Magazine article Screen International

'Kong: Skull Island' Scores Huge Debut to Boost China Box Office

Magazine article Screen International

'Kong: Skull Island' Scores Huge Debut to Boost China Box Office

Article excerpt

Monster epic helps Chinese box office rebound after falling for five straight weeks.

Thanks to the mammoth opening of Kong: Skull Island, the Chinese box office finally re-bounced last week (Mar 20-26), by approximately 32% week-on-week, after falling for five consecutive weeks.

Warner Bros's second MonsterVerse film, Kong: Skull Island, was off to a terrifying start with $71.70m from its three-day debut, taking approximately 58% of the week's market share, which was also approximately 17% bigger than its North American opening weekend three weeks ago.

It was also the second biggest opening this year for a non-Chinese film, after Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. It is expected to hit the local RMB1 billion ($140m) benchmark as its opening was almost equivalent to Zhang Yimou's monster epic The Great Wall.

Beauty And The Beast was pushed to second position with $28.07m. Standing at $75.46m after 10 days, Disney's live-action remake of its beloved animation has now surpassed Cinderella, also a Disney live-action fairy tale, and has become the most successful musical in China.

A Dog's Purpose continued to show strong traction in its fourth week with $8.68m for a 24-day total of $84.32m. The family film about a devoted dog is now definitely a dark horse as it has become the fourth highest grossing non-Chinese film this year, even better than Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Local comedy Top Funny Comedian: The Movie opened in fourth with $6.96m from its first three days. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.