‘Martian,’ ‘Point Break’ Deliver 1-2 Import Punch to Four New Chinese Films

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Director Ridley Scott’s sci-fi survival saga The Martian held on to its lead at China’s box office for a second weekend, grossing $13.7 million and pushing up its overall take to $75.1 million after 12 days in theaters. The 20th Century Fox film narrowly edged out Alcon Entertainment’s extreme sports action film Point Break, which Read More

On Screen China: Can ‘Point Break’ Ride Out the Crowded Weekend?

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China’s booming box office hit another milestone Thursday afternoon, passing RMB 40 billion ($6.25 billion) for the first time ever in a calendar year. All 12 months of 2014 produced a box office gross of RMB 29.6 billion. December could add an additional RMB 4 billion – 5 billion to the 2015 gross with the release of Read More

On Screen China: ‘The Martian’ Warms Up a Frosty Month for Hollywood Imports

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At the end of a spell of underperforming Hollywood imports that led to November tallying the lowest monthly box office total of the year thus far, The Martian (火星救援)—with its combination of cool, cutting-edge science and old-fashioned, high-wattage star power—struck a chord with Chinese moviegoers over the final weekend of the month, grossing $48.4 million Read More

On Screen China: Taiwan’s ‘Our Times’ Overcomes Flame Wars, Vanquishes ‘Hunger Games’

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Faced with a glut of poorly received Hollywood imports this past weekend, Chinese moviegoers instead chose Our Times (我的少女时代 Wǒ de shǎo nǚ shídài), a Taiwanese “youthfulness film” (青春片qīngchūn piàn) which earned $17.1 million since its debut on Thursday, Nov. 19. In just four days since its release, Our Times has become the highest-grossing Taiwanese Read More

On Screen China: Gauging the Chinese Appetite for ‘The Hunger Games’

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After Spectre’s $49 million debut last weekend, bolstered by Sony’s marketing bonanza, another major Hollywood release, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 2, opens in Chinese cinemas on Friday, the latest in a wave of revenue-sharing imports to land in China in what netizens are jokingly calling “Hollywood’s unofficial protection period.” Both Spectre and Liongate's Mockingjay will not screen unchallenged, going up against Our Times an import from Taiwan that’s generating considerable buzz. Read More

On Screen China: Sony’s Marketing Caper Wins at Box Office for 007

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Bond-mania swept over China this past weekend, much to the delight of Sony, which has struggled with underperforming releases this year in the world’s second-biggest film market. Spectre, the 24th installment in the enduring spy series, pulled in nearly $49 million from Chinese moviegoers in its first three days. Spectre’s $15 million opening day on Read More

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