Friday, February 10, 2017

‘Finding Dory’ Crosses $1B Worldwide

This weekend Disney/Pixar’s Finding Dory officially became the second animated feature in 2016 to pass the $1 billion mark at the global box office, marking the first time in film history that two animated films have achieved a billion-dollar gross in the same calendar year.

The other animated film that has grossed over $1 billion in 2016 is the Disney-produced Zootopia, which earned $1.023 billion during its theatrical run. Only one live-action film has grossed $1 billion this year—Disney’s Captain America: Civil War.

Finding Dory picked up $8.9 million from foreign territories last weekend, lifting its international total to $516.7m. Combined with its gross of $484.8m in the United States, where it is the top grossing film of 2016 to date, Finding Dory has earned $1,001,480,568.

Below is the all-time animation top ten, not accounting for inflation:

  1. Frozen (Disney): $1.27 billion
  2. Minions (Illumination): $1.15 billion
  3. Toy Story 3 (Pixar): $1.06 billion
  4. Zootopia (Disney): $1.02 billion
  5. Finding Dory (Pixar): $1 billion
  6. The Lion King (Disney): $987.5 million
  7. Despicable Me 2 (Illumination): $970.8 million
  8. Finding Nemo (Pixar): $936.7 million
  9. Shrek 2 (DreamWorks): $919.8 million
  10. Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (Blue Sky): $886.7 million

‘Have A Nice Day’ Is First Chinese Animated Feature To Compete At Berlin Film Festival

Hao ji le (Have a Nice Day) is the first Chinese animated feature selected to screen in competition at the Berlin Film Festival. The festival’s 67th edition starts later this week

The 75-minute hand-drawn film is directed by Liu Jian, who produced one of China’s first indie animated features, Piercing I (Citong wo), back in 2010.

Jian’s own company, Le-joy Animation Studio, produced the film in partnership with Nezha Bros. Pictures. Have A Nice Day will have its gala screening in Berlin on Friday, February 17, followed by four additional screenings.

Here is the description of the film from the Berlinale organizers:

A city in southern China and a bag containing a million yuan draws several people from diverse backgrounds with different personal motives into a bloody conflict. Philosophizing gangster bosses, aging hitmen, men and women who are tired of the struggle to survive—anyone who happens to have the bag holds on to it tightly, as if it were a lifeline. Hao ji le is a black comedy; the film’s inscrutable, laconic humor holds up a magnifying glass to attitudes to life and social conditions. Humankind’s constant greed meets a deeply insecure country in transition. The reduced realism of the film’s animated tableau heightens and stylizes the mood in today’s China, caught between stasis and a new beginning. The protagonists of this macabre dance wander, strangely lost, through precisely drawn but radically changing cityscapes. The signs and symbols of capitalism impose themselves everywhere, but most people are excluded from the life these signs promise. And Mao Zedong’s image still graces the banknotes.

France’s Memento Films has international sales rights, while Edko Films is repping in Asian territories.