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“Terminator Genisys” took the top spot at the Chinese box office over the week to Sunday. Its China score puts it on course to overtake its gross from North America.
It earned $58 million from 9.83 million ticket sales scored at some 363,000 screenings. Having been released on Aug. 23, the film sees its eight-day total lifted to $84.9 million, according to data from Entgroup.
The North American cumulative after nine weeks of release is $89.4 million.
In second place was “The Hundred Regiments Offensive,” a patriotic war action film made by a state-owned studio and released to coincide with celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of WWII hostilities in Asia. It grossed $22.8 million in three days. Unconfirmed reports point to the film having been given a major boost with exhibitors exempted from having to pay film rentals for a week. »
- Patrick Frater
Possibly the first mainland Chinese remake of a Hollywood nuptial-themed romantic comedy, “Bride Wars” offers a veritable handbook on wedding arrangements that may spark a new genre of Chinese matrimony porn, but what little heart or frothy fun there was in the Gary Winick-directed original are crushed by all that bling and put-on pageantry. Despite the ready-made template, scenes are scattered like confetti, and judging from the cosmic spaciness projected by dolled-up stars Ni Ni and Angelababy, Hong Kong-American helmer-scribe Tony Chan hasn’t a clue how female friends relate to each other. Although the film opened in first place domestically with nearly $14.3 million, ticket sales fell 74% the next day.
Admittedly, Winick’s fluffy film about BFFs fighting over a wedding-reception slot at the Plaza Hotel was no great shakes to begin with. But with original co-star Kate Hudson, Julie Yorn and Hong Kong auteur Fruit Chan sharing producer »
- Maggie Lee
In this week’s round-up of the global box office scene:
• China furthers track record of saving troubled Hollywood properties
• Bride Wars shows foreign remakes of Us films becoming financially viable
• Hitman: Agent 47 built for stealth killing in overseas markets
He’ll be back. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s dusty catchphrase was looking a mite optimistic a few weeks ago, after Terminator Genisys’s under-powered launch – as was Paramount’s decision to pencil in a 19 May 2017 release for a sixth instalment to the franchise. A stonking $27.4m opening Sunday in China changes all that, boosting the $155m-budget film much closer to the $400m mark, and the kind of profit margin that gets dead android fingers twitching again. It’s the country’s fourth biggest opening day, behind Furious 7 ($63m), Avengers: Age of Ultron ($33.9m) and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen ($30m) – and far in advance of the Us first day »
- Phil Hoad
There’s no stopping Straight Outta Compton at the box office. Moviegoers put Universal Pictures’ film at the number one spot again with an estimated $26.8 million. After two weeks, F. Gary Gray’s N.W.A. biopic now stands at $111.5 million worldwide.
The top 12 domestic weekend box office estimates below from Rentrak.
1. Straight Outta Compton – Universal – $26.8M
2. Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation – Paramount – $11.7M
4. Hitman: Agent 47 – 20th Century Fox – $8.2M
5. Man From U.N.C.L.E. – Warner Bros. – $7.4M
6. American Ultra – Lionsgate – $5.5M
7. The Gift – Stx Entertainment – $4.3M
8. Ant-Man – Disney – $4.1M
9. Minions – Universal – $3.7M
10. Fantastic Four – 20th Century Fox – $3.6M
11. Vacation – Warner Bros. – $3.1M
12. Ricki And The Flash – Sony – $3.M
Of the weekend’s new releases, the low-budget horror sequel “Sinister 2″ fared best, opening with an estimated $10.6 million for the Blumhouse production — well below the $18 million the 2012 original debuted with. The result was good enough for third place, »
- Movie Geeks
Chinese audiences are breathing fresh life into the Terminator franchise.
“Terminator: Genisys,” the fifth film in the cyborg series, failed to draw big crowds in the U.S., but overseas it’s a different story. The Paramount Pictures and Skydance release scored the fourth-biggest opening day for a U.S. release in the country, picking up $27.4 million after debuting Sunday across 25,000 locations. That pushes its worldwide total to $335.1 million, with roughly three quarters of that haul coming from abroad.
It was a very good weekend for Paramount and Skydance, which also fielded the second-highest grossing film on the foreign charts, “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation.” The sequel snagged $25.2 million from 63 territories, pushing its worldwide haul to $438.6 million. A China debut is slated for Sept. 8.
In third place, “Bride Wars,” a Chinese remake of the Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway comedy, earned $23.6 million. Fox International Pictures, the studio’s local-language arm, is handling the rollout. »
- Brent Lang
Many fans of Asian Cinema are quick to complain and point the finger when their favourite Asian discoveries are snapped up and remade in Hollywood, sometimes at the expense of a proper release for the original film. Well the current climate is seeing China get in on this trend themselves, but rather than targeting horror, action or other genre films, their sights are firmly set on lucrative romantic comedies - perfect star vehicles guaranteed to pull in the punters. We have already seen the likes of What Women Want remade in the mainland, with Andy Lau and Gong Li replacing Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt. A Chinese remake of the Anne Hathaway/Kate Hudson comedy Bride Wars is currently in the works, as is a remake of...
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With the film business booming in China, government censors are gradually easing up restrictions, a key Chinese film executive said Saturday.
“It varies from day to day because it’s a developing country,” said Bona Film Group chief operating officer Jeffrey Chan during a panel at the Producers Guild of America’s 7th annual Produced By Conference on the Paramount lot.
Chan, whose company has invested in Ang Lee’s “The Long Halftime Walk of Billy Lynn” and a Chinese-language remake of “Bride Wars,” said producers have become increasingly familiar with what will pass muster. “China is more mainstream than America in terms of what can pass,” he added.
Village Roadshow executive Ellen Eliasoph, who has worked extensively on Chinese projects, added, “It’s kind of ‘I know it when I see it.'”
She added that the process of script approval has loosened in China, but that it remained rigorous. »
- Dave McNary
As life would have it my best friend and I are engaged...at the same time! (Don't worry though, no Bride Wars here.) Seriously, I'm just as excited about her wedding as I am my own, and it's pretty great (and, well, a little hectic!) for both of us to be planning our weddings simultaneously. Occasionally we have to schedule "no wedding talk" times during our conversations just to make sure we don't get too behind on everything else happening in each other's lives. Ps: We're also each other's Maid of Honor. So in addition to our own wedding planning, we have showers, parties, surprises and bridesmaid duties to tend to as well! As you can imagine, it makes for a crazy busy season for our close »
Anne Hathaway Red Dress at the 83rd Academy Awards Oscar host Anne Hathaway Wearing a blindingly bright red dress, Anne Hathaway, sporting a blindingly bright white smile, is pictured above at the 2011 Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Hathaway, a Best Actress nominee for Rachel Getting Married in early 2009, was this year's Oscar ceremony co-host alongside Best Actor nominee James Franco (127 Hours). More on that further below. Anne Hathaway movies Below is a partial list of Anne Hathaway films.* Her big-screen debut took place in 2001. Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass (2016). Director: James Bobin. Cast: Mia Wasikowska. Johnny Depp. Helena Bonham Carter. Sacha Baron Cohen. Anne Hathaway. The Interns (2015). Director: Nancy Meyers. Cast: Anne Hathaway. Robert De Niro. Interstellar (2014). Director: Christopher Nolan. Cast: Matthew McConaughey. Jessica Chastain. Anne Hathaway. Mackenzie Foy. Michael Caine. Matt Damon. Ellen Burstyn. Don Jon (2013). Les Misérables (2012). Director: Tom Hooper. »
- D. Zhea
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies We know this won't be the last we hear of The Hobbit as there will have to be the release of the extended edition and then there are box sets to consider, but we are getting closer to the end of our association with Middle Earth and it actually reminds me, what is Peter Jackson going to do nowc
Unbroken It's amazing to think that about a year ago we all thought this one had the best chance at winning Best Picture and now here we are, a year later and no one could really care less.
Into the Woods I really disliked this movie, but Mike, our resident lover of musicals, loved it. It's a story that cares nothing for its characters and feels like two movies smushed together to form a Frankenstein of a musical, and wow, the songs, I'm »
- Brad Brevet
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