Monday Update: WB reports that The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey earned $18.1 million from 4,009 screens in China over the weekend. The debut is the fourth Biggest 3-Day Opening Weekend for a US film, and the third biggest Warner Bros. opening weekend behind The Dark Knight Rises' 7-day Opening and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2's 4-day opening.
The Hobbit's global total is now $980.6 million. It could reach $1 billion by next weekend.
Sunday Update: The Hobbit is off to a great start in China. According to rough estimates, the fantasy flick grossed $17.8 million during its first weekend. Official numbers will be available tomorrow.
A strong performance in China will help The Hobbit's global total hit $1 billion. The current total is $979.9 million.
Paramount reports that Jack Reacher took in another $2.2 million in China over the weekend. The action flick is up to $12.6 million in the Middle Kingdom. Tom Cruise's latest won't end up anywhere close to the $102 million Chinese haul of Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol.
Box office grosses in China from 2/10-2/17/2013:
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EntGroup reports that as of Feb. 17, Cloud Atlas' gross in China is $25.35 million. The fantasy/sci-fi flick has been out for 18 days, so that means it has 12 days--the standard theatrical run in China is 30 days--to gross another $1.8 million so that it can pass the North American haul of $27.1 million.