You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘The Martian’ Lands Solid Opening In China

The Martian” delivered a solid opening at the Chinese box office with a $5.91 million score on Wednesday (Nov 25.)

With a day of previews worth another $1 million, that gave the Matt Damon-starring picture a $6.91 million total, according to preliminary figures from local data provider Ent Group.

That fell short of the recent record breaking opening by “Spectre,” but puts “The Martian” in good shape to quickly overtake “Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2,” which currently stands on $19.6 million after six days. In fourth place after 13 days, “Spectre” has a total of $80.7 million.

By 5pm local time on Thursday, “The Martian” had added a further $1.7 million for a running total of $7.68 million.

Despite its awkward midweek opening, “The Martian” obtained more screens than the number two film, “Our Times,” and according to Ent, it enjoyed the highest per screen average of any title in the top ten.

The solid score for “The Martian” is good news for Chinese interests. China’s Bona Film Group recently acquired a significant interest in the film via a deal with finance vehicle TSG into a slate of Fox movies. Under that deal Bona-TSG shares in 20% of global revenues from “The Martian.”

And it confirms Damon’s star power in China ahead of next year’s “The Great Wall,” Zhang Yimou’s English-language, Chinese-themed actioner, produced by Legendary East and Le Vision Pictures. The film is now in post-production.

“The Martian” is one of the last Hollywood films to be released this year in China, ahead of the familiar blackout period through December, which is often the most lucrative time of the year at the Chinese box office. “The Spongebob Movie: A Sponge Out of Water” is set to release on Dec. 1, with Chinese co-produced “Point Break” now confirmed to release on Dec. 4.

More Film

  • Black Panther

    'Black Panther,' 'Crazy Rich Asians,' 'Westworld' Among Costume Designers Guild Winners

    “Crazy Rich Asians,” “The Favourite” and “Black Panther” walked away with top honors at the 21st annual Costume Designers Guild Awards Tuesday night, the final industry guild show before the Oscars on Feb. 24. “The Favourite” and “Black Panther” are up for the Oscar this year, along with “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” “Mary Poppins [...]

  • WGA Writers Contract Talks

    Talent Agents, WGA Achieve Progress in Second Round of Talks

    Hollywood talent agents and the Writers Guild of America have achieved some progress at their second negotiating session over agency regulations, according to sources close to the talks. The two sides met Tuesday, two weeks after their first meeting resulted in both sides criticizing each other, followed by the WGA holding a trio of spirited [...]

  • Aaron Paul

    Film News Roundup: Aaron Paul Honored by Sun Valley Film Festival

    In today’s film news roundup, Aaron Paul is honored, Bruce Berman is re-upped at Village Roadshow, and Paola Mendoza and Abby Sher get a book deal. FESTIVAL HONORS The Sun Valley Film Festival has selected Idaho native and three-time Emmy winner Aaron Paul as the winner of its Pioneer Award, presented by Variety for his [...]

  • Olivia Munn]EMILY'S List Pre-Oscars Brunch, Inside,

    Olivia Munn Says Brett Ratner Called Her Before His 'Howard Stern' Apology

    Olivia Munn is setting the record straight about standing up to “Rush Hour” director Brett Ratner, whom she alleges sexually harassed her over a decade ago. During a panel discussion at the Emily’s List pre-Oscars brunch at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills Tuesday morning, Munn revealed that Ratner called her in 2011 after he denied [...]

  • Flesh Out review

    Berlin Film Review: 'Flesh Out'

    Ignore the awful English-language title: “Flesh Out” is an emotionally rich, sensitively made film about a young woman in Mauritania forced to gain weight in order to conform to traditional concepts of well-rounded beauty before her impending marriage. Strikingly registering the sensations of a protagonist living between the dutiful traditions of her class and the [...]

  • Marighella review

    Berlin Film Review: 'Marighella'

    Does Brazil need a film that openly advocates armed confrontation against its far-right government? That’s the first question that needs to be asked when discussing “Marighella,” actor Wagner Moura’s directorial debut focused on the final year in the life of left-wing insurrectionist Carlos Marighella during Brazil’s ruthless military dictatorship. For whatever one might think of [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content