‘Seventh Son’ Fends Off Homegrown Efforts To Claim Top Spot
on January 18, 2015
Sunday Update: Estimates place Seventh Son in first place with a solid $15 million over the weekend. Official numbers will be released on Monday.
By EntGroup Consulting and Phil Contrino
The Chinese box office is set for another relatively slow week as Universal's Seventh Son enters the market along with a 3D re-release--Kung Fu Hustle--and two homegrown films--The Unbearable Lightness of Inspector Fan and Out Cast--that were previously delayed. Lotus Code--a film with anti-Japanese elements--also opens.
Seventh Son, a fantasy flick from Universal that stars Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore and Ben Barnes, has already earned nearly $36 million overseas from 34 territories. This past weekend, Seventh Son posted first place openings in the Philippines, Bulgaria, Egypt, the Middle East and United Arab Emirates. Based on Seventh Son's steady performance thus far, expectations in China are modest. BoxOffice.com doesn't anticipate strong returns from the film's North America release, which is slated for February 6 after a couple of delays. We are predicting only a $19 million total gross and that means overseas grosses will easily account for more than 80% of the global haul--a common story these days.
It won't be easy for Seventh Son to compete with Miss Granny and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb considering that both films are expected to enter more theaters this week. The Taking of Tiger Mountain 3D is also holding up well.
Of all the other releases, The Unbearable Lightness of Inspector Fan looks the strongest thanks to an impressive ensemble cast that includes Taiwan's Ethan Ruan, Yang Yang (TV's Red Chamber), Yang Zishan (So Young, Miss Granny), Zhou Dongyu (Love of the Hawthorn Tree, Breakup Buddies).
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