Showbiz Sandbox 294: As Box Office Grows In China, So Do Claims of Fraud

September 14, 2015


China continues on its torrid pace toward become the number one movie market in the world having already surpassed its record $4.7 billion box office from last year. However, some Chinese distributors, and even some moviegoers, are claiming cinema owners are manipulating reported grosses on behalf of the government.

Recently a propaganda film titled “The Hundred Regiments Offensive” managed to sell more tickets than was possible based on its number of showings and theater count. Industry executives now say releases such as “Terminator:Genisys” are being unfairly robbed of their true earnings. Yet the market is so big, when “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation” debuted last week it gave Tom Cruise the biggest box office opening of his career.

Meanwhile, parts of the world are entering autumn, a time when leaves fall from the trees and Broadway shows fall from the marquees to make way for new shows. We’ll tell you which shows have announced closings, which ones will follow soon and take a brief look at some new productions opening soon.

Of course we also cover the week’s top entertainment news including the return of Stephen Colbert to late night television, the new owner of National Geographic and how the late Billie Holiday and Whitney Houston will perform once again… as holograms.


‘Perfect Guy’ Takes Weekend #1 With Shyamalan’s ‘Visit’ a Close Second

‘Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation’ Opens to Huge $86M in China

Local Blockbuster ‘Monster Hunt’ Unseats ‘Furious 7’ as Highest Grossing Film Ever

China Readies Film Promotion Law As Box Office Overtakes 2014 Total

China Film Execs Claim ‘Terminator’ a Victim of Box-Office Fraud to Boost Propaganda Movie

How My Negative Review of Legend Was spun Into Movie Marketing Gold

Summer Movie Ad Buys: ‘Mission: Impossible,’ ‘Mad Max’ Get Biggest U.S. Spend

‘From Afar’ By Venezuelan First-Time Director Lorenzo Vigas Scoops Venice Golden Lion

Hand To God Sets Broadway Closing Date

Sales Down, Losses Up at Barnes & Noble

New Barnes & Noble Chief Touts “Omni-Channel” Approach

National Geographic and Fox Form a Commercial Media Company

Sam Smith Confirmed To Sing James Bond ‘Spectre’ Theme Song

Billie Holiday, via Hologram, Returning to the Apollo

Whitney Houston To Return as Hologram in 2016

‘Kong: Skull Island’ Moving From Universal to Warner Bros.

Stephen Colbert Tops Late Night With Strong ‘Late Show’ Debut

Star Wars: The Force Awakens To Open in Europe Before US

‘Star Wars’ Sections of 2 Disney Parks Will Break Ground in 2016

New Zealand Bans Award-Winning Teenage Novel After Outcry From Christian Group

Bon Jovi Abruptly Cancels China Tour. Is Support for Dalai Lama To Blame?

WME | IMG Acquires Donald Trump’s Miss Universe Organization

Arnold Schwarzenegger Named New ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ Host

Aretha Franklin Amends Lawsuit After Secret ‘Amazing Grace’ Screening

Apple Unveils A More Powerful Apple TV, Shipping In October

Martin Milner, Clean-Cut Star of ‘Route 66’ and ‘Adam-12,’ Dies at 83

Frank D. Gilroy, Who Had Smash Debut With ‘Subject Was Roses,’ Dies at 89

Judy Carne, ‘Sock It to Me’ Girl on ‘Laugh-In,’ Dies at 76

Lorimar Co-Founder and TV Mogul Merv Adelson Dies at 85