China Box Office: 'The Wolverine' Wins Again, Hits $33 Million
Late arrival on Chinese screens appears to have done no harm to The Wolverine, with the Japan-set comic book franchise taking $14.5 million in the week to Oct. 27 for a total of $33 million in 11 days.
The movie opened in July in most other markets, which normally gives the pirates in China plenty of time to flood the market with fake DVDs and downloads, but the appeal of going to the theater to see the Hugh Jackman movie is strong in the world's second biggest market.
There were 2.4 million admissions during the week for The Wolverine, data from Entgroup showed.
Data this month showed that China's box-office take was $2.7 billion in the first nine months of 2013, a 35 percent hike on the same three quarters last year, with domestic movies racking up a powerful display in the period.
However, foreign movies proved strongest in Chinese theaters last week as The Wolverine again contained the challenge of local favorite Donnie Yen's Shenzhen-set cop movie Special ID, which took $10 million during the week and has clocked up nearly 2 million admissions in its 10-day run.
Arnold Schwarzenegger opened during the week in The Last Stand, taking $4.75 million in the first four days. Now You See Me notched up $3.47 million, while the French comedy Fly Me to the Moon (Un plan parfait) took $2.45 million during its first three days, a strong performance for a non-Hollywood film.
Tsui Hark's Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon is now just shy of the $100 million box-office mark, taking $1.66 million to bring its cumulative total to $96.4 million.