Homegrown ‘Tiny Times’ Wows With $30.8M Opening In China
Tiny Times, a Shanghai-set coming-of-age drama revolving around four girlfriends, had a huge opening weekend in China, putting it on a par with last year’s breakout comedy Lost In Thailand. According to Film Biz Asia, the movie amassed $30.8M in three days. Including previews, it earned $42M in four days. The film is the directorial debut of novelist Guo Jingming and had a 45% market share for the weekend. Meanwhile, Man Of Steel and Jet Li- starrer Badges Of Fury incurred slight drops in their second weekends. Per the report, Man Of Steel had taken in $47.2M by the end of the weekend and Badges had $33.33M. Man Of Steel, however, is holding well, Film Biz Asia says.
eOne Appoints Co-Founder Of Its Aussie Unit To Head Distribution There
Entertainment One has promoted Sandie Don to head of distribution for its Australian operation, Hopscotch. Don will oversee theatrical distribution for Hopscotch/eOne including acquisitions, sales and marketing. She previously was marketing and acquisitions director. Along with partners Troy Lum and Frank Cox, Don formed Hopscotch Films in 2002; it was acquired by eOne in 2011.
Docu ‘The March’ Coming To TV For Landmark Event’s 50th Anniversary
PBS, Sundance Productions, Smoking Dogs Films, and Cactus Three are putting together a documentary honoring the 50th anniversary of the original March on Washington, remembered for Dr. Martin Luther King’s history-making “I Have A Dream” speech. The March will cover the August 28, 1963, demonstration for racial and economic equality that helped usher in sweeping civil rights legislation and a sea change in public opinion. Testimonials will be offered by Oprah Winfrey, Harry Belafonte, Diahann Carroll, Roger Mudd, and Peter Yarrow in addition to historians, journalists, authors and ordinary citizens. Lina Gopaul and David Lawson are producing the John Akomfrah-directed doc. Krysanne Katsoolis, Robert Redford and Laura Michalchyshyn are executive producers. The March will premiere on August 27 on PBS. International broadcast co-producers the BBC and France 3 will also screen the pic.
Italian Writers Unionize After More Than A Year, Get Support From WGA
More than a year after Italian writer-director-producer David Bellini went to Los Angeles to seek guidance from the WGA, Film and TV Writers Association of Italy (SACT) has become a full-fledged labor union called Writers Guild Italia. The SACT incumbent officers — president Carlo Mazzotta, VP Barbara Petronio and board member Michele Alberico are planning a trip to LA this month to meet their American peers in person. Watch a taped message of support for the new Italian guild from WGA West president Chris Keyser and WGA East president Michael Winship here.