- Title: Disney's 'Pirates' rolls out red carpet for rare China premiere
- Date: 11th May 2017
- Summary: (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN FAN, YE JIALIN, SAYING: "I am a fan of the previous four Pirates of The Caribbean, I have been following this film for a long time. A long time ago, I started to pay attention to Pirates of the Caribbean 5. Some new elements and new actors were involved in this episode. My favourite actor Orlando Bloom was also involved in this film though he only made a short appearance. Johnny Depp is still so charming. I am looking forward to Pirates of the Caribbean 5." FAN POSING FAN HOLDING PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN POSTER (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN FAN, LI SHAN, SAYING: "Yes, after all, China is a big country with huge population. Now the film market here is bigger and bigger. We can even say it's the biggest market in the world. It shows Disney pays enough attention to the China market that they put the world premiere in Shanghai. In future, more big films will come here." FANS TAKING PICTURES OF THEIR POSTERS FANS AUTOGRAPHS ON POSTERS
- Embargoed: 25th May 2017 13:01
- Keywords: Johnny Depp Dead Men Tell No Tales Pirates of the Caribbean premiere
- Location: SHANGHAI, CHINA / UNIDENTIFIED FILM LOCATIONS
- City: SHANGHAI, CHINA / UNIDENTIFIED FILM LOCATIONS
- Country: China
- Topics: Arts / Culture / Entertainment,Film,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA0046GEAQ19
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Walt Disney Co's latest outing of "Pirates of the Caribbean" rolled out the red carpet in Shanghai on Thursday (May 11) in a rare world premiere in China for a Hollywood blockbuster as U.S. producers look to woo moviegoers in the Middle Kingdom.
In the shadow of Disney's newest theme park that opened last year, hundreds of "Pirates" fans lined up to catch a glimpse of stars Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom and Javier Bardem ahead of an afternoon viewing.
The China premiere of "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" puts it among a small number of U.S. films to screen for the first time in China. Films like "Point Break" and "Iron Man 3" have premiered or opened earlier in China.
The trend reflects the growing influence of China's army of 1.4 billion potential cinema goers, who are increasingly driving global box office sales.
U.S. studios are increasingly looking to China to boost global revenues, though they face issues from a local quota system for imported films to questions over censorship.
China's box office slowed markedly last year, but grew at its fastest pace in more than a year in April, driven by Universal's high-octane action movie "The Fate of the Furious".
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