Robocop had a strong opening in China last weekend, grossing $20.67m (Feb 28-March 2), but The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug kept the top spot in the box office chart.
Smaug grossed a further $26.57m during the week Feb 24-March 2, according to EntGroup, bringing its cumulative gross to $59.61m after ten days. Robocop, which is playing in 3D and IMAX 2D versions, came in second, while Chen Sicheng’s Beijing Love Story came in third with $8.9m for a cumulative gross of $62.5m.
Chinese New Year holdovers took the next five positions in the chart: The Man From Macau came in fourth with $5.04m for a cume of $83.43m; followed by Oscar-winning animation Frozen with $4.69m (for a total of $44.83m); The Monkey King with $2.4m ($167.84m); Huayi Brothers’ Ex Files with $1.21m ($19.31m); and Dad, Where Are We Going? with $0.7m ($111.87m).
Ninth and tenth positions were taken by two local films which had opened the previous weekend: Dai Wei’s horror thriller Shining Soul came in ninth with $390,000 for a cume of $750,000, followed by Zhou Wei’s comedy People Searching Story Of Cola Lee with $230,000 for a total of $470,000.
Scheduled for release this weekend are Luc Besson’s The Family (Malavita), starring Robert De Niro, animated feature Free Birds and Lu Chuan-produced The Old Cinderella.
|1 The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug||$26.57m||$59.61m|
|3 Beijing Love Story||$8.9m||$62.5m|
|4 The Man From Macau||$5.04m||$83.43m|
|6 The Monkey King||$2.4m||$167.84m|
|7 Ex Files||$1.21m||$19.31m|
|8 Dad, Where Are We Going?||$0.7m||$111.87m|
|9 Shining Soul||$390,000||$750,000|
|10 People Searching Story Of Cola Lee||$230,000||$470,000|