China Box Office: 'P Storm' Surges, 'Shazam!' Fizzles

SHAZAM! Still 2 - ZACHARY LEVI as Shazam and JACK DYLAN GRAZER as Freddy Freeman- Publicity- EMBED 2019

The family-friendly DC superhero movie fell 85 percent in its second weekend, losing to the Hong Kong crime thriller and a sleeper hit from Bollywood.

Hong Kong crime thriller P Storm continued to make it rain at China's box office over the weekend, while DC's family-friendly superhero flick Shazam! sputtered.

P Storm, the wince-inducing title exerting little deterrence, earned $18.5 million in its second frame, taking its total to a healthy $89.4 million, according to data from Artisan Gateway.

The fourth film in David Lam's ongoing franchise, P Storm already has topped the total of its most recent predecessor, L Storm ($64 million in 2018), ensuring that more Storm projects are gathering over the horizon. In fact, G Storm, film number five, is already set to go into production in August with Hong Kong leading man Louis Koo returning to star.

Shazam! plummeted 85 percent, meanwhile, reflecting its lukewarm local word-of-mouth. The film added just $4.8 million for a $40.4 million total. Still, China remains the film's second-biggest international market by far, ahead of the U.K. ($11.7 million) and Mexico ($10.1 million). The pic's 10-day North American tally was $94.9 million, for a worldwide total of $258.8 million.

Shazam! was beaten by Indian black comedy Andhadhun, which continues to defy expectations in China. The film, produced by Viacom18 Motion Pictures, earned $10.3 million for second place this weekend. Its 13-day total is $30.1 million, which will encourage Chinese distributors to continue seeking the next Bollywood sleeper hit.

Japanese import The Crimes That Bind, a live-action crime flick starring Hiroshi Abe, opened to $4.4 million. The film, directed by Katsuo Fukuzawa and based on the novel by Keigo Higashino, has been well received by Chinese filmgoers, scoring 9.1/10 on ticketing app Maoyan and 8/10 from Douban's more discerning user community.

Holdover drama Songs of Youth, a heartwarming nostalgia piece from Er Dong Pictures, added $2 million in its fourth frame. The film has earned $49.2 million.

Next weekend will bring the release of a slew of local titles, as the market at large revs up for the opening of Avengers: End Game on April 24.