Local teen drama Tiny Times 3.0 posted a healthy $50.1 million haul over four days, which was enough to edge Transformers: Age of Extinction out of first place. Age of Extinction is currently up to an impressive $306.3 million in China after taking in another $26.1 million.
The Tiny Times franchise is quite polarizing in China. While author/director Guo Jingming's films have clearly struck a chord with many young fans, others blast the franchise for its emphasis on material wealth. It's also quick to be labeled "Sex and the City without the sex."
Age of Extinction's strength in China continues to impress. There is no way that the North American haul will hit $300 million, so China has cemented its position as the #1 market for the sci-fi extravaganza.
Transformers: Age of Extinction is still earning in China. The film grossed $9.6 million from 4,400 locations in its fourth weekend in the market, bringing its local cume up to $285.7 million.
Tuesday Update: EntGroup reports that Transformers: Age of Extinction is now up to a staggering $280 million in China after 17 days in release. The typical run for a film in China is 30 days.
Sunday Update: Transformers: Age of Extinction took on another $25 million over its third weekend in China. The film played in 4,400 locations in the market and fell just 52% from its previous frame. The film produced $3.3 million of its weekend haul from 152 IMAX screens in the nation, taking its Chinese IMAX cume up to $29.5 million. It is the highest grossing IMAX title of all time in the market, exceeding the $24 million take from Avatar. Age of Extinction has grossed a total of $262.6 million in China, more than $50 million ahead of its current North American tally.
Tuesday Update: Entgroup reports that Transformers: Age of Extinction has earned a staggering $222.7 million after 10 days of release in China, which pushes it past Avatar's $221.9 million haul. (Avatar's total is not adjusted for inflation.)
Age of Extinction has yet to crack $200 million in North America.
Sunday Update: China continues to be the top global market for Transformers: Age of Extinction, where the Michael Bay popcorn flick has already grossed a world-leading $212.8 million, over $35 million than what it has grossed in North America. The film is already doubling the earnings of the previous installment of the franchise in China. Age of Extinction had a bigger weekend in China than in North America, where it posted a $50.9 million haul compared to the Holiday tally of $36.4 million in North America. The film has grossed a total of $22.7 million in the IMAX format and is only days away from beating the $24 million IMAX record in the country that was established by Avatar.
Wednesday, 7/2 Update: According to China Movie Media Group, Transformers: Age of Extinction has tallied $134.5 million in China after five days of release. In North America, the sci-fi flick is up to $121 million after five days, and it's highly unlikely that it will make enough on Wednesday to reach $135 million considering that it grossed $10.5 million on Monday and $10.4 million on Tuesday.
Tuesday, 7/1 Update: EntGroup reports that Transformers: Age of Extinction's haul over three days was actually $99.8 million.
Sunday, 6/29 Update: Transformers: Age of Extinction more than doubled the opening weekend take of the previous installment in the franchise, taking a $90 million weekend and setting a record for the biggest opening weekend for a foreign film.
The Chinese premiere nearly matched the film's blockbuster $100 million bow in North America.
IMAX screenings in China shattered the previous record in the format by more than 2 to 1 with a $10 million take from only 19 screens.