China Box Office: Local Audiences Warm to 'Night at the Museum 3'

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Still 1 - H 2014
Joe Lederer

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Still 1 - H 2014

The Ben Stiller comedy is offsetting a less-than-stellar performance at home with big numbers in China.

Ben Stiller comedy Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, despite showing relatively low numbers in the U.S., topped the Chinese box-office charts in its first full week in the world's second biggest film market, taking $26.93 million for a cume of $30.91 million after eight days.

According to data from the research group Entgroup, Fox's family film had 226,385 screenings and racked up 4.95 million admissions in the week ending January 11.

The figure broadly tallies with figures released by the studio at the weekend, and the threequel's performance helped Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb top the charts internationally last week with $46.2 million.

Secret of the Tomb has grossed $148.6 million internationally and $248.1 million globally.

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In second place was the China-Korea co-production Miss Granny, a remake of the Korean comedy of the same title.

The movie has grossed $19.90 million after four days, with 133,745 screenings and  3.88 million admissions.

Directed by Taiwanese director Chen Zheng Dao, the movie tells of the adventures of a 70-year-old grandmother who is transformed into a 20-year-old woman; it features Lu Han, who was formerly a member of the South Korean-Chinese boy band EXO.

Tsui Hark’s 3D epic, The Taking of Tiger Mountain, took another $17.20 million to bring its gross to $127.50 million after 20 days of release in China. The movie had 150,209 screenings during the week, and 2.72 million admissions.

Behind that was Wong Kar-wai's reissued 3D version of The Grandmaster, which took $4.85 million in its first four days, while the animated One Hundred Thousand Bad Jokes took another $3.93 million for a cume of $17.33 million after 12 days.

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Gu Changwei's romantic comedy Love on the Cloud added another $2.74 million for a gross of $45.04 million after 19 days.

The days when time travel was a taboo subject in China — as Looper showed a couple of years back — seem to be over, with the Australian time-traveling thriller Predestination, featuring Ethan Hawke, taking $1.11 million its opening three days.

Rounding out the top 10 were Khumba, with $920,000, Bloody Doll with a cume of $3.74 million and The Two Faces of January with $680,000.

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