Headlines From China: Ticketing Firm Tao Piaopiao Dominates Chinese Film Distribution

Ticketing Firm Tao Piaopiao Dominates Chinese Film Distribution

Alibaba’s online ticketing service Taopiaopiao has distributed films with a total box office earning of 15.4 billion yuan ($2.4 billion) in 2017, having contributed to the distribution of 22 films.  Taopiaopiao participated in the distribution of six out of the top ten domestic films as an issuer, and served as producer for a few other films. Some doubt the accuracy of the figure, arguing that Taopiaopiao is not the main distributor of those films. Read more on yiyuguancha

Marvel’s “Black Panther” Scores March 9 China Release

Marvel’s highly anticipated superhero film Black Panther is set to release in China March 9, 2018. With stunning visuals and creative costume designs, Black Panther is likely going to be the best Marvel film to date. The story follows T’Challa, who returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation Wakanda to replace his father as the King of Wakanda. Read more on Mtime

DMG To Create Global Original Superhero Series After Acquiring Valiant Entertainment

DMG Entertainment has announced plans to create original IPs based on Valiant’s characters. This will be the first time for China and the U.S. to jointly develop television projects. Compared to that of DC and Marvel, the Valiant superhero universe is much younger, and the stories are closer to home, which make them excellent material to be adapted into TV shows. Valiant’s most known characters include Bloodshot, X-O Manowar, Ninjak, Archer and Armstrong, Harbinger and Faith. Read more on entgroup.cn

“Secret Superstar” Tops China Box Office Three Days In A Row

Bollywood drama Secret Superstar outperformed American sci-fi action film Maze Runner: The Death Cure at China box office, taking first place for three consecutive days, and reaching a total of 458 million yuan ($72.4 million) in the 12 days it has been showing. Maze Runner has gained $25.53 million so far in China. Meanwhile, domestic film Forever Young earned 13.9 million yuan ($22.1 million), accumulating 633 million yuan ($100.6 million) after 17 days, and family drama Wonder grossed 129 million yuan ($18.2) million after 10 days. Read more on Mtime