| Doesn't mention Dolby but the chart shows a rapidly expanding Chinese box office, a 5X gain from 2013-2021 versus a flattish US. I need to do some work on this, Dolby seems to have made significant inroads in China and I would think a new theater is much more likely to embrace Dolby Cinema vs. a legacy theater Coot |
China Wants to Beat the U.S. in Movies. So It Turned to the Guy Who Made ‘Die Hard 2’
Renny Harlin, known for big-budget B-movies, has become a leading instructor in China’s push to become a global cultural force
Mr. Harlin’s first Chinese movie, “Skiptrace,” starred Mr. Chan and “Jackass” star Johnny Knoxville as unlikely partners in a cross-country effort to bring down a mob boss known as the Matador. It grossed $129 million in the country, about equal to the U.S. grosses of Mr. Harlin’s previous six movies combined.
Suddenly, Mr. Harlin was walking red carpets again, this time at the opening of the Shanghai Film Festival, alongside Ang Lee and Chinese star Fan Bingbing. “The spark was here, like the spark I felt in the ’80s in Hollywood,” he said.
Mr. Harlin’s friends describe him as a workaholic, and his life in China is particularly monastic: Hotel gym at 4 a.m., production review before breakfast at 7 a.m., 12 hours or so on set, room service, tomorrow’s shot list, bed.