China Box Office: 'Furious 7' Nears $400M as Theaters Gear Up for 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'

The Universal action movie is firmly established as the most successful film ever in the world's second-biggest market.

James Wan's high-octane auto fest Furious 7, which includes Paul Walker's final on-screen performance, added another $17.38 million to bring its gross in China to a massive $389.26 million.

After 29 days in Chinese theaters, the movie, which boasts investment by the state film colossus China Film Group, had 167,412 screenings and 2.78 million admissions, according to data from research group Entgroup.

Furious 7's winning run looks set to come to a screeching halt, however, as Avengers: Age of Ultron is due to open on May 12 and is expected to show on more than 96 percent of screens.

In second place was the Chinese drama You Are My Sunshine, which added $14.33 million in its first full week on release for a cume of $52.36 million after 11 days.

Sunshine, which features popular Hong Kong actress Angelababy and her real-life boyfriend Huang Xiaoming, as well as Dong Dawei, had 227,377 screenings and 2.7 million admissions.

The fast-paced thriller Helios by Longman Leung and Sunny Luk, about cops, professors and arms dealers trying to gain control over a weapon of mass destruction in Hong Kong, took another $10.98 million for a cume of $31.86 million after 11 days.

The $26 million movie features some major Asian stars, including Hong Kong's Jacky Cheung and Nick Cheung, South Korean heartthrob Choi Si-won and Zhang Zhen from the mainland.

Behind that came Neill Blomkamp's Chappie, which took $10.26 million in its opening weekend from 105,191 screenings.

Alec Su's directorial debut, the coming-of-age romance The Left Ear, added $9.99 million for a cume of $74.74 million after 17 days, while DreamWorks Animation's Home added $3.97 million for a cume of $25.44 million, also after 17 days.

Behind that, turnover was fairly low.

Murmurs of the Heart took another $1.31 million for a cume of $2.15 million, and additional screenings for Wang Xiaoshuai's festival favorite Red Amnesia upped its cume by $820,000 to $1.42 million.

Easternlight's Wolf Warriors, directed by and starring martial artist Wu Jing, added another $740,000 for a gross of $86.86 million, while the animated Alibaba and the Thief took $650,000 in preview sales.

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