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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.

Transformers: Age Of Extinction

Transformers 4 surges past $500m

13-Jul-2014 | By

UPDATE JULY 14: Paramount Pictures International’s behemoth generated a superb confirmed $100.3m in its third weekend of duty to raise the score to $540.6m as the global tally climbed to $749.4m.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

Apes storm to US summit on $73m

13-Jul-2014 | By

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes won the North American session hands-down, arriving on an estimated $73m as the studio said it had passed $1bn for the year-to-date.

Zero Motivation

Zero Motivation is Israeli box office hit

11-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Talya Lavie debut marks best opening for an Israeli indie in three years.

Transformers: Age Of Extinction

Transformers 4 passes $435m

11-Jul-2014 | By

Paramount’s Transformers: Age Of Extinction will cross the half-billion threshold despite what is expected to be a strong challenge from Fox’s Apes.

Transformers: Age Of Extinction

Transformers 4 biggest film in China

9-Jul-2014 | By

Paramount confirmed the development on Wednesday (July 9) as Transformers: Age Of Extinction reached $225.1m.

Frozen

Korean admissions down, gross up

9-Jul-2014 | By

Latest report from KOFIC for the first half of 2014 also outlines the best first half year on record for foreign films.

Transformers: Age Of Extinction

Transformers breaks China records

8-Jul-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Paramount’s Transformers: Age Of Extinction has become the highest-grossing film of all time in China, taking $222.74m in its first ten days, and breaking the $221.9m record set by Avatar in 2010.

Transformers: Age Of Extinction

T4 crosses $400m internationally

6-Jul-2014 | By

UPDATED JULY 7: Transformers: Age Of Extinction summoned a confirmed $96.6m in a dominant second session through Paramount Pictures International to propel the running total to $400.9m and $575.6m worldwide.

Transformers: Age Of Extinction

T4 crosses $400m worldwide

3-Jul-2014 | By

Despite a clash with the scheduled quarter-finals of the World Cup, Transformers: Age Of Extinction will remain the dominant force in the international market where it is expected to soar past $350m.

Transformers: Age Of Extinction

T4 China gross ahead of US

2-Jul-2014 | By

According to Paramount’s partners China Movie Media Group, Transformers: Age Of Extinction has reached $134.5m in its first five days in China – more than the $120.9m in the first five days in North America.

Maleficent

Maleficent to cross $600m global mark

2-Jul-2014 | By

Disney’s fantasy starring Angelina Jolie was expected to reach the milestone on July 2, according to executives.

Transformers: Age Of Extinction

Transformers, Break-up Guru top China box office

1-Jul-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Local romantic comedy The Break-up Guru provided the only resistance against the power of Paramount’s Transformers: Age Of Extinction at the Chinese box office last week, grossing $24.18m in its first three days.

Transformers: Age Of Extinction

Transformers 4 storms to $201m int’l

29-Jun-2014 | By

UPDATED JUNE 30: Paramount’s Transformers: Age Of Extinction delivered an estimated $201.3m from 10,152 international screens, $100m in North America and $301.3m worldwide in the biggest opening salvo of 2014 so far.

Transformers: Age of Extinction

Transformers 4 opens in China on $30m

27-Jun-2014 | By

UPDATE: Paramount’s behemoth is off to a flying start and has raced to $80m internationally and $121.6m worldwide.

Maleficent

Maleficent, Godzilla rule China box office

24-Jun-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Disney’s Maleficent grossed a healthy $22.01m in its opening three days in China, in a week dominated by Hollywood tentpoles, which took the top four positions in the top ten.

Maleficent

Maleficent rules int’l on $48m

22-Jun-2014 | By

UPDATED JUNE 23: Powered by a number one Chinese debut, Disney’s fantasy tale came in higher than estimates on $47.9m to edge out DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon 2 on $43.2m, according to weekend estimates.

Dragon 2 sniffs int’l domination

20-Jun-2014 | By

DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon 2 unloads the biggest wave of releases this weekend but China could upset the applecart yet again with Godzilla entering its second weekend and a debut for Maleficent.

Godzilla

Godzilla crushes $37m China debut

17-Jun-2014 | By

China box office: Godzilla had an impressive opening at the China box office last weekend, grossing $37m and pushing Edge Of Tomorrow to second place.

Godzilla

Godzilla roars with $38m at int'l BO

15-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

UPDATED JUNE 16: Warner Bros’ reboot records distributor’s best-ever opening weekend in China with $36m.

Edge Of Tomorrow

Cruise bids to Edge out rivals

13-Jun-2014 | By

With Edge Of Tomorrow not scheduled to debut in any new markets this weekend the pressure is on Warner Bros’ sci-fi to pull away from its $140m perch towards the $200m mark.

22 Jump Street

22 Jump Street set to retain UK lead

13-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Sony’s comedy sequel generates most buzz of the week.

Study: Local fare boosts China BO

12-Jun-2014 | By

Chinese box office of more than $3.52bn in 2013 increased 27.5% on the previous year and received a boost from local fare, while foreign films are withering in the face of fierce competition, according to a new report from EntGroup Consulting.

Edge Of Tomorrow

Edge Of Tomorrow roars on $81m

9-Jun-2014 | By

UPDATED JUNE 9: A muscular launch for the latest Tom Cruise tentpole-elect by Warner Bros Pictures International provided a timely reminder of how the veteran’s star power remains undiminished, outside North America at least.

Edge Of Tomorrow

Edge Of Tomorrow climbs to $41m

5-Jun-2014 | By

In what promises to be a massive session all-round, Warner Bros deploys its new sci-fi in a major international offensive day-and-date with North America.

Maleficent

Maleficent storms to $106.1m int'l

1-Jun-2014 | By

UPDATED JUNE 2: Disney’s Maleficent scored a better-than-estimated $106.1m international debut in 47 territories to beat Fox’s X-Men: Days Of Future Past as the studio crossed $2bn worldwide.

Maleficent

Maleficent, X-Men in BO battle

29-May-2014 | By

Disney’s fantasy romp starring Angelina Jolie stormed into the UK on May 28 ahead of a 47-market weekend invasion that will face off with Fox International’s proven juggernaut X-Men: Days Of Future Past.

X-Men: Days Of Future Past

X-Men has mighty China opening

27-May-2014 | By

China Box Office: Fox’s X-Men: Days Of Future Past has had the biggest opening weekend for a Hollywood film so far this year in China, grossing $39.35m in three days (May 23-25).

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Titicut Follies

Wiseman working on Titicut Follies ballet

Documentary legend Frederick Wiseman is to revisit his first documentary, 1967’s Titicut Follies.

Tales

Iran's Tales selected for int'l festivals

Rakhshan Bani-Etemad’s feature, which upset Iranian censors, is in competition at the Venice Film Festival.

Foxcatcher

Foxcatcher set for London Film Festival Video

Cannes award-winning drama, starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo, to receive UK premiere.

Felix and Meira

UDI taking Felix and Meira, Red Rose to Toronto

Company also handling Ognjen Svilicic’s These Are The Rules, which world premieres in Venice’s Orizzonti.

Miss Julie

Market support for 39 European films at Toronto

Nearly 30 sales companies receive financial backing to market their films in Toronto.

Never Die Young

Luxembourg submits doc to Oscar race

Never Die Young submitted by Luxembourg for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards.

Under Milk Wood

Dylan Thomas adaptation Under Milk Wood wraps

First image released of Rhys Ifans in the new film adaptation of the iconic work by poet Dylan Thomas.

Wild

Wild gets UK release date

Drama starring Reese Witherspoon, from Dallas Buyer’s Club director Jean-Marc Vallée, gets awards slot.

Suha Arraf

Villa Touma director surprised by controversy

Few films in Venice this year have arrived trailing as much controversy in their their wake as Palestinian-Israeli filmmaker Suha Arraf’s new feature Villa Touma, which screens in Venice Critics Week.

Downton Abbey series 5

CTBF to host Downton Abbey premiere

Industry charity known for its Royal Film Performance to host TV premiere.

The Keeper of Lost Causes

Danish producers aim for growth after decline

Ambition to produce 25 Danish features per year with a $14m cash injection.

IFFR Tiger

Rotterdam adds Limelight section, revamps structure

New strand will focus on features set for release across the Netherlands after IFFR; titles in Bright Future, Spectrum sections to be reduced by 20%.

Telluride unveils line-up packed with awards contenders

Main programme includes Birdman, Foxcatcher, The Imitation Game and Rosewater.

Seymour: An Introduction

Seymour sells at Telluride

Sundance Selects has bucked the trend at a festival not known for its deals, taking US and Latin American rights to Ethan Hawke’s documentary Seymour: An Introduction.

White God

Best Foreign-Language Film Academy Award submissions 2015

Entries for the Best Foreign-Language Film at the Academy Awards 2015.

Scherzo Diabolico

Fantastic Market unveils works-in-progress

Fantastic Fest top brass have announced their work-in-progress selections and film previews for the second edition of the international genre co-production market, Fantastic Market | Mercado Fantastico.

Screen Awards

Screen Awards unveils Rising Star shortlist

The Screen Awards has now unveiled the shortlist for this year’s Rising Star award.

Fires On The Plain

Coproduction Office boards Fires On The Plain

Shinya Tsukamoto’s film plays in Venice Competition and Toronto Wavelengths.

Amira & Sam

Drafthouse acquires Amira & Sam

The distributor has acquired US rights to Sean Mullin’s romance starring Martin Starr, Paul Wesley and newcomer Dina Shihabi. Separately, The Film Arcade and Paramount Home Media Distribution have taken Love, Rosie and Level 33 has acquired Copenhagen.

Li’l Quinquin

Kino Lorber acquires Li’l Quinquin

Kino Lorber has acquired all US rights to Bruno Dumont’s Li’l Quinquin ahead of the North American premiere in Toronto on September 10.

Catherine Frot

Memento heads to Toronto with Marguerite

EXCLUSIVE: Paris-based sales agent to launch new film loosely inspired by “world’s worst soprano”, Florence Foster Jenkins.

Vanessa Saal

Protagonist adds head of sales, US presence

UK sales outfit Protagonist Pictures has appointed former StudioCanal executive Vanessa Saal as head of sales, part of a company restructure that includes launching a US presence fronted by producer Eddie Vaisman.

Lee Waterworth

Yekra launches DIY theatre

The digital distribution platform has announced its self-service, customisable digital theatre.

Victor Koo

Youku Tudou launches film arm Heyi

Chinese online video platform Youku Tudou is launching a film division, Heyi Film, to produce a slate of theatrical features.

Black Nights Tallinn

Tallinn Black Nights gets int'l competition greenlight

EXCLUSIVE: Stamp of approval from FIAPF puts Black Nights on a list with Cannes and Berlin.

Steve Oram, Edward Hogg join UK horror

EXCLUSIVE: Cast, directors round on haunted-house horror; XYZ to handle US rights.

Rob Bromley

eOne acquires Force Four

eOne has acquired Canadian producer Force Four Entertainment from partners Rob Bromley, John Ritchie, and Gillian Lowrey.

Oscars

Hayao Miyazaki among honourary Oscar recipients  

The board of governors of the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences has voted (August 26) to present honorary awards to Jean-Claude Carrière, Hayao Miyazaki and Maureen O’Hara. The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award will go to Harry Belafonte.

Caity Lotz

Content brings 400 Days to Toronto

Content Film has acquired international rights to the sci-fi thriller starring Brandon Routh and Caity Lotz and will show first footage to buyers in Toronto.

Netflix

Netflix unveils first French original drama Marseille

Netflix taps into local cinema talent for political drama set against backdrop of France’s third largest city.