China Box Office: 'Interstellar' Soars Past $100 Million as Local Movie 'Women Who Flirt' Opens Strongly

Interstellar Art - H 2014

Interstellar Art - H 2014

'Fury' does well despite leak of online screeners resulting from the cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment

Christopher Nolan's space epic Interstellar rocketed past the $100 million frontier in the world's second-biggest film market, taking
another $23.25 million to bring its cume after 19 days to $108.69 million in China.

According to the Chinese research firm Entgroup, the movie is still showing widely, with 140,984 screens and 3.9 million admissions.

In second place was Pang Ho-Cheung's ensemble starrer Women Who Flirt, which took $13.05 million in its opening weekend, with 93,264 screenings and 2.37 million admissions.

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China Lion showed the movie in North America, Australia and New Zealand ahead of its Chinese release, with a Thanksgiving release date in North America.

The Mandarin-language movie stars Zhou Xun, Huang Xiaoming, Sui Tang and Xie Yilin.

Roy Chow's Rise of the Legend added another $12.21 million in its first full week to bring its cume to $25.69 million, while DreamWorks Animation's Penguins of Madagascar added another $8.22 million to bring its cume after 17 days to $32.58 million.

In fifth place was Brad Pitt's Fury, which took $7.73 million in its first full week for a cume of $15.04 million after 10 days. The movie
is unlikely to have been very much affected by an online screener leak following the cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment. Pirated copies are already widely available in China and people tend to go to see a movie for the theater experience, then watch it again on their tablets or cellphones later. The leak is, of course, still hardly welcome news for a film debuting in China.

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Fleet of Time took $3.35 million, while Gabe Ibáñez' Automata, with Antonio Banderas, took $2.58 million in its opening weekend.

Johnnie To's romantic comedy Don't Go Breaking My Heart took another $1.54 million for a total of $31.64 million, putting it in eighth

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