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China Screen Press. March Issue


Spring Festival week screens earn USD$112.4

Fed 16, 2013 电影网by Zhang Wei

Summary by Zhang Yan and Ian Lang                                                       Back to CSP Articles


Over the Spring

Festival holiday from February 10 to 16, Chinese cinema screens earned USD$112.4 million in just one week – 75% higher than the same period last year.

Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons (directed by Stephen Chow, adapted from Chinese famous myth novel Journey to the West) earned USD$ 80.3 million in 5 days.

This year, Valentine's Day occurred during this holiday, stimulating large earnings of USD$ 30.5 million for one day, including USD$19.3 million for Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons, breaking China’s record for a single day’s earning from a local film.

Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons


Journey to the West director buys into theme park

Fed 21, 2013 观点地产网by Chen Ze-jia

Summary by Zhang Yan and Ian Lang


Steven Chow, director of successful Chinese film Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons has taken a 25% stake in Chinavision Media Group recently announced land purchase for a related theme park in Tong Xiang city, Zhe Jiang province.

The Zhe Jiang province government believe the 165 acre park could be a top tourist attraction. The project will launch by the end of the year, and finish in 2011.

Director, Stephen Chow

Box-office key to film company shares

Fed 25, 2013 京华时报

Summary by Zhang Yan and Ian Lang


Box-office performance is increasingly determining the share prices of film companies with hit films.

After Enlight Media released 2012’s profit leader Lost in Thailand on December 11, share prices for the company almost doubled from 21.38 RMB pre-release to 37.3 RMB by January 4, 2013, settling at 30.29 RMB by the end of January.

Because of high confidence of security traders, shares for Huayi Brothers’ Media Group enjoyed more than a 25% share rise even before release their film Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons. In only one week, share prices went from 15.18 RMB in February 1, to 19.04 RMB by February 8.


Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons become the box-office top one of world two weeksin a row

Mar 2, 2013 Mtime 时光网by gongyuan1874

Summary by Zhang Yan and Ian Lang


Last week, Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons earned USD$5.49 million from international non-USA box offices, with a cumulative world-wide total of USD$6.8 million, making it the top world earner for two weeks in a row.

Few Chinese films have achieved this result, with much expectation about future results for the film’s forthcoming release in North American markets.

Netizens thrilled after China unblocks IMDB movie database

Thursday, 07 March, 2013 [Updated: 11:28] South China Morning Post, by Amy Li

Summary by Zhang Yan and Ian Lang


China’s movie fans were thrilled after finding out on Wednesday that popular movie website IMDB (Internet Movie Database) had been unblocked by censors - an unexpected move many consider a signal that more changes are coming.

Unavailable in China since January 2010, the IMDB site’s return as been welcomed by Sina Weibo bloggers, who have thanked leaders of the National People’s Congress (NPC) and People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) holding their annual legislative meetings in Beijing.

(Importantly, website availability reflects the IMDB’s commercial importance to the US entertainment industry that is likely to assist Chinese film companies in their increasingly profitable export of Chinese cultural products abroad, and also assist investment in China by providing current and future foreign joint ventures partners a further means of establishing market information, ed.)