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China Box Office: ‘Star Trek Beyond’ Leads Quiet Weekend

“Star Trek: Beyond” dominated an otherwise downbeat weekend at the China box office.

Opening conventionally on a Friday, the film played at 6,260 locations and grossed $30.5 million according to Chinese box office service Ent Group. ComScore and Paramount reported the figure as $31.3 million.

It was the only one of five new releases to make any impression on the chart. On Friday it scored $9.30 million, giving it fully 66% of the nationwide total. On Sunday, which skewed somewhat to family entertainment, “Beyond” still commanded 54% market share. Paramount reports that the opening is double that (107%) of “Star Trek Into Darkness” in May 2013 – China’s screen counts has also mushroomed in that period – and more significantly 30% above the recent release of “Jason Bourne.”

Recent figures showed that August had reversed a three-month downturn at the Chinese box office. But the limp first week of September scarcely points to a full blown recovery of form.

Second place belonged to “Ice Age: Collision Course,” which played at its strongest on Saturday and Sunday. It scored $6.3 million over the three day weekend, extending its 13-day cumulative to $59.4 million.

Leading a tussle for third place was Japanese sci-fi “Parasyte.” It scored $3.68 million in its opening three days. Fourth was new release Chinese romance “Days of Our Own” with $3.65 million. Fifth was the “Jason Bourne” in its second weekend with $3.63 million. After 13 days “Bourne” has accumulated $63.4 million.

Hong Kong crime pic “Line Walker,” in sixth place, was the only remaining title to exceed $1 million. U.S. boxing drama “Southpaw” had plenty of screens, but opened with a limp $720,000 in three days.

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