Despite a ticky start and the need to replace a lead actor after shooting had begun, the hybrid live action and VFX film broke all-comers box office records in China. It finished its run in summer with a final gross that exceeded $391 million.
The prize was presented at an awards lunch at the end of the CineAsia convention in Hong Kong (Dec. 8-10). The annual exhibitors and distributors confab also boasted a record number of attendees from around the Asia region and from the Hollywood studios.
Other prize winners included Jack Ledwith, senior VP and MD of international distribution and marketing at Universal Pictures, who was named distributor of the year. Universal’s “Fast and Furious 7” was winner of the Rentrak Asia-Pacific box office achievement award, having grossed $621 million in Asia.
Exhibitor of the year was CJ-CGV, the Korean chain which now has operations in China, Vietnam, Indonesia and the U.S. The award was collected by Jung Seo, its CEO. Javier Sotomayor of Cinepolis, the Mexican cinema chain with over 200 screens in India, accepted the DLP Cinema Marketing Achievement Award.
Yu Dong, founder, chairman and CEO of China’s Bona Film Group, was given a CineAsia icon award, while Indonesian producer Sheila Timothy collected the MPA Asia-Pacific copyright enforcer award.
The CineAsia convention and accompanying trade show will return to Hong Kong in December next year.