China Box Office Weekend Report: 'The Witness' Grabs Top Spot as 'Ant-Man' Passes $100M
on November 02, 2015
Jonathan Papish @ChinaBoxOffice
Box office receipts for the October 31-November 1 weekend frame totaled $53.9M, down 13% from last weekend. However thanks in large part to the 7-day National Day Holiday at the beginning of the month, October's monthly box office total was ￥4.2B ($663M), 52% more than last October. Local language films accounted for 72.5% of that total. China's annual box office has now reached ￥36.98B ($5.83B), a full 51% ahead of last year's total at the same time.
This weekend newcomer The Witness (我是证人) unseated Marvel's Ant-Man for the top spot. The Chinese-language remake of a Korean thriller grossed $19.1 million from 3.75M admissions. Boy band heartthrob Lu Han (鹿晗) was clearly the main draw as females aged 21-25 accounted for nearly three-quarters of the film's audience.
Ant-Man fell one spot in its third weekend of release earning $10.7 million from 1.85M admissions. Marvel's tiniest superhero has now crossed the century mark with $101.6 million, outgrossing last year's comp Guardians of the Galaxy. Ant-Man may eke out another few million before it loses most of its screens to Everest and Maze Runner, both opening midweek.
In third place, Hollywood animation Hotel Transylvania 2 brought out family audiences this Halloween weekend, scaring up $8.8 million from 1.64M admissions. The sequel has grossed $12.3 million since opening last Tuesday and has already surpassed the lifetime cume of the original.
Goodbye Mr. Loser (夏洛特烦恼) still has some life going into its second month of release and pulled in $5.5 million from 1.06M admissions. The record-breaking comedy has now earned $223.3 million and will benefit from a 30-day release extension.
Rounding out the top 5, Chinese auteur Jia Zhangke's Mountains May Depart (山河故人) earned $2.8 million from 540K admissions. The arthouse film, Jia's first public release in China in 9 years and most commercially viable film to date, received strong reviews, but failed to attract much of an audience despite a major marketing push and subsidized tickets through online portal Maoyan. Nonetheless, after just three days of release Mountains May Depart has become the director's highest-grossing film ever.
The rest of this weekend's top ten can be found below with data from China's EntGroup.
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