Magazine article Screen International

China Box Office: 'BFG' Can't Dethrone 'Operation Mekong'

Magazine article Screen International

China Box Office: 'BFG' Can't Dethrone 'Operation Mekong'

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Steven Spielberg's The BFG failed to dethrone Operation Mekong, which retained both the weekend and weekly crowns in the period of Oct 10 – 16. Dante Lam's Golden Triangle-set action thriller was still going strong in its third week with $41.16m, which accounted for approximately 46% of the week's box office.

With a 17-day total of $142.27m, Operation Mekong is expected to hit RMB1 billion ($150m) within this week, which will make it the 14th local film ever in China's history to reach this milestone. This year, three films from Chinese New Year (The Mermaid, The Monkey King 2 and From Vegas To Macau 3) and one from the summer (Time Raiders) have made it.

Another National Day holdover, Zhang Yibai's romantic drama I Belonged To You, remained in second place with $15.34m. It has become the ninth highest grossing local film this year with an 18-day haul of $113.17m.

The highest new entrant went to Disney's effects-laden family fantasy The BFG, which opened in a close third place with $13.54m from its three-day opening weekend.

Wong Jing's action adventure comedy Mission Milano stayed in fourth place with $3.88m for $37.73m after 17 days, ahead of new local war film The Warriors, which opened in fifth with a three-day opening weekend of $3. …

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