China Box Office: Smurfs Come Up Short, F8 Remains #1

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Despite dropping nearly 75% from its opening weekend, 'The Fate of the Furious' lapped a weak field to race closer to the record established by its predecessor for highest-grossing import of all-time. Read More

On Screen China: ‘Furious’ Decelerates; ‘Smurfs’ Through Rose-Tinted Glasses

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Demand for 'Furious 8' may already be waning after its historic opening weekend. The culprit isn’t negative word of mouth, nor is it the typical frontloading caused by rabid fans snapping up cheap seats on opening weekend; rather, the fate of 'The Fate of the Furious' is tied directly to a fundamental issue in the Chinese film market: screen allotment. Read More

Domestic Vs Import Box Office: Appearances Can Deceive

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Looking at the box office split between foreign and Chinese films this year, it’s easy to conclude China is a balanced market: imports lead slightly with a 52% market share through April 18. But huge imbalances lie behind those numbers. Read More

China Box Office: ‘Furious 8’ Paves New Roads

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In three days of release, The Fate of the Furious became the highest-grossing Hollywood film of 2017, toppling several all-time box office records, and cementing the series’ unrivaled popularity in China. Read More

On Screen China: ‘Fate of the Furious’ Set To Peel Out

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For North American observers struggling to comprehend the success of 'The Fast and the Furious' franchise in the world’s second largest film market, the best comparison might be 'Star Wars.' Not just from a box office perspective, but also in terms of nostalgia: China’s younger (male) moviegoers have grown up with the series and the stars, and to a large extent they consider 'The Fast and the Furious' theirs. Read More

Bucks For Your Bang: Who Are China’s Top Grossing Foreign Action Stars?

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Chinese audiences go for the macho laowai, with some added comedy and soulfulness in the mix. Ability to look good while driving high-speed vehicles is obviously a plus. Read More

China Box Office: Meek ‘Ghost’ Stays In Shell

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Sunday morning, after a feeble $7.4 million opening Friday and only a slight increase in ticket sales Saturday amid paltry word of mouth, Chinese media was already describing Ghost in the Shell as pūjiē (扑街) or a flop — literally something that had “fallen flat on its face.” Read More

On Screen China: A Chinese ‘Ghost’ Story

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Weying’s participation won’t boost 'Ghost'’s Chinese box office even close to the heights achieved by 'xXx: The Return of Xander Cage,' nor will it push it into the red for Paramount; however, an opening weekend near RMB 200 million ($~30 million) and a final gross in the RMB 350-400 million range ($~55 million) will represent another victory for Weying and should get other studios outside of Paramount lining up to cooperate with the company. Read More

China Box Office: ‘Kong’ Sees That Your Grave Is Swept Clean

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Three local productions were given wide releases, yet only one – the crime thriller, 'The Devotion of Suspect X' – managed to challenge 'Kong: Skull Island'’s reign atop the box office charts, and even that was short-lived.' Kong' continued its climb to ever new heights on its quest to become the year’s highest-grossing import, and has now earned RMB 964 million ($139.8 million). Read More

How Important Is China To Hollywood’s Bottom Line?

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China accounted for $500 million or just 7.7 percent of the $6.5 billion worldwide net revenue from the thirty-two Hollywood films it allowed into the country. By and large, Hollywood films made less that 5% of their worldwide revenue from the Chinese market, indicating that Hollywood's headlong push into China remains primarily about getting early access to a market that still exists in the realm of possibility. Read More

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