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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.

Assassination

S Korea's 'Assassination', 'Veteran' continue box office rise

24-Aug-2015 | By

In South Korea, Choi Dong-hoon’s period action thriller Assassination has become the 9th biggest local film in box office history.

Go Away Mr Tumor

'Mr Tumor' topples 'Monster Hunt' at China box office

18-Aug-2015 | By

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.

Assassination

'Assassination' beats 'Avengers' record in S Korea

17-Aug-2015 | By

Korean feature tops 10.5 million admissions.

Monster Hunt

'Monster Hunt' becomes China’s second biggest film ever

11-Aug-2015 | By

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.

Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F

'Dragon Ball Z' scores US opening day hit

6-Aug-2015 | By

FUNimation Entertainment announced a mighty opening night for the theatrical release of Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F.

Ode To My Father

Korean box office rises 2.6% in first half of 2015

28-Jul-2015 | By

Box office tops $653m… but admissions fall 1.5%.

Monster Hunt

'Monster Hunt', 'Monkey King' break records

28-Jul-2015 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Monster Hunt continuted to break records at the China box office office last week, becoming the highest-grossing Chinese film ever with a gross of $221.41m after 11 days.

Monster Hunt

'Monster Hunt' rules China box office

21-Jul-2015 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Edko Films’ 3D adventure Monster Hunt broke a string of box office records on its opening weekend in China, according to EntGroup figures, grossing $107.58m in four days.

Tiny Times 4

Youth dramas rule at China box office

15-Jul-2015 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Tiny Times 4.0 topped the China box office last week, according to EntGroup figures, grossing $58.39m, while another youth drama, Forever Young, came in second with $41.42m.

Baahubali

'Baahubali' breaks box office records

14-Jul-2015 | By

Telugu-language epic Baahubali: The Beginning, directed by S.S. Rajamouli, has grossed $20m on its opening weekend in India and broken a string of box office records in both India and the US.

Monk Comes Down The Mountain

Chen Kaige’s 'Monk' tops China box office

8-Jul-2015 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Chen Kaige’s Monk Comes Down The Mountain topped the China box office last week, grossing $38.25m in it opening four days, according to EntGroup figures.

'Jurassic World' retains top spot in China

30-Jun-2015 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Jurassic World reigned over the China box office for the third week straight last week, passing the $200m benchmark, and holding off local opener Hollywood Adventures, produced by Justin Lin.

SPL2: A Time For Consequences

Jurassic World, SPL2 top China box office

23-Jun-2015 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Jurassic World chomped through another $68.49m to top the China box office last week, although local action thriller SPL2: A Time For Consequences opened strongly with $43.36m.

'Jurassic World' takes $100m in China opening

16-Jun-2015 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Jurassic World roared into China with an opening gross of $100.1m in five days, topping the box office and pushing San Andreas into second place.

San Andreas

'San Andreas' tops China box office with $52m

9-Jun-2015 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Disaster movie topples animated feature Stand By Me Doraemon from the top slot.

Stand By Me Doraemon

'Stand by Me Doraemon' tops China box office

3-Jun-2015 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Japanese animation Stand by Me Doraemon topped the China box office last week, grossing $38.29m in its opening four days.

Ultron tops China box office with $155m

20-May-2015 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Avengers: Age of Ultron replaced Furious 7 at the top of the China box office in its opening week, grossing $154.63m in six days.

'Furious 7' tops China box office for fourth week

13-May-2015 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Universal’s Furious 7 took a further $17.38m in mainland China in the week May 4-10, which kept it at the top of the box office and pushed its cumulative gross to $389.26m.

Furious 7

'Furious 7' holds narrow lead in China

5-May-2015 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Local releases You Are My Sunshine and Helios slowed down but did not derail the Furious 7 juggernaut at the China box office last week, with the film grossing a further $45.63m for a cume of $370.83m.

Fast and Furious 7

'Furious 7' biggest film ever in China

28-Apr-2015 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Universal’s Fast & Furious 7 has become the highest-grossing film ever in China.

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.

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