China Box Office Weekend Actuals: 'Furious 7' Moving Towards All-Time Record; 'Mortdecai' Bombs in China Too
on April 20, 2015
Furious 7 lapped the competition at China's box office again this weekend, grabbing another $88.35 million for a total of $249.91 million after just 8 days of release. The hugely popular film accounted for 82% of the total box office this weekend, playing on a little more than half of China's screens. Furious 7 has broken about every record at the Chinese box office (midnight screenings, opening day, single day, fastest to 1 billion RMB) and is racing towards #1 of all time. At this pace, there's no denying if it will overtake Transformers: Age of Extinction's $318 million; it's just a matter of when. Even though Home is opening next weekend, the family film won't be stealing away Furious' core demographic, and Avengers: Age of Ultron isn't coming out until May 12th. Therefore, we see Furious breaking the record sometime next weekend and hitting $350 million by the end of its run.
In a distant second place was newcomer Ever Since We Love (万物生长) with $11.52 million including Thursday midnight screenings. That's a solid opening for a film that showed on only 20% of China's screens. The romantic pic based on a popular youth-skewing novel will go up against Left Ear (左耳), another romantic pic based on a popular youth skewing novel next weekend.
In an even further-distant third was Wolf Warriors (战狼), gobbling up $3.47 million for a total of $78.93 million after three weeks of release. Jacky Wu's action/war flick surprised critics and box office pundits premiering with higher than expected numbers and garnering good word of mouth especially in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th tier cities. However, its strong run will be further eroded next weekend with the addition of Schwarzenegger's Sabotage.
Johnny Depp's popularity in China couldn't save 4th place Mortdecai as the dud continues its global bomb. It eked out $2.08 million from about 7% of China's screens.
The rest of the top ten can be found below with data from China's EntGroup.
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