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China Box Office: ‘The Martian’ Confirms Solid Landing on Top at Weekend

The Martian” landed comfortably in top spot at the Chinese box office with a strong opening weekend, and a market share double that of second placed film “Our Times.”

The Ridley Scott space adventure scored $49.0 million, according to local box office service Ent Group, and $50 million according to Fox. Ent’s data shows “The Martian” achieving that from 245,000 screenings, some 30% ahead of its next competitor.

“Our Times,” a Taiwanese romance which has been a hit elsewhere in Asia, held on to second place in its second frame and saw its 7 day gross of $23.5 million beat its opening four days score of $17.3 million. After 11 days it stands on $40.8 million.

“Transporter Refueled” also moved up one place from fourth to third with a second week score of $7.42 million. After 10 days it has managed $18.5 million.

Local newcomer, “The Vanished Murderer” managed a $6.32 million opening. That put it in fourth spot.
“Spectre” continued to decay rapidly. It managed $6.06 million, a drop of 80%, for fifth spot. Thanks to a super opening it has a cumulative total of $84.4 million after 17 days in China.

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” recorded a 75% drop from its first weekend and clocked $5.61 million. After 10 days it stands on $21.8 million according to Ent Group data $21.3 million, according to Lionsgate.)

Korean-Chinese co-produced comedy actioner “Bad Guys Always Die” opened in seventh with a three day score of $4.88 million.

Local romance, “Return of the Cuckoo” slipped from sixth to eighth, with a score of $2.24 million, for a 10 day total of $6 million.

“A Fool” managed only $770,000 in its second week, for a 10 day total of $4.7 million. “The Peanuts Movie” added $550,000 in its fourth week for a 24 day total of $5.76 million.


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