China Box Office: 'Need for Speed' Retains Pole Position

The DreamWorks release is the latest to offset a poor performance at home with a strong showing in the world's second-largest movie market.

DreamWorks racing movie Need for Speed, starring Aaron Paul, brought in another $24.22 million in box office in China for the latest week for a cumulative total of $45.54 million.

The performance means that nearly half of the film's global take of $96.1 million comes from China, the latest example of a U.S. movie earning big bucks in the country despite a disappointing haul at home.

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Sony's and MGM's rebooted RoboCop, which screened in 3D in China, took another $1.08 million for a cumulative total of $50.82 million in China, according to Entgroup data for the week to Mar. 23. That means the film looks set to rack up nearly a quarter of its global expected total in China. Other moviesthat have  outperformed in China include Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim.

In second place in the China box-office ranking for the latest week was South Korean action film Snowpiercer, which took $7.83 million in its opening week.

Diao Yinan’s Golden Bear-winning Black Coal, Thin Ice was in third place with $6.69 million after its first three days, overtaking the movie Fighting, which took $6.44 million in its opening weekend amid controversy over the pre-sale of tickets.

In fifth place was Horse Trader, which took $4.7 million in its opening weekend, followed by Last Flight which took in $3 million in its first three days.

The Jason Statham action thriller Homefront notched another $1.68 million to bring its total after 10 days to $4.96 million, followed by the PETA-friendly animated feature Free Birds, which has now taken nearly $8 million in China.

Rounding out the top 10 was Hua Zhuang Shi, which took $560,000 after four days.