“Thor: Ragnarok” opened in Chinese theaters with a hefty $54 million over the weekend. It accounted for 69% of nationwide revenues.
The Disney/Marvel picture opened wide on Friday in a day-and-date release coordinated with its outing in North America, and earned $15.9 million on its first day, according to Chinese data tracker Ent Group. It powered on to $21.8 million on Saturday, and a further $14.9 million on Sunday. The film had access to most theaters in the country, playing 113,000 dates on Friday and expanding to a maximum of 120,000 on Saturday.
Within the total there was a strong $6M from 446 screens. IMAX reports “Thor Ragnarok” as having the second best IMAX Fri-Sat-Sun November opening after “Doctor Strange.”
Opening in second place on Friday was war drama “Eternal Wave,” starring Hong Kong’s Simon Yam and superstar Aaron Kwok. The film managed $7.26 million for the three day weekend and placed third behind holdover “Geostorm.”
“Geostorm” earned $7.55 million from 33,000 screenings per day. That gave the disaster adventure film a 10-day cumulative of $57.5 million.
Smash hit Chinese comedy, “Never Says Die” played on for the sixth week in fourth place. It added $2.67 million for $327 million after 37 days.
“Kingsman: The Golden Circle” added $2.14 million in its third weekend. After 17 days it has earned $69.9 million.
Chinese drama “Seventy Seven Days” opened in sixth place with a score of 1.64 million. European animation, “Son of Bigfoot” added $1.18 million, for a total of $7.77 million after 23 days. Sylvia Chang’s “Love Education,” which played recently as the closing film of the Busan festival, opened with 1.02 million in three days.
“Blade Runner 2049” continued to disappoint. In only its second week, it tumbled from third to ninth place. It earned $690,000 in its second week, for a 10-day cumulative of $11 million.
Tenth spot belonged to romance “Hold Your Hand,” which earned $300,000 for $13.4 million after 24 days.