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Chinese Box Office: Even "The Hobbit" Can't Stop "Journey to the West"

10:42 AM 3/7/2013 by Senh Duong
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
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:

Chinese Box Office: "Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons" Reaches $104.7M After Eight Days

5:19 PM 2/20/2013 by Senh Duong
Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons
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).

Chinese Box Office: Stephen Chow's "Journey to the West: Conquering The Demons" Breaks Opening Day Record

12:20 PM 2/13/2013 by Senh Duong
Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons
You know when a market’s hot? When box office records are shattered on a regular basis. Just a couple months ago, “Painted Skin 2: Resurrection” still held two regional box office records: the highest grossing Chinese film of all-time and the biggest opening day gross of all time for a Chinese film.

Chinese Box Office: "Skyfall" Up to Astounding $51M; "The Grandmaster" at $45M

12:56 PM 2/6/2013 by Senh Duong
Sam Mendes’ “Skyfall” starring Daniel Craig opened a couple weeks ago in China and riveted audiences to the tune of $35M in the first week and $16M in the second, for a total of $51M so far. It’s a huge hit in China, unless, like this writer, your views got distorted by the recent records broken by “Lost in Thailand” and “Chinese Zodiac.”

Foreign Box Office: 'Django Unchained' Retains No. 1 Spot, Flying Past 100-Million Mark

Django Unchained – "Skyfall" scorches in China while "Life of Pi" tops $400 million; "Hansel and Gretel" takes No. 3 spot. 7 years 18 weeks ago via theothersenhman

Wong Kar-Wai Finally Scores a Hit at the Box Office with "The Grandmaster": $25.8M Opening Week

10:05 PM 1/17/2013 by Senh Duong
Zhang Ziyi in "The Grandmaster"
With its huge opening, “The Grandmaster” is the first box office hit of Wong Kar-Wai’s career. It’s good to see the internationally acclaimed director finally getting his due at the box office.

Ang Lee's "Life of Pi" Quietly Makes Nearly Half a Billion Worldwide

3:24 PM 1/13/2013 by Senh Duong
Life of Pi
When I first saw the trailer for Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi,” it seemed like a nice-looking arthouse movie that would do arthouse biz unless it catches on like “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” or “Brokeback Mountain.”

Chinese Box Office: "Chinese Zodiac" Helicopter-Kicks "Lost in Thailand" Off the Top Spot

1:51 AM 1/9/2013 by Senh Duong
Jackie Chan in "Chinese Zodiac"
In a surprise last week at the box office in China, Jackie Chan’s “Chinese Zodiac” finally dislodged Zheng Xu’s “Lost in Thailand” from the top spot. The two films grossed $37.3M and $31.8M, respectively, for the week ending on January 6th. I didn’t think this would ever happen because “Lost in Thailand” had beaten “Chinese Zodiac” for two consecutive weeks prior to this.

Will Wong Kar-Wai Finally Break Through at the Box Office with "The Grandmasters?"

6:10 PM 1/3/2013 by Senh Duong
The Grandmasters
Believe it or not, none of Wong Kar-Wai’s films were ever hits in Hong Kong, even though they starred some of Hong Kong’s biggest box office draws - Andy Lau, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Leslie Cheung, and Maggie Cheung. His biggest hit was his debut film “As Tears Go By” (Andy Lau, Maggie Cheung, Jacky Cheung), which grossed HK $11.5M ($1.5M US) in 1988, according to Wikipedia.

Chinese Box Office: "Chinese Zodiac" Uncovers $76.5M; "Lost in Thailand" Sails Pass "Titanic 3D" Towards Avatar's Record

8:53 PM 1/1/2013 by Senh Duong
Lost in Thailand
Like last year at the box office in China, there are only room for two big event films during the Christmas and New Year holidays. In 2011, Zhang Yimou’s “The Flowers of War” (Christian Bale) and Tsui Hark’s “The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate” (Jet Li) were the two dominant films, claiming the top two spots for weeks.
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