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)
China Film Biz reports that week 8 at the Chinese box office totaled $95 million, a 163% from the same frame in 2012. Journey To The West finished first with $54 million for an impressive total of $159 million.
Journey to the West looks like it could end up topping Avatar's $203.8 million haul in order to become China's #1 film of all time. Of course, that's a record that probably won't last too long.