The first feature from helmer Florian Zeller received six Academy Award nominations and two wins — one for Hopkins for acting and one for adapted screenplay. It has grossed $21 million so far globally, according to Box Office Mojo, with $3.5 million in Australia and New Zealand, $3.11 million in France, and $2.12 million in North America.
Meanwhile, local drama “On Your Mark” came in first with $8.8 million, according to the consultancy Artisan Gateway. Produced by Maoyan Media, the emotional story of a father and his blind son was directed by Malaysia’s Chiu Keng Guan (“Ola Bola”), and stars Wang Yanhui (“Dying to Survive”) and Zhang Youhao.
In second was the Taiwanese romantic drama “Man in Love,” produced by Zhonghe Qiancheng Media. A remake of a 2014 Korean romantic drama starring Roy Chiu and Tiffany Hsu, it earned $6.1 million, Artisan Gateway said.
“Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway” hopped up to third with a $3.8 million weekend, bringing its total Chine cume up to $17.2 million. It has grossed $90.8 million globally thus far. That makes China now its third best market, following $20.3 million in sales in North America and $19.7 million in the U.K.
Nationalist “main melody” propaganda film “Island Keeper” landed in fourth with a $3 million weekend, said Artisan Gateway. The film, based on the story of a real-life couple who lived alone on a small island in the Yellow Sea for decades to help China maintain its territorial claims there, was created as an ode to the ruling Communist Party to celebrate the 100th anniversary of its founding (on July 1).
Disney’s “Cruella” was in fifth place with $2.7 million in sales this weekend, bringing its total haul to $17.2 million since its June 6 debut. Disney’s streaming service is not available in China.
In sixth was Japanese animated sci-fi romance “Hello World,” which made $2.41 million, while local sports film “Never Film” came in seventh with $2.36 million.
“F9” hit eighth with $1.63 million, while female-friendship drama “Sunny Sisters” landed in ninth with $1.58 million and Zhang Yimou’s “Cliff Walkers” held on in 10th with $1.22 million.