China Box Office: 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' Nears $100 Million

2:35 AM PST 04/22/2014 by Clifford Coonan
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Captain America strong in China

Carlos Saldanha's "Rio 2" takes another $12.05 million, and Johnny Depp's "Transcendence" opens in third with $10.65 million, just $1 million shy of its North American debut.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier continued its strong run in China, taking another $18 million for a cume of $98.27 million after 17 days in the country, while Carlos Saldanha's Rio 2 took a healthy $12.05 million for a total of $25.01 million in its first full week on release here.

The Disney and Marvel Studio's Captain America sequel, which is directed by brothers Anthony and Joe Russo and is showing only in 3D in China, had 151,489 screenings and 2.89 million admissions in the week to Apr. 20, according to estimates by the Beijing-based research group Entgroup.

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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.

The good news for Hollywood in the world’s second largest film market doesn’t look like it will be ending anytime soon, with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Transformers: Age of Extinction both due to open this quarter.

Johnny Depp's Transcendence came in at third place in the standings, taking $10.65 million its opening weekend according to Entgroup, which is a little less than $1 million short of its U.S. opening gross of $11.5 million. The film was co-produced by Beijing and LA-based DMG and got a heavy marketing push in China before its day-and-date local release, including a visit from its star. 

Dante Lam’s psychological thriller That Demon Within had a strong opening weekend, taking $7.94 million. The movie, which features Daniel Wu as a dutiful police constable wracked by doubt after he saves the life of a notorious and ruthless killer played by Nick Cheung, had 66,702 screenings and 1.58 million admissions.

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In fifth place was Renny Harlin’s The Legend of Hercules, which added another $1.55 million to bring its total to  $3.92 million after 10 days. Millennium Entertainment's epic stars Kellan Lutz as the son of Zeus.

Moving up to sixth place was the Hong Kong movie Delete Lover, which grossed f $1.55 million for a cume of $3.53 million after 10 days.

The plastic surgery romp The Truth About Beauty, directed by Aubrey Lam and produced by Peter Chan’s We Pictures, added $1.3 million for a cume of $13.17 million.

In eighth place was local comedy Best Suspects, with $780,000 in its opening weekend, while the Taiwanese romantic comedy Campus Confidential was in 9th place, taking $750,000 in its opening weekend.

The local horror movie Death Is Here 3 rounded out the top 10, taking $710,000 for a cume of $5.24 million.

Overall, the Chinese box office saw a hefty 29.3 percent rise during the first quarter of 2014. 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.

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