Headlines from China: Disney’s ‘Mulan’ Won’t Be A China Co-production

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Disney’s ‘Mulan’ Won’t Be A China Co-production

Recently, Disney’s upcoming live action film Mulan was registered with China’s Film Bureau. According to information released by the bureau, the film was registered as a “Chinese-assisting production” instead of “Chinese co-production,” meaning the film will be treated as a foreign import and receive only 25% of China box office revenues when it opens in Chinese theaters. Directed by Niki Caro and starring Chinese actress Liu Yifei, Mulan is set to release in North America on March 27, 2020. Read more on Sina

Box Office: ‘Dying to Survive’ Is Projected to Reach $450 M

Currently, preview screenings for upcoming Chinese film Dying to Survive are taking place across China. After observing the reception the film has been getting, a theater manager predicts that the film will make over 3 billion yuan ($450 million) from its theatrical release. Dying to Survive debuted in China last month at the Shanghai International Film Festival and won acclaim from festival attendees. At that point, it was projected that the film’s box office would reach 1 billion yuan ($150 million). However, the ongoing preview screenings further boosted confidence in the film’s box office performance. Read more on yulechanye

Huayi Brothers’ Suzhou Theme Park to Open This Summer

On July 2, Huayi Brothers revealed that the early-stage construction of its Suzhou theme park has been completed, and the park is expected to open this summer. As Tsui Hark’s Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings, which is produced by Huayi Brothers, will be released at the end of July, it’s projected that the park’s “Empire of the Heaven” section, which is designed based on scenes from the movie, will gain huge popularity.  In 1989, the first theme park “Splendid China” opened in Shenzhen. Since then, about 2500 theme parks have opened in various Chinese cities over the past twenty nine years. According to Euromonitor International’s report on global tourism market, the total revenues of Chinese theme parks will reach $12 billion, with the average number of daily visitors reaching 33 million. China’s amusement park market is poised to become the world’s largest by 2020. Read more on yulechanye