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China Box Office: Wide Release Gives ‘Ant-Man’ Weekend Victory

Ant-Man” comfortably won the weekend at the Chinese box office with an opening score of $42.8 million. Local comedy “Goodbye Mr. Loser” topped the weekly chart with a $46.7 million haul.

The victory for “Ant-Man” is a comfort for Hollywood, which will otherwise suffer an overcrowded release schedule in China through October and November, before being largely shut out of the peak December season.

While the “Ant-Man” franchise may be less known in China than some other Hollywood properties may have been taken as a damper on the movie’s prospects. But it was still given the widest combination of screens in the country, thus making its opening far stronger. “Ant-Man” played an average of 60,000 shows per day over its opening three days. “Loser,” in its third weekend, played some 35,000 sessions.

Figures from Ent Group show “Ant-Man” earning $11.9 million on its Friday (Oct. 16) opening day, followed by $16.8 million on Saturday and $12.9 million on Sunday. “Loser” scored $5.74 million, $9.06 million and $7.35 million respectively.

The $46.7 million by “Loser” over the Oct. 12-18 week put it on top of the weekly chart and pushed its 19 cumulative total to $189 million.

“The Little Prince,” the French-made animation, helped by a strong Chinese voice cast, took third place with $10.9 million in its opening three days.

Previous chart topper, “Lost In Hong Kong” slumped heavily. In its fourth week of release, it dropped to $6.76 million, for a total of $252 million after 24 days.

“Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe” added $5.92 million for a total of $106 million after 19 days. “Saving Mr. Wu” held on to fifth place, but with a diminished score. It added $3.47 million for a total of $30.4 million after 19 days.

Disney’s “Inside Out” added $2.38 million for a deeply disappointing $14.7 million after 13 days.

Local horror-thriller “Campus Mystery” scared up only $840,000 in its opening three days, taking eighth place. Ninth was crime drama “The Coffin in the Mountain” with $670,000 in its first three days. Holdover, “Balala The Fairies – Princess Camellia” took $590,000 for $5.95 million after 18 days.

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