Amazing Spider-Man, Dark Knight Rises, & Prometheus to open in same week in China

Amazing Spider-Man, Dark Knight Rises, & Prometheus to open in same week in China

The Dark Knight Rises, The Amazing Spider-Man and Prometheus will all open in a single week in China as the communist country takes its most aggressive step yet to limit the box office of American imports.

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By CPBuff22 - 8/14/2012

It appears the WB's lobbying has fallen on def ears as China still plans to release Dark Knight Rises in the same seven day period as Amazing Spider-Man & Prometheus. Even worse, The Dark Knight Rises will face Amazing Spider-Man on opening night as they will both release on August 27th.

China Film has dated the Ridley Scott-directed science-fiction movie "Prometheus" for Sept. 3, just one week later.

Warner Bros. had been lobbying to delay the release of its "Dark Knight Rises" until September, but that effort failed.

Executives at "Prometheus" studio 20th Century Fox, Warner and "Spider-Man" studio Sony Pictures are undoubtedly frustrated by China Film's decision, which could lower their box-office totals in the second biggest movie market in the world. None would speak publicly, however, for fear of offending officials there.

This isn't something new however as earlier this month, China Film opened the 3-D animated films "Ice Age: Continental Drift" and "The Lorax" on the same day. That worked out okay for Ice Age as it grossed a healthy $51 million in the country but Lorax was killed by this competition, opening to less than $1 million.

Also China Film is considering opening The Bourne Legacy and Total Recall on the same date in September.

Authorities have been matching movies against each other in an effort to reduce their total ticket sales and limit the dominance of American movies at the box office so far this year. The reason for this stems from the fact that in the first six months of 2012, the box-office revenues for Chinese made films dropped 4.3% compared with the same period from last year. Ticket sales for foreign pictures, meanwhile, are up 90%, to $825 million.

"We hope those protective measures will be able to create a space for domestic movies to survive and grow," Zhang Hongsen, deputy head of the film bureau controlled by the State Administration of Radio Film and Television, told the state-owned People's Daily newspaper. "We hope the measures can provide domestic movies some fundamental support and enhance their abilities to compete against the imported blockbusters."

Just another reason for us who do not live in China to thank our chosen deity. With the internet block outs and the attempt to limit availability of foreign made films the Chinese Government seems to be doing its best to make life for the Chinese citizens miserable.
Source: LA Times
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JordanU23 - 8/14/2012, 4:16 PM
That sux.
CPBuff22 - 8/14/2012, 4:21 PM
@JordanU23 sure does. Wonder what movie will make the most. Should be interesting.
CBMFANATIC1988 - 8/14/2012, 4:29 PM
this is how the box office might look like:
spiderman
dark knight rises
prometheus

spiderman is really big in the asian countries so it might beat batman by like a hair
DEADP0000L - 8/14/2012, 4:32 PM
the dark knight rises
promethes
spiderman

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CPBuff22 - 8/14/2012, 4:34 PM
I was thinking more like Prometheus, Spider-man, TDKR. Scifi movies are big in the far east as is Spider-man.
marvel72 - 8/14/2012, 4:39 PM
oh well shit happens.

prometheus
the amazing spider-man
the dark knight rises

the dark knight was never released in china back in 2008 because it showed china in a bad way.

they might do the same with iron man 3 & the mandarin.
Robert - 8/14/2012, 4:44 PM
China is one of the funniest countries out there. The government really thinks it can "hide" these American movies and media from their Chinese citizens.

I'm glad China was so honest about their bitter feelings about America. Now I hope the United States will return the favor and send China and their product on their ass and on their way...OUT!

The irony is China hates the United States, however they are more than willing to take American businesses and money.
CPBuff22 - 8/14/2012, 5:28 PM
@blueberry Batman Begins only made $1,049,000 in China so I'm less than sure.
SimyJo - 8/14/2012, 5:54 PM
The Chinese people are still seeing them all (and most likely probably already have) thanks to the massive black market.
The state are kidding themselves if they think they are restricting the flow of American culture to the people, because they aren't.

The only thing this is accomplishing, is doing the legitimate cinemas and surrounding trade out of less business.
TrueRedBlue - 8/16/2012, 8:29 PM
Both TDKR and TASM were fantastic films, let's not start an unnecessary war over who will win the Chinese Box office..

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