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China Box Office Records Smashed by ‘Monster Hunt’ and ‘Pancake Man’

Multiple records tumbled at the Chinese box office where local films grossed some $180 million over the weekend.

Monster Hunt,” a live action – animation hybrid took top honors with $79.7 million between Friday and Sunday, according to data from Ent Group. And with Thursday’s record opening of $27.7 million, that added up to an astonishing $107 million four day gross for the Edko Films-distributed picture. It enjoyed 168,000 over three days and 230,000 over the four day session. Direction is by Raman Hui, whose previous credits include the “Shrek” movies.

Comedy spoof, “Pancake Man,” (aka “Jianbin Man”) opened Friday and enjoyed 179,000 screenings that allowed it to power to $69m million in three days. That total included the $22.4 million record on Friday for the biggest live action opening day by a Chinese movie. It beat the previous benchmark, set only a week before by “Tiny Times 4.0.”

In third place in the chart was “Monkey King: Hero is Back” which expanded from 51,000 screenings to 198,000 and saw its gross expand by over 300% in its second week. Its week total was $59.7 million, giving it a 10-day score of $75.1 million. That makes it the biggest Chinese-made animation of all time. The all-comers record currently belongs to “Kung Fu Panda” on $99.3 million.

Youth drama, “Forever Young,” last week’s second placed film, took a 67% tumble but still managed $18.1 million for a cumulative of $59.8 million after 10 days.

“Tiny Times 4.0,” last week’s chart topper, dropped 70% to fifth spot. It added a further $17.7 million for an 11 day total of $76.3 million.

Behind the top five, other movies were in a different league.  Stop motion animation, “Shaun The Sheep Movie,” the only foreign film allowed to release this week, earned $4.27 million for sixth place, from its 26,000 screenings in 3 days.

Martial arts actioner “Monk Comes Down The Mountain,” another previous chart topper, fell 85% in its third week. It added just $3.5 million for an 18 day total of $64.3 million.

“GG Bond,” another Chinese animation, added $2.28 million in eighth spot for a total score of $7.08 million in 10 days. Hong Kong-made actioner “SPL2” added $350,000 to push its 32 day total to $92.3 million. John Carney’s music drama “Begin Again” returned to the chart with $280,000 for a 24 days total of $3.22 million.

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