China Box Office: ‘Tiny Times 4.0’ Opens on Top

“Tiny Times 4.0” stormed the Chinese box office with an opening four day weekend of $58.4 million. It took top spot in the chart and deposed Chen Kaige’s “Monk Comes Down a Mountain,” which ruled for just one week.

The new film had the best opening of any of the tween-oriented “Tiny Times” movies and achieved that score despite the lowest per-ticket average price — $5 – of any of the top ten movies. To achieve that total it sold 11.7 million tickets, according to data from Entgroup.

Distributors have kept the franchise humming through smart use of big data and social media. They are now reported to be planning another canny move: the release of an ‘extended version’ later this week.

“Monk” saw a 41% week on week slip and earned $22.9 million as it slipped to second place. After 11 days its cumulative total stands at $60.7 million.

New opener “Monkey King: Hero Is Born” debuted in third place with $13.9 million for total of $15.4 million after three days plus previews.

“Jurassic World,” in fourth place, added $6.56 million in its fifth weekend. After 33 days its cumulative stands at $229 million.

Chinese animation “GG Bond Movie: Ultimate Battle” claimed fifth spot with $4.77 million.

The Justin Lin-produced “Hollywood Adventures” tumbled 77% from second to sixth. It added $4.72 million, pushing its 17 day total to $51.6 million.

“I Am Somebody,” Derek Yee’s picture about film industry extras, dropped 51% in its second week. It added $3.27 million, for a cumulative gross of $9.87 million after 11 days.

“Chang Chen: Ghost Stories” earned $1.28 million in its second weekend, advancing its cumulative to $3.27 million after 11 days.

“Monster Hunt,” a Hong Kong-made fantasy whose previews earned $930,000, rounded out the top 10. The film gets its full release July 16.

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