‘The Wandering Earth’ Is Leading the Sci-Fi Charge at China’s Box Office

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China’s first mainstream science-fiction film, “The Wandering Earth,” has surpassed “Operation Red Sea” to become the country’s second-highest-grossing movie of all time, with $679 million at the local box office and counting. “Crazy Alien,” another ti…

‘How To Train Your Dragon 3’ Winging To $33M+ China Bow, ‘Green Book’ Logs Strong Start

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Universal/DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is off to a toothy start in China, eyeing a $33M+ opening weekend. Boosted by the Middle Kingdom, the threequel, which has been rolling out offshore through the past two months…

‘Dumbo’ to Fly Into China on March 29

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Tim Burton’s live-action “Dumbo” will fly into Chinese theaters on March 29, the same day it opens in the U.S., Chinese film site Mtime announced Tuesday. The loose remake of the 1941 Disney animated film features a star-studded cast that includes Coli…

China Box Office: ‘Alita’ Wins the Weekend

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Hollywood and Chinese sci-fi offerings went head-to-head at the Chinese box office this weekend. Newcomer “Alita: Battle Angel” smashed its way to the top with a $64 million debut — streaking past the Chinese titles that, though popular, have been in t…

‘Alita: Battle Angel’ Finds Success in China With $62 Million Opening

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One weekend after opening in the U.S., Fox’s “Alita: Battle Angel” has found some much-needed box office success in China, opening to a $62.3 million start.

That result is the best Chinese opening ever for a Fox release, topping the $59.7 million opening earned by “War for the Planet of the Apes” in September 2017. It pushes the film’s overseas total through Sunday to $202 million and its global total to $264 million. $9 million of the film’s opening weekend total, or around 14 percent, came from IMAX screens in China.

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But while it’s a strong start for the Robert Rodriguez-directed, James Cameron-produced blockbuster, it’s no guarantee that “Alita” will be able to break even. While the film had stronger than expected openings in the U.S. and South Korea, both markets yielded big drop-offs the following weekend.

In Korea, the film opened wide to $10.8 million before falling 77 percent to $2.47 million the following weekend. Domestically, “Alita” opened to $33.5 million ($42.2 million after Presidents’ Day), only to fall 58 percent this weekend to $12 million despite strong audience approval. A similar drop-off could come in China, as “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” and “Captain Marvel” will be released there in the coming weeks.

With a reported net production budget of approximately $170 million, box office analysts who have spoken with TheWrap estimate that the film will need to gross $400-450 million worldwide in order to break even.

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Box Office: ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ Rules Overseas With $62 Million Launch in China

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Fox’s “Alita: Battle Angel” dominated the international box office, amassing $92.5 million in 82 markets. The cyberpunk adventure landed a much-needed win in China with its $62.3 million debut, the studio’s biggest opening of al…

‘Alita: Battle Angel’ Flies To $62M+ China Debut, Sets Fox & IMAX Records – International Box Office

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Refresh for latest…: Fox/Lightstorm’s Alita: Battle Angel came out fighting in China this weekend, touching down with a $62.3M debut, per Fox’s estimates. The figure is even higher — at $64.8M — according to local reporting. Whi…

‘Alita: Battle Angel’ Wings To $20M China Friday; Eyes $60M+ Middle Kingdom Bow

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Refresh for latest…: Fox/Lightstorm’s Alita: Battle Angel took the fight to China today with an estimated $19.8M opening Friday. That includes $1M in limited Thursday midnights. An opening in the $50M zone had been expected, then buzz increased t…

Box Office: ‘How to Train Your Dragon 3’ Takes Off With $3 Million

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“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” flew to $3 million at about 3,200 North American location on Thursday night. The figure doubled the preview gross for “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part,” which pulled in $1.5 million…

‘How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ Fires Up $3M On Thursday

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After collecting $185M at the overseas box office, DreamWorks Animation’s threequel How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World finally touched down here in U.S./Canada with a Thursday night preview gross of $3M at 3,200 theaters.
Going into this …

‘How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ Again Tops Studios’ TV Ad Spending

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In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by the TV ad measurement and attribution company iSpot.tv, DreamWorks Animation claims the top spot in spending for the second week in a row with “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hid…

‘How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ Is Already Winning At The B.O. With $175M Abroad Prior To $40M+ U.S. Start

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Before How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World lands in the U.S./Canada this weekend with a $40M to possibly $45M start in 4,000 locations, the $129M DreamWorks Animation threequel is already in great shape have already amassed $175M overseas with a…

Why The Industry Shouldn’t Be Scared About The Lowest Winter At The B.O. In Eight Years

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Coming off a banner $11.9 billion at the domestic B.O. and $41.7B worldwide in 2018, this year’s theatrical tickets sales aren’t anything to get excited about: The winter B.O. stateside for the period of Jan. 1-Feb. 18 at $1.2B is the lowes…