China’s homegrown hit films getting lost overseas

March 19, 2013 • Entertainment

In this Monday, March 18, 2013 photo, Xu Zheng, Chinese actor and director of the Chinese movie “Lost in Thailand” listens during an interview in Hong Kong. Wacky road comedy “Lost in Thailand” found surprising box-office records in China, outpacing even global leader “Avatar,” but the paltry $57,000 it earned in the U.S. is the latest sign of the country’s struggles to meet its goal of rivaling Hollywood. One reason for the difficulty may lie behind its own success: Movies do so well at home, filmmakers don’t worry about their potential abroad. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

HONG KONG (AP) — The surprise hit in Chinese theaters last year was a low-budget, wacky road-trip comedy that even beat out global blockbuster “Avatar” to become the country’s highest-grossing film ever. But “Lost in Thailand” disappeared overseas.

The film that earned 1.26 billion yuan ($200 million) in China earned a paltry $57,000 during its U.S. theatrical release, joining other homegrown hits that have flopped internationally. It is the latest sign that while the country has become a box-office superpower, it faces a harder task fulfilling its leaders’ hopes that its studios will be able to rival Hollywood for global influence.

Action-comedy “Let the Bullets Fly,” starring Chow Yun-fat, grossed $111 million at home but $63,000 in the United Login to read more

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