China Box Office: ‘Terminator’ Ends Blackout Period With a Bang

The end of Chinese cinema’s summer “blackout period” was marked with a powerful opening for “Terminator: Genisys.” It is the first major Hollywood title to be allowed release in China for two months.

Helped by several personal appearances in China by Arnold Schwarzenegger, the film scored $27 million, according to data tracker Ent Group, from 69,000 screenings on Sunday (Aug. 23).

That compares with its $89 million eight-week run in North America and its $352 million global haul to date. (Unconfirmed data point to “Terminator: Genisys” having added a further $10.5 million on Monday, for a two-day cumulative score of $37 million in China.)

That one day effort was enough to win the weekend, but placed it second in the weekly chart behind last week’s winner, the romantic comedy “Go Away, Mr Tumor.” The Daniel Wu-starring film added $36.1 million for a total of $67.9 million after 11 days.

The Fox-backed Chinese-language remake of “Bride Wars” took third place in the weekly chart with a four-day score of $24.2 million, earned from 166,000 screenings. The film features rising stars Angelababy and Ni Ni.

Monster Hunt,” which already claims to be the biggest Chinese film of all time, added a further $18.7 million to its score in fourth place. Its cumulative total after 39 days stands at $375 million.

Another new release fronted by a popular young actress, the Mini Yang-starring romance, “Cities in Love” earned $8.1 million from 100,000 screenings for fifth place.

Record-breaking Chinese animation “Monkey King: Hero is Back” added $5.57 million to extend its total to $151 million after 45 days in the charts.

“Roco Kingdom 4” added $4.14 million in seventh place to extend its cumulative score to $9.85 million after 11 days.

“Pancake Man” (aka “Jian Bing Man”) took $2.57 million in eighth place, and took its 38 day total to $186 million.

Cycling action drama “To The Fore” suffered a big fall. Tumbling from third to ninth place it earned $2.55 million, to reach $23.2 million after 18 days.

Tenth spot was taken by romantic suspense film “Detective Gui” which earned $1.61 million for an 11 day total of $6.60 million.

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