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Nostalgia-steeped local comedy continues to dominate the Chinese box office.
Goodbye Mr. Loser — a film about a middle-aged nobody who passes out drunk and dreams of traveling back in time to pursue the girl that got away — shot to the top of the charts, pulling in $100 million over the past week (Oct. 5-12). Mr. Loser has now grossed a winning $142.1 million after 12 days on release, according to data analysis firm Entgroup.
Goodbye Mr. Loser is the first movie produced by Mahua FunAge, a privately owned Beijing theater company known for its wildly popular comedies. The film is based on one of Mahua’s hit stage plays of the same name. Directors Yan Fei and Peng Damo, along with the entire leading cast, make their movie debuts with the film, transitioning the production from the stage to the screen. The film is co-produced by Wanda Media.
In second place for the week, Xu Zheng‘s hit road comedy Lost in Hong Kong fell 64 percent from its big $100 million haul the week prior, pulling in $35 million over the past seven days. The film has now grossed a massive $245.26 million after 17 days, edging out Avengers: Age of Ultron to become the fourth-biggest film of all time in China. It will need another $66.5 million to surpass Transformers: Age of Extinction for third place.
The only Hollywood premiere of the week, Pixar’s Inside Out, opened in fourth place to a tepid $12.34 million over six days, notably behind Monsters University‘s $13 million China debut back in 2013, still the studio’s best bow in the world’s second-largest film market. Inside Out premiered in June in most of the rest of the world, and its China performance was undoubtedly hurt by the two months it had to wait to score a release there. Still, Pixar titles have been conspicuous under-performers with Chinese audiences, which haven’t seemed to connect with the whimsy and subtlety that the animation studio is famed for.
Lu Chuan‘s fantasy sci-fi spectacle Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe fell from second to third place, pulling in $30.5 million for a 12-day total of $100 million, according to Entgroup.
Local thriller Saving Mr. Wu, starring Andy Lau, grossed $11.8 million, down just 9 percent from the week before but still something of a disappointment compared with the blockbuster numbers logged by the competition higher up the charts. Mr. Wu has earned $26.8 million after 12 days.
Hollywood holdovers Minions and Mission: Impossible — Rouge Nation took $2.63 million and $1.01 million, respectively, falling to sixth and eighth place. Rouge Nation‘s China cume sits at $136.76 million, Minions‘ at $68.49 million.
In seventh place, children’s title Balala the Fairies — Princess Camellia grossed $2.22 million for an 11-day total of $5.37 million. The Third Way of Love took $580,000 for ninth and a cume of $11.3 million after 17 days. Hanging on at the bottom, The Mirror logged $190,000 for a 17-day total of $1.54 million.
Marvel’s Ant-Man opens in China this Friday, Oct.16.
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