Magazine article Screen International

'Passengers', 'Arrival' Dominate Lacklustre China Box Office

Magazine article Screen International

'Passengers', 'Arrival' Dominate Lacklustre China Box Office

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The Chinese box office continued its downwards slide - by approximately 22% last week - as the country gears up for the busy Chinese New Year holidays starting on January 28.

Passengers flew to the top of the chart in the third week of the month (January 16-22), posting $16.94m for a 10-day total of $34.31m. The sci-firomance from Sony ruled the weekend but opened in second overall two weeks ago.

Another sci-fi, Denis Villeneuve's Arrival, landed in fourth place with $7.26m from its first three days, as the only new entry that entered the top ten weekly chart.

The new film from Paramount debuted on Friday and narrowly won the weekend, although Passengers overtook it on both Saturday and Sunday.

In its fourth week, local romantic comedy Some Like It Hot was resurgent, moving back up one notch to second spot with $12.61m. The low-budget production with no big-name cast has emerged as the first dark horse of 2017, raking in $82.27m after 24 days.

Former table-topper Rogue One: A Star Wars Story dropped to third on $8.63m. With $61.20m after 17 days, the Disney spin-offis not far offthe total of Star Trek Beyond, but has only achieved half of Star Wars: The Force Awakens' gross. …

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