The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey News
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."
deadline.com – In yet another causalty of the shift to digital, New Zealand’s first-ever post-production facility, Park Road, will shutter its 35mm film processing laboratory in June, according to local reports. Privately owned by Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, who acquired it in 1999, Park Road has been in operation since 1941 with credits that include the Lord Of The Rings trilogy, The Hobbit: 8 weeks 4 days ago via jetli
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.
deadline.com – Execs at privately held MGM won’t be able to play their cards so close to the vest after the James Bond film Skyfall and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey helped to push company revenues for 2012 past $1B. (It ended up with $1.38B). That’s an SEC threshold that will require MGM to publicly disclose registration information it now can keep confidential, CEO Gary Barber told investors in a conference call. 9 weeks 2 days ago via jetli
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:
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).