A $9.9 million opening weekend for The Smurfs 2 was enough to edge out a strong hold from Elysium as the animated sequel claimed the top spot at the Chinese box office. Elysium brought in $8.3 million over its first full week in release, taking its overall total to $20.4 million. It's a promising start for Sony's late-summer sci-fi effort, as the film has already grossed a total of $144.1 million overseas. Sci-fi has posted good numbers in China this year, with films like Oblivion, Star Trek Into Darkness, After Earth, and Pacific Rim all enjoying positive results from the market.
The domestic film Silent Witness took third place with a $6.7 million three-day total. The film's strong cast was unable to net a better result for the legal thriller. The Great Gatsby reached a $12.3 million total in its third frame and Jurassic Park 3D finished the weekend with a $55.8 million cume. Jurassic Park 3D has grossed over $10 million more in China than in its North American run.
Top 10 Films in China. Week Culminating on September 16, 2013
Jurassic Park 3D reached a $53.8 million in China over the weekend. The film is Universal's second biggest performer in the market, trailing Fast 6 for the all-time honor. JP3D is director Steven Spielberg's biggest hit in the market.
China has proved to be a friendly home for the re-formatted re-release of the modern classic. The market is responsible for 75% of the film's overseas total and 46% of its worldwide gross. The film has grossed more money in China than in its theatrical run in North America earlier this year.
The China entertainment boom is helping Thailand. [The Hollywood Reporter]
IMAX CEO Richard Gelfond forecasts a $1 billion Chinese box office in the coming years. [Bloomberg]
Huayi will move into the exhibition space [China Daily]
U.S.-China Film and TV Expo coming to L.A. in 2014. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Elysium opened in first place in China, taking $11.75 million over its first four days on the market. The first place finish for the film set it above a trio of domestic debuts in limited release that opened to middling results at the box office. The Midas Touch opened in seventh place with a $2.05 million take from 27,965 showings -a fraction of the 95,334 plays dedicated to Elysium. Dead Sign and Time-travel love both opened to less than 15,000 showings and were unable to break the $1 million mark.
The Stolen Years posted an $8.79 million hold in its second week, bringing its domestic cume to $19.45 million. The Great Gatsby finished the week in third place with a strong $5.22 million hold that brings its total in China to $9.69 million. Jurassic Park 3D crossed the $50 million mark in China after a $4.65 million performance launched the film to a $54.42 million gross. Monsters University finished the week with a mid-table showing on the top ten chart, posting a $3.99 million tally that takes its Chinese total to $32.71 million.
Top 10 Films in China as of September 10, 2013