Magazine article Screen International

'Beauty and the Beast' Breaks Records at China Box Office

Magazine article Screen International

'Beauty and the Beast' Breaks Records at China Box Office

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Logan hits $100m; A Dog's Purpose holds onto second spot.

Led by Beauty And The Beast, Hollywood continued to blossom at the Chinese box office in the week of Mar 13-19 despite the continuing downward trend of the weekly box office. Last week's box office dropped an approximately 9% week-on-week.

Disney's live-action remake of its animation Beauty And The Beast took the top spot with $46.74m from its three-day opening debut, representing about 48% of the week's total box office. It has also become the biggest Disney live-action debut in China, with its opening numbers almost matched that of its live-action/CG hybrid Jungle Book, which went on to gross $142m (based on current exchange rate) last year.

A Dog's Purpose held on tight to the second spot in its third week with $21.56m. Directed by Lasse Hallstrom, the family film which revolves around a devoted dog has become a surprise hit with a 17-day total of $75.43m. It marked the first film from Amblin Partners since its partnership with Alibaba Pictures last October.

Two-time former table-topper Logan, dropped to third with $13. …

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