HONG KONG — Proving the potency of the Valentine’s Day celebrations in China, local romantic drama “Somewhere Only We Know” quickly overtook the latest episode of the “Hunger Games” franchise “Mockingjay — Part 1” at the Chinese box office.
“Somewhere,” directed and starring Xu Jinglei, managed $37.7 million in six days, according to local box office tracking firm Entgroup. “Mockingjay — Part 1” took $21.9 million in the seven days to Sunday, and $31.9 million in its eight-day run.
The score for “Mockingjay” is a step higher than “Catching Fire” and the first “Hunger Games” film, which each completed their runs in China with around $27.8 million.
The two top movies in the weekend chart were far ahead of the lower-placed titles.
“Boonie Bears: Mystical Winter” ranked third with $8.32 million, which took its 17-day total to $40.1 million.
Pre-release screenings of the much-anticipated “Wolf Totem,” which gets its official outing on Feb. 19, took $7.60 million.
“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” took $7.54 million for a $121 million cumulative score after 24 days.
“Running Man,” the previous week’s top title, plunged to sixth place with a weekly score of $6.27 million and a 17-day cume of $68.5 million.