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"Ip Man 3" Distributor Suspected of Box Office Fraud, Parent Company Loses $150M in Market Cap

4:07 PM 3/8/2016 by Senh Duong
Max Zhang in "Ip Man 3"
“Ip Man 3” opened huge in China last weekend, grossing $72M -- the biggest opening ever for a martial arts film (as its distributor proclaimed). Shows were sold out in theaters across the middle kingdom.

China Box Office: "Ip Man 3" Shatters Expectations with $72M Opening

3:47 PM 3/6/2016 by Senh Duong
Mike Tyson vs. Donnie Yen in "Ip Man 3"
Despite debuting two months later than neighboring territories and amidst piracy fears, “Ip Man 3” shattered expectations with a $72M weekend opening at the box office in China, more than doubling the previous film’s total intake during its entire theatrical run.

Ka-Boom! "Ip Man 3" Opens to $24M Friday, Heading for $70M Weekend [China Box Office]

1:55 PM 3/4/2016 by Senh Duong
Donnie Yen in "Ip Man 3"
“Ip Man 3” just ended “The Mermaid’s” three-week reign atop the box office in China on Friday with a $24.3M opening, which includes $1M from midnight screenings. Depending on word-of-mouth and how front-loaded the martial arts film is, it’s looking at a huge $70M opening for the entire three-day weekend. “Ip Man 3” is directed by Wilson Yip, stars Donnie Yen, features Mike Tyson as a villain, and has Yuen Woo-Ping choreographing the film’s many outstanding fight scenes.

China Box Office: “Ip Man 3” Could Be Hurt By Piracy and Impending Blu-ray Release

4:18 PM 3/1/2016 by Senh Duong
Donnie Yen Fights Eleven in "Ip Man 3"
Originally, Donnie Yen’s “Ip Man 3” was supposed to be released in China on December 24, 2015. But inexplicably, it was pulled weeks before that date, and pushed to March 4, 2016 -- this coming Friday.

Box Office: Stephen Chow's "The Mermaid" Scores Highest Per Theater Average in the U.S.

2:50 PM 2/22/2016 by Senh Duong
Stephen Chow's "The Mermaid"
Stephen Chow’s comedy “The Mermaid” opened in the U.S. in just 35 theaters over the weekend and packed them with a $1M opening, averaging a staggering $29,000 per theater -- the highest of all films currently in release. That’s nearly twice that of “Deadpool’s,” the top-grossing film in the U.S.

China Box Office: "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2" Opens to Solid (Maybe Even Great) $21M

12:55 PM 2/22/2016 by Senh Duong
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny
“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny,” the sequel to Ang Lee’s Oscar-winning 2000 film, opened in China over the weekend and pulled in $21.3M. Compared to the recording-breaking numbers that Stephen Chow’s “The Mermaid” has amassed in the last couple of weeks -- $42M on opening day and $420M since -- this doesn’t sound like much. But “Sword of Destiny’s” relatively modest weekend opening is actually a solid, maybe even great figure.

Box Office Podcast: "Revenant" and "Star Wars" Are Discussed; "Kung Fu Panda 3" Predictions Are Made

1:14 PM 1/27/2016 by Senh Duong
Kung Fu Panda 3
Binh just put up our new podcast last night for last weekend’s box office results. There’s not much more that we can say about “The Revenant” or “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Sure, these two films supplanted the previous weekend’s top film “Ride Along 2,” which experienced a typical 60%-plus drop-off for a film targeted at the African-American audience.

Box Office: "The Boy" Wins Weekend of New Releases with Solid $11M

12:20 PM 1/26/2016 by Senh Duong
The Boy
Of the three new wide releases this weekend, horror film “The Boy” ended up being the big winner, grossing $10.8M at the box office. The other two releases were raunchy comedy “Dirty Grandpa” and YA thriller “The 5th Wave.” Both films pulled in similar numbers, $11M and $10.3M respectively.

Box Office: China's All-Time Top Grosser "Monster Hunt" Fizzles in U.S. Debut

5:35 PM 1/25/2016 by Senh Duong
Monster Hunt
“Ip Man 3” is not the only Chinese film to debut last weekend in the U.S. The other is “Monster Hunt,” the highest-grossing movie of all time in China with $385M. Directed by “Shrek” animator Raman Hui, the $56M (very expensive in China terms) fantasy adventure film only managed a measly $21K in the U.S.

Box Office: "Ip Man 3" Scores Highest Per Theater Average in U.S. Debut

9:13 PM 1/24/2016 by Senh Duong
Mike Tyson in "Ip Man 3"
Despite a winter storm that caused many theaters in the East Coast to shut down, “Ip Man 3” pulled in a solid $762K at the box office from 103 theaters in its U.S. debut over the weekend. Its per theater average of $7,402 is the highest of all films currently playing, besting “The Revenant” and “Star Wars:

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