China Box Office: 'Coco' Wins Again With $35M in Third Weekend

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China looks destined to become the animated hit's biggest market, with $128 million after 17 days.

China's love affair with Disney and Pixar's Coco continues.

The animated tentpole beat out new release Paddington 2 to top the Chinese box office for a third consecutive weekend. The film slipped just 21 percent from its huge second frame to take $34.6 million in the third. After 17 days on Chinese screens, Coco has totaled $127.8 million — just shy of its $135.5 million domestic total in North America. If current trends continue, Coco should finish with China as its largest market worldwide.

Paddington 2 debuted to $15.7 million — just shy of the $16.7 million that the first Paddington film pulled in during its entire run in China in 2015. Like Coco, Paddington 2 has earned rave local reviews and effusive word of mouth. The CGI/live action family film, directed by Paul King, doesn't open in North America until Jan. 12 courtesy of Warner Bros.

Opening in third place, Hong Kong crime thriller The Big Call, directed by Oxide Pang, brought in $5.7 million. It was followed by the British-made animated biopic Loving Vincent with $4.3 million.

Other imported titles vying for a foothold included shark thriller 47 Meters Down, which opened with $4.2 million, and Columbia Pictures' firefighter saga Only the Brave, which opened with a fizzle of just $860,000.

The remainder of 2017 will be dominated by local releases, as Beijing's end-of-year blackout of foreign film imports goes into effect. Upcoming highlights include the belated opening of Feng Xiaogang's cross-generational drama Youth and Jackie Chan's sci-fi vehicle, Bleeding Steel. produced by Perfect Village Entertainment, the joint venture Chinese studio set up by Village Roadshow, Endeavor and local company Perfect World.