China Box Office: 'The Jungle Book' Clobbers 'The Huntsman'
Jon Favreau's CGI-live action spectacular -- which is about to cross $100 million -- led an otherwise slow weekend.
Disney's all-conquering The Jungle Book spent another week on top at China's box office, beating off local competition and an underwhelming debut from Universal's The Huntsman: Winter's War.
The Jungle Book is about to jump to the symbolic $100 million mark in the Middle Kingdom, with a $29.8 million weekend putting its 10-day total at $97.4 million, according to studio figures.
The Jon Favreau-directed re-imagining of Rudyard Kipling's classic tale and the 1967 Disney animated film continues to play well to young and old in China, the uplifting nature of the film as well as the cutting-edge CGI proving popular with audiences.
The big numbers from China add to The Jungle Book's hearty overall global box office cume of $528.5 million.
In what was a slow week at the Chinese box office, local drama Yesterday Once More grabbed the second spot with a three-day cume of $15.5 million, according to figures from Beijing-based box office analysts Ent Group.
A youthful romance that seems to be ubiquitous in China these days, Yesterday Once More stars Bai Jingting, Guo Shutong and Li Hongyi.
After a less-than-stellar opening in North America, The Huntsman: Winter's War opened to a disappointing $11.1 million weekend in China according to studio figures, adding more evidence that the fantasy prequel will be the first major flop of the summer movie season.
Despite starring Chris Hemsworth, a star with high name and face recognition in China through his Marvel endeavors, and Universal partnering with local firm Perfect World Pictures on production and marketing costs, The Huntsman failed to find favor with audiences.
In fourth place was holdover London Has Fallen, which took another $5.3 million for a 17-day cume of $51.3 million according to Ent Group figures. Fifth was another debutante, romcom My New Sassy Girl, a Chinese-Korean co-production and the sequel to My Sassy Girl. The long-awaited sequel didn't catch fire at the box office, with an anemic $3.7 million on opening weekend.
Rounding out the top ten were a collection of Asian films, with Tony Leung's Hong Kong crime drama Lost in White picking up $2.3 million to take sixth place; Hong Kong comedy Buddy Cops opening with $2.1 million for seventh; Japanese drama Flying Colors taking eighth with $1.9 million; and local romcom smash Chongquing Hot Pot in ninth, grabbing another $1.3 million for a 24-day cume of $57.2 million.
American Ultra, the Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart action comedy, came in tenth with $1 million for a 10-day cume of $3 million.