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Despite a desultory start in North America, Universal’s The Mummy opened to a robust $52.2 million in China over the weekend, notching a career-high launch for Tom Cruise in the country.
The monster reboot easily bested Warner Bros.’ holdover Wonder Woman, which took $13.3 million in its second frame. After 10 days, Wonder Woman has lassoed some $70 million in the Middle Kingdom, according to Beijing box-office tracker Ent Group.
The Mummy comprised nearly 40 percent of all screenings in China throughout the weekend. The critical consensus in China more closely mirrored North America than audience turnout, however. The Mummy currently has a score of 4.3/10 on reviews aggregator Douban and 6.6/10 on ticketing platform Weying, considerably lower than the other Hollywood titles on release — Wonder Woman scores 7.3/10 on Douban and 8.5/10 on Weying, while Pirates 5 sits at 7.4 and 8.7, respectively.
Landing in third place in its third outing, Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales added $7.5 million, lifting its China total to $162 million.
India’s Dangal, now on release for 38 days, continued to impress, adding $5.1 million to its historic $180 million gross. The Bollywood family sports drama is now the leggiest overseas film ever in China.
After losing six minutes to cuts from Beijing’s censors, Fox’s Alien: Covenant opens Friday opposite Pixar’s Cars 3.
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