China Box Office: 'Jurassic World' Unshakable Amid Surging Revenue
The country's box office passed $3.22 billion in 180 days, 66 days faster than last year.
Universal's dino epic Jurassic World continued its reign atop the Chinese box office charts in the week to June 28, adding another $37.96 million for a gross of $206.29 million after 19 days in China.
Data from Entgroup showed that Jurassic World was still screening widely, with 223,120 showings and six million admissions.
It's been a strong year for Hollywood thus far, and tentpoles such as Universal's Furious 7 and Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron have driven a powerful year for the world's second largest movie market.
According to the officially backed movie website M1905, the Chinese box office had passed $3.22 billion (20 billion yuan) by June 29, which is 66 days earlier than last year. Of this total, domestic films took $1.5 billion or 46.5 percent of the market, $230 million less than imported movies, which had $1.72 billion box office in the first 180 days of the year.
Holding its own in second place was the Hong Kong action movie SPL 2: A Time for Consequences, which added $31.66 million in its first full week in China for a cume of $75.32 million. SPL 2 is a follow-up to Cheung Pou-soi's 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, with a guest appearance by Louis Koo, SPL 2 had 238,575 screenings and 5.3 million admissions, according to Entgroup.
There was a strong opening for Hollywood Adventures, produced by Enlight Media, Justin Lin and Sun Seven Stars Entertainment, which is the biggest-ever Chinese language film shot in Los Angeles and widely expected to be one of the big Chinese movies of the summer.
Hollywood Adventures took $27.63 million in its opening three days, with 151,736 showings and 4.44 million admissions.
Reactions online to the movie have been mixed, although in a survey by Sina Cinema, the movie scored a seven out of 10 from 90 percent of respondents.
Behind that came Insurgent in fourth place, notching up another $6.91 million in its first full week. The second part of the YA Divergent series had 87,275 screenings and 1.13 million admissions, according to Entgroup data.
Still performing well was Warner Bros.' San Andreas, which crossed the $100 million threshold in a country that has experienced devastating earthquakes in the recent past. San Andreas picked up another $6.82 million for a cume of $101.26 million after 27 days, with the disaster epic helped by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's enduring popularity in China.
In sixth place in the Entgroup tally was youth 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 another $3.3 million in its first full week for a gross of $7.84 million.
Behind that came Taiwanese romance Love Me Love My Dog with $1.75 million for a cume of $3.74 million, followed by The Three Pigs and the Lamp, which took $1.68 million to strong pre-sales for a total of $1.98 million in its opening two days.
Japanese animation film Stand by Me took another $940,000 for a cume of $86.92 million, while Begin Again rounded out the top 10 with $700,000 in its opening weekend.