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The Revenant

'The Revenant' rules international box office on $24.6m

7-Feb-2016 | By

FEBRUARY 8 UPDATE: A great weekend for The Revenant in which Alejandro G Iñarritu confirmed his Oscar favourite status with a DGA win saw the film add $24.6m from 67 markets to push the running total to $176.9m.

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South Korea box office hits record high in 2015

3-Feb-2016 | By

Theatrical box office was up 3.1% while admissions also grew; local films took 52% of admissions.

Kung Fu Panda 3

'Kung Fu Panda 3' takes China box office crown

2-Feb-2016 | By Silvia Wong

The US-China co-production blew away the competition, but Chinese New Year titles are waiting in the wings.

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'Kung Fu Panda 3' soars in China

31-Jan-2016 | By

DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda 3 leaped to the top of the pile on an confirmed $75.7m from six, powered by China’s $58.3m through Oriental DreamWorks.

The Clan

Argentinian admissions hit record 51.4m in 2015

31-Jan-2016 | By

Viewer levels reached an all-time high of 51.36m last year and gained 12.4% on 2014, although admissions for local-language fare dropped 8.4% to 7.48m.

Un Gallo Con Muchos Huevos

Admissions in Mexico surged 17% in 2015

31-Jan-2016 | By

Theatrical ticket sales in the biggest Spanish-speaking film market in Latin America soared year-on-year to reach an estimated 299m, while the power of local content waned.

Japan box office up by 4.9% to $1.83bn in 2015

28-Jan-2016 | By

Jurassic World and Big Hero 6 proved the top grossers of the year.

Star Wars The Force Awakens

China Box Office: 'Star Wars' holds lead; 'Kung Fu Panda 3' previews strongly

26-Jan-2016 | By Silvia Wong

It was a hat-trick of weekly wins for The Force Awakens but the weekend belonged to animated pandas and bears.

'The Revenant' crosses $200m at global box office

24-Jan-2016 | By

The Revenant grossed an estimated $33.8m from 48 markets as the running total reached $104.5m. 

Holy Mess

Swedish box office up 10% in 2015

22-Jan-2016 | By Wendy Mitchell

Total box office hit $210m in 2015, but the market share of local films dropped 5.2%.

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Comedies are France’s most popular film export, UniFrance

21-Jan-2016 | By Melanie Goodfellow

French comedies generated 326.5 million entries internationally from 1994 to 2014.

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'Heidi' becomes Switzerland’s biggest international release

21-Jan-2016 | By Tom Grater

The German-Swiss co-pro has grossed more than $14m to date; Studiocanal has sold the title in 50 territories.

Mad Max: Fury Road

Australia sets record box office in 2015

21-Jan-2016 | By Fiona Williams

Australian films enjoy best ever year at local box office with Mad Max: Fury Road and The Dressmaker boosting results.

Italian box office up 10% in 2015, local films fall

20-Jan-2016 | By Gabriele Niola

Local films quota drops while US titles and animation dominate and admissions rise.

The Last Witch Hunter

'The Last Witch Hunter' crosses $100m internationally

20-Jan-2016 | By

Lionsgate International executives have reported that the Vin Diesel action horror reached the milestone on Tuesday.

China Box Office: 'Force Awakens' battles 'Boonie Bears III'

19-Jan-2016 | By Silvia Wong

Star Wars: The Force Awakens held onto the weekly crown - and has now crossed $100m - but was edged out over the weekend by the popular bears.

Star Wars The Force Awakens

'Force' surges to $1.87bn global

17-Jan-2016 | By

JAN 19 UPDATE: Disney/Lucasfilms’ Star Wars smash has become the first film in Disney history to cross $1bn at the international box office.

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French films drew 106m international admissions in 2015, UniFrance

17-Jan-2016 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Asia overtakes Europe as top market for French films. Top three exports were Taken 3, The Transporter Refuelled and The Little Prince.

Spanish Affair 2

'Spanish Affair 2' helps boost Spain box office by 9% in 2015

15-Jan-2016 | By Elisabet Cabeza Gutes

Spanish titles continue to fare well in Spain as local hit topped Minions, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Jurassic World.

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Nordic box office reports healthy 2015

15-Jan-2016 | By Wendy Mitchell

It was good news across Nordic box office revenues for 2015, with local hits pushing countries above 2014.

Star Wars The Force Awakens

'The Force Awakens' to become fifth biggest international release

14-Jan-2016 | By

JANUARY 14 UPDATE: Star Wars: The Force Awakens has reached $957.9m and was poised on Thursday night to overtake the Harry Potter finale and become the fifth biggest international release in history.

Quo Vado

Italy box office: 'Quo Vado?' becomes biggest ever local film

14-Jan-2016 | By Gabriele Niola

Comedy starring comedian Checco Zalone has become the biggest Italian film at the local box office; producer Taodue expects it to top Avatar’s all-time record.

Brazilian box office breaks records in 2015

13-Jan-2016 | By

Total revenue increased by 17.5% as admissions also received boost; local films fare well.

Star Wars The Force Awakens

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' takes $53m in China debut

10-Jan-2016 | By

JANUARY 11 UPDATE: The records continued to tumble for Disney/Lucasfilm’s juggernaut as executives reported a $146.4m worldwide haul that propelled the space opera past Jurassic World to $1.734bn.

'Force' strong in China on $33m

9-Jan-2016 | By

JANUARY 9 UPDATE: Disney executives issued early estimates on Saturday in what they said would be a record opening day in the territory for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

German box office hits record $1.22bn in 2015

8-Jan-2016 | By

Local hits such as Fack Ju Göhte 2 helped score a record year in Germany - even before the release of Star Wars.

SPRI releases grossed $1.46bn in 2015

7-Jan-2016 | By

Spectre led box office for all films distributed via Sony Pictures Releasing International last year.

Star Wars The Force Awakens

'The Force Awakens' sets biggest third weekend in North America

5-Jan-2016 | By

JANUARY 5 UPDATE: With the North American box office record poised to fall on Tuesday or Wednesday, Disney confirmed that Star Wars: The Force Awakens added $8m on Monday to reach $750.2m following a $90.2m weekend that wiped out Avatar’s $68.5m third-weekend mark from exactly five years ago.

'Mr. Six' tops China box office with $68.5m

5-Jan-2016 | By Silvia Wong

Mojin – The Lost Legend and Mr. Six crossed $200m and $100m, respectively.

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US titles dominate French box office in 2015

4-Jan-2016 | By Melanie Goodfellow

The US share of the French market rose to 54.5% in 2015 against 45.4% in 2014.

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China box office up by 49% to $6.78bn in 2015

4-Jan-2016 | By

China’s box office grew by 48.7% to hit a record $6.78bn (RM44bn) in 2015, according to the state film regulator, with local films grossing $4.17bn (RMB27.1bn) or 61.58% of the total haul. 

Star Wars The Force Awakens

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' scales $1.54bn global

3-Jan-2016 | By

JAN 5 UPDATE: Disney/Lucasfilm’s juggernaut added $14.5m internationally on Monday to reach $786.1m and the global haul climbed by $22.5m to $1.536bn.

Jurassic World

Universal hits $6.9bn global in 2015

2-Jan-2016 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Combined box office for all the studio’s films released in 2015 from January 1 through December 31 reached a world record $6.88bn worldwide.

The Martian

Fox, Warner Bros each cross $2bn international

1-Jan-2016 | By

With the top two distributors of 2015 Disney and Universal yet to report final calendar year results, two others each came in at more than $2bn.

Star Wars The Force Awakens

'The Force Awakens' surges to $1.4bn worldwide

1-Jan-2016 | By

JAN 2 UPDATE: A further estimated $59.5m from the global box office on Friday saw Disney/Lucasfilm’s behemoth reach $1.391bn.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

‘Force Awakens’ scales $1.3bn global

30-Dec-2015 | By

JANUARY 1 UPDATE: Disney/Lucasfilm’s Star Wars behemoth added $38m worldwide on December 31 to reach $1.33bn and rank as the eighth biggest release of all time.

'Mockingjay – Part 2' crosses $600m worldwide

23-Dec-2015 | By

Lionsgate executives announced the milestone on Wednesday as the four-film franchise reached $2.9bn.

Mojin The Lost Legend

'Mojin – The Lost Legend' scares up $93.39m in China

22-Dec-2015 | By Silvia Wong

Action-horror rakes in a whopping $93.39m to become the third-biggest opening for a local film.

Disney box office hits

Disney crosses $5bn global mark

21-Dec-2015 | By

Powered over the line by last weekend’s record-breaking debut of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, studio top brass said they were projected to reach the milestone for the first time.

Star Wars The Force Awakens

'The Force Awakens' hits $529m worldwide

20-Dec-2015 | By

DEC 21 UPDATE: Disney executives confirmed on Monday the space opera had set a new $528.9m global opening record and amassed $281m from its first five international days for the third highest launch in history.

Star Wars The Force Awakens

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' hits $310m worldwide

18-Dec-2015 | By

DECEMBER 19 EVENING UPDATE: Disney executives reported on Saturday evening an estimated $60m second-day gross in North America that raised the space opera’s tally heading into Sunday to $180m.

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'Point Break' tops China box office

15-Dec-2015 | By Silvia Wong

Point Break knocked The Martian off the top spot, while local fantasy comedy Surprise – Journey To The West set a new record for previews.

The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2

'Mockingjay 2' reclaims int'l on $17.4m

13-Dec-2015 | By

DECEMBER 14 UPDATE: Lionsgate’s YA adaptation was confirmed on Monday as the box office champion.

The Martian

'The Martian' holds top spot at China box office

8-Dec-2015 | By Silvia Wong

Ridley Scott’s Sci-Fi added $27m; Tony Chan’s Fall In Love Like A Star opened with $15.5m to take second place.

Mojin The Lost Legend

China’s box office hits $6.24bn in 2015

7-Dec-2015 | By

China’s box office has passed the $6.24bn (RMB40bn) benchmark, an increase of more than 48% compared to the same period last year, according to state news agency Xinhua.

The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2

'Mockingjay 2' tops $500m global

6-Dec-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

DEC 7 UPDATE: Lionsgate’s adaptation holds onto top spot worldwide with a $30m weekend; Sony’s Spectre hits $600m internationally after six weeks in play.

The Little Prince

'The Little Prince' becomes France’s biggest ever animation export

3-Dec-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Adaptation of Saint-Exupéry classic draws more than 12.5 million admissions internationally.

Serial Bad Weddings

Unifrance reports “alarming state” of UK market for French films

1-Dec-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Fewer French films making it onto UK screens, says Unifrance-CNC report.

The Martian

China: 'The Martian' tops 'Gravity', 'Interstellar' openings on $50m

1-Dec-2015 | By Silvia Wong

Fox’s The Martian landed in pole position at the China box office with an impressive $48.95m in its first five days.

Spanish Affair 2

‘Spanish Affair 2’ fights off 'Hunger Games' in Spain

30-Nov-2015 | By Elisabet Cabeza

Spanish comedy smash has grossed $16.9m (€16m) after two weekends.

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Bleiberg bringing boxing drama 'Back In The Day' to EFM

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108 Media strikes distribution deal with Indican Pictures

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'Land Of Mine' wins in Goteborg

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'Truman' crowned at Spain's Goya Awards

Dramedy takes five awards including Best Film, Best Directo and Best Actor; Isabel Coixet’s Nobody Wants The Night also scores prizes.

'Inside Out' dominates 2016 Annies

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Visit Films boards six for EFM

EXCLUSIVE: Buoyed by a fresh North American deal for Sundance hit Morris From America, Ryan Kampe jets into Berlin with a bevy of buzzy festival titles set to receive their market premieres.

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Kimberly Fox to launch MadRiver sales arm

Megan Ellison’s sales chief is joining Marc Butan’s MadRiver Pictures as a partner and will launch the international sales arm in Berlin.

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Lionsgate International to start EFM sales on 'Hood'

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AMBI goes 'In Search Of Fellini'

EXCLUSIVE: On the eve of the EFM, AMBI Distribution led by Julie Sultan has secured worldwide rights to the coming-of-age adventure starring Maria Bello.