Magazine article Screen International

China Box Office: 'Ghost in the Shell' Wins Weekend but 'Kong' Still Top

Magazine article Screen International

China Box Office: 'Ghost in the Shell' Wins Weekend but 'Kong' Still Top

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Thanks to the Qing Ming holidays, last week's Chinese box office (Apr 3-9) surged by approximately 14% week-on-week. The holidays, which fell on Monday and Tuesday, helped propel the box office with its two-day box office better than Saturday and Sunday combined.

Kong: Skull Island performed a rare hat-trick at the top of the box office, taking in $37.17m. With a 17-day total of $160.85m, it has overtaken The Hobbit: The Battle Of Five Enemies and set a new record for a Warner Bros film in China. It is also on course to soon edge out xXx: Return Of Xander Cage to become the top grossing non-Chinese film this year.

The Chinese adaptation of Japanese crime thriller The Devotion of Suspect X maintained strongly in second place with $29.34m for $52.66m after 10 days. Actor-turned-director Alec Su's second film is now the highest grossing Chinese film since Chinese New Year.

Ghost In The Shell, one of two new films that entered the weekly charts, ruled the Friday-Sunday weekend with $21.27m, but it failed to dethrone Kong: Skull Island from the overall top spot. Starring Scarlett Johansson, Paramount's live-action adaptation of the popular anime, still earned more than its North American opening weekend. …

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