CHINA: Russia's 'Stalingrad' Dethrones 'The Wolverine' with $8.28M Bow on November 05, 2013

Screen_Shot_2013-10-14_at_1.30.11_PM.pngStalingrad posted one of the best weekends of all time for a non-American foreign film in China. The Russian submission to the Academy Awards has already grossed $47.8 million its home country, becoming the most successful domestic film of all time in the Russian box office. Stalingrad expanded to China over the weekend and topped the box office with an $8.28 million bow. The WWII historical epic dethroned The Wolverine’s consecutive weeks atop the box office, with the superhero spin-off sequel settling for a $6.59 million second place finish. The Wolverine has grossed a total of $39.71 million in China. 

Hotel Transylvania had a third place debut with a $5.71 million bow. Special ID moved down to fourth place in its third frame with a $3.48 million take that brings its domestic total to $24.68 million. The Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle The Last Stand was resilient in its second frame with a $2.99 million hold that brings its Chinese cume to $7.79 million. The Last Stand might see its business drop in the following frame after Escape Plan opened in theaters on Monday. Now You See Me has also been able to show legs nearly a month into its Chinese run. The magic heist film has already grossed a total $22.95 million after 25 days in China.

Top Ten Films in China.


Data courtesy of Entgroup.

CHINA: 'Wolverine' Continues Strong Run, Reaches $37.48M on November 03, 2013

The Wolverine continues earning in China. The superhero spin-off sequel added another $2.26 million from the market over the weekend to take its Chinese total to $37.48 million. The Wolverine will see a challenge from Thor: The Dark World next weekend, as the Thor sequel prepares for a November 8 premiere in the market. 

TOP STORIES: IMAX Expands to China on October 30, 2013

IMAX expands to China with home theaters. [New York Times]

Piracy is still a major foe in the Chinese market. [South China Morning Post]

Co-productions prove popular with audiences. [CCTV]

Domestic films gain ground on Hollywood imports. [Bloomberg Businesweek]

Feng Xiaogang's 'Personal Tailor' Set for Dec. 20 Release in North America on October 30, 2013

Feng Xiaogang, director of Back to 1942, China's entry to the Academy Awards, will have his new film hit North American theaters on December 20. China Lion will be taking over distribution of Personal Tailor in North America. 


CHINA: 'The Wolverine' Slashes the Competition for $33M Cume on October 29, 2013

wolverinenamerica.jpgThe Wolverine continues to be the top film in China, adding another $14.51 million to its cume after its first full week of release. The superhero spin-off has grossed a total of $33 million in China, a crucial factor in helping The Wolverine hit $275 million overseas and cross the $400 million global mark. Special ID stayed in second place for the second consecutive weekend, adding $10 million in the shadow of the Hugh Jackman X-Men vehicle. Special ID has grossed a total of $21.15 million in China.

Arnold Schwarzenegger returned to Chinese cinemas with The Last Stand. The late release of the action film saw a $4.75 million bow, a number that is likely to dip after the Stallone/Schwarzenegger vehicle Escape Plan premieres this week. The peculiar timing won't do any favors for the former Governor of California's diminishing box office stock. The Last Stand has struggled in the overseas box office with a $33 million cume. Escape Plan is still expanding to several territories and has only grossed a total of $28.1 million outside of North America. 

Now You See Me crossed the $20 million mark after 18 days in release. The magic caper film added $3.47 over the weekend, holding on for a fourth place finish in its third frame. Young Detective Dee is close to reaching the $100 million club in China. The popular domestic prequel has already grossed a $96.4 million cume after a month in release and will need a steady hold in the coming weeks to reach the milestone. The Lone Ranger dropped out of China's top ten chart after fizzling with a $13.14 million performance after 23 days in release.

Top Ten Films in China.


Data courtesy of Entgroup.

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