×

China Box Office: ‘P Storm’ Continues Weak Reign as ‘Shazam!’ Fades Quickly

Hong Kong’s “P Storm” continued to wash over the China box office during another lackluster weekend.  The film enjoyed an $18.5 million haul in its second weekend, down 55% from its $39.8 million opening, according to data from Artisan Gateway.

The thriller is the fourth installment of a franchise that follows actor Louis Koo as a corruption investigator rooting out crime, this time inside a prison. The film has already brought in a total of $89.4 million, enough to crown it the most lucrative in the series yet. The franchise record was  previously held by last year’s “L Storm,” which made $66 million. The Maoyan online ticketing platform predicts that “P Storm” will bring in $114 million overall. A fifth film in the series is set to shoot in August.

Indian black comedy “Andhadhun” pulled ahead of Warner Bros.’ “Shazam!” into second place with $10.3 million over the weekend, more than double the Hollywood blockbuster’s earnings of $4.8 million. With $30.1 million at the box office so far, the Hindi-language tale of a pianist who becomes embroiled in a murder has in less than two weeks in China nearly outstripped its total intake in its native India, where it made $33.4 million. Maoyan estimates it will gross $50.9 million in its month-long run in China, nearly 50 times what it made in North America.

“Shazam!” dropped to third, and advanced its cumulative to $40.4 million after 9 days in Chinese cinemas. But with an 85% tumble from its opening weekend score of $30.6 million, its prospects are fast dimming. 

Just behind, in fourth place, was Japanese thriller “The Crimes That Bind,” which made $4.4 million in its debut weekend. Based on a novel by mystery writer Keigo Higashino, the film was directed by Katsuo Fukuzawa and produced by MacLotus. In fifth was Er Dong Pictures’ teacher-student drama “Song of Youth,” which brought in $2 million.

Artisan Gateway reports the aggregate weekend box office at a lowly $48 million. The running total for the year is now $3 billion, 8.5% below the same point last year.

Popular on Variety

More Film

  • Matthew Modine

    Supporters Back Matthew Modine After Clumsy Joke at SAG-AFTRA Meeting

    More than 100 women, including Ellen Barkin and Allison Janney, have voiced support for Matthew Modine’s campaign for SAG-AFTRA presidency, following a joke at a SAG-AFTRA meeting that some decried as misogynist. With voting set to conclude on Aug. 28, the campaigns have featured vitriolic attacks between supporters of Modine, secretary-treasurer Jane Austin and incumbent [...]

  • Lady Gaga

    Variety Earns 14 Folio: Eddie & Ozzie Award Nominations

    Variety has received 14 Folio: Eddie & Ozzie award nominations for its coverage of the entertainment industry over the past year. The awards gala, which will take place at The Hilton Midtown in New York City on Oct. 30, celebrates publications that have demonstrated impressive investigative journalism, in addition to thoughtful digital and print design. [...]

  • WGA Agents Packaging Fight Placeholder

    Writers Guild Withdraws State Suit Against Agencies, Refiles in Federal Court

    The Writers Guild of America has withdrawn its state court suit against WME, CAA, UTA and ICM Partners alleging packaging fees are illegal and re-filed suit in federal court. The WGA also responded to antitrust claims brought against the guild by the three agencies. Those agency suits alleged that the WGA abused its power in [...]

  • Tim Roth to Receive Honorary Heart

    Tim Roth to Receive Honorary Heart of Sarajevo Award

    British actor Tim Roth is to receive the Honorary Heart of Sarajevo Award in recognition of his “exceptional contribution to the art of film.” The ceremony at the Sarajevo Film Festival will be held on Tuesday. He will hold a masterclass on the same day. His first screen role was the lead in the controversial [...]

  • Isabelle Huppert, receives the Honorary Heart

    Isabelle Huppert on Fateful Encounters, the Nature of Acting and Judging a Good Script

    Celebrated actress Isabelle Huppert, speaking at the Sarajevo Film Festival on Sunday, looked back on her illustrious career in a candid discussion that touched on her acting, the many renowned directors with whom she’s worked, and the importance of dialogue. The festival honored Huppert with its Honorary Heart of Sarajevo award “in recognition of her [...]

  • Inauguracion SANFIC 2019

    15th Sanfic Touts Attendance Rise, Hosts Gael Garcia Bernal, Wagner Moura

    SANTIAGO — Chile’s Santiago International Film Festival (Sanfic) launched its 15th edition Sunday Aug. 18 with three of Latin America’s best-known actors, Gael Garcia Bernal, Wagner Moura (“Narcos”) and Graciela Borges (“La Cienaga”), to which it bestowed career recognition awards. “It’s been 15 years in which we have presented more than 1,400 films,” noted Francisca [...]

  • Sarajevo, Intl. Casting Directors Network Look

    Sarajevo Film Festival and International Casting Directors Network Look to Launch Local Stars

    The Intl. Casting Directors Network (ICDN) and the Sarajevo Film Festival are joining forces to turn the popular Bosnian film fest into a springboard for regional actors looking to launch international careers. After kicking off with a pilot version last year, the initiative expanded to include a series of masterclasses with leading casting directors and [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content