Gravity rocked The Hunger: Games Catching Fire as the two films faced off in a head-to-head battle for the Chinese box office. The sci-fi film opened two-days before Catching Fire to finish its with a six-day $35.7 million bow. The Hunger Games sequel finished its first frame in China with a four-day cume of $12.9 million.
Thor: The Dark World slid down to third place after taking in $6.3 million in its third frame. The Thor sequel crossed the $50 million milestone in the country and is currently reporting a $52.7 million total. China is the biggest overseas market for Thor: The Dark World.
Escape Plan enjoyed its third full week in China with a $4.5 million tally. The Stallone/Schwarzenegger vehicle has already overcome North America’s $24.4 million theatrical run with China’s $38.9 million cume.
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China continues to be the largest overseas territory for Thor: The Dark World. The Thor sequel has grossed $48.3 million in the market and accounts for 12% of its $381 million cume outside of North America.
Gravity enjoyed a $35.5 million launch in China over the weekend, dominating the market across its 5,854 screens. IMAX contributed around 20% of the box office receipts with $7.4 million from 123 screens to become the biggest IMAX opening of all time in China.
China was responsible for the lion’s share of the film’s $46.6 million weekend overseas. The strong opening weekend numbers have already positioned China as the second biggest market for Gravity, only trailing France’s five-week cume of $42.8 million. Gravity has generated $331.5 million overseas and $577 million worldwide.
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Gravity is soaring in China. The sci-fi film's launch in the world's second biggest market came in higher than expected; Warner Bros. is reporting a $9.3 million cume for Gravity after only two days in Chinese cinemas. IMAX is accounting for $2 million of that figure with 123 screens currently playing the film. The total screen count for Gravity in China is of 5,854. Gravity is WB's top non-Holiday opener in the market.
Early figures are indicating a $3.9 million bump for Gravity, putting the film ahead of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire by a wide margin. Warner Bros. is currently estimating a $13.2 million 3-day cume for Gravity in the market.
Gravity has grossed a total of $293.6 million overseas and $535.4 million worldwide.