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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Wolf Totem

Wild Bunch unveils EFM line-up

EXCLUSIVE: Company racks up sales on Margarethe von Trotta’s The Misplaced World ahead of Berlinale premiere.

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Jokinen, Aschan, Runarsson among Gothenburg WIP

GOTEBORG: Anticipated Nordic titles presented to industry.

Songs My Brother Taught Me

Fortissimo nabs Songs My Brothers Taught Me for EFM

EXCLUSIVE: Fortissimo Films chairman Michael Werner said on Friday (January 30) the company had bulked up its EFM war chest with international rights to Chloé Zhao’s recent Sundance premiere.

Jamie Foxx

Sleepless Night heads to Berlin

FilmNation will introduce EFM buyers to the thriller starring Jamie Foxx and Michelle Monaghan, which Open Road Films is financing and will distribute in the US.

Digging For Fire finds buyers

SUNDANCE: Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has acquired international rights and The Orchard has picked up North America on Joe Swanberg’s drama. In separate deals, Ten Thousand Saints and Fresh Dressed also sold.

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Rickman, Holmes, Wood join Taxonomy

EXCLUSIVE: Cast rounds on Goldcrest’s Liz Garbus-Galt Niederhoffer comedy.

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IFC Midnight finds Reversal

SUNDANCE: IFC Midnight has swooped on US rights to Dark Factory Entertainment’s revenge thriller following its world premiere at Sundance.

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Sony buys multiple territories on November Criminals

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AMBI lines up In Dubious Battle for EFM

James Franco, Selena Gomez, Vincent D’Onofrio, Robert Duvall, Ed Harris, Bryan Cranston and Danny McBride will star in In Dubious Battle, which AMBI Distribution is bringing to the EFM.

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McDormand, Lerman, Marling married to The Wife

EXCLUSVE: Cast rounds on US-Swedish drama set to star Glenn Close.

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Elle Fanning, Diego Luna to star in Io

Jason Michael Berman and Laura Rister have set Elle Fanning and Diego Luna to star in the sci-fi.

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Jan Fantl boards Orphans Of War

Producers Gina G Goff of Goff Productions and Rene Sheridan are pleased to announce the addition of

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EFM: Altitude rides with Palio

EXCLUSIVE: Doc about iconic horse race comes from Senna producer.

Woman In Gold

SquareOne aquires Woman In Gold for Germany, Austria

The Weinstein Company secures sale of drama starring Helen Mirren, set to world premiere at Berlinale.

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Son Ye-jin to star in Huayi’s Bad Guys

Korean actress Son Ye-jin as been cast in Huayi Brothers’ Bad Guys Always Die (working title), which will be executive produced by Korean filmmaker Kang Je Gyu and China’s Feng Xiaogang.

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Shoreline captures Black Fly for Berlin

EXCLUSIVE: Shoreline Entertainment has acquired rights to backwoods thriller and will introduce to international buyers at the EFM.

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Star Wars doc 'Elstree 1976' heads to The Works

EFM: UK sales outfit The Works International has boarded world rights to documentary Elstree 1976, about the effect Star Wars had on the lives of those involved in even the smallest roles in the film.

Open Road sets Dope release date

Open Road Films will release its newly acquired Sundance feature nationwide on June 12.

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Kingsman, Ex Machina share social buzz lead

Alex Garland’s sci-fi drama judges edges Matthew Vaughn’s spy thriller.

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Berlinale: film industry to meet Euro commissioner

European film professionals community will be looking to hear more concrete proposals about future EU policy for film and TV sector when Günther Oettinger, the European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, comes to the Berlinale.

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The Exchange boards Three Little Words

CEO Brian O’Shea will commence talks with international buyers at the EFM next week on the high concept rom-com.

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Patrick Roy replaces Bryan Gliserman at eOne

Patrick Roy has been promoted to president of eOne Films Canada and Les Films Séville as the company announced Bryan Gliserman was stepping down as president of eOne Films Canada.

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Sierra/Affinity nabs Manchester-By-The-Sea

EXCLUSIVE: Nick Meyer has bulked up his EFM sales slate with the Kenneth Longeran drama that has Casey Affleck attached to star alongside Michelle Williams.

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13 Films boards Chronically Metropolitan

EXCLUSIVE: The LA-based sales company will kick off sales at EFM next week on The Community’s comedy to star Shiloh Fernandez, Chris Noth, Mary-Louise Parker and Ashley Benson.

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Bloom to sell Jadotville

EFM: Alex Walton’s Bloom heads to the Berlin market with international rights to the geopolitical thriller starring Guillaume Canet and Jamie Dornan, who will be in town for the world premiere of Fifty Shades Of Grey.

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HFG boards Blink for EFM

Noam Murro will direct The Black List screenplay for Atlas Independent that Highland Film Group (HFG) will introduce to international buyers in Berlin next week.

SPC, Woody Allen reunite on Irrational Man

The distributor of Woody Allen’s last six films has acquired North American rights to his latest comedy from Gravier Productions bearing the new title Irrational Man.

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Lionsgate Int’l brings Let It Snow to EFM

Patrick Wachsberger’s sales team will commence talks with international buyers in Berlin on the previously announced comedy that went into production this week and stars Olivia Wilde, Alan Arkin and Anthony Mackie.

Telefim Canada unveils Berlin talent list

Telefilm Canada has unveiled its Ten Canadians To Watch at the Berlinale and the EFM.

Magnolia takes world on The Wolfpack

The busy distributor confirmed on Thursday (January 29) its world deal at Sundance on Crystal Moselle’s documentary.