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Lucy

Lucy beats Guardians at China box office

29-Oct-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Luc Besson’s sci-fi action thriller Lucy topped the China box office for the week October 20-26, grossing $20.02m in its opening three days.

Absent One off to roaring start at Danish box office

27-Oct-2014 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

Keeper of Lost Causes sequel is a huge hit as third film in series is being planned with Arcel to direct.

Annabelle

Annabelle crosses $125m int’l

26-Oct-2014 | By

UPDATED OCTOBER 27: What looked like a tight international box office contest heading into the weekend saw Annabelle emerge as the comfortable winner thanks to a confirmed $26.2m haul.

Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians to continue box office rise

24-Oct-2014 | By

China and Italy could help Marvel’s sci-fi blockbuster hold the top slot.

Guardians Of The Galaxy

Guardians takes top spot in China

22-Oct-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Guardians Of The Galaxy finally knocked local mega-hit Breakup Buddies off the top spot at the China box office last week, grossing $37.97m over seven days (October 13-19).

Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians Of The Galaxy tops $400m at int'l box office

19-Oct-2014 | By

Guardians Of The Galaxy surged past $400m as a robust second weekend hold in China generated $23.1m overall and propelled the international running total to $404.8m.

Dracula Untold

Will Dracula Untold rise again?

16-Oct-2014 | By

Dracula Untold was the top Hollywood international release last weekend on $33.9m and Universal Pictures International top brass will look for strong holds to retain pole position.

Breakup Buddies stays on top in China

14-Oct-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Ning Hao’s edgy comedy Breakup Buddies was the top-grossing film in China over the week October 6-12, taking $48.56 from 8.7 million admissions, according to figures from EntGroup.

Dracula Untold

Dracula Untold rules int’l on $34M

12-Oct-2014 | By

UPDATED OCTOBER 13: Dracula Untold grossed $33.9m from 42 territories as the early tally climbed to $62.6m. Separately Fox International executives said the company’s box office has amassed more than $3bn for the year-to-date.

Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians ventures into China

10-Oct-2014 | By

All eyes will be on the Asian mega market as the latest Marvel Studios blockbuster makes its debut.

Breakup Buddies takes $38m int'l

5-Oct-2014 | By

UPDATED OCTOBER 6: Despite Fox’s heroics it was Ning Hao’s comedy Breakup Buddies that ruled the international arena on an estimated $38m from China that elevated the running total to $93m.

Gone Girl

Fox unleashes Gone Girl

2-Oct-2014 | By

The Maze Runner has crossed $100m and faces stiff competition this weekend from the wide launch of Fox stablemate Gone Girl, the David Fincher mystery that opened the New York Film Festival.

Dearest

Dearest tops China box office

30-Sep-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Peter Ho-sun Chan’s Dearest topped the China box office for the week September 22-28, grossing $15.85m over its first four days.

Sabertooth leads Norway box office boom

30-Sep-2014 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

Norwegian local films set for the best year since 1975, after Captain Sabertooth and the Treasure of Lama Rama takes 103,604 admissions for the year’s top opening.

The Maze Runner

Maze Runner adds $29m int'l

28-Sep-2014 | By

SEPTEMBER 29 UPDATE: The Maze Runner used a confirmed $28.8m haul from 62 markets to strengthen its grip on the international crown and repel a solid launch by Sony’s The Equalizer.

The Equalizer ready to rule

26-Sep-2014 | By

Sony unloads the Denzel Washington action thriller in 57 territories day-and-date with North America this weekend and will give reigning champion The Maze Runner a run for its money.

Non-Stop

Non-Stop has strong China opening

23-Sep-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: While Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes and The Expendables 3 topped the box office over the week September 15-21, Liam Neeson starrer Non-Stop had a strong opening, grossing $7.28m in three days.

The Maze Runner

Maze Runner rules int'l on $38m

21-Sep-2014 | By

SEPTEMBER 22 UPDATE: The Maze Runner vaulted to the top of the international charts as Fox International declared an confirmed $38m haul from 51 markets, scoring number one in 47.

The Maze Runner

Maze Runner, Tombstones challenge Lucy

19-Sep-2014 | By

Fox International prepares to unleash its YA adaptation The Maze Runner in an estimated 37 territories this weekend day-and-date with the North American launch.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

Apes reclaims top spot in China

16-Sep-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Fox’s Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes narrowly outgrossed The Expendables 3 to take back the top spot at the Chinese box office last week (Sep 8-14).

Lucy

Lucy bosses int'l BO on $25m

14-Sep-2014 | By

SEPTEMBER 15 UPDATE: Lucy the brave soared past $200m as an overall $24.9m through Universal and EuropaCorp propelled the running total to $230.6m.

Lucy

Can Lucy outmuscle the crowd?

12-Sep-2014 | By

EuropaCorp / Universal’s Lucy has crossed $145m and will look to hold its spot as the top Hollywood film in international release despite several mighty rivals.

The Expendables 3

Expendables 3 tops China box office

10-Sep-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Undeterred by piracy, The Expendables 3 grossed $32.84 in its first week at the China box office, knocking Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes into second position.

Lucy

Lucy rules int'l BO on $23.3m

7-Sep-2014 | By

Lucy stayed on top of the international chart thanks to an estimated $23.3m weekend haul that boosted the tally to $143.7m through Universal and $192.2m including EuropaCorp markets.

Monty Python

Monty Python Live reaches $6.6m box office

3-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Comedy reunion show recorded audiences of 330,000 in 52 countries.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

Apes swings into top spot in China

2-Sep-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Fox International’s Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes kept local action title The Four 3 off the top spot at the China box office last week, grossing a hefty $45.13m over its three-day opening weekend.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

Apes scores $47m China debut

31-Aug-2014 | By

UPDATED SEPT 2: Lucrative returns in China continue to pour in as Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes delivered the fourth biggest opening day for a non-local film, helping it soar past $400m at the international box office.

Lucy

Lucy bids to stay on top

29-Aug-2014 | By

Lucy ruled the roost last weekend with a $29m haul that elevated the international running total past $100m and to more than $65.2m from Universal territories.

How To Train Your Dragon 2

Dragon 2 retains China BO lead

26-Aug-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: How To Train Your Dragon 2 held on to the top spot at the China box office in the week August 18-24, grossing a further $24.09m for a cumulative total of $50.86m.

Lucy

Lucy plunders $29m at int'l BO

24-Aug-2014 | By

UPDATED AUGUST 25: Lucy grossed a confirmed $28.9m from 3,267 venues in 38 Universal territories for a total of $65.2m to rank as the weekend’s top release at the international marketplace.

Dragon 2 bids to retain title

22-Aug-2014 | By

DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon 2 finished top of the pile last session thanks to a sterling debut in China that delivered a little over $26m.

How To Train Your Dragon 2

Dragon 2 flies at China box office

19-Aug-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon 2 topped the Chinese box office for the week August 11-17, grossing $26.32m over a four-day weekend, while Apocalypse Pompeii opened in third position with $6.68m over three days.

Roaring Currents

Roaring Currents tops Avatar in S Korea

18-Aug-2014 | By

Kim Han-min’s war epic edges towards 15 million admissions, beating previous box office record-holder Avatar to become the biggest ever film in South Korea.

Dragon 2 soars to $26m in China

17-Aug-2014 | By

UPDATED AUGUST 18: DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon 2 ruled the international roost on $37.7m, powered by a mighty $25.9m debut in China through Oriental DreamWorks.

White Haired Witch Of Lunar Kingdom

Witch retains China box office lead

13-Aug-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Bona Film Group’s White Haired Witch Of Lunar Kingdom topped the Chinese box office for a second week (August 4-10), grossing $19.71m from 3.2 million admissions.

Lucy

Lucy scores smash French debut

12-Aug-2014 | By

EuropaCorp’s action thriller opened in France on $13.2m (€9.9m) last week to deliver the biggest debut for an English-language release so far in 2014 and propel the overall international running total to $31.4m.

Roaring Currents

Roaring Currents breaks Korea record

11-Aug-2014 | By

In Korea, historic sea battle film Roaring Currents has hit 11 million admissions in record time and beaten Disney’s Frozen to the biggest box office of 2014 to date.

Guardians Of The Galaxy

Guardians rule int'l BO on $42m

10-Aug-2014 | By

UPDATE AUGUST 11: A further $41.7m enabled Marvel Studios’ Guardians Of The Galaxy to retain top spot in the international arena and reach $138.8m as Disney consolidated its $3bn-plus global box office for the year-to-date.

Guardians Of The Galaxy

Disney reaches double BO summit

8-Aug-2014 | By

The global number one performance of Guardians Of The Galaxy pushed Disney past $2bn at the international box office on August 4 and is projected to see the studio surge past $1bn in North America on August 7.

Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians rule on $161.7m debut

3-Aug-2014 | By

UPDATED AUGUST 4: Marvel Studios’ Guardians Of The Galaxy ruled the box office universe on an estimated $161.7m, of which $67.4m came from 42 territories outside the US through Walt Disney Motion Pictures International.

Guardians Of The Galaxy

Market gets ready for Guardians

31-Jul-2014 | By

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes swung to top spot last weekend but Marvel Studios’ Guardians Of The Galaxy is standing by to knock the primates off their perch.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

Apes lead int'l BO on $54.8m

27-Jul-2014 | By

UPDATED JULY 28: Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes reached the international box office summit at the weekend as a confirmed $54.8m from 12,247 screens in more than 61 markets dethroned Transformers 4.

Hercules

Hercules in strong Russia debut

25-Jul-2014 | By

UPDATED JULY 26: Paramount and MGM’s adventure starring Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock stormed into Russia on Thursday on an estimated $2.6m to reach $5.2m by Saturday.

Transformers: Age Of Extinction

T4 to cross $700M at int'l BO

24-Jul-2014 | By

Paramount Pictures International’s Transformers: Age Of Extinction will cross $700m this weekend.

Maleficent

Maleficent crosses $700m worldwide

22-Jul-2014 | By

The Disney smash starring Angelina Jolie has become the 15th Disney release in industry history to reach the milestone.  

Tiny Times 3

Tiny Times 3 tops China box office

22-Jul-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: The third installment in Guo Jingming’s Tiny Times franchise grossed $50.12m over its opening weekend in China, finally toppling Transformers: Age Of Extinction from the top spot.

The Monkey King

China box office up 25% in H1 2014

21-Jul-2014 | By

China’s box office increased by 25% to reach $2.23bn (RMB13.74bn) in the first half of 2014, according to official figures from the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRT).

Transformers: Age Of Extinction

T4 rules on $84.6m international

20-Jul-2014 | By

UPDATE JULY 21: Paramount Pictures International’s Transformers: Age Of Extinction grossed more than originally reported in its fourth session, taking $84.6m to reach $662.6m despite a mighty $61.9m from Fox’s Apes sequel.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

Fox crosses $3bn at global BO

18-Jul-2014 | By

Fox reached the milestone on July 15, one day before it became the first studio of the year to reach $2bn at the international box office. The studio crossed $1bn in North America on July 13.

Transformers: Age Of Extinction

Transformers holds China top spot

15-Jul-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Transformers: Age Of Extinction held onto the top spot at the China box office in its third week, although local comedy The Break-up Guru also managed to hold its own.

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Liz Garbus

Garbus to direct Niederhoffer comedy

EXCLUSIVE: Goldcrest to bring comedy Taxonomy to AFM.

jacques audiard

Celluloid launches new Audiard

EXCLUSIVE: Company to co-sell the title with Wild Bunch in Santa Monica. 

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Jason Wood leaves Curzon for HOME

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Mark Wahlberg

Deepwater Horizon heads to AFM

EXCLUSIVE: Lionsgate International will kick off pre-sales in Santa Monica next week on the Mark Wahlberg starrer from JC Chandor.

Bo Mikkelsen

Indie Sales boards What We Become

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Of Horses And Men

Of Horses and Men wins Nordic Council Film Prize

Icelandic writer-director Benedikt Erlingsson and producer Fridrik Thor Fridriksson have won lucrative The Nordic Council Film Prize for Of Horses and Men.

Spaceship

iFeatures crime-comedy Spaceship begins shoot

EXCLUSIVE: Production begins in Surrey on crime-comedy.

Michael Garin

Image Nation ramps up local doc production

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Naomi Watts

IM Global sees Three Generations

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Script contest to highlight UAE social issues

Twofour54 and the Family Development Foundation launch films screenplay contest.

Fest programmers call for comedy

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Brendan Muldowney

XYZ goes on Pilgrimage for AFM

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Interstellar

McConaughey: Interstellar “as intimate as most independent films”

Actors praise director for Interstellar’s “intimate and raw” feel during London press conference.

John Travolta

Voltage sparks to Life On The Line

EXCLUSIVE: Nicolas Chartier and his team will introduce international buyers at AFM to the action drama starring John Travolta, Kate Bosworth and Sharon Stone.

Rodrigo Guerrero

Rodrigo Guerrero joins AG Studios

The Colombian producer and Dynamo co-founding partner will run Alex Garcia’s Bogota-based Itaca Films Colombia.

Preggoland

Lightning gets hitched to Preggoland

Lightning Entertainment heads to the AFM with Jacob Tierney’s comedy that premiered in Toronto.

Grim Sleeper among IDA nominees

The International Documentary Association (IDA) has announced nominations for the 2014 IDA Documentary Awards today set to take place on December 5 in Los Angeles.

Ex Machina

A24 picks up Ex Machina

Alex Garland’s eagerly awaited feature directorial starring Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson and Alicia Vikander will open on April 10, 2015. Universal holds international rights.

Zoe Kravitz

Unified, Media House Capital prep Vincent-N-Roxxy

Fortitude International will introduce AFM buyers to the action crime drama starring Emile Hirsch and Zoë Kravitz. WME Global represents US rights.

Imogen Poots

WestEnd enters Green Room

EXCLUSIVE: UK sales outfit boards thriller starring Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots.

Kunal Nayyar

Kunal Nayyar, Icon join Bollywoof Tale

Big Bang Theory’s Kunal Nayyar attached; Icon takes UK rights.

Gale Anne Hurd

Gale Anne Hurd in PGA lifetime honour

Gale Anne Hurd will receive the Producers Guild of America’s (PGA) 2015 David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Motion Pictures. 

Universal dates Hail, Caesar!

The studio will release the Coen brothers latest film on February 5, 2016.

X + Y

Bankside scores X+Y deals

EXCLUSIVE: France, Australia, Canada, Japan among deals for Toronto hit.

Haim Saban

Haim Saban backs ZAG Animation Studios

Haim Saban, Chris Columbus and producer Michael Barnathan have teamed up with ZAG Entertainment founder Jeremy Zag to launch ZAG Animation Studios.

Robert Downey Jr and Chris Evans

Marvel Studios head talks Phase 3 Video

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The Sleepwalker

IFC takes US rights to The Sleepwalker

LevelK handles international sales on Brady Corbet thriller.

Nick Ryan

Ryan tries crowdfunding for Easter Rising film

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Meet Me In Montenegro

The Orchard picks Montenegro

The distributor has acquired all US and Canadian rights to Meet Me In Montenegro and has earmarked a 2015 theatrical release.

Kampai For The Love Of Sake

Fortissimo drinks to Kampai! For The Love of Sake

Fortissimo takes world rights except Japan for Mirai Konishi’s feature documentary Kampai! For The Love Of Sake.