It only took three days for Thor: The Dark World to surpass the lifetime gross of the original. The film took a $19.6 million bow in China to dethrone Russia's Stalingrad atop the box office. IMAX represented $3 million worth of business for the superhero sequel. The big debut presented a threat to the release of Escape Plan in the market, but the action vehicle was able to receive a Monday release date and earn $13 million from Monday-Thursday before Marvel's latest hit Chinese theaters. Escape Plan is currently up to $22.8 million in China, which is very close to the $23.2 million haul in North America.
Check back tomorrow for a full report on the top ten movies in China.
Canada and Hollywood face-off for Chinese animated market. [Wall Street Journal]
MPAA bridges ties with China through week-long event. [LA Times]
Domestic films thrive in China. [China Daily]
Chinese box office expected to pass $3.6B this year. [The Wrap]
Xue Xiaolu, director of Finding Mr. Right, enjoying success from young audiences. [Variety]
Stalingrad posted one of the best weekends of all time for a non-American foreign film in China. The Russian submission to the Academy Awards has already grossed $47.8 million its home country, becoming the most successful domestic film of all time in the Russian box office. Stalingrad expanded to China over the weekend and topped the box office with an $8.28 million bow. The WWII historical epic dethroned The Wolverine’s consecutive weeks atop the box office, with the superhero spin-off sequel settling for a $6.59 million second place finish. The Wolverine has grossed a total of $39.71 million in China.
Hotel Transylvania had a third place debut with a $5.71 million bow. Special ID moved down to fourth place in its third frame with a $3.48 million take that brings its domestic total to $24.68 million. The Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle The Last Stand was resilient in its second frame with a $2.99 million hold that brings its Chinese cume to $7.79 million. The Last Stand might see its business drop in the following frame after Escape Plan opened in theaters on Monday. Now You See Me has also been able to show legs nearly a month into its Chinese run. The magic heist film has already grossed a total $22.95 million after 25 days in China.
Top Ten Films in China.
Data courtesy of Entgroup.
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.