Magazine article Screen International

Need for Speed Tops China Chart

Magazine article Screen International

Need for Speed Tops China Chart

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DreamWorks' Need For Speed took pole position at the Chinese box office over the weekend, grossing $21.09m in three days.

Released in 3D and IMAX 3D versions, the video game adaptation racked up 3.35 million admissions.

The only other opener over the weekend, Millennium/Nu Image's Homefront, starring Jason Statham and James Franco, was left in its dust with $3.25m from 647,000 admissions for sixth position in the chart.

RoboCop continued its strong run at the Chinese box office, taking $7.11m for second place, while The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug came in third with $3.67m.

Now in its third week, Robocop has grossed a total of $49.71m in China - the only market where the film is being released in 3D - while The Hobbit is on $74.73m in its fourth week.

Luc Besson's The Family (Malavita), now in its second week, came in fourth with $3.44m for a total of $8.52m and was followed by one of only three Chinese films in the top ten - Lu Chuan-produced The Old Cindrella, which grossed $3. …

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