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‘Successor,’ Chinese Smash Hit Comedy Film, Sets Worldwide Release (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Australia - New Zealand - China
variety.com
17.07.2024 / 04:58

‘Successor,’ Chinese Smash Hit Comedy Film, Sets Worldwide Release (EXCLUSIVE)

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief “Successor,” a comedy drama film that has taken the Chinese box office by storm, is set for an international roll-out from early next month. Rights to the film have been picked up by CMC Pictures, the Chinese studio behind “The Meg” monster shark franchise. It will handle theatrical releases in North America, Australia, New Zealand, the U.K.

China Box Office: ‘Successor’ Makes $50 Million Debut as ‘Despicable Me 4’ Opens Third - variety.com - China
variety.com
15.07.2024 / 06:22

China Box Office: ‘Successor’ Makes $50 Million Debut as ‘Despicable Me 4’ Opens Third

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief “Successor,” a Chinese-produced comedy drama about escape from poverty, opened on top of the mainland China box office over the latest weekend. “Despicable Me 4,” performed well, but landed only in third position. Data from consultancy firm Artisan Gateway shows “Successor” earned RMB358 million ($50.4 million) between Friday and Sunday.

China’s Sci-Fi Adventure ‘Escape From the 21st Century’ Picked up by Fortissimo Films - variety.com - China - city Amsterdam - city Beijing
variety.com
13.07.2024 / 14:17

China’s Sci-Fi Adventure ‘Escape From the 21st Century’ Picked up by Fortissimo Films

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Amsterdam and Beijing-based film sales company Fortissimo Films has picked up licensing duties to upcoming “Escape From the 21st Century,” a Chinese sci-fi action title. The story follows three friends who discover they have the power to travel back and forth 20 years with a sneeze. However, the future is not as good as they hoped and need to take on the responsibility of saving the world.

Makav’s GMA Win Highlights Renaissance in Taiwanese Indigenous Music - variety.com - Britain - China - USA - Taiwan
variety.com
13.07.2024 / 10:38

Makav’s GMA Win Highlights Renaissance in Taiwanese Indigenous Music

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief For years, the Golden Melody Awards (GMAs) have spotlighted Taiwanese Indigenous music. At this year’s event, Makav, a member of Taiwan‘s indigenous Bunun tribe, clinched the coveted Best New Artist title. “I am truly grateful! I hope to encourage fellow 20-year-old creators to pursue their musical ideas and bring them to life,” Makav told Variety.

China Box Office: Malaysian Crime Thriller ‘A Place Called Silence’ Makes $50 Million Debut - variety.com - China - India - Malaysia - Taiwan - city Busan
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13.07.2024 / 00:35

China Box Office: Malaysian Crime Thriller ‘A Place Called Silence’ Makes $50 Million Debut

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief “A Place Called Silence,” a Malaysian crime thriller that debuted at the Busan film festival in 2022, kicked off its commercial career in mainland China with a $50 million theatrical debut. The film earned RMB290 million ($40.9 million) between Friday and Sunday, according to data from consultancy firm Artisan Gateway. It was given an early start on Wednesday and over its full-five day opening run amassed $52.8 million.

Despite Record-Breaking ‘Walled In,’ Hong Kong Box Office Takes First Half Tumble – Global Bulletin - variety.com - Hong Kong - city Hong Kong
variety.com
12.07.2024 / 22:13

Despite Record-Breaking ‘Walled In,’ Hong Kong Box Office Takes First Half Tumble – Global Bulletin

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief A local film “Twilight of the Warriors: Walled In” earned an all-time record-breaking HK$105 million ($13.5 million) at the Hong Kong box office. But it was not enough to keep the territory’s theatrical business on a recovery track. Data from Hong Kong Box Office Ltd.

Zhang Lu to Head Busan Film Festival’s Academy – Global Bulletin - variety.com - China - North Korea - Indonesia - city Taipei - city Busan
variety.com
12.07.2024 / 19:43

Zhang Lu to Head Busan Film Festival’s Academy – Global Bulletin

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Zhang Lu, the Chinese Korean director, has been appointed as dean of the Chanel x BIFF Asian Film Academy, part of the Busan International Film Festival. Zhang has been making feature films since 2004, when his “Tang Poetry” won acclaim at the Locarno and Vancouver festivals. He has since made titles including “Grain in Ear” (2005), which won the New Currents Award at Busan, “Desert Dream” and the recent “The Shadowless Tower.” He was also a professor at Yonsei University for eight years.

‘Inside Out 2’ Out Of This World!: Sequel Crosses $1B Global Box Office; Fastest Animated Movie Ever To Milestone - deadline.com - Australia - Britain - Spain - France - Brazil - China - Mexico - Germany - Chile - Argentina - Colombia - Peru - Bolivia - Paraguay - Uruguay - Ecuador - Madagascar - Philippines
deadline.com
30.06.2024 / 16:21

‘Inside Out 2’ Out Of This World!: Sequel Crosses $1B Global Box Office; Fastest Animated Movie Ever To Milestone

UPDATED: There’s joy all around as Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out 2 has crossed the coveted $1B milestone at the worldwide box office. With $1,014.8B through 19 days, this is the quickest time to the mark for an animated movie ever, besting the previous record holder, Frozen 2, which got there in 25. Only 11 animated films have ever crossed the $1B threshold, and of those, Disney and Pixar combined now have eight.

Box Office: ‘A Quiet Place: Day One’ Scores Franchise-Best $53 Million Debut, Kevin Costner’s ‘Horizon’ Misfires With $11 Million - variety.com - USA - New York
variety.com
30.06.2024 / 15:21

Box Office: ‘A Quiet Place: Day One’ Scores Franchise-Best $53 Million Debut, Kevin Costner’s ‘Horizon’ Misfires With $11 Million

Rebecca Rubin Senior Film and Media Reporter “A Quiet Place: Day One” is making noise at the box office, collecting a roaring $53 million in its domestic opening weekend. It added $45.5 million internationally for a global tally of $98.5 million Those ticket sales are especially impressive because spinoff stories usually don’t bring in as much business as direct sequels. Yet “A Quiet Place: Day One” — a prequel story in Paramount’s post-apocalyptic horror series — landed the biggest debut in the franchise, exceeding the original 2018 “A Quiet Place,” ($50 million to start) and the 2021 sequel, “A Quiet Place Part II” (a $48 million debut during COVID).

Box Office: ‘A Quiet Place: Day One’ Gets Loud With Franchise-Record Opening Day, ‘Horizon’ Moseys to Third as ‘Inside Out’ Vies to Stay on Top - variety.com - USA
variety.com
29.06.2024 / 19:41

Box Office: ‘A Quiet Place: Day One’ Gets Loud With Franchise-Record Opening Day, ‘Horizon’ Moseys to Third as ‘Inside Out’ Vies to Stay on Top

J. Kim Murphy Up against two new wide releases, Pixar’s “Inside Out 2” is looking to lead the domestic box office once again. The Disney release added another $17.1 million on Friday, down just 43% from its $30.5 million haul a week ago.Any three-day gross north of $53 million will have it rank among the ten biggest third weekends for a domestic release in box office history.

Box Office: ‘A Quiet Place: Day One’ Makes Franchise-Best $6.8 Million in Previews - variety.com - New York - Jordan
variety.com
28.06.2024 / 14:57

Box Office: ‘A Quiet Place: Day One’ Makes Franchise-Best $6.8 Million in Previews

Jordan Moreau Make some noise, because it’s time to return to “A Quiet Place.” The third entry in Paramount’s post-apocalyptic thriller series, “A Quiet Place: Day One,” has opened in theaters and made $6.8 million at the box office in Thursday previews. After the 2018 original movie and the 2021 sequel, “Day One” goes back in time to the early stages of the alien invasion that destroyed society.

French Film, TV Sellers Tap Into Southeast Asia’s Youthful Markets - variety.com - France - China - Japan - Vietnam - city Yokohama - city Ho Chi Minh City
variety.com
28.06.2024 / 12:17

French Film, TV Sellers Tap Into Southeast Asia’s Youthful Markets

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief France’s film and TV sales agencies are expanding their efforts to do business with companies in China and Southeast Asia. That requires travelling to the region and, for some, a tweak to established mindsets. This month has seen a delegation of sales firms set up stall in specially-organized rights markets in Beijing, China, and another in Saigon (aka Ho Chi Minh City) in Vietnam.

Miffest to Open With Woo Ming Jin’s ‘Indera,’ Sets Competition and Awards for Christine Hakim, Kore-eda Hirokazu – Global Bulletin - variety.com - China - Germany - Japan - Indonesia - Malaysia - Hong Kong - Afghanistan
variety.com
26.06.2024 / 10:47

Miffest to Open With Woo Ming Jin’s ‘Indera,’ Sets Competition and Awards for Christine Hakim, Kore-eda Hirokazu – Global Bulletin

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief The Malaysia International Film Festival (Miffest), which runs July 21-28, will open with horror film “Indera” by local director Woo Ming Jin and starring Shaheizy Sam and Azira Shafinaz. The festival will conclude with the double feature of “Love Lies” by Ho Miu Ki and “Peg O’ My Heart” by Nick Cheung.

Box Office: ‘A Quiet Place: Day One’ to Battle ‘Inside Out 2’ for No. 1 as Kevin Costner’s Epic Gamble ‘Horizon’ Eyes Concerning $12 Million Start - variety.com - USA - New York
variety.com
25.06.2024 / 18:41

Box Office: ‘A Quiet Place: Day One’ to Battle ‘Inside Out 2’ for No. 1 as Kevin Costner’s Epic Gamble ‘Horizon’ Eyes Concerning $12 Million Start

Rebecca Rubin Senior Film and Media Reporter Will audiences care about the world of “A Quiet Place” without John Krasinski or Emily Blunt? That’ll be the presiding question as “A Quiet Place: Day One,” a prequel story in Paramount’s post-apocalyptic horror series, hits theaters on Friday. The film, which takes place a while before the Abbotts (the family at the center of the prior two movies) were forced into hiding from terrifying, sound-hunting creatures, is expected to collect a solid $40 million to $50 million in its opening weekend. The prequel cost $67 million to produce.

‘Caught by the Tides,’ Jia Zhangke’s Epic Cannes Competition Film, Set for U.S. Release - variety.com - China - city Beijing
variety.com
25.06.2024 / 13:25

‘Caught by the Tides,’ Jia Zhangke’s Epic Cannes Competition Film, Set for U.S. Release

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief “Caught by the Tides,” the contemporary Chinese epic film directed by Jia Zhangke, has been acquired for U.S. release by Sidehow and Janus Films. The film appeared in main competition in Cannes in May and is on one an extended look at the romantic destiny of his perennial heroine, Qiaoqiao (Zhao Tao) over a period of 21 years.

China Box Office: Local Drama ‘Moments We Shared’ Crushes ‘Inside Out 2’ and ‘Bad Boys: Ride or Die’ Debuts - variety.com - China - Japan
variety.com
24.06.2024 / 01:49

China Box Office: Local Drama ‘Moments We Shared’ Crushes ‘Inside Out 2’ and ‘Bad Boys: Ride or Die’ Debuts

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Feelgood local movie “Moments We Shared” ran off to a dominant win at the mainland China box office, despite releasing only on Saturday. If ever there was need of further evidence of Hollywood’s diminished power with Chinese audiences, this weekend provided it. “Moments’” win came at the expense of two U.S.

Zhang Xinyang’s ‘Cold Water’ is Hot Pick at Shanghai Film Project Market - variety.com - China - Tokyo - city Shanghai
variety.com
22.06.2024 / 15:49

Zhang Xinyang’s ‘Cold Water’ is Hot Pick at Shanghai Film Project Market

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief The 17th edition of the SIFF Project Market, held on the margins of the Shanghai International Film Festival, wrapped this week with the awarding of various prizes and an early evening party. In the juried section prizes were determined by a panel including Lu Chuan, Luca Liang and Yao Chen.

Steve Chung, Fox and CJ ENM Alumnus, Joins Azuki Anime Platform (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - China - Japan - North Korea - San Francisco - city Shanghai
variety.com
20.06.2024 / 17:13

Steve Chung, Fox and CJ ENM Alumnus, Joins Azuki Anime Platform (EXCLUSIVE)

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Steve W. Chung, a former executive at Fox and Korea’s CJ ENM, has been appointed as the inaugural COO of Azuki, an anime community platform and digital art collection.

Canal+ Increases Stake in Viu, Eyes Majority Ownership of Asian Streamer – Global Bulletin - variety.com - Australia - France - Los Angeles - China - Iran
variety.com
20.06.2024 / 09:37

Canal+ Increases Stake in Viu, Eyes Majority Ownership of Asian Streamer – Global Bulletin

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief France’s Canal+ Group has increased its stake in multi-territory Asian video streamer Viu to 36.8%. It says that the move is in accordance with the terms of the strategic partnership with Viu owner PCCW Group announced a year ago and follows the satisfaction of key business milestones.

Shanghai Buyers Get First Taste of ‘Coolie,’ Arvin Chen’s Cuba-Set Chinese Diaspora Series - variety.com - China - Cuba - Dominican Republic - Hong Kong - Panama - city Shanghai - Singapore - county Love
variety.com
20.06.2024 / 02:05

Shanghai Buyers Get First Taste of ‘Coolie,’ Arvin Chen’s Cuba-Set Chinese Diaspora Series

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Chinese industry executives will get a first taste of “Coolie,” a big-budget historical miniseries that focuses on the enslaved Chinese workers in Cuba in the 1860s. MM2 Entertainment is handling China rights to the production on behalf of I.E. Entertainment.

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