ASIA BOX OFFICE NEWS
The Korean Film Council (KOFIC) announced that admissions for local films went up 8.4% to 43.8 million in the first half of 2016 compared to the same period last year.
The latest entry in the Pokemon animated film franchise has become a victim of bad timing at the Japanese box office after debuting weeks ahead of the domestic rollout of Pokemon Go, the hit smartphone app that has captured the world’s attention.
Cold War 2 leads again; Chinese films retain dominance with eight of the top 10 slots.
Cold War 2 top at Chinese box office between Jul 4 - 10; first time since early February that Chinese films score 1-2-3.
Magical caper becomes Lionsgate’s biggest film ever in China.
Lionsgate had its biggest opening in China with Now You See Me 2 on $43.64m from its first three days
Warcraft continued to reign supreme at the Chinese box office, taking $48.19m in the week of Jun 13 -19.
Warcraft sets record-breaking debut, while X-Men nears $100m.
Legendary and Universal Pictures offered the latest proof if any were needed on Wednesday of why industry experts believe the territory will become the biggest box office market on the planet by 2017.
X-Men: Apocalypse rules the chart as Captain America nears $200m.
Fantasy epic to open in China two days before North America.
Angry Birds beat Captain America to the top spot; Divergent opened in third.
Captain America: Civil War tops again, while Song Of The Phoenix saw huge gains after begging for screens.
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 tops The Jungle Book in a week that saw more homegrown than foreign releases.
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.