Country tally at $400 million

Mainland China chalked up 2.6 billion yuan ($400 million) at the box office in the first quarter, down from last year’s $450 million when the wild success of “Avatar” skewed the data.

James Cameron’s 3D sci-fi pic accounted for $180 million of B.O. in the first three months of 2010, China Film Group said.

Eleven films each earned more than 100 million yuan ($15.3 million) — a key indicator of success in China — in the first quarter, compared with eight in the same period last year.

The top earner was “Shaolin,” starring Andy Lau, Nicholas Tse, Jackie Chan, Wu Jing and Fan Bingbing, which took $33.8 million after its release on Jan. 19.

Zhang Yibai’s “Eternal Moment,” came second with $31 million.

In third place was “Battle Los Angeles,” released on Jan. 26, which took $28 million, followed by Shang Jing’s kung-fu actioner “My Own Swordsman” with $25 million.

Other 100 million yuan-earners were Hong Kong romantic comedy “All’s Well, Ends Well 2011,” local toon “Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf,” and five Hollywood pics — “Green Hornet,” “The Tourist,” “Tron: Legacy,” “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” and “I Am Number Four.”

Chinese B.O. zipped past $1.5 billion last year for the first time, 64% up from 2009.

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