Narnia Bound for China
Created 12/22/2005 - 01:00
THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE will be released spring 2006 in China.
Mark Zoradi, president Buena Vista International (BVI), said, "It is a great honor for us to have the film accepted by China Film for release in China. It truly highlights the universal appeal of the film's story and how it is connecting with audiences worldwide. We have had tremendous success with our recent releases in China, including NATIONAL TREASURE and THE INCREDIBLES. We are looking forward to continuing our relationship with China Films, with what is sure to be another huge box office success."
Since its Dec. 9 opening, NARNIA has earned more than $125M domestically and more than $200M overall. In North America, NARNIA posted the second biggest December opening in industry history earning $65.5M from 3,616 theaters and the industry's third biggest bow of 2005.
Internationally, NARNIA has generated the biggest BVI UK of all-time, surpassing Disney's/Pixar's FINDING NEMO's debut by 20%.
It registered the fifth biggest opening in Spain and the biggest ever for a non-sequel. Setting a new high for BVI Spain eclipsing FINDING NEMO's start by almost 30%.
In Mexico, NARNIA posted a new all-time high for BVI in the territory exceeding FINDING NEMO by almost 30%.
NARNIA posted the biggest non-sequel debut ever in New Zealand, the best ever for BVI and the fourth biggest, sequel or non-sequel, of all-time.
After only two weeks of release, the film is now the biggest BVI release ever in Malaysia.
Buena Vista International Inc. is the international theatrical distribution arm of The Walt Disney Studios. It is headquartered in Burbank, California, with 27 offices worldwide.
Walt Disney Studios is a unit of The Walt Disney Co. and distributes motion pictures under Walt Disney Pictures which includes Walt Disney Feature Animation and DisneyToon Studios Touchstone Pictures, Hollywood Pictures and Miramax Films. Buena Vista International serves as the studio's international distribution arm. Buena Vista Home Ent, and Buena Vista Home Ent. International together distribute Disney and other film titles to the rental and sell-through home entertainment markets worldwide. Buena Vista Theatrical Prods. is one of the largest producers of Broadway musicals, and the Buena Vista Music Group distributes original music and motion picture soundtracks under its four record labels: Walt Disney Records, Buena Vista Records, Hollywood Records and Lyric Street Records.