China Box Office: 'Spider-Man 2' Surges Past $80 Million, 'Coming Home' Opens Strong

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Spidey continued his muscular performance in the world’s second largest film market while Zhang Yimou’s epic drama notched up a respectable $13 million.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 took another $24.48 million in China for a cumulative total of $80.86 million after 15 days, from 205,671 screenings and 3.9 million admissions, according to data for the week to May 18 from research group Entgroup.

Meanwhile, Zhang Yimou’s Coming Home took $12.98 million in its opening weekend from 96,491 screenings and 2.32 million admissions.

This marks a big showing for an essentially arthouse movie, set against the controversial political backdrop of the turbulent Cultural Revolution period of the 1970s.

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The movie, which is screening out-of-competition at Cannes this year, features Gong Li and Chen Daoming and also introduces newcomer Zhang Huiwen.

Spider-Man 2’s profile was high in the country after Andrew GarfieldJamie Foxx and Emma Stone visited Beijing to promote the movie, but its screening slot had been expected to work against it, as it was debuted after an unofficial blackout period on screening imported movies, used by Chinese regulators to give local films a better chance of success.

In third place was The Great Hypnotist, which took $7.13 million for a cume of $40.2 million. A mystery thriller representing a new direction in genre films for China, The Great Hypnotist marks the second commercial success in the mainland for Taiwan-born director Leste Chen, who previously scored with his 2013 romantic comedy Say Yes. The movie stars Xu Zheng (Lost in Thailand) and Hong Kong star Karen Mok.

Homegrown Chinese romantic comedy My Old Classmate was still doing the business in fourth place, notching up $6.23 million during the week for a total of $70.59 million after 24 days.

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Directed by Frant Guo, top local contender My Old Classmate stars Zhou Dongyu and Lin Gengxin as university classmates who fall in love but then drift apart.

In fifth place was the Jason Statham-starring Hummingbird, which took $2.25 million for a cume of $4.71 million after 10 days.

Pang Ho-Cheung's Hong Kong International Film Festival opener Aberdeen was the sixth most popular movie, taking $660,000 in its first full week for a cumulative total of $2.21 million.

U.S.-Korean animated feature The Outback, directed by Kyung Ho Lee, took $550,000 for a total of $4.11 million after 18 days, while Carlos Saldanha's Rio 2 is still doing well after 38 days on release, quietly but efficiently generating box office. It took another $450,000 for a total of $39.4 million in China so far, placing it eighth.

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