×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

China Box Office: ‘Star Wars’ Wins Week, Edged Out in Second Weekend

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” emerged on top of the Chinese box office chart in its first full week of theatrical play. But in its second weekend it was beaten by local animated feature “Boonie Bears III.”

In the seven-day week to Sunday (Jan. 11-Jan 17) “Star Wars” earned $44.0 million at the Chinese box office, according to local data supplier Ent Group. That lifted its cumulative score to $97.5 million after nine days in Chinese theaters. That followed a powerhouse two-day opening weekend (Jan. 9-10) in which it scored $53 million.

Its second weekend “Star Wars” won the Friday session with $5.43 million, but was beaten into second place on both Saturday and Sunday by kids franchise movie “Boonie Bears III,” which released on Saturday (Jan. 16.)

“Boonie Bears III” scored $8.56 million on Saturday, ahead of the $8.51 million for “Star Wars.” On Sunday (Jan. 17) “Boonie Bears III” earned $6.52 million, against $6.31 million for “Star Wars.” After two days on release, “Boonie Bears III” had a cumulative score of $20.1 million including previews.

On Saturday and Sunday exhibitors gave “Boonie Bears III” some 10% more screenings than “Star Wars,” apparently skewing their product mix to the family market. Preliminary data for Monday (Jan. 18) points to that position being reversed again for the more adult weekday audience.

For the week to Sunday, “Detective Chinatown” took third place with $13.9 million, lifting its cumulative score to $112 million after 18 days.

Friday (Jan. 15) release “Royal Treasure” earned $11.9 million in three days, good enough for fourth place in the weekly table.

“The Last Witch Hunter,” which also opened on Friday took $9.54 million in three days, for fifth place on a weekly view.

Chinese nostalgic drama “Mr Six” proved its long legs with another $6.92 million weekly score, lifting its cumulative to $134 million after 25 days.

“The Secret,” a suspense romancer starring Leon Lai and Wang Luodan, earned $6.32 million in three days.

U.S. psychological drama “Solace” earned $4.49 million in four days to claim eighth place in the weekly chart.

Chinese hit, “Mojin: The Lost Legend” added $3.54 million over the week, to nudge its total to $256 million after 31 days on release.

British TV drama, “Sherlock: The Abominable Bride” added $2.87 million in the week, to extend its 14 day total to $23.7 million.

Popular on Variety

More Film

  • China's Phoenix Entertainment Buys Italian Comedy-Drama

    China's Phoenix Entertainment Buys Italian Body-Positivity Comedy 'Sweeties'

    Chinese distributor Phoenix Entertainment Group has bought all China rights to the Italian comedic drama “The Sweeties” from Germany-based Media Luna New Films. The movie is the second feature from director Francesco Ghiaccio and stars Valeria Solarino, Vinicio Marchioni and four young newcomers in their acting debut. It deals with issues of bullying and body-shaming [...]

  • The Upside TIFF

    'The Upside' Poised for China Theatrical Release

    “The Upside,” a 2017 American remake of the 2011 hit French drama “The Intouchables,” will get a China release on Nov. 22. The film was directed by Neil Burger and stars Nicole Kidman, Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston. It tells the story of an unlikely friendship that forms between a rich quadriplegic and the struggling [...]

  • Editorial use only. No book cover

    Virginia Leith, Female Lead in Stanley Kubrick's First Film, Dies at 94

    Actress and model Virginia Leith, who starred in Stanley Kubrick’s first film “Fear and Desire,” which he later disavowed, has died. She was 94. According to family spokesperson Jane Chalmers, Leith died after a brief illness at her home in Palm Springs, Calif. on Nov. 4. Born on Oct. 15, 1925, Leith met Kubrick in [...]

  • Sarah Bolger's 'A Good Woman Is

    Film News Roundup: Sarah Bolger's 'A Good Woman Is Hard to Find' Bought by Film Movement

    In today’s film news roundup, “A Good Woman Is Hard to Find” and “After Parkland” find homes, Jack Johnson is honored, AGC closes deals on Neill Blomkamp’s latest and Paramount is in talks for a “Power to the People” project. ACQUISITIONS Film Movement has bought North American rights to the thriller “A Good Woman Is [...]

  • Sir Lionel Frost (left) voiced by

    Chris Butler Looks At The Magic Behind Animating 'Missing Link'

    Laika’s latest feature “Missing Link” raises the bar once again for the world of stop-motion, pushing boundaries in scope and visuals. The story of an unlikely friendship between Mr. Frost and his 8-foot yeti buddy Link is one of hope. “Missing Link” producer Arianne Sutner says the message of the film was to “leave people [...]

  • Jonah Hauer-King Prince Eric

    'Little Mermaid' Live-Action Movie Finds Its Prince Eric

    Jonah Hauer-King will soon be a part of the “Little Mermaid” world. The newcomer has been tapped to play Prince Eric in Disney’s live-action remake of the animated classic. At one point, Harry Styles was is in early talks for the role, but ended up passing. Hauer-King has had two screen tests, with the most [...]

  • Peter Caranicas

    Variety's Peter Caranicas to Receive 1st HPA Legacy Award

    Peter Caranicas Variety managing editor, features, will be honored with the first HPA Legacy Award. Caranicas joined Variety as features managing editor in 2008, and currently serves as both deputy editor and managing editor, features. He has developed the editorial franchises Dealmakers Impact Report, Hollywood’s New Leaders, Legal Impact Report and Business Managers Elite. Caranicas also [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content