‘Madame Web’ Lands China Theatrical Release

‘Madame Web’ Lands China Theatrical Release

Sony Pictures‘ “Madame Web,” the latest spinoff of the studio’s array of “Spider-Man”-based Marvel characters, has been granted a theatrical release in mainland China. The film will open in the country on March 1 — two weeks after the title’s Valentine’s Day bow in North America and multiple international territories, including the Chinese-language markets of Taiwan and Hong Kong.

The release marks a welcome opportunity for Sony, who, along with the other traditional studios, has faced renewed difficulty in securing theatrical runs in China over recent years. Two years ago, the company’s smash hit “Spider-Man: No Way Home” became one of the five highest-grossing films of all time at the global box office, but it was forced to climb to that milestone without playing in the Chinese marketplace — once a reliable boost for Hollywood releases only a decade ago.

The March date puts “Madame Web” outside the competitive crush of new local releases that are anticipated to arrive timed to the Lunar New Year. It also gives distributors an opportunity for a five-week marketing ramp-up in China.

Sony’s Columbia Pictures unit is handling distribution in North American and most other regions. In China, revenue sharing imported titles are typically released by a state-owned distributon.

Directed by SJ Clarkson, the film stars Dakota Johnson as Cassandra Webb, a paramedic in Manhattan who becomes clairvoyant and leads a…

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The post “‘Madame Web’ Lands China Theatrical Release” by Patrick Frater was published on 01/26/2024 by variety.com