'Transformers 4: Age of Extinction' tops list of films imported to China
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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
12/17/2014 (4 years ago)
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Snooty American film critics may have turned their noses up at it - but China got their Transformers on with "Transformers 4: Age of Extinction. The U.S. film sequel, based on a series of popular toys in the 1980s, was China's biggest grossing foreign film this year, raking in $319.58 million in receipts.
"Transformers 4: Age of Extinction. The U.S. film sequel, based on a series of popular toys in the 1980s, was China's biggest grossing foreign film this year, raking in $319.58 million in receipts.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Judging by the Chinese box office, the public there just is not into serious, artistic films. The lowest sale for a revenue-sharing movie was the $110,000 for "Mandela."
In China, only 34 films can be imported outside of the country. Chinese filmgoers must enjoy U.S. product, as there was a 60 percent increase in box office for overseas quota movies.
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"Transformers 4: Age of Extinction" showed its strength overseas by becoming China's most popular foreign film.
China's President Xi Jinping in 2012 expanded the quota of overseas movies from around 20 to 34 per year on a revenue-share basis, including enhanced format movies.
The list of top-grossing exports, dominated by Hollywood films, shows how difficult the environment remains for overseas films. Of the 34 quota films, only 33 were screened.
1. Transformers 4: Age of Extinction - $319.58 million
2. Interstellar - $121.63 million
3. X-Men: Days of Future Past - $118.24 million
4. Captain America: The Winter Soldier - $115.50 million
5. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - $108.47 million
6. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - $96.11 million
7. Guardians of the Galaxy - $93.37 million
8. Godzilla - $78.63 million
9. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - $74.87 million
10. Need for Speed - $67.28 million
11. Edge of Tomorrow - $66.42 million
12. How to Train Your Dragon 2 - $65.15 million
13. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - $63.58 million
14. RoboCop - $50.90 million
15. Maleficent - $48.30 million
16. Frozen - $48.24 million
17. Penguins of Madagascar - $40.98 million
18. Rio 2 - $39.50 million
19. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit - $25.91 million
20. The Maze Runner - $24.39 million
21. Ender's Game - $22.39 million
22. Transcendence - $20.43 million
23. Mr. Peabody & Sherman - $19.95 million
24. Into the Storm - $17.78 million
25. Non-Stop - $16.93 million
26. Hercules: The Thracian Wars - $13.20 million
27. Snowpiercer - $12.28 million
28. The Monuments Men - $7.69 million
29. Ice Age 2: The Meltdown - $6.60 million
30. Battle of Myeongryang - $2.91 million
31. Tarzan - $2.12 million
32. Eyjafjallajokull - $0.65 million
33. Mandela - $0.11 million
34. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 - n/a released pushed back to Feb. 2015
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