Wong Kar Wai's The Grandmasters debuted in first place during the week of Jan. 7-13, 2012 with an impressive $25.8 million.
CZ12's dropped to second place with $12.8 million, pushing its cume in China to $127.1 million. The Jackie Chan flick now ranks in fourth place on China's all-time highest grosses list.
Lost in Thailand added another $9 million for a total of $191.1 million. The comedy is still trying to replace Avatar's $203.8 million total in order to become #1 film of all time in China. It's already the strongest domestic earner.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has already grossed $609.3 million overseas. That total will get a nice boost when The Hobbit opens in China on February 22. Warner Bros. confirmed the release date in an email today.
China's State Administration of Radio, Film and Television reports that the Chinese box office rose 31% to 17.1 billion yuan ($2.75 billion) last year. The 2011 total was $2.03 billion.
83% of th 893 films released in 2012 were Chinese films, but they only accounted for 48.5% of the total haul.
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Jackie Chan's CZ12 was able to edge past Lost in Thailand in order to take the top spot at the Chinese box office from Dec. 31, 2012-Jan. 6, 2013. CZ12 raked in another $37.3 million, pushing its cume to $113.6 million. The action flick now ranks in 6th place on China's all-time highest grosses list.
Lost in Thailand fell to 2nd place with a healthy $31.8 million. The comedy has now earned a staggering $182.2 million in China, which means it's well on the way to passing Avatar's $203.8 million in order to become the #1 film of all time in China. We're betting that record won't last very long since the Chinese film market is growing at a rapid pace.