China Box Office: ‘Star Trek’ Wins as Weekend Takings Crater

Star Trek Beyond” held on to its place at the top of the Chinese box office in its second week of release. But the weekend overall was a painful crash landing.

Star Trek Beyond” managed $10.1 million according to Chinese data provider Ent Group, or $11.3 million according to Paramount, from 5,830 locations. That put the film on a cumulative of $53.4 million after 10 days.

Second placed title was new release “The Shallows” which managed $8.01 million in its opening three days. Third was another new release, “Nine Lives,” which earned $7.77 million on its debut. The Barry Sonnenfeld-directed film is a co-production between France’s EuropaCorp and China’s Fundamental Films. It stars Kevin Spacey, a known quantity in China after his starring role in “House of Cards,” which had a strong online career.

“Ice Age: Collision Course” clung on to $2.36 million and fourth place in its third week. That gives it $63.4 million after 20 days.

Underlining the extreme softness of the weekend, no other film managed more than $1 million. Total gross revenues for the top ten movies was a combined $32.6 million, a dismal score 37% lower than the previous weak weekend and the second lowest weekend score this year.

On holdover, “Jason Bourne” managed $1.05 million, while “Absolutely Anything” opened with $1.04 million. Beyond the top six, no other film managed more than $1 million.

In previews, Hong Kong animation “McDull: Rise of the Rice Cooker” took $680,000. Art-house drama “Crosscurrent,” which had its premiere in competition in Berlin in February, earned $380,000 for tenth place.

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