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China Box Office: ‘Never Say Die’ Earns $46 Million to Lead Holiday Weekend

Chinese sports comedy “Never Say Die” topped the box office charts in China over a weekend that was complicated by staggered releases and the beginning of the important National Day holiday.

Never Say Die” was released Saturday and showed in the chart for only two days. It topped the chart on Saturday and Sunday with a combined $46.6 million, according to data from Ent Group.

In second place, also with a Saturday release, was Jackie Chan- and Pierce Brosnan-starring action film, “The Foreigner.” Directed by Martin Campbell and co-produced by STX Entertainment, it grossed $22.1 million in two days, with nearly $2 million of that earned on IMAX screens.

Martial arts action drama “Chasing The Dragon” narrowly took third place from “Sky Hunters,” which wound up in fourth. “Dragon,” which stars Andy Lau and Donnie Yen, had a platform release Friday before expanding on Saturday. It earned $14 million over three days. “Sky Hunters,” the Chinese military’s answer to “Top Gun,” had a normal Friday release and earned $13.1 million.

Music comedy “City of Rock” led the chart on its opening Friday, but saw its numbers fall off the following two days. In three days it earned $11.3 million.

Ten other films claimed chart places on one or more of the three days, but none cracked more than $2 million.

Holdover “War for the Planet of the Apes” clung on to sixth place with $1.68 million. Its cumulative total after 17 days is $108 million.

“SMART Chase,” an Orlando Bloom-starring action adventure picture with Chinese and international backing, took $1.56 million in two days. It is directed by Charles Martin and produced by Bliss Media.

Chinese animation “Dragon Force Movie” took eighth place with $1.32 million earned on Sunday alone. Another Chinese animation, “Alex The Floating Planet,” took the 10th spot with $1.18 million, also earned from a Sunday outing. In between them was holdover “Contratiempo,” in ninth place with $1.26 million. The Spanish action title has earned $21.1 million in 17 days.

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