The Four, part 3

HONG KONG – “How To Train Your Dragon 2” flew off with the top spot at the Chinese box office for the second successive week.

It enjoyed an excellent hold, shedding just 10% in its second week (albeit seven days, compared with four), scoring $24.1 million, for an 11 day cumulative total of $50.9 million.

That put it comfortably ahead of the new releases; Chinese period martial arts actioner “The Four 3” (pictured) and Hong Kong comedy “Temporary Family,” as well as a trio of smaller animated features.

“The Four 3,” the third part in a franchise released by Enlight Pictures, managed an okay $16.3 million. The first instalment in July 2012 scored a $13 million opening weekend and a cumulative score of $29.6 million. The second, released in Dec 20013, achieved a cumulative score of $28.1 million. Given the general expansion of the Chinese box office in the two years since the first picture was released, the franchise appears to be holding its own, but not expanding.

“Temporary Family,” a well-made comedy about the effects of the booming property market on the lives of four folks thrown together by odd circumstances, managed $8.55 million over the four days from its Thursday release. (It may have edged out another Hong Kong-Chinese romantic comedy “Girlfriends,” which dropped from the chart after scoring $32.2 million.)

“Z Storm,” a contemporary actioner, slotted into fourth with $7.57 million. That represented a 37% expansion, though the comparison is a full week, compared with its two day opening frame. After nine days it stands on a cumulative score of $13.1 million.

“Apocalypse Pompeii,” The Asylum’s mockbuster scored $6.93 million for a 10 day total of $13.8 million.

Martial arts actioner, “Brotherhood of Blades” took a big drop, scoring $2.09 million in its third weekend, having been dented by the release of “The Four 3.”

Canadian actioner, “Brick Mansions” plummeted from second position to tenth with just $1.51 million from the week, but that took its cumulative after 24 days to a fraction under $30 million.

In positions seven, eight and nine, were new release animated films: from Germany “Tarzan” with $2.01 million; from France “Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants,” with $1.75 million; and Chinese-made “Snow White The Power of Dwarfs,” with $1.53 million.

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