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Korea Box Office: ‘Beauty’ Remains on Top in Second Weekend

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Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” remained on top of the South Korean box office for the second week. The fantasy romance earned $7.81 million from 1.03 million admissions between Friday and Sunday for a total of $23.3 million from 3.1 million admissions after two weekends. Showing on some 1,255 screens nationwide, “Beauty” accounted for 41% of the total weekend box office.

Local crime actioner, “Prison” opened in second on Thursday. The Showbox release earned $9.31 million over four days, including previews. “Prison” sees a troubled former police inspector sent to jail and become a crucial player in a crime syndicate.

Far behind were two other Thursday newcomers. “Ordinary Person” landed in third. The Opus Pictures release earned $1.82 million. The Korean drama features a detective who is ordered to fabricate evidence about a serial murder case. Fox’s “Hidden Figures” opened in fourth place, earning $1.03 million in four days.

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- Sonia Kil

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China’s Huayi to Continue, Expand Relations With Stx (Report)

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Huayi Brothers Media, one of China’s leading film studios, says it will renew and expand its relationship with Hollywood’s Stx Entertainment.

The stance was expressed by Huayi co-chief James Wang at the Boao conference in Hainan and was reported by Bloomberg. “We’d like to renew and deepen our cooperation with Stx beyond slate financing,” said Wang (aka Wang Zhonglei.)

Huayi has a three year contract to co-produce and co-finance films with Robert Simonds’ Stx that runs until this time next year. Wang’s stance comes despite Stx patchy record of hits and misses to date, and despite possible difficulties stemming from China’s capital controls. “It’s fortunate that our overseas business plan is not acquisition-driven, nor are we financial investors, so our needs for foreign exchange are not vast,” Wang said.

He said that the companies will look at ways to expand cooperation in a broader »


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China Box Office: ‘Kong’ Roars to $70 Million Opening Weekend Win

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Kong: Skull Island” enjoyed a massive win over its opening weekend in China. It is poised to overtake second placed “Beauty And The Beast” in just four days.

“Kong” scored $68.5 million according to local data service Ent Group. Overseas distributor, Warner Bros. reported the figure as $72.1 million.

Those numbers were achieved on some 18,000 screens, according to Warner. They delivered more than 115,000 screenings per day, according to Ent Group. They included $6.5 million from 387 IMAX Screens.

The gross was the second largest opening for an international film this year. And it accounted for some 70% of the nationwide weekend total.

Holdover, “Beauty” took a big 71% tumble falling to $12.1 million from $42.8 million in its opening weekend. After 10 days it stands on $73.2 million.

Chinese new release, “Top Funny Man: The Movie” debuted in third place with $6.99 million. But, with declining scores on Saturday and Sunday, it looks set to sink quickly.

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