Magazine article Screen International

Sony's China BO Swells 22pc

Magazine article Screen International

Sony's China BO Swells 22pc

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EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures Releasing International (SPRI) top brass reported significant year-on-year gains in China in 2013 as the company registered its third biggest year overall at the international box office.

China was the stand-out of the BRIC markets and indeed the only one where box office increased from 2012 in USD terms - although Russia was virtually flat - as SPRI's $212.7m haul gained 21.8% on $174.6m from the previous year. In terms of local currency, CNY 1.31bn climbed 18.5% against CNY 1.11bn in 2012.

The studio's top five releases in China were Skyfall on $60.4m (CNY 376.8m), After Earth on $34.4m (CNY 211.2m), White House Down on $27.6m (CNY 169.4m), Elysium on $25.7m (CNY 156.9m) and The Smurfs 2 on $21.8m (CNY 133.6m).

The studio's Russian box office reached $180.1m compared to $181.7m in 2012 for a 0.9% decline. The local currency equivalent delivered a 2.3% increase as RUB 5.8bn gained on the year-ago level of RUB 5.7bn. Russia delivered SPRI's two biggest local language hits in the form of Stalingrad and Messenger From Heaven on $67. …

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