China Box Office: 'Miss Granny' Remake Takes Top Spot as 'Seventh Son' Opens Strong

Seventh Son Film Still - H 2013

Seventh Son Film Still - H 2013

Chen Zhengdao's galloping-grandma yarn edges out the Jeff Bridges-Julianne Moore movie.

A China-Korea co-production about the antics of a time-traveling grandma, Miss Granny, took the top slot in the box-office charts this week, taking $19.34 million for a gross of $39.48 million in its first full week in theaters.

A remake of the Korean comedy of the same title, Miss Granny had 198,217 screenings and 3.3 million admissions in the week ending Jan. 18, according to data from research group Entgroup.

Directed by Taiwanese director Chen Zhengdao, the movie tells of the antics of a 70-year-old grandmother who is transformed into a 20-year-old woman. It features Lu Han, formerly a member of the South Korean-Chinese boy band EXO.

Behind that was the Jeff Bridges-Julianne Moore fantasy epic Seventh Son, which took $16.08 million in its opening three days, with 109,436 screenings and 2.69 million admissions.

Distributed worldwide by Universal, Seventh Son is not due to open in the U.S. until Feb. 6. The Sergei Bodrov-directed movie opened Dec. 17 in France and has already performed strongly in Russia, Ukraine, Romania, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.



Seventh Son, in which Bridges plays a mentor to a young man (Ben Barnes) turned warrior, already has a distinctly Chinese flavor. The country's state-owned film company China Film Group made an "eight-figure" equity investment in Seventh Son and in another project by Thomas Tull's Legendary Entertainment feature film division, Warcraft.

It also has linked up with Locojoy, a Chinese mobile gaming company, to promote the game version of Seventh Son.

Behind that was the Ben Stiller comedy Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, which took another $11.34 million to bring its total to $42.45 million after 15 days in China.

Fox's family film had 149,300 screenings and 2.18 million admissions.

Tsui Hark’s 3D epic The Taking of Tiger Mountain took another $7.94 million to bring its gross to $135.58 million after 27 days on release in China. The movie had 86,457 screenings during the week and 1.26 million admissions.



Behind that was Wong Kar-wai's reissued 3D version of The Grandmaster, which took another $4.79 million to bring its gross to $9.83 million; another 3D rerelease, Stephen Chow's classic film Kung Fu Hustle, was behind that. Now 20 years old, Kung Fu Hustle grossed $2.84 million in its first four days.

Romantic thriller The Unbearable Lightness of Inspector Fan was behind that, taking $2.83 million in its first three days, followed by the war movie Lotus Code, which opened with $1.7 million.

One Hundred Thousand Bad Jokes took another $1.19 million for a cume of $18.55 million after 12 days, and rounding out the top 10 was the Australian time-travelling thriller Predestination, featuring Ethan Hawke, which took another $700,000 million to bring its gross to $1.83 million after 10 days.

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