Magazine article Screen International

Non-Stop Has Strong China Opening

Magazine article Screen International

Non-Stop Has Strong China Opening

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CHINA BOX OFFICE: While Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes and The Expendables 3 topped the box office over the week September 15-21, Liam Neeson starrer Non-Stop had a strong opening, grossing $7.28m in three days.

Apes took a further $8.44m for a cumulative total of $110.71m, which makes it the fourth highest-grossing Hollywood film of all time in China, behind Transformers 4, Transformers 3 and Iron Man 3. The Expendables 3 took $7.62m for a cume of $69.59m and second place in the chart.

Meanwhile, StudioCanal's Non-Stop, distributed by Bona Film Group, was the top film over the weekend and ranked third for the week, with 1.4 million admissions. Released by Universal in the US, the film has grossed $225m worldwide.

"This is the biggest success for a StudioCanal production in China. This result shows the there is an opportunity for ambitious European productions to perform in this great market," said StudioCanal international distribution chief Matthieu Zeller. …

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