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INTERNATIONAL BOX OFFICE NEWS

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.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

Fox International sets record

2-Nov-2014 | By

BOX OFFICE: Fox International has set a new industry box office record as the company’s year-to-date score reached $3.254bn.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

China fires Turtles past $240m

2-Nov-2014 | By

UPDATED NOVEMBER 3: Paramount Pictures International’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles used a confirmed $26.5m opening in China to power a $34.9m overall weekend.

Annabelle

Annabelle to soar past $150m

31-Oct-2014 | By

Last weekend’s international box office champion Annabelle is expected to soar past $150m this session.

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.

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The Interview

The Interview in limited US debut

UPDATED DECEMBER 24: Approximately 300 independent theatres across the US will screen the controversial comedy on December 25 after Sony Pictures initially pulled the release in response to last week’s refusal by the five major exhibitors to screen it.

The Interview

Sony pushes The Interview online

In a development that looks set to exacerbate simmering unrest between Sony Pictures and the major exhibitors, the studio has moved ahead with an online platform release for the controversial comedy.

lilyhammer

Goteborg sets Norway focus

Tony Grisoni added to lineup at TV seminar.

Wild Canaries

Sundance Selects takes Wild Canaries

The distributor has picked up North American rights from Cinetic Media to Lawrence Michael Levine’s screwball murder mystery.

Rutger Wolfson

Wolfson to depart Rotterdam after 2015 festival

International Film Festival Rotterdam festival director Rutger Wolfson has decided to step down from his post after eight years.

X-Men: Days Of Future Past

Fox reports record year for digital sales

UK sales of digital movies rise 280% for Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Kieran Breen

Kieran Breen named BAFTA LA chair

The recently promoted president of international theatrical marketing at 20th Century Fox will assume the role of chairman of the board of directors.

Jim Gianopulos

Jim Gianopulos to receive CinemaCon Pioneer honour

The chairman and CEO of 20th Century Fox will be named 2015 Pioneer Of The Year at the Las Vegas convention on April 22.

Aisling Franciosi and Sam Keeley, two of Screen International's 2014 UK Stars of Tomorrow

Screen’s top 10 features of 2014

Screen International’s UK Stars of Tomorrow and behind the scenes looks at Under the Skin and 12 Years a Slave proved popular with readers.

Kubo And The Two Strings

Laika, Focus plot Kubo

The studios have announced their fourth collaboration Kubo And The Two Strings, featuring the voices of Matthew McConaughey, Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara and Ralph Fiennes.

Paura sisters assume marketing reins at Alcon

Angela and Catherine Paura have joined Alcon Entertainment as co-presidents of worldwide marketing.

Justin Lin

Justin Lin boards Star Trek 3

The director of four entries in the Fast And Furious franchise will take the reins on the third episode in the sci-fi series and replaces Roberto Orci.

Demetri Makoulis

Demetri Makoulis rises at Film Movement

The executive joined in January 2014 and has been promoted to director of sales as longtime vice-president Meghan Wurtz departs to pursue other opportunities.

Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades of Grey set for Berlinale

Adaptation of erotic bestseller to receive international premiere in Berlin.

Nyqvist joins Kenyeres' Hier

Swedish star takes the lead in debut feature from Hungarian auteur Balint Kenyeres.

The Interview

Sony seeks The Interview online partner

As North Korea stepped up its rhetoric and claimed the US government was behind The Interview, a Sony attorney said on Sunday (December 21) that the studio will distribute the film in some format.

Alex van Warmerdam

Screen Flanders invests $1.9m in eight projects

Titles include Schneider vs. Bax from Borgman director Alex van Warmerdam.

Wanda Movie Park

Wanda unveils Wuhan theme park

China’s Dalian Wanda group held a launch ceremony at the weekend for its latest entertainment projects, Wanda Movie Park and Han Show Theatre, in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

The Great Dictator

Secret Cinema screens Great Dictator in Sony protest

Event cinema specialists stage one-off screening in five cities after Sony cancels release of The Interview.

Les Arcs piracy roundtable

Les Arcs panel tackles piracy

Copyright infringement and piracy protection was a point of focus at this year’s Les Arcs Film Festival.

The Fool

The Fool takes top prize in Les Arcs

Other winners include Labyrinth of Lies, These Are The Rules, Underdog, Hyena, Frank.

The Lobster

Les Arcs celebrates diverse crop of Ireland films

The Lobster [pictured] is presented as case study in co-production market.

The Interview

North Korea proposes joint hacker probe with US

Pyongyang has denied FBI claims that North Korea was behind the Sony Pictures Entertainment cyber attacks and called for a joint inquiry with the US into the matter.

Ethan Hawke

Ethan Hawke talks Linklater, River Phoenix and Sony

Actor and writer discusses career (and Sony hack) at BAFTA retrospective.

Europe

Major markets miss out on Creative Europe development grants

Only one of 37 UK single project drama applications gets support in latest round.

The Great Beauty

Creative Europe distribution grants revealed

Constantin, Golem, Lucky Red receive biggest grants in 2014; Curzon and Distrify benefit from Online Scheme grants.

The Interview

Sony backpedals on The Interview

Sony top brass have gone on the offensive in light of their vilified decision to cancel the release of The Interview, placing the onus on exhibition partners, hinting at a future release and engaging in a spat with US President Barack Obama.

Oscar foreign language shortlist unveiled

AMPAS has announced the nine features on the shortlist for the Foreign Language Film Academy Award.  A record 83 films had been submitted.

Kieran Breen

Kieran Breen earns Fox Int’l marketing stripes

Kieran Breen has been promoted to president of international theatrical marketing at 20th Century Fox, reporting to co-presidents of worldwide theatrical marketing Paul Hanneman and Tomas Jegeus.

Secret Cinema: Back to the Future

Secret Cinema launches 'censorship' screening

Event cinema company launches screening after The Interview is pulled.