Now You See Me received a late bump in its overseas box office with an $8 million debut from approximately 4,400 Chinese screens. The magic caper film has been one of the year's biggest success stories after grossing $333 million worldwide on a $105 million budget. The $8 million debut in China improves upon The Lone Ranger's premiere in the same market last weekend. Disney's troubled Western went on to gross $2.4 million in its first hold-over weekend. Now You See Me will premiere in Japan, its final market, on October 25.
Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon continued its strong Holiday run throughout the week, accumulating a robust $55.39 million to reach a $70.72 million cume. The action film Inferno 3D ranked in second place after bringing in $14.21 million in its first week.
Turbo enjoyed a good amount of hold-over business during the National Holiday week, adding $5.9 million to its tally and lifting the Chinese cume to $16.9 million. The animated film finished the weekend with a $113.9 million overseas total. Disney's estimates for The Lone Ranger debut came in over $1 million higher than the weekend actuals. Entgroup's data reports a $5.59 two-day take for the Disney dud; the studio had originally expected a $7 million tally from its first two days in the market.
Top Ten Films in China. Week Culminating on October 8, 2013
South Korea is expanding into China's booming film market. [The Hollywood Reporter]
South Korea and China: can working together yield bigger box office results? [Film Business Asia]
Is Quentin Tarantino planning to shoot his next movie in Macau? [Macau Daily Times]
IMAX CEO Richard L. Gelfond to be honored for efforts to strengthen U.S. - China relations. [WSJ MarketWatch]
The Lone Ranger earned $7 million in its first two days in China, with Disney expecting the final weekend count to reach around $10 million. The positive Chinese debut lifted Gore Verbinski's latest Johnny Depp collaboration to a $165.9 million overseas total and helped the film cross the $250 million global milestone. The Lone Ranger has struggled in North America where the film, estimated to have cost around $290 million, has only grossed $89.2 million.