China Box Office Weekend Report: 'Monster Hunt' Slays Competition for 4th Straight Weekend as Summer Box Office Cools Off

on August 10, 2015

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Jonathan Papish @ChinaBoxOffice

China's summer box office is ready for another "monster" hit. Although performing in line with expectations, thirteen new releases this weekend failed to break out causing box office receipts to hit a two-month low ($61 million) behind waning summer blockbusters Monster Hunt (捉妖记), Monkey King: Hero Is Back (西游记之大圣归来), and Jianbing Man (煎饼侠).

Monster Hunt continued to slay the competition, sitting atop the box office for a 4th consecutive weekend with $18.8 million (-40%) from ~95,000 showtimes. The live-action/3D animated hybrid family film has grossed $330 million in 25 days of release and surpassed Transformers: Age of Extinction ($319 million) on Saturday to become the 2nd highest-grossing film of all-time in China. Monster Hunt was also granted a release extension and will remain in theaters until September 16 to challenge Furious 7's $391 million record from April, but next weekend's heavyweight Go Away, Mr. Tumor! (滚蛋吧!肿瘤君) -- which grossed $2 million on Saturday previews to place #9 for the weekend -- will steal away a large percentage of its showtimes.

In second place, newcomer To The Fore (破风) sped to $11.6 million from ~128,000 showtimes including Thursday evening previews. The cycling drama helmed by Hong Kong director Dante Lam is riding strong word of mouth on Chinese social media platforms (Mtime - 7.2, Douban - 7.5, Gewara - 8.9), but its niche subject matter failed to attract a mainstream audience.

It was a close race for 3rd-5th place this weekend as Monkey King: Hero Is Back, Jianbing Man, and new animation Mr. Black: Green Star (黑猫警长之翡翠之星) were separated by just $400K. Monkey King leapfrogged back into the 3rd spot with $5.5 million (-32%) from ~33,000 screenings for a 31-day total of $137 million. The highest-grossing animated film in China's history also received a release extension until September 9.

Jianbing Man also held well, dropping just 41% for $5.2 million from ~36,000 showtimes. The superhero spoof is the 5th highest-grossing domestic film of all-time with $177 million after its fourth weekend of release.

Rounding out the top five, Mr. Black: Green Star posted a solid $5.1 million from ~55,000 screenings and is up to $6.1 million including last weekend's previews. 

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

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Tags: Lady of the Dynasty, Wild City, Jianbing Man, Monkey King: Hero is Back, To The Fore, Monster Hunt, China Box Office

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