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Angry Birds

'Angry Birds' soars at China box office

24-May-2016 | By Silvia Wong

Angry Birds beat Captain America to the top spot; Divergent opened in third.

China box office: 'Captain America' holds off 'Finding Mr Right'

17-May-2016 | By Silvia Wong

Captain America: Civil War tops again, while Song Of The Phoenix saw huge gains after begging for screens.

'Captain America' scores record-breaking debut in China

10-May-2016 | By Silvia Wong

The film clocked up $96.6m over its three-day opening weekend, 56% of the week’s total box office.

Finding Mr Right Book Of Love

'Finding Mr. Right' tops China box office

3-May-2016 | By Silvia Wong

Finding Mr. Right: Book Of Love tops The Jungle Book in a week that saw more homegrown than foreign releases.

'The Jungle Book' remains top in China

26-Apr-2016 | By Silvia Wong

The Jungle Book nears $100m as Yesterday Once More and The Huntsman: Winter’s War debut in second and third, respectively.

The Jungle Book

'The Jungle Book' becomes India’s biggest Hollywood film

21-Apr-2016 | By

Boosted by local cultural connections, Disney’s The Jungle Book has become the highest-grossing Hollywood film ever in India, taking $23.8m (Rs1.58bn) in 12 days.

'The Jungle Book' swings to top spot in China

19-Apr-2016 | By Silvia Wong

Four new releases made the box office top 10, with The Jungle Book leading the way.

Chongqing Hotpot

China box office: Chongqing Hot Pot cooks up top spot

12-Apr-2016 | By Silvia Wong

Yang Qing’s dark comedy claimed top spot while London Has Fallen outscored its North American debut in second.

'Batman v Superman' edges out 'My Beloved Bodyguard' in China

4-Apr-2016 | By Silvia Wong

Batman v Superman and new Chinese action-drama The Bodyguard were neck-and-neck while Yang Qing’s Chongqing Hot Pot was a close third.

Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice

'Batman v Superman' storms China box office

29-Mar-2016 | By Silvia Wong

Warner Bros’ scores local record while Zootopia nears $200m and The Revenant passes $50m.

Zootopia

'Zootopia' biggest animated film in China

22-Mar-2016 | By Silvia Wong

Zootopia beat Kung Fu Panda 3 to become the biggest animated film in China, while The Revenant opened second.

Ip Man 3

'Ip Man 3' distributor has licence suspended for box office fraud

21-Mar-2016 | By Tom Grater

The company admitted fabricating more than 7,600 screenings of the film, amounting to $8.6m in fraudulent receipts.

Ip Man 3

'Ip Man 3' tops China box office as 'The Mermaid' passes $500m

8-Mar-2016 | By Silvia Wong

Ip Man 3 and Zootopia lead the way in China as The Mermaid swims past $500m.

Mermaid

'The Mermaid' crosses $500m at China box office

7-Mar-2016 | By

Stephen Chow’s The Mermaid has grossed more than $500m at the Chinese box office and will climb even higher as its run has been extended by three months.

Ip Man 3

'Ip Man 3' rules international box office on $75m

6-Mar-2016 | By

MARCH 7 UPDATE: Ip Man 3 added an estimated $75m over the weekend to reach an early $76.5m.

Mermaid

China box office: 'The Mermaid' holds firm

1-Mar-2016 | By Silvia Wong

The Mermaid surges towards $500m, while Kung Fu Panda 3 became China’s top animated film.

The Mermaid

'The Mermaid' becomes China's highest-grossing film

23-Feb-2016 | By Silvia Wong

Stephen Chow’s comedy moved ahead of Monster Hunt to become the country’s top-grossing film, while Kung Fu Panda 3 targets all-time animation record.

Sweet 20

'Sweet 20' breaks Vietnamese box office record

19-Feb-2016 | By

The remake of Korean hit Miss Granny has become the country’s highest-grossing local film.

Mermaid

'The Mermaid' tops record-breaking week at China box office

16-Feb-2016 | By Silvia Wong

The $581m accumulated over the first seven days of the Chinese new year is a world record.

veteran

South Korea box office hits record high in 2015

3-Feb-2016 | By

Theatrical box office was up 3.1% while admissions also grew; local films took 52% of admissions.

Kung Fu Panda 3

'Kung Fu Panda 3' takes China box office crown

2-Feb-2016 | By Silvia Wong

The US-China co-production blew away the competition, but Chinese New Year titles are waiting in the wings.

Japan box office up by 4.9% to $1.83bn in 2015

28-Jan-2016 | By

Jurassic World and Big Hero 6 proved the top grossers of the year.

Star Wars The Force Awakens

China Box Office: 'Star Wars' holds lead; 'Kung Fu Panda 3' previews strongly

26-Jan-2016 | By Silvia Wong

It was a hat-trick of weekly wins for The Force Awakens but the weekend belonged to animated pandas and bears.

Mad Max: Fury Road

Australia sets record box office in 2015

21-Jan-2016 | By Fiona Williams

Australian films enjoy best ever year at local box office with Mad Max: Fury Road and The Dressmaker boosting results.

China Box Office: 'Force Awakens' battles 'Boonie Bears III'

19-Jan-2016 | By Silvia Wong

Star Wars: The Force Awakens held onto the weekly crown - and has now crossed $100m - but was edged out over the weekend by the popular bears.

Star Wars The Force Awakens at The Great Wall of China

'The Force Awakens', 'Sherlock' enter top five in China Video

12-Jan-2016 | By Silvia Wong

Foreign titles re-entered the weekly chart after the blackout as Star Wars and Sherlock claimed top and third spot, respectively.

'Mr. Six' tops China box office with $68.5m

5-Jan-2016 | By Silvia Wong

Mojin – The Lost Legend and Mr. Six crossed $200m and $100m, respectively.

Mojin The Lost Legend

China box office up by 49% to $6.78bn in 2015

4-Jan-2016 | By

China’s box office grew by 48.7% to hit a record $6.78bn (RM44bn) in 2015, according to the state film regulator, with local films grossing $4.17bn (RMB27.1bn) or 61.58% of the total haul. 

Mojin The Lost Legend

'Mojin – The Lost Legend' scares up $93.39m in China

22-Dec-2015 | By Silvia Wong

Action-horror rakes in a whopping $93.39m to become the third-biggest opening for a local film.

point break

'Point Break' tops China box office

15-Dec-2015 | By Silvia Wong

Point Break knocked The Martian off the top spot, while local fantasy comedy Surprise – Journey To The West set a new record for previews.

The Martian

'The Martian' holds top spot at China box office

8-Dec-2015 | By Silvia Wong

Ridley Scott’s Sci-Fi added $27m; Tony Chan’s Fall In Love Like A Star opened with $15.5m to take second place.

Mojin The Lost Legend

China’s box office hits $6.24bn in 2015

7-Dec-2015 | By

China’s box office has passed the $6.24bn (RMB40bn) benchmark, an increase of more than 48% compared to the same period last year, according to state news agency Xinhua.

The Martian

China: 'The Martian' tops 'Gravity', 'Interstellar' openings on $50m

1-Dec-2015 | By Silvia Wong

Fox’s The Martian landed in pole position at the China box office with an impressive $48.95m in its first five days.

spectre

China box office: 'Spectre' breaks records for Sony

17-Nov-2015 | By Silvia Wong

The latest instalment of the James Bond franchise debuted with an impressive $48.55m over its three-day opening weekend.

SPECTRE

'Spectre' breaks records in China

15-Nov-2015 | By

Sony, MGM, EON Productions’ James Bond thriller has set several new benchmarks in the wake of its release in the world’s second biggest market.

Maze Runner The Scorch Trials

'Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials' tops China box office on $21.5m

10-Nov-2015 | By Silvia Wong

Three Hollywood and two local new releases entered the weekly chart, with Fox’s Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials raced to the top with $21.54m from its first five days.

The Dressmaker

'The Dressmaker' opens strongly, prompts calls for more films about women

4-Nov-2015 | By Tom Grater

The Kate Winslet-starring film’s $2.8m opening dethroned The Martian, which had remained top of the pile for four weeks.

Ant Man

'Ant-Man' reigns in China; Jia Zhangke has biggest hit

3-Nov-2015 | By Silvia Wong

Ant-Man crossed $1m, while Mountains May Depart debuted as Jia Zhangke’s biggest hit.

'Ant-Man' takes Chinese box office lead; 'Pan' flops

27-Oct-2015 | By Silvia Wong

Ant-Man topped the chart as Goodbye Mr Loser raced past $200m.

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'Goodbye Mr Loser' holds off 'Ant-Man' at China box office

20-Oct-2015 | By Silvia Wong

Ant-Man opened with a strong $42.77m but Goodbye Mr Loser is still on top.

Yellow Flowers On Green Grass

'Yellow Flowers' rules in Vietnam

15-Oct-2015 | By Silvia Wong

Vietnamese-American director Victor Vu’s latest film has become a surprise hit at the box office in Vietnam, raking in $2.67m with 850,000 admissions since its opening on October 1.

goodbye mr loser

'Goodbye Mr Loser' tops China box office

13-Oct-2015 | By Silvia Wong

Goodbye Mr Loser knocked Lost In Hong Kong from the top spot.

Lost In Hong Kong

‘Lost in Hong Kong’ leads strong week for China films

6-Oct-2015 | By Silvia Wong

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Lost in Hong Kong surged past $200m during the lucrative National Day week.

Polis Evo

'Polis Evo' burns up Malaysian box office

3-Oct-2015 | By

Malaysian action comedy Polis Evo has given the local film industry a much-needed boost, grossing $1.8m (RM8m) in 11 days, to become the highest-grossing local film of 2015.

Lost In Hong Kong

'Lost In Hong Kong' hits $106.8m

29-Sep-2015 | By Silvia Wong

Lost In Hong Kong has become the fastest local film to make $100m at the box office.

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE - ROGUE NATION

'Mission: Impossible 5' tops 'Minions' in China

22-Sep-2015 | By Silvia Wong

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Paramount’s Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation amassed $33.70m for a $120.29m cume.

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

'Mission: Impossible 5' tops China as 'Monster Hunt' sets new record

15-Sep-2015 | By Silvia Wong

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Paramount’s Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation grossed $86.42m in six days, while Monster Hunt has become the biggest-ever film in China.

Hundred Regiments Offensive

'Hundred Regiments Offensive' tops China box office

8-Sep-2015 | By Screen staff

CHINA BOX OFFICE: War movie The Hundred Regiments Offensive topped the China box office for the week August 31-September 6, grossing $39.4m for a cumulative total of $61.97m after 10 days.

Terminator: Genisys

'Terminator: Genisys' crosses $100m in China

6-Sep-2015 | By

BOX OFFICE: Paramount soars again as Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation reached $500m worldwide. Meanwhile, Universal executives celebrate $1bn milestone for Jurassic World

Hundred Regiments Offensive

'Hundred Regiments Offensive' pulls rank at China box office

1-Sep-2015 | By Screen staff

Chinese netizens have been raising questions over the box office success of patriotic war movie, Hundred Regiments Offensive, released last weekend to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the defeat of the Japanese in the Second World War.

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Game Of Thrones

Hollywood Tech Retreat shifts attention to UK

A behind-the-scenes look at Game Of Thrones, visual effects rendered in the Cloud and a blow-by-blow account of the virtual production techniques used to create Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book are highlights of the HPA Tech Retreat which debuts in the UK next month (July 13-14).

The Thick Lashes of Lauri Mantyvaara

'Olli Maki' producer readies 'Lashes' shoot

Helsinki’s Aamu Film Company, which won Cannes’ Un Certain Regard prize for The Happiest Day In The Life of Olli Maki, is set to shoot another debut feature this summer.

Set The Thames On Fire

Dark comedy 'Set The Thames On Fire' sets UK release date

Sadie Frost, Noel Fielding and Sally Phillips star in twisted comedy.

Emily Blunt

Disney dates 'Mary Poppins Returns'

The studio said on Tuesday that Lin-Manuel Miranda, the Puerto Rican artist who created and starred in Broadway smash Hamilton, will join previously announced Emily Blunt in the title role.

The Confessions

Karlovy Vary fest unveils 2016 competition line-ups

The final film of Jan Nemec, who died in March, to play in the main competition.

The Salesman Forushande

Memento sells Cannes award-winner 'The Salesman' to UK, Germany

EXCLUSIVE: Memento also secures deals for Bruno Dumont’s Cannes contender Slack Bay.

Tiger Raid

Altitude acquires 'Tiger Raid' for UK-Ireland

Bankside secures key deal following Tribeca world premiere.

Lantica

US Briefs: Lantica rings changes at the top

Plus: Mellissa McCarthy to star in ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’; Uni shifts ‘Pitch Perfect 3’, ‘Girl Trip’; and more…

Ronit Elkabetz

Jerusalem fest to host Ronit Elkabetz tribute

JFF to pay tribute to Israeli actress and film-maker who died in April.

The Imaginarium Studios

Imaginarium to deliver keynote at Media Production Show

Seminars will include masterclasses on VFX and location management and panels on production design and UK tax relief.

the people vs fritz bauer

'The People Vs. Fritz Bauer' wins six German Film Awards

Nazi hunter thriller wins best film at the annual ‘Lolas’.

Charlotte Spencer

First NFTS-BBC Films 'Greenlight' project begins shoot

Diagnosis stars Screen Star of Tomorrow Charlotte Spencer [pictured].

Box Office

China’s Enlight Media invests in ticketing platform Maoyan

Beijing-based studio Enlight Media is paying $245m for a 19% stake in China’s largest online ticketing platform Maoyan.

The Big Blue

Ymagis launches crowdfunding platform to restore classic films

Monsieur Gangster, In The Realm Of The Senses and The Big Blue among first titles to be featured.

Amazon Prime logo

Amazon expands original content offering in Japan

Amazon is ramping up its offerings of original content in Japan as it strives to keep pace with Netflix, which is also aggressively moving ahead with plans to roll out locally-produced TV shows.

JJ Abrams

'God Particle' gets production date

Paramount and Bad Robot’s adventure will begin shooting in Los Angeles on June 10 with JJ Abrams serving as producer.

Apprentice

Arrow targets Cannes title 'Apprentice' for UK Video

EXCLUSIVE: Paris-based Luxbox secures new sales on Un Certain Regard title.

Samantha Morton

ITV, Hulu team up for 'Harlots'

Period drama stars Samantha Morton, Lesley Manville and Jessica Brown Findlay.

Benedict Cumberbatch Hamlet

Live cinema on the rise, says report

Almost half of UK exhibitors are now screening live cinema experiences.

Sophia Loren Human Voice

Transilvania fest to honour Sophia Loren

The festival will also honour Mad Max: Fury Road producer Iain Smith.