China Box Office: 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' Hits $80 Million
The film's $43.82 million full-week haul surpasses the $41.44 million "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" made in its first week in China earlier this year.
20th Century Fox tentpole X-Men: Days of Future Past took $43.82 million in its first full week in China, bringing its total to $83.14 million after 10 days, according to data from Beijing-based analyst group Entgroup.
Bryan Singer's critically acclaimed movie had 232,842 screenings and 7.21 million admissions for the week to June 1.
The movie has been boosted in the world’s second largest film market by its Chinese star Fan Bingbing and a well-received visit by key cast.
The week includes International Children’s Day on June 1, which gave domestic animation titles a notable boost, but the impact of the Dragon Boat Festival public holiday on June 2 won't be clear until next week.
Hong Kong crime thriller Overheard 3 took $24.10 million in its opening four days from 123,556 screenings and 4.4 million admissions.
Directed by Alan Mak and Felix Chong, Overheard 3 features Sean Lau, Louis Koo and Daniel Wu, who all featured in the original, as well as Ng Man-Tat, Zhou Xun, Gordon Lam and Michelle Ye.
In third place in the box office charts was Zhang Yimou’s Coming Home, which took $7.96 million to bring its cumulative total to $41.43 million, from 98,227 screenings with 1.44 million admissions.
In fourth was the domestic animated feature Happy Little Submarines 4 – Adventure of Octopus, which took 4.88 million in its opening weekend.
This was followed by two other domestically produced animated features, Zhu Zhu Xia Zhi Yong Chuang Ju Ren Dao, which took $3.75 million in its first two days, and the domestically produced The Adventures of Sinbad 2014, which took $2.63 million in its first weekend.
In seventh place was The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which notched up another $1.98 million in China for a cumulative total of $93.92 million after 29 days.
Another Chinese toon was behind that, Magic Wonderland, which took $1.92 million in its opening weekend, followed by the horror movie Closed Doors Village, which took $510,000.
Rounding out the top 10 was The Great Hypnotist, which took another $500,000 for a cume of $44.05 million.