The top films in the Chinese box office chart remained unchanged for the fourth successive weekend. Locally-made films “Monster Hunt,” “Pancake Man” and animation “Monkey King: Hero is Back” all saw their weekly scores decline, but not enough for any of a string of newcomers to get near the top spot.
“Monster Hunt” added $39.4 million, a week-on-week drop of 43%, for a cumulative score of $330 million after 25 days, according to data from Entgroup. That makes it the biggest Chinese film of all time and the second biggest film ever released in Chinese cinemas (behind “Fast & Furious 7”). It is expected to remain on release until mid-September, giving it the possibility of challenging the all-comers record at $391 million.
Behind it “Pancake Man” (aka “Jianbin Man”) dropped 47%, but added $12.9 million for a total of $177 million after 24 days. It is now the fifth biggest Chinese film of all time.
“Monkey King” was down 35%, adding $11.6 million for a total of $138 million after 31 days of release.
Top newcomer was sports action drama “To The Fore,” directed by Hong Kong’s Dante Lam and starring a pan-Chinese cast. Playing a larger number of screenings than either “Pancake Man” or “Monkey King” it took $11.6 million in four days plus previews.
Fifth was another Hong Kong director Ringo Lam with “Wild City” it managed $7.57, down 47%, for a total of $21.8 million after 11 days.
Chinese animated comedy “Kwai Boo” opened in sixth spot with $6.07 million in four days, plus previews.
“Lady of the Dynasty” dropped 62% and three chart positions in its second week. The period costume romance added $5.73 million for a cumulative of $20.6 million after 11 days.
“Mr Black – Green Star,” a Chinese animated sci-fi comedy, earned $5.18 million in its opening three days. It totalled $6.17 million including previews. Another new release, Chinese romance “Time To Love” won over $3.43 million for ninth spot, in 3 days.
Tenth was John Woo’s beleaguered “The Crossing Part II.” It managed just $2.64 million for an 11 day cumulative score of $7.66 million.