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

3:07 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

2:47 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]

12:55 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

3:18 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.

1:50 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

11:55 AM 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: More Joy for "Inside Out" As It Passes $700M Worldwide

11:40 AM 8/27/2015 by Senh Duong
Inside Out
According to Deadline.com, Pixar’s “Inside Out” just passed $700M at the box office worldwide, the fifth film to do this at the animation studio. Globally, it ranks behind “Toy Story 3” ($1.1B), “Finding Nemo” ($896M), “Monsters University” ($744M), and “Up” ($731M).

Box Office: "Terminator: Genisys" Opens Huge in China, Sequels Guaranteed

10:59 AM 8/25/2015 by Senh Duong
Arnold Schwarzenegger in "Terminator: Genisys"
When “Terminator: Genisys” disappointed at the domestic box office, opening to a ho-hum $27M a few months ago and looking to finish its run in the low $90M range, there were reports that this was the end of the line for the franchise, and Paramount might have to abandon its plans for two more sequels.

China Box Office: Zhang Yimou's "Coming Home" Starring Gong Li Debuts with Solid $5M on Friday

10:07 AM 5/16/2014 by Senh Duong
Gong Li in Zhang Yimou's "Coming Home"
“Coming Home,” the long-awaited reteaming of Zhang Yimou and Gong Li, opened on Friday (it’s already Saturday in China) atop the box office with a solid $4.8M. The drama, set during the tumultuous years of the Cultural Revolution, pushes Marc Webb’s “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” down to second place. The webslinger rolled up $3.2M for the day, upping its total to an amazing $69M after two weeks in release.

China Box Office: "My Old Classmate" $35M, "The Great Hypnotist" $22M, "The Iceman 3D" $11M, "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" $10M

10:51 AM 5/7/2014 by Senh Duong
My Old Classmate
Business for local films exploded during China’s Labour Day holiday, which started last Thursday (May 1st) and ended on Saturday (May 3rd). Sunday was reserved for the debut of Marc Webb’s “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” For the entire week of April 28th to May 4th, YA romance “My Old Classmate” soured to $34.6M, upping its total to a staggering $52.3M after just ten days.

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