“The Martian” led the Chinese box office for the second weekend ahead of decent competition from local romance “Fall in Love Like A Star” and action adventure “Point Break.”
The Ridley Scott-directed sci-fi drama gathered $27.0 million in its second week, expanding its cumulative gross to $76.2 million after 12 days, according to data from Ent Group. That puts it on course to overtake “Spectre,” which tumbled out of the chart with some $84.4 million.
But the position of “The Martian” at the top is under challenge from both “Star,” which opened on Thursday (Dec. 3) and topped the charts on Thursday and Friday, and from ‘Point Break,” which opened on Friday (Dec. 4). Estimates put “Point Break” as the chart leader on Monday, when it picked up more screens. Crucially, however, “The Martian” was the strongest title on both Saturday and Sunday.
Over its four days on release, “Star” earned $15.4 million from 3.17 million admissions at an average ticket price under $5. (“The Martian” achieved its total with a per ticket average of $5.9 from 4.57 million admissions.)
“Point Break,” which has DMG as a Chinese backer, earned $12.0 million in its three days, from 2.28 million admissions.
Hit romantic comedy “Our Times” continued in a strong fourth position. It added $11.1 million in its third week, for a total of $52 million after 18 days.
New release, “Impossible” earned $8.54 million in 3 days for fifth place. The Zhang Ziyi-produced, “Oh My God” earned $6.27 million in three days for sixth place.
Both beat “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water,” which was released on Dec. 1 and earned $5.21 million in six days.
“The Vanished Murderer” earned $4.55 million in its second week, for a 10 day total of $10.9 million.
Local sequel “Go Lala Go 2” was the disappointment of the session, with just $4.15 million in 3 days.
Chinese-Korean comedy action film, “Bad Guys Always Die” brought up tenth place with $2.42 million for a 10 day total of $7.35 million.