China Box Office: 'Star Trek Beyond' Wins Slow Second Weekend With Just $11.3M

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'Star Trek Beyond'

Sony's 'The Shallows' took second place with $8.3 million, while Kevin Spacey's cat comedy 'Nine Lives' was a step behind with $8.1 million.

Star Trek Beyond retained its place atop the Chinese box office over the weekend, but the film dropped well below warp speed in its second frame.

The Paramount franchise sequel earned $11.3 million from Friday to Sunday, a 66 percent slip from its solid $33.3 million opening. With a current cume of $53.5 million in the Middle Kingdom, Beyond should beat the $57.1 million that Star Trek Into Darkness earned in China in 2013, although not by much.

China's box office returned to growth in August, but the overall deceleration observed in the market for most of the summer appears to still be in effect.

Sony's summer horror hit The Shallows, starring Blake Lively, took second place with just $8.3 million. The shark-attack flick narrowly beat Nine Lives, directed by Barry Sonnenfeld and starring Kevin Spacey as a businessman whose consciousness is transported into a cat. The family comedy, a co-production between China's Fundamental Films and France's Europacorp, took in $8.1 million.

In fourth place, Ice Age: Collision Course added $2.5 million in its third weekend for a 20-day China total of $63.6 million.

Jason Bourne, also in its third weekend, took in $1.1 million, nudging its 20-day cume to $66.3 million.

U.K. sci-fi comedy Absolutely Anything opened to $1.04 million, while the rest of the chart was littered with holdover pictures and local new releases that failed to crack the $1 million mark.

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