China Box Office: Colin Firth's Charm Helps 'Kingsman' to Regal Performance

Kingsman: The Secret Service Still - H 2015
Jaap Buitendijk

Kingsman: The Secret Service Still - H 2015

Andy Lau's abduction tale 'Lost and Love' is the biggest domestic performer of the week.

Matthew Vaughn's comic book adaptation Kingsman: The Secret Service had a strong opening weekend in China, taking $24.25 million in its opening three days, boosted by a visit by the movie's top spy, Colin Firth.

Directed, co-produced and co-written by Vaughn (X-Men: First Class, Kick-Ass), Kingsman also features Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Caine, Mark Strong, Mark Hamill and Sofia Boutella.

The movie had 116,819 screenings and 4.55 million admissions in its opening three days, according to data from the research group Entgroup.

Kingsman was censored due to the violent and occasional sexual content, but that has not deterred Chinese filmgoers. Firth came to China to promote the movie, shown to be a prudent practice for Hollywood when seeking to woo Chinese audiences. Firth also pushed the right buttons with local filmgoers by talking of how he would love to work with Hong Kong action star Jackie Chan.

In second place was the Andy Lau-starrer Lost and Love, which was written and directed by Peng Sanyuan and tells the story of a man searching for his abducted son. The movie added $13.44 million for a total of $31.7 million after 10 days, with 209,485 screenings and 2.72 million admissions.

Liam Neeson was still going strong in Taken 3, which took another $12.73 million in its first full week for a gross of $29.83 million, from 188,582 screenings and 2.19 million admissions.

Disney's Cinderella slipped to fourth place, taking another $12.33 million for a cume of $65.92 million after 17 days. Kenneth Branagh's live-action take on the fairy tale notched up 159,693 screenings and 2.51 million admissions.

Disney also occupied the fifth place with Oscar winner Big Hero 6, which added another $5.47 million for a cume of $83.53 million after 30 days in Chinese cinemas.

Behind that was the Chinese 3D CGI fantasy film 10,000 Years Later, which is being marketed as an "R-rated" movie because of its violence and frightening dystopic theme, even though China has no film classification system.

Moving up to seventh place was the Hong Kong movie Little Big Master, starring Miriam Yeung and Louis Koo, which took $1.42 million in its first full week for a cume of $3.18 million after 10 days.

It was followed by the animated movie Legend of a Rabbit: Martial of Fire, the sequel to the Legend of a Rabbit movie in 2011, which took $820,000 for a cume of $2.46 million after 37 days on release.

StudioCanal's CGI live-action film Paddington took another $620,000 for a gross of $15.62 million after 25 days, while Jean-Jacques Annaud's Wolf Totem rounded out the top 10, adding $570,000 for a gross of $110.46 million after 39 days.

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