China Box Office: ‘Scorch Trials,’ ‘Ex Files’ Top In Quiet Weekend

Maze Runner The Scorch Trials
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“Maze Runner – The Scorch Trials” and Chinese romantic comedy “The Ex Files 2: The Backup Strikes Again” topped the Chinese box office chart in a weekend in which new releases took four of the top places.

Despite the large volume of new titles, it was another quiet week. The weekend delivered cumulative revenue of only $56 million.
Released on Wednesday (Nov. 4) “Scorch Trials” managed $21.5 million in five days, according to data from Ent Group. Fox reported that the film earned $19.8m for the weekend from 4,902 screens.  “By comparison, ‘Scorch’ did 160% of ‘Maze Runner 1’ and 154% of ‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’,” the studio reported.

But the weekend belonged to “The Ex Files 2,” which was released on Friday (Nov. 6) and earned $17.7 million in three days. (“Scorch Trials” earned only $14.6 million over the same three days.)

Third place went to “The Witness,” the Chinese suspense drama which was last weekend’s top title. It scored $12 million for a 10 day total of $31.2 million.

Climbing adventure, “Everest” managed only fourth place. It climbed to $11.7 million after an outing on Tuesday (Nov. 3). The film benefited from the visit of director Baltasar Kormakur, but suffered from having only three weeks in which to develop a campaign.

Chinese romantic comedy “Last Woman Standing,” debuted in fifth place with $6.22 million in three days.

“Hotel Transylvania 2” fell from third to sixth spot. It earned $3.82 million, for a cumulative score of $16.2 million after 13 days.

“Ant-Man” dropped from first to seventh. It added just $.76 million for a total of $106 million after 24 days.

“The Peanuts Movie” earned a paltry $3.15 million in its opening three days for eighth place.

“Goodbye Mr Loser” earned $2.83 million, to extend its cumulative total to $227 million after 40 days.

Bringing up tenth spot was art-house title “Mountains May Depart,” by Jia Zhangke, which earned $1.49 million for a cumulative score of $4.28 million after 10 days.

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