Magazine article Screen International

Five Armies Ousts Miss Granny in China

Magazine article Screen International

Five Armies Ousts Miss Granny in China

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CHINA BOX OFFICE: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies grossed $49.84m on its opening weekend in China, pushing record-breaking remake Miss Granny into second place.

The Hobbit finale, a 3D and IMAX 3D-only release in China, pulled in 7.8 million admissions over its opening three days (Jan 23-25), according to EntGroup figures.

Last week's chart topper, Korea-China co-production Miss Granny, came in second with a weekly gross of $12.24m (Jan 19-25) for a cumulative total of $51.69m after 18 days.

Produced by CJ E&M, which produced the original, the Chinese remake of the Korean hit is directed by Leste Chen and stars Yang Zishan in the story of an old woman who is transformed into her 20-year-old self (it has the international title 20, Once Again!).

The remake is now the highest-grossing Korea-China co-production ever, overtaking The Wedding Invitation, also co-produced by CJ, which grossed $31m in 2013.

Meanwhile, Legendary/Universal's Seventh Son came in third with $9.66m for a cume of $25. …

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