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‘The Matrix Resurrections’ Cleared For China Release; Date Still To Be Set

Warner Bros/Village Roadshow’s highly anticipated The Matrix Resurrections has been cleared for release in China, however an exact date is yet to be fixed. Warner’s official Weibo account posted the news, saying the film “is confirmed to be introduced, and it will be released in theaters nationwide soon!” The fourth Matrix installment, both a reboot …

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China’s ‘The Battle At Lake Changjin’ Overtaking ‘Wolf Warrior 2’ As Market’s Highest Grossing Film Ever

Already the top film of 2021 globally, Chinese war epic The Battle At Lake Changjin is taking over the title of highest grossing movie ever in China, edging the previous leader, 2017’s Wolf Warrior 2. Through Wednesday evening local time, Lake Changjin had reached an estimated RMB 5.693B ($890M) after 56 days in release. Wolf …

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‘Jungle Cruise’ To Set Sail For China In November As Market Dates Trio Of Hollywood Titles

China has dated a trio of studio movies for the early part of November, just as MGM/Eon/Universal’s No Time To Die bows today and with Warner Bros/Legendary’s Dune having opened last weekend. Notably, Disney’s Jungle Cruise will sail into the massive market on November 12. Before that, Paramount’s Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins rolls in …

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‘Dune’ Mines $6.5M Opening Day In China, Eyes $20M+ Weekend; UK Bows Strong & Imax Indexes High

Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi epic Dune hit China today with an estimated RMB 42 million ($6.5 million) on 28,274 screens and a 34.3% share of the market. While we do not yet have a social score, Friday’s estimate would portend a weekend in the $20M+ neighborhood as we noted coming into the session. Handled in China …

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‘Free Guy’ Lands China Release Date

Disney’s 20th Century Studios’ Ryan Reynolds movie Free Guy is getting a China release date of Aug. 27. The most recent major Hollywood titles to hit the PRC are Disney/Pixar’s Luca today which made $1.18M on its opening day, behind the 22nd day of local title Raging Fire ($2.84M) and Sony’s Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway in mid-June. To …

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‘Luca’ Gets China Release Date In August; Disney/Pixar Movie Is Market’s First Hollywood Title Slated Since June

Disney/Pixar’s sea monster story Luca has been granted an August 20 release date in China, signaling that the end of the giant market’s latest unofficial blackout period may be afoot. While Luca will take a prime slot amid a series of local holdovers and is the first Hollywood studio title to release since June, its …

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‘F9’ Tops $600M WW, ’Black Widow’ Passes $300M & China Still Confounds With Hollywood Locked In Release Date Limbo – International Box Office

Refresh for latest…: As with domestic, a pair of new studio offerings opened at the international box office this weekend. However, the biggest grosses came from local pics in China where upcoming release dates for Hollywood continue to be a frustrating question mark. Getting to the studios first, in a 23-market rollout, Universal’s M Night …

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Disney’s ‘Cruella’ Nabs Early-June China Release Date

Disney’s Cruella has received a June 6 release date in China, which will see it start on a non-traditional Sunday next week. This is the latest Hollywood title to be confirmed by the Middle Kingdom with a shortened lead-time versus the usual 30-day advance. The Emma Stone-starrer began domestic and international box office rollout this …

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‘Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway’ & ‘The Father’ Get China Release Dates In June

China has added a pair of Sony movies to the release calendar with Columbia Pictures’ Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway set for June 11 — one week before its domestic bow — and Sony Pictures Classics’ Oscar winner The Father due on June 18. The Will Gluck-directed Peter Rabbit sequel opened early in Australia and …

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‘F9’ Revs Up May 21 China Release; Further Overseas Markets Will Also Start Engines Ahead Of Domestic

Refresh for latest…: Fuel-injecting some mega muscle into the international box office landscape, Universal’s F9 is revving up for a May 21 release date in China, a full five weeks before domestic. But China won’t be the only overseas market to release early, as I hear several other key hubs are also going throughout the …

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‘Lord Of The Rings: Fellowship Of The Ring’ & ‘The Two Towers’ China Reissue Dates Set

With a confirmed, and late-breaking, re-release date, Peter Jackson’s The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring has been scheduled to hit China’s movie theaters tomorrow (April 16). The second film, The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers, will follow next Friday, April 23. The Oscar-winning New Line trilogy will play in …

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‘Godzilla Vs Kong’ Nears $50M In China Through Saturday; Full Overseas Bow Now Punching To $100M+

Refresh for latest…: Warner Bros/Legendary’s Godzilla Vs Kong thrashed off to an estimated $21.5M (RMB 140M) start in China today, good for the best opening day of a Hollywood title in the market since Covid began and portending a weekend in the high $60Ms. The film positively dominated the Middle Kingdom with an 88% share and played …

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Oscars: Will Chloe Zhao Nominations Impact ‘Nomadland’ – And ‘The Eternals’ – In China?

Chloe Zhao recently became the first Asian woman to win a Golden Globe for Best Director and now has a shot to repeat that at the Oscars with her awards-season darling Nomadland garnering six nominations today for Best Picture, Director, Editing, Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography and Actress. Still, despite the accolades, questions remain: Will Nomadland ever see …

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‘Avatar’ Is King Of The Weekend With $21M In China; All-Time Global Record Now $2.81B – International Box Office

Refresh for latest…: As we first reported yesterday, James Cameron’s Avatar is again king of the all-time worldwide box office, having snapped the title back from Avengers: Endgame thanks to a very robust China reissue this session. The full three-day frame in the Middle Kingdom is estimated at $21.1M, also giving the sci-fi epic bragging …

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‘Avatar’ Overtakes ‘Avengers: Endgame’ As All-Time Highest-Grossing Film At Global Box Office; China Reissue Growing

As has been expected over the past few days, James Cameron’s Avatar has swapped places with Avengers: Endgame, reclaiming the title of highest-grossing movie ever worldwide. The China reissue of the 2009 3D sci-fi phenomenon had taken an estimated RMB 58M ($8.9M) through 5PM local time on Saturday after re-releasing on Friday in the market. …

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‘Avatar’ China Reissue Leads Local Weekend Pre-Sales; In Turnabout, Could Soon Overtake ‘Avengers: Endgame’s Record Global Gross

Long-rumored for a China re-release, James Cameron’s Avatar suddenly popped onto the calendar this week. The erstwhile highest-grossing film of all time worldwide will hit Middle Kingdom cinemas on Friday, March 12. In so doing, it has a chance to jockey back up to the No. 1 spot globally, after Avengers: Endgame overtook it in …

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Chinese New Year Box Office Hits $1.2B, Sets Record High Over Holiday Period

On Wednesday, Chinese New Year box office achieved yet another new milestone with grosses for the holiday period growing to an estimated RMB 7.78B ($1.2B). This beats the previous all-time high set during the comparable 2019 holiday (RMB 5.9B). China often outdoes itself, but the fact that 2021’s Lunar New Year frame came with Covid …

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‘Detective Chinatown 3’ Tops ‘Avengers: Endgame’ For Biggest Opening Weekend Ever In A Single Market With $397M & IMAX Crushes Records; Performance Perks Up Hollywood Hope

Refresh for latest…: Chinese moviegoers ushered in the Year of the Ox with the colossal three-day debut of Detective Chinatown 3 grossing an estimated RMB 2.56B ($397M). This tops Avengers: Endgame’s 2019 five-day China bow of RMB 2.22B to make DC3 not only the biggest opener in Chinese history, but also giving it bragging rights …

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‘Soul’ Nears $100M Overseas & Becomes No. 2 Pixar Pic Ever In China Where Pre-Sales Pop For Lunar New Year Movies – International Box Office

Disney/Pixar’s Soul continues to shine overseas with a $96.2M cume after seven frames. In 11 markets this session, the Pete Docter-helmed original added $6.9M to its international box office kitty with No. 1s again in Russia and Korea. In China, it has surpassed Incredibles 2 to become the market’s 2nd highest-grossing Pixar title ever. China …

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China Kicks Off 2021 With Record New Year’s Day Box Office As Market Ends 2020 At No. 1 Globally

As 2021 dawned, China shot straight out of the box office gate with a new record. On Friday, the market hit a milestone for New Year’s Day. Estimates are coming in for January 1 at about RMB 600M ($92M), besting the same day in all previous years. The big result was generated largely by new …

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‘Wonder Woman 1984’ China Debut Cuffed By Local Pic; Offshore Opening Looking At $40M+

Warner Bros/DC’s Wonder Woman 1984, as expected, landed at No. 2 in its China debut on Friday, coming in behind local actioner The Rescue. The Patty Jenkins-helmed sequel to 2017’s Wonder Woman grossed an estimated RMB 44.2M ($7M, including sneaks). This portends a weekend in the mid $20M range for the Middle Kingdom, lower than …

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‘Monster Hunter’ Director Paul W.S. Anderson, Co-Star MC Jin Apologize Over Scene That Caused China Backlash

Monster Hunter director Paul W.S. Anderson has weighed in on the controversy surrounding the film, which was pulled from Chinese cinemas during its opening weekend amid backlash over a line of dialogue that has been perceived as racist by local audiences. In a statement provided to Deadline, Anderson says he is “devastated” and “mortified” that …

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‘Monster Hunter’ Producer Issues Apology Over Scene That Stirred China Backlash; Dialogue To Be Removed

Germany’s Constantin Film has issued an apology over dialogue in its feature game adaptation Monster Hunter which led to an online backlash in China this weekend, and subsequently resulted in the movie being pulled from Middle Kingdom cinemas. Constantin says it “sincerely apologizes to Chinese audiences for a line of dialogue contained in an early …

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‘Monster Hunter’ Pulled From China Cinemas Amid Backlash Over Scene Considered Racially Offensive

An online backlash that swirled in China on Friday over a scene in Monster Hunter has resulted in the movie being pulled from the country’s cinemas. The Paul WS Anderson-directed feature game adaptation had been eyeing the market as one of its biggest plays, but a short exchange in the film has been perceived as …

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China: ‘Monster Hunter’ & ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Land December Releases; Both Will Hit Middle Kingdom Before North America

More news on the Monster Hunter and Wonder Woman 1984 fronts with China dates now set for both films. The former, starring Milla Jovovich, has landed a December 4 release in the Middle Kingdom while Warner Bros/DC’s Gal Gadot sequel is due on December 18. Contrary to the situation domestically, where Deadline recently reported the …

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China’s National Day Films Significantly Shrink Box Office Gap With North America As 2020 Middle Kingdom Takings Hit $1.82B

Thursday marked the end of the Chinese National Day holiday with the world’s second largest box office market significantly tightening the gap between its turnstiles and those of North America. Takings for the period are estimated at RMB 3.95B ($589M). That does not include play of some of the releases that got a jump on …

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China’s ‘Jiang Ziya: Legend Of Deification’ Opens To $53M On Thursday, Sets Middle Kingdom Animated Single-Day Record

A lucrative period for Chinese cinemas, the National Day holiday officially got underway today with the release of Jiang Ziya: Legend Of Deification. The highly-anticipated follow-up to 2019 smash Ne Zha set a new single-day record for animation in the Middle Kingdom with an estimated RMB 359M ($53M). This beats both Ne Zha‘s July opening …

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With ‘The Eight Hundred’ Now 2020’s No. 1 Global Grosser & As National Day Nears, Will China Box Office Top Domestic This Year? – Market Rankings Chart

The first major blockbuster of the pandemic era, The Eight Hundred this week became the No. 1-grossing movie of 2020 worldwide, jumping ahead of Bad Boys For Life ($430.3 million global, per Sony). The Guan Hu-directed war epic has through Friday amassed $434M at the Chinese box office alone, and is also now the 10th …

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‘Mulan’ Moola Muted In China With $23.2M Opening; ‘Tenet’ Tops $50M There & Hits $207M Global – International Box Office

Refresh for latest…: Disney’s Mulan ultimately settled for a $23.2M three-day opening in China, including previews. This is about where we saw it landing yesterday after downgrading projections for the Middle Kingdom launch. The movie from director Niki Caro ended up in the No. 1 spot for the session there, but was bested on Sunday …

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‘Mulan’ Leads China Friday, But With Just $8M On Day 1; Disney Pic Eyes $25M Weekend – International Box Office

Mulan, Disney’s live-action update on its 1998 animated classic grossed an estimated RMB 52.5M ($8.26M) on its opening Friday in China. The figure includes midnights, and portends a three-day weekend around $26M. This is a disappointment for the Niki Caro-directed movie which has faced mounting controversy in recent days, and will have suffered from piracy …

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