China Box Office Weekend Report: 'Ant-Man' Remains #1; Chinese Audiences Shun 'Pan'
on October 26, 2015
Jonathan Papish @ChinaBoxOffice
Several new releases including Warner Bros' critically maligned Pan were unable to inject life into the Chinese box office this weekend as revenue totaled just $61.6 million, down 29% from last weekend.
Ant-Man and Goodbye Mr. Loser (夏洛特烦恼) retained the top two spots with both films dropping a respectable 48% from last weekend. Marvel's tiniest superhero scored $21.9 million from ~100K screenings over the weekend, bringing its 10-day cume to $81.8 million. The film looks on track to surpass last year's Guardians of the Galaxy and top $100 million.
Mr. Loser pulled in $11.6 million from ~68,000 showings. The comedy from Beijing theater troupe Kaixin Mahua has earned $211.6 million after 26 days of release and sits as the 3rd highest-grossing Chinese language film of all-time behind Monster Hunt ($391M) and Lost in Hong Kong ($253.4M). It is also China's 7th highest-grossing film of all-time including imports.
In third place, Japanese anime Detective Conan: Sunflowers of Inferno found $9.0 million from ~73K showtimes in its debut. Even though Conan's opening was far below Stand By Me Doraemon's ($33.7M), the film's relative success at the Chinese box office shows promise for future Japanese imports after restrictions were lifted earlier this year.
Another imported animation, France's The Little Prince dropped a spot in its second weekend yet still earned $5.5 million from just ~28,000 showtimes. The film continues to pack in families and scored the highest average attendance per screening of any top ten film this weekend. The Little Prince has earned $20.9 million after 10 days of release, easily outgrossing Pixar's Inside Out ($15M) thanks in large part due to its universal themes as well as its savvy choice of vocal talent.
Rounding out the top five, newcomer Youth Never Returns (既然青春留不住) couldn't find its post-90s targeted demographic, earning just $4.9 million including last weekend's previews.
Also worth mentioning, Pan was unable to crack the top five this weekend. Warner Bros' hope that China would save its critical and financial failure was never realistic given the story's relative obscurity there, and sure enough Chinese audiences shunned the film, giving it just $3.5 million since Thursday's debut. Pan opened on 21% of China's screens, but by Sunday it had lost nearly two-thirds of them.
The rest of this weekend's top ten can be found below with data from China's EntGroup.
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