ASIA BOX OFFICE NEWS
The Jungle Book nears $100m as Yesterday Once More and The Huntsman: Winter’s War debut in second and third, respectively.
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.
Four new releases made the box office top 10, with The Jungle Book leading the way.
Yang Qing’s dark comedy claimed top spot while London Has Fallen outscored its North American debut in second.
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.
Warner Bros’ scores local record while Zootopia nears $200m and The Revenant passes $50m.
Zootopia beat Kung Fu Panda 3 to become the biggest animated film in China, while The Revenant opened second.
The company admitted fabricating more than 7,600 screenings of the film, amounting to $8.6m in fraudulent receipts.
Ip Man 3 and Zootopia lead the way in China as The Mermaid swims past $500m.
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.
MARCH 7 UPDATE: Ip Man 3 added an estimated $75m over the weekend to reach an early $76.5m.
The Mermaid surges towards $500m, while Kung Fu Panda 3 became China’s top animated film.
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.
The remake of Korean hit Miss Granny has become the country’s highest-grossing local film.
The $581m accumulated over the first seven days of the Chinese new year is a world record.
Theatrical box office was up 3.1% while admissions also grew; local films took 52% of admissions.
The US-China co-production blew away the competition, but Chinese New Year titles are waiting in the wings.
Jurassic World and Big Hero 6 proved the top grossers of the year.
It was a hat-trick of weekly wins for The Force Awakens but the weekend belonged to animated pandas and bears.
Australian films enjoy best ever year at local box office with Mad Max: Fury Road and The Dressmaker boosting results.
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.
Foreign titles re-entered the weekly chart after the blackout as Star Wars and Sherlock claimed top and third spot, respectively.
Mojin – The Lost Legend and Mr. Six crossed $200m and $100m, respectively.
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.
Action-horror rakes in a whopping $93.39m to become the third-biggest opening for a local film.
Point Break knocked The Martian off the top spot, while local fantasy comedy Surprise – Journey To The West set a new record for previews.
Ridley Scott’s Sci-Fi added $27m; Tony Chan’s Fall In Love Like A Star opened with $15.5m to take second place.
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.
Fox’s The Martian landed in pole position at the China box office with an impressive $48.95m in its first five days.
The latest instalment of the James Bond franchise debuted with an impressive $48.55m over its three-day opening weekend.
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.
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 Kate Winslet-starring film’s $2.8m opening dethroned The Martian, which had remained top of the pile for four weeks.
Ant-Man crossed $1m, while Mountains May Depart debuted as Jia Zhangke’s biggest hit.
Ant-Man topped the chart as Goodbye Mr Loser raced past $200m.
Ant-Man opened with a strong $42.77m but Goodbye Mr Loser is still on top.
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 knocked Lost In Hong Kong from the top spot.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Lost in Hong Kong surged past $200m during the lucrative National Day week.
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 has become the fastest local film to make $100m at the box office.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Paramount’s Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation amassed $33.70m for a $120.29m cume.
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.
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.
BOX OFFICE: Paramount soars again as Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation reached $500m worldwide. Meanwhile, Universal executives celebrate $1bn milestone for Jurassic World
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.
In South Korea, Choi Dong-hoon’s period action thriller Assassination has become the 9th biggest local film in box office history.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Edko Films’ Monster Hunt finally relinquished the top spot at the China box office, as Wanda Pictures’ Go Away Mr Tumor opened in pole position with $29.75m in four days.
Korean feature tops 10.5 million admissions.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Monster Hunt topped the China box office again last week, reaching a cumulative gross of $330.32m (RMB2.51bn) to become China’s second highest-grossing film of all time.