China Box Office: “Dragon 2” Soars in Opening Weekend

HONG KONG – “How To Train Your Dragon 2,” the first major Hollywood film to release after the summer blackout period, easily topped the Chinese box office in its opening weekend.

Helped by 3-D premium ticket pricing, it flew off with $26.2 million, and toppled last week’s Fan Bingbing-starring winner “The White Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom.”

Canadian actioner “Brick Mansions” held on to second place in its third week on release with a weekend gross of $6.93 million, achieving a cume of $28.3 million after 17 days on release.

The picture headed a cluster of five pictures vying to hold on or make a mark at the box office. Others in the pack included new release Pompeii, with $6.68 million in 3 days; local actioner “Brotherhood of Blades,” with $6.23 million for a 1 day score of $12.05 million; “Witch” adding $5.97 million for an 18 day cume of $61.8 million; and local actioner “Z Storm” which opened in sixth place with a take of $5.43 million.

“The Continent,” the hit road movie by blogger and car racer Han Han, followed in seventh spot, adding $4.64 million and pushing its 25 day total to $100.1 million. Barbara Wong’s “Girls” (aka “Close Friends”) added $3.87 million for a 19 day total of $32.2 million.

Rounding out the top ten were two Chinese-made animated features “Yugo & Lala 2” and “The Legend of Qin”.

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