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.
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.
The 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.
Hollywood releases lose ground in China. [The Wall Street Journal]
Director Ning Ying speaks about modern Chinese cinema. [CNTV]
A 35% surge in box office over the first three quarters puts China on the path to a new annual record. [The Hollywood Reporter]
What does a Hollywood film need to succeed in China. [WSJ Live]
China still has a demand for sceens in the midst of a booming box office. [Xinhua Net]