“San Andreas” opened in China with a box office shaking $51.9 million gross that was strong enough to take the number one spot.
The figure was achieved in a six day opening frame and with the help of a high $6.3 average ticket price, reflecting its 3D premium.
“Stand By Me Doraemon” fell to second place, but held on to a hefty $35.3 million gross that lifted its 11 day total to $73.5 million. Those are extremely strong numbers which put the Japanese cartoon ahead of most recent Hollywood animated pictures – this year’s top animated film is “Big Hero 6” on $83.5 million — and streets ahead of any Chinese-made title. It is also the first Japanese feature to be given a wide theatrical release in China in the past three years.
Another former top title, “Avengers Age of Ultron” was a distant third with $7.33 million. That lifted its total to a splendid $239 million after 27 days.
Indian comedy drama “P.K.” held onto an unchanged fourth spot with $4.4 million. That lifted its total above RMB100 million for a dollar total of $16.7 million after 17 days. As with “Doraemon” these are unprecedented numbers for an Indian film and have been hailed at home as a breakthrough.
“Tomorrowland” slumped by 72% and picked up a further $3.91 million in the week to give a 13 day total of $18.3 million.
“San Andreas” aside, the week’s top opener was Chinese-made horror “Monsters” which opened in eight spot and grossed $440,000 in three days. Action film “Lost In Wrestling” managed just $220,000 in three days for tenth place.