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China Box Office: ‘Line Walker’ Leads in Crowded Field

“Line Walker,” a big screen adaptation of a Hong Kong TV detective series, became the fifth Chinese language movie in six weeks to head the box office in China. Its modest score and the mediocre per screen averages suggest that nothing on offer currently boasts a ‘must see’ factor.

Produced by Shaw Brothers, TVB, Media Asia and Chinese partners, the film opened on Thursday (Aug 11), a day ahead of a chasing pack of other films opening on Friday. That meant it ate into the screens of previous winner “Time Raiders” and was able to bank $8.56 million ahead of the Friday to Sunday weekend. It went on to win all three subsequent days scoring $26.9 million over the weekend and $35.8 million after four days.

Second placed film was romance “Love O2O” starring Angelababy and Jing Boran (also in ‘Time Raiders”.) It managed 118.1 million in three days.

Hong Kong-made martial arts actioner “Call of Heros” with Lau Ching-wan, Eddie Peng and Louis Koo (also in “Line Walker”) claimed third place with $13.4 million. It opened with $5.08 but it weakened on Saturday and Sunday.

“Time Raiders” earned $13.2 million in its second weekend, taking fourth place on Friday and third on Saturday and Sunday. That is a big 80% drop from its opening weekend, but puts it on a tasty $127 million cumulative after 10 days (plus previews.)

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The only visibly Hollywood film in the chart, “The Secret Life of Pets” earned $6.59 million in fifth place. That extends its total to $48.9 million after 13 days.

Hong Kong romantic comedy “I Love That Crazy Little Thing” was another new opener. It debuted in sixth place with $2.56 million.

“Born in China,” the Lu Chuan-directed wildlife film created under the ‘Disneynature’ label, earned $2.56 million in seventh place. It will release in North American theaters next year.

European animation, “Song of the Sea” took $1.24 million for eighth place. Another European animation “All Creatures Great And Small” (aka “Oops! Noah Is Gone”) took $1.12 million in ninth. Tenth spot went to “Skiptrace,” the Jackie Chan-starring chart topper of four weeks ago. It eeked out $439,000 for a 25 day cumulative of $133 million.

 

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