Korean studio CJ Entertainment’s China office has confirmed that Bong Joon Ho’s Snowpiercer will be released in mainland China on March 17.

It remains unclear whether the English-language sci-fi film, which depicts a peasant uprising on a train circumnavigating the globe in an ice-bound future, has been cut for its mainland China release.

Meanwhile, Robocop continued to rule the China box office in the week March 3-9, grossing $21.44m for a total of $42.41m after ten days, according to EntGroup. The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug came in second with $11.14m for a total of $70.95m.

The Family (Malavita), directed by Luc Besson and starring Robert De Niro, grossed $5.02m in its first three days, followed by two more new releases – Lu Chuan-produced The Old Cinderella, which grossed $4.94m, and Relativity Media’s animated feature Free Birds, which took $4.93m.

Other films scheduled to open next week include DreamWorks’ Need For Speed and Millennium/Nu Image’s Homefront, starring Jason Statham and James Franco, which both open on March 14.