Magazine article Screen International

'Resident Evil: The Final Chapter' Tops China Box Office with Huge Debut

Magazine article Screen International

'Resident Evil: The Final Chapter' Tops China Box Office with Huge Debut

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One month after the onslaught of Chinese New Year mega-blockbusters, Hollywood finally got to flex its muscles at the Chinese box office, delivering five top films in the week of Feb 20-26.

Leading the charge was Sony's Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, which stormed offwith $91.70m from its three-day opening weekend, getting away with approximately 55% of the week's total box office. Since it opened on par with Captain America: Civil War, it is expected to achieve the same level of success as the latter's final gross of $180m (based on current exchange rate).

The sixth and final instalment of the Milla Jovovich-led zombie franchise significantly surpassed the combined run of its fourth and fifth instalments in China. It has also earned 3.5 times more than its North America's one-month gross.

Paramount's former table-topper xXx: The Return Of Xander Cage was pushed to a distant second place, with $18.55m. Its 17-day total of $152.08m has made it the first non-Chinese film to hit the RMB1 billion ($140m) mark this year.

Assassin's Creed debuted in third place overall with $16.79m from its first three days although it took the second place Friday through Sunday. …

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