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.
Guardians of the Galaxy continues to strike Marvel gold around the world. The film opened to an estimated $26.6 million in China, the third largest ever bow for a Disney film in the market behind Iron Man 3 and Captain America 2. The opening weekend estimate also represents the biggest industry opener of all time in China for an October release. Guardians of the Galaxy has already outgrossed the Chinese totals of Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America after only three days of release. IMAX is estimated to have contributed $4 million of the figure from 165 screens, enough for 14% of the opening's market share. Guardians has grossed a total of $361 million overseas and $687 worldwide.
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.