China Box Office: 'Wonder Woman' Wins Weekend With $38M
Disney's 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,' meanwhile, is closing in on $150 million in the Middle Kingdom.
Matching its strong debut in major markets around the world, Warner Bros' Wonder Woman charged out of the gates in China over the weekend, opening to a healthy $38 million.
The Patty Jenkins-directed superhero picture received over 80,000 showings per day and accounted for about 34 percent of China's total screen share for the weekend. Approximately $4.5 million of the film's debut haul came from 401 Imax screens.
The first major female superhero film since the disappointing Catwoman and Elektra franchises of the mid-2000s, Wonder Woman was made for $150 million and stars Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman. So far, local word of mouth in China appears robust; the movie has a score of 7.4/10 on reviews aggregator Duban and 8.4/10 on Weying.
After opening to a strong $68 million last week over the long holiday weekend, Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales slipped 74 percent to $17.6 million in its second frame. It has earned $144.3 million in the Middle Kingdom after 10 days, according to box-office tracker Ent Group.
Aamir Khan's Bollywood sensation Dangal added $9.17 million in its fourth weekend, bringing its total to $170 million — an unprecedented overseas number for an Indian film. Beijing regulators recently gave the movie a rare 30-day screening extension.
Meanwhile, the latest Doraemon animated movie from Japan — the unwieldily titled Doraemon the Movie 2017: Great Adventure in the Antarctic Kachi Kochi — opened Tuesday in China and had earned just shy of $17 million as of Sunday.
Upcoming major Hollywood releases in China include Universal's The Mummy on Friday, 20th Century Fox's Alien: Covenant on June 16 and Paramount's Transformers: The Last Knight on June 23.