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

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

China Box Office: ‘Kong’ Still Rules Jungle

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For the first time in fifty days, Hollywood imports lost hold of the daily box office crown as local crime thriller The Devotion of Suspect X debuted in first place on Friday. Yet Legendary’s Kong: Skull Island quickly re-established its dominance on Saturday, and looks to enjoy an easy holiday victory when the three-day Qingming or Tomb Sweeping Festival ends on Tuesday. Read More

Holiday Box Office in China – Tomb Sweeping Festival

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The three-day Tomb Sweeping Festival holiday typically sees a significant boost in moviegoing attendance, but it has historically lagged behind other three-day holidays including Chinese New Year, Labor Day at the beginning of May, and the Dragon Boat Festival in June. Read More

China Box Office: ‘Kong’-dom Come

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'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