China Box Office: 'Jurassic World' Devours Competition for Second Straight Week
Universal's record-breaking dino flick has brought in $161.7 million in 12 days in the world's second-biggest movie market.
There's no stopping Jurassic World, as Universal's dino tentpole made another $61.6 million in its second week in China, with the film racing to a $161.7 million cume after 12 days, according to figures from the studio.
Like the rest of the world, the Chinese have been wowed by the action and special effects of Jurassic World, and the film's success continues Hollywood's strong performance in 2015 so far with stellar returns for Universal's Furious 7 and Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron, among others.
Data from Entgroup showed that Jurassic World had 339,013 screenings with 10.88 million admissions in China.
Jurassic World's strong performance may lose some momentum as the annual "blackout" period in the country began on Friday. This is the period when Hollywood movies unofficially have to give way to domestic films, with major foreign movies held back. It usually runs until the end of July.
In second place this week was Hong Kong action flick SPL 2: A Time For Consequences, which took in $43.36 million in four days in China. SPL 2 is a follow-up to Cheang Pou-soi 2005 corrupt cop drama. The sequel features Thai action star Tony Jaa (who also made an appearance in Furious 7).
Also starring Wu Jing, Zhang Jin and Simon Yam, SPL 2 had 183,229 screenings and 7.3 million admissions, according to Entgroup.
Third was Warner Bros.' San Andreas, which continues to do good business in a country that has experienced devastating earthquakes in the recent past. San Andreas picked up another $12.51 million, for a cume of $94.38 million after 20 days, with the disaster epic helped by Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson's enduring popularity in China. Entgroup said San Andreas had 114,663 screenings and 2.1 million admissions.
The fourth spot also went to Hollywood fare, with Insurgent chalking up $9.14 million in its opening weekend. The second part of the YA Divergent series had 65,395 screenings and 1.5 million admissions, according to Entgroup data.
In fifth was youthful comedy The Ark of Mr Chow, which tells the story of a group of socially awkward geniuses recruited for a special college program. The film took in $4.49 million at theaters in its opening weekend.
Japanese animation film Stand By Me continues to show staying power, picking up another $2.86 million to put it in sixth place and giving it a cume of $85.96 million after 25 days.
In seventh place was Taiwanese romance Love Me Love My Dog with $1.97 million, followed by local horror movie Admission by Guts, which took $710,000 in its opening week. Bollywood tentpole PK ranked ninth, earning another $600,000 to bring its China cume to $19.38 million after 31 days, making it the most successful Indian film in China.
In the 10th spot was domestic romantic comedy Zai Jian Wo Men De Shi Nian, starring Guo Jiaming. It made $370,000, for a cume of $850,000 after 10 days.