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China Box Office: ‘Mockingjay’ Scores Modest Weekend Win

The release of “Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” led the weekend chart, but failed to set the wider Chinese box office on fire.

With plenty to choose from, audiences failed to fully rally behind any flag, leaving the week’s top ten total of $89.7 million, down on the previous week’s $95.3 million.

For the full week (Monday-Sunday) “Spectre” was the winner with a total of $29.5 million in its second frame. That put the fast-starting James Bond franchise picture on a total of $78.2 million after 10 days, according to local data supplier Ent Group.

“Mockingjay – Part 2” narrowly won the Fri-Sun weekend with a total of $15.8 million, having come out on top only on Friday and Saturday. That was enough for China to be the Lionsgate movie’s second biggest territory outside North America, after the U.K., where it earned $17.1 million.

The Sunday winner was “Our Times,” a Taiwanese romance which has already been a hit across other parts of Greater China. Over the Fri-Sunday weekend “Our Times” scored $13.7 million, putting it second. But with a Thursday release and four days in the chart “Our Times” worth $17.3 million placed second in the weekly chart behind “Spectre” and ahead of “Mockingjay – Part 2.”

Also playing in the lead group was “Transporter – Refueled,” which was released on Friday and scored $11.3 million in three days, for fourth place in the weekly chart.

China’s “The Ex Files 2” kept going with $4.57 million in fifth place for a 17 day total of $39.3 million.

Another opener, “Return of the Cuckoo,” a Hong Kong-China romance, took $3.70 million in three days for sixth spot. Chinese romance “Les Aventures d’Anthony” took $3.34 million for a total of $9.74 million after 10 days.

Acclaimed and much delayed drama “A Fool” finally got its mainland Chinese release after being held up by drug issues relating to its star. It took $2.08 million in three days, enough for eighth place.

In ninth was “Maze Runner – The Scorch Trials” with $1.19 million, extending its cumulative total to $31.05 million after 19 days. Tenth placed, “Hotel Transylvania 2” earned $0.97 million for an $19.9 million total after 27 days.

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