ASIA BOX OFFICE NEWS
Anime smashes records, defeats Harry Potter spin-off.
Harry Potter spin-off scores IMAX best for wizarding franchise in China.
Chinese satire I Am Not Madame Bovary takes top spot with $30m; Doctor Strange drops to second.
Doctor Strange easily retains top spot; Ang Lee’s Billy Lynn debuts in second with $11.97m.
Doctor Strange scores $44m opening; local comedy Mr Donkey overtakes Inferno.
Jason Stratham’s Mechanic: Resurrection held onto its weekly lead, while Inferno topped the three-day weekend chart.
Crime-thriller Resurrection takes down Operation Mekong; Heartfall Arises opens in third.
Operation Mekong leads again, nears $150m; BFG opens in third.
Operation Mekong tops $100m, becomes biggest hit over National Day week, supplanting I Belonged To You.
I Belonged To You opens on $45m while L.O.R.D. takes $28m during reinvigorating National Day holidays.
Jeff Lau’s threequel beat off competition from family animation Storks during quiet week.
A Chinese Odyssey leads the pack, with S Storm and Cock And Bull in tow.
Star Trek Beyond holds firm; Shallows and Nine Lives open in second and third.
August box office takings rose 12% year-on-year.
The Bourne franchise reboot and Ice Age: Collison Course boosted this week’s box office takings.
Time Raiders overtook Skiptrace to become China’s biggest local title this summer.
Action-adventure Time Raiders is set to become China’s biggest summer blockbuster this year.
Russia and CIS box office defied the troubled economy in the first half of 2016, growing by almost 9% to $413m.
Family animation The Secret Life Of Pets landed in second, while Jackie Chan’s Skiptrace was pushed down to third.
Action-fantasy League Of Gods stole the Fri-Sun crown as July ticket sales drop 18% year-on-year.
Skiptrace beats Tarzan and records Chan’s biggest opening weekend as Cold War 2 nears $100m.
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.