Family entertainment and comedy dominated the Chinese box office in the week stretching over the calendar New Year period. Nostalgic drama, “Mr Six” topped the chart ahead of new release comedy actioner “Detective Chinatown.”
“Mr Six,” which stars director Feng Xiaogang in the leading role, earned $68.5 million, pushing its 11-day cumulative to $108 million, according to data from Ent Group. “Detective Chinatown,” with popular comedians Wang Baoqiang, managed $62.1 million, giving a five-day total including previews of $66.5 million.
Previous box office leader “Mojin – The Lost Legend” proved enduring and scored another $52.8 million in its third week of release. That gives it a blockbuster $243 million cumulative after 17 days.
Highest per screen averages of the week went to “Detective Chinatown,” followed by “Mr Six,” and then “Mojin.”
“Devil and Angel” slipped from second place to fourth in its second week. It earned $19.6 million, for a cumulative of $99.2 million after 11 days.
New release comedy “Heart For Heaven” opened in fifth place with $11.7 million after four days. Chinese-made animation “Little Door Gods” opened in sixth spot with gross of $9.72 million in three days. Including previews, it has scored $10.6 million. It was followed by family comedy, “Everybody’s Fine,” which took $3.71 million in its opening three days.
Lesser places had only marginal impact on the box office. Eighth spot belonged to “Anniversary” a Hong Kong-China romance which added $850,000 for $1.72 million after 11 days. Period comedy, “Surprise” slumped from fourth to ninth place and added just $620,000 for a 17-day total of $50.3 million. New release, “Massagist” earned $250,000 from a minimal 6,900 screenings in four days.