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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).

X-Men: Days Of Future Past

X-Men rules international on $171m

25-May-2014 | By John Hazelton

X-Men: Days of Future Past took control of the international box office this weekend, grossing $171.1m from more than 100 countries to become the biggest opener ever for Fox International, beating Avatar’s $165m in December 2009.

X-Men: Days Of Future Past

X-Men set to rule box office

23-May-2014 | By John Hazelton

X-Men: Days of Future Past is set to dominate the global box office this weekend, opening in 80 international markets over the same weekend it makes its debut in North America.

Godzilla

Godzilla crushes int'l BO on $103m

18-May-2014 | By

Warner Bros Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ monster feature was in appropriately destructive mood at the weekend, scoring the biggest international debut of the year-to-date on an estimated $103m.

Godzilla

Godzilla goes on early rampage

15-May-2014 | By

The Legendary Pictures/Warner Bros release opened top in its first seven markets led by France on $1.6m.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Spidey 2 surges past $400m int’l

11-May-2014 | By

Sony Pictures Releasing International executives reported that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 brought in an estimated $69.5m from 91 territories for $403m.

The Great Hypnotist

Classmate, Hypnotist top China box office

7-May-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Frant Gwo’s romantic drama My Old Classmate held onto pole position at the Chinese box office last week with a futher haul of $34.63m, while opener The Great Hypnotist came in second with $22.28m.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Spidey 2 spins $117m int'l web

4-May-2014 | By

UPDATED MAY 5: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 kept the international box office ensnared in its web as a confirmed $116.8m through Sony Pictures Releasing International boosted the tally after three sessions to $277.5m.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Spider-Man 2 targets China

1-May-2014 | By

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has reached $160m and must be odds-on to cross $225m by the end of the weekend given the nature of its expansion.

My Old Classmate

'Classmate' tops China box office

29-Apr-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Local romantic drama My Old Classmate beat Donnie Yen action drama Iceman 3D at the Chinese box office last weekend, grossing $17.31m in its first three days.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Spidey 2 swings to $67.1m int'l

27-Apr-2014 | By

UPDATED APRIL 28: In its second international weekend The Amazing Spider-Man 2 swept past Rio 2 as a confirmed $67.1m elevated the early tally to $131.9m.

Captain Americ: The Winter Soldier

Winter Soldier crosses $400m int'l

24-Apr-2014 | By

Marvel Studios’ Captain America: The Winter Soldier has reached $401.5m through Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International.

Noah

Noah crosses $300m at global box office

22-Apr-2014 | By

Paramount Pictures and Regency Enterprises said Darren Aronofsky’s epic tale has earned more than $200m internationally and close to $100m in North America.

Transcendence

Transcendence opens third in China

22-Apr-2014 | By

Johnny Depp AI thriller Transcendence grossed $10.65m on its opening weekend in China, placing the film third at the weekly box office (April 14-20) behind Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Rio 2.

Rio 2 wins international weekend

20-Apr-2014 | By

UPDATE: The weekend box office race turned on its head on Monday (21) as Fox International executives confirmed Rio 2 grossed $47.1m from 65 markets compared to $46.1m for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 from 14 Sony markets.

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The Face of an Angel

Toronto to world premiere Angel, Tusk, Burgundy

Michael Wintbottom’s The Face of An Angel, Kevin Smith’s Tusk and Peter Strickland’s The Duke Of Burgundy will receive their world premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival; new documentaries from Joshua Oppenheimer and Nick Broomfield are also among TIFF’s second wave.

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On Any Sunday - The Next Chapter

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Wonder Woman

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Nise da Silveira

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BBFC launches 12A cinema advert Video

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I Origins

I Origins to open Raindance 2014

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Creative Skillset

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Mark Zoradi

DWKs Animation hires Mark Zoradi

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Rufus Sewell

Buyers take The Devil’s Hand

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Paul Candland

Disney bolsters Asia exec suite

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Mark Stern

IM Global ventures into TV

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Pixar's Up

Film worth $2.7bn to UK broadcasters

Feature films were worth an estimated £1.6bn ($2.7bn) to UK broadcasters in 2013, according to new research by the British Film Institute.

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Sundance unveils summer Labs

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Matthias Schoenaerts

Matthias Schoenaerts exits Belgica

Rising star leaves new project from Felix van Groeningen, director of The Broken Circle Breakdown.

Roman Polanski

Locarno to honour Roman Polanski

Director Roman Polanski to hold a public masterclass at Swiss festival.

The Lobster

Dutch production scheme backs 34

Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Lobster, Peter Greenaway’s Eisenstein In Guanajuato and Alex van Warmerdam’s Schneider vs. Bax among those to receive a share of €8.5m ($11.4m) from the new Netherlands Film Production Incentive.

Black Mirror

Charlie Brooker launches production firm

House of Tomorrow will produce feature films as well as drama and comedy series.

Creative Europe

Creative Europe to cut budgets

Distribution and training programmes face budget cuts in 2015.

Dark Valley wins at Puchon

In Korea, the 18th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) wrapped with Andreas Prochaska’s Austria-Germany Alps cowboy co-production The Dark Valley picking up the Best of Puchon award.

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Bruce Campbell, James Buckley in Purgatory

Evil Dead and Inbetweeners stars join cast of fantasy feature.

Jane Linfoot

Jane Linfoot's The Incident begins shoot

Psychological drama stars Ruta Gedmintas, Tom Hughes and Tasha Connor.

Number 55

Number 55 wins at revamped Pula

Top Croatian winners are Number 55, The Reaper and Happy Endings; Concrete Night wins international competition.

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Comic-Con D4: WB rules social media

Hollywood rolled out the big guns at Comic-Con on Saturday as Zach Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice promotion topped the chart of social mentions with 112,108 according to Way To Blue.

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Comic-Con: Marvel mania grips Hall H

Marvel Studios repeated last year’s triumph with another rousing finale to three days of Hollywood presentations that sparked near hysteria as virtually the entire cast of Avengers: Age Of Ultron descended on Hall H.

Guillermo del Toro

Comic-Con: Guillermo del Toro thrills

A Legendary Entertainment panel heavy on action footage provided the perfect platform for Comic-Con favourite Guillermo del Toro to sneak footage from Crimson Peak and poll the crowd on the idea of a pair of future projects.

The Boxtrolls

Comic-Con: Ben Kingsley makes debut

Sir Ben Kingsley became yet another British star to make his Comic-Con debut as he joined a Focus Features panel to promote Laika Entertainment’s The Boxtrolls on Saturday.