Chinese Blockbusters of 2018

“The importance of China as a movie market cannot be overstated,” said Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst at ComScore. “With homegrown titles such as ‘Detective Chinatown 2,’ ‘Operation Red Sea’ and ‘Monster Hunt ‘ posting massive numbers, along with U.S. titles such as ‘Black Panther,’ ‘Pacific Rim’ and most recently ‘Ready Player One’ relying on the market to bolster their bottom line, China has enjoyed an absolutely incredible first quarter at the 2018 box office.”.

Set 21 years after the first film, this follows four teenagers who are transported into the video game world of Jumanji, playing as the characters they chose. Uniting with another player, they must overcome the game’s magical power to win and return home.

Several mega-funded Chinese tech unicorns, including smartphone and electronics maker Xiaomi, may be angling to go public later this year with huge, multibillion-dollar offerings, heightening investor interest in China’s booming technology sector. Behind the scenes, New York and Hong Kong are competing for these listings. At stake could be dealt worth well more than a quarter-trillion dollars.

With that projected upside, one might think today’s approval would have sent biotech stocks on a thrill ride. Bristol’s shares were up today, but not by much. As for the broader Nasdaq Biotechnology Index, it’s up just over 4% year to date.

As for the payment amounts, it depends on how the film is categorized, in terms of quality and exclusivity. An additional allowance can be made per effective view of top-quality content for marketing costs incurred by the production company. Payments per view can span from RMB 0.5 per view through to a maximum of RMB 3.5 including marketing subsidy.

“Asura”, a fantasy epic based on Tibetan mythology, was yanked from cinemas by producers after it brought in a meager 49.5 million yuan ($7.4 million) and received a lowly rating of 3.1 on the Chinese movie review site Douban.

“Film quotas are exactly the kind of target the Chinese would threaten in response to these tariffs,” Derek Scissors, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute was quoted as saying. “The tariffs will not especially harm China, but they will want to deter further action. While attention focuses on soybeans and the like, China prefers smaller but high-profile targets.”.

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Black Panther’s unremarkable performance in China is sure to give fuel to studios’ doubts about whether Chinese audiences would embrace a film with an all-black cast. In the Chinese marketing of the film, the blackness of Black Panther seems to be subtly downplayed. Instead of featuring the whole cast, as the U.S. poster does, the official Chinese movie poster of the film shows the lead, Chadwick Boseman, alone, and his face is barely visible through his Black Panther suit.

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The dramatic success of Wolf Warrior 2 has helped reverse the fortunes of China’s film industry, which has racked up a few box-office records in the process. The dramatic success of Wolf Warrior 2 has helped reverse the fortunes of China’s film industry, which has racked up a few box-office records in the process. Just like a suspense movie full of twists and turns, China’s movie industry experienced a roller-coaster ride, soaring to end 2017 with a series of records, signifying a return to what industry insiders hope is a soundtrack of robust growth. Newly released statistics from the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film, and Television, the country’s top industry regulator, show last year’s box-office takings hit a record high of 55.9 billion yuan ($8.59 billion), an increase of 13.45 percent year-on-year. Last year, China produced 798 dramas, 32 animated films, and 44 documentaries. As 2016 ended with a lackluster rise in box-office takings of just 3.73 percent, its lowest growth rate in 13 years, a shadow was cast over industry investors and filmmakers alike. Despite a minor recovery in the domestic industry thanks to a string of Spring Festival hits earlier last year, the slowdown continued for another six months. That is, until the release of Wolf Warrior 2 last summer.

One viewer, Jian Lihua, a sales representative in Shanghai, said the movie was made for the heart rather than the mind. “I recently watched the Chinese movie ‘Forever Young,’ which was based on history, but ‘Secret Superstar’ has the ability to connect with people’s daily lives,” she said.

The romantic drama stars Chinese heartthrobs Jing Boran and Zhou Dongyu as two strangers who meet by chance on a train while traveling home to China’s remote northeast. Us and Them were produced by the film division of Chinese ticketing giant Maoyan, Shanghai Shigu Film Co., Dadi Films and others. Hong Kong pop star Eason Chan sings the movie’s theme song, which is also topping the local charts.

In this case “anyone” is a group of mercenaries in an unnamed African country who make the grave mistake of attempting to help rebels stage a coup. (Their leader, known as Big Daddy, is played by Frank Grillo.) This goes about as well for them as it does for the foreign villains in any ultra-patriotic American action film you can think of.

In the first quarter of 2018, China’s box office overtook North America to become the biggest in the world for the first time, as Chinese films perform stronger and stronger led by “Operation Red Sea” and “Detective Chinatown 2” and so on. Grosses for China in the first quarter totaled more than 3.1 billion dollars, compared to 2.89 billion dollars in the same period in North America.