A desperately quiet weekend at the Chinese box office was won by crime thriller “Line Walker.” The poorly-reviewed Hong Kong TV adaptation held first place with $16.3 million. After 11 days it has managed a cumulative of $71.8 million.
There has been much debate about the sudden weakening of the Chinese box office between May and July and whether China really is on course to equal or overtake the North American theatrical market in 2017. Weekends like this make that seem a less realistic prospect.
Regulators who control the distribution timetable have decided that next week will get a boost with the release of “Jason Bourne” and “Ice Age: Collision Course” both on Tuesday (Aug. 23.)
Second place over the Aug. 19-21 weekend was Chinese-made animation ‘Xin Da Tou Er Zi He Xiao Tou Ba Ba Zhi Yi Ri Cheng Cai” (with an unofficial translation “New Happy Dad and Son 2: The Instant Genius.”) The new release scored $7.67 million in three days.
Third was another new release, the Russian fantasy adventure “On-drakon.” It managed $7.04 million in three days. “Time Raiders,” which topped the chart two weeks earlier, held on to fourth place. It scraped $6.22 million over the weekend for a strong $142 million after 17 days.
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“Love O2O” in its second week, earned $6.17 million for fifth place and a 10-day cumulative of $34.6 million. Another newly released Russian title, the action adventure “The Crew” (aka “Ekipazh”) took sixth place with a three-day haul of $4.04 million.
Hong Kong-Chinese martial arts actioner “Call of Heroes” shared seventh place with $3.13 million. That lifted its 10-day total to $23.8 million. On the same score for the weekend “The Secret Life of Pets” saw its $3.13 million nudge it to a 20-day total of $56.5 million.
Chinese animation, “Throne of Elves” took ninth place with an opening weekend of $2.57 million. Disneynature documentary, “Born in China” added $2.08 million in its second weekend. It has a cumulative of $6.37 million after 10 days.