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12:36 PM 3/5/2014 by Senh Duong
Robocop might have disappointed at the domestic box office, but it’s making up for the difference overseas. With $52M after six weeks in the U.S., the remake looks like it’ll max out at $60M at the end of its run. That’s only slightly better than the original’s $53M, but with nearly ten times the cost.
4:47 PM 2/25/2014 by Senh Duong
I went to a screening of Stalingrad on IMAX 3D last week. It wasn’t a promotional screening because it was in the middle of the working day, and there were only several others in attendance. I sat right in the middle of the theater to try and get completely immersed in the film -- you know, the whole IMAX 3D experience.
1:12 PM 2/13/2014 by Senh Duong
Robocop opened a couple weeks ago in Asia to take advantage of the Chinese New Year holidays and took in a solid $5.5M from three small territories. I can see why after a press screening. One of the key locations in the film is China, although I think Hollywood needs to think just a bit harder than rice paddies to represent the country.
China Box Office: Top Three Still "The Monkey King" ($74M), "Where Are We Going, Dad?" ($52M), and "From Vegas to Macau" ($32M)
10:12 AM 2/13/2014 by Senh Duong
Although The Monkey King and Where Are We Going, Dad? continued to be the top one-two punch at the box office last week in China, From Vegas to Macau is the one with the best word-of-mouth. For the week ending last Sunday (2/3/2014 - 2/9/2014), The Monkey King took in another humongous $74M.
10:45 AM 2/7/2014 by Senh Duong
Will distributors want to buy a romance from John Woo in the Berlin Film Festival? Described as a Chinese Titanic, The Crossing is John Woo’s second most expensive Chinese production to date -- the film cost $50M.
China Box Office: Lost in the "Monkey King"/"Where Are We Going, Dad?" Bonanza is the Steady Rise of "From Vegas to Macau"
10:25 AM 2/6/2014 by Senh Duong
When Wong Jing’s gambling action-comedy From Vegas to Macau debuted last week in China, it was overshadowed by the duo mega-performance of the fantasy epic The Monkey King and Where Are We Going, Dad?
Worldwide Box Office: "Robocop" Opens in Asia on Chinese New Year and Got a Red Envelope Stuffed with $5.5M
9:55 AM 2/5/2014 by Senh Duong
The Robocop reboot opened on Chinese New Year with a strong $5.5M in three territories in Asia. It topped the box office in Malaysia, Taiwan, and Singapore, according to Deadline.com. Studios behind big-budget blockbusters are opening their films in foreign markets ahead of their U.S. release with more regularity nowadays.
10:21 AM 2/3/2014 by Senh Duong
Soi Cheang’s The Monkey King, starring Donnie Yen, Chow Yun Fat, and Aaron Kwok, did even better than initially estimated at the box office. The latest adaptation of Journey to the West opened last Friday in China with an estimated $17M. Turns out the estimate was $3M short. The actual figure is $20M, which makes it the biggest opening day gross of all time, but with an asterix.
9:35 AM 1/31/2014 by Senh Duong
In my previous article, I wrote that in order for the $65M budgeted The Monkey King to break even, it would have to reach $150M at the box office in China; and the first thing it must do is break the opening day record.
9:16 AM 1/30/2014 by Senh Duong
Chow Yun Fat, star of The Monkey King (along with Donnie Yen and Aaron Kwok), draws the line on sequel possibilities. The $65M adaptation of Journey to the West, one of the most popular novels in China, will need to gross $150M at the box office in China just to break even.