Dearest, a homegrown tale about child abduction, claimed the top spot at the Chinese box office last week with a solid $15.9 million from four days of release. The Liam Neeson-led action thriller Non-Stop dropped to second with $7.4 million and a cume of $14.9 million.
At the end of the 3rd quarter, the Chinese box office is up to roughly $3.6 billion, which marks an impressive 32% increase over 2013's haul at the same point in the year.
American films dominated the top 5 in China yet again last week, but no film cracked the $10 million mark during the frame.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes held on to first place by adding another $8.4 million, which pushes its cume to an impressive $110.7 million. The Expendables 3 wasn't far behind in second place with $7.6 million. The action flick has now grossed $69.6 million in China--a sum that easily overshadows the $38.8 million domestic total.
Non-Stop debuted in third place with a respectable $7.3 million from three days in theaters.
Rounding out the top five: Into the Storm with $7.2 million and a cume of $14.8 million and But Always, the only local film in the top 5, with $6.4 million and a tally of $34.3 million after 17 days of release.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes crossed the $100 million mark in China over the weekend after adding $3.5 million from 3,000 screens. The film’s fourth frame in China puts its market cume at $103 million. China has been a huge earner for the Apes sequel, responsible for over 20% of its $476.3 million overseas gross. The film has grossed $681.5 million worldwide.
China's top 5 was dominated by American films this past week.
After losing ground recently to The Expendables 3, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was able to squeak back into first place with a solid $20.8 haul this week, pushing its cume in China to $102.3 million. Expendables 3 dropped to second with $20.04 million for a $62 million cume.
But Always, the only homegrown film in the top 5, managed $16.13 million. The romantic drama is now up to $28 million.
Rounding out the top 5: Divergent with $9.4 million during its first week of release and a $7.6 million debut from Into the Storm.