Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons retained its hold on first place this weekend with another $22.64 million in the bank. The film's total gross now stands at $181.28 million after 22 days in release. Having passed Transformers: Dark of the Moon's $172.25 million, Journey only trails Lost In Thailand ($202.1 million) and Avatar ($203.8 million) on China's all-time chart.
Chinese top 5 for 2/25-3/3/13:
Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons: $22.64 million/$181.28 million cume (22 screening days)
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: $18.45 million/$37.01 million cume (10 screening days)
Les Miserables: $4.0 million/$4.0 million cume (4 screening days)
Say Yes: $2.84 million/$30.3 million cume (20 screening days)
Stolen: $2.74 million/$2.74 million cume (3 screening days)
Monday Update: Warner Bros. reports that the confirmed weekend total for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is $9.1 million, pushing its cume in China to $37.2 million.
Sunday Update: Warner Bros. reports that The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is up to $37.5 million after 10 days of release in China. The fantasy flick passed the $1 billion global mark this week thanks to a boost from China.
Universal reports that Les Mis took in a respectable $3.9 million from 5,000 locations in China over the weekend. That's strong enough to top the debut of other Oscar-nominated flicks such as The King's Speech and Slumdog Millionaire. Final numbers are due late Monday/early Tuesday.
Entgroup reports that as of 2/26, Cloud Atlas' gross in China is $26.8 million. The final North American cume is $27.1 million.
Chinese top 5 for 2/18-2/24/13:
Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons: $53.71 million/$157.54 million cume (15 screening days)
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: $18.51 million/$18.51 million cume (3 screening days)
Say Yes: $8.32 million/$27.28 million cume (13 screening days)
Jack Reacher: $8.28 million/$13.34 million cume (9 screening days)
Lift to Hell: $1.57 million/$1.57 million cume (3 screening days)