China's top 5 was dominated by American films this past week.
After losing ground recently to The Expendables 3, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was able to squeak back into first place with a solid $20.8 haul this week, pushing its cume in China to $102.3 million. Expendables 3 dropped to second with $20.04 million for a $62 million cume.
But Always, the only homegrown film in the top 5, managed $16.13 million. The romantic drama is now up to $28 million.
Rounding out the top 5: Divergent with $9.4 million during its first week of release and a $7.6 million debut from Into the Storm.
Into the Storm is expected to finish the weekend as the #1 film in China aftering taking a $7.6 million debut from 5,300 screens. The natural disaster film registered 1.3 million admissions over the weekend. Into the Storm has grossed nearly twice as much overseas as it has in North America, curently reporting an $87.6 million oversas cume. The film has grossed $133.4 million worldwide.
Divergent opened in China, taking a 7-day gross of $10 million from 2,454 screens. The film finished its first week at #5 in the country's top ten chart. China is the last overseas stop on Divergent's schedule. The film has grossed a total of $135.4 million outside of North America and $286.3 million.
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.