Beijing, July 29 (Xinhua/UNB) -- "Ne Zha," a Chinese animated film, continued to lead the Chinese mainland box office on Sunday, the China Movie Data Information Network said Monday.
The film raked in about 276.3 million yuan (about 40.2 million U.S. dollars) on its third day of screening, accounting for over 70 percent of the daily total.
The fantasy film follows the birth and growing up of Ne Zha, a mythical male figure created in ancient China who is widely known as the incarnation of a lotus. He is often depicted as a young hero standing on two flaming wheels in Chinese legends and literature such as the literary classic "Journey to the West."
It was followed by "Looking Up," a Chinese family drama, which grossed about 45.73 million yuan and had topped the Chinese mainland box office for eight straight days since its release on July 18.
"The Bravest," a China-produced film telling the story of firefighters, took third place with a daily box office revenue of about 31.4 million yuan in presale.
Los Angeles, Jul 29 (AP/UNB) — "The Lion King" rode its circle of life into a second weekend atop the box office and "Once Upon A Time ... In Hollywood," while not quite doing fairytale numbers, gave director Quentin Tarantino his biggest opening ever.
Disney's photorealistic remake of the Hamlet-themed tale of Mufasa, Simba and Nala, featuring the voices of Donald Glover and Beyoncé, brought in $75 million in North America, according to studio estimates Sunday. Its domestic total of $350 million makes it the year's fourth highest-grossing film after just 10 days of release.
"Once Upon A Time ... In Hollywood" finished a distant second with $40 million in its opening weekend for Sony, but it bested the 2009 opening of Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds" by $2 some million and made a strong showing for an R-rated, nearly-three-hour film that was not a sequel or remake and was aimed solely at adults.
The film with Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie as denizens of a 1969 Los Angeles where old Hollywood was fading and the Manson family was rising was more star-powered than Tarantino's previous eight movies, though the director himself was as big a draw as anyone.
"In our fan survey, over 40% of the audience went to see the movie because of the director," said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for Comscore. "That's incredible. You almost never see that. Sony did a great job of putting that cast and certainly Tarantino at the front of the marketing. That collective star power just paid huge dividends."
It's also the sort of film that's unlikely to experience a major drop-off in the coming weeks, and its long legs could walk it into awards season given Hollywood's persistent love for movies about itself.
But with all of that, the film's opening take was still nearly doubled by "The Lion King" and its broad appeal.
"'Lion King' has appealed to everyone, that's a second-weekend gross that would be the envy of most films on their opening weekend," Dergarabedian said.
The two-week take is also a sign that audiences are not yet feeling fatigue for Disney's live-action remakes in a year that has already seen "Dumbo" and "Aladdin."
"The idea that remake burnout would be in effect for 'The Lion King' has not proven true," Dergarabedian said. "Some brands are inoculated from that kind of negative speculation."
That's even more good news for the ever-dominant Disney, with a live-action "Mulan" slated for early next year and more remakes in the planning stages.
The rest of the box office top 10 remained essentially unchanged from a week earlier. Sony's "Spider-Man: Far From Home" was third with $12.2 million in its fourth weekend and has earned a cumulative $344 million, "Toy Story 4" was fourth with $9.8 million, and "Crawl" fifth with $4 million.
"The Lion King" could reign for a third week. With major summer releases slowing as fall approaches the only real competition it has opening next weekend is "Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw."
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.
1. "The Lion King," $75.5 million ($142.8 million international).
2. "Once Upon a Time ... In Hollywood," $40.3 million.
3. "Spider-Man: Far From Home," $12.2 million ($21 million international).
4. "Toy Story 4," $9.8 million ($19.4 million international).
5. "Crawl," $4 million ($3.4 million international).
6. "Yesterday," $3 million ($3.6 million international).
7. "Aladdin," $2.8 million ($7.2 million international).
8. "Stuber," $1.7 million ($1.6 million international).
9. "Annabelle Comes Home," $1.56 million ($3.7 million international).
10. "The Farewell," $1.55 million.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theaters (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to Comscore:
1. "The Lion King," $142.8 million.
2. "Ne Zha" $83.1 million.
3. "Spider-Man: Far From Home," $21 million.
4. "Toy Story 4," $19.4 million.
5. "Looking Up," $17.3 million.
6. "Aladdin," $7.2 million.
7. "The Secret Life of Pets 2," $7.2 million.
8. "Dancing Elephant," $5.2 million.
9. "Annabelle Comes Home," $3.7 million.
10. "White Storm 2: The Drug Lords," $3.68 million.
Dhaka, 28th July (UNB) - Artistes of China and Bangladesh staged Rabindranath Tagore’s two popular plays ‘Chitra’ and ‘Rath Yatra’ at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA)’s Experimental Theatre Hall on Sunday.
Performers from Peking University of China presented Tagore’s ‘Chitra’ at 4 pm, which was directed by Hou Jue. The Chinese version of the play has been written by Pan Ayuan.
Rabindranath Tagore’s another popular play ‘Rath Yatra’ was staged by Loko Natya Dol at 6 pm which was directed by dramatist and BSA director Liaquat Ali Lucky.
State Minister for Cultural Affairs K M Khalid and Secretary Abu Hena Mostofa Kamal attended the plays and praised the initiative and performers.
The event is a joint collaboration of Chinese Embassy, BSA, Peking University’s Department of Afro-Asian Languages under its School of Foreign Languages, Dhaka University’s Department of Theatre and Performance Studies and the Bangladesh-China Friendship Center.
The play ‘Chitra’ was also staged on Saturday at TSC Theatre of Dhaka University by the Peking University drama team.
As part of the ‘China Culture Month 2019’ programme arranged by Chinese Embassy in Dhaka, the goal behind this drama-exchange was to present the versatile creations of Rabindranath and narrate his influences in the culture of Bangladesh to the Chinese students- and also to promote the friendship and mutual understanding between China and Bangladesh. The month-long programme will also feature China-Bangladesh themed cultural exhibition.
Los Angeles, Jul 28 (AP/UNB) — Wrapping up five seasons of an award-winning series with a musical is a risk that only Amazon's "Transparent" could take.
Risks are part of the show's DNA, said series creator Jill Soloway.
"We were all just kind of flying in our risk spaces," Soloway said of creating the finale, "and today, we are still flying in our risk spaces by having made a musical as a way to say farewell to this family."
Actor Jay Duplass added that, after several seasons of pushing boundaries, upon hearing the idea he thought: "That's nuts, and it totally makes sense, and that's what we have to do."
Soloway joined sibling and executive producer Faith Soloway, as well as the cast of the Amazon series, during a Television Critics Association meeting to talk about the fitting conclusion for the characters as they mourn the loss of one of the show's central characters.
The finale begins with the death of Maura, played by Jeffrey Tambor, who left the show last year after allegations of sexual harassment on set. Approaching the death of Tambor's character with a musical gave the cast a creative outlet to also mourn their own loss, Jill Soloway said.
"Our cast is mourning Maura, and as actors and creators, we're mourning what happened with our show," Jill Soloway said on Tambor's exit, adding: "It was a chance to heal together."
The "Transparent" musical finale, which debuts Sept. 27, concludes a series that broke barriers with its representation of LGBTQ characters on screen. The show exits the television scene with others in its wake, including Ryan Murphy's award-winning "Pose."
While Jill Soloway said they don't take responsibility for the push toward more representation on screen, they are grateful to have been a part of that conversation.
"I feel more like a child in awe than parental. I came to all of this so late in my life. I wasn't even queer until my late 40s," Jill Soloway said. "So I couldn't take responsibility for this revolution. I have always felt just in awe."
Los Angeles, Jul 28 (AP/UNB) — Anne Hathaway says playing a bipolar character in Amazon's new series "Modern Love" affected her emotionally long after she wrapped the role.
Hathaway plays Terry Cheney, a woman navigating romance with bipolar disorder, in an episode of the anthology. The series, based on The New York Times' column of the same name, debuts Oct. 18.
At a Television Critics Association meeting Saturday, Hathaway said the role gave her a heightened compassion for people with mental illnesses who can't walk away once the cameras stop rolling. She said she hopes telling stories like Cheney's will open up the conversation surrounding mental illness.
After reflecting on her role, Hathaway lightened the mood when she was asked how she feels about her newly announced second pregnancy.
"How do you think?" she replied, smiling.