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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.

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'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.

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'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.

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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. 

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'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.

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'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.

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'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.

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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.

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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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China box office: 'Spectre' breaks records for Sony

17-Nov-2015 | By Silvia Wong

The latest instalment of the James Bond franchise debuted with an impressive $48.55m over its three-day opening weekend.

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'Spectre' breaks records in China

15-Nov-2015 | By

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.

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'Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials' tops China box office on $21.5m

10-Nov-2015 | By Silvia Wong

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 Dressmaker

'The Dressmaker' opens strongly, prompts calls for more films about women

4-Nov-2015 | By Tom Grater

The Kate Winslet-starring film’s $2.8m opening dethroned The Martian, which had remained top of the pile for four weeks.

Ant Man

'Ant-Man' reigns in China; Jia Zhangke has biggest hit

3-Nov-2015 | By Silvia Wong

Ant-Man crossed $1m, while Mountains May Depart debuted as Jia Zhangke’s biggest hit.

'Ant-Man' takes Chinese box office lead; 'Pan' flops

27-Oct-2015 | By Silvia Wong

Ant-Man topped the chart as Goodbye Mr Loser raced past $200m.

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'Goodbye Mr Loser' holds off 'Ant-Man' at China box office

20-Oct-2015 | By Silvia Wong

Ant-Man opened with a strong $42.77m but Goodbye Mr Loser is still on top.

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'Yellow Flowers' rules in Vietnam

15-Oct-2015 | By Silvia Wong

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.

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'Goodbye Mr Loser' tops China box office

13-Oct-2015 | By Silvia Wong

Goodbye Mr Loser knocked Lost In Hong Kong from the top spot.

Lost In Hong Kong

‘Lost in Hong Kong’ leads strong week for China films

6-Oct-2015 | By Silvia Wong

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Lost in Hong Kong surged past $200m during the lucrative National Day week.

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'Polis Evo' burns up Malaysian box office

3-Oct-2015 | By

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

'Lost In Hong Kong' hits $106.8m

29-Sep-2015 | By Silvia Wong

Lost In Hong Kong has become the fastest local film to make $100m at the box office.

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'Mission: Impossible 5' tops 'Minions' in China

22-Sep-2015 | By Silvia Wong

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Paramount’s Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation amassed $33.70m for a $120.29m cume.

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'Mission: Impossible 5' tops China as 'Monster Hunt' sets new record

15-Sep-2015 | By Silvia Wong

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.

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'Hundred Regiments Offensive' tops China box office

8-Sep-2015 | By Screen staff

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.

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'Terminator: Genisys' crosses $100m in China

6-Sep-2015 | By

BOX OFFICE: Paramount soars again as Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation reached $500m worldwide. Meanwhile, Universal executives celebrate $1bn milestone for Jurassic World

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'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.

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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.

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'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.

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'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.

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'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.

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Korean box office rises 2.6% in first half of 2015

28-Jul-2015 | By

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

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'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.

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'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.

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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.

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'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.

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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.

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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.

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'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.

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'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.

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'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.

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‘Deadpool’ destroys the competition in buzz chart

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