No Man’s Land finally hit theaters in its home country last weekend, over three-years after production wrapped on the story about a lawyer’s journey to rural China. No Man’s Land led the weekly box office with a six-day gross of $21.97 million. Last week’s leader, The White Storm, added $14.75 million to its tally during its first full week of release. The Chinese crime thriller has grossed a total of $27.88 million during its run. Another Chinese film, action sequel The Four 2, rounded a top three composed solely of domestic releases. The Four 2 took in $14.21 million from a weekend debut.
Gravity was the top performing import in China for yet another week. Alfonso Cuarón’s sci-fi film added $8 million in its latest frame, bringing its Chinese total to $66.98 million. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire spent another week in Gravity’s shadow, managing a $2.65 million performance to take its cume to $26.91 million. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opened only two days after Gravity’s premiere in China.
Epic will leave China with a less-than-stellar result. The animated film collected $2.33 million in its first full week, reaching a $6 million total. Thor: The Dark World and Escape Plan are culminating their time on the top ten chart. The superhero sequel has grossed $55.34 million over 31 days in release. Escape Plan, the Stallone/Schwarzenegger vehicle, outgrossed its $24.6 million North American total with a $40.93 million Chinese cume.
Top Ten Films in China. Week of December 2-9, 2013
Data courtesy of Entgroup.
Gravity is the #1 film in China for a second consecutive week. The sci-fi film added $22.47 million in its second frame, reaching a $58.77 million cume in the market. Gravity’s weekly total nearly matches the 11-day cume of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. The sequel starring Jennifer Lawrence has struggled on the heels of Gravity, reporting a $24.18 million cume. An $11.1 million week wasn’t enough for Catching Fire to keep the #2 spot in the country. The White Storm washed out Catching Fire with a $12.94 million weekend bow, relegating the Hunger Games sequel to third place and putting the breaks on a blockbuster run in China for the young adult adaptation. Catching Fire is out of contention to match Gravity's $50M-plus run, looking instead to emulate the $40.76 million run of Escape Plan in China.
Epic had a moderate $3.65 million weekend debut in the market. The animated film has grossed $158.4 million overseas and $265.7 million worldwide. Thor: The Dark World reached a $55 million cume in China, the top overseas market for the superhero sequel. The latest Thor film broke the $400 million mark in the overseas box office over the weekend, with China contributing an additional $2.13 million from its fourth week in release. Red 2 is closing out its run in China under the $10 million mark. The action sequel took $460K in its third week to reach an $8.98 million total.
Top Ten Films in Chna:
Data provided by Entgroup
Epic enjoyed a modest $3.3 million opening in China over the weekend. The animated film played in 2,080 screens and took fourth place in the market. Epic has been a moderate success after grossing $265.7 million globally ($158.4 million overseas), more than enough to cover the film’s $150 million production budget.