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Film fans in Asia want light fun, make Oscars wait

February 15, 2013 • World News


In this Feb. 6, 2013 photo, Taiwanese movie goers sit in a nearly empty theater to watch Oscar nominated “Zero Dark Thirty” as the Chinese New Year nears in Taipei, Taiwan. Tens of millions of film fanatics are entering theaters around Asia during the long Lunar New Year holiday, but Hollywood can’t count on them to boost the box office for its mostly serious Oscar nominees. Even with the Academy Awards buzz at a peak barely two weeks before the ceremony, patrons are opting for lighter fare. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Lights, camera, laughs.

Tens of millions of film fanatics are entering theaters around Asia during the long Lunar New Year holiday, but Hollywood can’t count on them to boost the box office for its mostly serious Oscar nominees. Even with the Academy Awards buzz at a peak barely two weeks before the ceremony, patrons are opting for lighter fare.

“Viewers are mostly drawn to action films, films with special effects, comedies or easy-to-follow ‘popcorn’ movies,” said Ross Lee, a manager with Vieshow Cinemas, which owns one of Taiwan’s largest theater chains. “In Taiwan the big hits are traditionally disaster films Login to read more

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