Lucy finished in first place at the Chinese box office from Oct. 20-Oct. 26 as Hollywood titles claimed the top 3 spots, according to data from EntGroup. The overall marketplace was up a staggering 71% year/year, but it fell 5% versus last week.
Universal's Scarlett Johansson vehicle earned $20 million from 3 days of release. The success of Lucy continues the winning streak for Hollywood action films.
Guardians of the Galaxy ended up in second place with $17.8 million, pushing its cume in the Middle Kingdom to $88 million. There's no doubt that the Marvel flick will hit $100 million in China.
Hercules debuted in third place with a modest $10.8 million in six days. The Dwayne Johnson-led action flick was not a huge hit in North America, and now Chinese grosses won't be significant either.
Two homegrown films rounded out the top 5: Breakup Buddies with $10.5 million for a healthy $183.3 million cume and Dearest with $1.8 million and a $54.6 million cume.
Hercules enjoyed an overseas box office boost after recording a $9.6 million opening weekend from approximately 4,700 sites in China. The film has now grossed over $160 million outside of North America.
Guardians of the Galaxy crossed the $80 million mark in China over the weekend. The film earned $6.5 million in its latest frame, taking its estiamted cume in the market up to $84.4 million. Guardians has grossed over $400 million overseas and $700 million worldwide and is currently the third biggest film of the year at the global box office behind Transformers: Age of Extinction and Maleficent.
China became the top grossing overseas market for Guardians of the Galaxy over the weekend. The film put in a $22.3 million performance in the market, only a 28% drop from its previous frame. Guardians has now earned a total of $69 million in China. The film has grossed $404.8 million in its overseas run and currently stands at $732.6 million globally.
Tuesday, 10/14/14 Update: EntGroup reports that Breakup Buddies is up to a staggering $151.3 million after only 13 days in theaters. The comedy took in $48.6 million last week, which was enough to keep it in first place.
Guardians of the Galaxy has already snagged $30 million since opening this past weekend. Early estimates had the Disney/Marvel effort taking in close to $27 million during its debut frame in the Middle Kingdom.
Tuesday, 10/7/14 Update: Xu Zheng and Huang Bo, the stars of 2012's breakout Chinese comedy Lost In Thailand, have another massive hit on their hands. Breakup Buddies has already earned an impressive $93 million worldwide.
China Lion is distributing the film in North America, where it has already earned $240,000 from 20 locations.