Chinese Companies Are Still Taking Hollywood’s Calls, but With Caution

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From the perspective of a midsize Hollywood company hoping for a sky-high takeover bid or a major studio that once counted on generous slate financing, China these days looks like a disappointment. The acquisitions gravy train that slopped easy money across the Pacific was halted more than a year ago by the Chinese government. Deals […]

Aamir Khan’s ‘Secret Superstar’ Poised to Top China Box Office

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“Secret Superstar,” the latest film vehicle for Indian superstar Aamir Khan, looks set top open on top of the Chinese box office. It is enjoying the momentum created by Khan’s previous film “Dangal,” which enjoyed an unprecedented $193 million of business in China. “Superstar” had clocked up $3.5 million (RMB23.3 million) by 3pm on Friday, […]

AACTA Awards: ‘Lion’ & ‘Top Of The Lake’ Sweep Oz Film & TV Prizes

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The second installment of the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts AACTA Awards ceremony took place in Sydney Wednesday evening local time with Lion continuing its dominance over the film categories, and Top Of The Lake: China Girl taking key wins for TV. Those include kudos for Nicole Kidman in both.
Kidman took the Best Supporting Actress nod for Lion which was named Best Film. It also picked up trophies for Garth Davis’ direction and Dev Patel’s supporting…

Chinese Audiences Move Away From Hollywood Pictures

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Hollywood blockbusters are still leading the way in China’s box office, but audiences living in the world’s second-largest film market have displayed signs of hunger for more diverse movie imports. Indeed, foreign films from outside Hollywood have proved to be popular in China over the past year. The most recent example is Thai picture “Bad […]

Inaugural AACTA Asian Film Prize Spans Commercial Hits and Art House Gems

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Smash hits “Dangal,” “Train to Busan,” “Your Name” and “Wolf Warriors II” are among the films nominated for the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts’ best Asian film award. The prize is being presented for the first time by AACTA. The other five nominees include two more from India “Pink,” and “Kaasav: Turtle,” two […]

China Box Office: ‘Pirates’ Sails Off With $66 Million Opening

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Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” enjoyed one of the widest releases in Chinese history and opened with a $66 million three-day weekend opening. The film played 115,000 screenings on Friday, expanding to over 130,000 on Saturday, and then 115,000 on Sunday. According to data from local provider Ent Group, “Pirates”… Read more »

Why ‘Dangal’s’ Triumph in China Could Be a Game-Changer For India

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Indian drama “Dangal” crossed the $100-million mark at the Chinese box office Saturday, becoming the biggest foreign-language film of all time in China and reshaping perceptions of the movie market in the world’s most populous nation. The film opened May 5, going head to head with “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” and coming second… Read more »

‘Alien: Covenant’ Adds $30M In 2nd Frame; ‘Dangal’ Pins $100M+ In China; ‘Guardians 2’ At $733M WW – International Box Office

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Refresh for latest: Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant ventured into another 52 offshore markets this frame. In 76 total, it bit off $30.3M and saw No. 1s in 30 new hubs while maintaining the top spot in six holdover plays. The international box office cume is now $81.9M with China and Japan still to come. The worldwide total on the Fox release is $117M.
Although we are working with unofficial estimates out of China, it looks as though the weekend’s No. 1 international title…

China Box Office: ‘Dangal’ Takes Weekend Win From ‘Guardians’

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Aamir Khan-starring Indian sports drama, “Dangal” expanded in its second week at the Chinese box office and took top place from “Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2.” In its second week of release, “Dangal” earned $32.5 million, giving it a 10-day cumulative of $59.7 million, according to data from Ent group. The weekend score was… Read more »

‘Alien: Covenant’ Chomps $42M Bow; ‘Guardians 2’ Crosses $630M WW; ‘Dangal’ Soars In China – International Box Office

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Refresh for latest: With offshore rollout just beginning on Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant, $42M worth of moviegoers ran to see the Xenomorphs in action in 34 markets this frame. Fox unleashed the Prometheus sequel to No. 1s in 19, ahead of the May 19 domestic bow, and came up with the No. 2 studio movie at the international box office.
Korea leads offshore play at $7.2M, followed by the UK ($6.4M), France ($4.5M), Australia ($3.1M) and Mexico ($2.5M). Alien: Covenant‘s…

India’s ‘Dangal’ to Upset ‘Guardians’ at China Box Office

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India’s “Dangal” is set to swap places with “Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2” and take the top spot at the Chinese box office. Both will trounce newly released “King Arthur.” The Aamir Khan-starring “Dangal” topped the Chinese charts on both Friday and Saturday, with sharply improved scores, compared with its opening frame. On Friday… Read more »

China Box Office: ‘Guardians 2’ Beats India’s ‘Dangal’ For Weekend Win

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“Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2” scored a comfortable opening weekend win at the China box office. The greater surprise was the strength of Aamir Khan-starring Indian film “Dangal.” “Guardians 2” enjoyed a day and date opening with North America and other major markets and scored $45.9 million in China, according to data tracking firm… Read more »

Disney Content Moves in India ‘Misinterpreted’ Says Andy Bird

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Disney is not abandoning local content production in India, despite a decision last year to close its Bollywood film making side. The country is often overshadowed by the growth of China, but prospects for India are very bright, says Andy Bird, chairman of Walt Disney International. “I’ve never been more excited about India,” said Bird,… Read more »

Disney Poised to Slash Staff in India Even as ‘Dangal’ Rules Box Office

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MUMBAI – Disney is expected to cut about 90 members of its staff in India, having previously announced that it is getting out of local film production. The move comes at a moment when its penultimate Indian film investment, “Dangal,” is breaking box office records. Widely circulated Indian media reports put Disney’s head count in… Read more »

Aamir Khan’s ‘Dangal’ Becomes All-Time Bollywood Box Office Champ

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Gaining momentum and breaking records since releasing just before Christmas, Aamir Khan-starrer Dangal has overtaken his own PK to become the No. 1 Bollywood movie ever in India, per local media. Directed by Nitesh Tiwari, the wrestling drama achieved the milestone in just 17 days of release. Dangal, also now holds the title of the No. 1 Bollywood film ever in North America with $11.13M through Sunday, according to producer/distributor UTV.
The estimated India box office…

Aamir Khan’s ‘Dangal’ Breaking Records For Bollywood; On Way To All-Time No. 1?

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After breaking records at its opening during the December 21 frame, the latest film starring Aamir Khan is quite possibly on its way to becoming the No. 1 Bollywood movie ever in India and abroad. Through Tuesday, Dangal is already the No. 2 Bollywood title of all time in North America with $10.1M, coming in behind only Khan’s own 2014 smash PK at $10.6M — it will pass it this week. Through Sunday in India, the gross was $55.63M, per distributor UTV. Today, it should…

Aamir Khan’s ‘Dangal’ Pins Down Bollywood Icon’s Best Global Bow Ever

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In a return to the Christmas frame after sitting out 2015, Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan has scored his best worldwide opening with Dangal. The sports biopic grossed $31.2M across India, North America and other international markets this weekend. That tops the $28.8M start for Khan’s PK in 2014. That film went on to become Bollywood’s biggest worldwide grosser at about $100M. In North America, Dangal set a record for the biggest Bollywood opening frame ever at $4.3M over…

‘Rogue One’ Blasts Past $520M WW; ‘Great Wall’ Rises To $120M In China – Intl Box Office

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Refresh for latest: Disney/Lucasfilm’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story made off with a $47.1M three-day sophomore weekend at the international box office, lifting the overseas cume to $237.4M through Sunday. With a domestic total of $286.4M, the Rebel Alliance has now amassed $523.8M worldwide. The standalone spinoff was No. 1 for the second frame in the UK, France, Germany, Australia, Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Hong Kong and more, despite several new…

Aamir Khan’s ‘Dangal’ Beats India’s Demonetization Blues

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MUMBAI — Disney India’s “Dangal,” starring Bollywood megastar Aamir Khan, has revitalized a film industry reeling under the after effects of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s demonetization program. “Dangal”, a rustic woman-empowerment wrestling drama directed by Nitesh Tiwari, released in India on Dec. 23, in the Christmas holiday frame. It collected $15.7 million on its… Read more »