Why Disney's 'Last Jedi' Mind Trick Isn't Working in China

‘Episode VIII’ leans heavily on references to the originals, and that doesn’t play with young audiences in the world’s No. 2 market. Star Wars: The Last Jedi suffered one of the worst second-weekend declines the Chinese box office has ever seen. The film’s debut of $28.7 million was already viewed as disappointing, but its 92 percent plummet to just $2.4 million […]

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Box Office: 'Jumanji' Reigns Over MLK Weekend With $35.4 Million

As it expanded nationwide, ‘The Post’ ranked second with $23.4 million. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle maintained the top spot at the domestic box office for the second weekend in a row, corralling an estimated $35.4 million as the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend unfolded. Steven Spielberg’s The Post posted solid numbers as it expanded nationwide into 2,819 theaters, while three other […]

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Box Office: 'The Post' Plots Solid Expansion, But 'Jumanji' Remains Atop The Heap

9:25 AM PST 1/12/2018 by Ashley Lee , Gregg Kilday ‘Paddington 2,’ ‘Proud Mary’ and ‘The Commuter’ also debut as ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ surrenders the spotlight. As the Martin Luther King holiday weekend kicked off, The Post collected $5.9 million, including 775,000 from its Thursday night showings, as it expands nationwide into 2,819 theaters, where it should gross about […]

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Box Office Preview: 'Jumanji' Rules as 'The Post' Courts a Wider Audience

6:00 AM PST 1/11/2018 by Gregg Kilday Three new national releases — ‘Paddington 2,’ ‘Proud Mary’ and ‘The Commuter’ — also will enter the crowded marketplace. While Steven Spielberg’s The Post expands into theaters across America this weekend and three new films also are entering wide release, Sony’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, going into its fourth weekend, is expected […]

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International Box-Office Surprises of 2017

The Hollywood blockbusters that went bust, the low-budget underdogs that triumphed and Germany’s inexplicable affection for David Hasselhoff. Even in this world of global homogenization, local tastes matter. The studios, with their worldwide marketing campaigns and day-and-date releases, dominate the international box office, and last year was no exception. But a hit in Hollywood can be a flop in France […]

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Box Office: 'Jumanji' Roars to No. 1 With $36M as 'Insidious 4' Scares Off 'Last Jedi'

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ is losing steam in its fourth weekend, as well as opening to a sorely disappointing $28.7 million in China behind both ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ and ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.’ Sony’s holiday hit Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle was the winner for the first time at the North American box office over […]

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China Box Office: 'The Last Jedi' Opens in Distant Second with Soft $28.7M

8:23 AM PST 1/7/2018 by Patrick Brzeski The Disney and Lucasfilm juggernaut was dominated by holdover local comedy ‘The Ex-File 3: The Return of the Exes,’ which earned a huge $86.7 million in its second weekend. The Force was not with Star Wars: The Last Jedi in China this weekend. The Rian Johnson-directed eighth installment in the fabled space saga […]

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