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

On Screen China: ‘Kong’ Will Be King

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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

How Much Have The Hollywood Studios Earned In China?

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Disney easily leads all Hollywood studios in China largely thanks to the success of its Marvel Cinematic Universe. Read More

China Box Office: First Place For ‘Beauty’ Still Less Than Best

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With typical press-release hype, the studio has trumpeted Beauty and the Beast’s China debut as the “biggest ever Disney Live Action opening weekend of all-time,” but that would seem to forget that last April, The Jungle Book opened to $50.3 million in China, nearly $10 million more. So, make that "second-biggest ever." Read More

China Box Office: Dog Bites Wolverine

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A Dog’s Purpose became the first Hollywood import since last year’s breakout, Zootopia to improve upon its opening weekend earnings the second time around. Boosted by strong word-of-mouth, it's Chinese Box Office will surpass its North American total ($61.8 million), making it the third Hollywood film in the past month, following xXx: The Return of Xander Cage and Resident Evil: The Final Chapter to claim such a distinction. Read More

On Screen China: ‘Genius’ and ‘Final Fantasy’ Pose No Threat to Reigning Blockbusters

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Eight new releases — six domestic and two imported “buy-out” films — feebly enter Chinese cinemas this weekend, with only 'Genius,' starring Jude Law as eccentric author Thomas Wolfe, and 'Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV' securing enough showtimes to make their limited presence felt at the box office. Read More