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Footloose ‘Hobbit’ Grows; ‘Mockingjay’ Tempers ‘Fire': Intl Box Office Final

15 December 2014 4:39 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

2Nd Update, Monday 4:39 Pm Pt: Actuals are in from the international weekend with The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies climbing $4.6M above projections. The 1st frame cume is now $122.2M with 3D results accounting for 71% of the box office total. Increases in key overseas markets have been updated below. Expanded Hobbit holiday cheer will flow next weekend in North America, Italy, Spain and Korea. On the flipside, Exodus: Gods And Kings came in slightly lower in its cume, which is $18.2M versus an estimated $18.8M on Sunday. However, the biblical epic was up over projections in some Asian markets where audiences have been drawn by the scale and spectacle. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 stayed just about on par with Sunday’s estimates, but has now passed the lifetime of Catching Fire in 32 territories including Italy and Brazil — and could imminently pass Cf‘s Latin American take entirely. »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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‘Exodus’ Commands $23.1M In Overseas Bow As ‘Hobbit’ Looms: Final Intl B.O.

9 December 2014 3:38 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

2Nd Update, Tuesday Am Pt: Actuals are in from all studios with the exception of Sony. For the most part the estimates matched the final results, although Mockingjay came in slightly higher with $32.9M for a $306.6M cume, and Penguins Of Madagascar flapped up to $24.2M with a $95M cume. Also among notable upticks was Fox’s new entry, The Pyramid, with $4.2M versus the original $3.8M estimate. Next week will see Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods And Kings expand while The Hobbit: Battle Of The Five Armies emerges from Middle Earth.

Figures have been updated below for Mockingjay Part I, Exodus: Gods And Kings, Penguins Of Madagascar, Interstellar, Horrible Bosses 2, Big Hero 6, The Pyramid, The Book Of Life, Ouija, The Theory Of Everything, Alles Ist Liebe, Trash, Dumb And Dumber To, Black Sea, Dracula Untold, Boyhood, Men Women & Children and Billy Elliot: The Musical Live.

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- Nancy Tartaglione

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China Box Office: 'Fleet of Time' Sails On as Big Season for Domestic Movies Opens

8 December 2014 9:26 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Chinese drama Fleet of Time stormed to the top of the charts in the world's second-biggest box office, taking $33.07 million in its opening weekend, considerably more than John Woo's hotly anticipated epic romance The Crossing: Part 1. Adapted from a popular novel by Jiu Yehui, Fleet of Time was directed by Zhang Yibai and took $3.35 million last week, ahead of its official premiere, from special screenings for people who bought tickets online. Featuring Ni Ni, Eddie Peng and Ryan Zheng, Fleet of Time is a coming-of-age story about a group of school friends

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- Clifford Coonan

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Film Review: ‘The Crossing: Part 1’

4 December 2014 3:34 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The first of a two-part disaster epic depicting a 1949 shipwreck that’s been nicknamed “the Chinese Titanic,” John Woo’s “The Crossing: Part 1″ is a handsomely mounted but tortuous two-hour buildup to the main act. Crisscrossed with romantic trials and survival stories during the Chinese Civil War, the film holds considerable cultural interest, yet its plotlines are too dispersed to achieve either historical insight or human depth, losing emotional traction in favor of bombastic war spectacle. Woo’s ambitions of sculpting an imposing visual monument to the Chinese diaspora will presumably be realized in “Part 2″; still, given its starry international cast and grandiose scale, this 3D-converted blockbuster can dock safely in Asian markets. Auds should also duly come onboard for the second installment when it bows in May 2015. 

On Jan. 27, 1949, the luxury liner Taiping sank after colliding with a cargo ship near Taiwan’s Chou Shan Archipelago; only about 50 of the 1,000-plus passengers survived. »

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‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1′ Flies Past $500M In Global Box Office

4 December 2014 12:24 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Katniss and crew hit the $500M bullseye at the global box office last night, taking a total of $504.8M worldwide. Domestic grosses for Lionsgate’s Mockingjay Part 1 are now estimated at $233.8M with international coming in at $271M. The penultimate installment of the Hunger Games franchise passed $500M after 13 days compared to the 10 days it took Catching Fire to get there in 2013. Catching Fire had released in China in those first 10 days, whereas Mockingjay won’t head to the Middle Kingdom until 2015.

Mockingjay has been the top movie at the North American and overseas box office for two weeks in a row. With the majors taking a break from wide releases on the upcoming (and traditionally slow) weekend, Mockingjay is expected to maintain the No. 1 crown domestically with an estimated $20M. The same could go for international where the film is still playing well in offshore markets. As is Interstellar »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Singapore: Nine Must-See Movies

4 December 2014 6:10 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Singapore International Film Festival is back after a two-year break for its 25th anniversary and largest programming lineup to date. Running Dec. 4-14, Sgiff features 147 films from 50 countries, screened across 11 sections. Here's a sampling of some of the highlights. The Crossing: Part One (China) Director: John Woo John Woo returns with the first installment of an epic romantic drama based on the real-life sinking of a steamship in the Taiwan Straits in 1949. The film premiered in China on Dec. 2, but has yet to be released in other markets, so Singapore audiences

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- Clarence Tsui, Patrick Brzeski

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John Woo’s ‘The Crossing’ Launches Crucial December at the Chinese Box Office

4 December 2014 4:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

John Woo’s “The Crossing” part I, kicked off in fine style the crucially busy December period at the Chinese box office.

Opening midweek, the star-studded period romantic drama grossed RMB30.1 million ($4.90 million) on Tuesday Dec. 2, and a further RMB11.8 million on Wednesday, for a two day opening score of RMB41.8 million ($6.82 million).

Distributor Le Vision Pictures said that the picture accounted for 58% of box office receipts on Tuesday.

That should be enough to depose “Interstellar” which held on to top spot at the weekend from Hong Kong director Pang Ho-cheung’s comedy drama “Women Who Flirt,” which opened with $13.2 million between Friday and Sunday.

The Crossing” is presented by producer Beijing Galloping Horse, LeVision Pictures, China Film Group as well as Huayi Brothers. LeVision is reported to have guaranteed a cumulative gross box office of RMB800 million for the two parts of “The Crossing.” The second instalment will release in 2015.

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- Patrick Frater

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'The Crossing: Part One' ('Tai Ping Lun: Shang Ji'): Film Review

30 November 2014 11:11 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

With a story based on a real-life maritime disaster – the 1949 sinking of the Taiping, a vessel carrying more than 1,000 passengers when it capsized in the Taiwan Straits – The Crossing has been billed as the "Chinese Titanic" ever since director John Woo unveiled the project to much fanfare in Cannes in 2008. Not that one gets to see that much waving and drowning in the high seas in this first entry of John Woo's two-parter: it's only towards the end of this two-hour-plus film that the viewer gets to see some desperately

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- Clarence Tsui

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‘Mockingjay’, ‘Interstellar’, ‘Penguins’ Lead Frame; ‘Paddington’ Charms UK: Int’l B.O.

30 November 2014 5:30 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Despite Mockingjay and Interstellar muscle, the current frame was down more than 30% on last week, but very close to last year’s comparable weekend for the Top 10 studio titles. Indies and local films that factored big this session included Women Who Flirt ($11.5M) and Rise Of The Legend ($5.5M, cume $18M) in China; along with Paddington‘s $8.5M bear hug to the UK, Mexico and Peru.

Last year this time, Catching Fire was the big game globally, while Gravity, much like Warner Bros’ Interstellar this year, was still exerting force in China in the similar period. Also last year, Frozen was just getting its skates on for what would go on to be a record breaking run.

Next week, Korea will be the among the first overseas territories where Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods And Kings heads into action along with Mexico, Australia, Argentina, Spain and »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Jackie Chan’s ‘Dragon Blade’ Set For IMAX Chinese New Year Outing

21 November 2014 5:32 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jackie Chan vehicle “Dragon Blade” is to be released in IMAX 3D format in China in time for Chinese New Year.

The film, which also stars Adrien Brody and John Cusack, will be remastered into the giant screen format and released by the Shanghai Film Group on Feb. 19, 2015.

IMAX also confirmed dates for the release of John Woo’s two-part epic, “The Crossing.” The first instalment will release in China on Dec. 2, and the second part in May 2015.

“Dragon Blade,” from director Daniel Lee (“White Vengeance,” “14 Blades”), follows a Roman general (Cusack) who, after crossing into China, befriends a former high-ranking Chinese official, played by Chan.

One of the most expensive Chinese films of all time, the picture is produced on a $65 million budget by Visualizer Films with Sparkle Roll Media, Huayi Brothers, Shanghai Film Group, Home Media and Entertainment, Shenzhen Tencent Video Culture Communication and China Film all set as primary investors. »

- Patrick Frater

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2 Trailers for John Woo's War Romance Epic The Crossing

20 November 2014 11:14 AM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Two new trailers have been released for John Woo's upcoming 2-part epic war romance film called The Crossing.  The film is set against the tragedy of a capsized ferry in 1949, and it's a story of romance, war, and disaster. The movie looks like it has a huge, sweeping epic feel to it. 

The feature was written by Melody Wang, who wrote Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and here's the synopsis:

Based on the true story of the the Taiping ferry that capsized on January 27, 1949 in the Baijie Strait (about 71 miles southeast of Shanghai, China), the film revolves around an epic love stories of three couples, played by Zhang Ziyi, Song Hye-kyo, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Huang Xiaoming, Tong Dawei, and Masami Nagasawa.

The Crossing Part 1 opens in December 2014 and The Crossing Part 2 opens May 2015 in China. There’s no U.S. release date yet, but I hope it gets one because I want to see this movie! »

- Joey Paur

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Watch: New International Trailer for John Woo's Epic 'The Crossing'

20 November 2014 9:17 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Earlier this fall, we got a good look at John Woo's two-part romantic epic The Crossing starring Zhang Ziyi, Song Hye-kyo and more. We're still waiting to hear when the films will arrive in the United States, but the first part of this sprawling love story arrives on December 2nd in China, so one more international trailer has just surfaced. This looks like a truly massive undertaking for Woo, like a mix of Atonement and Titanic with some Saving Private Ryan thrown in there too. Is there a chance we'll see the first part of this film as one of the nominees for Best Foreign Film at the Oscars next year? It certainly looks like it. Watch! Here's the new international trailer for John Woo's The Crossing (via SlashFilm): Watch the first international teaser trailer for John Woo's The Crossing right here. The Crossing is a »

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Watch the Latest Trailer for John Woo’s Epic Two-Part War Romance ‘The Crossing’

20 November 2014 9:00 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Cutting movies in half is very hip these days. Twilight, Harry Potter, The Hunger Games and now…John Woo? Yes, the director of Hard Boiled, The Killer and Face/Off made a two-parter in 2008 with Red Cliff, and he’s doing it again this year with The Crossing. An epic romance set against the tragedy of a […]

The post Watch the Latest Trailer for John Woo’s Epic Two-Part War Romance ‘The Crossing’ appeared first on /Film. »

- Germain Lussier

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China’s ‘Gone With The Bullets’ Fires Up $20M In Advance Ticket Sales: Report

20 November 2014 4:40 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Jiang Wen’s upcoming Gone With The Bullets is on its way to blockbuster status in China — a month before its release. At a press conference this week in Beijing, China.org reports it was announced that the film has already pre-sold 120M yuan ($19.6M) worth of tickets. IMAX pre-sales have also broken the midnight premiere record of 4M yuan ($653K) set by Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age Of Extinction. It’s been speculated that this film, a sequel to 2010’s Let The Bullets Fly, which made 720M yuan ($117.5M) in China and $140M worldwide, could be the one to beat Age Of Extinction’s all-time China box office record set earlier this year with a gross of $301M. But producer Ma Ke noted at the conference, “What has made us happier is we spent four years making a serious, high-quality movie. The responsibility for a domestic film shall always lie on quality at first, »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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First Trailer For The Crossing: Part 1, John Woo's Romantic Epic

18 November 2014 10:01 PM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Director John Woo returns in true Titanic fashion with his most ambitious film project since the war epic Red Cliff in 2008. Judging by the first trailer for the two-part period drama The Crossing, it seems he spared no expense to bring his vision to the big screen. Melody Wang, the screenwriter of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Lust, Caution, scripted the story.Based on the true story of the Taiping ferry that capsized on January 27, 1949 in the Baijie Strait (about 71 miles southeast of Shanghai, China), the film revolves around an epic love stories of three couples, played by Zhang Ziyi, Song Hye-kyo, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Huang Xiaoming, Tong Dawei, and Masami Nagasawa.The Crossing: Part 1 is scheduled for theatrical release in China on December 2 while...

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John Woo’s ‘The Crossing’ Set For IMAX Release (Exclusive)

8 November 2014 7:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

John Woo’s 1945-1949-set epic “The Crossing” will be served up in IMAX format – but only in limited territories.

The big budget film, which stars Zhang Ziyi, Takeshi Kaneshiro and Song Hye-kyo at the head of an ensemble pan-Asian cast, is the story of people’s lives ripped apart by the revolutionary period at the establishment of the People’s Republic of China. Many of them are on board the steam ship Taiping which sank while taking emigrants from China to Keelung in Taiwan. The screenplay is by Wang Huiling (“Lust Caution,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”.)

The film will release in the giant screen format in China (Dec. 2) and in Singapore, via Shaw Bros., on Dec 5.

“We are checking the interest of other territories,” said a spokesman for producer and sales agent Beijing Galloping Horse.

The release of the picture is a massively complicated affair as it will be »

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John Woo's The Crossing Part 1 releases its final trailer

7 November 2014 9:59 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

John Woo's The Crossing Part 1 has released its final trailer.

The two-part movie, which stars Zhang Ziyi (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), centres around three couples caught up in the 1949 sinking of the Taiping steamer.

The ship was crammed well over capacity with refugees fleeing China to Taiwan after the Civil War, leading to over 1,500 deaths after it collided with a cargo boat.

Song Hye-kyo, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Huang Xiaoming, Bowie Lam, Tong Dawei and Masami Nagasawa also star in the film.

The Crossing Part 1 will be released in China on December 2, with Part 2 following on Chinese New Year 2015.

Western releases are yet to be announced. »

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The Crossing Part 1 Trailer: Check out John Woo’s Epic Romance Set Against the Backdrop of Revolution

6 November 2014 10:12 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

It looks like leaving the U.S. in his rear-view mirror was an excellent decision for John Woo.  After making a string of flops in America, he returned to China and made the acclaimed historical epic Red Cliff.  It's been five long years since Red Cliff II, but now Woo is back with another sweeping tale.  The Crossing will be released in two parts, and is based on a true story about three couples fleeing China for Taiwan on a steamer during the 1949 revolution.  A new trailer has gone online, and it's refreshing to see Woo tackle this kind of material, and I like the grand, operatic vibe he's showing off. Hit the jump to check out The Crossing trailer.  Part 1 is slated to release on December 2nd in China while Part 2 will be released in May 2015.  The films star Zhang Ziyi, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Song Hye-kyo, Huang Xiaoming, Tong Dawei, »

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John Woo’s ‘The Crossing': Hot Trailer For Epic Dubbed China’s ‘Titanic’

6 November 2014 10:00 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

After last helming 2009’s Red Cliff II, veteran director John Woo returns to the big screen in December with The Crossing. A passion project for Woo who came to Cannes in May to talk up the Beijing Galloping Horse production, it’s been dubbed by local media as the Chinese Titanic. The two-part epic is set during the Chinese Civil War and revolves around three couples from different backgrounds whose lives are affected by the sinking of the steamer Taiping, which led to the deaths of over 1,500 passengers and crew.

The first installment releases in China on December 2 in what is expected to be a banner month for local movies. Part II has a May 2015 date.

Melody Wang, the screenwriter of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Lust, Caution, penned the story. The lead cast includes Zhang Ziyi, Takeshi Kaneshiro (House Of Flying Daggers), Song Hye-kyo (The Grandmaster), Huang Xiao Ming »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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China Box Office Projected At $4.9 Billion In 2014, Official Says

3 November 2014 4:27 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Some estimates earlier this year put 2014’s projected box office in China at about 28B yuan, or around $4.49B. New takings cited by Wang Fenglin, VP of the Chinese Film Producer’s Association, are eyed at 30B yuan or $4.9B. That’s hardly anything to sneeze at, but would fall short of some other government projections which have previously pinpointed 30.7B yuan or $5B, a figure thought to be coveted by the powers that be in China where the film business is highly regulated. Still, according to official state news agency Xinhua, Wang told a gathering on Sunday that China is on track to overtake the U.S. to become the largest film market in the world within three years. Screens and revenue are growing at a rate of 30% annually.

In the first nine months of the year, local movies had 51.4% of the market, even though Transformers: Age Of Extinction is the No. »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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