Magazine article Screen International

Lionsgate Sets Record Year in China

Magazine article Screen International

Lionsgate Sets Record Year in China

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Announcing on December 23 that the company's films had crossed $2bn worldwide for the second consecutive year, top brass added that six films took a record $116.3m in China.

Lionsgate's market share of non-Chinese releases in the territory reached 8% according to senior executives. Action thriller Escape Plan opened on November 4 and is the leader on $40m, followed by the November 21 release of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Shanghai pictured) on $28m.

Now You See Me opened on October 10 and took $23m, while The Impossible arrived on August 29 and grossed $8.8m. Red 2 arrived on November 15 and grossed $8.5m while The Last Stand amassed $8m since the October 24 debut.

Through Sunday December 22 the company reported an estimated $1.227bn in combined international grosses and an estimated $1.025bn for North America, resulting in a $2.252bn worldwide tally.

Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Summit's sleeper smash Now You See Me led the way.

The former stands at $765. …

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