Headlines from China: ‘Pokémon Detective Pikachu’ Gets Theatrical Extension in China

‘Pokémon Detective Pikachu’ Gets One-month Theatrical Extension in China

It’s announced today that Legendary Pictures Pokémon Detective Pikachu has been granted one-month theatrical extension in China. The film opened in Chinese theaters on May 10 and has made RMB 622 million ($90 million) after one month in release. In North America, the film has raked in $133 million so far. The success of Pokémon Detective Pikachu is a rare case as most films that are adapted from games flopped in China in the past. According to sources familiar with the matter. a sequel to Pokémon Detective Pikachu is being developed right now. Read more on Mtime

Can Huayi Brothers Pay Off Its Massive Debt This Year?

The summer moviegoing season is about to start and the box office prospect is looking good for Chinese studio Huayi Brothers, as it will release two highly anticipated films including war epic The Eight Hundred by Guan Hu and comedy film The Last Wish by Tian Yusheng who also directed box office hit The Ex-file: The Return of The Exes. However, the company recently received an inquiry from Shenzhen Stock Exchange regarding the company’s various issues. According to an estimation by WeChat media account D-entertainment, the amount of debt Huayi needs to pay off this year is roughly RMB 4.6 billion ($666 million). This means that 2019 will remain a challenging year for Huayi Brothers. Read more on TMT Post

Tom Holland and Jake Gyllenhaal to Attend China Premiere of ‘Spider-man: Far From Home’

After scoring a June 28 China release, Spider-man: Far From Home now has another exciting news for fans in China. According to sources familiar with the matter, the film’s director Jon Watts and lead actors Tom Holland and Jake Gyllenhaal will come to China to promote the film. Since the film’s cast and crew members started a global promotional tour, fans have been closely following where they go. After Mexico and Bali (Indonesia), China is confirmed to be the third stop of the promotional tour. This is the third time Tom Holland comes to China to promote a film. For Jake Gyllenhaal, however, this is his first China trip. Read more on Mtime