UPDATE, writethru: In a weekend dominated by holdovers and expansions, Warner Bros’ Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald leads the international box office for Hollywood in its third session in a row, conjuring $40.2M in 80 markets. That brings the overseas cume to $385.3M and global across the $500M mark to $519.6M. At the other end of the spectrum, WB’s Crazy Rich Asians was dead on arrival in China, mustering just $1.2M over the opening frame. Crazy Rich Asians, which began global rollout in August, is not wholly unexpected. Middle Kingdom authorities took their time giving the pic a slot, waiting until mid-October to set its bow on November 30. A cultural phenomenon domestically, and already a profitable proposition at $238M worldwide box office, CRA’s all-Asian cast is not a novelty in China. Related Story 'Ford V Ferrari' Revs Up $52M+ Worldwide Bow; No China Halo For 'Charlie's Angels' - International Box Office As we’ve … [Read more...] about ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ DOA In China With $1.2M Bow; ‘Fantastic Beasts 2’ Tops $500M WW – International Box Office
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It’s been about a month since Warner Bros released Crazy Rich Asians, powering to runaway success domestically and staggering the rollout internationally. With the global box office now over $167M, $28.6M has come from 23 overseas markets through last Sunday. There is plenty of play ahead, including the UK release on Friday, but there is also a big question mark over whether the Jon M Chu-directed smash makes it to China. And if it was facing an uphill battle to begin with there, a local scandal could indirectly influence its chances while state media took a pointed punch at it today. Chinese authorities are understood to still be mulling a yea or nay on giving the film a quota slot, but while WB is playing up the theme of family and acceptance, depictions of outsize wealth may be an issue — and that was highlighted in the China Daily op-ed today. We’ll get to that below. Related Story 'The Farewell's China Release Shelved Just Ahead Of Scheduled Date … [Read more...] about ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ China Release Status In Limbo: What’s The Holdup?
The Fox presentation tonight at CineEurope included a King of the World, and Queen. But before that, it kicked off with a video of President of International Theatrical Distribution Andrew Cripps and President of International Marketing Kieran Breen packing for their trip to Barcelona. After several Deadpool references, an elbow at England’s chances in the World Cup and a gag about North Korea being the next emerging market, the execs reached into their suitcases with Breen pulling out a pair of Mickey Mouse ears, and Cripps a Comcast t-shirt. Tonight’s presentation is expected to be the last that Fox does before it has a new owner, and when Fox Film Chairman and CEO Stacey Snider came out, she acknowledged this is an uncertain time for the studio. But she added, “We cannot lose sight of the ultimate goal which is the sustainability and vitality of going to the movies. We must continue to make movies to be seen out of the home.” And to the exhibitors in the … [Read more...] about ‘Avatar’ Sequels Update & ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ In Fox Spotlight At CineEurope