The film, which premiered at the Tribeca festival in May, is a musical fairy tale about a world without the Fab Four, and an indie rocker who brings them back.
That is because the cumulative box office so far in 2019 is running about 2% below last year’s performance, despite the opening of more than 9,000 new screens in 2018. This year, however, many of the usual assumptions about film releases in China have been thrown out of the window.
At the beginning of the year, it was expected that foreign films would be imported in greater number, or given wider releases this year, in order to compensate for the Chinese film slowdown and to keep box office on a policy-mandated growth track.
Danny Boyle’s Beatles-nostalgia film “Yesterday” has secured a theatrical release date in mainland China.
Boyle was previously head of the competition jury at the Shanghai International Film Festival in 2009.
While “Yesterday” is distributed in most territories by Universal Pictures, Variety understands that Chinese authorities are considering it as British rather than Hollywood content.” /> That assumption in turn has been challenged in recent weeks, as multiple sources suggested that Chinese authorities are barring non-studio American content, as part of the trade war between China and the U.S.
16, more than six weeks after its commercial rollout which starts in many territories from next week. "Yesterday' will reach Chinese cinemas on Aug. But it comes at the tail end of dates which would normally be considered part of China’s unofficial annual summer blackout period, in which new releases are limited to Chinese-language pictures.
Reasons for the under-performance appear to include a smaller than normal supply of strong local Chinese films, and growing competition from streaming platforms which now count more than 200 million in paying subscriptions.

The movie came together during the Toronto International Film Festival in the wake of director Danny Boyle exiting James Bond 25, which delayed shooting on the Bond pic and cleared Craig's schedule.
"MRC put their trust in us when they first partnered with us on this film, and Lionsgate truly champions and empowers the artist to tell the story they want to tell so we couldn't be in better hands." "We're very excited to be in production on 'Knives Out' and can't wait to bring it to the big screen with great partners like MRC and Lionsgate," Johnson and Bergman said.
Lionsgate's 2019 film slate includes "Hellboy," "John Wick: Chapter 3," the Seth Rogen-Charlize Theron comedy "Flarsky," and Roland Emmerich's World War II action adventure "Midway." The news about "Knives Out" was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.” />
Lionsgate has bought distribution rights to Daniel Craig's murder mystery "Knives Out" and set a Thanksgiving release date of Nov. 27.
Johnson is also creating a new "Star Wars" trilogy for Disney. Johnson directed from his own script and is producing with partner Ram Bergman through their new, yet-to-be named company.
The "Knives Out" cast includes Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Toni Collette, Lakeith Stanfield, Ana de Armas, Don Johnson, Katherine Langford, and Christopher Plummer.
MRC financed "Knives Out," directed by Rian Johnson — best known for "Star Wars: The Last Jedi." Lionsgate will also distribute the pic worldwide.