China Box Office: Stellar Showing by 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

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'Breakup Buddies' becomes the fourth Chinese movie to breach the billion-yuan threshold

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy firmed up its stellar position atop the world's second biggest film market in its first full week, taking $37.97 million to bring its 10-day cume to $69.04 million.

The Disney movie, which is only screening in 3D in China, took $30.07 million in the week to Oct. 19, according to the research body Entgroup, with 249,770 screenings and 6.03 million admissions.

The strong performance comes despite some reservations about the Chinese translation, with complaints on social media that the subtitles are taking a lot of the wit out of the movie.

It's the latest muscular performance by a Marvel superhero film in China, in a year that saw Captain America: The Winter Soldier take nearly $118 million here.

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Ning Hao's risqué road trip comedy Breakup Buddies had grossed 1 billion yuan ($163 million) by last Thursday, the fourth movie to pass the 1 billion yuan threshold at box office in Chinese movie history, and by the end of the week had taken $172.16 million after 20 days on release.

A tale of a recently divorced man and his best friend who set off on a series of misadventures, Breakup Buddies had 3.59 million admissions and 183,699 screenings, according to Entgroup.

It is the second Chinese movie to gross more than 1 billion yuan this year, after Monkey King over Chinese New Year.

The box office data means that Huang Bo has become China's most bankable actor, with the combined revenue from his movies grossing $816 million.

In third place, Hong Kong director Peter Ho-sun Chan's Dearest, a child kidnapping drama based on a true story, added another $4.83 million for a cume of $52.67 million after 25 days on release.

Dearest had 58,232 screenings and marked up 873,785 admissions. It features Zhao Wei, Tong Dawei, Huang Bo and Hao Lei.

Behind that came Ice Age: The Meltdown, which took $4.32 million for a total of $4.33 million after seven days in Chinese cinemas.

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Taiwanese cop actioner Black & White: The Dawn of Justice took $1.53 million for a total of $32.09 million after 19 days on release in China.

That was followed by the domestic horror movie Bugs, which took $1.33 million for a total of $3.37 million after 10 days.

In seventh place was the Taiwanese romantic comedy Café. Waiting. Love, which notched up $1.14 million in its opening weekend, followed by Hong Kong director Ann Hui's historical epic The Golden Era, which earned another $730,000 for a cume of $7.93 million. The Golden Era (Huang jin shi dai) features Tang Wei and is set against the backdrop of 1930s China.

Behind that was Li Yu's Double Exposure, which took $540,000 in its opening weekend, and rounding out the top 10 was The Blue Bone.

Hollywood titles set to open before year-end include The Maze Runner, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Hercules, while major Chinese titles coming up include Jiang Wen's 3D epic Gone With the Bullets, a sequel to the wildly successful Let The Bullets Fly in 2010, which is due to open in early December; John Woo's romantic epic The Crossing; and Tsui Hark’s 3D epic The Taking of Tiger Mountain.

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