Jonathan Papish

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About Jonathan Papish

Jonathan Papish currently covers the Chinese film industry out of New York City, but previously spent 8 years working in China. Jonathan has been a social media and digital assistant for dGenerate Films, a distributor of Chinese contemporary independent cinema and, most recently, he covered the Chinese market for Jonathan is also an audiovisual Mandarin to English translator and has subtitled several high-profile Mainland films and television programs.
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On Screen China: ‘Arrival’ Should Lead Sci-Fi-Packed Weekend

Arrival will lead the first-ever Western sci-fi trifecta into a top-five weekend box office finish in China.
By |January 20th, 2017|Featured Stories, Home Page Slider|
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Box Office China: ‘Passengers’ Takes ‘Rogue One’ For a Ride

China’s chūnyùn (春运), the world’s largest human mass migration in which Chinese citizens will take an estimated 2.5 billion trips over the next 40 days, began in full force on Friday as college students finished midterm exams and headed home for the Lunar New Year.
By |January 16th, 2017|Box Office, Featured Stories|
  • Stars Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt received gifts from Chinese fans while in Beijing to promote Passengers (Courtesy Mtime).

On Screen China: ‘Passengers’ Takes on ‘Rogue One’

This weekend brings Sony’s Passengers, the sci-fi romance starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt that has struggled critically and commercially in North America since its release on December 21.
By |January 12th, 2017|Box Office, Featured Stories|
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China Box Office: War Stories, not ‘Star Wars,’ are Catching Fire

The "Star Wars" franchise once again couldn’t find a foothold in the Chinese market as "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" debuted this weekend with an estimated RMB 212 million (US$30.6 million).
By |January 8th, 2017|Box Office, Featured Stories|
  • Imperial Stormtroopers guard the entrance to the Beijing premiere of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Courtesy Mtime)

On Screen China: The Force Is Not Strong with ‘Rogue One’

The Force isn’t strong in China. But hey, at least Disney has Marvel.
By |January 5th, 2017|Box Office, Featured Stories|
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China Box Office: First Weekend of New Year Not So Happy

Ticket receipts across the three-day New Year’s Holiday (元旦节) from Saturday through Monday totaled RMB 662 million (US$95 million), a 22 percent decrease from 2016’s record-breaking haul of RMB 849 million ($130 million).
By |January 2nd, 2017|Box Office, Featured Stories|
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On Screen China: Limp 2016 Box Office to Close with a Whimper

China’s swan-diving box office will go out aptly this weekend with a whimper as 2016 makes room for a handful of new releases straggling in for the three-day New Year’s public holiday.
By |December 29th, 2016|Box Office, Featured Stories|
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China Box Office: ‘The Great Wall’ Adds $26.5 Million in Second Weekend

As predicted, the new releases took the top two spots at the weekend box office, pushing last weekend’s victor "The Great Wall" to a third place finish with RMB 184 million ($26.5 million).
By |December 25th, 2016|Box Office, Featured Stories|
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On Screen China: ‘Tigers’ and ‘Tomorrow’ Look to Scale ‘The Great Wall’

With the wide releases of both Jackie Chan’s "Railroad Tigers" and the romantic comedy "See You Tomorrow" dominating Chinese theaters this weekend, "The Great Wall" will lose more than half of its screens.
By |December 22nd, 2016|Box Office, Featured Stories|
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China Box Office: ‘The Great Wall’ Stands Tall with RMB 470 Million

"The Great Wall"’s debut was on par with this summer’s most commercially successful local film, "Time Raiders" (盗墓笔记), which pulled in RMB 476 million on its opening weekend in August on the way to an RMB 1 billion finish.
By |December 19th, 2016|Box Office, Featured Stories|