Magazine article Screen International

China Box Office: 'Pacific Rim: Uprising' Debuts Top

Magazine article Screen International

China Box Office: 'Pacific Rim: Uprising' Debuts Top

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Sci-fi action sequel takes $68.3m from first three days, knocking ‘Tomb Raider’ to 2nd.

‘Pacific Rim: Uprising’

Hollywood dominated the Chinese box office in the week of Mar 19-25, as Pacific Rim: Uprising became the third US film in a row to top the charts, following Black Panther and Tomb Raider.

Legendary East’s action sci-fi sequel stormed the charts with $68.3m from its first three days, almost on par with Black Panther in early March. This represented almost 60% of the first film’s final gross in 2013, preparing the franchise for a new record. It was also almost 2.5 times more than its simultaneous North American debut.

That the film was partially filmed in Chinese city Qingdao and features several Chinese actors such as Jing Tian (The Great Wall) and Zhang Jin (The Grandmaster) are believed to be a draw for the Chinese audiences.

Warner Bros’ Tomb Raider was pushed to second with $29.5m for a gross of $73.2m after 10 days, making China the film’s biggest market to date. …

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