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INTERNATIONAL BOX OFFICE NEWS

'Ultron’ hits $44.8m in two days

24-Apr-2015

After two days Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Age Of Ultron has soared to an estimated $44.8m from its first 26 territories, teeing up what looks likely to become an epic launch.

'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' launches in 32 territories

23-Apr-2015 | By

Marvel Studios’ Avengers sequel assembles in 32 territories this weekend in what tees up a thunderous showdown with Fast & Furious 7 that could see both titles pull in more than $100m apiece.

‘Ultron’ hits $9.5m in 11 markets

23-Apr-2015 | By

Marvel Studios’ superhero sequel got off to a flying start on Wednesday as Disney top brass said it opened at number one in all of its first wave of markets.

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'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.

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'Furious 7' Universal's biggest ever global release

19-Apr-2015 | By

UPDATED APRIL 20: Fast & Furious 7 generated an extraordinary $166.9m confirmed weekend haul to soar to $857.9m internationally and reach the highest global mark in the studio’s 103-year history.

'Fast & Furious 7' hits $1bn

17-Apr-2015 | By

Universal executives confirmed on Friday that the action smash had crossed the milestone in an industry record 17 days.

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'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.

‘Fast & Furious 7’ crosses $800m

12-Apr-2015 | By

APRIL 13 UPDATE: The action franchise that keeps on giving for Universal soared to $3.18bn worldwide thanks to an estimated $259.2m worldwide weekend haul that boosted the running total to $801.5m.

Fast and Furious 7

‘Fast & Furious 7' crosses $525m

10-Apr-2015 | By

Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and the gang are expected to hold on to the global box office crown this weekend as the film reached $526.8m through Thursday morning.

UPI crosses $1bn in record time

9-Apr-2015 | By

Top brass at Universal Pictures International (UPI) said the studio was on course to reach the box office milestone in record time on Wednesday (April 8).

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.

Penguins Of Madagascar

Fox International crosses $1bn

6-Apr-2015 | By

The company has swept past the milestone in its second fastest time behind 2010 when Avatar was king of the world.

Fast and Furious 7

'Fast & Furious 7' rules on $392.2m

5-Apr-2015 | By

APRIL 6 UPDATE: The world belongs to Paul Walker, Vin Diesel and the gang as the roar of revving engines heralded an euphoric weekend for Universal ahead of what is expected to be a massive summer for the industry.

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‘Fast & Furious 7’ hits $121m

3-Apr-2015 | By

APRIL 4 UPDATE: Universal’s latest entry in its world-beating action franchise added a studio record $59.1m on Friday to race to $120.6m internationally.

‘Insurgent’ crosses $100m international

2-Apr-2015 | By

Lionsgate-Summit’s YA adaptation had reached $100.1m as of Thursday.

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' crosses $300m global

29-Mar-2015 | By

MARCH 30 UPDATE: Cinderella emerged from a tough pack of contenders to become the belle of the ball at the international box office thanks to a confirmed $40m haul via Disney.

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‘Cinderella’, ‘Insurgent', 'Home' in box office showdown

27-Mar-2015 | By

Cinderella, Insurgent and Home are locked in a close contest for supremacy at the international box office before Universal’s Furious 7 roars out of the gates next week.

'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. 

The Divergent Series: Insurgent

'Insurgent' leads overseas box office with $48.4m

22-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

MARCH 23 UPDATE: Lionsgate’s sequel lands in 76 markets, topping the chart in 66 markets; Disney’s Cinderella crosses $250m globally in only second weekend of release.

'Insurgent' shoots into 76 overseas markets

19-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Lionsgate’s sequel to land in over 9,000 screens internationally, day-and-date with its domestic bow.

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'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.

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'Cinderella' leads overseas with $62.4m

16-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

UPDATED MARCH 16: International bow for Disney’s live-action remake included the largest ever March opening in China; Universal’s Fifty Shades of Grey becomes distributor’s tenth highest-grossing film worldwide at $546.5m.

'Cinderella' begins international rollout

13-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Disney’s live-action remake waltzes day-and-date into China, Russia and Germany, among others.

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.

Jupiter Ascending

'Jupiter Ascending' hits $100m int'l

9-Mar-2015 | By

UPDATED MARCH 9: The Wachowskis’ sci-fi surged past $100m thanks to a $23m China debut from 7,028 screens to deliver the studio’s fifth biggest three-day debut.

Fifty Shades crosses $500m global

5-Mar-2015 | By

Fifty Shades Of Grey has crossed $500m through Universal heading into its fourth weekend.

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.

Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades rules int'l on $34.3m

1-Mar-2015 | By

UPDATED MARCH 2: Fifty Shades Of Grey extended its dominion to a third weekend on top via Universal Pictures International as a confirmed $34.3m from 59 territories elevated the running total to $337m.

Focus

Focus ready to roll in 31 markets

26-Feb-2015 | By

Warner Bros Pictures International unleashes the caper film Focus starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie day-and-date with North America in 31 markets including the UK, Russia and South Korea.

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.

Fifty Shades Of Grey crosses $400m global

22-Feb-2015 | By

FEBRUARY 23 UPDATE: Universal’s Fifty Shades Of Grey reached a confirmed $405.1m worldwide and closed out the weekend as the leading film at the global box office for the second consecutive session.

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Fifty Shades hits $300m at global box office

19-Feb-2015 | By

Fifty Shades Of Grey has raced to $311.7m worldwide via Universal heading into a second weekend it looks certain to dominate.  

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.

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Fifty Shades storms to $174m int'l

15-Feb-2015 | By

FEBRUARY 17 UPDATE: Fifty Shades Of Grey generated a confirmed $156m through Sunday rising to $173.6m through Monday from 58 territories via Universal to generate the biggest ever international launch for an R-rated or equivalent film. The worldwide tally already stands at $266.6m.

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Fifty Shades hits $37.2m global

12-Feb-2015 | By

FEBRUARY 13 UPDATE: Fifty Shades Of Grey is now active in 34 international territories and has climbed to $28.6m via Universal Pictures International, rising to $37.2m worldwide factoring in Thursday night’s (February 12) estimated $8.6m midnight grosses in North America.

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.

Jupiter Ascending

Jupiter Ascending grosses $33m int'l box office

8-Feb-2015 | By

Jupiter Ascending grossed $32.5m from a little under 10,200 screens in 65 countries led by $4.7m from 1,900 in Russia and $2.5m from 392 in France.

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.

The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared

Swedish admissions down 2%

4-Feb-2015 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

Swedish cinemas registered a total of 16.3 million admissions last year, down 2% on 2013 – but the 25.1% local market share was the highest since 2009.

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.

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

Chinese Running Brother rules int’l BO

1-Feb-2015 | By

BOX OFFICE: Chinese Running Brother stormed to the top of the international box office charts at the weekend thanks to an estimated $35m haul.

Hobbit finale eyes gains in China

30-Jan-2015 | By

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies stands at $630.7m through Warner Bros Pictures International and continues to rampage through China.

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.

Five Armies in $49.3m China debut

25-Jan-2015 | By

UPDATED JANUARY 26: New Line-MGM’s The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies crossed $600m at the international box office as a record three-day non-holiday Chinese debut delivered a confirmed $49.3m.

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.

Taken 3

Taken 3 eyes Australia, Brazil rule

22-Jan-2015 | By

Fox International’s Taken 3 stands at $105.1m and will look to surge past the $125m mark this weekend when it bursts into Australia and Brazil this weekend.

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Relativity in talks to acquire ‘Shot Caller’

CANNES: The studio is poised to snap up US rights to Bold Films’ thriller starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, with Sierra/Affinity handling international sales on the Croisette.

Jeffrey Greenstein

Jeffrey Greenstein to head Nu Image int'l sales, distribution

The highly regarded young executive has been promoted to president of international sales and distribution at Avi Lerner’s Los Angeles-based company.

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Saban Films moves on 'Backtrack'

The distributor has made a seven-figure offer for US rights on the Tribeca Film Festival world premiere.

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Cannes: Wild Bunch unveils first titles

EXCLUSIVE: Company to launch Radu Mihaileanu’s The History of Love and Studio Ghibli co-production The Red Turtle.

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Content Media to sell ‘Deep Blue Sea’

Heading into Cannes the company has bulked up its sales slate with international rights to the drama starring Jason Sudeikis and Jessica Biel.

Bridgend

Tribeca unveils winners; Danish cinema triumphs

Virgin Mountain and Bridgend were among the winners at the 14th annual Tribeca Film Festival’s New York awards show at Spring Studios on Thursday night.

Beijing: Beginning Of Time, Wolf Totem win top awards

Mexican director Bernando Arellano’s Beginning Of Time won best film in the Tiantan Awards of this year’s revamped Beijing International Film Festival, while Jean-Jacques Annaud’s Wolf Totem won best director and best visual effects.

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Voltage Pictures hires John Fremes

John Fremes has joined Voltage Pictures as president of international sales and distribution and will report to president and COO Jonathan Deckter.

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Hollywood targets lucrative local language production

Hollywood is targeting local language production more than ever as studios and independent finance and production players align themselves with international partners.

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Peter Bazalgette joins Creative Week line-up

Sir Peter Bazalgette is to deliver a keynote address exploring ways in which a newly elected government should support the UK creative industries as part of Screen Internationals’ annual Creative Week event (June 1-3, 2015).

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‘Ultron’ crushes social media chart

Avengers sequel outguns rivals.

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Paramount moves China office to Beijing

Paramount Pictures has announced that it plans to expand its office in China and shift its business operations from Shanghai to Beijing.

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Universal dates 'Furious 8', 'Fifty Shades' sequels

Studio executives used the CinemaCon platform to unload dates for two of its biggest franchises as well as a host of others.

The Valley of Love

Cannes: Competition titles added; Gaspar Noe gets Midnight Screening

Official Selection for 2015 line-up completed with extra titles for Competition, Un Certain Regard, Special Screening and Midnight Screening strands.

Area 51

‘Area 51’ to get limited US release

More than five years after the studio acquired rights to Oren Peli’s follow-up to the ground-breaking Paranormal Activity, Paramount Insurge has unveiled distribution plans.

Matthew Wiseman

Matthew Wiseman named BAFTA/LA COO

The Londoner will report to the British Academy Of Film And Television Arts Los Angeles CEO Chantal Rickards.

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Sundance London to return at new venue in 2016

Sundance Institute also reveals dates of second Hong Kong edition.

The Grief of Others

Cannes: ACID unveils 2015 showcase

Patrick Wang’s The Grief of Others set for international premiere in the selection.

Pinewood Studios

Pinewood Pictures' Steve Christian to step down

EXCLUSIVE: Pinewood Pictures exec to leave UK outfit after three years.

Newport Beach unveils UK showcase

The 16th annual California festival will present A Brilliant Young Mind, Set Fire To The Stars and A Little Chaos on Friday.

From What Is Before Mula sa kung ano ang noon

MUBI acquires Lav Diaz's 'From What Is Before'

EXCLUSIVE: SVOD service secures exclusive global distribution rights to epic Locarno winner.

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EC plans Creative Europe changes

EXCLUSIVE: The European Commission (EC) is planning changes to its Creative Europe programme from 2016.

Faberge A Life of Its Own

'Fabergé' documentary to get global screening

EXCLUSIVE: Arts Alliance to screen award-winning documentary in cinemas worldwide.

Phantom Halo

ARC Entertainment acquires ‘Phantom Halo’

The crime thriller will open day-and-date theatrically and on VOD on June 19. Peter Bogdanovich’s daughter Antonia Bogdanovich makes her feature directorial debut.

Deprogrammed

Blue Ice Docs acquires Hot Docs duo

The distributor has picked up Canadian rights to Mia Donovan’s Deprogrammed and Heddy Honigmann’s Around The World In 50 Concerts ahead of Toronto Hot Docs.

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Cannes: Arab Cinema Center to bring delegation

Following its launch at the Berlin film festival, the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) is bringing a delegation of 17 film companies and organisations from eight countries to the Cannes film festival and market.

Frankenstein

Alchemy acquires US rights to ‘Frankenstein’

The recently rebranded distributor has cut a deal with Summerstorm Entertainment following the thriller’s recent world premiere and Golden Raven Award win at Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival.

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'Lego Movie' directors creating animated 'Spider-Man' film

Sony has set The Lego Movie and 22 Jump Street directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller to take Spider-Man back to his graphic roots and has set a release date of July 20, 2018.

Edouard Waintrop

Cannes: Directors’ Fortnight head talks line-up

Artistic director jumped at chance to premiere My Golden Years.

Boulevard

Starz Digital acquires ‘Boulevard’

The digital and VOD distributor has acquired North American rights to Robin Williams’ final film.