Korean Movies Face Beijing International Film Festival Ban: Report

 /  News  / 
Hollywood should take note that the current freeze on Korean films, television, and popular music could similarly be employed against American entertainment if a trade war or other dispute between China and the US emerged. Read More

China’s Huayi Brothers Sees 2016 Profit Fall

 /  Money  / 
Huayi Brothers, which is run by brothers Wang Zhongjun and Wang Zhonglei, pulled in total revenue of RMB 3.53 billion ($512.7 million), with net cash flows from operating activities of RMB 759 million. Read More

This VR Company Films for CCTV, and Provides Technology for Low-End VR Cameras

 /  News  / 
CFI’s take: Despite slow uptake in North America, virtual reality is gaining traction in China, to the point where even its biggest broadcaster is producing content for the new format. China’s virtual reality (VR) market is expected to expand more than four-fold in 2017 as more major players enter the industry, according to IDC’s forecasts released Read More

What Everybody ‘Knows’ About Insta-Star Jing Tian

 /  Chinasplaining  / 
In the vacuum left by the lack of a reliable independent press, Chinese gossip, with its penchant for detailed embellishment and invasive speculation can make TMZ look like The New York Review of Books. Add the Internet into the mix, and it goes to the next level, a web of conspiratorial, celebrity-denigrating innuendo that is wildly judgmental, sexist, and almost impossible to respond to. Read More

China Box Office: ‘Kong’-dom Come

 /  Box Office  / 
'Kong: Skull Island''s RMB 470 million opening weekend made for the second biggest Hollywood opening this year, behind only 'Resident Evil: The Final Chapter' (RMB 636 million; $92.7 million), and 18% higher than its strong $61 million North American opening weekend—numbers that allow the film’s Chinese funders, Wanda (who own Legendary Pictures) and Tencent to pound their chests. While Kong may appear outwardly to extend Hollywood’s dominance over the Chinese box office, the participation of Wanda and Tencent really make it a victory for the home team as well. Read More

China Blamed for Slow 2016 Global Box Office Growth

 /  Box Office  / 
The box office in China, which had grown in double-digits since 2003, still set its own record with $6.6 billion in 2016, but grew overall only 3.7 percent. US and Canada took in $11.4 billion, up a mere two percent over 2015. In China, a total of 10 films reached RMB 1 billion or higher Read More

On Screen China: ‘Kong’ Will Be King

 /  Box Office  / 
After Legendary Pictures’ 'The Great Wall' failed to ignite the box office, the Wanda-owned production company returns to China with its only release of 2017, 'Kong: Skull Island,' another monster movie seemingly tailor-made for Chinese audiences. Read More

‘Moonlight’ to Screen at Beijing International Film Festival, Maybe More

 /  News  / 
Even if it doesn’t secure a wide release, "Moonlight" will be coming to the Beijing International Film Festival in April, according to A24. Read More

Warner Bros. Opens New Office in Beijing

 /  News  / 
The studio opened its first office in China in the 1930s. Read More

China Trademarks: So-So Vibrations

 /  News  / 
The Boston-based hamburger chain Wahlburgers, founded by Hollywood star Mark Wahlberg and his brothers, recently announced plans to open three restaurants in China, with an ambitious goal of opening up to 100 restaurants in China over the next 10 years. Read More

BOX OFFICE BEST

20-26 March
FILMS THIS WEEK GROSS WEEK NO.
KONG: SKULL ISLAND 72.2 72.2 1
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST 28.0 73.2 2
A DOG'S PURPOSE 8.7 84.4 4
TOP FUNNY COMEDIAN: THE MOVIE 7.0 7.0 1
LOGAN 3.8 104.5 4
Results: ARTISAN GATEWAY (US$ M)

MONEY ON THE MOVE

YAHOO! FINANCE
NAME PRICE CHANGE CHANGE %
IMAX $31.85 -0.77 -2.38%
BONA $13.63 0.00 0.00%
300027 $10.49 0.21 2.04%
RENN $1.65 -0.01 -0.90%
SINA $69.08 -0.64 -0.92%

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