China Box Office Weekend Actuals: 'Furious 7' Edges Out 'The Left Ear'; Crosses 2 Billion RMB to Become #1 Movie of All-Time

on April 27, 2015


Jonathan Papish

Furious 7's grip loosened on the Chinese box office this weekend, dropping 61% from last week to gross $35.14 million, but it still held on to the top spot for the third consecutive weekend, edging out newcomer The Left Ear's (左耳) respectable $31.19 million. Furious grabbed 42% of the market this weekend, down from 82% last weekend. Sometime on Sunday, Furious became the first movie ever in China to cross the 2 Billion RMB mark and in doing so surpassed Transformers: Age of Extinction as the highest grossing film in Chinese box office history. After just 15 days of release, the seventh installment of the Fast & Furious series (an eighth was just announced for April '17, to the delight of Chinese fans) has earned $323.33 million surpassing the estimated 24 day North American total of $320.5 million. While several films have grossed more in China than they did stateside (The Expendables 3 - $72.66 million vs $39.32, Need For Speed $66.19 million vs $43.57 million, this is only the second time it has happened with a bonafide successful blockbuster in both markets. (Transformers 4 was the first). 

Targeted squarely at the Post-80s/Post-90s crowd, The Left Ear earned a decent $31.19 million to take second place in its first weekend of release. The youthful pic outgunned rival Ever Since We Love (万物生长) which dropped 74% to fourth place with $2.88 million. After ten days, the film has grossed $21.84 million. 

In third place, Dreamworks Animation's Home opened to $7.96 million. The film played on about 15% of China's screens this weekend and was able to attract family audiences as the only kid friendly wide release. Home is 23% ahead of The Croods which ended up with $63.5 million in 2013, but that total seems unlikely for Home with a crowded market the next few weekends. Rounding out the top five was Arnold Schwarzenegger's Sabotage which opened with $2.47 million. Arnie will look to make a dent at the box office next with Terminator Genisys opening in China on July 1.

The rest of China's top ten can be found below with data from EntGroup Consulting.


Tags: Kingsman: The Secret Service, Mortdecai, Home (2014), Furious 7, China Box Office


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