X-Men: Apocalypse rules the chart as Captain America nears $200m.
X-Men: Apocalypse topped the Chinese box office in the week of May 30 – Jun 5, picking up $59.33m from its first three days. It was the second-biggest opening weekend for Fox (behind the Titanic re-release) as well as the biggest IMAX opening for Fox, with $6.3m on 286 IMAX screens.
X-Men is a well-known long-running franchise for the Chinese audience – the last instalment X-Men: Days Of Future Past stars Chinese actress Fan Bingbing. But the reign of the latest mutant adventure is likely to be short-lived as Warcraft is due to open tomorrow (Jun 8).
Disney’s Alice Through The Looking Glass dropped to second place with $22.61m. Its haul of $49.99m after ten days was almost the same as its US take.
Sony’s The Angry Birds Movie slipped to third place with $19.58m. Amassing $72.67m after 17 days, it has surpassed Minions and Ice Age: Continental Drift to become the seventh-biggest animated feature in China.
In fourth was Captain America: Civil War with $3.77m. Its month-long run ended on Sunday with a total of $192.38m after 31 days, making it the second-biggest imported film this year so far, behind Zootopia.
It was followed by holdovers The Divergent Series: Allegiant with $1.87m for $18.50m after 17 days; Criminal with $1.23m for $15.81m after 24 days; Finding Mr Right: Book Of Love with $0.95m for $120.58m after 38 days from an extended run; and Song Of The Phoenix in ninth place with $0.84m for $12.93m after 31 days.
Two new local animations debuted on Jun 1, which was International Children’s Day. Compass took eighth place with $0.87m, while Fruit Story rounded out the weekly chart with $0.55m.
Following two relatively quiet months, June started strongly as last week’s total box office was up by 53% week-on-week. Strong ticket sales are expected throughout the week as Warcraft opens tomorrow ahead of the Dragon Boat holiday on Thursday.