Chinese Movies Top Global Box Office Chart

Chinese-made films accounted for four of the world’s top five films over the past weekend as Middle Kingdom celebrated Chinese New Year by going to the movies.

While “Deadpool” took the global top spot according to Rentrak/Comscore, the following four slots were taken by “The Mermaid” with a $109 million weekend; “The Monkey King 2” with $38 million’ “From Vegas to Macau III” with $36.1 million and “Kung Fu Panda 3” with $34.2 million.

Over the 7 days to Sunday (Feb. 14) did even better. The Chinese quartet amassed more than half a billion in their home Chinese market – a total of $543 million that tops the North American 7 day record of $530 million set from Dec. 26 when “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was the top title.

In seven days since their head to head Monday (Feb. 8) release “The Mermaid” stunned with $275 million; “From Vegas to Macau III” hit the jackpot with $120 million; and “The Monkey King 2” climbed to $117 million, according to Chinese box office tracking service Ent Group.

The massive openings of the big three largely halted the progress of Chinese-U.S. co-production “Kung Fu Panda 3,” which had been released a ten days earlier (Jan. 29). After 17 days “Panda” stands on $127 million, just a shade ahead of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which pundits had expected “Panda” to soundly beat.

“The Monkey King 2” scored $10.7 million of its Chinese total on 279 IMAX screens, making it the highest opening week for a Chinese-language remastered film. (The previous record week had been $7.3 million by “Dragon Blade.”) It also enjoyed IMAX’s highest single day — $2.8 million — for a non-English-language film.

The Chinese New Year week was also a tremendous vindication of the the commercial film-making smarts of the Hong Kong film makers now working in mainland China. All three pictures were directed by Hong Kong talent and structured as co-ventures between China and Hong Kong.

 

More Film

  • A Quiet Place

    China Box Office: ‘A Quiet Place’ Opens Third Behind ‘Infinity War'

    Chinese-made films accounted for four of the world’s top five films over the past weekend as Middle Kingdom celebrated Chinese New Year by going to the movies. While “Deadpool” took the global top spot according to Rentrak/Comscore, the following four slots were taken by “The Mermaid” with a $109 million weekend; “The Monkey King 2” […]

  • Patricia Morison Dead: 'Kiss Me Kate'

    Patricia Morison, Stage Star of 'Kiss Me, Kate', Dies at 103

    Chinese-made films accounted for four of the world’s top five films over the past weekend as Middle Kingdom celebrated Chinese New Year by going to the movies. While “Deadpool” took the global top spot according to Rentrak/Comscore, the following four slots were taken by “The Mermaid” with a $109 million weekend; “The Monkey King 2” […]

  • Does Cannes Have a Future? Yes,

    Does Cannes Have a Future? Yes, But the Festival Needs to Change

    Chinese-made films accounted for four of the world’s top five films over the past weekend as Middle Kingdom celebrated Chinese New Year by going to the movies. While “Deadpool” took the global top spot according to Rentrak/Comscore, the following four slots were taken by “The Mermaid” with a $109 million weekend; “The Monkey King 2” […]

  • DEADPOOL 2

    'Deadpool 2' Leads International Box Office With Powerful $176 Million Debut

    Chinese-made films accounted for four of the world’s top five films over the past weekend as Middle Kingdom celebrated Chinese New Year by going to the movies. While “Deadpool” took the global top spot according to Rentrak/Comscore, the following four slots were taken by “The Mermaid” with a $109 million weekend; “The Monkey King 2” […]

  • BlacKkKlansman

    Variety Critics Name the 12 Best Movies From Cannes 2018

    Chinese-made films accounted for four of the world’s top five films over the past weekend as Middle Kingdom celebrated Chinese New Year by going to the movies. While “Deadpool” took the global top spot according to Rentrak/Comscore, the following four slots were taken by “The Mermaid” with a $109 million weekend; “The Monkey King 2” […]

  • DEADPOOL 2

    Box Office: 'Deadpool 2' Propels to $125 Million Opening

    Chinese-made films accounted for four of the world’s top five films over the past weekend as Middle Kingdom celebrated Chinese New Year by going to the movies. While “Deadpool” took the global top spot according to Rentrak/Comscore, the following four slots were taken by “The Mermaid” with a $109 million weekend; “The Monkey King 2” […]

  • U.S.-China Film Talks Now Part of

    U.S.-China Film Talks Now Hostage to Trade War (Report)

    Chinese-made films accounted for four of the world’s top five films over the past weekend as Middle Kingdom celebrated Chinese New Year by going to the movies. While “Deadpool” took the global top spot according to Rentrak/Comscore, the following four slots were taken by “The Mermaid” with a $109 million weekend; “The Monkey King 2” […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content