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Line Walker

'Line Walker' climbs top of China box office

22-Aug-2016 | By Silvia Wong

Time Raiders overtook Skiptrace to become China’s biggest local title this summer.

Time Raiders

China box office: 'Time Raiders' to steal summer crown

15-Aug-2016 | By Silvia Wong

Action-adventure Time Raiders is set to become China’s biggest summer blockbuster this year.

Flight Crew

Russian box office on the rise

9-Aug-2016 | By Eugene Vorotnikov

Russia and CIS box office defied the troubled economy in the first half of 2016, growing by almost 9% to $413m.

Time Raiders

China box office: 'Time Raiders' posts massive $70m debut

8-Aug-2016 | By Silvia Wong

Family animation The Secret Life Of Pets landed in second, while Jackie Chan’s Skiptrace was pushed down to third.

Skiptrace

China box office: 'Skiptrace' holds lead

1-Aug-2016 | By Silvia Wong

Action-fantasy League Of Gods stole the Fri-Sun crown as July ticket sales drop 18% year-on-year.

Skiptrace

Jackie Chan's 'Skiptrace' soars at China box office

25-Jul-2016 | By Silvia Wong

Skiptrace beats Tarzan and records Chan’s biggest opening weekend as Cold War 2 nears $100m.

A Violent Prosecutor

Admissions for Korean films up 8.4% in H1 2016

21-Jul-2016 | By

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.

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'Pokemon Go' fever fails to ignite latest film release

19-Jul-2016 | By Shawn Schroter

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

China box office: local films retain dominance

18-Jul-2016 | By Silvia Wong

Cold War 2 leads again; Chinese films retain dominance with eight of the top 10 slots.

Cold War 2

China box office: Chinese films score 1-2-3

12-Jul-2016 | By Silvia Wong

Cold War 2 top at Chinese box office between Jul 4 - 10; first time since early February that Chinese films score 1-2-3.

Now You See Me 2

China box office: 'Now You See Me 2' holds weekly lead; 'Turtles 2' rules weekend

5-Jul-2016 | By Silvia Wong

Magical caper becomes Lionsgate’s biggest film ever in China.

Now You See Me 2

China box office: 'Now You See Me 2' beats 'Independence Day'

28-Jun-2016 | By Silvia Wong

Lionsgate had its biggest opening in China with Now You See Me 2 on $43.64m from its first three days

China box office: 'Warcraft' hits $200m as 'Finding Dory' opens second

22-Jun-2016 | By Silvia Wong

Warcraft continued to reign supreme at the Chinese box office, taking $48.19m in the week of Jun 13 -19.

Warcraft

'Warcraft' boosts China box office as records tumble

14-Jun-2016 | By Silvia Wong

Warcraft sets record-breaking debut, while X-Men nears $100m.

Warcraft

'Warcraft' scores record $46m China opening day

8-Jun-2016 | By

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

'X-Men: Apocalypse' tops China box office

7-Jun-2016 | By Silvia Wong

X-Men: Apocalypse rules the chart as Captain America nears $200m.

Warcraft

‘Warcraft’ sets China pre-sales record

6-Jun-2016 | By Michael Rosser

Fantasy epic to open in China two days before North America.

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.

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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.

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Past Life

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Mojin The Lost Legend

IM Global launches Go Global in Beijing

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