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Chinese Box Office: "Mr. Right" Scores Again; "Scoundrel" Continues Huang Bo's Hot Streak; "Drug War" Has Solid Debut
2:31 PM 4/11/2013 by Senh Duong
"Finding Mr. Right" has turned into a mega blockbuster in China. It's the top film there for the past three weeks. Last week (4/1 - 4/7), it took in another $23.4M, upping its total to a staggering $62.5M. The Tang Wei starring film is now the second highest grossing romance in China.
5:22 PM 4/4/2013 by Senh Duong
I'm still shocked and saddened by the news of Roger Ebert's death. I know, I know, he was fighting cancer, and the odds were against him. It's just that it has only been a couple days since he announced his leave of absence. Also, he had been very active on the internet, writing reviews for the Chicago Sun-Times and updating his blog, Facebook Page, Twitter account, and his newsletter.
2:35 PM 4/3/2013 by Senh Duong
"Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons" was a surprise hit in China when it opened a couple months ago on Chinese New Year. Sure, it was a big-budget New Year's film that has Stephen Chow's name attached. He is a name brand and is a proven draw at the box office in China - "CJ7" and "Kung Fu Hustle" did $26M and $20M respectively during years when those figures were considered blockbusters.
Chinese Box Office: "Finding Mr. Right" Nudges "Die Hard 5" Off Top Slot; "Ip Man: Final Fight" Disappoints
3:51 PM 3/29/2013 by Senh Duong
In last week's report, I was expecting "Ip Man: Final Fight" to do well enough to at least place second at last week's box office (3/18-3/24), but that didn't happen. It debuted at fifth place with just $1.17M, not even good enough to beat the three-week-old martial arts comedy "Princess and Seven Kung Fu Masters."
Chinese Box office: "Die Hard 5" & "Resident Evil 5" Debuted Strong; "Princess" & "Upside Down" Held Up Surprisingly Well
10:17 AM 3/21/2013 by Senh Duong
"A Good Day to Die Hard" and "Resident Evil: Retribution" debuted in China last week, and the results for the fifth entries of both franchises were solid. Both films have underperformed in the States: "Retribution" grossed $42.3M last fall, about $20M less than the previous installment; "Die Hard 5" will likely finish around $70M, about $60M less than its predecessor.
9:57 AM 3/14/2013 by Senh Duong
In my previous Chinese box office report, I wrote that Stephen Chow's "Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons" would get close, but not beat "Lost in Thailand" for the record of highest-grossing Chinese film of all time. Huayi Brothers, the company behind "Journey to the West," apparently agrees with me.
10:42 AM 3/7/2013 by Senh Duong
A couple weeks ago, Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” needed about $40M to reach $1B in worldwide box office. Chinese audiences answered by purchasing enough tickets in the last few weeks to help the fantasy film pass the $1B mark, the fifteenth film ever to do so. Although “The Hobbit” has done strong business in China for the past few weeks, it was still unable to dislodge Stephen Chow’s juggernaut “Journey to the West:
8:58 PM 2/27/2013 by Senh Duong
I saw a screening of "Jack the Giant Slayer" on Monday, and although the theater was mostly filled, there were some empty seats. Based on the relatively low number of Likes the film has received on Facebook so far, that wasn’t much of a surprise.
3:57 PM 2/22/2013 by Senh Duong
With its release coming next month, looks like Paramount Pictures is putting its marketing into high gear for John Chu’s “G.I. Joe: Retaliation.” Last week, the actioner that teams up Dwayne Johnson, Channing Tatum, and Bruce Willis collected 840,832 Likes on Facebook, by far the most for any film in our database in one week.
5:19 PM 2/20/2013 by Senh Duong
According to EntGroup, Stephen Chow’s fantasy-action-comedy “Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons” has already grossed $104.7M after just eight days of release (Feb. 10-17), making it the fourth highest grossing Chinese film of all time, behind “Lost in Thailand” ($201M), “Chinese Zodiac” ($138M), and “Painted Skin 2: Resurrection” ($114.5M).