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China box office: Taiwanese tearjerker 'More Than Blue' on top for a second week

China box office: Taiwanese tearjerker 'More Than Blue' on top for a second week
‘Song Of Youth’ is the top new release.

Taiwanese romantic drama More Than Blue easily retained the China box office crown, grossing $68m to account for more than half of the total takings in the seven-day period March 18-24.

However the total March box office is down 17% on the same periodlast year which was boosted by blockbusters including Black Panther, Pacific Rim: Uprising and the tail-end of Operation Red Sea’s run.

Produced by Singapore-headquartered mm2, the Taiwan-set Mandarin-language romantic drama More Than Blue has now grossed $115.3m to date, making it the biggest Taiwanese film in China of all time,
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Jordan Peele's 'Us' opens second at UK box office with strong £2.8m bow

Jordan Peele's 'Us' opens second at UK box office with strong £2.8m bow
Captain Marvel remains top with £3.5m weekend.

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RankFilm (Distributor)Three-day gross (Mar 22-25) Total gross to date Week 1 Captain Marvel (Disney) £3.4m £29.5m 3 2 Us (Universal) £2.8m £2.8m 1 3 Fisherman’s Friends (Entertainment) £972,836 £3.4m 2 4 What Men Want (Paramount) £513,000 £1.9m 2 5 Fighting With My Family (Lionsgate) £387,779 £5.5m 4 Disney

Captain Marvel stayed top of the tree this weekend. The film dropped 49% in its third outing, adding £3.4m for £29.5m cume.

The film is now set to pass the lifetime gross of Thor: Ragnarok (£29.6m) and has its sights set on Spider-Man 3 (£33.6m) and Iron Man 3 (£37m).

Elsewhere for Disney,
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10 Fantasy Novels That Would Be Amazing Fantasy Series

Game of Thrones is coming to an end. The now universally beloved fantasy series has been a staple of fantasy television since it first came out, but now the adaptation of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series is almost complete. It leaves behind a vacuum which no show seems ready to fill.

Related: 10 Anime That Should Be Made into Live-Action Films (After Alita: Battle Angel)

There are plenty of fantasy novels, however, that can be adapted. Several have. Lev Grossman's The Magicians, Cassandra Clare's Shadowhunters, and Neil Gaiman's American Gods have been adapted already, with shows like Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's Good Omens coming soon, as well as The Witcher and a new Middle-Earth series. But what else there? What other fantasy novels could make a fantastic television series?
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Box Office Report For March 22-24

Welcome back to the weekly box office report! Each and every Sunday, expect a look at what made the most money in theaters, as well as just how all of the new releases fared. This week, Jordan Peele put forth his sophomore effort Us, which opened to rave reviews and a record setting haul. Without much else entering the marketplace, it was smooth sailing. How did the holdovers do in competition with Peele? Let us take a look right now at just that… The top spot this weekend, opening way above expectations, was Peele’s second feature Us. Not only did it open big, it made $70.2 million, which made it the second largest opening ever for a live-action original motion picture. Not bad, right? This was way bigger of an opening than Get Out was last time around, so expect massive numbers overall for this one. Coming in at number
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Us Scares Up 3rd Biggest Horror Debut of All Time with $70M

Us Scares Up 3rd Biggest Horror Debut of All Time with $70M
Jordan Peele's Us dominated this weekend's box office with a record breaking $70.3 million domestic opening. The debut was enough to earn the Get Out follow up the third highest grossing debut for a horror movie in history. Only Steven Muschietti's big screen adaptation of Stephen King's It ($123.4 million) and last year's Halloween sequel ($76.2 million) are ahead of Us. Peele's latest project has been a hit with fans and critics and many recommend seeing the movie twice to fully digest everything that is going on in it.

As for the number two spot this weekend, that goes to Marvel Studios' Captain Marvel, which was able to bring in an additional $35 million. In the three weeks that the Carol Danvers standalone movie has been in theaters, it has earned over $910 million globally and is inching towards the $1 billion club, which it will inevitably do. It's just a matter of time now.
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Junkie Xl to score Terminator: Dark Fate

Terminator: Dark Fate may be bringing James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton back together, but The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day composer Brad Fiedel won’t be coming out of retirement for the reunion, as THR is reporting that the upcoming reboot will be scored by Junkie Xl.

The composer, a.k.a. Tom Holkenborg, previously worked with Dark Fate director Tim Miller on Deadpool, while his other credits include Mad Max: Fury Road, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Alita: Battle Angel.

“It’s great to be working on another project with Tim,” said Holkenborg. “The original Terminators were such iconic movies, and having James back as a producer with Tim directing is an amazing dream team. It’s going to be a fantastic movie to be part of.”

See Also: Arnold Schwarzenegger talks Terminator: Dark Fate and James Cameron’s involvement

Terminator: Dark Fate is
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Junkie Xl Will Score Terminator 6: Dark Fate Soundtrack

Junkie Xl Will Score Terminator 6: Dark Fate Soundtrack
It has been revealed that Junkie Xl is reuniting with director Tim Miller to score Terminator: Dark Fate. The upcoming sequel marks the first time that James Cameron has been involved with the franchise since 1991's Terminator 2: Judgement Day. Cameron is on board as producer, while Miller directs and it will ignore all of the installments post T2, which has been seen as a good thing by many fans of the Terminator franchise. Miller previously collaborated with Junkie Xl for the Deadpool score in 2016.

Junkie Xl, aka Tom Holkenborg, is excited to be working on Terminator 6. The composer has been a part of a ton of cool projects over the years, but getting to work on the Terminator franchise with the return of James Cameron is a pretty big deal. Holkenbog does not take this opportunity for granted. Holkenborg released a statement, which you can read below.

"It's great
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Andrew Cripps to depart Fox International as division awaits fate under Disney-Fox changes (update)

No word yet on fate of Fox International division.

Update: Fox International theatrical distribution president Andrew Cripps is to depart amid a first wave of redundancies following Disney’s $71.3bn acquisition of the entertainment assets of 21st Century Fox, in a move that spells rough times ahead for Fox International staff and apparatus.

Cripps will not depart immediately however further clarity was unavailable at time of writing. The executive is one of the most highly regarded and accomplished professionals in the international arena. Until 2017 he served as president of IMAX International, and was president of Paramount Pictures International from 2007-
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Fox International Distribution Head Andrew Cripps Also Out Post-Merger; More Names

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Updated with more names: Fox’s International Theatrical Distribution president Andrew Cripps was also among the Fox senior brass pink-slipped Wednesday as Disney absorbs the rival studio.

Cripps, like Fox Domestic Distribution boss Chris Aronson who was also laid off today, is also a platinum executive in his field with a three-decade-plus track record having previously served as president of Imax International, president of Paramount Pictures International from 2007-2011, and president and COO of United International Pictures. His international exposure includes 19 years in Japan as part of his Uip tenure.

Cripps moved to Fox International from London in 2017 and oversaw all strategic and managerial international theatrical distribution activities for the studio. He was also involved with developing business opportunities in the offshore marketplace, including established territories as well as newer areas.

Cripps succeeded Paul Hanneman, who was Fox’s co-president of Worldwide Theatrical Marketing and Distribution.

During Cripps’ short run at Fox,
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Heads roll at Fox after Disney takeover closes

Andrew Cripps.

Andrew Cripps, Chris Aronson, Heather Phillips, Mike Dunn and Greg Meidel are among the first wave of senior layoffs at 20th Century Fox following the Walt Disney Co’s $US71.3 billion purchase of Fox’s crown jewels.

A former executive at Paramount, IMAX and United International Pictures, the highly regarded Cripps was hired as Fox’s international theatrical distribution president in 2017.

During his reign the home runs in international markets included Bohemian Rhapsody ($663.7 million), The Greatest Showman ($260.6 million), Deadpool 2 ($460.4 million), Murder on the Orient Express ($250 million) and The Kingsman: The Golden Circle ($310.7 million).

While the $170 million James Cameron production Alita: Battle Angel has struggled in the Us, taking $81 million, the Cripps-led international team was far more effective, generating $312.2 million.

Aronson was the president of domestic distribution, Phillips was executive VP and head of domestic publicity, Dunn was president of product strategy and consumer business development and Meidel was president of Twentieth Television.
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Andrew Cripps to depart Fox International as executives await fate under Disney-Fox changes (update)

No word yet on fate of Fox International division.

Update: Fox International theatrical distribution president Andrew Cripps is to depart amid a first wave of redundancies following Disney’s $71.3bn acquisition of the entertainment assets of 21st Century Fox, in a move that spells rough times ahead for Fox International staff and apparatus.

Cripps will not depart immediately however further clarity was unavailable at time of writing. The executive is one of the most highly regarded and accomplished professionals in the international arena. Until 2017 he served as president of IMAX International, and was president of Paramount Pictures International from 2007-
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Could the Avatar sequels break the wrong kind of box office record?

Tom Jolliffe looks at Avatar 2 and a distinct lack of excitement to return to James Cameron’s world…

You remember that film with blue characters in it? No, not The SmurfsAvatar. In 2009 it was the groundbreaking, visually dazzling CGI world which James Cameron created, whilst simultaneously revolutionising 3D technology (and beginning a five year fascination with 3D films which is slowly beginning to lose its lustre in the last five years). Whilst the film had its share of detractors it had a few fans.

The film grossed $2.79 billion worldwide. You could say that is an absolutely huge, almost mind boggling amount, and you’d be right. However, what it also is, is a bar. Avatar, all told was also one of the most long gestating and expensive projects ever greenlit. This was James Cameron’s long awaited follow up to Titanic, which was previously the highest grossing film ever.
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Paramount Titles James Cameron Produced ‘Terminator’ Sequel; Pic Will Stay Put On Nov. 1 Against ‘Charlie’s Angels’

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Paramount Titles James Cameron Produced ‘Terminator’ Sequel; Pic Will Stay Put On Nov. 1 Against ‘Charlie’s Angels’
The Tim Miller-directed, James Cameron produced Terminator movie will now be known as Terminator: Dark Fate. And by the way, Nov. 1 looks to still be a blood bath with two franchise movies, Paramount/Skydance’s Terminator: Dark Fate and Sony’s Charlie’s Angels fighting for the masses.

As far as we hear, Paramount has no intentions whatsoever of moving Terminator: Dark Fate. They’re extremely confident in the movie. Let’s face it, both titles are aimed at older males. There might be the thinking that Charlie’s Angels is squarely aimed at females, but female-action driven pics can be a challenge when it comes to drawing women: Look what happened at Alita: Battle Angel, and in the first weekend of release, Disney’s Captain Marvel drew more males.

The reason why Sony selected Nov. 1 for its Elizabeth Banks-directed Charlie’s Angels reboot is because that’s
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'Captain Marvel' reigns at UK box office with £6.7m on its second weekend

'Captain Marvel' reigns at UK box office with £6.7m on its second weekend
New openers include comedies Fisherman’s Friends and What Men Want.

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Rank Film (Distributor) Three-day gross (Mar 15-17) Total gross to date Week 1 Captain Marvel (Disney) £6.7m £23.6m 2 2 Fisherman’s Friends (Entertainment Film) £1.2m £1.2m 1 3 What Men Want (Paramount) £840,000 £840,000 1 4 The Lego Movie 2 (Warner Bros) £643,000 £17.5m 6 5 Fighting With My Family (Lionsgate) £631,431 £4.6m 3 Disney

Disney blockbuster Captain Marvel held the top spot at the UK box office on its second weekend, adding £6.7m for a £23.6m total to date.

The film played at 665 sites, bringing in a £10,216 site average. It fell 48% on last weekend’s £12.8m opening.
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Taiwanese tearjerker 'More Than Blue' knocks 'Captain Marvel' off the top of the China box office

Taiwanese tearjerker 'More Than Blue' knocks 'Captain Marvel' off the top of the China box office
The film’s Chinese title literally means ’A Story Sadder Than Sadness’.

Taiwanese romantic drama More Than Blue knocked Captain Marvel off the top spot at the Chinese box office in the seven-day period of March 11 -17 .

With a Chinese title which literally means ‘A Story Sadder Than Sadness’ the melodrama about a terminally ill man who hides his conditon from his girlfriend has grossed $47.3m since opening on Thursday March 14. It is is expected to surpass 2015’s Our Times to become the biggest Taiwanese film in China of all time.

More Than Blue is Singapore-based mm2’s first wide release in China.
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Bo Report: Christchurch massacre takes its toll on ‘Hotel Mumbai’

Jason Isaacs and Nazanin Boniadi in ‘Hotel Mumbai.’

The timing could not have been worse: Hotel Mumbai opening in Australian cinemas the day before the horrific slaughter of innocents at two mosques in Christchurch.

Anthony Maras’ thriller based on the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai is a superbly-made film but the subject was not something that many Australian cinemagoers wanted to experience amid the shock and grief over events in Christchurch.

Released by Icon, the film co-written by Maras and John Collee, starring Dev Patel, Armie Hammer, Nazanin Boniadi, Anupam Kher and Tilda Cobham-Hervey, opened in second spot, taking $979,000 on 268 screens and $1.06 million including previews.

To be fair to the producers, Basil Iwanyk, Gary Hamilton, Mike Gabrawy, Julie Ryan, Andrew Ogilvie and Jomon Thomas, that is not a bad result and receipts may well build on word of mouth – but my guess is the total would have been at least $500,000 higher
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Captain Marvel Goes Big in 2nd Weekend with $69M Box Office Win

Captain Marvel Goes Big in 2nd Weekend with $69M Box Office Win
Captain Marvel is at the top of the box office yet again with an impressive $69.3 million domestic haul. This brings the Carol Danvers standalone movie to $760.2 million globally in just two weeks as it puts its sights on DC's Aquaman numbers. Marvel Studios' first female-led superhero movie is enjoying mostly positive reviews from fans and critics as the Marvel Cinematic Universe prepares for Avengers: Endgame, which hits theaters late next month and also stars Brie Larson.

As far as the long game is considered, Captain Marvel will more than likely cross the $1 billion mark at the box office in the weeks to come, possibly slaying the recent impressive Aquaman numbers globally. As the movie continues to dominate at the box office, Brie Larson's name gets thrown around a lot more. The Academy Award winning actress is now one of the biggest and most recognizable stars in the world,
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"Alita: Battle Angel"

Take a look at new illustrated posters, supporting the Chinese release of "Alita: Battle Angel", directed by Robert Rodriguez ("From Dusk Till Dawn"), adapting the 'manga' comics series:

"...in this action-packed story of hope, love and empowerment, set several centuries in the future, the abandoned 'Alita' (Rosa Salazar)...

"...is found in the scrapyard of 'Iron City' by 'Ido' (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate cyber-doctor who takes the unconscious cyborg Alita to his clinic. 

"When Alita awakens she has no memory of who she is, nor does she have any recognition of the world she finds herself in. Everything is new to Alita, every experience a first.

"As she learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield Alita from her mysterious past while her street-smart new friend, 'Hugo' (Keean Johnson), offers instead to help trigger her memories. 

"A growing affection develops between the
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Horror Highlights: Trailers & Release Details for Black Site, Flay, Evil River

Dread and Epic Pictures present Black Site. Described as an action horror mix between H.P. Lovecraft and The Raid, Black Site will be released on VOD on April 9th. Also: release details for Flay and Evil River.

Black Site On Demand Release Details: Press Release: "Epic Pictures and Dread are thrilled to represent the action horror, Black Site, releasing April 9, 2019! It is best described as a mixture of “John Carpenter Meets H.P. Lovecraft Meets The Raid.” Jonathan Barkan at Dread Central could barely contain his excitement!

“When I first heard about Black Site, my imagination went wild at the description. Then, after seeing it, I knew that this was a film that would be perfect for horror audiences and Dread! Tom Paton is an amazing director who has an incredibly bright future ahead of him and it’s a pleasure and an honor to be a part of that.
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10 Anime That Should Be Made into Live-Action Films (After Alita: Battle Angel)

Before Alita: Battle Angel, the idea that any live-action anime film would be worth watching was a little ludicrous. For whatever reason, there were very few good live-action anime films. The number of ones worth watching could be counted maybe on one hand and many of them were made in Japan. Rurouni Kenshin, Death Note, Bleach, and Parasyte had some effective adaptations, while more obscure manga like Oldboy and Ichi the Killer were adapted into such amazing films that people often forget they were manga first.

Related: Adult Swim & Crunchyroll Teaming Up To Bring More Anime To TV

But American adaptations? Ghost in the Shell is controversial, sure, but it and Alita are leagues above the likes of Dragonball Evolution, Fist of the North Star, and our attempt at a Death Note film. And even Japan has misfires, as seen with Attack on Titan, Fullmetal Alchemist, and Devilman. Still, there
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