‘Ready Player One’ Surpasses $500 Million at Worldwide Box Office

Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One” has crossed the $500 million mark at the worldwide box office, Warner Bros. announced Saturday.

Domestically, the film has hit $120.6 million to date since its opening on March 29. Internationally, the film has grossed $379.5 million, earning more than $200 million in China alone.

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“Ready Player One” stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Lena Waithe, T.J. Miller, Mark Rylance and Simon Pegg.

Spielberg directed “Ready Player One” from a screenplay by Zak Penn and Ernest Cline, based on the latter’s novel of the same name. Donald De Line, Kristie Macosko Krieger, Dan Farah and Spielberg produced. Adam Somner, Daniel Lupi, Chris DeFaria and Bruce Berman served as executive producers.

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The film follows a young man who lives in a dystopian future where almost everyone escapes their horrid reality through a virtual world called the OASIS. With the help of his friends, he sets out to complete a quest created by the OASIS’ late creator before the head of an evil corporation can finish it and take over the virtual system.

Earlier this week, Spielberg became the first director to ever gross more than $10 billion at the worldwide box office, with “Ready Player One” becoming his highest-grossing film in the last decade and nudging him into eight figures in all-time career grosses.

Spielberg’s all-time top performer was 1993’s “Jurassic Park,” which grossed $983.8 million worldwide. That was followed by 2008’s critically reviled “Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Crystal Skull” ($786.6 million) and the 1982 classic “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” which earned $717 million — without adjusting for inflation.

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Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One” has crossed the $500 million mark at the worldwide box office, Warner Bros. announced Saturday.

Domestically, the film has hit $120.6 million to date since its opening on March 29. Internationally, the film has grossed $379.5 million, earning more than $200 million in China alone.

“Ready Player One” stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Lena Waithe, T.J. Miller, Mark Rylance and Simon Pegg.

Spielberg directed “Ready Player One” from a screenplay by Zak Penn and Ernest Cline, based on the latter’s novel of the same name. Donald De Line, Kristie Macosko Krieger, Dan Farah and Spielberg produced. Adam Somner, Daniel Lupi, Chris DeFaria and Bruce Berman served as executive producers.

The film follows a young man who lives in a dystopian future where almost everyone escapes their horrid reality through a virtual world called the OASIS. With the help of his friends, he sets out to complete a quest created by the OASIS’ late creator before the head of an evil corporation can finish it and take over the virtual system.

Earlier this week, Spielberg became the first director to ever gross more than $10 billion at the worldwide box office, with “Ready Player One” becoming his highest-grossing film in the last decade and nudging him into eight figures in all-time career grosses.

Spielberg’s all-time top performer was 1993’s “Jurassic Park,” which grossed $983.8 million worldwide. That was followed by 2008’s critically reviled “Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Crystal Skull” ($786.6 million) and the 1982 classic “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” which earned $717 million — without adjusting for inflation.

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‘Fortnite’ May Hit China Next Week

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Animation is Role Model for Chinese Co-Production, Beijing Festival is Told

Animation is tipped by leading executives as the most fertile sector for cross-border cooperation between China and overseas film industries. International co-production is a perennial discussion at every film festival in China or any market espousing a significant China connection. The Beijing International Film Festival, which kicked off on Sunday night, made co-production the theme […]

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Beijing Festival: Chinese Art Films to get $16 Million Acquisition Fund

The emerging art house film sector in China is to get a further boost from the launch of a $16 million (RMB100 million) specialized acquisition fund. The initiative is backed by five companies already operational in the sector. The A.R.T. Project fund is intended to invest in 15 films by Chinese directorial talent over a […]

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China’s Weibo Reverses Decision to Censor LGBT Content

Mounting online protests have forced Sina Weibo — China’s version of Twitter — to reverse its decision banning all forms of homosexual content from its platform, the company announced on Monday.

Just last Friday, Weibo had said it would spend the next three months purging its platform of unsavory content, lumping in any homosexual posts with pornography and violence. The move sparked a wave of public outcries, with thousands of users sharing pro-gay hashtags and deriding the platform, which has roughly 400 million users, for censoring LGBT voices.

“This time, the cleanup of anime and games won’t target gay content. It is mainly [meant] to clean up content related to pornography, violence and gore,” said Weibo on Monday, according to Whats on Weibo, on its reversal. “Thank you for your discussions and suggestions.”

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The turnaround was a win for LGBTQ-advocates in a country still grappling with its treatment of homosexuals. Homosexuality is not illegal in China, but there remain signs it is culturally frowned upon. “Call Me By Your Name,” a gay romantic film nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards this season, was barred just last month from the Beijing International Film Festival.

“I’ve been casting for a new gay film and many actors are worried about being blacklisted if they get involved,” gay filmmaker Popo Fan told CNN. “Censorship leads to self-censorship — and that’s the worst outcome.”

The Chinese government’s draconian censorship laws often force social media companies to liberally weed out content it believes authorities will find offensive. But on Sunday, the People’s Daily, the government’s mouthpiece news organization, pushed tolerance of homosexuals, in the wake of the blowback over Weibo, but said “vulgar” content wouldn’t be tolerated under any circumstance.

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Mounting online protests have forced Sina Weibo — China’s version of Twitter — to reverse its decision banning all forms of homosexual content from its platform, the company announced on Monday.

Just last Friday, Weibo had said it would spend the next three months purging its platform of unsavory content, lumping in any homosexual posts with pornography and violence. The move sparked a wave of public outcries, with thousands of users sharing pro-gay hashtags and deriding the platform, which has roughly 400 million users, for censoring LGBT voices.

“This time, the cleanup of anime and games won’t target gay content. It is mainly [meant] to clean up content related to pornography, violence and gore,” said Weibo on Monday, according to Whats on Weibo, on its reversal. “Thank you for your discussions and suggestions.”

The turnaround was a win for LGBTQ-advocates in a country still grappling with its treatment of homosexuals. Homosexuality is not illegal in China, but there remain signs it is culturally frowned upon. “Call Me By Your Name,” a gay romantic film nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards this season, was barred just last month from the Beijing International Film Festival.

“I’ve been casting for a new gay film and many actors are worried about being blacklisted if they get involved,” gay filmmaker Popo Fan told CNN. “Censorship leads to self-censorship — and that’s the worst outcome.”

The Chinese government’s draconian censorship laws often force social media companies to liberally weed out content it believes authorities will find offensive. But on Sunday, the People’s Daily, the government’s mouthpiece news organization, pushed tolerance of homosexuals, in the wake of the blowback over Weibo, but said “vulgar” content wouldn’t be tolerated under any circumstance.

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China’s Weibo Reverses Ban On Gay-Themed Content

In a quick about face, China’s Sina Weibo messaging service has reversed a ban on gay-themed content. On Friday, the Twitter-like platform removed or blocked the content as part of a campaign to “purify” the online environment, the state-backed Global Times reported. But an outcry over the weekend appears to have changed Weibo’s stance. Caixin reported Monday that the service said it will not target homosexual topics during its “content clearance” bid.
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In a quick about face, China’s Sina Weibo messaging service has reversed a ban on gay-themed content. On Friday, the Twitter-like platform removed or blocked the content as part of a campaign to “purify” the online environment, the state-backed Global Times reported. But an outcry over the weekend appears to have changed Weibo’s stance. Caixin reported Monday that the service said it will not target homosexual topics during its “content clearance” bid. The main targets…

China’s Weibo Reverses Ban on LGBT Content

Sina Weibo, China’s leading microblogging platform, has reversed its ban of gay content. The decision announced on Monday is a rare instance where a Chinese institution bows to public pressure. The company’s proposed three-month operation to clean up its site, user groups and user-generated comments will “no longer apply to homosexual content,” Sina said on […]

Sina Weibo, China’s leading microblogging platform, has reversed its ban of gay content. The decision announced on Monday is a rare instance where a Chinese institution bows to public pressure. The company’s proposed three-month operation to clean up its site, user groups and user-generated comments will “no longer apply to homosexual content,” Sina said on […]