Magazine article Screen International

Heavily-Edited Version of 'Logan' Tops China Box Office

Magazine article Screen International

Heavily-Edited Version of 'Logan' Tops China Box Office

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While Hollywood continued to enjoy the upper hand at the Chinese box office with eight top films in the week of Feb 27 - Mar 5, the week's box office dropped by approximately 19% week-on-week, making it the first week to come under RMB1 billion ($140m) this year.

Fox's Logan stole the crown, getting away with $48.34m from its three-day debut. The X-Men spin-off, which sees Hugh Jackman in his final outing as Wolverine, narrowly surpassed the combined box office of its two predecessors. Its opening was on par with X-Men: Apocalyse which went on to gross $116m (based on current exchange rate).

The tentpole action thriller made history in China as the first being released with a parental advisory under the new Film Industry Promotion Law, which took effect from Mar 1. The film, rated R in the US for strong language and violence, lost about 14 minutes of its running time in China.

After an explosive first week, former champion Resident Evil: The Final Chapter slipped to a close second place with $43.73m. After a 10-day total of $138.68m, Sony's zombie franchise is set to be the second non-Chinese film to cross the RMB1 billion ($140m) benchmark this year, after xXx: The Return Of Xander Cage. …

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