China Box Office: 'Avengers' Unseats 'Furious 7' as Hollywood's Big Run Continues
The two movies have already racked up well over half a billion dollars between them in the world's second-biggest film market.
Disney's superhero blockbuster Avengers: Age of Ultron usurped Furious 7 at the top of the box-office charts in China, taking a massive $156.3 million in its first six days in the world's second-biggest film market.
The studio figure is broadly in line with data from the research group Entgroup ($154.63 million). Entgroup data also showed how Ultron dominated screenings – the movie had 494,148 screenings and 23.83 million admissions.
Internationally, Ultron currently ranks as the eighth-highest-grossing film of all time.
Hollywood also claimed second place, with Neill Blomkamp's Chappie taking $3.46 million in its first full week for a cume of $13.73 million, with 92,125 screenings and 670,606 admissions.
In third place was the Chinese drama You Are My Sunshine, which added $2.85 million for a cume of $55.31 million after 18 days.
Sunshine, which features popular Hong Kong actress Angelababy and her real-life boyfriend Huang Xiaoming, as well as Dong Dawei, had 79,918 screenings and 552,081 admissions.
Alec Su's debut as director, the coming-of-age romance The Left Ear, came in fourth, adding another $2.96 million for a cume of $76.86 million after 24 days.
James Wan's high-octane auto fest Furious 7, which includes Paul Walker's final on-screen performance, fell to fifth place, adding another $1.49 million to bring its gross in China to a massive $390.87 million. The Universal action movie is firmly established as the most successful film ever in the world's second-biggest market.
To put this performance into context, China's entire box office in 2006 was $327.5 million.
After 36 days in Chinese theaters, the movie, which boasts investment by the state film colossus China Film Group, had a much reduced number of screenings, 25,482, and 244,565 admissions.
Cao Dawei's The Beloved was in sixth place with $1.4 million in its opening weekend, while DreamWorks Animation's Home took the seventh spot, adding $1.28 million for a cume of $26.74 million.
The fast-paced thriller Helios by Longman Leung and Sunny Luk, about cops, professors and arms dealers trying to gain control over a weapon of mass destruction in Hong Kong, took another $1.23 million for a gross of $33.15 million after 18 days.
Rounding out the top 10 was the animation Alibaba and the Thief, which added another $590,000 in preview sales, and the thriller Death Trip, which took $480,000 in its opening weekend.