'After Earth' Survives in China

on July 15, 2013

AE-3.jpgAfter Earth was going to need a big push overseas if it wanted to mitigate the damage it suffered at the North American box office. It has been a good summer for sci-fi abroad, with Oblivion posting a $197 million overseas cume and Star Trek Into Darkness earning $222.5 million outside of North America. After Earth hasn't reached those heights yet, but a $13.8 million opening in China after being released on July 11 will be enough to push the film past the $150 million overseas mark. 

The $13.8 million debut isn't necessarily a blockbuster opening for After Earth and is unlikely to carry the film to the heights of recent blockbusters like Tiny Times ($77.4M) and Man of Steel ($65M). The gross is similar to last week's Blind Detective premiere, which grossed $13.9 million from a Thursday opening. Blind Detective held well in its second week of release, grossing an additional $12.6 million to reach a $26.9 million cume, according to a story from The Hollywood Reporter

Man of Tai Chi tumbled further down the chart this week. The directorial debut of Keanu Reeves flopped in its opening frame last week and posted an underwhelming $1.8 million this week to bring its cume to $4.42 million.

Check back with us later this week for a full report on the Chinese box office. 

Tags: After Earth, Oblivion, Star Trek Into Darkness, Tiny Times, Man of Steel, Blind Detective, Man of Tai Chi


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