held on to the top spot at the China box office for the week Jan 26-Feb 1, grossing $42.84m, although reality show spin-off Running Man put up a fight with $37.05m over its opening weekend.

Roaring Currents

South Korean film industry sales hits all-time high

4-Feb-2015 | By

South Korea’s film industry sales hit an all-time record of KW2.03trillion ($1.85bn) last year.

PK

Aamir Khan’s PK to receive China wide release

30-Jan-2015 | By

UTV Motion Pictures’ blockbuster PK, starring Aamir Khan, is heading for distribution in mainland China, where China Film Group and Huaxia will release it on 3,500 screens.

Frozen

Frozen helps Japan box office rise 6.6%

28-Jan-2015 | By

Japan’s box office gross rose 6.6% to hit JPY207bn ($1.75bn) last year.

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

Five Armies ousts Miss Granny in China

27-Jan-2015 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies grossed $49.84m on its opening weekend in China, pushing record-breaking remake Miss Granny into second place.

Australia box office drops 2.3% in 2014

23-Jan-2015 | By

Australia’s gross box office revenue dropped by 2.28% in 2014 compared to 2013, about the same as the fall from 2012 to 2013.

Ode To My Father

Ode To My Father tops 10m in S Korea

14-Jan-2015 | By

In South Korea, CJ Entertainment’s Ode To My Father has topped the country’s landmark 10 million admissions, taking in $72m according to the Korean Film Council’s ticketing database.

PK

PK breaks India box office records

6-Jan-2015 | By

UTV Motion Pictures’ PK, starring Aamir Khan and directed by Rajkumar Hirani, has become the Hindi film industry’s highest-grossing film ever in India with a take of $48m (Rs3.05bn), according to industry estimates.

The Taking Of Tiger Mountain

Tiger Mountain retains China box office lead

6-Jan-2015 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Tsui Hark’s The Taking Of Tiger Mountain stayed on top of the China box office in its second week, grossing $58.23m - more than its opening week haul of $51.72m.

China box office rises 36% in 2014

5-Jan-2015 | By

Titles including Transformers and Breakup Buddies take box office total to $4.8bn.

The Taking Of Tiger Mountain

Tiger Mountain $52m China debut

30-Dec-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Tsui Hark’s The Taking Of Tiger Mountain topped the China box office with a robust $51.72m in its opening six days, while Gu Changwei’s Love On The Cloud opened in second place with $23.17m over five days.

Roaring Currents

South Korean films top 100 million admissions

23-Dec-2014 | By

Local films in South Korea have topped 100 million admissions for the third consecutive year.

Gone With The Bullets

Bullets has strong opening in China

23-Dec-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Jiang Wen’s highly-anticipated satire Gone With The Bullets did not disappoint on its opening weekend in China, grossing $54.29m in its first four days.

Fleet Of Time

Fleet Of Time rules China box office

17-Dec-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Zhang Yibai’s Fleet Of Time stayed at the top of China’s box office in its second week, grossing $35.64m from 6.3 million admissions.

Fleet Of Time

Fleet Of Time beats The Crossing in China

9-Dec-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Zhang Yibai’s Fleet Of Time walloped John Woo’s The Crossing: Part 1 on its opening weekend in China, grossing $33.07m in its first three days.

Women Who Flirt

Interstellar keeps Women off China top spot

2-Dec-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Interstellar held onto the top spot for a third week at the China box office, although Pang Ho-cheung’s romantic comedy Women Who Flirt had a respectable opening.

Interstellar

Interstellar stays on top in China

25-Nov-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar retained its lead at the top of the China box office last week, grossing $41.45m from 7 million admissions.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Turtles retains China box office lead

11-Nov-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles retained its lead at the China box office for the week November 3-9, grossing a further $25.17m from 4 million admissions for a cumulative total of $52.12m.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Turtles knock Lucy off China top spot

5-Nov-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles topped the Chinese box office with an opening gross of $26.51m, in a week when four new releases made it into the top ten.

Lucy

Lucy beats Guardians at China box office

29-Oct-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Luc Besson’s sci-fi action thriller Lucy topped the China box office for the week October 20-26, grossing $20.02m in its opening three days.

Guardians Of The Galaxy

Guardians takes top spot in China

22-Oct-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Guardians Of The Galaxy finally knocked local mega-hit Breakup Buddies off the top spot at the China box office last week, grossing $37.97m over seven days (October 13-19).

Breakup Buddies stays on top in China

14-Oct-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Ning Hao’s edgy comedy Breakup Buddies was the top-grossing film in China over the week October 6-12, taking $48.56 from 8.7 million admissions, according to figures from EntGroup.

Dearest

Dearest tops China box office

30-Sep-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Peter Ho-sun Chan’s Dearest topped the China box office for the week September 22-28, grossing $15.85m over its first four days.

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.

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Relativity in talks to acquire ‘Shot Caller’

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Paramount moves China office to Beijing

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Fast and Furious 7

Universal dates 'Furious 8', 'Fifty Shades' sequels

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The Valley of Love

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Area 51

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The Grief of Others

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