China Box Office: Homegrown 'Monk' Beats 'Jurassic World'
Chen Kaige's martial arts movie 'Monk Comes Down the Mountain' knocks the dinosaurs out of the top spot after two weeks.
Farewell, My Concubine director Chen Kaige's martial arts movie Monk Comes Down the Mountain took the top spot in the Chinese box-office ranking this week, knocking Universal's dinosaur epic Jurassic World into third place.
Monk Comes Down the Mountain brought in $38.25 million in its first four days, with 176,191 screenings and 5.83 million attendances, according to data from research group Entgroup.
Adapted from a novel by Xu Haofeng, Monk Comes Down the Mountain is about a Taoist monk who resumes his secular life.
The movie features Aaron Kwok, Chang Chen, Chiling Lin and Wang Baoqiang, as well as Jaycee Chan, the son of Hong Kong action star Jackie Chan, who was jailed after a drug bust and who remains in the movie despite being blacklisted.
The second-place movie was also a domestic production, Hollywood Adventures, which added $19.85 million for a cume of $47.59 million in its first full week in theaters. The movie had 221,564 screenings and 3.48 million admissions.
Produced by Enlight Media, Justin Lin and Sun Seven Stars Entertainment, Hollywood Adventures is the biggest-ever Chinese-language film shot in Los Angeles.
Chinese films will most likely have benefited from an unofficial blackout period, where Hollywood films are put on the back burner to give domestic fare a chance to thrive. No major Hollywood tentpoles are expected until the end of July, when Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Minions and Inside Out are expected, followed by Fantastic Four in August.
Jurassic World added $19.60 million in the latest week for a cumulative gross after 26 days of $226.13 million, and it is still showing widely, with 149,935 showings, and 3.14 million admissions.
In fourth place was Hong Kong action movie SPL 2: A Time for Consequences, which added $12.15 million for a cume of $87.68 million after 15 days. SPL 2 is a follow-up to Cheung Pou-soi's 2005 corrupt cop drama, and the sequel features Thai action star Tony Jaa (who also made an appearance in Furious 7).
Hong Kong action director Derek Tung-shing Yee's salute to the extras of Hangdian studios, I Am Somebody, took $6.68 million in its opening four days, with 61,036 screenings and 1.18 million admissions.
Behind that came the thriller Chang Chen Ghost Stories, taking $2.01 million in its first four days.
In seventh place was Warner Bros.' San Andreas, which added another $1.87 million for a total China gross of $103.19 million, a testament to Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's popularity in China.
In eighth place was an animated take on the Monkey King legend, Monkey King: Hero Is Back, which took $1.57 million in pre-sales and is due to open shortly.
The second part of the YA Divergent series, Insurgent, fell to ninth place, taking $1.54 million for a cume of $17.7 million after 17 days, while John Carney's musical drama Begin Again added $1.46 million for a gross of $2.17 million after 10 days in China.