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  • China adopts the summer blockbuster
  • China adopts the summer blockbuster
    Michael Bay (2014) ©

China adopts the summer blockbuster

While Jurassic World had the biggest opening weekend in US history this summer, Chinese box office records were being smashed by two different movies. The success of homegrown Pancake Man and Monster Hunt indicate that China has well and truly adopted the summer blockbuster.



  • The blockbuster has become the norm The blockbuster has become the norm

    Chris Pratt’s easy-going charm has helped Jurassic World become the first film to gross over $500 million in its opening weekend. But doesn’t every movie break box office records nowadays? It certainly seems that way, as 2015 shapes up to be the year of the franchise blockbuster.

  • Article image Fast and Furious: driving diversity in the cinema

    Eleven years after its debut, the Fast and Furious franchise is more lucrative than ever. The latest is the third film ever to break $1 billion in the box office. But is its success down to cars, girls and explosions? Or does it offer something no other franchise does – a cast as diverse as its audience?

  • Article image What’s the future of the blockbuster?

    In the summer of 2014, US box office figures were down 15%, and there were a string of spectacular film failures. The number of frequent moviegoers fell in every age group, but the biggest drop came from 18- to 25-year-olds. Has Netflix killed the blockbuster?

  • Article image Snowpiercer: a blockbuster straight to your bedroom

    Described as both a “revolution” and a “travesty”, the release of blockbuster dystopian movie Snowpiercer marks a tipping point in the industry’s shift from analog to digital. The film was launched in select cinemas before becoming available on video on demand just three weeks later. Could this mark the future of film distribution?