Magazine article Screen International

China Box Office: 'Shock Wave' Tops 'The Fate of the Furious'

Magazine article Screen International

China Box Office: 'Shock Wave' Tops 'The Fate of the Furious'

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Hong Kong action thriller starring Andy Lau takes top spot over Labour Day weekend.

It was a close battle between defending champion The Fate Of The Furious and four new Chinese-language films over the May 1 Labour Day weekend, with Shock Wave (pictured) emerging as the winner, taking $24.50m over its first three days.

The Hong Kong action thriller, directed by Herman Yau and starring Andy Lau as a bomb disposal expert, opened top on Friday and Saturday before Furious 8 reclaimed the top spot on Sunday.

With the opening of the new Chinese films which also include Battle Of Memories, Love Off The Cuff and This Is Not What I Expected, Furious 8 was pushed to the fourth place on Friday. But it was able to bounce back to the second and the top spot on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

While Universal's blockbuster franchise settled for second place on $22.31m for the weekend, it was still the overall winner and grossed $42.60m in the week of April 24-30, making it a hat trick for the three-time weekly champion.

Standing at $362.75m after 17 days, it is now the highest grossing non-Chinese film and the second highest overall after The Mermaid. Its Chinese box office has almost doubled that of North America.

In third place, Battle Of Memories debuted with $21. …

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