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Nie yin niang (2015)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $632,542Details
International Box Office $6,200,000Details
Worldwide Box Office $6,832,542
Home Market Performance
Est. Domestic DVD Sales $47,030 Details
Est. Domestic Blu-ray Sales $195,931 Details
Total Est. Domestic Video Sales $242,961
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  6. Full Financials
  7. Cast & Crew
  8. Trailer


In 9th-century China, Nie Yinniang is a young woman who was abducted in childhood from a decorated general and raised by a nun who trained her in the martial arts. After 13 years of exile, she is returned to the land of her birth as an exceptional assassin, with orders to kill her betrothed husband-to-be. She must confront her parents, her memories, and her long-repressed feelings in a choice to sacrifice the man she loves or break forever with the sacred way of the righteous assassins. Rich with shimmering, breathing texture and punctuated by brief but unforgettable bursts of action, THE ASSASSIN is a martial arts film like none made before it.


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Movie Details

Production Budget:$15,000,000
Domestic Releases: October 16th, 2015 (Limited) by Well Go USA, released as The Assassin
International Releases: August 27th, 2015 (Wide) (Hong Kong)
August 28th, 2015 (Wide) (Taiwan)
September 10th, 2015 (Wide) (Singapore)
September 10th, 2015 (Wide) (Thailand)
November 5th, 2015 (Wide), released as The Assassin (Australia)
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Video Release: January 26th, 2016 by Well Go USA Video, released as The Assassin
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 104 minutes
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Keywords: Child Murderer, Hitmen, Wuxia, Ancient China, Tang Dynasty, Costume Drama
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Historical Fiction
Production Companies: SpotFilms, Central Motion Picture Co., Sil-Metropole Organisation, Wild Bunch, China Dream Film Culture Industry, Media Asia Films, Zhejiang Huace Films & TV Co.
Production Countries: Taiwan, Province of China

Leading Cast

   Nie Yinniang

Supporting Cast

Chen Chang    Lord Tian Ji’an
Zhou Yun    Lady Tian
Satoshi Tsumabuki    The Mirror Polisher
Juan Ching-tian    Xia Jing
Hsieh Hsin-ying    Lord Tian’s Concubine
Sheu Fang-yi    Jiaxin
Ni Dahong    Nie Feng
Mei Yong    Yinniang’s Mother
Jacques Picoux    Lady Tian’s Teacher

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Production and Technical Credits

Hou Hsiao-hsien    Screenwriter
Chu Tien wen    Screenwriter
Hsieh Hai meng    Screenwriter
Hou Hsiao-hsien    Producer
Stephen Shin    Producer
Wen-Ying Huang    Producer
Chen Yiqi    Producer
Stephen Lam    Producer
Mark Lee Ping Bin    Cinematographer

2015 - Awards Season: BAFTA - Nominations

January 9th, 2016

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Per Theater Chart: Very Little Room at the Top

October 21st, 2015


Room was in a close race for top spot on the per theater with last week's winner, but it came out on top with an average of $29,575 in four theaters. Steve Jobs was right behind with an average of $25,212 in 60. This film is going to expand wide this weekend and could lead the weekend. The Assassin earned an average of $11,973 in four theaters, which is strong for a foreign-language film. Meanwhile, Truth was right behind with an average of $11,039 in six. More...

Weekend Estimates: Goosebumps Set to Win Tight Race

October 18th, 2015


A slightly-softer-than-expected (but still good) opening for Goosebumps will be enough to take the film to the top of the box office chart this weekend, according to studio projections released on Sunday morning. Sony expects the family horror adventure to come in with $23.5 million on opening weekend, which is a solid enough start, and sets the film up for a good run, helped by strong reviews and Halloween coming up in a couple of weeks. The Martian will land in second with a projected $21.5 million as of this morning, a slightly steeper-than-expected 42% decline from last weekend, and a total to date around $144 million. In general, we’re looking at quite a few steep drops from last weekend thanks to an unfavorable comparison with the Columbus Day long weekend and a batch of new releases. More...

Limited and VOD Releases: Make Room for Limited Releases

October 16th, 2015


It is a fantastic week for limited releases with a number of movies in various genres that are earning impressive reviews / loud buzz. There's documentaries (All Things Must Pass and A Ballerina's Tale); horror (Tales of Halloween); action (The Assassin); and even a potential Oscar winner (Room). More...

Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2015/10/16 41 $47,892   4 $11,973   $47,892 1
2015/10/23 37 $65,180 +36% 21 $3,104   $134,006 2
2015/11/06 37 $71,716   53 $1,353   $392,612 4
2015/11/20 45 $24,164   26 $929   $530,665 6
2015/12/04 48 $19,549   9 $2,172   $595,350 8
2015/12/11 48 $13,353 -32% 9 $1,484   $617,059 9
2015/12/18 51 $9,875 -26% 7 $1,411   $632,542 10

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2015/10/16 44 $68,826   4 $17,207   $68,826 1
2015/10/23 37 $97,435 +42% 21 $4,640   $166,261 2
2015/10/30 33 $158,183 +62% 49 $3,228   $320,896 3
2015/11/20 49 $39,137   26 $1,505   $545,638 6
2015/12/04 48 $27,095   9 $3,011   $603,706 8
2015/12/11 48 $18,961 -30% 9 $2,107   $622,667 9

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Box Office
Australia 11/5/2015 $4,907 1 3 17 $43,086 6/9/2016
Belgium 2/24/2016 $14,856 8 10 27 $57,185 6/9/2016
Hong Kong 8/27/2015 $68,523 11 11 33 $211,053 10/20/2015
New Zealand 12/11/2015 $0 0 2 18 $8,365 6/9/2016
Poland 3/18/2016 $5,947 7 7 7 $5,947 3/22/2016
Singapore 9/10/2015 $50,272 9 9 33 $104,207 6/9/2016
Spain 11/27/2015 $15,943 6 7 35 $61,290 6/9/2016
Sweden 1/15/2016 $10,013 16 16 16 $10,013 6/9/2016
Taiwan 8/28/2015 $0 0 45 82 $1,083,809 12/8/2015
Thailand 9/10/2015 $4,959 3 3 7 $4,959 9/22/2015
United Kingdom 1/22/2016 $109,518 23 23 72 $290,726 6/9/2016
Rest of World $4,319,360
International Total$6,200,000 6/9/2016

International Cumulative Box Office Records

Worldwide Cumulative Box Office Records

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