Magazine article Screen International

China Box Office: 'Dunkirk' Dethrones 'Wolf Warriors 2'

Magazine article Screen International

China Box Office: 'Dunkirk' Dethrones 'Wolf Warriors 2'

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First eight months box office up by 19%.

Dunkirk

After retaining the China box office crown for five straight weeks, the record-breaking Wolf Warriors 2 has finally been taken down as Dunkirk debuted top, taking $27.54m from its three-day opening weekend (Aug 28-Sep 3).

On Friday, the Second World War drama delivered the biggest opening day for director Christopher Nolan in China, beating the record held by Interstellar. The latter film opened on a Wednesday and went on to gross $109m in 2014.

While Dunkirk was the clear winner for the weekend, it won the weekly battle only narrowly. Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets followed closely in second place with $27.39m. Its 10-day total stands at $55.36m, overtaking Lucy to become director Luc Besson’s biggest film. China has also become his new sci-fi extravaganza’s top market worldwide.

Wu Jing’s Wolf Warriors 2 trailed closely in third place with $25.51m. It was pushed to third on Friday when both Dunkirk and Gintama opened, but it fought its way back to second place on Saturday, its 38th day on release. Its 39-day total stands at $806. …

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