Magazine article Screen International

China Box Office: 'Chinese Odyssey 3' Holds off Newcomers

Magazine article Screen International

China Box Office: 'Chinese Odyssey 3' Holds off Newcomers

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As Storks and other new releases failed to impress at the Chinese box office, A Chinese Odyssey: Part 3 remained top for another week from Sep 19-25. The latest instalment of the fantasy comedy franchise, already a career high for a JeffLau-directed film from its first week, added $12.70m from a 12-day total of $49.07m.

Thanks to strong word-of-mouth, the coming-of-age romance Soulmate climbed two places to number two in its second week, overtaking S Storm and Cock And Bull, posting $10.05m for $20.60m after 12 days.

S Storm and Cock And Bull each dropped a notch to third and fourth position respectively. With $9.98m for a 12-day total of $27.40m, S Storm has become another successful Hong Kong cop thriller this year, after Cold War 2 and Line Walker.

Crime comedy Cock And Bull earned $6.40m for $17.88m after 12 days, but it is unlikely to match the success of director Cao Baoping's previous film The Dead End, which grossed $46m last year.

Two new animations opened in fifth and sixth. Warner Bros' Storks was the week's highest new entry with $5. …

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