The Expendables 3 has earned a solid $33.5 million from just seven days of release in China, which is enough to push it past Dawn of the Planet of the Apes in order to claim the #1 spot at the box office. Expendables 3's China haul is already on pace to exceed its domestic tally. As of September 7, the action flick has grossed only $36.7 million at home.
Apes' Chinese haul is up to an impressive $74.3 million. The franchise clearly has a lot of potential in the Middle Kingdom.
But Always, a homegrown drama, debuted in a distant third this week with $7.05 million.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes scored a big opening weekend in China, claiming $47 million from 7,000 screens in the market. The strong debut lifted the film’s overseas take past $400 million and its global cume beyond the $600 million mark.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 stayed on its feet despite the blockbuster opening of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes this weekend. The animated sequel took in $6.3 million from 3,246 screens in its third frame in China. The film has now grossed a total of $57.3 million in the market. How to Train Your Dragon 2 has grossed a total of $420.2 million overseas and $593.6 million worldwide.
How To Train Your Dragon 2 remained #1 at the box office for the second week in row with a healthy $24 million, giving it a total of $51 million in the Middle Kingdom.
Two local newcomers--The Four 3 and Temporary Family--finished in second and third place, respectively. The Four 3 managed $16.3 million in 3 days, while Temporary Family snagged $8.6 million in 4 days.
An $11 million hold in China lifts How To Train Your Dragon 2 to a strong $48.2 million cume in the market. The film finished its second weekend in China in second place as it continues to shine in markets around the world. How to Train Your Dragon 2 has grossed a total of $402.4 million overseas and $574.4 million worldwide.