Five Hollywood studios are suing a Chinese online service and a Shanghai Internet cafe for providing illegal downloads of their movies. Studios are seeking damages of RMB200,000 ($27,000) per title plus legal fees and court costs, for a total of $432,000 in compensation. Case cites 13 MPA member titles including include "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl," "X-Men 2" and "Night at the Museum."
Rampant software piracy in China is at the heart of a trade dispute between the U.S. and China that is now being probed by the World Trade Organization.
China says its laws are adequate and that it is now increasingly cracking down on piracy. In September, Hollywood studios won damages from a Beijing business selling copies of pics from the "Lord of the Rings" franchise and other popular films.
'ENCHANTED' TOP MOVIE OF WEEKEND
Disney's princess pic "Enchanted" casted a spell over Thanksgiving auds, grossing an estimated $14.8 million from 3,632 theaters. The PG-rated family comedy which centers on an animated princess who is thrust into the live action world, charmed $8 million on Wednesday and another $6.8 million on Thanksgiving day.
Coming in second behind "Enchanted" over the Wednesday-Thursday frame was the Sony-Screen Gems ensemble pic "This Christmas" which grossed a cheery $8.4 million from 1,802 engagements. Fox's R-rated opener "Hitman," based on the popular videogame franchise, followed close behind in third, collecting $8 million from 2,401 theaters.