Tuesday Update: EntGroup reports that Interstellar snagged an impressive $42.7 million over its first five days of release in China, which was more than enough to put it in first place last week.
Don't Go Breaking My Heart 2, a homegrown flick, finished in second with $19.7 million over 5 days.
Penguins of Madagascar debuted in third with an underwhelming $11.4 million in three days.
Sunday Update: WB reports that, according to early estimates, Interstellar has earned a staggering $42 million from five days of release in China. That's enough to give the film a dominant 55% market share.
Friday Update: Warner Bros. reports that Interstellar is off to an excellent start in China.
On Thursday, Interstellar grossed an impressive $5 million from 7,742 screens, by far the #1 film in the market with an estimated 63% of the Top 5 market share. The two-day cume is an impressive $10.4 million. These results are 144% ahead of Inception, 4% ahead of The Dark Knight Rises and 10% ahead of Gravity.
Penguins of Madagascar opened this weekend in China a couple of weeks ahead of its North American release. The film did solid business, earning $11.3 million from 3,500 locations to finish the weekend in second place behind Interstellar.
Final figures for Interstellar will be coming in the coming hours. The Christopher Nolan sci-fi epic has already grossed $10.4 million in China as of November 14.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles continues to enjoy success in China. The film faced strong competition from openers Interstellar and Penguins of Madagascar but was still able to gross $2.4 million from about 1,100 locations over its third weekend in the market. The Turtles have grossed a total of $57.2 million in China. The film has earned a total of $474.3 million worldwide with $283.2 million of that figure coming from outside North America.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles grossed $17.3 million overseas this weekend, including a $13.6 million haul from its second weekend in China. The Turtles lead the Chinese box office, reaching an impressive cume of $50.3 million. The film only has one key market, Japan, where it is due for a February 7 release. TMNT has grossed a total of $273.2 million overseas and $464 million worldwide.
The Maze Runner added another $4.0 million in China over weekend, giving it a $20.8 million cume.
By EntGroup Consulting and Phil Contrino
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will have a tough time building on its impressive $25.6 million opening weekend in China thanks to a rush of homegrown romantic films--including For Love or Money (pictured above)--poised to take advantage of the Singles Day holiday on November 11. According to EntGroup, eight new films will be released in Mainland China during the November 3-9 frame--and none are from Hollywood. The U.S. has dominated the box office in China as of late thanks to the recent success of Guardians of the Galaxy, Lucy and TMNT.
Sweet World opens on November 4, and it focuses on the dilemma of urbanization vs. countryside nostalgia. The Boundry opens on November 6 and it stars Liu Ye in a tale about a man who is afraid of losing the one he loves.
Four romantic flicks enter the fray on Friday, November 7: Nature Law with Huang Shengyi; For Love Or Money with Liu Yifei and Korean pop star, Rain; Gangster Payday starring Charlene Choi and Anthony Wong and Who's The One. Also opening on Friday will be African Safari, a new documentary from Umedia and Studio Canal and She and She, a thriller.
For Love or Money, an adaptation of Amy Cheung's wildly popular novel, looks to be the strongest of the bunch.
"The movie tries to discuss whether love outweighs money or vise-versa. I think Amy Cheung tells a very typical story, in which the girl has been hurt by money, then she uses the money to hurt the one she falls in love with, but finally she discovers nothing can outweigh love," director Gao Xixi said at a press conference to promote the film.
Star Liu has appeared in several films that have crossed the coveted 100 million RMB ($16.3 million USD) plateau. (See chart below.) Liu's supporting role opposite Jackie Chan and Jet Li in The Forbidden Kingdom helped propel her career, and she followed that with success in The Four franchise.
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