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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.

Lucy

French films double int'l admissions in 2014

19-Jan-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Jump fuelled by Luc Besson’s English-language sci-fi thriller Lucy starring Scarlett Johansson

Taken 3

Taken 3 rules int’l BO on $31.6m

18-Jan-2015 | By

JANUARY 20 UPDATE: Taken 3 has surged to the cusp of $100m in two weeks as $31.6m from 58 markets elevated the tally to $99.5m after three sessions.

Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb

Night At The Museum 3 bids to extend rule

15-Jan-2015 | By

Fox International’s Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb rules the international arena and has reached $160.7m as it prepares to enter South Korea.

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

UTV fuels Disney local BO in 2014

13-Jan-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Disney’s local language films grossed a combined $236m in 2014.

Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb

Museum 3 rules international on $45.9m

11-Jan-2015 | By

JANUARY 11 UPDATE: Fresh from its record-setting $5.5bn global box office haul, Fox continued to demonstrate its international potency as Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb ruled the roost, Penguins Of Madagascar crossed $200m and Taken 3 scored a $10.5m number one UK debut.

WB local titles gross $319m in 2014

7-Jan-2015 | By

UPDATED JANUARY 7: The Japanese duo Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno and Rurouni Kenshin: Legend Ends combined for $95m as local language releases in 2014 contributed to Warner Bros’ $3.17bn overall international gross.

Denmark, Finland, Norway reveal 2014 top 10s

7-Jan-2015 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

Top local cinema performances last year in Denmark, Finland and Norway.

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.

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.

X-Men: Days Of Future Past

Fox soars to $5.5bn 2014 BO

5-Jan-2015 | By

Twentieth Century Fox broke industry global and international box office records in 2014 as co-heads of worldwide theatrical marketing and distribution Paul Hanneman and Tomas Jegeus announced combined grosses of more than $5.5bn and $3.73bn, respectively.

Lucy

UPI generates $1.43bn in 2014

5-Jan-2015

EXCLUSIVE: Ticket sales for local language films amounting to at least a quarter of a billion dollars propelled Universal Pictures International’s (UPI) calendar year to $1.43bn.

China box office rises 36% in 2014

5-Jan-2015 | By

Titles including Transformers and Breakup Buddies take box office total to $4.8bn.

Serial (Bad) Weddings

French cinema admissions rise 7.7%

5-Jan-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Serial (Bad) Weddings, Lucy and Superchondriaque lead best year for local productions in 30 years.

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

Five Armies crosses $500m int'l

4-Jan-2015 | By

UPDATED JANUARY 5: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies brought in a confirmed $52.5m over the weekend from 65 markets to reach $504.7m.

Interstellar

Warners hits $3bn int'l in 2014

3-Jan-2015 | By

Powered by the might of Interstellar and the ongoing heroics of the Hobbit finale, Warner Bros Pictures International (WBPI) achieved a company record $3.17bn in 2014 to become the first studio to cross the $3bn threshold twice.

Transformers: Age Of Extinction

Paramount hits $2.82bn in 2014

3-Jan-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The global haul incorporates $1.764bn from Paramount Pictures International in 2014 as the overall result climbed 34.6% on 2013.

American Sniper

American Sniper scores Italian record

2-Jan-2015 | By

Clint Eastwood recorded the biggest opening day of his career in Italy as the war film launched through Warner Bros Pictures International on $1.6m (€1.34m) from 425 screens.

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.

Guardians of the Galaxy

Disney grosses $4.45bn in 2014

30-Dec-2014 | By

UPDATED JANUARY 2: Global ticket sales for The Walt Disney Studios films generated $4.448bn in 2014, of which $2.83bn came from international and the $1.61bn balance from North America.

Hobbit finale crosses $400m int'l

28-Dec-2014 | By

UPDATED DECEMBER 29: New Line-MGM’s The Hobbit:  The Battle Of The Five Armies will see out 2014 as the dominant film as the worldwide tally climbed to $573.6m.

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.

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.

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

Five Armies rules int'l on $109m

21-Dec-2014 | By

DECEMBER 22 UPDATE: New Line-MGM’s Middle Earth epic plundered a confirmed $109m to dominate its second session with ease.

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

Five Armies breaches $160m

19-Dec-2014

New Line-MGM’s The Hobbit: The Battles Of The Five Armies remains the one to beat on $162.7m through Warner Bros Pictures International heading into its second weekend.

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.

Lionsgate hits $1bn international

14-Dec-2014 | By

Powered by The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, Lionsgate executives said on Sunday (December 14) the studio had reached $1.0003bn for the year-to-date.

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

Five Armies plunders $122.2m int'l

14-Dec-2014 | By

DECEMBER 15 UPDATE: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies has started as it means to go on with a potent reminder of the enduring appeal of Peter Jackson’s commitment to the works of JRR Tolkien, an immense endeavour that has occupied him for close to two decades.

Hobbit finale on $26.6m after two days

12-Dec-2014 | By

Warner Bros-New Line-MGM’s fantasy epic grossed a further $13.7m from 28 markets on December 12 following the $11.3m opening day gross across 11 territories on December 10 to stand at $26.6m internationally.

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.

Mockingjay crosses $300m int'l

7-Dec-2014 | By

DECEMBER 8 UPDATE: Lionsgate’s YA hit marches on as a confirmed $32.9m from 87 markets propelled the international running total to $306.6m and $564.7m worldwide.

Mockingjay crosses $500M global

4-Dec-2014 | By

Lionsgate’s YA adaptation soared past the milestone on the night of December 3 to reach $504.8m, of which $271m comes from international markets.

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.

Mockingjay hits $480.3M worldwide

30-Nov-2014 | By

DECEMBER 1 UPDATE: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 has raced to $480.3m worldwide after 10 days, according to Lionsgate executives.

Mockingjay soars past $200m int’l

28-Nov-2014 | By

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 has crossed $200m at the international box office and $370m worldwide.

Interstellar

Interstellar stays on top in China

25-Nov-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar retained its lead at the top of the China box office last week, grossing $41.45m from 7 million admissions.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

Mockingjay takes $154.3m int’l

23-Nov-2014 | By

NOVEMBER 24 UPDATE: Storming to a confirmed $276.2m worldwide, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 delivered $154.3m from the first five days in 85 markets through Lionsgate International licensees.

The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1

Mockingjay Part 1 flies into action

21-Nov-2014 | By

NOVEMBER 22 UPDATE: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 scores number one debuts everywhere as UK delivers $8.2m after two days, Germany $6m and Mexico $5.3m.

Interstellar

Interstellar steals int'l on $108m

16-Nov-2014 | By

NOVEMBER 17 UPDATE: A $41.7m five-day debut in China played its part as Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi used a confirmed $107.9m weekend haul to warp-drive to $225.8m overall.

Guardians Of The Galaxy

Disney crosses $4bn global BO

16-Nov-2014 | By

Fired up by a quartet of heavy-hitters, the studio reached the milestone on November 14 to mark the second time it has done so and set a new company speed record in the process.

Interstellar

Interstellar surges to $136M

14-Nov-2014 | By

UPDATED NOVEMBER 14: Interstellar has made an impact on its first two days in China through Warner Bros, adding an estimated $5m from 7,742 screens to reach $10.4m after two days.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Turtles retains China box office lead

11-Nov-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles retained its lead at the China box office for the week November 3-9, grossing a further $25.17m from 4 million admissions for a cumulative total of $52.12m.

Interstellar

Interstellar rules world on $132m

10-Nov-2014 | By

UPDATED NOVEMBER 10: Interstellar dominated the international box office with an $82.9m take from approximately 14,8n00 screens in 62 markets, rising to approxiamtely $135.1m worldwide including the number two North American debut.

Interstellar

Interstellar opens top in 35 markets

7-Nov-2014 | By

Interstellar has grossed an estimated $8.7m from it first days in 35 markets as Warner Bros rolls out the film in 62 countries this weekend.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Turtles knock Lucy off China top spot

5-Nov-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles topped the Chinese box office with an opening gross of $26.51m, in a week when four new releases made it into the top ten.

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Dakota Fanning

Mister Smith to sell Brain On Fire

Dakota Fanning to star as a woman who descends into insanity; Gerard Barrett to direct.

Deep Web

Content boards Alex Winter's Deep Web for EFM Video

EFM: Content Film has added another title to its Berlin sales slate and will kick off talks with international buyers next week on Alex Winter’s documentary.

The Water Diviner The Babadook

Babadook, Water Diviner share AACTA best film

Double win marks the first time two films have shared Australia’s top film prize.

Rotterdam: The Tribe director among CineMart winners

Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy’s Chernobyl-based drama wins one of three awards at International Film Festival Rotterdam’s co-production market.

Stranded in Canton

Antipode finds Stranded in Canton

GOTEBORG: Docu-drama competing in Swedish Premieres Section at the Gothenburg Film Festival.

EFM: New Europe Film Sales picks up Crumbs, Mar

Sales outfit secures sci-fi feature and a Berlinale Forum film ahead of next week’s EFM.

Andy Harries, Tony Grisoni discuss next projects

GOTEBORG: Left Bank CEO Andy Harries and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas writer Tony Grisoni revealed details about upcoming projects during keynotes at TV Drama Vision, the Gothenburg Film Festival’s TV event.

cinemaxx

Vue's second CinemaxX MD quits

Christoph Ahmadi to leave exhibitor as Carsten Horn is named managing director.

Petri Kemppinen

TV spend surges for Nordisk Film & TV Fund

GOTEBORG: The Nordisk Film and TV Fund saw the level of money it allocated to TV surge in 2014 as local producers increasingly look to the small screen, according to CEO Petri Kemppinen.

Fjallbaka Murders

Nordic industry calls for more commissioners, platforms

GOTEBORG: Nordic territories will need to see an increase in the number of local commissioners and platforms if they are to adequately showcase flourishing scripted drama, industry experts agreed yesterday in Gothenburg.

Ross Fitzsimons

Ross Fitzsimons joins Arts Alliance

Event cinema specialist Arts Alliance has upped Ross Fitzsimons, formerly head of art and classical, to head of sales and marketing.

Matthew McConaughey

Sierra/Affinity to sell Gold

Another major project has dropped into the EFM as Sierra/Affinity consummates its lengthy courtship with the Black Bear Pictures adventure to star Matthew McConaughey and prepares to kick off international sales in Berlin next week.

Searchlight confirms Brooklyn deal

Fox Searchlight has confirmed its deal for the US and multiple territories to Sundance hit Brooklyn, while Magnolia has swooped on Best Of Enemies and Sundance Selects buys City Of Gold.

Mel Gibson

IM Global boards Hacksaw Ridge

EXCLUSIVE: In arguably the plum US title of the EFM, Mel Gibson is returning behind the camera for the first time in nearly a decade to direct Andrew Garfield in $40-50m true-life epic Hacksaw Ridge.

Isabel Coixet

Fortitude to sell This Man, This Woman

EFM: Penelope Cruz and Diane Kruger are in final talks to star in the romance from Isabel Coixet, whose Nobody Wants The Night will open the Berlinale next week.

Lionsgate

Lionsgate, Hunan TV in partnership talks

Lionsgate and China’s Hunan TV are in advanced talks to strike a three-year film-making pact.

Soda to distribute Slow West in Canada

EXCLUSIVE: Soda Pictures has picked up from HanWay Films Canadian rights to the Western following its world premiere in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at the weekend.

Burn Burn Burn

Creative England backs Burn Burn Burn

EXCLUSIVE: First image from road trip comedy starring Downton Abbey’s Laura Carmichael and Chloe Pirrie.

Jason Flemyng

Jason Flemyng directorial debut on Evolution slate

EXCLUSIVE: Vampire action film written by Danny King (Wild Bill).

Cinedigm

Cinedigm, Brand sign 12-film deal

Cinedigm has signed a 12-film deal with Brand Inc over three years and will funnel the original titles through multiple platforms including its OTT channels.

Saint Laurent Yves Saint Laurent

Saint Laurent leads Cesar nominees

Designer biopic leads the pack with 10 nominations; Kristen Stewart, Marion Cotillard and Juliette Binoche in the running for actress awards.

Sundance announces shorts winners

The Sundance Institute has announced its short film-making awards with Don Hertzfeldt’s World Of Tomorrow taking the short film grand jury prize.

Grandma

SPC acquires Paul Weitz’s Grandma

SUNDANCE: Sony Pictures Classics acquires worldwide rights to comedy starring Lily Tomlin.

The Walking Deceased

ARC gets The Walking Deceased

ARC Entertainment has acquired all North American rights to Scott Dow’s horror spoof.

Pride

BBC Films to receive BAFTA honour

BBC Films to receive the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award at the BAFTA Awards next week.

Assassins Creed

Catchplay co-finances New Regency trio

Taiwanese distributor Catchplay has signed a deal to co-finance and co-distribute three New Regency productions: The Revenant, Assassin’s Creed and Splinter Cell.

Douglas Trumbull

Parc Media unveils 3D co-productions

Start-up UK and Beijing-based production company Parc Media has unveiled a slate of three China-UK co-productions, two of which will use Douglas Trumbull’s new MAGI 3D process.

Scottish shoot

Scottish Film Talent initiatives unveiled

Major new initiatives for Scottish Film Talent announced; 14 projects selected for New Talent Shorts programme.

Bobby Farrelly

Foresight to launch One Night Stan at EFM

Mark Damon returns to Berlin with a marquee title in the form of the Bobby Farrelly comedy and along with Tamara Birkemoe will commence pre-sales next week.

Magnolia takes world on Tangerine

A banner year in Park City continued to deliver the goods as Magnolia Pictures acquired world rights to Sean Baker’s comedy. Separately, Fox Searchlight closed a major deal for Brooklyn, while Alchemy, SPC and Lionsgate confirmed previously reported buys on Strangerland, The Diary Of A Teenage Girl and Knock Knock.