The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 is off to an excellent start in China. Sources report that the film earned $10 million on its first day of release, which puts it on pace to easily top the nearly $30 million that Catching Fire tallied in the Middle Kingdom. Mockingjay Part 1's release benefits from a 3D version that wasn't seen in North America.
Happy New Year, the latest hit from global superstar Shah Rukh Khan, will open on 5,000 screens in China on February 12, according to Red Chillies Entertainment.
"This is the first Indian movie to come to China this year and in our meeting with Mr. Shah Rukh Khan and Yash Raj Films Chairman Mr. Aditya Chopra we discussed about many more collaborations in the future. We hope this is just the start of a long journey," said Madam Xiao Ping, President of China Film Group.
China is now the top overseas market for The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, unseating Germany as the top foreign performer with a $92.6 million cume. The latest Hobbit film is now the third highest grossing WB title of all time in China.
Unbroken was overshadowed in its Chinese debut, settling for fourth place behind the second week of The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies and a pair of local titles. The drama directed by Angelina Jolie grossed a total of $2.9 million in its Chinese debut.
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb added another $469k from its fourth weekend in China. The family flick took seventh place from 608 screens in the country. The final entry in the Night at the Museum franchise has grossed a total of $47.14 million in China.