UPDATED, 6:45 PM Monday: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 pulled off a surprise of its own when international box office figures were retallied today. MJ2 reclaimed the top spot following an unexpected two-day “preview” surge by the Chinese title Surprise that appeared to give it the lead over Katniss and company on Sunday. Lionsgate reported that MJ2 grosses rose to $17.4M from Sunday’s estimated $15.4M, enough to put the franchise finale back on top for its fourth consecutive weekend offshore. The shuffle resulted in a short reign for Surprise (aka Surprise You’ll Never Think Of: Journey To The West , or Surprise: Journey To The West ), whose $17M Saturday-Sunday figures from some 35K preview showings (compared to about 25K regular screenings for Point Break ) initially appeared to best all other overseas titles for the weekend. The Surprise maneuver came on the first official weekend of the Chinese box office blackout for new releases. Disney’s … [Read more...] about Katniss Retakes No. 1 From China ‘Surprise’; ‘Good Dinosaur’ In 3rd; ‘Sea’ & 007 Round Out Top 5 – Intl Box Office Final
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This weekend will see the arrival in China of James Bond and Spectre , followed by The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 the next week and The Martian a week later. Those films have a good shot at breaking out of an increasingly congested market. But box office recently has dipped for the studios in China, and while that’s been the case in the U.S., we’re not talking about the kind of star-driven fare that was chasing mature moviegoers Stateside; those movies rarely make it to the Middle Kingdom. Rather, all-audience pics have struggled in a series of frames that were stacked with Hollywood films, and local titles that jumped out of the water. With such a heavy parade of movies recently and more to come before the next blackout in December, one distribution exec calls the market glut “a freaking mess.” Others I speak to have been scratching their heads at the downturn, with some wondering if China is at risk of losing its cash-cow status or if the market is simply seeing … [Read more...] about Chinese Box Office Dips: Can Studios Make Hay Inside “A Freaking Mess”?
Chinese New Year movies continued to drive the global and international box office this weekend, after their astonishing Covid-era debuts last frame . Leaders last session, Detective Chinatown 3 and Hi Mom , both crossed the RMB 4B mark locally, with each at an estimated RMB 4.02B ($621M) cume through Sunday. This is after just 10 days of play for each film, and boosts both up the all-time charts The current Maoyan-estimated grosses put Hi, Mom and DC3 within striking distance of topping Avengers: Endgame ’s RMB 4.24B ($629.1M) total in China. Hi, Mom , a time-travel comedy from comedian-turned-filmmaker Jia Ling that has benefited from great word of mouth, is projected to become the No. 2 all-time highest-grossing film in China with a Maoyan-estimated final of RMB 5.17B ($799M). These figures are subject to change over the film’s evolution, but should they hold, Hi, Mom would slot in above 2019’s Nezha and behind 2017’s Wolf Warrior 2 . Detective … [Read more...] about Chinese New Year Pics ‘Hi, Mom’ & ‘Detective Chinatown 3’ Top $600M Each As Middle Kingdom Exceeds $2B In 2021 – International Box Office
Disney/Pixar’s Soul continues to shine overseas with a $96.2M cume after seven frames. In 11 markets this session, the Pete Docter-helmed original added $6.9M to its international box office kitty with No. 1s again in Russia and Korea. In China, it has surpassed Incredibles 2 to become the market’s 2nd highest-grossing Pixar title ever. China in general had a soft session as the market looks forward to the Lunar New Year releases which begin rollout on February 12. Detective Chinatown 3 will storm the box office there next weekend, having hit over RMB 350M ($54M) in overall pre-sales, per Maoyan. Pre-sales for the full roster of this year’s New Year titles through opening day February 12 are estimated at over RMB 400M ($62M). Related Story 'The Little Things' Super Bowl Weekend B.O. On Par With Liam Neeson Pics During Pandemic China last year missed out on the Lunar New Year period owing to Covid closures (and this year will face 50% capacity restrictions … [Read more...] about ‘Soul’ Nears $100M Overseas & Becomes No. 2 Pixar Pic Ever In China Where Pre-Sales Pop For Lunar New Year Movies – International Box Office
The Chinese New Year box office achieved yet another milestone Wednesday, with grosses for the holiday period growing to an estimated RMB 7.78 billion ($1.2 billion). This beats the previous all-time high set during the comparable 2019 holiday (RMB 5.9B). China often outdoes itself, but the fact that 2021’s Lunar New Year frame came with Covid capacity restrictions makes the performance even more staggering. Factors working in the session’s favor included a diverse slate of seven new local titles (including two powerhouses at the top), as well as increased ticket prices in some areas, additional screens versus 2019 and a reduction in travel which made moviegoing the first-choice activity for people who were not journeying to see family as would normally be the case during the holiday. Related Story Movie Theater Stocks, Led By Imax, Post Gains After China Box Office Eruption After setting new records for opening day and opening weekend in a single market … [Read more...] about Chinese New Year Box Office Hits $1.2B, Sets Record High Over Holiday Period