China Box Office: 'Jurassic World' Grabs $100M As Blackout Looms

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Foreign films traditionally make way for Chinese films during June and July.

Jurassic World took in $100.1 million in its first five days in the world's second-biggest film market, according to data from Universal. 

Hollywood is having a powerful run in China this year, with Furious 7, Avengers: Age of Ultron and now Jurassic World earning enormous sums in their opening weeks.

However, the annual "blackout" period is due to begin June 19, when Hollywood movies have to give way to Chinese films, and that usually runs until the end of July.

Ahead of the blackout comes The Divergent Series: Insurgent, then the focus is on domestic fare until later in July when Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Minions and Inside Out are expected, and Fantastic Four in August.

Among the big Chinese movies due to open in coming weeks are Hollywood Adventures and the latest installment in the Tiny Times franchise.

The Jurassic Park story seems to chime with audiences in China, especially in formats like Imax. The 3D rerelease of Jurassic Park in 2013 took $57 million, which was more than in North America. Figures from industry data group Entgroup revealed that Jurassic World had 344,103 showings and 15.73 million admissions. 

The dinosaurs knocked Warner Bros.' and New Line's San Andreas into second place in the week to June 14, although it had a creditable week, taking $29.56 million. San Andreas had 229,121 screenings and 4.89 million admissions, according to Entgroup.

One of the things driving the popularity of the movie in China is the popularity of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, who came to Beijing to promote San Andreas and is loved for his role in Furious 7.

Also holding its own last week was Stand By Me Doraemon in third place, the first Japanese movie to show in China in nearly three years as tensions between the two Asian giants start to ease.

The chubby cat robot with a magical pocket added $8.31 million for a gross of $83.05 million after 18 days, Entgroup figures show.

Bollywood tentpole PK took another $2 million to bring its China cume to $18.77 million after 24 days, making it the most successful Indian film in China.

The success of Doraemon and PK shows growing sophistication in the Chinese market and offers hope to non-Hollywood movies that they also can make money in China.

In fifth place, Disney's superhero blockbuster Avengers: Age of Ultron added $1.53 million to its tally for a cume of $240.11 million.

Behind that came Disney's Tomorrowland, which took another $900,000 for a cume of $19.24 million after 20 days.

That was followed by Who Am I 2015, directed by Song Yinxi, which took $550,000 in its opening weekend, and Sun Hao's romantic comedy Zai Jian Wo Men De Shi Nian, with $480,000 in its opening weekend.

In ninth place was Monsters, which took another $290,000 for a gross of $740,000, and rounding out the top 10 in China was Happy Little Submarine Magic Box of Time, which took another $270,000 for a gross of $5.38 milllion.

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