Zhang Yimou rediscovers his creative mojo with a deeply affecting period love story.
The Great Hypnotist
Kammerspiel-like psychodrama between a doctor and patient doesn't realise its potential.
Love in the Buff
Fluffy rom-com following the pair from Love in a Puff is a big improvement.
My Old Classmate
Charming but unoriginal schooldays romance is helped by good leads, notably actress Zhou Dongyu.
That Demon Within
Part horror, part crime thriller is challenging but ultimately unsatisfying.
Rough-and-ready satire of low-end Hong Kong filmmaking is what it is, and no more.
Apes takes back China box office
Into the Storm opens third-placed
Enlight Media reports lower profits
Year-on-year drop of 40% despite film hits
Montreal World festival fixes line-up
Three Asian titles in competition
Breakup Buddies, Mary Kom premiere in Toronto
Festival announces first titles, new rules
Tiny Times 3 dazzles at China box office
House that Never Dies a surprise hit in China
Film Bureau releases official 2014 numbers
China box office revenue up 25% in H1
Erik Matti, Kim Sung-soo join PiFan jury
Five Asian features in main competition
Hollywood dominates Greater China in H1 2014
3-D Monkey King is top grossing film overall
Frozen wins 16th round at Japan box office
World of Kanako opens fourth-placed
Godzilla roars into China box office
Second biggest foreign opening of the year
Frozen extends winning streak in Japan
Pompeii opens fifth-placed
X-Men wins holiday weekend in China
Overheard 3 second-placed
X-Men has monster opening weekend
Coming Home drops 39% in China
2014 China box office crosses RMB10 billion
Local films take 56% market share
Spider-man defeats Zhang Yimou in China
Coming Home opens second-placed
Coming Home has huge China opening
34% of all screenings nationwide
China makes mark at Cannes
Chinese film industry now 5th largest contingent
Goodbye East, Goodbye
Is the lack of Asian films at Cannes the canary in the coal mine?
Fortissimo entranced by Great Hypnotist
Leste Chen thriller picked up before Cannes
My Old Classmate works China's Labour Day
Spider-man sequel snags huge opening
Fatal Encounter has year's best opening
The Target third-placed in South Korea
Amazing Spider-man 2 spins HK record
Takes opening record set by Spiderman 3
Thermae Romae II makes splash in Japan
Frozen still number one at B.O.
Iceman frozen by Classmate at China B.O.
That Demon Within still number one in Hong Kong
That Demon Within haunts HK Easter
Rio 2 third-placed
Transcendence runner-up at China box office
That Demon Within fourth-placed
Zhang Yimou, Kawase Naomi in Cannes
Wang Chao returns to Un Certain Regard
Midnight After clocks huge HK opening
Best non-holiday opening for local film this year
Pang Ho-cheung's Aberdeen to open Udine
Thermae Romae II to close Italian festival
China box office up 29.3% in 2014 Q1
Domestic films take 65% share
Clover takes dozen at FilMart
Singapore distributor stocks up on Chinese-language titles
Hot Hong Kong product at FilMart
Local companies out in force at Hong Kong market
5th Golden Horse Fantastic FF unveiled
That Demon Within to close fantasy festival
Lu Chuan joins Le Vision Pictures
Company's 2014 slate of 15 films announced
Edko takes Temporary Family to FilMart
Also representing Wolf Totem and Coming Home
Gaga announces 2014-15 lineup
Nakashima Tetsuya, Zhang Yimou on slate
Aberdeen and Midnight After to open HKIFF
Jiang Wen, Filipino cinema, ICAC tributes
Sony Pictures Classics takes Coming Home
Zhang Yimou's drama sold to regular distribution partner
That Demon Within to close HKIFF
Hong Kong event to include additional Berlin titles
Dante Lam on his Demon Within
China, teamwork and musicals
Wild Bunch launches high profile Asian slate
Zhang Yimou, Nakashima Tetsuya and Lou Ye
Berlin completes Panorama lineup
Section features strong Asian presence
China's biggest films refused Taiwan release
A Touch of Sin among films "banned" in Taiwan
Bullet sequel, Johnnie To musical approved
November lists heavy on HK directors
Detective Dee arrests China box office
Tsui Hark sets National Day holiday record
Zhang Yimou's Return starts production
Drama stars Gong Li and Chen Daoming
China 3-D films enter October holidays
Ten films to open for competitive box office period
Chen Kaige to adapt Taoist Mountain
Reports of Zhang Yimou's Quasimodo refuted
Zhang Yimou's new film gets govt green light
Chinese auteur's first film at Le Vision Pictures
DMG boards Transcendence and Point Break
Chinese company signs co-production agreement
Cold Eyes doesn't blink at box office
South Korean remake of Eye in the Sky leaves World War Z and Lone Ranger in the dust
Spider-man swings to top of China box office
By Kevin Ma
Tue, 13 May 2014, 16:00 PM (HKT)
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 sequel swung to the top of the China box office this weekend after a strong opening last Sunday.
Between Friday and Sunday, the superhero sequel made RMB165 million (US$26.4 million) from approximately 4.22 million admissions. After eight days in cinemas, the Marc WEBB film has made RMB347 million (US$55.7 million). It accounted for approximately 35% of all screenings nationwide over the weekend.
Opening on the same day as The Dark Knight Rises (2012) two years ago, The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) made RMB227 million (US$36.4 million) in its first seven days for a total of RMB320 million (US$51.4 million) by the end of its theatrical run.
Frant GWO 郭帆's My Old Classmate 同桌的妳 dropped to second place in its third weekend, making an additional RMB36 million (US$5.77 million). After 17 days on release, the youth romance has made RMB397 million (US$63.6 million).
Leste CHEN 陳正道's The Great Hypnotist 催眠大師 is a close third place, making RMB33.5 million (US$5.37 million) between Friday and Sunday. The psychological thriller has made RMB204 million (US$32.7 million) after 13 days in cinemas.
The two local Labour Day release accounted for approximately 27% of all screenings combined.
British action film Hummingbird (released as Redemption in some territories) was fourth-placed with RMB15.1 million (US$2.42 million) in its first three days. In March, Homefront, also starring Jason STATHAM, opened with RMB20.1 million (US$3.22 million) for a total of RMB32.5 million (US$5.21 million) during its theatrical run.
Opening last Thursday, PANG Ho-cheung 彭浩翔's Aberdeen 香港仔 (pictured) made an estimated RMB9.6 million (US$1.54 million) on its first four days of release. The family drama accounted for approximately 16.8% of all screenings on opening day, but it dropped to only 7.59% on Sunday.
Local media speculated that Aberdeen's disappointing performance may have been due to a netizen-led boycott on actor Chapman TO 杜汶澤 by audiences and some cinema chains. In March, To made several statements on his Facebook account criticising Mainland Chinese netizens in response to their negative reactions to the student protests in Taiwan.
After a rumour of Pang having to delete To's scenes from the Mainland China version of the film surfaced, the director issued a statement on his social media accounts early last week, confirming that To's scenes would remain in the film.
To has a brief but important supporting role in Aberdeen as the best friend of the character played by Louis Koo. He only appears in name on the film's advertisements in both Hong Kong and Mainland China.
Last weekend, romance Let Go for Love 放手愛, starring To and Charlene CHOI 蔡卓妍, made only RMB1.66 million (US$266,000) on its first five days in cinemas, prompting netizens to praise the success of the boycott. The film's China distributor issued a statement on the film's official Weibo microblog account apologising for casting To.
Special previews for ZHANG Yimou 張藝謀's Coming Home 歸來 were held nationwide for Mother's Day. It made RMB2.73 million (US$438,000) from approximately 78,000 admissions. The film is set for theatrical release in China on 16 Jun, five days before its out of competition screening in Cannes.
Aberdeen was far more successful in Hong Kong, where it was the top new film of the weekend. From 38 locations, it made HK$3.05 million (US$394,000) between Thursday and Sunday. Including early previews last weekend, it has made HK$4.57 million (US$590,000).
However, the film's opening was lower than those of Pang's recent films. In Aug 2012, Vulgaria 低俗喜劇 (2012) made HK$6.26 million (US$808,000) on its opening weekend. In March of the same year, romantic comedy Love in the Buff 春嬌與志明 (2012) opened with HK$7.15 million (US$922,000). Both films were among the top local films in 2012 with HK$30.1 million (US$3.88 million) and HK$28 million (US$3.61 million), respectively.
Sci-fi thriller Transcendence was third-placed for the weekend, making HK$2.89 million (US$373,000) from 34 locations on its first four days on release. The Johnny DEPP film is distributed locally by Golden Scene Co Ltd 高先電影有限公司.
After its release date was postponed twice, Patrick KONG 葉念琛's Delete My Love ＤＥＬＥＴＥ愛人 finally arrived in Hong Kong cinemas. On its first four days in cinema, the comedy made HK$1.23 million (US$158,000) from 26 locations.
Last week, distributor China 3D Digital Entertainment Ltd 中國３Ｄ數碼娛樂有限公司 told local media that it has sold North America remake rights of the film to Nu Image for US$500,000.
In Taiwan, Transcendence was the top new film over the weekend. On its first three days in cinemas, the sci-fi thriller made NT$6.15 million (US$203,000) from 16 screens in Taipei.
Last July, Johnny Depp's The Lone Ranger made NT$6.23 million (US$206,000) on its first four days in Taipei cinemas for a total of NT$12.2 million (US$404,000) in the capital during its theatrical run.
Hollywood comedy Neighbors was a close third place with NT$5.95 million (US$197,000) from 16 Taipei screens.
Dante Lam's That Demon Within 魔警 was the top Chinese-language film, opening with NT$584,000 (US$19,300) from 12 Taipei screens. Local film One Minute More 只要一分鐘, starring Ning CHANG 張鈞甯 and Peter HO 何潤東, made NT514,000 (US$17,000) from 12 screens in the capital.