China Box Office: ‘Star Wars’ Wins Weekend From ‘Chinatown,’ ‘Sherlock’

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was the first major Hollywood film to be released in China in roughly a month and opened with record breaking fanfare.

The film was given a rare Saturday slot and debuted with a smashing $53.2 million in its opening two days, according to data from box office tracking firm Ent Group. It played 170,000 sessions and was seen by 9.19 million spectators.

With only two days of play, it also dominated the weekly chart, ahead of “Detective Chinatown” on $32 million. After 12 days on release “Detective Chinatown” has amassed a cumulative score of $97.8 million.

“Star Wars” enjoyed $29.7 million on Saturday, followed by $20.2 million on Sunday. Unconfirmed estimates for Monday, suggest a drop to $7.27 million and a score of $60 million after three days.

The week’s left-field success was “Sherlock: The Abominable Bride,” the first episode of the new BBC television series, which clocked up $20.8 million in seven days. In some territories it has been given a two-day theatrical release, but following an October deal between the BBC and Shanghai Media Group, the show is getting a wide release and can run for as long as 30 days.

Retro Chinese drama “Mr Six” slipped to fourth place, but still has considerable legs. It added $19.8 million, and now has a cumulative of $127 million after 18 days.

Previous chart topper, “Mojin: The Lost Legend” claimed a further $12.8 million in fifth place, giving it a blockbuster $252 million after 24 days.

Chinese animation film, “Boonie Bears III” clocked up $3.88 million in extensive previews ahead of a release at the next weekend. The score was good enough for sixth place.

Local comedy, “Devil And Angel” added $1.73 million for a score of $99.7 million after 18 days.

Another Chinese animation, “Door Guardians” added $1.29 million accumulate $11.8 million after 10 days. “Heart For Heaven” added $1.10 million for a cumulative of $12.6 million after 11 days. New horror-thriller, “Strange Battle” released the day before “Star Wars” and took $290,000 in three days.

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  1. Jean-Michel says:

    Bear in mind that the only “record” it broke was “biggest Saturday-Sunday for a movie that opened on a Saturday,” never mind that (as the article itself notes) movies generally don’t open on Saturday in China. In fact this isn’t even Disney’s biggest Saturday-Sunday in China—AGE OF ULTRON did more on its first Saturday-Sunday even though it opened all the way back on Tuesday.

  2. jedi77 says:

    Okay, so all you Box Office experts out there, give me a ballpark figure.
    How much will ‘Force’ make in China, based on these numbers?

    • JT says:

      Seeing how China is an “Opening Week” market it will only slightly beat Jurassic World.

      Will be lucky to cross $300M

      Sorry bro, Avatar will still reign supreme after the dust settles.

      • Jay says:

        I don’t know why people keep saying Star Wars will not beat AVATAR. Avatar was in theaters for months and had like 2-3 releases. STAR WARS has only been out for 4 weeks. I’m pretty sure Star Wars is going to release an extended version or something in theaters close to Rogue One or before Episode VIII and it will pump the numbers immediately, making it the TOP FILM ever. The AVATAR will be the one eating dust.

      • JJ says:

        300M is out of reach. TFA is grossing at less than 1/2 of the rate of Fast & Furious 7 in China. FF7 totaled 390M. So even 200M is a tall order. (I do not really understand how FF7 was such a hit overseas though. TFA overseas gross will end up about even with FF7, no contest domestically) Avatar grossed 200M in 2010, when China had less than 1/3 of the screens as it has now.

      • jedi77 says:

        I’m alright with that. Never expected it to beat Avatar.
        Would like to see it beat Titanic, though – but even that is gonna be a long shot it seems.

        I make it $90 million left in the tank in the US, about the same overseas (maybe $100 million) and then about $150 more in China to take to $200 million there.

        That makes it 1.733 + 90 + 100 + 150 = 2.073. Far from enough to unseat Titanic.

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