China Box Office: 'Transformers: Age of Extinction' Rules in Huge Week for Hollywood

"Transformers: Age of Extinction"
"Transformers: Age of Extinction"

Transformers: Age of Extinction took $99.81 million in its opening three days in China, from 166,446 screenings with 14.7 million admissions, according to data from the research group Entgroup.

This compares with the figure issued by Paramount, which said that Transformers: Age of Extinction notched up the biggest opening weekend ever for a foreign movie with a gross of $93 million.

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Transformers accounted for nearly 60 percent of all screenings in China and looks to be on target to challenge Avatar’s $221.9 million box-office record here.

Four of the top five movies in China last week were Hollywood tentpoles.

Given that it was pitched against such a powerful team of cyborgs, the domestic romantic comedy The Breakup Guru performed sturdily, taking $24.18 million in its opening three days, from 101,455 screenings and 4.53 million admissions.

Directed by Yu Baimei and Deng Chao and starring Deng and Yang Mi, the movie provided a welcome outlet for the non-fanboys among the Chinese cinema-going public.

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In third place was Maleficent, which took another $16.48 million in its first full week in China to bring its gross to $38.72 million, from 151,130 screenings and 2.77 million admissions.

Warner Bros’ and Legendary Pictures’ Godzilla took a further $7.6 million to bring its cume to $76.99 million, while Tom Cruise’s Edge of Tomorrow took fifth place, earning $3.22 million for a cume of $65.30 million.

In sixth place was Grace of Monaco, which was launched by Nicole Kidman at the Shanghai International Film Festival. It took another $1.77 million to bring its gross to $2.02 million after 10 days. It had 39,157 screenings, and 335,421 admissions.

The thriller Night Mail took $430,000 in its first full week for a cume of $950,000, while Hong Kong crime thriller Overheard 3 was in eighth place, adding another $340,000 for a cume of $49.65 million.

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A Noble Spirit took $240,000 for a cume of $370,000, while the domestic horror movie Midnight Hair pulled in $220,000 for a gross of $2.12 million.

Data from M1905, which is the official website of the state broadcaster’s movie channel, CCTV6, showed that Chinese box office rose to $21.6 billion in the first half of this year, up 22 percent.

Domestic movies accounted for $1.04 billion, or 48 percent, while foreign movies accounted for $1.12 billion, or 52 percent.

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