“Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” topped the Chinese box office with a $26.2 million week. It beat the strong local opener “20, Once Again!” (aka “Miss Granny”) and the still-firing war film “The Taking of Tiger Mountain.”
“Night at the Museum 3” was released on Sunday a week ago and did not have a chance to make a big impression on the previous weekend’s chart. But the weekly score helped it to a healthy $30.9 million eight-day total this time around, according to data from Ent Group.
Second place went to “20, Once Again!,” a Chinese-South Korean co-produced remake of last year’s Korean body swap hit “Miss Granny” with $19.75 million in four days. (Korean conglomerate CJ Entertainment, which co-produced the picture with C2M Media, Zhejiang Huace Film & TV, and Media Asia Film Production, reports a four day gross of RMB122 million and over $20 million.) The picture was directed by Taiwan’s Leste Chen, who has become one of the most bankable young directors working in the mainland Chinese industry.
In third place, veteran director Tsui Hark’s “Tiger Mountain” was not far behind. It added $17.2 million to extend its 20-day cumulative score to $128 million.
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“The Grandmaster 3D,” the 3D remastered version of Wong Kar-wai’s 2013 hit martial arts biopic, opened to $4.85 million from its first four days.
That was ahead of Chinese picture “100 Bad Jokes,” which added $3.93 million for a cumulative score of $17.3 million after 12 days, and “Love on the Cloud,” which added $2.74 million for a score of $45 million after 19 days.
Australian thriller “Predestination” opened in sixth place with $1.11 million in 3 days.