China Box Office: 'Captain America' Fends Off 'Rio 2' for $80 Million Total
Captain America: The Winter Soldier surged to a stunning cume of $80.26 million after 10 days in China, taking $41.44 million its first full week of screening in the world’s second biggest film market.
The movie notched up 6.538 million admissions and had 226,486 screenings, according to box office estimates from the Beijing-based Entgroup research firm.
This compares to the year’s second biggest foreign movie, Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which had taken $60 million after 10 days.
Internationally, Disney and Marvel Studio's Captain America sequel has now earned $476.1 million worldwide, easily passing the $370.6 million the first Captain America notched up during its entire run. The movie, directed by brothers Anthony and Joe Russo, showed only in 3D in China.
The powerful performance shows how wise it is to bring the talent to China to promote the movie -- Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson came to Beijing to promote the movie last month.
With Evans back in the title role, as well as Avengers stars Johansson and Jackson, Captain America 2 picks up two years after Avengers left off. Captain America and Black Widow (Johansson) discover there is a secret conspiracy within S.H.I.E.L.D. and fight to stop it, along with The Falcon, played by Anthony Mackie.
Captain America saw off the challenge of Carlos Saldanha's Rio 2, which took $12.96 million in its opening weekend in China. Fox Animation and Blue Sky's 3D animated sequel showed on far fewer screens, with 68,525 screenings and 2.2 million admissions.
Overseas movies look set for a strong run in the second quarter, what with Captain America and Rio 2, and with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Transformers: Age of Extinction due to open in the period.
Overall Chinese box office saw a hefty 29.3 percent rise during the first quarter of the year. Revenues reached $1.09 billion (6.786 billion yuan), the Film Bureau said last week, and local films accounted for nearly two thirds of the take during the period.
First quarter revenues for 2014 have already exceeded the country's full-year total for 2009.
The best performing local movie was the third-placed plastic surgery romp The Truth About Beauty, directed by Aubrey Lam and produced by Peter Chan’s We Pictures. It took $5.63 million for a cumulative total of $11.86 million after 10 days.
Dreamworks’ Mr. Peabody & Sherman was in fourth place, adding another $3.35 million for a total of $19.13 million after 10 days.
Renny Harlin’s The Legend of Hercules took $2.37 million in its opening weekend in China. Millennium Entertainment's epic stars Kellan Lutz as the son of Zeus.
Local horror movie Death Is Here 3 took $2.26 million for a total of $4.53 million after 10 days, while in seventh place was the Hong Kong movie Delete Lover, which took $1.98 million in its opening three days.
DreamWorks’ Need for Speed, starring Aaron Paul, is still attracting an audience after 31 days showing, adding another $1.03 million for a cume of $66.24 million, while
Diao Yinan’s Berlin Golden Bear-winning Black Coal, Thin Ice took another $810,000 to bring its cumulative total to $14.46 million after 24 days.
Taiwanese filmmaker Xu Hong Hui's latest action thriller, Ameera, took $790,000 in its opening weekend.