“Terminator Genisys” took the top spot at the Chinese box office over the week to Sunday. Its China score puts it on course to overtake its gross from North America.
It earned $58 million from 9.83 million ticket sales scored at some 363,000 screenings. Having been released on Aug. 23, the film sees its eight-day total lifted to $84.9 million, according to data from Entgroup.
The Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions movie is released in China by China Film Group and Huaxia Distribution.
The North American cumulative after nine weeks of release is $89.4 million.
In second place was “The Hundred Regiments Offensive,” a patriotic war action film made by a state-owned studio and released to coincide with celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of WWII hostilities in Asia. It grossed $22.8 million in three days. Unconfirmed reports point to the film having been given a major boost with exhibitors exempted from having to pay film rentals for a week.
“Terminator Genisys” was the first major U.S. movie to release after the summer blackout period and will have one more week to shine. The next Hollywood releases are being clustered together by China’s industry regulators. “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” will release on Sept. 8. “Minions” releases on Sept. 13 and “Pixels” on Sept. 15.
In third place this week was Cao Baoping’s crime story “The Dead End,” which earned $20.4 million in four days.
Fourth was “Go Away Mr. Tumor,” the Chinese romancer that was previously No. 1. It earned $10.4 million to expand its cumulative score to $78.1 million after 18 days.
Chinese record breaker, “Monster Hunt” added $8.94 million to its total, extending its 46 day cumulative total to $384.
“The Assassin,” which earned Taiwan’s Hou Hsiao-hsien the director prize in Cannes, came in sixth with $6.35 million. Though it was given a medium-wide release of some 69,000 screenings, that is still an impressive opening for an arthouse movie.
Seventh was the Bona-released, Fox Intl. Productions remake “Bride Wars.” It earned $3.34 million to extend its total to $27.6 million after 11 days.
Record breaking animation “Monkey King: Hero Is Back” added $2 million in eighth spot, to take its total to $153 million. Another Chinese cartoon “Roco Kingdom 4” added $1.92 million to score $11.8 million in its 18-day total.
The Tang Wei- and Sean Lau-starring romance “Tale of Three Cities” opened in 10th spot with a weak $1.53 million from 39,000 screenings in four days.