Magazine article Screen International

China Box Office: 'Rogue One' Stays Top, 'Passengers' Rules the Weekend

Magazine article Screen International

China Box Office: 'Rogue One' Stays Top, 'Passengers' Rules the Weekend

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Last week's box office in China, which dipped by approximately 19%, entered a lull ahead of Chinese New Year on Jan 28.

Disney's spin-offRogue One: A Star Wars Story retained the box office crown in the week of Jan 9-15, generating $21.89m for $52.51m after 10 days.

Although it ruled the Fri-Sun weekend, Sony's sci-firomance Passengers opened in second place overall with $17.26m from its three-day opening debut. Lead actress Jennifer Lawrence is a familiar face among the Chinese audience, thanks to the X-Men and The Hunger Games franchises.

Local romantic comedy Some Like It Hot dropped one place to third with $16.81m for a 17-day total of $69.59m. This is considered a box office success for a low-budget production with no big-name cast. The two first-time directors are veteran DoP Song Xiaofei and soundman Dong Xu, both of whom worked on smash hit Lost In Thailand.

Jackie Chan's Railroad Tigers remained in the top five in its fourth week and ranked fourth with $6. …

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