Known locally as “The Fast and the Furious 8,” the film opened with a $59.8 million score on Friday, having already clocked up $8.4 million in midnight previews, according to local data tracker, Ent Group. Its muscle car performance was revved still higher on Saturday when it took $67.9 million. It rounded the weekend with a further $55.5 million on Sunday.
The scores on both Friday and Saturday were records for single day takings in China. They were achieved from record-breaking wide releases, with the number of daily screenings exceeding 160,000.
IMAX reported that within the $190 million total, the film earned $14 million from 395 theaters, the second highest three-day score in the country (behind “Warcraft.”) The total as a 45% increase in local currency terms on “Furious 7.” IMAX theaters earned a per screen average of $35,000.
(“Furious 7” was released two years ago and became the all-time box office champion in China with a total reported as $380 million at the time. Later that year it total was overtaken by local live action-animation hybrid “Monster Hunt.” The all-time record holder is now Stephen Chow’s “The Mermaid,” which last year scored $527 million.)
Over the weekend second place went to Chow’s “A Chinese Odyssey: Part Two Cinderella” with $12.6 million in three days. No other title, new release or holdover, managed more than $1 million.
“Ghost in the Shell” managed $760,000 for a $28.5 million cumulative. New release, Hong Kong, comedy drama “A Nail Clipper Romance” earned $710,000. “Kong: Skull Island” managed $640,000 for a cumulative of $168 million. “The Devotion of Suspect X,” earned $470,000 for a cumulative of $57.8 million after 17 days. One day previews of next week’s local comedy “Mr Pride vs Miss Prejudice” earned $200,000. Animation, “Snowtime” made $190,000 for $6.22 million after 16 days. Behind them, drama “Mad World” and new release “Love is Frozen” each earned some $110,000.