Magazine article Screen International

China Box Office: 'Blade Runner 2049' Disappoints

Magazine article Screen International

China Box Office: 'Blade Runner 2049' Disappoints

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Geostorm whips up a storm at the top of the Chinese box office, but Blade Runner 2049 won’t be saved by China.

‘Blade Runner 2049’

After a couple of robust weeks led by National Day blockbusters, last week’s box office continued to shrink and dropped 12% week-on-week, hitting the lowest point in the month of October.

Geostorm dethroned Kingsman: The Gold Circle, opening top at the Chinese box office in the week of Oct 23-29. Warner Bros’ global warming catastrophe film took $32.1m over its three-day weekend, more than doubled the dismal $13.7m from its North American debut two weekends ago.

Kingsman: The Gold Circle dropped to second position after sitting atop for only one week. Fox’s action sequel added $22.1m for $59.9m after 10 days, closing up the gap with its predecessor Kingsman: The Secret Service which grossed $72.7m (based on current exchange rate) in 2015.

The only local film in the top five, National Day champion Never Say Die, added $12.5m for $303.8m after 30 days. It is currently the third grossing film overall this year, after Wolf Warrior 2 and Furious 8, and the fourth highest grossing local film ever, after Wolf Warrior 2, The Mermaid and Monster Hunt. …

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